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Graduate Opportunities Archive
Last update: 6/30/2008
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Assistantships and Fellowships | Fellowship Program Links | Short Courses | Summer Jobs
Review or close date
|University of Mississippi||Forest restoration ecology and management (MS)||10/1/08||6/20/07|
|Oregon State University||Influence of climate and land-use change on bird species distributions (PhD)||8/1/08||6/12/08|
|University of Rhode Island||Population, Water Quality, and Land Use Trends (MS)||7/15/08||6/23/08|
|University of Wyoming||Mechanisms causing elk to avoid areas undergoing oil/natural gas development (PhD)||7/1/08||6/12/08|
|University of Reading (UK)||Economic benefits of pollinators (PhD)||6/30/08||3/14/08|
|University of Georgia||Forest entomology and ecology (PhD)||6/27/08|
|University of Arizona||Restoration Ecology (PhD)||6/26/08|
|SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry||Ecology of Lake Sturgeon (MS)||6/24/08|
|University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science||Wildlife and Fisheries Biology or Applied Ecology and Conservation Biology (MS)||6/23/08|
|University of Denver||Restoration ecology/Population genetics (PhD)||6/20/08|
|Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)||Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (5 PhD positions)||6/13/08||5/14/08|
|Utah State University||Common Eider Population Dynamics (MS)||6/12/08|
|West Virginia University||Riparian and Stream Restoration Ecology||6/12/08|
|University of Idaho||LiDAR/modeling carbon sequestration (PhD)||6/12/08|
|Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL||Effects of fragmentation in urban habitats (PhD)||6/11/08|
|Iowa State University||Evolutionary Ecology of Pest/Crop Plant Interactions||6/11/08|
|University of Maine||Plant Ecology||6/6/08|
|Iowa State University||Grassland Plant Ecology||6/5/08|
|University of Southern Mississippi||Ecology of mosquitoes||6/3/08|
|Clemson University||Bird conservation and function in agroecosystems (PhD)||6/2/08||5/19/08|
|North Carolina State University||Behavior, biology, or chemical ecology of soil arthropods (PhD)||5/30/08|
|Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences||Role of forestry on water quality in the boreal landscape (PhD)||5/28/08||5/15/08|
|Oklahoma State University||Forest ecology (PhD)||5/23/08|
|Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research||Dynamic forest/landscape modelling (PhD)||5/23/08|
|University of Northern British Columbia (Canada)||Forest entomology (MS)||5/19/08|
|University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College||Artificial Reef Monitoring & Evaluation||5/19/08|
|Colorado State University||Forest Ecophysiology (PhD)||5/19/08|
|Trinity College Dublin||Potential impacts of aquaculture (PhD)||5/12/08|
|University of Rhode Island||Avian Physiological Ecology (PhD)||5/10/08||5/2/08|
|Louisiana State University||Stream Ecology/Benthic Macroinvertebrates||5/6/08|
|University of Montana||Geomicrobiology (PhD)||5/2/08|
|University of Regina (Canada)||Grassland root dynamics, climate change (MS)||5/2/08|
|University of Nevada Reno||Ecology of farm and adjoining wildland ecosystems (MS)||5/2/08|
|University of British Columbia (Canada)||Effects of climate and land use change on biogeochemical cycling (PhD)||5/1/08|
|South Dakota State University||Wildfire Risk Assessment (PhD)||5/1/08||4/2/08|
|University of Louisiana at Monroe||Social organization of the Taiwan field vole (MS)||4/30/08||4/7/08|
|Macquarie University (Australia)||Modelling Climate Change Impacts on Australian Forests (PhD)||4/30/08||4/2/08|
|University of Munich (Germany)||Evolution, Ecology and Systematics (MS)||4/30/08||1/29/08|
|University of New Brunswick (Canada)||Remote Sensing, fuel moisture content||4/15/08||4/2/08|
|University of Florida||Plant Medicine/Plant Pest Risk Assessment and Management||4/15/08||3/3/08|
|University of Missouri-Columbia||Land use change and hydrology/water quality||4/7/08|
|Université Laval||Modelling waterfowl distribution and abundance||4/3/08|
|Texas State University – San Marcos||Stream Ecology (PhD)||4/3/08|
|Thompson Rivers University (Canada)||Hydrology and Zooplankton (2 MS positions)||4/2/08|
|University of Wisconsin – Madison||Remote sensing of forest ecosystems (PhD)||4/2/08|
|Institute for Food and Agricultural Research and Technology (Spain)||Fluvial geomorphology (PhD)||4/2/08|
|University of Southern Mississippi||Coastal Marine Botany||4/2/08|
|Oklahoma State University||Forest Ecology (PhD)||4/1/08|
|Université Laval||Wildlife habitat modelling (PhD)||4/1/08|
|Michigan Technological University||Root and mycorrhizal responses to climate change (PhD)||4/1/08|
|University of Aarhus (Denmark)||Climate change impacts on African vegetation and plant diversity (PhD)||4/1/08||3/5/08|
|SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry||Human-Nature Interactions in Forested Landscapes (MS)||4/1/08||2/13/08|
|University of Houston||Evolutionary Biology and Ecology||4/1/08||11/6/07|
|University of Queensland (Australia)||Grassland conservation and ecology (PhD)||3/31/08|
|University of Southern Mississippi||Aquatic insect ecology||3/24/08|
|Wageningen University (The Netherlands)||Modelling stability and thresholds in Lake Victoria's food web subject to eutrophication and fishery (PhD)||3/21/08||2/29/08|
|Michigan State University||Clearcut harvests and wildlife habitat (PhD)||3/20/08|
|University of British Columbia at Okanagan||Water resources and sustainability at the watershed scale||3/19/08|
|Rutgers University||Biodiversity in urban wetlands (PhD)||3/19/08|
|Macquarie University (Australia)||Role of physical disturbances in structuring ecological communities (PhD)||3/17/08|
|Auburn University||Waterbirds and pond ecology||3/15/08||2/29/08|
|Bowling Green State University||Lake Erie Salmonids (PhD)||3/15/08||2/6/08|
|Thompson Rivers University (Canada)||Grassland Ecology (MS)||3/14/08|
|University of Calgary (Canada)||Diving Beetle Community Phylogenetics||3/14/08|
|University of Alaska Fairbanks||Stream Invertebrate/Salmon Ecology||3/14/08|
|William Paterson University||Bat ecology (MS)||3/14/08||3/5/07|
|University of Helsinki (Finland)||Mathematical Biology (PhD)||3/14/08||2/1/07|
|Thompson Rivers University (Canada)||Marine gastropod ecology and conservation (MS)||3/7/08|
|University of British Columbia at Okanagan||Forested watershed disturbance impacts||3/7/08|
|Trent University (Canada)||Watershed Ecosystems Graduate Program (10 positions)||3/7/08|
|Université du Québec à Montréal (Canada)||Forest Productivity||3/7/08||2/18/07|
|Plymouth State University||Plant Phenology and Climate Change (MS)||3/7/08||2/6/07|
|Oregon State University||Conservation genetics of African ungulates (MS)||3/3/08|
|Purdue University||Aquatic Community Ecology (PhD)||3/3/08||12/18/07|
|University of Vermont||Agroecology and Sustainable Pest Management||3/1/08||2/4/08|
|Oregon State University||Climate change and amphibian ecology||3/1/08||1/8/08|
|University of Missouri-Columbia||Watershed Hydrology and Water Quality||2/29/08|
|Wright State University||Environmental Sciences (PhD)||2/29/08|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||Plant-Microbe Interactions and Biofuels||2/29/08|
|Eastern Illinois University||Plant Ecology/Invasion Biology||2/29/08||1/28/08|
|Purdue University||Hellbender ecology and genetics (PhD)||2/29/08||1/17/08|
|Texas State University||Behavioral Ecology of sailfin and Amazon Mollies (MS)||2/28/08||2/14/08|
|University of Georgia||Tropical Stream Ecology (PhD)||2/26/08|
|Murray State University||Evolutionary ecology of salamanders (MS)||2/26/08|
|University of South Bohemia (Czech Republic)||Alpine plant ecology (PhD)||2/25/08||1/30/08|
|University of Alaska Anchorage||Flower Color Evolutionary Ecology (MS)||2/20/08||2/13/08|
|University of Florida||Crop Physiological Ecology||2/20/08||1/28/08|
|Rhode Island University||Community Ecology (MS)||2/15/08||11/20/07|
|University of Rhode Island||Ecology||2/15/08||1/16/07|
|Colorado State University||Forest Landscape Ecology & Global Change||2/15/08||10/24/07|
|University of Maryland, Baltimore County||Geography & Environmental Systems||2/15/08||10/19/07|
|Carleton University (Canada)||Fish ecology and conservation||2/15/08||10/2/07|
|University of Edinburgh (UK)||Biogenic Isoprene Emissions at Global Scales (PhD)||2/12/08||1/14/08|
|University of Edinburgh (UK)||What drives Amazon isoprene emissions? (PhD)||2/12/08||1/8/08|
|Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research||Plant community ecology (PhD)||2/8/08|
|Oklahoma State University||Forest ecology (MS)||2/8/08|
|Plymouth State University||Hydrological, physical, and social environmental sciences (MS)||2/7/08|
|Iowa State University||Ecological Genomics of sex in turtles (PhD)||2/7/08|
|University of Texas at Tyler||Plant Ecology/Taxonomy (MS)||2/7/08|
|Montana State University||Aquatic Ecosystem Ecology (MS)||2/7/08|
|University of Idaho||Riparian Biogeochemical Cycling (PhD)||2/6/08|
|Idaho State University||Ecosystem impacts of climate change, aquatic ecology (PhD)||2/6/08|
|University of Toledo||Ecosystem services in the Great Lakes (PhD)||2/5/08|
|Towson University||Plant Ecology (MS)||2/1/08|
|University of Groningen (The Netherlands)||Evolutionary and Theoretical Community Ecology (PhD)||2/1/08|
|Texas State University/University of Arizona||Worldwide savanna experiment (PhD)||2/1/08||1/10/08|
|University of Vermont||Watershed database modeling or disease modeling||2/1/08||1/8/07|
|Texas State University – San Marcos||Karst ecohydrology||2/1/08||12/17/07|
|University of Alaska||Resilience and Vulnerability in a Rapidly Changing North||2/1/08||12/17/07|
|San Diego State University||GIScience, landscape ecology, wildlife habitat/human dynamics||2/1/08||12/13/07|
|University of Maryland, Baltimore County||Integrated Ecological, Economic, Engineering, And Policy||2/1/08||11/20/07|
|Texas A&M University||Applied Biodiversity Science IGERT (PhD)||2/1/08||9/19/07|
|University of Maryland, Baltimore County||Water in the Urban Environment IGERT (PhD)||2/1/08||8/24/07|
|Sonoma State University||Marine community ecology (MS)||1/31/08||1/18/08|
|Ohio State University||Fisheries ecology||1/31/08||1/9/08|
|Colorado State University||Effects of urbanization on disease dynamics in bobcats (PhD)||1/31/08||1/7/08|
|University of Georgia||Quantitative Spatial Ecology, Avian Ecology, Urbanization (PhD)||1/31/08||1/4/08|
|University of Pittsburgh||Bio-atmospheric interactions using stable isotopes (PhD)||1/31/08||12/20/07|
|University of Alabama||Ecosystem Carbon Dynamics, Everglades||1/31/08||10/26/07|
|University of Alabama||Ecosystem Carbon Dynamics of a Fire-Managed Longleaf Pine Forest||1/31/08||10/26/07|
|McGill University (Canada)||Theoretical Community/Ecosystem Ecology||1/30/08|
|Boston University||Ecosystem Ecology and Global Change (PhD)||1/30/08|
|Mississippi State University||Stand Susceptibility to Southern Pine Beetle (MS)||1/30/08|
|University of Vermont||Carbon footprints of alternative land use and transportation scenarios (PhD)||1/30/08||1/22/08|
|Macquarie University||Evolution of Plant Ecological Strategies (PhD)||1/25/08||12/17/07|
|University of Louisville||Biodiversity and dynamics of terrestrial plant communities (PhD)||1/31/08||1/15/08|
|Texas Tech University||Fire ecology and community assembly processes||1/28/08|
|Oklahoma State University||Plant Ecology (PhD)||1/22/08|
|Texas Tech University||Songbird Behavioral Ecology||1/22/08|
|University of Wyoming||Watershed Hydrology and GIS (PhD)||1/18/08|
|Université Laval||Climate change and forest productivity (MS)||1/18/08|
|Indiana University/Kent State University||Stream Ecology (2 PhD positions)||1/16/08|
|California State University-Fresno||Stream & Watershed Assessment (MS)||1/16/08|
|Louisiana State University||Forest Hydrology/Water Quality||1/16/08|
|Virginia Institute of Marine Science||Blue Crab ecology and conservation||1/15/08||12/18/07|
|University of New Mexico||Plant Physiological Ecology||1/15/08||12/17/07|
|Northern Arizona University||Molecular Genetics And Ecosystem Phenomena||1/15/08||12/7/07|
|University of Florida||Ecology Of Neotropical Savannas (PhD)||1/15/08||11/20/07|
|Kansas State University||Ecological Genomics||1/15/08||11/14/07|
|University of Central Florida||Invasion biology or restoration ecology||1/15/08||10/29/07|
|University of Arkansas||Biological Sciences (PhD)||1/15/08||10/24/07|
|University of Wyoming||Grassland ecosystem responses to global change (PhD)||1/15/08||10/19/07|
|University of Arkansas at Monticello||Forestry (MS)||1/14/08|
|North Carolina State University||Carbon-water-nitrogen cycle interactions (PhD)||1/14/08|
|University of Alaska Fairbanks||Modeling peatland responses to climate change||1/14/08|
|Washington State University Vancouver||Mount St. Helens ecology||1/10/08||1/4/08|
|Washington State University Vancouver||Environmental Science||1/10/08||12/17/07|
|Purdue University||Oak Ecology||1/10/08||11/16/07|
|University of North Dakota||Masters of Environmental Management program||1/9/08|
|University of Delaware||GIS habitat modeling, birds (MS)||1/3/08|
|Utah State University||Macroecology, Community Ecology, or Ecological Theory/Modeling||1/1/08||11/6/07|
|Rice University||Community/Population Ecology (PhD)||1/1/08||9/20/07|
|Michigan State University||Tropical Forest Ecology (PhD)||12/31/07||12/14/07|
|University of California Los Angeles||Ecology and Evolutionary Biology||12/31/07||12/13/07|
|Georgia Institute of Technology||Community ecology||12/31/07||12/13/07|
|University of Montana||Soil Ecology/Biogeochemistry||12/31/07||9/13/07|
|Dartmouth College||Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (PhD)||12/21/07|
|Murray State University||Geographic Information Systems Analysis||12/20/07||12/6/07|
|University of Toronto||Tree Crown Architecture and Wood Quality (PhD)||12/19/07|
|Washington State University Vancouver||Watershed biogeochemistry||12/18/07|
|Minnesota State University, Mankato||Invasive plant ecology (MS)||12/17/07|
|University of Akron||Plant Sciences||12/17/07|
|Clemson University||Tropical plant ecology (PhD)||12/17/07|
|Oklahoma State University||Rangeland ecosystem ecology||12/17/07|
|University of Washington||Microbial ecology and biogeochemistry||12/15/07||12/11/07|
|Duke University||Disease Dynamics and Evolution||12/15/07||11/15/07|
|University of Pennsylvania||Ecological consequences of climate change and grazing, Mongolia (PhD)||12/15/07||10/19/07|
|Fort Hays State University||Wetlands Biology (MS)||12/14/07|
|Texas A&M University||Rangeland Ecology and Management or Forest Science||12/13/07|
|University of Georgia||Ecological genetics of invasive species (PhD)||12/13/07|
|University of Georgia||Wetland ecology (MS)||12/13/07|
|University of Maine||Carbon physiology of red spruce and age-related growth decline (PhD)||12/10/07|
|Macquarie University (Australia)||Physiological Ecology of Forest Succession (PhD)||12/7/07||10/23/07|
|University of Kansas||Community Ecology/Grassland Biodiversity||12/6/07|
|University of Missouri-Columbia||Fire And Mountain Pine Beetle Infestations||12/6/07|
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||Ecology (PhD)||12/1/07||11/16/07|
|University of Georgia||Ecology||12/1/07||11/15/07|
|University of Florida||Landscape Ecology||12/1/07||10/19/07|
|University of Pennsylvania||Soil organic matter biogeochemistry (PhD)||12/1/07||10/5/07|
|University of Otago (New Zealand)||Evolutionary biology of parasites (PhD)||12/1/07||10/1/07|
|University of Maryland, College Park||Community ecology and entomology (PhD)||12/1/07||9/28/07|
|Northern Arizona University||Biogeochemistry||11/30/07|
|Trinity College – Dublin||Precision Pasture Management (PhD)||11/30/07||11/15/07|
|University of Alaska Fairbanks||Ecological Effects Of An Invasive Riparian Tree Species (MS)||11/27/07|
|Pennsylvania State University||Influences Of Climate Change On Plant-Herbivore Interactions (PhD)||11/27/07|
|Northern Arizona University||Tree Mortality In High-Elevation Mixed Conifer Forests (PhD)||11/20/07|
|University of Florida||Wetlands/Bottomland Hardwood Forestry (MS)||11/20/07|
|University of Minnesota||Earth-Surface Dynamics (5-PhD)||11/20/07|
|San Francisco State University||Evolution And Ecology (MS)||11/16/07|
|University of Massachusetts - Amherst||Quantitative stream ecology||11/16/07||10/24/07|
|Huxley College||Behavioral Ecology And Spatial Ecology (PhD)||11/15/07|
|Huxley College||Boreal Forests And Climate (MS)||11/15/07|
|Utah State University||Aquatic Ecology (2)||11/15/07|
|University of California at Irvine||Community And Evolutionary Ecology||11/15/07|
|University of North Carolina||Air-sea CO2 fluxes||11/15/07||10/19/07|
|College of William and Mary||Ecology And Evolutionary Biology (MS)||11/15/07|
|Auburn University||Ecological mechanisms mediating cyanobacterial blooms (MS)||11/15/07||10/10/07|
|University of Louisiana at Lafayette:||Environmental and Evolutionary Biology (PhD)||11/13/07|
|Trinity College – Dublin:||Pasture Management (PhD)||11/13/07|
|Mississippi State University||Disease ecology and host-parasite interactions||11/10/07||10/19/07|
|Landscape Ecology/Forest Modeling||University of Montana||11/8/07|
|East Carolina University||Biodiversity||11/8/07|
|University of Arizona||Arid lands restoration, grass-shrub interactions||11/7/07|
|Fordham University||Ecology and field biology||11/6/07|
|Washington State University Pullman||Ecosystem Ecology on Mount St. Helens||11/6/07|
|Sul Ross State University||GIS/GPS, habitat mapping||11/5/07|
|ETH Zurich (Switzerland)||Role of mycorrhizae in mediating species diversity in tropical rain forests (PhD)||11/4/07||10/9/07|
|University of Arkansas at Monticello||Carbon Sequestration (MS)||11/1/07||9/11/07|
|Ohio University||Forest soil ecology||11/1/07||8/6/07|
|Universität Zürich||Primatology (PhD)||10/31/07||9/26/07|
|Utah State University||Climate change and plant population/community dynamics||10/30/07|
|Iowa State University||Savanna restoration ecology (MS)||10/29/07|
|Colorado State University||Forest Ecophysiology, Costa Rica (PhD)||10/25/07|
|University of Windsor||Ecology and adaptation of fish to contaminants||10/24/07|
|Iowa State University||Risk Assessment for Invasive Woody Plants||10/23/07|
|Pennsylvania State University||Forest Ecology/Carbon/Dendrochronology||10/22/07|
|Florida Atlantic University||Crayfish population ecology (MS)||10/22/07|
|Washington State University Vancouver||Ecology/conservation of at-risk butterflies and habitat restoration||10/22/07|
|Pennsylvania State University||Land-use transitions from traditional agriculture (PhD)||10/22/07|
|Ohio University||Forest Ecology and Urban Ecology (2 positions)||10/22/07|
|University of Wyoming||Physiological processes of free-ranging polar bears (PhD)||10/19/07|
|University of Nevada Reno||Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology||10/19/07|
|Michigan State University||Microbial Ecology||10/19/07|
|University of Washington||Natural resource decision systems||10/19/07|
|University of Maryland||Behavior, Ecology, Evolution and Systematics||10/19/07|
|University of Wisconsin – Madison||Plant-Insect Interactions and Biofuel Production||10/19/07|
|University of Akron||Bio-control of Invasive Species (PhD)||10/19/07|
|University of Louisiana at Lafayette||Spatiotemporal population dynamics, invasive species||10/19/07|
|Mississippi State University||Population and spatial ecology, birds, Puerto Rico (PhD)||10/19/07|
|Ohio State University||Earth Sciences||10/10/07|
|Michigan State University||Aquatic ecology and fisheries theory/modeling||10/8/07|
|University of Akron||Biology and Integrated Bioscience||10/5/07|
|University of Florida||Forest Restoration Ecology (PhD)||10/3/07|
|Universität Greifswald||Landscape Ecology and Nature Conservation (MS)||10/3/07|
|Texas State University – San Marcos||Stream Ecology||10/3/07|
|Oklahoma State University||Invasion Ecology, Zebra Mussels||10/3/07|
|Oklahoma State University||Silviculture or Applied Forest Ecology||10/3/07|
|University of Bern||Determinants of plant invasiveness (PhD)||10/1/07||9/4/07|
|Oregon State University||Influence of forest management on songbirds (MS)||10/1/07||8/7/07|
|Texas A&M University||Ecohydrology (PhD)||10/1/07||7/24/07|
|Southern Illinois University Carbondale||Human Dimensions of Watershed Management (MS)||9/28/07|
|Penn State University||Agroecology (PhD)||9/25/07|
|University of Georgia||Tropical Stream Ecology (PhD)||9/25/07|
|University of Notre Dame||Environmental challenges to human and global health (PhD)||9/25/07|
|University of Missouri-Columbia||Landscape Ecology and Modeling (PhD)||9/25/07|
|Michigan State University||Forest Inventory and Analysis (MS)||9/24/07|
|University of Victoria (Canada)||Paleoecology||9/21/07|
|University of Nevada Reno||Fire ecology and ecophysiology (MS)||9/20/07|
|University of Vermont||Developing methods for sampling mudpuppies (MS)||9/19/07|
|Iowa State University||Interactions between agricultural pests and genetically modified crops||9/19/07|
|Mississippi State University||Fisheries/Lake Restoration (MS)||9/18/07|
|San Diego State University||Primatology, wildlife conservation, and landscape ecology (MS)||9/15/07||8/30/07|
|University of Southern Mississippi||Marine Botany (PhD)||9/14/07|
|Oregon State University||Post-Fire Forest Ecology and Biogeochemistry (PhD)||9/14/07|
|University of Kansas||Community Ecology (PhD)||9/14/07|
|Utah State University||Restoration Ecology||9/11/07|
|Iowa State University||Savanna Restoration Ecology (MS)||9/10/07|
|Southern Illinois University Carbondale||Watershed Management||9/7/07|
|University of Minnesota||Natural Resource Sociology (PhD)||9/6/07|
|University of Calgary (Canada)||Population/community ecology||9/5/07|
|Southern Illinois University Carbondale||Human Dimensions of Ecosystem Management||9/5/07|
|University of Sydney (Australia)||Plant Ecophysiology and Ecosystem Processes (PhD)||9/5/07|
|University of Guelph (Canada)||Community ecology (2 positions)||9/4/07|
|Alabama A&M University||LiDAR, forest ecosystems||9/4/07|
|Alabama A&M University||Herb response to forest thinning (MS)||9/4/07|
|ETH Zurich (Switzerland)||Stable isotope ecology (2 PhD positions)||9/1/07||8/14/07|
|University of South Florida||Community ecology/herptofaunal conservation||8/31/07||7/17/07|
|Lincoln University (New Zealand)||Weed biocontrol and native species||8/31/07||7/17/07|
|University of Alabama||Ecosystem Carbon Dynamics||8/31/07||7/3/07|
|University of Florida||Forest Restoration Ecology (PhD)||8/30/07|
|University of Virginia||Climate and nutrient constraints on productivity in rainforest trees (PhD)||8/24/07|
|University of Antwerp (Belgium)||Intraspecific variation in fish movement behaviour (PhD)||8/20/07||8/2/07|
|Purdue University||Forestry (MS)||8/15/07|
|Mississippi State University||Invasive plant ecology||8/13/07|
|Colorado State University||Tibetan Ecosystem Vulnerability to Global Change (PhD)||8/9/07|
|University of Georgia||Population dynamics and control of West Nile Virus (PhD)||8/6/07|
|University of Illinois-Chicago||Landscape, Ecological, and Anthropogenic Processes (PhD)||8/6/07|
|University of Potsdam (Germany)||Ecology/Hydrology (2 PhD positions)||8/6/07||8/3/07|
|Montana State University||Agroecology||8/3/07|
|Macquarie University (Australia)||Modelling Climate Change Impacts on Plant Competition (PhD)||8/3/07||7/10/07|
|University of Florida||Coastal vegetation dynamics and restoration (PhD)||8/?/07||7/19/07|
|Louisiana State University||Hydrology/Water Quality||8/1/07|
|University of Antwerp||Stress Sensitivity of Plants and Ecosystems Under Climate Change (PhD)||7/31/07||7/18/07|
|Mississippi State University||Ecological genomics (PhD)||7/31/07||6/28/07|
|Colorado State University||Invasive plant evolutionary ecology and management (PhD)||7/26/07|
|University of Granada (Spain)||Genetic and ecological factors mediating the success of an invasive plant||7/25/07|
|University of Wisconsin – Madison||Arthropod food-web ecology at the landscape scale||7/25/07|
|Virginia Commonwealth University||Predator effects across life stages of red-eyed tree frogs||7/25/07|
|Universität Potsdam (Germany)||Modelling the response of populations, species and communities to global change||7/17/07|
|Colorado State University||Landscape response to wolf introduction||7/16/07|
|University of Nebraska||Tropical Stream Ecology||7/3/07|
|Iowa State University||Wildlife Genetics (PhD)||7/2/07|
|Iowa State University||Wildlife Disease and Landscape Genetics (MS)||7/2/07|
|University of Arizona||Grass-shrub interactions in arid lands (PhD)||6/29/07|
|Université Laval (Canada)||Forest landscape modelling (PhD)||6/28/07|
|Mississippi State University||Moist-Soil Wetland & Wildlife Management/Monitoring (MS)||6/28/07|
|University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science||Geomorphology/Ecology (PhD)||6/28/07|
|Dauphin Island Sea Lab||Coastal ecology and seagrass restoration (PhD)||6/27/07|
|Penn State University||Ecology, Structure, and Silviculture of Eastern Hardwood Forests||6/19/07|
|New Jersey Institute of Technology||Marine ecology and computer science (PhD)||6/18/07|
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Alabama A&M University: I am looking for a graduate student (PhD or MS) to supplement and continue our work with LiDAR data and color infrared imagery in north Alabama hardwood forest ecosystems. Desired background includes a degree in forestry or natural resources and experience in working with LiDAR and other remotely sensed data. Available for the student will be a laptop, desktop, specialized software, travel funds, undergraduate student assistants, technician assistance, and any additional equipment and supplies needed for the work. Funded by the National Science Foundation. There are approximately a dozen other graduate students working on different aspects of the project at this time. For additional information: Luben.Dimov@aamu.edu, 256-372-4545. (IMPORTANT NOTE: available only to US citizens or permanent residents). Posted: 9/4/07.
Alabama A&M University: An MS assistantship is available to study the response of forest herbaceous vegetation in a forest ecosystem restoration project in response to various levels of overstory removal and burning frequencies. Strong background in plant taxonomy and botany is crucial. Available for the student will be a laptop, handheld field computer, all necessary field equipment and supplies, travel funds, undergraduate student assistants, and a technician. The study area is in north Alabama. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation. There are approximately a dozen other graduate students working on different aspects of the study. The area has plenty of outdoor recreational opportunities within a short driving distance. Desired starting date: Spring (preferred) or Summer Semester of 2008. Starting before the summer of 2008 will allow the applicant to learn the plant species from the current graduate student. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For additional information: Luben Dimov, Center for Forestry, Ecology, and Wildlife, PO Box 1927, Alabama A&M University, Normal AL 35762. Luben.Dimov@aamu.edu, 256-372-4545. (IMPORTANT NOTE: available only to US citizens or permanent residents). Posted: 9/4/07.
Auburn University: Graduate Research Assistantship in Wildlife Sciences funded by the US Forest Service is available through the Alabama Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (ALCFWRU) at the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University. The selected student will conduct field research on the factors that influence the use of natural ponds in the Copper River Delta, Alaska by waterfowl and other birds. Ponds and other water bodies in the Copper River Delta (CRD) occur across a dynamic range of sites from glacial outwash plains to recently formed tidal marshes. This research is part of a multi-university, multi-disciplinary project examining chemical characteristics, nutrient limitation, aquatic food webs, and their linkages to terrestrial birds and herbivores. Desired Qualifications: The selected student must be highly motivated and willing to work in adverse weather conditions at remote locations on the CRD as part of a research team with multi-disciplinary interests. Ideally the selected should have a working knowledge of water birds and their habitat requirements, the ability to recognize birds by sight and sound, as well as methods for estimating habitat relationships, distribution, and abundance and field experience. Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor's degree in biology, ecology, wildlife sciences, or a related discipline. A Masters degree and relevant work experience conducting water bird surveys in remote areas are preferred. How to Apply: Candidates will apply for admission into the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences graduate program. Details regarding application to the graduate school are at http://www.grad.auburn.edu/. The starting date is summer semester 2008 with potential for earlier employment opportunities. Selection will be based on letters of recommendation, work experience, and enthusiasm for the work proposed. Send letter of interest, resumé, GRE scores, transcripts, and names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references to Dr. James B. Grand at firstname.lastname@example.org. Salary: M.Sc. $15,540, Ph.D. $18,180 for 12 months plus out-of-state tuition waiver. Deadline: Review of applications is ongoing. All application materials should be submitted by Mar. 15, 2008. Posted: 7/25/07, revised: 2/29/08.
Auburn University: MS research assistantships in basic and applied limnology Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures. Two MS research assistantships are available to study the ecological mechanisms mediating harmful cyanobacterial blooms using a suite of empirical approaches, including laboratory-based mechanistic studies and limnocorral and whole-pond experiments. To learn more about our research interests, visit http://www.wilsonlab.com. Ideal candidates will be hard-working and creative, work well independently and as part of a team, and have a solid background in aquatic ecology. Starting dates are flexible, but preference will be given to students available January or May 2008. Stipends are competitive, based on qualifications, and accompanied by full tuition waivers. Interested students are encouraged to email (1) a letter of interest, (2) copies of transcripts and GRE scores, (3) names and contact information for three professional references, and (4) a resume to Alan Wilson at email@example.com by 15 November 2007 for full consideration. Posted: 10/10/07.
Boston University: Department of Biology - Program in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution. I am seeking gradute students for the 2008-2009 academic year in the areas of biogeochemistry, forest ecology and global change biology. Funding is available to work on a project examining the impacts of variation in winter climate on forest productivity and nutrient dynamics. Applicants should be independent and highly motivated with academic research and/or field experience in plant ecology, soil ecology or nutrient cycling. I encourage prospective students to contact me to discuss potential projects and to set up interviews. Formal review of applications began in our department January 15. Therefore, interested people should directly send me their unofficial application, including CV, GRE, GPA and names of 3 references. Applications and inquiries about the graduate student position should be sent to Pamela Templer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 1/30/08.
Bowling Green State University: A PhD-level position for graduate study in the Department of Biological Sciences is available for Fall 2008 to conduct research on steelhead trout distribution, philopatry and mixed stock analyses in Lake Erie. Virtually all steelhead in Lake Erie come from annual stockings by four states (MI, OH, PA, and NY). Water chemistry differences in the hatcheries in each state suggest that differences among state stockings can be determined via otolith chemistry (differences in elemental or isotope ratios). We have three years of Ohio Sea Grant funding to study the questions above, and we are looking for a PhD student to take the lead addressing these. Support includes Research Assistantships for two of three semesters each year (GTA the other semester) with tuition and fees waived. Start Date: August 15, 2008 for the graduate program, although we have funding to start you as a tech for at least part of the summer. Qualifications: Master's degree in Natural Resources, Ecology, Environmental Science, or related field is required with a good background in inorganic chemistry and analytical/quantitative skills. Minimum academic requirements for the program are an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and a GRE score of 1100 and 4.5 (v + q and analytical writing, respectively). International students are expected to have a minimum TOEFL score of 250 (computer based) or 600 (paper based). Application materials and instructions. For further information, contact Jeff Miner (email@example.com). Deadline: Position is open until filled. We want to have the position filled by April 15, so applications should be completed by March 15. Posted: 2/6/08.
California State University-Fresno: Fresno River Watershed Assessment (Madera County, CA). One or two MS-level research assistantships are available starting in the summer or fall 2008 at Fresno State. Students will participate in a collaborative project with the goal of using past and current stream monitoring to identify watershed functions and processes that are most compromised by current watershed activities and most at risk with future development. Priorities for a student thesis within the project include bioassessment using macroinvertebrates or microbial indicators of septic infiltration, but other theses based on hydrology and/or water chemistry within a watershed context may be considered. Assistantship duties will include supervising stream sampling field crews and laboratory processing of macroinvertebrate samples in addition to the thesis. Successful applicants should demonstrate evidence of being able to work collaboratively, but also independently, as well as the ability to effectively supervise undergraduate technicians. Experience with data analysis including multivariate techniques is desirable. Presentations at conferences and publication is expected. Depending on the number of students on the project, one or two years of support of at least $15k is available. The assistantships will be largely supported through a research grant, but may also include a teaching assistantship and internal support. To apply, send an e-mail message (and attachments) describing research interests and career goals; names, phone numbers, and email addresses of 3 references; academic history and GRE scores to Dr. Steve Blumenshine: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 559-278-8770; Address: Biology Dept. M/S SB73, CSU-Fresno, Fresno, CA 93740. Posted: 1/16/08.
Carleton University: M.Sc. and Ph.D. Assistantships in fish ecology and conservation. The Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology Laboratory is seeking strong candidates with an interest in the behaviour and physiology of freshwater and marine fish. Projects are typically interdisciplinary, ranging from basic (e.g., energetics of parental care, the relationship between physiological stress and population level processes) to applied (e.g., hydropower impacts, catch-and-release science). All projects involve substantial field work and collaboration with a diverse team of stakeholders and scientists. Ideal candidates will be creative, self-motivated, and have exceptional problem solving abilities. Superior communication skills are essential. A minimum GPA of 80% (A-) is required for M.Sc. applicants and 85% (A) for Ph.D. applicants. Closing date: 02/15/2008 - Positions will begin May or Sept 2008. Contact: In the first instance, send a CV, letter of interest, and unofficial summary of grades to Steven Cooke, Department of Biology, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Dr., Ottawa, ON Canada K1S 5B6. Email: Steven_Cooke@carleton.ca Phone: (613) 867-6711. Posted: 10/2/07.
Clemson University: PhD graduate research assistantship to study bird conservation and function in diversified agroecosystems; research will contribute to a larger effort to develop a healthy farm index including landscape scale modeling of ecosystem services and bird population/land use relationships. This Clemson University research will be collaborative with similar research initiated at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in fall 2006. Available immediately or by August 2008. Qualifications: MS in wildlife ecology or related field. Applicants must have a solid background in wildlife ecology and be skilled in bird identification and observation, be able to communicate and work with a wide variety of people, and be willing to work under extreme weather and field conditions. Experience with GIS, landscape analysis, data management and analysis, agricultural systems, and bird and habitat sampling protocols preferred. Assistantship provides $18,500 per year plus reduced tuition and subsidized health insurance. Interested individuals should contact Dr. Ron J. Johnson, 245 Lehotsky Hall, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634; office phone: 864-656-6802; cell: 402-304-0025; email: email@example.com. More information on MS and PhD degrees in wildlife and fisheries biology. Applications include a statement of purpose (interest and goals), CV, transcripts & GRE scores, and names and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin June 2, 2008 but position will remain open until filled. Posted: 5/19/08.
Clemson University: Ph.D. Fellowship in Tropical Plant Ecology, Department of Biological Sciences We are seeking a motivated doctoral student to study tropical plant ecology on the island of Dominica in the Lesser Antilles. Research in the DeWalt and Ickes labs in the Department of Biological Sciences at Clemson University includes invasion biology, community ecology, population ecology, restoration ecology, and the study of plant-animal interactions. An annual stipend of approximately $30k is guaranteed for three years through a combination of a teaching assistantship and university fellowship. Another two years of support is guaranteed through teaching assistantships. Students would be expected to begin in June 2008. If you are interested, please e-mail Saara DeWalt (firstname.lastname@example.org) immediately with (1) a brief letter detailing your relevant research experience, educational background, and research interests; (2) CV; (3) undergraduate and graduate GPA; and (4) verbal, quantitative, and analytical GRE scores. International students should send their TOEFL scores. We will respond to indicate whether you should submit an application for admission to Clemson University. The department’s application deadline is January 15th. We will give preference to students who are able to meet this deadline. Posted: 9/24/07, revised: 12/17/07.
College of William and Mary: The Biology department is recruiting new Master's students in ecology and evolutionary biology, to start in Fall 2008. We offer a two-year research-intensive Masters program wherein students are supported by teaching assistantships and full tuition waivers. This is an ideal program for undergrads who are thinking about graduate schools but may not be quite ready to apply to a high- profile Ph.D. program or are looking for broad training in ecology and related fields for work in consulting or resource management. With a low student to faculty ratio (approximately 8-10 new students each year with 23 full-time faculty), we can offer an intimate and highly personalized research and education experience rarely attainable at larger universities. Also, our graduate students often work closely with and mentor undergraduates, offering numerous informal teaching and personal development opportunities. Most of our faculty have funding from NSF, NIH, HHMI and other organizations. Many of us are actively looking to take on new MS students next year. General information about our program is available from the department website. Posted: 11/15/07.
Colorado State University: Forest Ecophysiology (PhD), Graduate Degree Program in Ecology. Seeking a highly motivated PhD student to participate in an interdisciplinary study on the role of precipitation manipulation in woodland productivity, ecosystem carbon balance, and tree mortality starting as soon as possible. The PhD student will measure and model plant respiration, estimate canopy photosynthesis for the piñon, juniper and the understory, collaborate with the entire research team, and develop an independent project within the context of the study. The field site is at Sevilleta Long Term Ecological Research site in New Mexico. This is a collaborative project with Will Pockman at the University of New Mexico and Nate McDowell at Los Alamos National Laboratory on a study of precipitation impacts on piñon-juniper woodlands. Desired attributes and experience: a Masters degree in ecology, biology, or environmental sciences; and the ability to write well, problem solve, and finish tasks. Experience in the field and lab, especially with ecophysiology equipment, and quantitative skills would also be helpful. Interested potential students should contact Mike Ryan (email@example.com, 970-498-1012) to learn more about the position and CSU. Posted: 5/19/08.
Colorado State University: This 4-year PhD project will investigate the effects of urbanization on disease dynamics in felids via a NSF-funded research project (Dr. Kevin Crooks and Dr. Sue Vandewoude). Specific focus will be on GPS telemetry surveys of bobcats across a gradient of urbanization in Colorado. Qualifications: BS related to wildlife biology, ecology, or related fields. M.S. preferred but not required. GPA > 3.5, Combined Quantitative and Verbal GRE scores > 1200 (or average percentile score> 75%). Applicants should be highly motivated with a strong work ethic, well-developed oral and written communication skills, and an excellent academic background. Field experience with carnivore surveys and telemetry preferred. Advanced skills with GIS software and analyses preferred. Salary: $20k/year plus tuition for 4 years starting summer/fall 2008. Last date to apply: January 31 2008. To apply: Please send an email with a brief statement of interest and CV to: Dr. Kevin Crooks, Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, 115 Wagar, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523. Phone: 970-491-7936, FAX: 970-491-5091, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 1/7/08.
Colorado State University: Forest Ecophysiology, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology. Seeking a highly motivated PhD student to participate in an interdisciplinary study on the role of tree species in forest productivity and ecosystem carbon balance, starting January 2008. The PhD student will measure and model plant respiration, estimate canopy photosynthesis for the different species, collaborate with the entire research team, and develop an independent project within the context of the study. The field site is at La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica, and the PhD candidate will spend 6 months to a year at La Selva, working in rainforest field conditions on scaffolding towers at heights up to 35 m. Desired: a background in forestry or field biology, experience with ecophysiology equipment, a Masters degree, fieldwork experience, experimental, laboratory, and quantitative skills, and the ability to write well, problem solve, finish tasks, and speak Spanish. To apply, send your CV (including GRE scores and percentiles), a one page description of your research interests, a description of your qualifications, and contact information for three references to Mike Ryan (email@example.com). Posted: 10/25/07.
Colorado State University: I am seeking highly motivated M.S. and/or Ph.D. candidates to join my landscape ecology lab. Ongoing projects are centered on global change: (1) forest dynamics, disturbance and climate change in Rocky Mountain forests, and (2) exotic plant invasions of forest ecosystems. This position will offer the opportunity to develop skills and experience in disturbance ecology, ecological modeling, and landscape ecology. A primary focus of each project will be the field parameterization and application of a forest simulation model (SORTIE) to model future forest and disturbance dynamics under IPCC predicted climate change scenarios. Field data and model scenarios will be used to help identify likely changes in forest communities including exotic invasions, and key thresholds in the species-disturbance-climate interface. Graduate students will have the opportunity to creatively pursue their own questions within these broader themes. This position requires a love of mountains, given the physically-challenging nature of field research in the Rocky Mountains. The assistantship includes a graduate student stipend, health insurance benefits, and the cost of tuition. Please contact me for more information or with questions at: Patrick.Martin@colostate.edu. Applications for this position should be submitted through the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology. Indicate your research interests and qualifications in your personal statement, particularly G.I.S., statistical and modeling skills, and fieldwork experience. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible with a deadline of February 15th, 2008. The start date is flexible, but no later than June 1st, 2008. Posted: 10/24/07.
Colorado State University: A PhD assistantship is available to participate in a NSF funded interdisciplinary study of ecosystem and herder vulnerability to extreme weather events on the Tibetan Plateau. The PhD student will establish and conduct a snow manipulation and grazing experiment in Tibet, conduct observational sampling of vegetation and soils, including the use of natural isotopic analysis. The student will primarily be responsible for the ecological component of this project, but will also be expected to collaborate with social scientists, and to work with modelers who are developing a coupled ecosystem-household decision-making model. The graduate student can earn a degree through the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology or through the Department of Forest, Rangeland & Watershed Stewardship. The PhD candidate should be familiar with plant ecology, ecosystem ecology, and/or biogeochemistry. Experience working with natural abundance isotopes, knowledge of Mandarin Chinese or Tibetan languages, and experience working/living in remote regions of developing countries are all advantageous. The candidate should be able to work independently for months at a time in a remote field setting. If the candidate does not know Chinese or Tibetan, s/he should be willing to take a class in Mandarin Chinese. For more details about this position and information on how to apply, please view the full position announcement on the website of Dr. Julia A. Klein. A starting date of January 2008 or earlier is ideal. However, students who can join this project in the summer or fall of 2008 are also encouraged to apply. Posted: 8/9/07.
Colorado State University: The Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management announces the availability of four PhD assistantships in the evolutionary ecology and management of invasive plants. These positions provide stipend and research support for the pursuit of a PhD degree within the Department’s graduate program or within the University’s interdisciplinary Graduate Degree Program in Ecology. The research topics for the positions are: • Resource-based variation in plant tolerance to herbivory and biological control efficacy (With advisor Andrew Norton (firstname.lastname@example.org)). • Comparative population ecology and management of black henbane (Hyoscyamus niger) (With advisor Ruth Hufbauer (email@example.com)). • Precision mapping, modeling, monitoring, and integrated management of key invasive plants on riparian and upland sites in the Colorado front range (with advisors Phil Westra (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Tom Stohlgren (toms@NREL.colostate.edu)) • Adaptive management of secondary invasions following tamarisk removal (With advisor Scott Nisson (email@example.com) and collaborators Phil Westra, Anna Sher, and Ken Lair). For more information and application instructions, please email the contact person listed for each project. Successful applicants will be expected to begin their degree program in 2008. Deadlines for application materials are August 1, 2007 for Spring 2008 admission, Dec. 1 2007 for Summer 2008 admission, January 1, 2008 for Fall 2008 admission. If you are interested, contact the relevant person as soon as possible. Posted: 7/26/07.
Colorado State University: We seek a Ph.D. student in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology to study how a landscape has responded to perturbation created by the arrival of an apex-predator. The student will develop and analyze a time-series of observations of willow communities before and after introduction of wolves to the northern range of Yellowstone National Park. The student will also extend an ongoing, factorial experiment examining the responses of willows to simulated beaver dams and elk browsing. Preference will be given to applicants who have completed a successful, field-oriented masters project resulting in peer-reviewed publications. The ability to work successfully in a team and to interact effectively with collaborators and managers in the Park will be critical. Interested applicants should send an email with curriculum vitae to both Dr. David Cooper (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Tom Hobbs (email@example.com). Posted: 7/16/07.
Dartmouth College: The Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology invites applications from prospective Ph.D. students. We offer a wide range of opportunities for study in a diversity of biological systems, and our core group of enthusiastic faculty, graduate students and post-docs provide an exciting environment in which to pursue a Ph.D. Generous support is available in the form of fellowships, health care, and discretionary funds for research and travel. Detailed information about the program, and access to online applications, are available at the link above. Promising applicants will be invited for interviews in February. Posted: 12/21/07.
Dauphin Island Sea Lab: A Ph.D. assistantship is available at the DISL/University of South Alabama to carry out work on coastal ecology and seagrass restoration. The student will be in charge of maintaining, developing and implementing a long-term data set on the ecology of three coastal shallow lagoons in the North Central Gulf of Mexico. The student is also expected to complement that observational data set with well-targeted field and lab experiments that will improve our understanding of the functioning of shallow lagoons and other coastal systems. Finally, the student will supervise a project aimed at evaluating the environmental benefits brought about with seagrass restoration in shallow systems of the North Central Gulf of Mexico. To apply for the position, please send a resume, a letter stating why you are interested in the position and what you intend to achieve with your work at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, and the names and contact information of three references to Dr. Just Cebrian (firstname.lastname@example.org). The assistantship is available immediately. Posted: 6/27/07.
Duke University: Graduate Student Positions in Disease Dynamics and Evolution Dept. of Biology, Duke University, Durham, NC. If you are interested in using quantitative approaches to study the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases, please feel free to contact me by e-mail. I am looking for one to two graduate students to start next fall (August 2008) and the following one (August 2009). I am specifically interested in students who think innovatively and preferably have some background in theoretical biology (ideally ecology and/or evolutionary biology). Although undergraduate degrees in math or computer science are not necessary, the candidate must already possess or feel extremely comfortable in developing quantitative skills. Main research projects in my lab currently focus on (1) understanding the role of climate variability in driving disease dynamics, (2) developing mathematical and statistical models to understand the disease dynamics of rapidly evolving pathogens such as influenza and dengue, (3) drawing quantitative comparisons between the ecological and evolutionary patterns of rapidly evolving pathogens at the population level versus at the within-host level. Although most of this research has focused on bacterial and viral pathogens that infect humans, current projects are also considering the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of pathogens in other hosts (e.g., avian and equine hosts). Individuals interested in joining my lab should generally be interested in one or more of the research topics listed above. I expect incoming graduate students to be excited about their research, to be able to synthesize and incorporate material from different fields, including ecology, evolution, virology, applied math, and epidemiology. Most importantly, graduate students of mine should see infectious diseases as providing a great model system to quantitatively study open questions in ecology and evolutionary biology. See below for further information. Further information: Beyond the important interactions that grad students and post-docs will have with ecologists and evolutionary biologists in the Department of Biology, there are also many other resources at Duke that a student/post-doc studying infectious diseases with me could tap into. Specifically, Duke is home to a recently founded Global Health Institute, a Theoretical Immunology group, a Vaccine Institute, and a Center for Nonlinear and Complex Systems. My lab has established collaborations with several of these groups, and is looking to further these ties. Furthermore, NESCent, UNC-Chapel Hill, and NC State are all within half an hour of Duke University, creating a larger academic community in the Triangle Region. Contact info: Katia Koelle, email@example.com. Posted: 11/15/07.
East Carolina University: An NSF supported research assistantship is available for a PhD student to participate in a 5 year project that examines the consequences of biodiversity loss in temporary ponds located in the coastal plain of North Carolina. The position is based out of Dr. David Chalcraft's lab in the Department of Biology at East Carolina University. The PI will primarily be focusing on the biodiversity of aquatic insects and larval frogs. Although the PI will consider students who desire to work primarily with insects and amphibians, he is particularly interested in recruiting students that have prior experience working with algae and/or invertebrates other than insects. Research in the Chalcraft lab focuses on determinants of the intensity of species interactions (especially within aquatic systems), causes and consequences of spatial and temporal variation in species composition, and the stability of populations and communities. East Carolina University is the third largest member (25, 000 students) within the University of North Carolina system and is located in Greenville, NC (approx. 1.5 hours east of Raleigh). The Department of Biology has 44 faculty and over 60 graduate students that are enrolled in the Department's master's program, the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Biological Sciences, and the Doctoral Program in Coastal Resource Management. Candidates can apply through either of the two doctoral programs. The primary field site is the Croatan National Forest (near Morehead City, NC) and the PI has an array of artificial ponds located at East Carolina University's West Research Campus, a 600 acre tract of land that is located 10-15 minutes away from the main campus. Applicants should send a brief cover letter, CV/resume, statement of relevant research experience and interests (1-2 pages), and list of references to Dr. David Chalcraft (firstname.lastname@example.org). It is possible that the successful candidate could be hired as a technician in the lab (beginning in April 2008) prior to enrolling in the doctoral program so the candidate should also express whether they have an interest in this position. Posted 11/8/07.
Eastern Illinois University: Plant Ecology / Invasion Biology. A M.S. research assistantship is available starting summer 2008 to work on the Buell-Small Succession Study (BSS), the longest continuous study of post-agricultural vegetation dynamics. The BSS is based at Eastern Illinois University and provides unique opportunities to study vegetation dynamics, succession and plant invasions. Potential candidates should have good quantitative skills and strong interests in plant ecology or invasion biology. RA responsibilities will include: data collection and management, conducting analyses with the BSS data, manuscript preparation, direction of undergraduate student researchers and general collaboration. Applicants will also be expected to develop and publish original research utilizing the BSS data with a focus on invasions. Evaluation of candidates will begin February 29 and continue until the position is filled. To apply, please send a letter of interest, cv/resume, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to email@example.com. Scott J. Meiners, Department of Biological Sciences, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL 61920. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 217 581-3425. Posted: 1/28/08.
ETH Zurich: The Professorship of Ecosystem Management is offering a PhD position in Plant and Mycorrhizal Ecology to address the relative importance of mycorrhizae in structuring plant distributions and niche segregation among soil types, as a mechanism for maintaining species diversity in tropical rain forests. Start Date January 2008. The project will be supervised by Prof. Jaboury Ghazoul and based at ETH Zurich, but will also include collaboration with Dr Marcel Vanderheijden in Switzerland, Dr Reuben Nilus in Malaysia and Dr David Burslem in Scotland. The research will represent a continuation of ongoing studies on tropical forest ecology at Sepilok Forest Reserve in Borneo. Tropical tree seedlings are known to partition the environment along a range of abiotic and biotic gradients, lending support to the niche segregation hypothesis as a mechanism to explain the coexistence of high species diversity in tropical forests. Little, however, is known about how mycorrhizal associations with tree species on different soil types might contribute to niche segregation. Explaining the persistence of generalist tree species that range across several soil types represents a challenge for the niche segregation hypothesis, but one that may be explained by a more complete understanding of the interactions between trees and their mycorrhizal partners. Through this project we aim to explore the degree of host and soil specificity of mycorrhizae of dipterocarp trees and determine the degree to which this shapes growth, competition and survival among seedlings of soil specialist and soil generalist dipterocarps. We are seeking a highly motivated applicant, with a desire to undertake field studies in tropical rain forests as well as laboratory-based research on mycorrhizae. The project will involve field experiments, laboratory morphotyping and molecular genetics. Applicants should have a Masters degree in ecology or related subject, and preferably some tropical field experience. Familiarity with statistics, mycorrhizae and molecular work would be advantageous. Good spoken and written English is essential, while spoken German would be advantageous though not strictly necessary. Applicants should be prepared to work in hot and humid tropical forest conditions, as well as undertake laboratory work. The PhD research will be linked to other ongoing work on the general theme of mechanisms for co-existence among tropical trees The PhD student will be a member of the Ecosystem Management group, led by Prof. Jaboury Ghazoul, at ETH Zurich. The group currently consists of four postdocs and ten PhD students, with associated administrative, teaching and technical staff. Members of the group are from several countries in Europe and beyond, and English is the working language. Information about the research group can be found at www.ecology.ethz.ch. Requests for additional information on the position offered, or other informal enquiries, should be directed to Ankara Chen, chen(at)env.ethz.ch, Tel: +41 (0)44 632 8630. Conditions of Employment Three years appointment at ETH Zurich. Starting salary: 37,647 CHF rising to 42,504 CHF in the third year. Application Please send, in English, a letter of motivation, a CV and names and addresses of two academic referees to Ms. Ankara Chen by email: chen(at)env.ethz.ch Deadline 4 November 2007. Posted: 10/9/07.
ETH Zurich: The Institute of Plant Sciences at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, Chair of Grassland Sciences, seeks 2 PhD students in stable isotope ecology. Responsibilities: Study of carbon and water cycles in terrestrial ecosystems using stable isotopes of carbon and oxygen. Tasks include measurements of isotopologues of carbon dioxide and water with a laser spectroscopy system in the lab and in the field. One position focuses on the development of flux chambers and their application for automated isotope measurements of soil respiration and leaf photosynthesis. The other position focuses on manipulative drought experiments under laboratory and field conditions. Both positions include experiment design and realization, participation in field campaigns, presentation of results nationally and internationally as well as team work. Requirements: Dynamic and motivated students with M.Sc./Diplom or equivalent in ecology, environmental sciences, atmospheric sciences or related fields. Expertise to speak, read and write in English is required. Research will be carried out within a Marie Curie Excellence Team. Appointments are for 3.5 years starting in November 2007. Salary is in accordance with EC guidelines for Marie Curie Excellence Grants and includes social benefits according to Swiss rules. Your application: Please send your complete application (incl. description of motivation, preference of focus, CV, copies of degree certificates, names and contact details of two referees) before September 1, 2007 to Dr. Alexander Knohl (email@example.com). Posted: 8/14/07.
Florida Atlantic University: Funding is available for a MS student to study crayfish population ecology in the Everglades. The student will develop a thesis project investigating the effects of hydrologic variation on population success of two species of crayfish. The position is associated with an ongoing grant, will be funded with a combination of TA and RA money, and includes a tuition waiver. Starting date: June 2008. Requires a Bachelors degree in biology, zoology, fisheries, or a related field. A demonstrated strong work ethic and the ability to work and think independently or as part of a team are required. Experience working with fish or macro-invertebrates is helpful, but ability and willingness to perform physical tasks in remote settings with harsh environmental conditions (e.g., biting insects) is absolutely necessary. Minimum academic qualifications include GRE scores > 1000 (verbal + quantitative) and an undergraduate GPA > 3.2. A valid driver's license is required. Interested students should contact Nathan Dorn (firstname.lastname@example.org; 954-236-1315) before officially applying to the program. Please send a letter of intent, a resume (including GRE scores), and contact information for 3 professional references. Nathan Dorn, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, 2912 College Avenue, Florida Atlantic University, Davie, FL 33314. Posted: 10/22/07.
Fordham University: The Department of Biological Sciences has a select number of research and teaching fellowships available for enthusiastic, highly qualified M.S. and Ph.D. students interested in ecology and field biology, with a broad range of research topics available. Areas of emphasis for graduate research include: ecology of vector-borne diseases, ecosystem responses to local and regional disturbances, evolution of intracellular bacterial pathogens and mutualists, plant-pollinator interactions, ecology of algae in streams and rivers, global climate change, terrestrial and aquatic microbial ecology, winter ecology of small mammals, mycorrhiza, avian ecology and behavior, and the ecology of invasive species. The program recently added three new faculty members specializing in conservation biology, with research emphases on birds, mammals, and plants. Research projects in collaborations with staff at the Wildlife Conservation Society and New York Botanical Garden are also available for incoming graduate students. Students will have use of the Louis Calder Center - Biological Field Station and the facilities of the biology department for their studies. Students also 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 the diverse array of opportunities offered by the city. The Calder Center is located in suburban Westchester County, approximately 25 miles north of Rose Hill. Stipends begin at $27,000 per year, plus full tuition remission. Applications may be submitted online or requested. Questions can be directed to us by email (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org) or at Graduate Ecology Admissions, Louis Calder Center - Biological Field Station, Fordham University, PO Box 887, Armonk, NY USA, 10504. Posted: 11/6/07.
Fort Hays State University: Four new graduate assistantships have been funded to support outstanding students seeking an MS degree in Biology at FHSU while working at the new Kansas Wetlands Education Center. The graduate assistantships will be available for students who will begin graduate studies in the fall semester of 2008. The Kansas Wetlands Education Center, located at Cheyenne Bottoms in central Kansas, will be a branch museum of the Sternberg Museum of Natural History. Cheyenne Bottoms is the largest marsh in the interior of the United States. It is approximately 70 miles southeast of FHSU and consists of three units: 19,857 acres known as the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area and managed by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks; 7,200 acres known as the Cheyenne Bottoms Preserve and managed by The Nature Conservancy; and 21,820 acres known as the Quivera National Wildlife Refuge and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The role of the Kansas Wetlands Education Center will be to interpret wetlands and educate the public. The facility is under construction and is scheduled to open in the autumn of 2008. Persons interested in applying for the graduate assistantships must seek admission as graduate students in the Department of Biological Sciences (application procedures | guidelines for grad students). Students who wish to pursue graduate studies in any area of Biology that relates to wetlands are encouraged to apply. A partial list of appropriate areas of study includes ornithology, wildlife management, conservation biology, mammalogy, herpetology, aquatic biology, ecology, wetland microbial ecology, ichthyology, and entomology. Consult the list of faculty members in the Department to ascertain whether or not your area of research interest is covered. The graduate assistantships will be awarded in the spring (March or April) of 2008. They are for one year and are renewable for a second year. The stipend is $12k. For additional information, contact Jerry Choate (email@example.com) or Dr. Elmer Finck (firstname.lastname@example.org), Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Fort Hays State University. Posted: 12/14/07.
Georgia Institute of Technology: I (Lin Jiang) am accepting applications for graduate student opportunities in my laboratory in the School of Biology. My area of research is community ecology, and my lab has investigated various questions in this broad field (more info on the lab website linked above). Students interested in community ecology and related fields are encouraged to apply. The successful candidates will have the freedom to choose their study systems (laboratory, field, or theoretical) and develop their own research projects during their graduate studies. Competitive stipends are provided in the format of research and teaching assistantships, with graduate fellowships also available for outstanding candidates. The application deadline is Dec 31, 2007. Apply online. Potential applicants may contact me (email:email@example.com) for further information. Posted: 12/13/07.
Huxley College: I have a position open in my lab for a master's student, starting in July 2008. I am looking for an exceptional student who is interested in studying the interaction between boreal forests and climate. The project is a large collaborative effort and there is some latitude on the specifics of the project. Brief Project Description: The expansion of forest vegetation within and into the Arctic is one of the profound transformations that the Arctic land surface is likely to undergo in the coming decades. The spread of forest vegetation has significant ramifications as it is likely to cause both positive and negative feedbacks on climate, and to alter the availability of crucial natural resources. This NSF-funded project is merging satellite-based measurements of forest growth, with field measurements, and models of carbon dynamics to arrive at a better understanding of how boreal forests have respond to climate over the last 25 years and how they might change in the future. Required Qualifications: 1. Bachelor's degree in environmental science, ecology, biology, geography or similar including the prerequisites for admission to the graduate program 2. Experience with GIS or Remote Sensing 3. Experience or interest in statistical modeling 4. Good physical condition and ability to do vigorous field work in very remote locations 5. Must be available for international travel to Russia and Canada 6. Fun, interesting, well rounded person! Desired Qualifications: 1. Computer programming 2. Russian language skills Interested applicants should contact me directly. Click here for more information. Click here for information about the M.S. in Environmental Science at WWU. We have a strong and supportive community of environmental scientists whose research interests span terrestrial and freshwater ecology, conservation biology, toxicology, biogeochemistry, and marine science. Posted: 11/15/07.
Idaho State University: The Stream Ecology Center invites applications for 2 prospective Ph.D. students to begin in summer or fall 2008. The students will conduct research as part of two broad, interdisciplinary studies—one an investigation of ecosystem impacts of climate change in the Salmon River basin of central Idaho, and the other a large-scale field experiment to measure the consequences of salmon carcasses for the productivity and diversity of linked aquatic-terrestrial food webs in the Snake River basin. An M.S. degree in aquatic ecology or related discipline is preferred, though not required. Candidates must be highly motivated, work well with a team, and be willing to conduct research in wilderness settings. Desired qualifications also include excellent academic record, substantial field experience in aquatic ecosystems, a good quantitative background, and strong writing and computing skills. Generous graduate research assistantship stipends and full tuition waivers are provided. For more information contact Dr. Colden Baxter (firstname.lastname@example.org, 208-282-6098). Application procedure. Positions are open until filled, but interviews are planned for late February-early March, so please apply before then for full consideration. Posted: 2/6/08.
Indiana University/Kent State University: We are seeking two Ph.D. students to begin Fall 2008 on a new NSF-funded, 4-year project examining the interactions among DOM, microbial community structure, and denitrification in an agricultural stream network in central Indiana. Students involved with the project will have the opportunity to combine molecular biology and ecosystem-scale research to address basic and applied questions regarding aquatic ecology and nitrogen biogeochemistry. One position is at Indiana University and the other at Kent State University; both institutions offer competitive stipends and access to state-of-the-art research facilities. The student at Indiana will focus on the biogeochemistry of DOM and in-stream denitrification using 15N tracer releases. The student at Kent State will focus on molecular microbial ecology and community structure using terminal-restriction fragment length polymorphism (T-RFLP) analysis, quantitative PCR and DNA sequencing/phylogenetics. Applicants with experience in any of these methods are particularly desired. The students will interact closely with each other and also the post-doc on the project, thus we seek applicants who can perform well as part of an inter-disciplinary team. Applicants must have, or be eligible for, a valid driver’s license for travel to the field sites. Interested students should contact Todd Royer at Indiana (email@example.com) and/or Laura Leff at Kent State (firstname.lastname@example.org) for additional details. Information about our research programs, graduate degree requirements and institutions can be found at the links above. Posted: 1/16/08.
Iowa State University: Two graduate assistantships (M.S. or Ph.D.) are available in the Department of Entomology to study ecological and evolutionary aspects of interactions between agricultural pests and crop plants with the goal of enhancing pest management and sustainability of agriculture. Students may pursue degrees in entomology, or in ecology and evolution through the University’s interdepartmental program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Degrees also may be earned in both areas of study simultaneously. Interested individuals should send a cover letter describing research interests and career goals, the names and contact information of 3 references, and a curriculum vitae to Aaron Gassmann (email@example.com). Although electronic applications are preferred, application materials may also be mailed to Department of Entomology, 110 Insectary, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011. Posted: 6/11/08.
Iowa State University: A PhD graduate student position is available to study the gene expression response to naturally fluctuating temperature in turtles with alternative sex determining mechanisms. The position is part of an NSF-funded project in the laboratory of Nicole Valenzuela, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology. The project calls for field and laboratory developmental experiments to help elucidate the effect that naturally-fluctuating temperature has on the expression of genes involved in gonadal formation in turtles with temperature-dependent and genotypic sex determination, and how males and females are produced in nature. Prospective candidates should have strong academic records and some research experience is preferred. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a candidate is selected. Iowa State University offers a stimulating environment and excellent resources for ecological, evolutionary, developmental, and molecular biologists through its interdepartmental programs in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Genetics. To apply, please contact Dr. Nicole Valenzuela (firstname.lastname@example.org), and send materials to the EEB or IG programs, linked above. Posted: 2/7/08.
Iowa State University: M.S. Graduate Research Assistantship in savanna restoration ecology available starting January-June 2008. We are seeking a highly motivated M.S. graduate student to work with a large-scale oak savanna restoration experiment in central Iowa. The student will have three areas of research: 1) analyze existing data sets related to successional dynamics following woody encroachment removal from savannas, 2) initiate a prescribed fire/seeding experiment within the savanna restoration experimental sites, and 3) assess relationships between fire, soil nutrient and moisture patterns, and vegetation response to restoration. The student will work closely with Drs. Heidi Asbjornsen (Iowa State) and Lars Brudvig (Washington University in St. Louis), as well as with researchers from the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The student will also have substantial intellectual freedom to develop and pursue her/his research interests within the overall context of the project. This position has two years of funding available for a GRA at a competitive rate (including in-state tuition status and a partial tuition waver), with possibilities to fund exceptional candidates for additional year(s) of study. The start date for the position is flexible, but should be sometime between January and June 2008. Qualifications: background in plant ecology, forestry, or a related discipline, field/research experience, and the capability to work in challenging field conditions. Prior employment experience with land management agencies (e.g., U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, USDA Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, etc.) and skills in plant species identification and ecological data analysis are preferred. Degrees can be pursued through either the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management or the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Interdepartmental Graduate Program. In both programs, opportunities exist for basic and applied ecological coursework. To apply: Applications should include a CV with cover letter, undergraduate transcript details, GRE scores, and names and contact information (including email addresses) for three references. Review of applicants will begin immediately; however, the position will remain open until filled. Please send application materials electronically to: Dr. Heidi Asbjornsen (email@example.com). Posted: 10/29/07.
Iowa State University: In collaboration with Grassland, Soil and Water Research Laboratory (USDA-ARS), Temple, Texas, the student will join an NSF-funded project testing how species diversity and plant-plant interactions might differ between native and exotic grassland plant communities. The student will conduct independent research on this and other related topics with the support of teaching and research assistantships. Starting date is January 2009. Application procedure - send a brief (one page) cover letter describing your fit and interest in the position, a CV with GRE scores and GPA and a list of at least two references to Brian Wilsey (firstname.lastname@example.org), Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, 253 Bessey Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011. Review of applications will continue until position is filled. Posted: 10/29/07, revised: 6/5/08.
Iowa State University: A research assistantship is available immediately for an M.S. or Ph.D. (preferred) candidate interested in identification of and risk assessment for potentially invasive woody plants in the Upper Midwest region. Research associated with this appointment will be conducted in conjunction with personnel in the USDA - Agricultural Research Service North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station in Ames, Iowa, and the Departments of Horticulture, Natural Resource Ecology and Management, and Statistics at Iowa State University. A Bachelor’s degree or significant experience in plant biology, ecology, forestry or horticulture is required, and the ability to work collaboratively with individuals in natural resource management agencies and non-profits is preferred. A graduate research stipend will be provided along with tuition remission (50% for M.S. or 100% for Ph.D. candidates) and a University-sponsored health insurance plan. Applicants may consider enrollment in several graduate majors, including Forestry, Horticulture, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, or Environmental Science. For additional information or to discuss this opportunity, please contact Dr. Jan Thompson at email@example.com. Applicants must contact Dr. Thompson prior to being considered for this assistantship. To submit an application, visit the ISU website and use the on-line Graduate College application process. Students whose first language is not English must have completed the TOEFL exam at the time of application. Posted: 10/23/07.
Iowa State University: Two graduate assistantships (M.S. or Ph.D.) are available in the Department of Entomology to study ecological and evolutionary aspects of interactions between agricultural pests and genetically modified, insect-resistant crop varieties, with the goal of enhancing pest management and sustainability of agriculture. Students may pursue degrees in entomology, or in ecology and evolution through the University’s interdepartmental program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Degrees also may be earned in both areas of study simultaneously. Successful applicants will preferably begin enrollment during 2008 (spring, summer, or fall). Interested individuals should send a cover letter describing research interests and career goals, the names and contact information of 3 references, and a curriculum vitae to Aaron Gassmann (firstname.lastname@example.org). Although electronic applications are preferred, application materials may also be mailed to Dept. Entomol., Univ. Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled. Posted: 9/19/07.
Iowa State University: We are seeking a highly motivated M.Sc. graduate student to work with a large-scale oak savanna restoration experiment in central Iowa. The student will participate in three areas of research: 1) analysis of existing data sets related to successional dynamics following woody encroachment removal from savannas, 2) initiation of a prescribed fire/seeding experiment within the savanna restoration experimental sites, and 3) assessing relationships between fire, soil nutrient and moisture patterns, and vegetation response to restoration. The student will work closely with Drs. Heidi Asbjornsen (Iowa State University) and Lars Brudvig (Washington University in St. Louis), as well as with researchers from the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station and the US Army Corps of Engineers staff. The student will also have substantial intellectual freedom to develop and pursue her/his research interests within the overall context of the project. This position has two years of funding available for a Graduate Research Assistantship at a competitive rate (including in-state tuition status and a partial tuition waver), with possibilities to fund exceptional candidates for additional year(s) of study. A start date of January 2008 is preferred, although there is some flexibility. Qualifications: The MS candidate should have a background in plant ecology, forestry, or a related discipline, field/research experience, and the capability to work in challenging field conditions. Prior employment experience with land management agencies (e.g., US Army Corps of Engineers, USDA Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, etc.) and skills in plant species identification and ecological data analysis are preferred. Degree options: Degrees can be pursued through the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management or the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Interdepartmental Graduate Program. In both programs, opportunities exist for basic and applied ecological coursework. To apply: Interested applicants should send a CV with cover letter, undergraduate transcript details, GRE scores, and names and contact information (including email addresses) for three references by email to: Dr. Heidi Asbjornsen (email@example.com). Review of applicants will begin immediately; however, the position will remain open until filled. Heidi Asbjornsen (firstname.lastname@example.org), Associate Professor of Ecosystem Ecology & Restoration. Posted: 9/10/07.
Iowa State University: PhD Graduate Assistantship - Wildlife Genetics, Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management. This study is a part of a larger project aimed at understanding the relationship between river otter densities and the status of smallmouth bass populations in Ozark streams in Missouri. The primary objective of this assistantship is to estimate river otter abundance through non-invasive genotyping. Additional possible research topics include, but are not limited to, characterizing otter population and spatial genetic structure, identifying landscape features that influence otter spatial ecology, and comparing the impacts of harvest on otter population genetic diversity. The student will be primarily responsible for the genetic component of the project. Opportunities for participation in field work associated with sample collection are possible. The student will be expected to present the results of his/her research at regional and national meetings and to prepare manuscripts of these findings for publication in the peer-reviewed literature. Qualifications: A M.S. in ecology, wildlife, genetics, or related field is desirable, but not necessary. Preference will be given to applicants with prior research experience using genetic techniques. Prior to formal application to Iowa State University, interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Julie Blanchong, preferably by email, with a letter of interest, including cumulative GPA, GRE scores, description of any previous research experience, and contact information for three references. In lieu of email, hard copies can be submitted to Dr. Julie Blanchong, Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, 339 Science II, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50014. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable applicant is found. Salary: The candidate selected will be provided with a graduate research and/or teaching assistantship that includes a tuition waiver, an initial stipend of $18k per year, and health care benefits. Contact: Julie Blanchong email@example.com (preferred), (515) 294-9699. Posted: 7/2/07.
Iowa State University: MS Graduate Assistantship - Wildlife Disease and Landscape Genetics, Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management. The goal of the project is to integrate genetic tools with landscape ecology to characterize the risk of chronic wasting disease spread from Wisconsin to Iowa via the dispersal of infected, free-ranging white-tailed deer. The student will be primarily responsible for genetic analyses and will be involved in using GIS applications to identify and characterize landscape features hypothesized to influence deer population structuring. Opportunities to participate in sample collection conducted by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources are possible. The student will be expected to present the results of his/her research at regional and national meetings and to prepare manuscripts of these findings for publication in the peer-reviewed literature. Qualifications: Prior experience with genetic techniques is desirable, but strong candidates eager to learn new skills will be considered. Prior to formal application to Iowa State University, interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Julie Blanchong, preferably by email, with a letter of interest, including cumulative GPA, GRE scores, description of any previous research experience, and contact information for three references. If lieu of email, hard copies can be submitted to Dr. Julie Blanchong, Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, 339 Science II, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50014. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable applicant is found. Salary: The candidate selected will be provided with a graduate research and/or teaching assistantship that includes at least a 50% tuition waiver, an initial stipend of $18k per year, and health care benefits. Contact: Julie Blanchong firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred), (515) 294-9699. Posted: 7/2/07.
Institute for Food and Agricultural Research and Technology: The Aquatic Ecosystems Area of the IRTA invites applications from suitably-qualified candidates for Faculty Studentships to register for a full time PhD research degree. Applicants should possess a good undergraduate honours degree in Geography or Biology, Environmental Sciences, Geology, Engineer or similar, finished from 2002. Thesis project will be focused on sediment transport in the lower Ebro River. The main aim is to construct the sediment budget (suspended sediment and bedload) of the lowermost part of the Ebro river, as well as, to analyse the sediment transport dynamics and processes (variability, sediment motion, changes in bedload textures, magnitude and frequency of the transport rates, etc.). The Scholarship duration is four years. Work location is in the IRTA – Aquatic Ecosystems Unit, in Sant Carles de la Ràpita (Tarragona, Spain). The endowment is 1100 € per month. The PhD supervision and coordination will be carried out by Dr. Albert Rovira, Researcher of the Aquatic Ecosystems Unit. If you are interested in this topic, please contact email@example.com for an informal discussion prior to making your application. Posted: 4/2/08.
Kansas State University: Ecological Genomics - Multiple Graduate Fellowships available for admission in Fall 2008 to join the Ecological Genomics Institute (EGI). Research in the EGI works to 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 Institute 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 crosses disciplines (genetics and ecology) and departments (Agronomy, Biology, Entomology, Plant Pathology, Computing and Information Science). In addition, the EGI takes 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 an MS or PhD degree in this large collaborative and interdisciplinary effort. More information about the Kansas State University Ecological Genomics Institute research groups can be found at www.ksu.edu/ecogen. Twenty-eight faculty with interests spanning the diversity of disciplines within ecological genomics are involved in the Ecological Genomics Institute (see below). The deadline for applications is 15 January 2008. Application information. Questions? Send an e-mail to Dr. Jeremy Marshall, firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 11/14/07.
Lincoln University: We are seeking a PhD student to revisit New Zealand's successful biological control programme against Hypericum perforatum (Saint John's Wort), once one of New Zealand's top pasture weeds. This has been a particularly successful biocontrol program in New Zealand, with early accounts of hordes of defoliating Chrysolina hyperici beetles marching across Saint John's Wort patches. The successful candidate will assess the impacts this control has had on the native congener, H. gramineum. It is expected that potential damage to native H. gramineum plants would prevent the introduction of Chrysolina species (C. hyperici and C. quadrigemina) into New Zealand under current biosecurity policies. Would this have been a good thing for H. gramineum? We wish to assess the direct and indirect ecological effects of Hypericum perforatum and its biological control on H. gramineum populations. A combination of field observations, field experiments, and lab experiments will assess the importance of direct competition, apparent competition mediated by Chrysolina, and direct herbivory by Chrysolina on the population dynamics of H. gramineum, both at present and past densities of H. perforatum and Chrysolina species. This case study will be used to assess how current biological control risk analysis could be refined to better assess the direct and indirect effects of successful and unsuccessful biological control on native plants closely related to weeds. This study system offers a solid foundation for the study of direct and apparent competition between invasive plants and related native plants. We hope it will be able to improve the safety of future biological control programmes against invasive plants, as well as add to our understanding of impacts of invasive plants and insects on native plants. The PhD fellowship is available in the Bio-Protection and Ecology Division of Lincoln University. 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. Past experience with biological control would be useful but is not essential. The research will involve the design, implementation and interpretation of field and mesocosm experiments in New Zealand. Duration: 3 years. Stipend: NZ$25k per annum (tax-free) plus tuition fees (fees will be covered at the domestic student rate). It is open to applicants from New Zealand and from overseas countries. For further details, contact Jon Sullivan (email@example.com). Applications close on Friday 31 August 2007. Posted: 7/17/07.
Louisiana State University: Graduate Research Assistantship - Stream Ecology/Benthic Macroinvertebrates. We are seeking a highly motivated graduate student at MS or PhD level to join a project on the effectiveness of forestry best management practices on stream water quality. The successful candidate will focus on benthic macroinvertebrates as indices of water quality and work with a team of graduate students in the School of Renewable Natural Resources. Field research will be in a forest-dominated watershed located in Central Louisiana. This project demands a significant level of field and lab work and the candidate should be in good physical condition, be able to work outdoors in inclement weather and withstand annoying insects. Applicants must possess a valid US driver's license and be able to work independently and collaboratively with others. Review of applications will begin May 2008. Ideal start date: June 2008. Starting stipend is $16k/year + tuition waiver and health insurance coverage. Send application letter, C.V., college transcripts, and the names and contact information of 3 referees. and contact information for 3 references to: Dr. Jun Xu (firstname.lastname@example.org), School of Renewable Natural Resources, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. Selection will be based on GPA (minimum 3.2), GREs (minimum combined score of 1100), research experience, and letters of reference. Those with a strong field-based research background in stream ecology, macroinvertebrate sampling, processing, and identification, as well as water quality monitoring and stream measurements will be given top consideration. Posted: 5/6/08.
Louisiana State University: Graduate Research Assistantship in Forest Hydrology/Water Quality. We are seeking a highly motivated graduate student at MS or PhD level to join a project on the effectiveness of forestry best management practices on stream hydrology and water quality. The successful candidate will work with a team of scientists in the School of Renewable Natural Resources and the Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering, Louisiana State University. Field research will be in a forest-dominated watershed located in Central Louisiana. This project demands a significant level of field and lab work and the candidate should be in good physical condition, be able to work outdoors in inclement weather and withstand annoying insects. Applicants should have a BS or MS degree in hydrology, forestry, environmental sciences, or a related field and keenly interested in water resources and water quality. Applicants must possess a valid US driver's license and be able to work independently and collaboratively with others. Experience in water quality monitoring and stream measurements are desirable. The GRA position is available immediately. Starting stipend is $16k/year + tuition waiver and health insurance coverage. If interested, send a cover letter stating your research interests, your curriculum vitae, university transcripts, GRE scores, and the names and contact information of three referees by email to: Dr. Jun Xu, School of Renewable Natural Resources, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. Email: email@example.com. Posted: 1/16/08.
Louisiana State University: Graduate research assistantships in Hydrology/Water Quality are available beginning in the Fall of 2007 in the School of Renewable Natural Resources. The first year will require large amounts of field and lab work. Topics of concentration for a thesis/dissertation are open in the area of hydrology/water quality issues related to forestry. A research project is being conducted on hydrology, stream water quality and macroinvertebrates to evaluate the effectiveness of forestry best management practices at the watershed scale. The research is being implemented in a forest-dominated watershed located in Central Louisiana. Storm and monthly water samples are collected in addition to physical stream measurements and biological indicators. This research demands a significant level of field and lab work. Currently, 3 graduate students are working within the project and the group is looking for 3 additional graduate students to continue with the research. Qualifications: B.S or M.S in hydrology, soils, forestry, environmental sciences, natural resources, or a related field is required with an interest and dedication to research. The successful candidates are expected to perform extensive fieldwork during the first year, and therefore be in good physical condition, be able to work outdoors in inclement weather and withstand annoying insects. Stipend: $16k/year + tuition waiver and health insurance. Application information for LSU Graduate School. Contact: Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, university transcripts, and GRE scores to: Dr. Jun Xu, School of Renewable Natural Resources, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. Phone: 225-578-0897 or 225-578-4168, Fax: 225-578-4227, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 8/1/07.
Macquarie University: Modelling Climate Change Impacts on Australian Forests PhD Scholarship. Australian forests provide a range of important ecosystem services, such as wood production, carbon sequestration and protection of water catchments. Climate change is highly likely to modify how forests function, and land managers urgently need information about how these ecosystem services will be affected. To address this need, this project will (a) investigate experimentally the impacts of CO2 and water availability on Australian forest species; and (b) use this information to develop ecophysiologically-based models of climate change impacts on Australian forests over the next century. MQRES scholarships are available to Australian and international students. Applicants should have completed an Australian four-year undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline with first class honours, or demonstrate equivalent research qualifications from an Australian or overseas University. This project would suit a candidate with a background in plant physiology or plant ecology and a strong numerical aptitude. Further information on the project is available here or contact Dr Belinda Medlyn, tel: +61 2 9850 8897, email@example.com. Closing date is 30 April. Posted: 4/2/08.
Macquarie University: Two Ph.D. scholarships are available in the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia) for research exploring the role of physical disturbances in structuring ecological communities. The scholarships are available to both Australian and international students. Students will be supervised by Dr. Josh Madin, whose research focuses in large part on modelling the effects of hydrodynamic disturbances (e.g., cyclones) on the biological and physical structure of coral reef communities. Students will not be limited to working within coral reef systems, but rather will be encouraged to address related questions in coral reefs and/or other ecological systems. The students will be joining a research group that uses data from many scientific fields in order to tackle broader-scale questions. Therefore, students will also be encouraged to work on novel informatics techniques to aid in large-scale data integration and analysis. It is anticipated that students will conduct fieldwork and explore modelling approaches in pursuit of their research questions. For this reason, field experience and strong quantitative skills (including mathematical modelling, computer programming, and statistics) are desirable. Interested students should then contact him and include a complete CV (including relevant coursework, research experience, and any publications) as well as a brief summary of their research interests. For further information, please email Dr. Madin directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 3/17/08.
Macquarie University: ELS MQRES Evolution of Plant Ecological Strategies PhD Scholarship. A PhD scholarship is available in the Department of Biological Sciences to work in conjunction with an ARC Discovery Project led by Chief Investigator Professor Mark Westoby that will investigate plant ecological strategies across species and an evolutionary-ecology vegetation model. Two strands of work are possible for the PhD project, with students expected to design and pursue their own projects within the area of choice: • A fieldwork strand would compare twig demography, physical strength and breakage rates across a wide range of species. The aim is to understand trade-offs in wood design and growth rates. • A modelling strand would work towards a proposed Evolutionary Ecology Vegetation Model. The long-term aim is to synthesize different evol ecol models, to test their power to predict the world vegetation map, and to build scenarios for a future high-CO2 world. This strand would involve collaboration with Ulf Dieckmann at IIASA in Vienna, with Colin Prentice at QUEST in UK, and with Peter Reich at Minnesota. MQRES scholarships are available to Australian or international students. Applicants should have equivalent research qualifications to an Australian undergraduate degree with first class honours (such as a Masters with a substantial thesis component) in a relevant discipline (e.g. Biological or Environmental Sciences). The scholarship pays a living allowance, currently $20k per annum, tax exempt (2008), and the tenure is 3.5 years full time, subject to satisfactory progress. Tuition fees will be funded for the scholarship tenure, with domestic students receiving Research Training Scheme placement for their tuition, and International award holders having their fees sponsored. For further discussion regarding projects, applicants can email email@example.com . For application forms, see the full position listing. Closing Date: 25 January 2008. Posted: 12/17/07.
Macquarie University: PhD scholarship - Physiological Ecology of Forest Succession. The successful applicant will work in conjunction with an ARC Discovery Project headed by Dr. Chris Lusk, in the Department of Biological Sciences. Partner investigators are Prof. Peter Reich (University of Minnesota) and Prof. Ulo Niinemets (Estonian University of Life Sciences). Work will focus on understanding traits associated with adaptation of juvenile plants to different light environments, and there is ample scope for the student’s own input into project design. Fieldwork will be carried out in Australia and USA, and US applicants are invited to consider the possibility of a co-tutelle with Prof. Peter Reich at University of Minnesota. Co-tutelle is a bilateral doctoral enrollment/co-enrollment and exchange agreement to enhance international research collaboration through co-supervision of doctoral candidates between overseas and Australian Universities. Under a co-tutelle agreement, a PhD candidate may spend a minimum of one year under supervision at a partner institution, and the remaining two years at the home institution, or durations as agreed by the institutions. The scholarship is available to international or Australian students. Applicants should have equivalent research qualifications to an Australia undergraduate degree with first class honours (such as a Masters with a substantial thesis component) in a relevant discipline. The scholarship pays a living allowance, currently Au$19,616 per annum, tax exempt (2007), and the tenure is 3.5 years full time, subject to satisfactory progress. Tuition fees will be funded for the scholarship tenure, with International award holders having their fees sponsored and domestic students receiving Research Training Scheme placement for their tuition. For further information and discussion regarding the project, applicants are encouraged to contact: Dr Chris Lusk, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone: +61-2-9850 8165 or Dr Peter Reich, email: email@example.com. For application instructions, see the full position description. Closing date: 7 December 2007. Posted: 10/23/07.
Macquarie University: PhD scholarship: MQRES Modelling Climate Change Impacts on Plant Competition. Climate change threatens to change the composition of plant communities. Climate change does not impact on all species equally, so changes in climate will modify competitive relations among plants, with important consequences for biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. This project will develop simulation models to investigate how changes in atmospheric CO2concentration, water and nitrogen availability combine to modify the outcomes of competition among different plant species. The modelling work will be informed by data from a long-termUS experiment that manipulates atmospheric CO2, N deposition, rainfall, and species composition. This project would suit a candidate with a strong numerical aptitude and an interest in plant ecology. Candidates should have a background in one or more of the following areas: plant physiology, ecology, pure or applied mathematics, physics or statistics. Applicants should have completed an Australian four-year undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline with first class honours, or demonstrate equivalent research qualifications from an Australian or overseas University. The scholarship pays a living allowance currently $19,616 per annum, tax exempt (2007) and the tenure is 3.5 years full time, subject to satisfactory progress. Tuition fees will be funded for the scholarship tenure, with domestic students receiving Research Training Scheme (RTS) placement for their tuition, and International award holders having their fees sponsored. Further information on the project is available from supervisors: Dr Belinda Medlyn, telephone +61 2 9850 8897, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Professor Lesley Hughes, telephone +61 2 9850 8195, email@example.com. Application forms and conditions for MQRES awards are available from the Higher Degree Research Office, telephone: (02) 9850 7663, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or from the websites linked above. Applications should be forwarded to: The Scholarship Officer, Higher Degree Research Office, Cottage C4C, Macquarie University NSW 2109 AUSTRALIA. Closing date: 3rd August. Posted: 6/4/07, revised: 7/10/07.
McGill University: I am currently seeking a graduate student (Ph.D. or exceptional M.Sc.) to start in September 2008 or January 2009. I am seeking bright, motivated, independent students interested in ecological theory at the interface between community and ecosystem ecology. Students with strong quantitative or mathematical skills are particularly encouraged to apply. Current research projects in my lab include: • Merging food webs, biodiversity and ecosystem functioning by developing novel models based on body size and applying these models to empirical data on freshwater and savanna ecosystems; • Exploring the evolutionary emergence of food webs and its constraints on existing ecosystems through evolutionary models based on body size and physical constraints; • Understanding the assembly, persistence and functioning of food webs in space by extending metacommunity theory to multitrophic systems; • Developing a novel approach based on population dynamics to species synchrony and ecosystem stability in fluctuating environments, and applying this approach to empirical data; • Exploring the ecological and evolutionary consequences of non-trophic interactions, trait-mediated indirect interactions, and niche construction; • Building biodiversity–ecosystem functioning models based on traits to predict future consequences of biodiversity changes Interested students should contact me via email, including a cover letter describing background and interests (including specific interests in my lab), cv, transcripts (preferably official, if available), and contact details for 3 referees. Michel Loreau (email@example.com), Professor and Canada Research Chair in Theoretical Ecology, Department of Biology. Posted: 1/30/08.
Michigan State University: A PhD-level position for graduate study is available for Fall 2008 to conduct research on the effectiveness of structure (e.g., snags, downed wood, patches) retention in clearcut harvest units for conserving biodiversity and wildlife habitat. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) recently implemented operational guidelines on structure retention in timber harvest areas and are interested in understanding how these structures function as biodiversity refugia and wildlife habitat. The study will be conducted in the aspen cover type in the northern lower peninsula of Michigan (Cadillac-Traverse City area) and will include collecting data on vegetation, herpetofauna, and general wildlife habitat use and behaviors. The successful candidate will be required to live on the field site and manage field crews during the spring and summer. Opportunities exist (and are encouraged) for further developing research questions and supplementing the funded project with additional grants. The MDNR has provided four years of funding to implement the project described above. MDNR support for the assistantship includes an annual stipend of $19,200, tuition and fees, and university health insurance (total package $30,200 in year 1). Start Date: August 25, 2008. Qualifications: Master's degree in wildlife, ecology, conservation biology, biology, or related field with experience in field-based research and data management. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 is preferred and standard GRE tests (verbal, quantitative, analytical) are required (the biology subject test is recommended but not necessary). For application materials and instructions for MSU's graduate program please go to http://grad.msu.edu/apply.htm . For more information on the project or assistantship contact Dr. Gary Roloff (firstname.lastname@example.org), Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. Position is open until filled. Posted: 3/20/08.
Michigan State University: Graduate Research Assistantship in Tropical Forest Ecology. I (Rich Kobe) am seeking a motivated doctoral student to participate in an NSF-funded project focused on the long-term dynamics of tree seedlings in wet tropical forest (La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica). RA and/or fellowship funding is available for 5 years (for students starting Fall Semester 2008). The successful candidate is expected to undertake a dissertation related to this research project and contribute to data collection and management for the broader project. My graduate students enroll through either the Forestry or Plant Biology graduate programs, but in either case also participate in the interdepartmental program in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior. If you are interested, please email me ASAP: 1) a brief statement of research background / interests and career goals; 2) GRE scores and percentiles; 3) GPA for undergraduate and graduate programs; and 4) CV. With this information, I can give you an assessment of where your application might stand. Note that time is short; I will favor candidates with complete applications to the MSU Graduate School (NOT simply emailing me the info above) that are received by 31 December. For more information, contact me at via email (email@example.com) or phone (517 355-8433). Posted: 12/14/07.
Michigan State University: Opportunities are available for graduate studies in the Microbial Ecology Laboratory at MSU’s Kellogg Biological Station. Students should be interested in studying the roles of microorganisms in community and ecosystem processes. Our lab addresses ecological and evolutionary questions using laboratory cultures, field experimentation, simulation modeling, molecular microbiology, and sensor technology. Students will most likely be admitted through the Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics (MMG), which is affiliated with the Center for Microbial Ecology. The first two academic years, students will be in residence on main campus in East Lansing, MI. During the summers and subsequent academic years, students will be in residence at KBS. KBS has an exciting and supportive academic environment, hosts an LTER site, and is equipped with state-of-the-art resources for conducting ecological and microbiological research. In addition to affiliations with KBS and MMG, students will have the opportunity to be apart of the interdisciplinary graduate program in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, & Behavior. Students will be financially supported through a combination of teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and university fellowships. In addition, there are potential funding opportunities associated with an NSF-funded GK-12 program at KBS and DOE supported research on the sustainability of bioenergy production systems. Interested students should send a CV/resume, a brief description of past research experience and future research interests, and GRE scores (if available) to Jay Lennon (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 10/19/07.
Michigan State University: Graduate Research Assistantships, supervised by Scott Peacor and Jim Bence. Aquatic ecology and fisheries research: theory and modeling. We seek PhD and MS students interested in ecological modeling or statistical applications to join a research effort seeking to understand how interacting processes affect population and community level patterns. Students will develop and conduct theoretical/model based research, with the option to include empirical components. Potential modeling approaches include analytical process based and statistical/data analysis models (e.g. Bayesian, neural nets).The study system for this project is Saginaw Bay (in Lake Huron). Project goals include both basic and applied questions. Starting date is flexible, stipends are competitive based on qualifications, and health and tuition waiver benefits are included. Interested individuals are encouraged to provide the following materials as soon as possible: (1) cover letter describing general and specific research interests/experiences, and potential start dates. (2) brief statement of professional goals (e.g., plans after finishing the graduate training), (3) resume, (4) transcripts, (5) list of three references (names, email addresses, phone numbers, and postal addresses), and (6) GRE and TOEFL scores. (TOEFL scores are required for applicants whose native language is not English. Photocopies of transcripts and GRE/TOEFL scores are okay initially.) Please email (preferred), mail, or fax all application materials to: Scott Peacor (Peacor@msu.edu), Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, 10d Natural Resources Building, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. 48824. USA. Posted: 10/8/07.
Michigan State University: A graduate research assistant position (M.S. level) is available beginning January, 2008 with Dr. Andrew Finley in the Departments of Forestry and Geography. The goal of the project supporting this assistantship is to develop multi-source forest inventory methods for producing nationwide data products that provide spatially explicit and statistically valid estimates of key forest attributes measured by the USDA Forest Service's Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program and similar inventories. The successful candidate will assist in meeting some or all of the project objectives, which include: refining nearest neighbor algorithms for use in multi-source mapping; developing point and areal variance estimators; developing automated routines for optimal nearest neighbor model parameter estimation, and; documenting image and FIA data processing techniques for large-scale mapping. Applicants should have a B.S. in forestry, geography, statistics, ecology, or a related field. The successful candidate must have a strong commitment to graduate studies, demonstrate an interest in learning new computer-based tools and statistical methods, and desire to pursue a career in a quantitative field. Applicants must be self-motivated. Experience in database SQL, GIS, computer programming, and image processing is desirable. Graduate stipend is competitive with equivalent programs. Health benefits and tuition are also included. Please email a letter of interest, CV/resume, transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information for three references to Dr. Andrew Finley (email@example.com). Posted: 9/24/07.
Michigan Technological University: Root and mycorrhizal responses to climate change. We are announcing an opportunity for two Ph.D. students to join an exciting collaboration between Michigan Tech and the U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station. The students will study responses of roots and mycorrhizae to soil warming predicted to occur in the Northeastern and North Central US during the next century. Multiple new and ongoing field experiments ranging from 0 to 17 years of warming, located in a variety of regions and ecosystem types will be utilized in the study. Position 1. Ph.D. research will focus on the acclimation or adaptation of root systems to soil warming and the drier conditions that may co-occur. Potential topics for Ph.D. research include, but are not limited to, C allocation to root respiration and biomass production, nutrient uptake and utilization, stand-level C and nutrient budgets, and modeling primary productivity and forest biogeochemical cycles. Position 2. Ph.D. research will focus on the effect of soil warming on composition, structure and function of mycorrhizal fungal communities. Potential research topics include the response of arbuscular and ectomycorrhizal fungal biomass and community composition to warmer and/or warmer and drier conditions, and the impacts these changes have on ecosystem functions such as soil respiration, C allocation, aboveground NPP, and soil C storage. Both students will have considerable flexibility in designing a research program that investigates areas of personal interest, within the overall framework of the long-term project. A background in ecology, soil science, mycology or a related field is required, as is an interest in the linkages between community-, physiological- and ecosystem ecology. Experience with any of the following will be an asset, but is not required: root or mycorrhizal research; molecular identification methods; statistical analysis of community structure; physiological ecology of plants and fungi; measurements of ecosystem nutrient and carbon pools and fluxes. Proficiency in spoken and written English is a necessity. Selection will be based on academic achievements, reference letters and previous research experience. Tuition and fees and a standard stipend package commensurate with your experience will be offered. Interested candidates should send a resume highlighting their experience and interests, GRE scores (TOEFL required for international students), and names and email addresses of three references to both Dr. Andrew Burton (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Erik Lilleskov (email@example.com). The School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science has state-of-the-art research facilities, including stable isotope and molecular genetics laboratories and instrumentation. There is a large group of faculty interested in ecosystem science at Michigan Tech and a well-established partnership with the adjacent USDA Northern Research Station's Forest Sciences Laboratory. Posted: 4/1/08.
Minnesota State University, Mankato: We are seeking a M.S. student to join a research team of four professors and three graduate students that study the mechanisms for the invasion of Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass) in depressional wetlands of southern Minnesota. The overall goal of the project is to determine how plant – plant interactions, trophic interactions (soil microbes, mycorrhizal infection), and anthropogenic disturbances (e.g., nutrient loading, stabilized hydroperiod, or use of herbicides) influence the invasion of P. arundinacea. A B.S. in Biology, Microbiology or Plant Science is required. Extensive field, greenhouse, and laboratory experience will be acquired. The assistantship is funded for two years and includes a $13,500 annual stipend and a full tuition waiver. The position will begin June 2, 2008. Interested persons should contact Dr. Bradley Cook (firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-389-5728) for more information and application procedures. Posted: 12/17/07.
Mississippi State University: The Department of Forestry currently has a half-time M.S. assistantship for a collaborative project 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, email@example.com). Interested students should mail (or email) a letter of interest, resume, transcripts (photocopy is acceptable), and GRE scores if available (photocopy is acceptable) to Dr. Scott Roberts, Department of Forestry, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS 39762-9681. Posted: 1/30/08.
Mississippi State University: I invite applications from students interested in disease ecology and host-parasite interactions to apply for two positions in my lab starting in the Spring or Summer of 2008. Students with field experience and strong quantitative skills are especially encouraged to apply. The first opening is for a Master's student interested in using patterns of fish-mussel interaction to assess the effects of impoundment on the faunal communities of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. This student will be a participant in the Northern Gulf Institute – a cooperative institute of five research institutions and NOAA's Office for Atmospheric Research which is a branch of the High Performance Computing Collaboratory at MSU. The second position is for a student who is interested in studying the ecology of leprosy in armadillo populations living in lowland areas of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Preference is for a doctoral student but exceptional M.S. students will also be considered. This project provides an unique opportunity to integrate field-collected data with mathematical models to better understand the factors affecting the geographic patterns of transmission. This student will be closely affiliated with the Center for Computational Sciences and the GeoResources Institute – two branches of the High Performance Computing Collaboratory. Mississippi State is a doctoral/research extensive university with an international reputation for excellence in research. There are numerous opportunities for motivated students to interact across disciplines including the diverse interests represented in the High Performance Computing Collaboratory, as well as initiatives in landscape genetics and ecological genomics within the Department of Biological Sciences, the College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Life Sciences and Biotechnology Institute. Please send inquiries to Dr. Christopher Brooks, Department of Biological Sciences at firstname.lastname@example.org by November 10. Include a brief vitae, a statement of your research interests and goals, a list of courses completed, and your most recent GRE (and if necessary TOEFL) scores. Posted: 10/19/07.
Mississippi State University: A Ph.D. research assistantship will be available spring/summer 2008 to study movements, habitat selection, and survival of the Scaly-naped Pigeon (Patagioneas squamosa) and Plain Pigeon (Patagioneas inornata wetmorei) in Puerto Rico. This study will examine hypotheses related to the population and spatial ecology of two insular sympatric forest-dwelling pigeon species. The study will also address conservation efforts for the Scaly-naped Pigeon (game species) and the Plain Pigeon (endangered species) in private lands and associated forest habitats of Puerto Rico. Qualifications: Completion of M.S. in zoology, ecology, conservation biology, wildlife management or related field. Upper percentile undergraduate and graduate course transcripts and GRE scores required. Experience with avian capture and radiotelemetry preferred but not mandatory. Fluency in Spanish also not mandatory but highly desirable. Salary: $22k plus tuition and fringe benefits. Application: Send letter of interest, resume, copy of academic transcripts, GRE scores, and 3 references to: Dr. Francisco J. Vilella, USGS Cooperative Research Unit, MS9691 Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS 39762. Email: email@example.com. Email inquiries are welcome and encouraged. Posted: 10/19/07.
Mississippi State University: A graduate research assistant position (MS level) is available beginning January 2008 working with Drs. Todd Tietjen and Eric Dibble in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The research assistant will assist in conducting monitoring of water quality and fish community improvements associated with non-point source pollution mitigation in oxbow lakes of the Mississippi Alluvial Valley. The goal of the project is to quantify the benefits derived from the implementation of best management practices for the control of sediment loading from agricultural lands. Approximately 30% of time will be spent in the field collecting and assisting other researchers collecting fish and water quality data; 30% of the time will be on campus in support of data management and GIS development; 40% may be allotted to course work and thesis development. Applicants should have a BS in biology, ecology, or fisheries and possess an interest in the study of advanced principles of restoration ecology, limnology, and fisheries science in southeastern lake systems. The successful candidate will be committed to graduate school and interested in combining principles of basic science to applied management issues. Applicants must be able to work with minimal supervision and be comfortable working under difficult, remote field conditions. Experience in fisheries and water quality monitoring, or other pertinent field activities, and the ability to drive a boat are desirable. Starting salary is $14-15K (plus benefits and tuition) depending on experience and qualifications. Please email a letter of interest, a CV/resume, and contact information for two references to Dr. Todd Tietjen, firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Posted: 9/18/07.
Mississippi State University: A graduate assistantship in plant ecology is available as part of an interdisciplinary workgroup aimed at developing integrative management approaches for key invasive species in the Mid-South US. Work to date has focused primarily on projects related to the invasive cactus moth (Cactoblastis cactorum, an introduced herbivore of native prickly pear cacti - Opuntia spp.) and the terrestrial invasive cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica). The workgroup includes expertise in remote sensing, invasive plant management, and plant ecology, among others, and is housed in the MSU GeoResources Institute. The specific research for which applications are being solicited involves habitat modeling for prickly pear or cogongrass, and the student would be expected to contribute directly to data collection in support of USDA- and USGS-funded research. The student would be based in the plant ecology laboratory of Dr. Gary Ervin, in the Department of Biological Sciences. Related expertise in the Department includes plant systematics, evolutionary biology, spatial ecology, ecological modeling, and population genetics. Please see full announcement linked through: http://www.msstate.edu/courses/ge14/. Posted: 8/13/07.
Mississippi State University: Ecological genomics has been identified as a frontier in ecology and evolutionary biology. The Department of Biological Sciences recently has positioned itself to become a leader in ecological genomics research with plans to further expand the faculty in 2008. Faculty involved with the ecological genomics initiative at Mississippi State University seek graduate students interested in diverse areas ranging from landscape and community ecology to molecular evolutionary biology. Additional funding for Ph.D. students recently has become available for Fall 2007. Interested students should apply prior to July 31. Application materials are available online at: http://www.msstate.edu/dept/grad/. Ecological Genomics Faculty: Christopher Brooks (beginning Fall 2007), email@example.com, quantitative ecology, disease ecology, spatial network theory, landscape ecology. Mark Welch (beginning Fall 2007), firstname.lastname@example.org, population genetics/genomics, speciation genetics, conservation genetics. Lisa Wallace, plant systematics, population genetics, phylogeography). Walter Diehl, evolutionary biology, comparative genomics. Gary Ervin, plant ecology, wetlands ecology, invasive species). Posted: 6/28/07.
Mississippi State University: A graduate research assistant position in Moist-Soil Wetland and Wildlife (Waterfowl) Management and Monitoring is available immediately in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The M.S. student will assist in developing a vegetation-based monitoring protocol to evaluate moist-soil wetlands enrolled in the National Resources Conservation Service Wetland Reserve Program (WRP). The goal of the study is to assess the impact of management practices on the development of a moist-soil plant community that can support waterfowl and other wetland wildlife. The student will work to identify WRP moist-soil wetland sites in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas, determine the level of management on these wetlands, assess plant community composition and quality in a subset of these managed systems, and assess waterfowl and wildlife use. Applicants should have a BS in wildlife or biological sciences, ecology, or natural resources and keenly interested in restoration ecology, wetlands, and natural resources monitoring (e.g., water quality and wildlife). Applicants must be able to work with independently and with technicians and be comfortable working under seasonally variable and remote field conditions. Experience in waterfowl and wetland ecology and management are desirable. Starting salary is $15K exclusive of benefits and tuition waiver. Please email a letter of interest, a CV/resume, and contact information for two references to the co-major professors of this project: Dr. Todd Tietjen, email@example.com, Dr. Richard Kaminski, firstname.lastname@example.org Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Box 9690, Mississippi State, MS 39762. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Posted: 6/28/07.
Montana State University: Research Assistantship (M.S.), Aquatic Ecosystem Ecology. I’m seeking a highly motivated M.S student to join my laboratory in the Department of Ecology at Montana State University in the fall of 2008. The student will have freedom to develop his/her own project, but will likely conduct research in one of the following areas: Stream ecosystem responses to changing riparian communities in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem; Geothermal effects on ecological stoichiometry of stream food webs; Variation in primary and secondary production among habitat types in large alluvial rivers. Candidates must have a B.S. in biology or ecology, prior research experience in aquatic systems, strong written and communication skills, and a solid work ethic. Interested applicants should send an email to me, Dr. Wyatt Cross (email@example.com) with a cover letter and resume detailing information on educational background, research interests, and long-term goals. Posted: 2/7/08.
Montana State University: We are seeking a highly qualified and motivated individual wishing to pursue a M.S. or Ph.D. in agroecology. The successful candidate will work in a multidisciplinary project assessing the joint impact of several easy-to-adopt practices on wheat stem sawfly, Fusarium crown rot, and weed abundance and impact. In plot-level experiments we will evaluate multitrophic interactions among these pests and the existence of synergistic impacts on wheat growth and yield. In field-level studies conducted across Wyoming, North Dakota, Montana, and Idaho we will determine the impact that wheat variety, stand density, and pest management approach have on wheat production and pest abundance. Results will be used to parameterize a computer-based model that incorporates management practices, environmental conditions, and pest dynamics to predict yields and grain quality. Qualifications: The candidate should have a background in Agronomy, Ecology, or Environmental Sciences with experience in conducting research, and an ability to work in a collaborative environment. A strong interest in quantitative methods including experimental design, statistics, and modeling is highly desired. Contact for additional information: Fabián Menalled, 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: 8/3/07.
Murray State University: Graduate Research Associate, Center of Excellence for Ecosystem Studies. Full time position to begin August 2008. Qualifications: B.S. in biology, ecology, or related discipline. Previous experience with amphibians and/or field and laboratory experiments highly desirable. Responsibilities: To conduct research on the evolutionary ecology of ambystomatid salamanders while completing an M.S. degree in Water Science. Salary: $12k per year (two years maximum). To Apply: Email a letter of application, curriculum vitae and the names, addresses, and email addresses of at least three references to: Dr. Howard Whiteman at email@example.com. Posted: 2/26/08.
Murray State University: Graduate Research Assistants, Departments of Biology and Geosciences, Murray State University. Two one-year full-time positions to begin January 2008. Qualifications: B.S. in biology, plant ecology, or related discipline. Previous experience with field and laboratory experiments highly desirable. Responsibilities: To examine and compare the spatial distribution of a successful invasive plant, Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica), and analyze the contributing factors of the invasion, in two ecologically distinct watersheds in Western KY and Western TN, using satellite imagery, global positioning systems (GPS) and geographic information systems (GIS). Salary: about $10,000 per year. To Apply: Email a letter of application, curriculum vitae and the names, addresses, and email addresses of three references to: Dr. Kate He (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Robin Zhang (email@example.com). Deadline: December 20, 2007. Posted: 12/6/07.
New Jersey Institute of Technology: I have an NSF-funded PhD position for someone to someone to work on an unusual cross- disciplinary project that spans ecology, marine biology and computer science. The project is to develop a real-time camera-based fish identification system, for coral reef fish community surveys. I'm looking for someone with some combination of the following skills and/or interests: computer science/mathematics (especially machine vision or image processing), statistics (especially classification and/or machine learning), ecology, marine science/aquaculture. A Masters degree is desirable, but not essential. The student will be based in the Federated Department of Biological Sciences of Rutgers and the NJIT, which is in Newark, NJ, and will be working with me, as well as with Joe Wilder and another graduate student based at CAIP in Rutgers New Brunswick. The position is fully funded for three years. After that, support will come from further funding, or via a TA position. For further details about the project, or the position, e-mail Gareth Russell (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you are interested, send me a CV. Posted: 6/18/07.
North Carolina State University: Graduate (PhD) Assistantship in ecosystem ecology in Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, North Carolina State University. Applications are sought from motivated individuals interested in working on carbon-water-nitrogen cycle interactions in coastal plain forested wetlands of the Southeast U.S. Soils of these ecosystems hold vast amounts of carbon that is vulnerable to decomposition in the conditions of climatic variability and sea-level rise. The successful applicant will use eddy covariance, stable isotope, chamber gas exchange, biometric and biochemical methods to establish the mechanistic relationships between nitrogen availability and carbon loss or sequestration. Candidates with MS degree in plant ecophysiology, ecology or ecosystem modeling will be preferred, but exceptional candidates with BS degree and relevant research experience will also be considered. For additional information, please contact John King (email@example.com) or Asko Noormets (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please send your curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, copies of academic transcripts, GRE scores and TOEFL scores if English is not your first language. Chosen applicants will need to complete the formal graduate student application process in order to be admitted to the program. Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled. The position is available from May, 2008. Posted: 1/14/08.
North Carolina State University: Research Assistantship (PhD). The Cardoza lab is looking for an outstanding, enthusiastic, self-motivated graduate student with interest in the behavior, biology or chemical ecology of soil arthropods. Research in our lab employs a multidisciplinary approach to elucidating the mechanisms driving insect pest interactions with their environment, particularly in agricultural systems. The selected student will explore the effects of interactions between plants and soil factors and their consequences on preference and performance by root and foliar herbivorous arthropods. Requirements: Science background with emphasis in agriculture, entomology or a related discipline. Strong analytical thinking, oral and written communication skills and basic knowledge of molecular biology and microbiology preferred. For consideration send short statement of interest, CV, GPA, GRE (and TOEFL for international students) scores, copy of transcripts and contact information for 2 references to: Dr. Yasmin Cardoza, Department of Entomology, North Carolina State University, Campus Box 7613, Raleigh, NC 27695 TEL: (919) 513-1285 FAX: (919) 515-7746, email@example.com Candidates are required to formally apply to, and must meet the requirements to be accepted by, the NCSU Graduate School before consideration. Academic requirements are determined by the Department of Entomology. Yearly Salary: $19k for PhD plus tuition and health insurance. Position Available: Fall, 2008 or Spring, 2009. Posted: 9/10/07, revised: 5/30/08.
Northern Arizona University: NAU invites applications for six PhD student traineeships at Northern Arizona University for students admitted for the 2008/9 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 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. Traineeship packages will include $30,000/year stipend support for two years, with continued support as teaching or research assistants at more traditional stipend levels. Applicants must concurrently apply to doctoral programs in the Department of Biological Sciences or the School of Forestry at Northern Arizona University. Application deadlines for the 2008/09 academic year will be January 15th , 2008. Applications will consist of 1) standard applications required for Biology or Forestry graduate programs (including three letters of reference) and 2) a 2 page essay on how this program would address your research, educational, and career goals. Please go to this website or contact us by email or phone for more information: Dr. Catherine Gehring: Catherine.Gehring@nau.edu, (928)523-9158 or Dr. Amy Whipple: Amy.Whipple@nau.edu, (928)523-8727. Posted: 12/7/07.
Northern Arizona University: A M.S. Research Assistantship is available in the School of Forestry, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ. The successful candidate will join a group of researchers investigating the controls on ecosystem development in piñon-juniper woodlands using substrate-age gradients (i.e., soil chronosequences; and resource amendments. Specifically, this graduate research assistant will investigate the importance of atmospheric dust inputs and deep plant roots to the function of these semi-arid ecosystems. The position starts the summer of 2008 and is open until a suitable candidate is found. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org; 928-523-6637). Posted: 11/30/07.
Northern Arizona University: A PhD-level Research Assistantship is open in the School of Forestry at Northern Arizona University (NAU). The PhD student will work with Dr. Tom Kolb on research focused on understanding the causes and consequences of tree mortality in high-elevation mixed conifer forests of the southwestern U.S. Applicants should have a B.S. and preferably a M.S. in forestry, ecology, or a related discipline. Applicants without an M.S. should have significant research experience. The position is available July 1, 2008. The assistantship is funded for 4 years, will start at about $18,103 per year, and includes university health insurance and waivers of out-of-state tuition and half of in-state tuition. Interested applicants should email Dr. Kolb with a brief statement of interest in the position, qualifications, a summary of academic training and performance, and GRE scores. Posted: 11/20/07.
Ohio State University: Several openings for M.S. and Ph.D. students to conduct fisheries ecology research in Lake Erie or Ohio reservoirs, using field, laboratory, and modeling approaches. General research topics include: 1) using a variety of techniques, including otolith microchemistry, to understand stock structure of Lake Erie fish populations; 2) understanding patterns and implications of seasonal movements of fish in Lake Erie; 3) incorporating watershed effects into our understanding of lake and reservoir food webs; and 4) incorporating habitat availability into our understanding of success of sportfish populations. Successful candidates would join a dynamic, interactive group of graduate students, post-docs, visiting scholars, and faculty at The Aquatic Ecology Laboratory within the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology. Students would have the opportunity to work with Drs. Elizabeth Marschall, Roy Stein, and/or Stuart Ludsin, who recently joined the AEL and EEOB faculty. Qualifications: A successful applicant will be creative, motivated, and capable of working well both independently and cooperatively. A degree in biology, ecology, aquatic sciences, or a related field is required. Students must have strong writing and quantitative skills and be interested in applying basic ecological approaches to fisheries management problems. Salary: ~$1,825/month with some health benefits. Start date: Summer or Fall 2008. How to apply: For those interested in competing for a University Fellowship, applications are due into the Graduate School by January 15, 2008. Otherwise, interested students should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, names/contact information for three references, and transcripts to one of us before January 31, 2008 at The Ohio State University, Aquatic Ecology Laboratory, 1314 Kinnear Road, 227 Research Center, Columbus, OH 43212-1156. In the cover letter, please briefly describe your background, indicate which research area(s) interest(s) you most (if a preference exists), whether you are interested in pursuing a M.S. or Ph.D., and when you would prefer to start (Summer or Fall 2008). For additional information, visit http://ael.osu.edu/aelopportunities.html or contact Elizabeth Marschall (email@example.com), Stuart Ludsin (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Roy Stein (email@example.com). Voice: 614-292-1613; Fax: 614-292-0181. Posted: 1/9/08.
Ohio State University: The School of Earth Sciences is currently accepting applications for MS and PhD students for Fall 2008. The newly formed School of Earth Sciences emphasizes interdisciplinary research in the Earth Sciences in the fields of biogeochemistry, paleoclimatology, geodetic science, geomicrobiology, glaciology, hydrogeology, geophysics, geodynamics, igneous and metamorphic processes, paleontology, and tectonics. Study field sites range from the tropical oceans to the peaks of Antarctic mountains. Analytical instrumentation in SES includes elemental analyses by ICP-MS, Electron Microprobe, ICP-OES, and Fluorescence Spectroscopy, stable isotopic analyses of organic, inorganic, and water samples by SIR-MS, and sample dating by Nuclide, Mass Analyzer, and TIMS mass spectrometry. Graduate applications can be completed online. For additional information, please contact the Graduate Chair Dr. Berry Lyons at firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 10/10/07.
Ohio University: Graduate Assistantships in Forest Ecology are available for study at the M.S./Ph.D. level in the Department of Environmental and Plant Biology at Ohio University, Athens, OH. The department has 13 full-time faculty, five of whom are affiliated with the Forest Ecology focus group. General areas of study include: ecophysiology, population biology, community ecology, ecosystem ecology, and landscape ecology. Specific research emphases include: restoration ecology, conservation biology, invasive species biology, and environmental stress. Our ecology group emphasizes research in the eastern deciduous forest. Detailed information about our graduate programs can be found online. Online application and admissions information can be found online. Questions concerning graduate study should be directed towards individual faculty. All application materials (including GREs, transcripts, and letters of recommendation) should be received by 15-January-2008 for September (or earlier) admission. Posted: 11/27/07.
Ohio University: Interested students are invited to apply for two graduate position, one in Forest Ecology, one in Urban Ecology (Masters or PhD level) in the Department of Environmental and Plant Biology. Forest Ecology: The successful candidate will quantify the spatial dynamics of forest herbs using a variety of experimental methods, and incorporate such information into spatially explicit landscape models. Urban Ecology: The successful candidate will measure a variety of ecosystem services provided by urban vegetation, and incorporate such measurments into a neighborhood GIS model to predict the consequences of urban vegetation management. Contact Glenn Matlack at email@example.com. Posted: 10/22/07.
Ohio University: A graduate research/teaching assistant (PhD or MS) position is available starting in January or April 2008 studying forest soil ecology. Potential projects include: understanding the impact invasive plant species have on soil biogeochemical processes and exploring the link between acid rain, its influence on soil, and the decline of Dysart Woods, an old growth forest. Candidates seeking the position should have an interest in forest soil biogeochemistry & ecology. A successful candidate will have a strong work ethic, good communication skills, and the ability to work independently. A generous stipend is provided in addition to a tuition waver in the Department of Environmental and Plant Biology at Ohio University. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or apply directly at http://www.ohio.edu/graduate/apply.cfm. Email requests for more information on project specifics are welcomed. Deadline for application is November 1, 2007. Posted: 8/6/07.
Oklahoma State University: The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management (NREM) is seeking applications for a PhD graduate research assistantship in forest ecology to study the relationships among fire frequency, habitat quality, and wildlife values in Cross Timbers forests including vegetation composition and structure, forage production and amount and quality of litter and coarse woody debris. The Cross Timbers vegetation type is a mosaic of oak forest, oak savannah and tallgrass prairie 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. These forests are highly threatened today by overgrazing, invasive species, exclusion of fire and clearing for agriculture and urbanization. Evidence suggests the quality of savannahs and forests for wildlife habitat is changing due to increasing density of woody vegetation. This research position is part of the project "Fire Frequency Effects on Habitat Quality of Three Wildlife Management Areas Dominated by Cross Timbers Forests" supported by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. Dr. David M. Leslie, Jr., Leader of the Oklahoma Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is co-director of the project. In addition to the cooperation of several departments at OSU, the research includes collaboration with the staff of several wildlife management areas in the state. Position: The student will enroll in a PhD program starting Summer or Fall 2008. The stipend will be $17,500 per year for 3 to 4 years and will be renewed after each year based on satisfactory progress. Benefits include tuition waiver and health insurance. Application: A complete application includes the following: personal statement, three letters of reference, curriculum vitae, official transcripts of all college level study, GRE scores and a completed OSU Graduate College application. Please contact Steve Hallgren with questions: Steve Hallgren, 022 Ag Hall, Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078. office: 405-744-6805, FAX: 405-744-3530, email@example.com. Posted: 5/23/08.
Oklahoma State University: The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management is seeking applications for a PhD graduate research assistantship in forest ecology to study the relationships among fire frequency, habitat quality, and wildlife values in Cross Timbers forests including vegetation composition and structure, forage production and amount and quality of litter and coarse woody debris. The Cross Timbers vegetation type is a mosaic of oak forest, oak savannah and tallgrass prairie 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. These forests are highly threatened today by overgrazing, invasive species, exclusion of fire and clearing for agriculture and urbanization. Evidence suggests the quality of savannahs and forests for wildlife habitat is changing due to increasing density of woody vegetation. This research position is part of the project "Fire Frequency Effects on Habitat Quality of Three Wildlife Management Areas Dominated by Cross Timbers Forests" supported by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. Dr. David M. Leslie, Jr., Leader of the Oklahoma Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is co-director of the project. In addition to the cooperation of several departments at OSU, the research includes collaboration with the staff of several wildlife management areas in the state. Position: The student will enroll in a PhD program starting Summer or Fall 2008. The stipend will be $17,500 per year for 3 to 4 years and will be renewed after each year based on satisfactory progress. Benefits include tuition waiver and health insurance. Application: A complete application includes the following: personal statement, three letters of reference, curriculum vitae, official transcripts of all college level study, GRE scores and a completed OSU Graduate College application. Please contact Steve Hallgren (firstname.lastname@example.org, 405-744-6805) with questions. Posted: 4/1/08.
Oklahoma State University: The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management is seeking applications for a MS graduate research assistantship in forest ecology to study the extent, magnitude and possible reasons for forest composition and structure changes over the past 50 years. Research will involve remeasurement of forest plots and dendroecological techniques and is part of the project, "Magnitude and geographic distribution of the threat of eastern redcedar encroachment in Oklahoma Cross Timbers forests." In addition to the cooperation of several departments at OSU, the research includes collaboration with the Tree Ring Laboratory at the University of Arkansas and the Oklahoma Biological Survey at the University of Oklahoma. The Cross Timbers vegetation type is a mosaic of oak forest, oak woodland and tallgrass prairie 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. When Washington Irving visited these forests in 1835 he called them the "cast iron forest." These forests are highly threatened today by overgrazing, invasive species, exclusion of fire and clearing for agriculture and urbanization. The student will enroll in a MS program in at OSU starting Summer or Fall 2008. The stipend will be $15,504 per year for two years and will be renewed after one year based on satisfactory progress. Benefits include tuition waiver and health insurance. A complete application includes the following: personal statement, three letters of reference, curriculum vitae, official transcripts of all college level study, GRE scores and a completed OSU Graduate College application. For questions contact: Steve Hallgren, 022 Ag Hall, Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078. office: 405-744-6805, FAX: 405-744-3530, email@example.com. Posted: 2/8/08.
Oklahoma State University: The Department of Botany seeks to expand its PhD program. Toward this end, we can offer a $5,000 annual stipend supplement to recruit highly qualified new PhD students. The awards are not restricted to US citizens. For the 2008-9 academic year, it must be assigned by 1 March 2008 for referral and approval by the College of Arts & Sciences and the Graduate College. This supplement remains unassigned, thus prospective PhD students are encouraged to inquire with appropriate faculty members as soon as possible. The four faculty with ecologically-related interests are Michael Palmer, Bill Henley, Janette Steets, and Andrew Doust. Mike Palmer has diverse interests including plant virus ecology, vegetation dynamics, sustainable biofuels, and biogeography. He is eager to recruit students in any of these fields. Bill is eager to recruit new PhD students to work on projects involving algal physiology and ecology, particularly halophilic chlorophytes, diatoms and cyanobacteria. Janette is interested in recruiting students to work on projects in plant evolutionary ecology. Areas of particular interest include mating system evolution, plant-herbivore and plant-pollinator interactions, and plant ecophysiology. Andrew has interests in plant evolution, development and genetics, and is eager to recruit students that wish to integrate these approaches to understand the evolution of morphological diversity. Current projects include the evolution of plant architecture in grasses, evolution and ecology of the shade response in grasses, and fruit evolution in mustards. Note that OSU has a broader community of plant ecologists outside of the department of Botany, including faculty in Natural Resources Ecology and Management, Zoology, and Plant Pathology. Visit http://ecology.okstate.edu for more details. Contact information: Michael Palmer (firstname.lastname@example.org, 405-744-7717); William Henley (email@example.com, 405-744-5559); Janette Steets (firstname.lastname@example.org, 405-744-3521); Andrew Doust (email@example.com, 405-744-9559). Posted: 1/22/08.
Oklahoma State University: Two graduate student positions (Ph.D. or M.S.) are available to study rangeland ecosystem ecology. In many rangeland ecosystems, the belowground population of plant meristems (the bud bank) plays a primary role in plant population dynamics, species diversity, stability, and resistance to invasion. Our project will test hypotheses on environmental factors regulating bud bank dynamics and their ecological consequences in rangelands across the Great Plains. This research is funded through USDA collaborative funding with Kansas State University (D.C. Hartnett). In addition to stipend, benefits include tuition waiver (up to 6 hours per semester) and student health insurance. Tentative starting date: June 1, 2008. If interested, please email a letter stating your interest in the program and a resume to: Dr. Gail Wilson , firstname.lastname@example.org, 008C Agricultural Hall, Department of Natural Resource Ecology & Management, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078. 405-744-5539. Application instructions. Posted: 12/17/07.
Oklahoma State University: MS Assistantship in Invasion Ecology. A graduate student position is available to study the ecology of invasive species in the Department of Zoology. The student will participate in laboratory and field studies that are designed to assess the impacts of zebra mussel on reservoirs in Kansas and Oklahoma. The student will be supported through a combination of teaching and research assistantships (~$16k/yr plus tuition waiver). To apply, please email a letter of interest (including GRE scores and GPA) and a resume to Dr. Andy Dzialowski at email@example.com. The position is available beginning either in January or Summer 2008. Posted: 10/3/07.
Oklahoma State University: The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management is seeking qualified individuals to work on a research project in Silviculture or Applied Forest Ecology. Research will focus on the biological mechanisms that drive the growth and productivity of forest stands. The position will be filled at the Ph.D. (preferred) or M.S. level. Research Area: Understanding the mechanisms related to the growth and productivity of forest stands is important to efficiently manage forests for traditional commodities, i.e., wood and fiber, but also for nontraditional commodities and ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration, water quality and yield, biofuel feedstocks, wildlife habitat, and aesthetic quality. The successful candidate will undertake studies at the tree or stand level. Flexibility exists in developing specific projects, but potential research directions may entail the effects of silvicultural treatments on stand biology, canopy architecture, effects of fire on natural regeneration, establishment and physiology of plants species important for wildlife habitat, and invasive species. Given the rainfall gradient in Oklahoma, from >50” in the southeastern corner to <20” in the panhandle, Oklahoma comprises a wide range of forest and plant communities that include commercial loblolly pine forests, shortleaf pine savannas, oak-hickory forests, cross-timbers (post oak-blackjack oak dominated forests), and prairie-shrub communities. Stipend: A graduate research assistantship is available of $17,500 for Ph.D. or $15,500 for M.S. annually for a half-time appointment. Benefits include tuition waiver and student health insurance. Tentative Starting Date: July 1, 2008. Desirable Qualifications: B.S. and/or M.S. in forestry, plant biology, or related degree. If applicable, a minimum grade point average of 3.00 (A = 4.00) and acceptable GRE scores are required. Interested individuals should contact: Dr. Rodney Will, 008C Agriculture Hall, Stillwater, OK 74078. 405-744-5444, firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 10/3/07.
Oregon State University: Influence of climate and land-use change on bird species distributions. One Ph.D. fellowship is available in the IGERT Ecosystem Informatics Program within the Department of Forest Science starting in October 2008. The focus of this study is to develop species distribution models for terrestrial birds in North America. Computer-based and mathematical modeling will be focused on rates of range expansion in relation to interacting effects of land-use and climate change. The fellowship includes $60k over 4 years, tuition and fees for 2 years, and a research allowance. We seek applications from individuals with the following qualifications: (1) a Masters degree in ecology or a related discipline, (2) evidence of strong quantitative skills (particularly statistical modeling) and an interest in computer science, (3) an excellent academic background (see IGERT requirements), (4) some knowledge and experience working in ornithology. This fellowship is only open to U.S. citizens. Application information. Preference will be given to applications received by August 1st, 2008. Interested persons should contact: Matthew G. Betts, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Forest Wildlife Landscape Ecology, Department of Forest Science, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331 USA. 541-737-3841, email@example.com. Posted: 6/12/08.
Oregon State University: MS Graduate Research Assistantship on conservation genetics of African ungulates Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, beginning fall 2008. Candidates must have a bachelor's degree in a relevant field (biology, ecology, etc.), a strong interest in conservation, and recent experience with common molecular genetic techniques such as PCR, sequencing, and genotyping. Laboratory management experience, good quantitative analytical skills, field experience, and the demonstrated ability to work independently are desirable. Possible projects include 1) determining whether island populations of sitatunga antelope (Tragelaphus spekei) in Lake Victoria, Tanzania, are currently linked by dispersal; or 2) inferring how habitat and human-related factors affect gene flow for multiple species across a wildlife corridor in central Tanzania. Although samples have been collected for these projects, additional collection of non-invasive genetic samples in Tanzania may be necessary. The successful applicant will receive a tuition waiver and a monthly stipend of roughly $1,750. To apply, please email a letter of interest describing experience with molecular genetic techniques and other research, transcripts, GRE scores (unofficial copies of transcripts/GRE are fine), and 2-3 letters of recommendation to Dr. Clinton W. Epps at firstname.lastname@example.org. Materials can also be mailed to 137 Mulford Hall #3114, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-3114. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please note that the departmental deadline of March 15 has been extended in this case. The successful applicant(s) will be asked to apply formally to the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at OSU. Posted: 3/3/08.
Oregon State University: Influence of climate change on the distribution and ecological roles of terrestrial amphibians. One Ph.D. fellowship is available in the IGERT Ecosystem Informatics Program within the Department of Forest Science at Oregon State University starting in October 2008. The focus of this study is to develop species distribution models for terrestrial salamanders in Oregon and New Hampshire. Also, experimental field research and mathematical modeling will be focused on the role of salamanders in the forest floor food web in relation to a changing climate. Field research will be based at H.J.Andrews and Hubbard Brook Experimental Forests. The fellowship includes $60,000 over 4 years, tuition and fees for 2 years, and a research allowance. We seek applications from individuals with the following qualifications: (1) a Masters degree in forest ecology, wildlife ecology, entomology, soil ecology, or related disciplines, (2) evidence of strong quantitative skills, (3) an excellent academic background (see IGERT requirements) and (4) field experience. Application information. Preference will be given to applications received by March 1st, 2008. Interested persons should contact: Matthew G. Betts, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Forest Wildlife Landscape Ecology, Department of Forest Science, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331 USA. 541-737-3841, email@example.com. Posted: 1/8/07.
Oregon State University: A Ph.D. level graduate research assistantship is available in the Department of Forest Science starting January 2008. We seek a highly motivated student to examine the role of nitrogen fixing shrubs in post-wildfire recovery of Douglas-fir forests of Northern California and Southern Oregon. Specific planned research objectives are to measure shrub nitrogen fixation rates in the field using stable 15N isotope techniques, to evaluate soil resource limitation to nitrogen fixation, and to determine the influence of fixed nitrogen on post-fire plant community dynamics. The successful applicant also has freedom to develop related questions in post-fire plant ecology, biogeochemistry, and forest restoration. Prospective applicants should have an M.S. degree with demonstrated background in ecology, biogeochemistry and/or soils. The assistantship carries a competitive stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance for a period of 3 to 4 years. A start date of January 2008 is strongly preferred, but applicants for later dates are encouraged to apply. Oregon State University is recognized as a leader in the ecological sciences, with a world-class program in Forest Science. Advisors for this research are Steven Perakis (Courtesy Professor, soils and biogeochemistry) and David Hibbs (Professor, plant ecology). Please contact Steve with questions, or submit a CV (including research experience, grades, GRE), a letter outlining your interests and goals, and reference contact information via email or written to the USGS address below. Steven S. Perakis, US Geological Survey, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, 3200 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis, OR 97331. tel: (541) 758-8786 email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 9/14/07.
Oregon State University: Influence of intensive forest management on songbirds in the post-fledging period. One M.Sc research assistantship is available in the Department of Forest Science starting in September 2007. The objectives of the study are to: (1) Assess the influence of intensive forest management on avian habitat quality early succesional forests of northern Oregon, (2) Determine factors influencing habitat selection and use of early successional stands by songbirds in the post-fledging period, and (3) Examine fitness consequences (body condition and survival) of differential use of early successional forests. The scholarship includes $18k/year for 2 years plus tuition fees. We seek applications from individuals with the following qualifications: (1) An undergraduate degree in forest ecology, wildlife ecology, or related disciplines, (2) A strong academic background, (3) Field experience. Preference will be given to applicants with experience identifying songbirds by sound, mist-netting, insect identification, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and working in forest ecosystems. To Apply: Send 1-page letter of interest, resume, transcripts, GRE scores, and 3 letters of reference to: Matthew G. Betts, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Forest Wildlife Landscape Ecology, Department of Forest Science, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331 USA. 541-737-3841, email@example.com. Email applications are encouraged. Preference will be given to applications received by October 1, 2007. Posted: 8/7/07.
Pennsylvania State University: Applications are being solicited for a Ph.D. student in the Department of Biology at Penn State University, to begin fall 2008. The student will conduct research under the direction of Dr. Eric Post as part of a long-term project on the influences of climate change on plant-herbivore interactions in a low-Arctic community in West Greenland. A major focus of this research will include investigating the role of recent warming in the development of trophic mismatch between the timing of offspring production by an herbivore, caribou, and plant phenology. Additionally, the contribution of trophic mismatch to herbivore population dynamics will be modeled. There is considerable room for expansion of the research beyond these themes under the PI's general research on ecological consequences of climate change. The project requires a combination of experience with, and interest in, remote field work, as well as strong quantitative and analytical skills. The student will be supported in part by a three-year NSF grant that includes a full-time research assistantship during one semester each year, and field and travel expenses. Contact Dr. Eric Post for further details or with questions. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 11/27/07.
Pennsylvania State University: A Research Assistantship is available 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 student will be advised by Dr. Margot Kaye and will focus on the use of dendrochronology in the study of forest carbon responses to fire management. Students may apply to the Graduate Program in Forest Science or the Inter-College Degree Program in Ecology. The assistantship includes stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance. MS applicants are preferred (2 years of funding are currently available) but exceptional PhD applications will also be considered. Interested students should contact Margot (jpk12 at psu.edu) for more information. Posted: 10/22/07.
Pennsylvania State University: Two or more Ph.D. assistantships available beginning in Fall 2008 for research on coupled human-natural systems. Students will work with an interdisciplinary team of ecologists, geographers, economists, demographers, and rural sociologists. The research will focus on land-use transitions from traditional agriculture to sustainable agriculture and exurban development. Our team is striving to understand social and ecological causes and consequences of these transitions. Potential ecological research themes include (but are not limited to) invasion biology, biodiversity, carbon sequestration, ecosystem nutrient cycling, and water or air quality. Potential social science themes include (but are not limited to) land use, sustainable or alternative agricultural enterprise development, human population dynamics, complex systems, local food systems, sense of place, collective action, local land-use governance, household resource allocation and decision making, and urban ecology. Students are encouraged to contact Jill Findeis (fa2 at psu.edu), Jason Kaye (jpk12 at psu.edu), Kathy Brasier (kjb24 at psu.edu), or David Mortensen (dam37 at psu.edu). Students can matriculate through the Ecology, Soil Science, Agronomy, Rural Sociology, or Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Economics graduate programs after talking with potential advisors. Students with interests in the social sciences are encouraged to consider simultaneously earning a PhD in the dual-degree Demography or Operations Research programs. Posted: 10/22/07.
Penn State University: PhD Research Assistantship in Agroecology, Depts of Entomology and Crop and Soil Science. Interdisciplinary study on weed population management and dynamics, arthropod community, soil quality indicators, nutrient cycling and agronomic properties in organic cropping systems. Interest in or experience in working with complex systems studies is desired but not required. Student will work directly in collaboration with Mary Barbercheck (arthropod ecology), David Mortensen (weed ecology), and Jason Kaye (biogeochemistry), graduate and undergraduate students, postdocs and technicians, and a farmer advisory panel in guiding the research and outreach education associated with the project. For further information, contact Mary Barbercheck (email@example.com). Posted: 9/25/07.
Penn State University: Graduate research assistantship for fall 2007 or January 2008: Ecology, Structure, and Silviculture of Eastern Hardwood Forests. One masters or doctoral level graduate research assistant position will be available to work on one of the following two projects: 1. Structural characterization and spatial analysis of the overstory and understory vegetation of mature managed oak forests (botany skills required), or 2. Evaluation of to what extent practicing agency foresters tailor management prescriptions to fit stated landowner objectives (forestry degree required). Qualifications: --B.S. in natural resources of forested ecosystems. Doctoral students must have an M.S. --Some familiarity with GIS and statistical data analysis is always desired. --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). Academic year support is guaranteed, pending adequate progress, for 2 years (3 years for PhD). Application: Please send the following ASAP to Eric.Zenner@psu.edu: --Cover letter describing your background, interest in this position, and professional goals --Resume showing all prior work experience and indicating GRE and TOEFL scores --Complete unofficial transcripts --Names and email addresses of three references (at least two academic). More information: contact Eric Zenner or Jeri Peck (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 6/19/07.
Plymouth State University: M.S. Assistantships in hydrological, physical, and social environmental sciences starting in June or August 2008. The Center for the Environment invites applicants for our M.S. degree program in Environmental Science and Policy. Students can customize a flexible, interdisciplinary, policy-relevant, graduate research program in environmental sciences. Potential research projects include regional hydrology and modeling, ecohydrology, regional vegetation analysis and modeling, regional socio-economic assessment, paleolimnology, biogeochemistry, regional conservation ecology and planning, ecological plant physiology, climate change, land use change, forest soils, biological or chemical recovery from acid deposition, lake shoreland protection, water supply protection, reclamation of a heavy metal mine site, and assessing social perception and behavior in relation to these and other environmental issues. Student projects typically have policy components, giving students the opportunity to work with agency or NGO scientists as part of their research. Unique opportunities exist for field research at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. Competitive stipends are available for several students, including fully-paid tuition and summer salary. Please contact program coordinator Betsy Ayotte (email@example.com) or Center director Patrick Bourgeron (firstname.lastname@example.org) for current opportunities. Posted: 2/7/08.
Plymouth State University: M.S. Assistantship in environmental science starting in June 2008. The Center for the Environment invites applicants for our M.S. degree program in Environmental Science and Policy. We currently have a position for a research assistant to work on an altitudinal transect project in partnership with the Margret and H.A. Rey Center in Waterville Valley, NH. The student will focus on the collection of phenological vegetation data pertaining specifically to changing climate trends. The position includes opportunities for field oriented environmental education related to northeastern forest ecology. The M.S. in Environmental Science allows students to customize a flexible, interdisciplinary, policy-relevant, graduate research program with opportunities to work partner organizations as part of their research. PSU is located in the scenic heart of the Lakes and White Mountain Region of New Hampshire with easy access to recreational and research sites. A competitive stipend is available, including fully-paid tuition and summer salary. Review of applications will begin immediately with priority given to applications received by March 7, 2008. Please contact Michele L. Pruyn, Assistant Professor of Plant Biology at email@example.com for more information. Posted: 2/6/08.
Purdue University: A fully funded PhD position focusing on hellbender ecology and genetics is available beginning May 2008. A highly motivated student is sought to evaluate the food habits, life history, and genetics of eastern hellbenders. Applicants will focus on reproductive and recruitment success, population abundance, and growth among local populations of hellbenders. These data will be used to develop a stage-structured life-history model to evaluate the long-term population viability of endangered Indiana hellbenders. In addition, applicants will compare dietary habits in relation to macroinvertebrate assemblages and develop molecular markers to assess levels of genetic variation and structure at both local and regional scales. This project will include both field and laboratory components combined with extensive travel to regional field sites during the summer months. Transportation and off-campus housing will be provided. Qualifications: A student with an MS in herpetology and/or genetics is preferred although exceptional applicants with a BS will be considered. Applicants must have a strong work ethic and the ability to work both independently and as a member of a research team. Good interpersonal skills are essential. Applicants will work closely with a diverse group of state wildlife biologists, private landowners, and supervise field technicians. Prior experience with genetic techniques (e.g., PCR and microsatellite genotyping) would be helpful but not required. Potential applicants are encouraged to visit http://www.fnr.purdue.edu/students/graduate.shtml to ensure they meet the minimum departmental requirements for admission. To apply, electronically submit a cover letter stating research and career interests, CV (including cumulative GPA and GRE scores), and contact information for three references to Dr. Rod Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org). Salary: ~$20k/yr. Last Date to Apply: February 29, 2008. Contact: Rod Williams (email@example.com, 765-494-3568). Posted: 1/17/08.
Purdue University: I am seeking a highly motivated, energetic, and dedicated individual to join my lab as a PhD student in Aquatic Community Ecology beginning in May - August 2008. This position is fully funded for three years based on departmental funding, and there is potential for an additional fourth year of funding if needed. The successful candidate will conduct research in aquatic community ecology related to research themes in my lab, including (but not limited to): 1) Evaluating and modeling stream ecosystem responses to landscape change resulting from increased corn production to support rising ethanol demands; 2) Evaluating stream conservation success for watersheds subjected to varied levels and strategies for conservation; 3) Elucidating mechanisms underlying the displacement of native aquatic species by introduced aquatic nuisance species; 4) Evaluating the ecology and life history of native freshwater mussels to inform efforts to conserve and manage this highly imperiled taxonomic group. Financial support for this position provides a stipend for living expenses, full tuition coverage, and an insurance package. Interested candidates should have a strong background in aquatic sciences, including species and community ecology and biology, and should be prepared to conduct independent, novel scientific research related to the areas described above (other areas are possible, too). The student will incorporate field, laboratory, and theoretical approaches in her/his work. Travel to support research activities and to present research findings will be necessary, and this may include long periods in the field. Experience with boat operation and SCUBA desirable but not absolutely necessary. Students will work closely with other faculty and students in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources. The position will ideally begin in May 2008, although it is also possible for the successful candidate to start as late as August 2008. More information on the graduate program in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources. For consideration, please send a letter/email of intent (electronic submissions strongly encouraged), including a statement of research and career interests, resume, names and addresses of 3 references, and transcripts (photocopies or scans okay) to: Reuben R. Goforth, Ph.D., Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, 195 Marstellar Street, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907. Office Voice: 765-494-0009 Mobile: 269-967-7620 FAX: 765-496-2422 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Inquiries/applications should be submitted prior to 3-Mar-08. Posted: 12/18/07.
Purdue University: Support for two graduate assistantships in oak ecology is anticipated for Summer-Fall 2008 in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University. The successful candidates will conduct interrelated work on environmental factors influencing the distribution and dynamics of early life stages in oaks. Research will be conducted as part of the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment, a long-term assessment of ecosystem responses to even- and uneven-aged silvicultural treatments being conducted as a cooperative venture involving scientists at four universities and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. One assistantship will focus on site and genetic impacts on oak by a) developing predictive models of advanced oak regeneration from attributes of woody plant communities and abiotic factors at multiple spatial scales and b) determining genetic structure in and around harvested areas for purposes of assessing parentage of regeneration. The other assistantship will address how animals influence early life stages of oaks by a) determining how seed predation and seed dispersal by rodents influence potential regeneration in harvested stands and b) experimentally assessing the impact of herbivores (deer, small mammals, insects) on seedling growth and survival. Strong quantitative skills are required; field research experience in forestry or wildlife is desirable. Candidates should have a GPA of at least 3.2 and a cumulative GRE score of at least 1200 (V+Q) and 4.5 for Analytical Writing. Please email a resume and a short (1-page) letter of interest, including cumulative GPA, GRE scores, and contact telephone numbers and email addresses for three references to Rob Swihart (email@example.com) and Michael Saunders (firstname.lastname@example.org). Graduate stipends currently are $16,675 (M.S.) and $19,140 (Ph.D.) per year and include tuition waivers. All inquiries must be received by 10 January to be considered for fall admission. Posted: 11/16/07.
Purdue University: I am seeking a M.S. student to begin studies in Spring or Fall Semester 2008. This project will involve summarizing and modeling the past and future growth and yield of a long-term, disturbance-based silvicultural study located in central Maine. Although much of the data has been already acquired, there will be opportunities for 1-2 months of data collection in Summer 2008 or 2009 at the field site in Maine. This project allows for the unique opportunity to develop silvicultural knowledge in two systems-the hardwood forests of Indiana and the mixed-conifer forests of Maine, and build collaborative relationships both at Purdue University and the University of Maine. Coursework in forestry/silviculture is required; expertise in modeling design and theory, biometrics and statistics are desirable. Candidates with familiarity with the U.S. Forest Service's growth and yield model, Forest Vegetation Simulator, will be given preference. Candidates should have a GPA of at least 3.0, and score higher than the 50th percentile on both the Verbal and Quantitative components and higher than 4.0 on the Analytical Writing component of the GRE. This position has guaranteed support for 2 years, with extension as needed to complete an ambitious program. Graduate stipends currently are $16,676 per year and include tuition waivers. Competitive stipends at higher amounts may be available. I prefer that interested candidates contact me by email, although you may contact me by phone. Mike R. Saunders (email@example.com, 765-494-2155). Posted: 8/15/07.
Rhode Island University: I invite applications from motivated students for work towards a masters degree at the University of Rhode Island beginning in Fall 2008 in the field of community ecology; tri-trophic, predator-prey, and/or plant-herbivore interactions are all of interest. Full funding will be provided either as Research or Teaching assistantships, depending on availability and student background. Applicants should be independent and highly motivated, preferably with academic research and/or field experience. Interested students should look at the following website for specific information on lab-related research. Prospective students should contact me (Evan Preisser, firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss potential graduate projects and to set up an interview. Formal department review of applications will begin February 15, 2008, but interested students should contact me well before the application deadline. Posted: 11/20/07.
Rice University: I am looking for highly motivated PhD graduate students in community/population ecology starting September 2008. I will consider applicants who wish to pursue fundamental research on any aspect of population/community/evolutionary ecology. My research examines the ecological factors that generate and determine the structure, dynamics and functioning of natural communities. Current projects focus on the effect of cannibalism and size-structured interactions on the dynamics and functioning of natural communities, the consequences of infectious diseases for community dynamics and biodiversity, and the evolutionary dynamics resulting from the interaction of cannibalism and diseases/ parasitoids, using a combination of field and laboratory experiments in combination with theoretical work. While most of my work has been carried out in aquatic (freshwater) systems using organisms that range from stream salamanders to dragonfly larvae to zooplankton I am amenable to students developing projects in other study systems. Guaranteed funding for 4 years with a very competitive stipend is available through a combination of fellowships and research assistant ships. Applicants are also encouraged to apply for available scholarships and fellowships. Please see our departmental website for more information about the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, our research and graduate programs, and the recent addition of several outstanding new faculty complementing our strengths in a variety of research areas ranging from the ecology and evolution of interspecific interactions, conservation, invasive species, and forest community dynamics to genomics, speciation, and the evolution of intra-specific cooperation and sociality. Formal application materials for graduate school can be submitted using the above website. Interested students should send me an email and attach a copy of their CV. Volker Rudolf (email@example.com) Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, Houston, TX, 77005. The ultimate deadline is Jan. 1st. Posted: 9/20/07.
Rutgers University: We seek a graduate student interested in pursuing a Ph. D. degree in the Ecology and Evolution Graduate Program to work on a 3-year study of biodiversity in urban wetlands. The project entails coordinated studies of plant, bird and mosquito diversities, studies of human behavior and values in and around wetlands in a densely urban environment, and risk of West Nile disease. The student will have primary responsibility for studies of plant community diversity and environmental monitoring. For more information and to apply (curriculum vitae, contact information for three references), please contact Dr. Joan Ehrenfeld, 732-932-1081 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 3/19/08.
San Diego State University: A doctoral graduate student is sought to join an interdisciplinary project that integrates GIScience, landscape ecology, and human socioeconomics for studying wildlife habitat and human dynamics. This project is supported by NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) program. It will examine how micro-level changes in the human or environment subsystems would interact with the emergent patterns in the coupled human-nature system in the Royal Chitwan National Park in Nepal. Using micro-level population and remote sensing data, this project will take a complex-systems approach to examine human-environment interactions over time and space. Specifically, the student is expected to develop, evaluate, and use an agent-based model to simulate the macro-level landscape and habitat consequences of micro-level changes in the environment, human demography, and socioeconomic/cultural context. The ABM will incorporate multidisciplinary information (e.g., vegetation, wildlife, individual people’s decisions) at multiple scales, answering many scientifically significant and practically important questions. The student will have opportunities to visit and conduct fieldwork in Chitwan, Nepal and potentially in Wolong Nature Reserve, China. Applicants should have strong interests in computer modeling, geography (especially GIScience), landscape ecology, and forest /wildlife ecology. Strong quantitative and modeling skills (e.g., computer modeling, statistics, geographic information systems, and/or remote sensing) and programming experiences (e.g., C++, Java, or python) are desirable. Salaries and benefits are competitive. The ideal starting date will be the 08 fall semester (specifics negotiable). Applicants should visit the SDSU Geography departmental website regarding our SDSU-UCSB joint doctoral program, and follow the instructions there. For specific information about the project, please contact Dr. Li An at email@example.com. In addition to following the Department’s application procedure, interested individuals may send the following materials to Dr. An (see the contact information below): (1) cover letter including general and specific research interests/experiences, (2) statement of professional goals (e.g., plans after finishing the training), (3) resume, (4) transcripts, (5) at least three references including names, email addresses, phone numbers, and postal addresses, and (6) GRE scores and TOEFL scores (for international applicants only whose native language is not English). Scanned copies or photocopies of transcripts and GRE/TOEFL scores are acceptable initially. Deadline: 2/1/08. Posted: 12/13/07.
San Diego State University: We are seeking highly motivated graduate students with interests in primatology, wildlife conservation and landscape ecology to join the M.S. program in Geography and/or the M.A. program in Anthropology. In addition to course work, you will be expected to develop a thesis project that includes 3-6 months of fieldwork at Fanjingshan National Nature Reserve (China). The project, co-sponsored by the Zoological Society of San Diego, will be part of a large-scale study aiming to identify and map the habitat of Guizhou snub-nosed monkeys (Rhinopithecus brelichi), and to understand how spatial and temporal variations of food resources influence the monkeys' movement pattern. The ideal starting time is the spring semester in 2008, and the corresponding application deadline is September 15, 2007 (for Geography) and October 1, 2007 (for Anthropology). We also welcome applications starting in Fall 2008, for which the application deadline is March 1, 2008 (Geography & Anthropology). Pending on funding availability, the departments may offer graduate assistantship to the successful candidates based on his/her background, intellectual merits, and past academic performance. Please visit the corresponding websites for the Anthropology and Geography departments for further information on the graduate program, application processes, and financial support. In addition to following the departments’ application instructions, you may contact and send your CV to Dr. Li An at firstname.lastname@example.org (Geography) and/or Dr. Erin P. Riley at email@example.com (Anthropology). Posted: 8/30/07.
San Francisco State University: The Ecology and Evolution Group at San Francisco State University is offering 13 fellowships for Master’s students (M.S.) starting Fall of 2008, funded by the S-STEM program of the National Science Foundation and the Department of Biology at SFSU. Each fellowship recipient will receive $17,000 per year for up to two years. The Master’s degree program in Biology at San Francisco State University (SFSU) is nationally recognized as offering outstanding graduate training in environmental science, ecology, and evolutionary biology and for providing exceptional preparation for PhD programs and the workforce. The Department has been successful in attracting and preparing superb graduate students, and ensuring their placement in top Ph.D. programs across the nation, including the Universities of Virginia, Indiana, Harvard, Texas, and system-wide in the University California. Graduates who have chosen not to pursue a Ph.D. have successfully moved on to positions at government agencies such as the National Park Service and the National Marine Fishery Service, and to non-profits, such as the Nature Conservancy. With 18 full-time faculty, we have a strong and interactive evolution and ecology group with particular strength in conservation biology, systematics and population biology. Our class sizes are small and students work closely with their advisors on research projects. Opportunities abound for field research in a diverse array of habitats including the Pacific coast, Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Point Reyes National Seashore all within 1-2 hour drives from campus, and the Pacific coast and Sierra Nevada within a 4 hour drive. We strongly encourage interested applicants to make contact with potential faculty advisors early in the application process. Posted: 11/16/07.
Sonoma State University: Karina Nielsen is seeking applications from students interested in completing an MS degree in marine community ecology with a focus on macroalgal ecology and coastal oceanography (including a research assistantship and tuition waiver)as part of a Collaborative NSF project between Karina Nielsen’s lab at Sonoma State and the labs of Bruce Menge and Sally Hacker at Oregon State University. The goal of the NSF project is to understand how variability in oceanographic subsidies such as nutrients and phytoplankton influences benthic community structure in the northern California Current Large Marine Ecosystem. The research assistantship will involve extensive field work on rocky shores in northern California (primarily) and Oregon. Qualifications: BA or BS degree in Biology, Ecology, or other related field with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Candidates with prior research experience in field ecology or marine biology, and evidence of strong writing and quantitative skills will be given preference. Applicants must also meet the requirements for admission to the MS program in Biology at Sonoma State. Support: 2 years of funding at $16,600/year including a tuition waiver. Additional funding may be available from teaching assistantships and the university fee waiver program. To apply: 1. Follow the instructions for applying to SSU's Biology Graduate Program AND 2. Send an email to Karina Nielsen (firstname.lastname@example.org) including: 1) a brief letter of intent describing why you are interested in the position and 2)a CV (or resume). For additional information about the project contact: Dr. Karina Nielsen (email@example.com, phone: 707.664.2962). For full consideration, applications for Fall 2008 should be submitted by 31 January 2008; applications for Spring 2009 may be considered if the position is not filled before then. Posted: 1/18/08.
South Dakota State University: Graduate Research Assistantship in Wildfire Risk Assessment. We are seeking a PhD-level GRA to participate in a study of fuel treatment effectiveness across the continental United States. This project is funded by the USDA/USDI Joint Fire Science Program and involves collaboration between SDSU, the USGS Center for Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS), and the USDA Forest Service. The goal of the project is to apply geospatial datasets and models at a national level to quantify stand- and landscape-scale effects of fuel treatments on fire severity and fire spread. Work involves integrating and analyzing burn severity maps from the Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity (MTBS) project, fuels and topography data from the LANDFIRE project, and fuel treatment maps obtained from land management agencies. The GRA will have the opportunity to pursue dissertation research associated with one or more aspects of the project, which include field validation of satellite-based fire severity indices, statistical analysis of burn severity patterns, and simulation modeling of fire behavior. Desired qualifications include an MS degree in ecology, forestry, geography, or a related field; or a BS degree with significant research experience. Strong quantitative skills and experience with GIS are also essential. The GRA will be part of the GIS Center of Excellence (GIScCE) and the PhD program in geospatial science and engineering. This position will provide an annual salary stipend of $23,690/yr along with discounted tuition for graduate coursework. Start date is flexible, but we would prefer a candidate who can enter the program in autumn of 2008. To apply for this assistantship, please submit electronic copies of the following: (1) Letter of interest describing professional goals, research interests, and qualifications for the position, (2) a resume, (3) transcripts (copies OK), (4) GRE scores (copies OK), and (5) names of three references along with email addresses, phone numbers, and postal addresses. Review of applications will begin on May 1st 2008 and will continue until the position is filled. Send application materials to: Dr. Michael C. Wimberly, Geographic Information Science Center of Excellence, Wecota Hall 506B, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: 605-688-5350, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 4/2/08.
Southern Illinois University Carbondale: A M.S. level graduate research assistantship in Human Dimensions of Watershed Management is available beginning fall 2008 in the Department of Forestry. Students with an interest in natural resource issues within the context of community development and community capacity are strongly encouraged to apply. The Department offers graduate students an interdisciplinary learning experience in natural and social sciences, including fields such as land use planning, watershed management, forest recreation and community-based conservation. Project Title: Evaluating Watershed Health Risks through Integrated Water Quality Analyses, Community Capacity Assessments, and Outreach Appraisals. Project Description: This project is an interdisciplinary investigation of water quality and community capacity for planning and conservation with the overall goal of evaluating and communicating watershed and community health risks in eight subwatershed communities. Research questions include: What is the capacity of urban and rural communities in the subwatersheds to engage in watershed planning and adopt comprehensive conservation strategies? What capacity indicators are most strongly correlated with positive ecological, economic, and social outcomes? What barriers or constraints to coordinated planning and cooperative conservation exist? Specifically the student will join a collaborative team of scientists to conduct community capacity assessments in two urban and six rural subwatersheds in the Lower Kaskaskia River of southern Illinois. Community capacity indicators will be examined including community leadership, institutional support, community resources, social cohesion, shared vision, and collective action. Specific tasks are to: (1) conduct a literature review, (2) assist with the development of the survey questionnaire for the communities within the watersheds, (3) assist with the administration and management of the mail survey and quantitative data (4) assist with quantitative data analyses and communicate study findings to the research team, community stakeholders, and other scientists. The graduate research assistant will work with a team of researchers including social and watershed scientists from SIUC and Illinois State U. The team is also currently recruiting one Ph.D. level graduate research assistant on this project. If you are interested, please contact: Dr. Erin Seekamp, Department of Forestry, Southern Illinois University, 1205 Lincoln Dr., MC 4411, Carbondale, IL 62901. Phone: (618) 453-7463, Email: email@example.com. Students are urged to apply as soon as possible. Posted: 9/28/07.
Southern Illinois University Carbondale: The Department of Forestry has research assistantships available for M.S. or Ph.D. students interested in pursuing research in watershed management, water quality, and hydrology. The student will be part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers and students investigating water quality and community capacity for planning and conservation in eight urbanizing agricultural subwatersheds of the Lower Kaskaskia River Watershed in southern Illinois. Key research questions include: 1.) How do land use and conservation practices affect water quality? 2.) What is the capacity of urban and rural communities in the subwatersheds to engage in watershed planning and adopt comprehensive conservation strategies? The project is funded by the USDA CSREES Water Quality program. Anticipated start date for assistantships is January 2008. For more information, please contact Dr. Karl Williard at (618) 453-7478 firstname.lastname@example.org and Dr. Jon Schoonover at (618) 453-7468 email@example.com). Posted: 9/7/07.
Southern Illinois University Carbondale: A Ph.D. and/or M.S. level graduate research assistantship in the Human Dimensions of Ecosystem Management is available beginning as early as fall 2007 in the Department of Forestry. The Department of Forestry offers graduate students an interdisciplinary learning experience in natural and social sciences, including fields such as land use planning, watershed management, forest recreation and community-based conservation. Project Title: Evaluating Watershed Health Risks through Integrated Water Quality Analyses, Community Capacity Assessments, and Outreach Appraisals Description: This project is an interdisciplinary investigation of water quality and community capacity for planning and conservation with the overall goal of evaluating and communicating watershed and community health risks in eight subwatershed communities. For further details contact Dr. Mae Davenport, (618) 453-7476, firstname.lastname@example.org. Students are urged to apply as soon as possible. Posted: 9/5/07.
SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry: MS graduate fellowship: Ecology of Lake Sturgeon in the Oswego Drainage. A one-year research assistantship and tuition scholarship is available in the Department of Environmental and Forest Biology, SUNY-ESF, Syracuse, New York. Availability of a an additional 1-year Teaching Assistantship is likely, depending on the qualifications of the successful applicant. Lake sturgeon are in decline throughout the Great Lakes and are protected in most states in the region. In New York, lake sturgeon populations have been bolstered or reintroduced through hatchery release. This research involves a collaboration between SUNY-ESF, USGS-Cortland, and the NYSDEC, focused on evaluating the ecology and population dynamics of lake sturgeon in the Oswego River drainage of central New York. The MS-funded portion will focus on multiple aspects of lake sturgeon habitat use and availability and fish community composition, and will include considerable opportunity for interaction with state and federal agencies. The findings of this research will provide important direction to management agencies for the recovery of the declining lake sturgeon. Requirements: Training and experience in fisheries and/or aquatic ecology and conservation biology are preferred. Experience in formulating and executing independent research, at any level, is preferred. Additional desired skills include experience with GIS, practical boating skills. Inquiries are welcome. Starting date of January 1, 2009 is preferred. Interested candidates should send a short statement of interest, CV with the names and contact information of two references, and copies of transcripts, GPA, and GRE scores to: Dr. Kathleen E. McGrath, Department of Environmental & Forest Biology, SUNY-ESF, 304 Illick Hall, 1 Forestry Drive, Syracuse, NY. 13210 (315) 470-4814. ESF graduate studies. Posted: 6/24/08.
SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry: MS graduate research assistantship (starting August 2008) is available for a highly motivated student interested in research on forest ecosystems and their importance to human communities in the Adirondack Park (NY) and Northern Forest region (VT, NH, ME). The MS student will join a new and growing research program addressing sustainability and change in complex linked systems of humans and nature. Research topics may include: (1) assessment of carbon-related ecosystem services and potential offset related to land use practices including wilderness conservation and intensive timber production; (2) inventory of ecosystem services and modeling of potential disturbance impacts on provision of services; (3) development of surveys and coupled GIS models to understand non-market benefits of wilderness landscapes to people. Students will be actively encouraged to explore their own research ideas, develop interdisciplinary collaborations, and take advantage of the research facilities at SUNY ESF’s Adirondack Ecological Center & Huntington Wildlife Forest. Research assistantship provides a competitive stipend, tuition waiver, health benefits, and the unique opportunity to live and work in the wilderness landscape of the Adirondack Park. A strong quantitative background, good communication skills, and the ability to function effectively in both field and laboratory settings are essential. Familiarity with plant ecology, soils, GIS and statistics is highly desirable. Previous experience and interest in modeling, spatial analysis, and/or economics is a big plus. Deadline for applying is April 1 2008; for more information and application instructions, please contact Colin Beier by email (email@example.com). Posted: 2/13/08.
Sul Ross State University: M.S. Graduate Research Assistantship in Range and Wildlife Management. Project Title: GIS/GPS project mapping habitat and cultural features of the 02 Ranch, Brewster county, TX. Starting Date: January 2008. M.S. student will 1) work cooperatively with private landowners, 2) be responsible for collecting all field GPS data necessary for the project, including all manmade improvements, and typical locations for different habitat types, on the 260,000 acre 02 ranch 3) inputting all field data into an inclusive GIS database, and 4) participate in report writing and progress reports for the project. Qualifications: B.S. in range or wildlife ecology or a closely related discipline with superior academic record and competitive GRE scores. Must be able to work alone in remote areas under extreme climatic conditions. A strong work ethic and good communication skills are essential. Applicants with experience in GIS/GPS, equipment handling, including GPS units and ATV's, knowledge of arid land ecosystems, and/or knowledge of the ranching industry will be given preference. Assistantship ~$15k/yr with excellent benefits including health insurance and out-of-state tuition waived. Graduate school application procedures may be obtained from the Office of Admissions and Records, P.O. Box C-2, Sul Ross State University, Alpine, TX 79832, (432.837.8050). In addition, serious applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, copies of academic transcripts, GRE scores, and 2 letters of reference to: Dr. Bonnie Warnock, Department of Natural Resource Management, P.O. Box C-16, Sul Ross State University, Alpine, TX 79832. Phone: 432-837-8488, FAX: 432-837-8822, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 11/5/07.
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences: A Ph.D. student position in forest and water With a focus on the role of forestry on water quality in the boreal landscape. We are recruiting a PhD student to join the project "Minimizing the forestry impact on water quality in larger aquatic systems" during summer/fall of 2008. Increased levels of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) is exported after tree harvesting which influence drinking water quality, survival of fish and other aquatic biota as well as mercury levels of downstream surface waters. It is therefore of outermost importance to develop management strategies so that forestry can minimize its negative influence on water quality. The purpose of the project is to develop new tools and models that can be used for analyzing the effect of forestry on a range of stream sizes. The goal of the project will be reached by combining field studies, analyses of already available data and modeling. The research will be conducted within the research group cCREW (Cold Climate Research in Boreal Watersheds) at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Umeå, Sweden. Prerequisites include 180 ECTS or equivalent, with a minimum of 120 ECTS in a field relevant to Forestry or Environmental Sciences (for example forest hydrology, biogeochemistry or physical geography). The position is available for a four-year period (48 months) of research with guaranteed financial support during this period. The application should include a Curriculum Vitae, a short description of experience that make you suitable for the position and why you are interested, copies of degree certificates from higher education, relevant publication, and contact information of at least two references. For further information please contact Hjalmar Laudon (email@example.com, +46 (0)90-786 66 25). Your complete application, marked with reference number 1775/08 should be sent to the Register, SLU, Box 7070 - 750 07 UPPSALA, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, to arrive at May, 28 2008 at the latest. Posted: 5/15/08.
Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research: The research unit Land Use Dynamics investigates patterns, causes and processes of land change. Within the Swiss national research project MOUNTLAND we seek a PhD-Student in dynamic forest/landscape modelling. Location: Close to Zurich, Switzerland. Your duties: You will adapt and extend a dynamic forest ecosystem model regarding tree regeneration in mountain forests and the interaction between forest and avalanches, take part in field experiments about tree regeneration in the Alps, couple this model to other models of land change and socio-economy, and study the effect of climate change on mountainous regions. Your qualifications: University degree in environmental sciences, forestry, biology, or related sciences, solid background in forest, landscape, population and/or theoretical ecology, knowledge in dynamic ecological modelling, ideally experience in forest- or landscape modelling, and solid programming skills (e.g. in FORTRAN, C). You like independent scientific work (information search, conceptual work, analysis of results, writing of publications). You are not afraid of abstract mathematical thinking and are open to collaborate in an interdisciplinary team. Interested? Please send your complete application using reference number 540 to Mrs. Monika Huber, Human Resources WSL, Zuercherstrasse 111, CH-8903 Birmensdorf, Switzerland. Informations about the group and the project is available at href="http://www.wsl.ch/forschung/forschungsunits/landschaftsdynamik/prozessmodellierung_EN" target="_blank">Ecological Process Modelling und MOUNTLAND. Posted: 5/23/08.
Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research: The Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL is part of the ETH Domain. Approximately 500 people work on topics related to the sustainable use and protection of the environment and on an integrated approach to handling natural hazards. The Research Unit Community Ecology studies patterns and processes in plant and animal communities, their dynamics, in particular in relation to impacted ecosystems. For the project SUBFUNC "Effect of subordinate plant species on plant and soil community structure and ecosystem function" the Subunit Restoration Ecology with location in Lausanne is looking for a PhD - Student in plant community ecology. You will set up the field manipulative experiment and carry out the vegetation relevés, measurements of soil functioning (respiration, litter decomposition), and laboratory analyses (soil nutrients, microbial C and N, plant N and P). Soil microorganisms analyses (testate amoebae, bacteria, flagellates) and PLFA and CLPP analyses will be done in collaboration with a Post-doc and some other colleagues at WSL. Your qualifications: M.Sc. degree in biology, preferably with a thesis topic in community ecology and/or functional ecology in terrestrial ecosystems, good English communication and writing skills. Practical experience in plant ecology, functional ecology, vegetation and soil analysis and statistical analysis will be of advantage. You work cooperatively in an interdisciplinary team effort and wish to take initiatives and go at work with ambition. Interested? Please send your complete application, including photo, brief description of M.Sc. thesis work as well as list of publication, using reference number 519 to Mrs. Monika Huber, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Human Resources, Zuercherstrasse 111, CH-8903 Birmensdorf, Switzerland. Prof. Alexandre Buttler, tel. +41 (0)21 693 39 39 will be happy to answer any questions or offer further information. Posted: 2/8/08.
Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL: For a research project on the effect of fragmentation in urban habitats the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL of Birmensdorf and Bellinzona, SWILD Zurich, and the Institute for Terrestrial Ecosystems, Ecosystem Management at the ETH of Zurich, Prof. J. Ghazoul are offering for January 2009 a PhD position in urban ecology. The candidate will investigate the effect of fragmentation on spatial patterns of selected species and invertebrate communities in urban environments; radio-track hedgehogs; sample and identify flying and ground-dwelling invertebrates such as bees, carabid beetles or snails; analyze their functional assemblage with uni- and multivariate techniques and publish the results in international journals. Detailed project information (project module 2, task 4). Details about the application | more details. (Do not send applications by email!) Posted: 6/11/08.
Texas A&M University: I have support for 1 to 2 MS or PhD Graduate Research Assistantships in Rangeland Ecology and Management or Forest Science beginning Fall 2008 in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management to pursue research on a choice of multiple topics including: 1) the "Ecological Footprint of Livestock on Rangeland Productivity" as part of a USDA Forest Service funded project that will use rangeland and landscape ecology concepts and geomantic tools including remote sensing (RS) and GIS to assess the regional and national-level impact of livestock on US Drylands. This study will also allow the investigation of emerging issues such as regional rangeland fragmentation, the relationship between vegetation productivity (NPP and water-use efficiency), fires, and aridity, drought policy, RS-based early warning systems, and rangeland economics; 2) Environmental 3-D Tomography where the above- and below-ground biomass and structure of Dryland vegetation and soil patch dynamics are investigated using new non-invasive field technologies: LIDAR and ground penetrating radar (GPR). The interested applicant will conduct field work at a number of possible Dryland research sites including the Sevilleta LTER, Nevada Desert Research Center, La Copita, TX and Santa Rita, AZ Experiment Stations calibrate/validate metrics derived from these technologies and develop new methodologies including software for operational use of these instruments; 3) Explore the relationship of deductive and quantitatively derived ecoregions/ecological sites to NRCS traditional range sites and MLRC ecoregions and climate change scenarios. In this study, the student will gain experience in parallel/grid computing (an Apple Workgroup Cluster) for visualization and ecological problem solving; 4) Retrospective Analysis of Mozambique, Maputo Province Drylands from 1973 to 2006. The interested scholar will use the Landsat Historical Archive and historical field data to assess the change in vegetation and soil dynamics in relation to livestock herbivory and human land management practices before and after the Civil war; 5) Relationship of Landsat and MODIS Vegetation and Soil Index time series to Historical Field Measurements in Drylands: The U.S. Rangeland Enclosure Network; and 6) Spatial reconstruction of Dryland savanna productivity dynamics where the student will investigate the relationships between tree ring parameters, eddy flux covariance derived gross and net primary productivity (GPP and NPP) and net ecosystem exchange (NEE), climate change, Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM), and the use of remote sensing-derived vegetation indices to spatially distribute ecosystem parameters. I am seeking applicants with a strong interest in environmental monitoring and impact assessment of Drylands, including a strong interest in complexity science, landscape ecology, field work for calibration and validation of remote sensing data, and spatial modeling. Advanced undergraduates with astronomy, climatology, geology, environmental or civil engineering, environmental sciences, physical geography with remote sensing and GIS experience, or computer science degrees or qualified applicants with a MS in same including agronomy, crop science, soil science including pedology, hydrology, ecology, or related disciplines and a genuine interest in local to global environmental monitoring and assessment. Students will receive a monthly stipend, plus health benefits, tuition, and fees. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to apply for many of the internal funding opportunities such as scholarships offered to graduate students at TAMU. Submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, three reference contacts, and GRE scores (if available) to: Dr. Robert A. Washington-Allen at email@example.com and 2138 TAMU, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-2138, phone: 979-845-8803. Posted: 12/13/07.
Texas A&M University: Participating faculty in ten departments at Texas A&M would like to encourage prospective doctoral students to apply to the new Integrated Graduate Education and Research Traineeship "Applied Biodiversity Science: Bridging Ecology, Culture and Governance." The vision of Applied Biodiversity Science (ABS) is to achieve integration between biodiversity research and on-the-ground conservation practices. Three pillars support the program: (1) integrated research in biological and social sciences; (2) cross-disciplinary research and collaboration with conservation institutions and actors in the field, and (3) application of conservation theory to practice. Research teams of faculty mentors and students, in collaboration with international partners, will develop complementary dissertations related to two research themes: (A) Ecological Functions and Biodiversity; and (B) Communities and Governance. The ABS-IGERT will produce scientists prepared to understand ecological functions of local ecosystems, and also the activities and needs of surrounding communities in wider social, economic, and political contexts. The NSF-IGERT Program Traineeships include a $30,000 stipend per year plus $10,500 toward cost of education (tuition, fees, health insurance, and other benefits) and some funding for field research. Please consult the ABS website (linked above) for more information on how to apply and to identify potential advisors. Deadline: February 1, 2008. Posted: 9/19/07.
Texas A&M University: Two graduate research assistantship opportunities (Ph.D.) are available beginning spring 2008 in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management to study how changes in natural vegetation affect water resources. The first Ph.D. student will study: "Woody Plant Encroachment into Karst Terrain: Implications for Regional Cycles of Carbon, Water, and Energy." The overall goal of this project, funded by the DOE National Institute for Climatic Change Research (NICCR), is to develop an understanding of how carbon, water and energy exchange in semi-arid savannas on karst terrain respond to rainfall and vegetation change. We seek applicants with a strong interest and background in field-based research in plant ecophysiology. The student will work with a team of ecologists and geophysicists. The project utilizes sap flux, leaf gas exchange, and eddy covariance techniques to quantify ecosystem-level fluxes at six research sites, varying from open grassland to mature juniper woodland. The second Ph.D. student will be part of the renowned Leon River Restoration Project. This interdisciplinary project is funded by the Texas Department of Agriculture with the goal of improving land stewardship on private ranches. We seek applicants with a strong interest and background in hydrologic modeling. The student will work with a team of plant ecologists, economists, and wildlife scientists. The project employs paired watershed techniques to quantify changes in runoff in response to restoration of native grasslands. The student will use mathematical and statistical analyses from more than five years of rainfall and runoff data from eleven watersheds. Degree program options include: Rangeland Ecology and Management, Water Management and Hydrological Science Interdisciplinary Program, Molecular and Environmental Plant Sciences Interdisciplinary Program, or Forest Sciences. Qualified applicants must possess a MS degree in ecology, hydrology, environmental science, or related discipline and a genuine interest in the fields of plant ecohydrology and ecosystem restoration. Students will receive a monthly stipend (combination of GRA and GTA), plus health benefits, tuition, and fees. Establish contact electronically and submit a description of career goals, curriculum vitae, and three reference contacts to: Dr. Georgianne W. Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org. Suitable applicants are invited to apply to TAMU within the appropriate degree program by the October 1, 2007 graduate admissions deadline for US Citizens (August 1, 2007 deadline for International Students). Posted: 7/24/07.
Texas State University – San Marcos: PhD Assistantships in Stream Ecology in the Department of Biology are available for highly self-motivated students. Research areas may focus on (1) terrestrial-aquatic linkages; (2) ecosystem engineering, and ecosystem functioning in aquatic systems; (3) multiple predator-prey interactions. Applicants who are independent, hard working should have demonstrated academic excellence and field experience. Applicants with bachelor's degrees include a GPA of 3.5 or better in all undergraduate-level course work. Applicants with a master's degree must have a 3.25 on all graduate level course work. GRE > 1150 (v + q). $25k/9 months for PhD assistantships, which are a combination of teaching and research assistantships. In-state resident tuitions apply for all assistantships. E-mail a cover letter for describing research interests/experiences and goals, CV, copies of transcripts and GRE scores to Dr. Yixin Zhang (email@example.com). Three reference letters are needed for final application. Posted: 4/3/08.
Texas State University – San Marcos/University of Arizona: Two Graduate Assistantships (PhD) to participate in a worldwide savanna study. I am seeking a graduate student to work on the relative importance of different resources - water, nutrients, light - to the growth of savanna tree seedlings and how growth is affected by defoliation and competition from grasses. The research will be carried out in central Texas as a stand- alone research project, but the experimental design will be repeated at two other sites in the United States, and more sites across Africa, Australia, Asia and South America, as part of a global seedling establishment experiment. The overall goal of the project is to develop a unified theory of how trees and grasses co-exist in savannas, addressing whether savanna species show convergent adaptations for environmental conditions, or whether there are differences related to continent of origin or species phylogenies. The project is in part funded by the Shell Research Foundation and in part by Texas State University and the University of Arizona in the form of teaching assistantships. Additional funding through internal and external grants is possible. The application deadline for the fall semester at Texas State is February 1, 2008. Further information: Biology Degree Programs | Application Procedures. Please direct inquiries to Dr. Susan Schwinning, Biology Department, Texas State University, San Marcos TX 78666. Phone: 512-245-3753, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org OR Dr. Steve Archer, School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721-0043. Phone: 520-743-2319, email: email@example.com. Posted: 1/9/08, revised: 1/10/08.
Texas State University: Teaching/Research Assistantship for M.S. Applications are being sought for one student interested in pursuing an academic career studying various aspects of the behavior of sailfin and Amazon mollies starting no later than June 2008. Amazon mollies, Poecilia formosa, are a unisexual (all female) species of molly that are essentially sexual parasites as they require sperm from the closely related bisexual sailfin molly, P. latipinna but don’t use it to fertilize their eggs. Conflict exists between male sailfin mollies that prefer to mate with conspecifics and the Amazon mollies that require matings with these males. We have three months of summer funding for a Research Assistant to work on some aspects of this system and can supply Instructional Assistant (teaching labs) for the fall and spring terms. See http://www.bio.txstate.edu/~gabor/gabor.htm for details about our lab and our research interests. The Department of Biology offers a strong environment in evolutionary ecology as the basis for training in behavioral ecology. Students will benefit from interactions with other faculty interested in evolutionary questions such as: Jim Ott (Insect-plant interactions and ecological genetics), Noland Martin (Plant population genetics), and Chris Nice (Speciation in insects and phylogeography). We have both General Biology and Population and Conservation Biology MS programs available. GRE (verbal and quantitative) scores of 1000 for MS, and a GPA of 2.75 are minimum requirements. More information on admissions. To apply for this job please send a statement of interest and a CV/resume of related research, coursework, GPA, GRE, and any other relevant experience by February 28, 2008 to Caitlin Gabor by email (gabor at txstate.edu). Reference letters for top candidates will be solicited at a later date. Applications will be reviewed as they come in, and may also be reviewed after the target date if the position has not been filled. Posted: 2/14/08.
Texas State University – San Marcos: MS and PhD graduate assistantships are available for students interested in karst ecohydrology. Karst is a landscape formed by the dissolution of soluble rock. Soils are often thin and woody plants extract water primarily from the fractured bedrock underneath. Little is known about the water relations and the root distributions of woody plants growing in karst savannas, and recent results challenge traditional concepts of savanna ecohydrology. Research centers on the eastern edge of the Edwards Plateau in central Texas, between Austin and San Antonio. Students with demonstrated academic excellence, field experience and an interest in isotope ecology, root ecology, ecosystem ecology or plant ecophysiology are especially welcome to apply. Base funding is available through teaching assistantships; additional funding through internal and external grants is possible. More information here or direct inquiries to Dr. Susan Schwinning, Biology Department, Texas State University, Phone: 512-245-3753, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadlines for the fall semester are February 1 (Ph.D. program) and June 15 (Master’s program). Posted: 12/17/07.
Texas State University – San Marcos: Graduate Assistantships (PhD and MS) in Stream Ecology for highly motivated students are available beginning in January 2008 to work on (1) land-water interactions across tributary watersheds in the Lower Brazos River in Texas; (2) effects of ecosystem engineers on lotic ecological processes; (3) systematic biology and ecology of black fly larvae. Applicants who are independent, self-motivated on research should have demonstrated academic excellence and field experience. BS or MS in biology, ecology, zoology, wildlife biology, or related fields are required. We offer a comprehensive doctoral program in Aquatic Resources and multiple MS programs, such as Aquatic Resources and Population and Conservation Biology. Information on the PhD and MS program and the application process is available on the Biology Department web site. Minimum academic qualifications for MS position include GRE > 1000 (verbal + quantitative) and an undergraduate GPA > 3.0, for PhD position GRE > 1150 and GPA > 3.25 in graduate course work. A valid driver's license is required. Salary: ~$14k/yr for MS and ~$18k/yr for PhD. Resident tuition rates apply for all assistantships. PhD and MS Instructional and Research Assistantships with associated benefits are available. Required Documentation: Cover letter for describing research interests/experiences, CV, statement of goals, transcripts and GRE scores. Three reference letters are needed for final application. For Further Information, contact: Dr. Yixin Zhang, Department of Biology, Texas State University – San Marcos, San Marcos, Texas 78666. Tel: (512) 245-3552, e-mail: email@example.com. Posted: 10/3/07.
Texas Tech University: I am recruiting graduate students into my lab to work on fire ecology and community assembly processes in Texas savannas and semi-arid woodlands. There is great leeway for individual graduate projects, but the themes of my lab's research are described at www.schwilk.org. One potential area of research is understanding the effect of burning season on the water status of woody plant resprouts and the effect of hydraulic traits on the fire response of rangeland trees and shrubs. Funding for research and teaching assistantships is available to help support students. For more information or to apply, please attach a letter of interest and resume (including contact information for 3 references) to Dr. Dylan Schwilk. Posted: 1/28/08.
Texas Tech University: Seeking Graduate (PhD and MS) Students in Behavioral Ecology – I am recruiting graduate students into my lab to work on songbird populations in the scenic Hudson Valley of New York. Work is funded by the National Science Foundation for 5 years beginning in 2008. A focus of this research is on how birds use public, private, past and/or current information of predator abundance and reproductive success to select breeding territories and avoid predators. Funding for research and research and teaching assistantships are available to help support students. The avian research described above fits the larger theme of my lab that explores (empirically and theoretically) the Ecology of Information – how organisms acquire and use information to manage their daily lives of finding food, avoiding predators, selecting mates, etc. For more information or to apply, please attach a letter of interest and resume (including contact information for 3 references) to Dr. Ken Schmidt (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 1/22/08.
Thompson Rivers University: The two MSc opportunities: Hydrology – quantifying hydrology of fresh-water ponds in semi-arid landscapes and correlating water level changes with grazing intensity. Supervised by Dr. Lauch Fraser (email@example.com). Zooplankton – analyzing the zooplankton community to determine the effects of cattle. Supervised by Dr. Brian Heise (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applications are currently invited for these M.Sc. positions, scheduled to begin in May 2008. The selected MSc candidates will be eligible for a stipend of $18,300 per year. We are looking for bright, motivated individuals who can work within a team and are keen on making a difference in understanding and conserving wetlands. Prior research experience, such as the completion of an Honours or Directed Study project during your undergraduate degree, or previous employment as a research assistant, is viewed favourably. The selected students will join the dynamic MSc in Environmental Sciences program at Thompson Rivers University, in Kamloops B.C., Canada. Please contact either Lauch Fraser or Brian Heise for more information. Posted: 4/2/08.
Thompson Rivers University: An MSc position is available in the Fraser lab to study grasslands in the southern interior of British Columbia, Canada. The student will evaluate the vegetative cover of different grassland types (e.g. rough fescue, bluebunch wheat grass, stipa) under different grazing management regimes (ungrazed livestock exclosures and grazed rangeland). Furthermore, feeding behaviour of animals will be correlated with grassland productivity, as affected by elevation and grazing. This work is filling a much-needed gap in our knowledge of how bird and small mammal communities in the southern-interior grasslands of BC are affected by such factors as condition, structure, and elevation. The project will provide essential baseline development of monitoring tools for southern-interior grasslands and associated animal populations. Applications are currently invited for this M.Sc. position, scheduled to begin in September 2008. The selected MSc candidate will be eligible for a $17,500 per year Industrial NSERC stipend. We are looking for a bright, motivated individual who is keen on making a difference in understanding and conserving our grasslands. Prior research experience, such as the completion of an Honours or Directed Study project during your undergraduate degree, or previous employment as a research assistant, is viewed favourably. The selected student will join the dynamic MSc in Environmental Sciences program at Thompson Rivers University, in Kamloops B.C., Canada. If interested, please contact: Dr. Lauch Fraser (email@example.com) Posted: 3/14/08.
Thompson Rivers University: An MSc position is available in the Gosselin lab to study the ecology and conservation of the marine gastropod, Haliotis kamtschatkana (northern abalone). Populations of northern abalone in British Columbia have experienced dramatic declines in abundance since the late 1970s, and were listed as "Threatened" by COSEWIC in 1999. There is concern that abalone populations may never be able to recover on their own. The aim of this project is to identify the effective strategies for conserving northern abalone populations. This NSERC funded research project integrates marine invertebrate ecology, conservation strategies for threatened species, and aquaculture practices. The student will work as part of team and will have the opportunity to interact with collaborators from the BHCAP abalone hatchery, the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (BMSC), and Fisheries & Oceans Canada. The project will include substantial field work, including SCUBA diving in one of the most diverse marine ecosystems in North America. This MSc will be part of a broader project, involving a team of 3 faculty and 3 graduate students, which will examine the survivorship, genetics, and growth potential of northern abalone. Research work will take place in spectacular Barkley Sound and at BMSC on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Applications are currently invited for this M.Sc. position, scheduled to begin in May 2008. The selected MSc candidate will be guaranteed at least $17,500 per year in stipends. In addition, interested students holding major national or international scholarships are encouraged to apply, as they would receive a top-up award. We are looking for a bright, motivated individual who is a certified SCUBA diver (at least by May 2008) and who is keen on making a difference in understanding and conserving our marine resources. Prior research experience, such as the completion of an Honours or Directed Study project during your undergraduate degree, or previous employment as a research assistant, is viewed favourably. The selected student will join the dynamic MSc in Environmental Sciences program at Thompson Rivers University, in Kamloops B.C., Canada. If interested, please contact: Dr. Louis Gosselin (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 3/7/08.
Towson University: Funding is available for a graduate teaching assistantship in the Department of Biological Sciences. The successful candidate will assist in a research study of successional dynamics in the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area in Howard County, Maryland. Main focal points of the study include examining relationships between land use history and deer browsing on plant community composition and invasive species abundance. Results from the project will assist Howard County in managing this natural area. Students would be expected to use data generated from their studies for a Master's thesis. The stipend is currently $12k/year, plus a full tuition waiver and travel costs. The assistantship will begin in September 2008. Deadline for applications is 15 March 2008, but early applications are encouraged. The ideal student for this position is self-motivated, works well independently, and has a strong interest in plant ecology and invasive species management. The position will require long hours in the field under moderate conditions (often alone). Prior experience with field research, plant sampling techniques, plant identification and data management are helpful but not required. Towson is located just a mile north of Baltimore, Maryland. TU’s Department of Biology offers outstanding opportunities for graduate students in several areas including ecology, conservation biology and molecular ecology and conservation. Previous graduate students have gone on to Ph.D. programs at a number of major institutions or have found employment with state or federal management agencies. A complete list of departmental facilities, our current Graduate Faculty, and their teaching and research interests is available on our graduate program web site. For additional information, contact: Vanessa B. Beauchamp, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Towson University, Towson, MD 21252, 410-704-2286 email@example.com. Posted: 2/1/08.
Trent University: We are seeking 10 graduate students (Masters or Ph.D.) to work as part of multidisciplinary teams on five NSERC-funded strategic research programs in the area of Aquatic Sciences and Aquatic Ecology. Financial support will be provided through a combination of research and teaching assistantships. Interested candidates should have a background in ecology, environmental science,physical geography, toxicology, biology or environmental chemistry and be able to develop and conduct independent scientific research. For more information on the Watershed Ecosystems Graduate Program please see http://www.trentu.ca/wegp/. Click on the "Research Opportunities" link for details on the available positions and how to apply. Posted: 3/7/08.
Trinity College Dublin: Five PhD Studentships are available in the project Sectoral Impacts on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (SIMBIOSYS). Biodiversity and associated ecosystem services are fundamental to humanity but are threatened by human activity in a range of sectors. This collaborative project is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency under the STRIVE programme. It aims to quantify impacts of key sectoral activities on genetic, species and landscape biodiversity and the ecosystem services they provide. In addition, we will test methods for mitigating impacts, carry out in-depth strategic reviews in order to inform national policy decisions, and make recommendations for future strategic research and management. Five unique, integrated, 4-year PhD scholarships are available as part of this project, as follows: 1. Sectoral impacts on pollinators and pollination services, primary supervisor: Jane Stout, Trinity College Dublin (firstname.lastname@example.org) 2. Biocontrol in agroecosystems, primary supervisor: Mark Emmerson, University College Cork (email@example.com) 3. Impacts of bioenergy crops on soil carbon sequestration, primary supervisor: Mike Jones, Trinity College Dublin (firstname.lastname@example.org) 4. Road landscaping, native biodiversity and invasion resistance, primary supervisor: Padraig Whelan, University College Cork (email@example.com) 5. Impacts of introduced oysters on native benthic diversity, primary supervisor: Tas Crowe, University College Dublin (firstname.lastname@example.org) Salary: €17,000 per annum tax free studentship, plus EU-fees for four years. Non EU-residents are welcome to apply but would be required to pay additional fees of €5500/year.. Start Date: 01 October 2008 (Aug/Sep 2008 for position 5). Applicants must have (or realistically expect to achieve) 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 work would be advantageous, and competence in statistical analysis and GIS is highly desirable. Candidates should be enthusiastic, highly motivated, and willing and physically able to undertake extended periods of fieldwork. In addition, applicants must be competent in written and spoken English, and hold a full, clean driving licence. Further information is available from the respective primary supervisors and here. Additional skills are desirable for individual projects as follows: 1. Identification of pollinators, experience in genetic analysis 2. Identification of biocontrol agents (ground predators), identification of arable weeds 3. Experience in plant ecophysiology, measurement of greenhouse gas emissions 4. Experience in taxonomy and ecology of terrestrial plants 5. Experience of diving, boat-handling and identifying marine invertebrates 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 the project manager: Jens Dauber, Botany Building, School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland. e-mail: email@example.com. If you wish to apply for >1 post, please send separate letters for each. Applications by e-mail welcomed. Please note there is no application form to be completed. Deadline for applications is Friday 13th June 2008. Posted: 5/14/08.
Trinity College Dublin: PhD scholarship: potential impacts of aquaculture, Marine Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution research group. A PhD scholarship is available as part of Sectoral IMpacts on BIOdiversity and ecoSYStem services (SIMBIOSYS), a project funded by the Environmental Protection Agency and involving researchers from Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork and University College Dublin. The research would focus on potential impacts of the oyster Crassostra gigas in Irish marine ecosystems. C. gigas has been cultured in Ireland on intertidal bag and trestle systems for ~30 years. More recently, some licenses have been issued for cultivation on the seafloor and a detailed risk analysis of this activity is being undertaken. Using sampling and experiments, this project will contribute to that risk analysis by assessing potential impacts on (i) native biodiversity, (ii) non-indigenous species whose spread may be facilitated by the oysters cultured under specified conditions and (iii) ecosystem functioning. The successful applicant would be co-supervised by Dr Tasman Crowe (University College Dublin) and Dr Francis O’Beirn (Marine Institute). They would collaborate closely with an MSc student at the Marine Institute and with other members of the SIMBIOSYS project. Funding is available for 4 years (stipend: €17,000 per annum; EU tuition fees and research costs also provided). Applicants should hold, or realistically expect to achieve this summer, at least a 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent) and/or a relevant MSc and demonstrate high potential for success in ecological research. There is no restriction on nationality, but a successful non-EU applicant would have to contribute to higher tuition fees. A driving license is essential. Experience of identifying invertebrates is desirable; skills in diving & boat-handling would also be beneficial. Deadline for applications: 13 Jun 2008; preferred start date: Aug-Sept 2008. To apply, send a full cv (including contact details for 2 referees) and a letter of application outlining your relevant experience to Dr Tasman Crowe – firstname.lastname@example.org – School of Biology and Environmental Science, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland. Tel: + 353 (0)1 716 2194, Fax: +353 (0)1 716 1152. Further information is available on request. Posted: 5/12/08.
Trinity College – Dublin: A PhD studentship is available as part of a Department of Agriculture and Food funded project investigating "Precision pasture management: impacts on weed control and implications for biodiversity". Intensive use of agrochemicals is thought to pose a serious threat to biodiversity. This project will examine grassland biodiversity, both within the sward and at the field-margins and will quantify the impacts of novel weed control techniques. The successful applicant will receive a scholarship award of ?17,000 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 would be advantageous, and competence in statistical analysis is highly desirable. Candidates should be enthusiastic, highly motivated, and willing and physically able to undertake extended periods of fieldwork. In addition, applicants must be competent in written and spoken English, and hold a full, clean driving licence. The project will be supervised by Drs Jane Stout and Daniel Kelly at Trinity College Dublin and will run in collaboration with researchers at Teagasc Agricultural Research Centres (Moorepark, Co. Cork & Oakpark, Co. Carlow) and University College Dublin (UCD). The successful candidate will be based in the Botany Department at Trinity College, in the heart of Dublin. 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 is 30th November 2007. Start date is anticipated to be January 1st 2008. Posted: 11/15/07.
Trinity College – Dublin: A PhD studentship is available as part of a Department of Agriculture and Food funded project investigating "Precision pasture management: impacts on weed control and implications for biodiversity". Intensive use of agrochemicals is thought to pose a serious threat to biodiversity. This project will examine grassland biodiversity, both within the sward and at the field-margins and will quantify the impacts of novel weed control techniques. The successful applicant will receive a scholarship award of 17,000 euros 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 would be advantageous, and competence in statistical analysis is highly desirable. Candidates should be enthusiastic, highly motivated, and willing and physically able to undertake extended periods of fieldwork. In addition, applicants must be competent in written and spoken English, and hold a full, clean driving licence. The project will be supervised by Drs Jane Stout and Daniel Kelly at Trinity College Dublin and will run in collaboration with researchers at Teagasc Agricultural Research Centres (Moorepark, Co. Cork & Oakpark, Co. Carlow) and University College Dublin (UCD). The successful candidate will be based in the Botany Department at Trinity College, in the heart of Dublin. 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 references, to Dr Jane Stout (Botany Department, University of Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland; E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 11/13/07.
Universität Greifswald: international Masters Program in Landscape Ecology and Nature Conservation. The 2-year program is taught in English and addresses postgraduates (MSc or comparable degrees) and well-trained graduates (BSc) with working experience from all parts of the world. Based on multidisciplinarity and individual mentoring students are trained in the analysis and solution of both current and future global environmental challenges. Since Greifswald University has a strong international reputation in mire ecology and wetland restoration the multidisciplinary curriculum emphasizes these aspects e.g. in the following modules: mire ecology, palaeoecology, global change, aquatic ecology, restoration ecology and vegetation ecology. For more information please see http://www.botanik.uni-greifswald.de/msclenc. Posted: 10/3/07.
Universität Potsdam: Within the Potsdam Graduate Initiative on “Modelling the response of populations, species and communities to global change” a grant for a Ph.D. student is available from now onwards to study the Propagation of variability patterns from individual populations to complex food webs based on an outstanding data set on long-term observations of plankton abundance with high taxonomical resolution and using advanced techniques for time-series analysis such as spectral and wavelet analysis. This Potsdam Graduate Initiative conducts interdisciplinary research and an education program which deals with different ecological and evolutionary aspects of the response of populations, species, and communities to global change and other anthropogenic impacts. The PhD projects combine recent developments in theoretical ecology as well as process-based and statistical ecological modelling to answer and is linked to our EU Programme FEMMES and other project on ecological modelling. The project mentioned above is supervised by Prof. Dr. Ursula Gaedke (Ecology & Ecosystem Modelling, Institute for Biochemistry and Biology), Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kurths (Nonlinear Dynamics, Institute for Physics) and Dr. David Vasseur, Calgary, Canada. Variability patterns of natural populations and communities are of focal interest e.g. within the ongoing biodiversity-stability debate. Extending previous research (e.g. Vasseur et al. (2005, OIKOS), Huber & Gaedke (2006, OIKOS) and Vasseur & Gaedke (2007, Ecology), all papers are available upon request), we aim to study variability patterns at different temporal scales at the level of individual phyto- and zooplankton populations, how they are related to ecological characteristics of the species and trophic interactions within the food web, and how they propagate to the level of functional groups, communities and the entire food web. The mechanistic understanding is enhanced by relating these variability patterns in biomass to those of production which indicate the turn-over rates within the system. Applicants must have an above-average Master’s degree or equivalent in Natural Sciences and a good background and interest in statistics and theoretical ecology. The willingness, both to do interdisciplinary research and to actively participate in the activities of the Potsdam Graduate School, is a prerequisite for the application. Applications, preferably in electronic form, should be send as soon as possible and should include a CV, copies of degree certificates, and possibly a letter of recommendation to Prof. Dr. Ursula Gaedke (email: email@example.com). Posted: 7/17/07.
Universität Zürich:We look for two ambitious, highly motivated applicants for three-year PhD positions to work on a comparative study of the energetic aspects of brain size evolution at the Anthropological Institute and Museum. In the Swiss National Foundation (SNF) project „The Expensive Brain: Comparative Analyses of Variation in Relative Brain Size“ by K. Isler and C. van Schaik we examine brain size evolution from an energy-cost perspective. To allow an increase in brain size, either total energy metabolism must be increased, or the organism reduces energy allocation to other functions such as production, digestion or locomotion. The first PhD project will be focused on trade-offs between brain tissue and the digestive tract or other expensive organs by applying the comparative method on primates or mammals in general. You will start by compiling published quantitative data and collect complementary data from dissections of various mammalian species. The second PhD project investigates the implication of the energy-cost perspective that a population’s brain size is negatively correlated with the frequency of exposure to periods of unavoidable starvation, as suggested by recent work on orangutans. In addition to a comparative analysis of published data, you will also collect endocranial capacities from primate genera or species inhabiting a broad range of habitats with documented seasonal food shortages. You will be working in an international, multidisciplinary team of primatologists and paleoanthropologists at one of Europe’s leading institutions in this field. Salaries rise from CHF 34000 in the first year to CHF 40000 in the third year. Interested applicants should have a strong interest in zoology and primatology, a good background in evolutionary biology, a very good academic track record, be fluent in written and spoken English and hold the equivalent of a Master’s degree. Advanced skills in statistical data analysis and, for the first project, previous experience with dissections are required. Candidates should send a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a transcript of the university diplomas, contact information for three references, and a summary of the Master’s thesis (all combined to a single PDFs) to Karin Isler at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than October 31, 2007. Start of the project is planned for February 1, 2008. For further information, please contact Dr. Karin Isler (email@example.com), Anthropologisches Institut und Museum, Universität Zürich-Irchel, Winterthurerstrasse 190, CH-8057 Zürich, Switzerland. Posted: 9/26/07.
Université du Québec à Montréal: A highly motivated graduate student is sought to undertake a Master’s or Doctaral degree in forest productivity. The work consists in developing process-based growth models for white and black spruce within the national ForValueNet strategic network. The work consists in interfacing ecology, forest growth and wood sciences. Allometric biomass and crown recession models will be the main focus of the work. The person, who should start no later than in September 2008, will work at the Université du Québec à Montréal, with collaborations with researchers at the University of Toronto and University of Alberta. We are looking for a person who can carry out quantitative work (including both statistics and simple programming) and who has an understanding of plant ecophysiology, wood sciences and/or forest growth and yield. Basic knowledge of French, willingness to learn French, or a demonstrated capacity to adapt them selves to a primarily French speaking environment is an asset. Applications will be studied from March 7th 2008, and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. Qualified candidates are invited to send their resumes to: Frank Berninger, Professor, Département des Sciences biologiques, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montréal, Qc. tel : 514-987-3000, ext. 1644, firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 2/18/08.
Université Laval: PhD/MSc position: Modelling waterfowl distribution and abundance in Canadian boreal forest. An externally funded 3yr graduate position in wildlife habitat modelling is available in the Département des sciences du bois et de la forêt, in collaboration with Ducks Unlimited Canada. The project concerns the analysis and application of an extensive suite of repeated-measures aerial waterfowl surveys. As part of a graduate thesis, the student will develop mixed-effects models to relate species abundances and distributions to a suite of biophysical and vegetation/landcover attributes. The student will be associated with several research groups focussed on national-scale spatial simulation of ecological processes in the Canadian boreal: see Boreal Avian Modelling. Aspects of the intended applications to forest management and conservation planning, including spatial simulation, may be developed in the course of the thesis, depending on the interests of the student. We are seeking a PhD level candidate, but exceptional applicants at the MSc level will also be considered. The main qualifications for this position are strong quantitative skills and an interest in applied ecology or boreal conservation, independent of disciplinary background. Good written English skills are necessary. This lab has a strong preference for R as a tool of analysis and modelling. Otherwise, some knowledge of GIS and relational databases would also be an asset, although technical support will be available. The candidate will be expected to qualify for an NSERC/FQRNT IIS scholarship, with tenure at Ducks Unlimited Canada in Québec City. However, holders of NSERC PGS or other scholarships are obviously encouraged to apply. Note that although the language of instruction at Université Laval is French, one's thesis may be written in English. The position will commence no later than September 2008. Applicants should submit by email a short statement of interest, a current CV, and the names of three references. To apply, or for further information, contact us at either of the following addresses: Steve Cumming (email@example.com), Marcel Darveau (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 4/3/08.
Université Laval: Spatial simulation of habitat supply for the Bathurst caribou herd, Northwest Territories, under fire, human landuse and climate change. An NSERC funded graduate position in wildlife habitat modelling is available in the Département des sciences du bois et de la forêt, Université Laval. Working with a diverse team of field ecologists, modellers, government scientists and students, the applicant will "integrate field-based research on caribou ecology, fire dynamics, and human use patterns within a spatial dynamic (landscape) model designed to understand and forecast the long-term implications of climate change for the distribution of barren-ground caribou on the Bathurst herd's winter range." For an example of one modelling framework that could be adapted to this project, see Leroux et al. 2007. Accounting for system dynamics in reserve design. Ecological Applications 17(7):1954-1966. The project is best suited to a PhD student, although exceptional MSc applicants will be considered. The successful applicant will need to acquire skills in programming environments like C, Visual Basic or SELES; thus, candidates with simulation modelling experience will be at significant advantage. Otherwise, the main qualifications for this position are strong quantitative skills and an interest in applied ecology or boreal conservation, independent of disciplinary background. A working knowldege of GIS would also be an asset, although technical support will be available. The applicant will have the opportunity to travel to Yellowknife and points north for meetings and site visits once or twice a year, although no significant field work is contemplated. Holders of NSERC PGS or other scholarships are obviously encouraged to apply. Note that although the language of instruction is French, one's thesis may be written in English. The position must commence no later than September 2008. Applicants should submit by email a short statement of interest, a current CV, and the names of three references. To apply, or for further information, contact: Steve Cumming (email@example.com), Chaire de Recherche du Canada, Modélisation des écosystèmes boréaux. Posted: 4/1/08.
Université Laval: One M.Sc. position available: Climate change and forest productivity. Climate warming will directly affect the productivity of the boreal forest and hence the forest sector activities in Quebec. Yet, current timber supply calculations do not account for the uncertainty and the risk that come along with such changes. The research project will link productivity models sensitive to climate and calibrated from dendroclimatic analyses to yield tables used for allowable cut calculation. The project is located in Abitibi-Temiscamingue. This project is part of a multi-academic research program (UQAM, UQAT, Canadian Forest Service, Laval University) and thus offers many opportunities for interaction. It is funded by NSERC, so the position is granted with a stipend. Profile of potential candidates: - Education in quantitative sciences (applied mathematics, statistics), in forest sciences or in biology. - The preference will be given to candidates demonstrating a good potential in the use and analysis of quantitative data. - Knowledge of French is an asset. Interested candidates can reach: Frédéric Raulier : firstname.lastname@example.org Pierre Bernier: email@example.com. Posted: 1/18/08.
Université Laval: Two fully funded positions in forest landscape modelling are available at Université Laval, Québec, Canada: a postdoctoral fellowship (2yr) and a doctoral studentship (3yr). The positions are funded through the Sustainable Forest Management Network grant "Sustainable forest management under climate change: a multicriteria assessment for eastern Canada" and the Canada Research Chair in Boreal Ecosystems Modelling. Key collaborators include André Desrochers, Daniel Fortin and Frédéric Raulier (Université Laval), Pierre Drapeau (Université du Québec à Montréal), Sylvie Gauthier (Canadian Forest Service) and Marcel Darveau (Ducks Unlimited Canada). The positions will contribute to a broader project linking empirical models of various landscape-scale ecological processes within a spatially explicit regional simulation engine in order to evaluate alternate forest management and conservation plans. The evaluation criteria address sustainability and biological conservation under climate change. Some specific modelling components are: wildfire and fire management; forest stand dynamics; distribution and abundance of wildlife populations (e.g. waterfowl, songbirds, woodland caribou); static and dynamic protected areas networks. Responsibilities for the two positions will be negotiated within this framework, based on the interests and skills of the most qualified applicants. However, the postdoctoral fellow will be expected to assist with integration of digital forest inventory and growth and yield data within the modelling framework and to lead the development and execution of simulation experiments. Both positions require advanced quantitative and written skills. Experience with spatial simulation modelling is desirable. Familiarity with the C programming language and with GNU/Linux development environment would be a definite asset. Applicants should review the modeling methodology by consulting these references: The Forestry Chronicle 80:478-484, Landscape Ecology 17:433-444. Information on some companion national modelling initiatives can be found here: http://www.borealbirds.ualberta.ca | http://www.rr.ualberta.ca/Research/Beacons/beacons.htm. Position will remain open until suitable candidates are found: desired starting dates are September 2007 (PhD) and as soon as possible (PDF). Note that although the official language at Laval is French, dissertations may be written in English. Applications or enquiries, in French or English, may be addressed to the address indicated below. Applications should include a concise but detailed covering letter, a current CV and the names and contact information of three references. Steve Cumming, Canada Research Chair in Boreal Ecosystems Modelling, Sciences du bois et de la forêt, Université Laval (418-656-2131 x 2593, firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 6/28/07.
University of Aarhus: PhD studentship in ecoinformatics and macroecology Title: Climate change impacts on African vegetation and plant diversity Location: Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Aarhus (Denmark) Starting date: August 01, 2008 Further information: Ass. Prof. Jens-Christian Svenning, +45 8942-4711, email@example.com Project description: Africa has experienced some of the strongest and most persistent climatic anomalities during the last 50 years, especially increased droughts. The result has been widespread degradation of the natural vegetation and contingent marked negative impacts on local societies. This project will focus on two key issues in relation to climate change impacts in Africa: (1) Obtaining a quantitative understanding of the controls of vegetation and plant diversity patterns across Africa: Predicting the impact of future climate changes on vegetation and plant diversity requires a clear understanding of the factors and mechanisms controlling their current geographical patterns. (2) Developing broad-scale, but high-resolution 21st century scenarios for the likely impacts on vegetation and plant diversity and the contingent effects on society given future changes in climate, land-use and other drivers across Africa. Methodologically, the emphasis will be on advanced GIS and statistical modeling. The project will be carried out in collaboration with the SUN project, especially workpackage 2 (www.sunproject.dk), and will be supervised by Ass. Prof. Jens-Christian Svenning and Ass. Prof. Anne-Mette Lykke, both at Department of Biological Sciences, University of Aarhus. Qualifications: The applicants should have: • Good experience in GIS, data analysis and statistics • Good knowledge of programming (e.g., C++, Python, or R) • A MSc in Biology, Environmental Science, Geography, or related fields • English as a first or second language, plus strong writing skills Additional information: The 3-year PhD-project is funded by a salary of approx. 23,000 DKK (~3,000 €) per month and full coverage of tuition fees etc. Applications: Pre-applications including 1-page motivation, cv, and scanned copies of course certificates and diplomas should be send as a single pdf file by email to Jens-Christian Svenning, firstname.lastname@example.org. Dead-line: April 01, 2008, 12.00 AM Danish time. Subsequently, a decision will be made on whether or not to invite the applicant to write a full application [to be submitted to the Aarhus Graduate School of Science by May 01]. Posted: 3/5/08.
University of Akron: The Plant Sciences faculty are seeking M.S.-and Ph.D.-level students interested in pursuing research topics in the plant sciences. Research areas broadly encompass ecology, evolution, genetics, and cell biology, such as interspecific interactions (e.g., plant-fungal, plant-pollinator), plant systematics, plant ecology at multiple levels, and cell biology of algae. Please contact the particular faculty member of interest from the list of plant sciences faculty. Depending on the research area, summer support may also be available. Application materials are available at the Department of Biology website. Posted: 12/17/07.
University of Akron: The Department of Biology has a 5-year research assistantship available for a PhD student interested in helping to develop a biological control system to combat the invasive Eurasian watermilfoil. The student will work closely with research scientists at a local biomonitoring company (Enviroscience, Inc.) to continue study of a naturally-occurring herbivorous insect (the milfoil weevil, Euhrychiopsis lecontei) that has proven to be effective in controlling this invasive plant. The student will be part of the PhD program in Integrated Bioscience and will receive a stipend of $20k per year plus tuition remission. For more information about this research assistantship, please see full job ad, or contact Dr. Stephen C. Weeks (email@example.com) or Dr. Randy Mitchell (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 10/19/07.
University of Akron: The Biology Department Program invites applications for Spring 2007 and Fall 2008 for Master's work in Biology, and PhD studies in Integrated Bioscience. Full support through teaching assistantships is available. Applications and further information are available at http://www.uakron.edu/biology/http://www.uakron.edu/biology/. The Biology Department is composed of 21 full-time faculty members, approximately 35 Master's students, 6 PhD students, and 700 undergraduates. It emphasizes collaborative and integrative research, including a new PhD program in Integrated Bioscience. Facilities include a live animal research center, 400 acre field station, and greenhouse. The Department has a strong program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Areas of interest for graduate research include: pollination biology, conservation biology, physiological ecology, life history evolution, mating systems, aquatic ecology, evolution in developmental processes, behavioral evolution, spider biology, and evolutionary biomechanics. Posted: 10/5/07.
University of Alabama: Graduate Assistantship in Ecosystem Carbon Dynamics A M.S. or Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship is available in the Department of Biological Sciences to work on a large interdisciplinary project in Everglades National Park beginning summer or fall 2008. The student’s research interests should focus on plant ecophysiology, ecosystem physiology, or plant ecology. The general project will focus on two different hydroperiod marsh ecosystems. The student will have the opportunity to interact with scientists from the Everglades Coastal LTER. Knowledge of photosynthetic equipment and data logger use is a plus. This is a fully funded assistantship that includes: stipend, health insurance, and tuition waiver. Interested students should send a copy of their CV, statement of research interest, and unofficial copy of transcripts to Dr. Gregory Starr or contact Dr. Starr for more details (email@example.com or 352-846-0889). Closing date is January 31, 2007. Posted: 10/26/07.
University of Alabama: Graduate Assistantship in Ecosystem Carbon Dynamics of a Long Leaf Pine Forest Managed with Fire. A M.S. or Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship is available in the Department of Biological Sciences to work on a large interdisciplinary project at Jones Ecological Research Center beginning summer or fall 2008. The student’s research interests should focus on plant ecophysiology, ecosystem physiology, fire ecology, forest productivity, or plant ecology. The project will focus on developing a comprehensive understanding of ecosystem carbon dynamic for two types of long leaf pine systems that are managed with fire. The student will have the opportunity to interact with scientists from the University of Alabama, Jones Ecological Research Center, USFS, University of Florida, and University of New Hampshire. A general knowledge of photosynthetic equipment and data logger use is a plus. This is a fully funded assistantship that includes: stipend, health insurance, living quarters at the Jones Center, and a small research budget. Interested students should send a copy of their CV, statement of research interest, and unofficial copy of transcripts to Dr. Gregory Starr or contact Dr. Starr for more details (firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-846-0889). Closing date is January 31, 2007. Posted: 10/26/07.
University of Alabama: A M.S. or Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship in Ecosystem Carbon Dynamics is available in the Department of Biological Sciences to work on a large interdisciplinary project in Everglades National Park beginning January 2008. The student will focus on ecosystem carbon, water and energy exchange within two different hydroperiod marsh ecosystems. The student will have the opportunity to interact with scientists from the Everglades Coastal LTER. Knowledge of photosynthetic equipment and data logger use is a plus. This is a fully funded assistantship. Interested students should contact Dr. Gregory Starr for more details (email@example.com or 352-846-0889). The deadline is August 31, 2007. Posted: 7/3/07.
University of Alaska: We invite applications for Graduate and Post-doctoral Fellowships supported by NSF's Alaska EPSCoR research focus area in biology. This fellowship program is part of a broader Alaska EPSCoR initiative entitled "Resilience and Vulnerability in a Rapidly Changing North: The Integration of Physical, Biological and Social Processes" which aims to fund integrative science concerning socio-ecological sustainability in the rapidly transforming northern regions.Through this graduate student and postdoctoral fellowship program in Biology we intend to support students working in the general research areas of biogeography, landscape & spatial genetics, plant-microbial interactions, ecology & genetics of invasive species, and the influence of species interactions on range expansions. Students and postdocs interested in creative ways to integrate their research among the interests of biology faculty or with the social and/or physical components of the broader Alaska EPSCoR themes are encouraged to apply and outline these ideas in their applications. Graduate Fellowships are for 1-2 years and include a stipend of approximately $21k/year plus health insurance and a tuition award. To be considered for a fellowship, students should contact UA faculty member(s) to discuss potential research, apply for graduate school at the appropriate UA institution, and apply for the fellowship. Click on the link above for the project summary. The deadline to apply to the graduate school and for these fellowships is February 1, 2008. A copy of all materials should be sent to the student's faculty sponsor. Students who cannot make this deadline should contact one of the faculty mentors listed below for advice on how to proceed. Postdoctoral Fellowships are for two years and include a salary of $42k/year with excellent benefits and $12k a year in research funds. Application instructions will be posted at the link above later. There are numerous other faculty across all three University of Alaska campuses (Anchorage-Fairbanks-Juneau) conducting relevant research that contributes to the goals of this program through student and postdoctoral advising. Programs and Institutes that may be of interest to potential applicants include the following: Institute of Arctic Biology, Department of Biology and Wildlife - UAF, the Department of Biological Sciences - UAA, Department of Biology and Marine Biology - UAS, the Resilience and Adaptation Program - UAF,and the Resilience and Adaptive Management Program - UAA. Posted: 12/17/07.
University of Alaska Anchorage: We are currently recruiting a new Master’s Degree student to study ecological genomics and reproductive ecology of the arctic mustards Parrya and Cardamine for an NSF-funded International Polar Year project. The student will be responsible for investigating spatial patterns of flower color polymorphisms across Alaska and their relationships to pollinator preferences and non-pollinator agents of selection (climate, herbivory, etc.). The student will also work closely with Dr. Justen B. Whittall, assistant professor of Biology at Santa Clara University, who will be isolating and quantifying expression of the anthocyanin biosynthetic pathway genes and comparing these results to whole-genome microarray hybridizations. The research will involve extensive fieldwork from southern Alaska to the North Slope, beginning this summer (2008). Support for summer research is included for the first year, followed by a full year of support the second year, including a tuition waiver. Previous experience in pollination ecology or molecular ecology is preferred. UAA is Alaska’s largest university whose Biological Sciences Department faculty has nearly doubled since 2000. The UAA Master’s Degree is a research-intensive, thesis-based degree program. This MS studentship in the UAA Biological Sciences Department affords unique opportunities to interact closely with the Alaska Natural Heritage Program, Alaska EPSCoR, and the faculty and research at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. If interested, please send a brief statement of interest and CV to Matt Carlson (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Justen B. Whittall (email@example.com) by February 20, 2008. Posted: 2/13/08.
University of Alaska Fairbanks: We are recruiting a graduate student (MS in either Fisheries or Biology) to investigate the role of invertebrate drift in the ecology of juvenile Chinook salmon in the Chena River, an interior Alaskan stream that supports one of the largest runs of Chinook salmon in the Yukon River drainage. The successful candidate will join a team of grad students and other researchers on a project that aims to understand the way habitat conditions influence the distribution, growth, survival, and abundance of juvenile Chinook salmon during their freshwater rearing period. The successful candidate will play a key role because drifting invertebrates are the principle food of juvenile Chinook salmon in fresh water, making benthic and terrestrial production available to the fish. Among others, topics for this part (i.e., drift component) of the study may include the effect of instream woody debris, stream discharge, season, and distance from the source (upstream to downstream) on the density, size, and taxonomic composition of invertebrate drift. The successful candidate will work in a collaborative team environment with students, university faculty, biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and Native Corporation partners. There will be opportunity to become involved with other aspects of the project, which include work on primary production, benthic and terrestrial invertebrate ecology, and a range of topics in stream fish ecology, which will provide broad training in stream ecology. The successful candidate will have a strong academic record, effective communication and interpersonal skills, field experience, and the ability to work in both team and individual settings. The successful candidate will complete training in boat operation, gun/bear safety, wilderness survival, first aid, and CPR. Work will be based at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and at a field camp on the river during the field season. To apply, submit (via email) a cover letter with a brief review of your research experience, interests and goals (1 page), resume, transcripts, GRE scores, and names of three references to: Dr. Mark S. Wipfli (firstname.lastname@example.org). To learn more about the project visit www.chenakings.org and to learn more about graduate studies at UAF visit www.uaf.edu/gradsch. Position will stay open until filled. Successful applicant may begin work as early as 1 May, 2008. Posted: 3/14/08.
University of Alaska Fairbanks: Institute of Arctic Biology. A graduate research assistantship is available for a highly talented and motivated Ph.D. student to conduct modeling studies of peatland responses to climate change as part of the NSF-funded Alaska Peatland Experiment (APEX), which has manipulated water table and temperature in a rich fen located near Fairbanks, Alaska. APEX is associated with the Bonanza Creek Long Term Ecological Research Program. The modeling studies to be conducted will make use of data that is being collected by APEX and will involve the integration of existing models of vegetation dynamics, peatland biogeochemistry, and peatland hydrology. The assistantship can begin as early as summer 2008. Students interested in combining research interests in environmental modeling with interests in ecosystem ecology, vegetation dynamics, soil dynamics, or hydrology are strongly encouraged to apply. For additional information contact Dr. A. David McGuire (Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK 99775; email: email@example.com, telephone: 907-474-6242). Posted: 1/14/08.
University of Alaska Fairbanks: Graduate research (M.S.) opportunity at the University of Alaska Fairbanks studying the effects of an invasive tree on stream-riparian interactions. We are seeking to fill a Masters-level teaching assistant position to study the ecological effects of an invasive riparian tree species on elements of stream-riparian function. European birdcherry, a small ornamental tree, has been widely planted in urban areas of Alaska, and has spread aggressively along streams in the Anchorage municipality. The successful candidate will develop a project that could include, but would not necessarily be limited to, 1) mapping birdcherry distribution along streams, 2) contrasting the aquatic and terrestrial invertebrate communities associated with birdcherry-dominated forest versus native vegetation, 3) understanding if birdcherry leaf litter decomposition in streams differs from that of native plants, 4) investigating terrestrial invertebrate prey subsidies to stream salmonids from birdcherry, and 5) modeling the future spread and ecological effects of birdcherry. This project will be a highly collaborative research effort among the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the Municipality of Anchorage, the Anchorage Parks Foundation, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the US Forest Service. Strong academic training, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, field experience and competence, and ability to work in team and individual settings are essential. The student’s program will be based at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and fieldwork take place within the municipality of Anchorage, 350 miles south of campus. The successful candidate will be on campus during most of the school year (Sept-April), and work out of Anchorage during the field season (May-Aug). The successful candidate will have the option of applying to and obtaining their degrees in either Fisheries or Biology. Stipend will be $27,526 to $30,487 up to three years, with health benefits and tuition covered. Fieldwork, lab costs, and work-related travel are covered by the grant. To learn more about the position or project, contact Mark Wipfli ( firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tricia Wurtz (email@example.com). To begin the application process, submit (preferably by email) a cover letter that includes a brief review of your research experience, interests and goals (2 page max), resume, transcripts, GRE scores, and three letters of reference to: Dr. Mark S. Wipfli Institute of Arctic Biology 209 Irving I Bldg University of Alaska Fairbanks Fairbanks, AK 99775 firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about graduate studies at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, visit the website. Positions are open until filled. Successful applicants may begin work as early as spring term, 2008. Posted: 11/27/07.
University of Antwerp: A 4 year PhD position for a biologist, specialised in behavioural and/or molecular ecology, is immediately vacant at the research group of Prof. Marcel Eens (Laboratory of Ethology, University of Antwerp, Belgium) to study "intraspecific variation in the movement behaviour of small benthic fish species: integrating behavioural, ecological, endocrinological and molecular data". The aim of this project is to address gaps in our understanding of intraspecific variation in animal behaviour, especially the movement behaviour of small benthic freshwater fish species (e.g. Cottus gobio). To achieve this, the successful candidate will integrate two closely-linked research components: (1) describing the movement of benthic fish using both direct and indirect methods and (2) experimental investigation of the importance of both extrinsic and intrinsic variables for benthic movement behaviour. Besides abiotic and biotic variables, also behavioural (personality traits), endocrinological (hormones) and molecular (relatedness, gene expression) variables and mechanisms will be investigated. The project is supervised by Prof. Marcel Eens and Dr. Guy Knaepkens and is also in cooperation with the research group of Prof. Filip Volckaert (Laboratory of Aquatic Ecology, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium). Candidates should have a strong background in behavioural ecology, endocrinology, population genetics and/or molecular ecology. Furthermore, they are required to have research experience in basic behavioural, ecological and/or molecular techniques (e.g. animal tagging, telemetry, electrofishing, genotyping, qPCR, 2D-DIGE,...). Finally, experience in field and/or laboratory based experimental research is strongly recommended. The candidate is also expected to apply for national fellowships (FWO, IWT). To apply, please e-mail a letter of motivation and C.V. (including scientific background and study results) to Prof. Marcel Eens (email@example.com) by 20 August 2007. Contact: Prof. Dr. Marcel Eens, University of Antwerp, Campus Drie Eiken / Department Biology - Ethology, Building C - Room 1.26, Universiteitsplein 1, B - 2610 Antwerp (Wilrijk) - Belgium. Tel. : +32 3 820.22.84 - Fax : +32 3 820.22.71, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 8/2/07.
University of Antwerp: 1 Postdoctoral position, 1 PhD position. The central research question of this project is whether the resistance of species-rich plant communities to different stress factors will change in a future climate. To this end we will grow grassland mesocosms in sunlit controlled chambers under the present or future climate conditions, and expose them to a wide range of stressors: drought, water logging, nitrogen deficiency, and heavy metals (zinc). Stressors will be applied separately to assess dose-response relations, but also in combination to examine their interactive impact. Responses to stress will be evaluated at the cell, plant and ecosystem levels. Candidates for the PhD or Postdoctoral position should have a strong interest in studying plant responses at the biochemical level (antioxidants, stress-related enzymes, protein oxidation, ...). Candidates must have a Masters degree or PhD degree in plant physiology, ecology or plant biochemistry, preferentially with expertise in the analysis of plant stress responses. Positions are for 1 year, renewable up to 4 years, depending on performance evaluations. Stipends are according to university regulations and allow for comfortable living in Antwerp. Send applications to Dr. Han Asard (email@example.com). The tentative deadline for applications is July 31, or until suitable candidates have been found. Han Asard, PhD, University of Antwerp, Department of Biology, Groenenborgerlaan 171, B-2020 Antwerp, BELGIUM. Posted: 7/18/07.
University of Arizona: GRA in Restoration Ecology. We invite applications for a graduate research assistantship (GRA; Ph. D. level preferred) from students interested in arid lands restoration and specifically grass-shrub interactions at the critical seedling establishment phase of the shrub life cycle. Starting date negotiable, but January 2009 is preferred. The student will be based in the School of Natural Resources at University of Arizona, Tucson, but will actively collaborate with USDA/ARS CO-PIs in Las Cruces, NM on a 4-year project aimed at improving our understanding of patterns of woody plant encroachment into ecosystems in the Southwestern USA. Field sites include the Sevilletta and Jornada LTER sites in New Mexico and the Santa Rita Experimental Range in southeastern Arizona. The overall goal of the project is to provide analytical and conceptual tools to guide management aimed at shrub proliferation and grassland restoration. The graduate research assistant will focus on shrub dispersal and shrub seedling establishment questions within a broader framework that seeks to use geospatial mapping of soils, land-use history, climate, and shrub invasion patterns to distinguish four basic classes of land on a regional basis: 1) shrub dominated areas that are poor candidates for grassland restoration, 2) shrub-dominated areas where restoration to savanna is feasible, 3) grasslands that are at risk of invasion but are not yet invaded, and 4) grasslands/savannas that are at low risk of shrub domination. The assistantship includes an annual salary of $14,677 (MS) or $15,990 (PhD); waiver of out-ofstate tuition; full remission of in-state tuition; and health insurance. Applications will be accepted until 1 October 2008 or until suitable candidate is found, and should include 1) a statement of interests and goals, 2) a CV with copies of transcripts and GRE scores, and 3) names and contact information for 3-5 references. For general admission requirements see http://www.snr.arizona.edu/academic/grad. Applications and information requests should be directed (preferably via email) to Steve Archer (sarcher@Ag.arizona.edu), 325 Bio Sciences East, School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721-0043; 520 626-8791). Posted: 6/26/08.
University of Arizona: We invite applications for a graduate research assistantship (GRA; Ph. D. level preferred) from students interested in arid lands restoration and specifically grass-shrub interactions at the critical seedling establishment phase of the shrub life cycle. Starting date negotiable, but January 2008 is preferred. The student will be based in the School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona, Tucson, but will actively collaborate with USDA/ARS CO-PIs in Las Cruces, NM on a 4-year project aimed at improving our understanding of patterns of woody plant encroachment into ecosystems in the Southwestern USA. Field sites include the Sevilletta and Jornada LTER sites in New Mexico and the Santa Rita Experimental Range in southeastern Arizona. The overall goal of the project is to provide analytical and conceptual tools to guide the management aimed at shrub proliferation and grassland restoration. The graduate research assistant will focus on shrub dispersal and shrub seedling establishment questions within a broader framework that seeks to use geospatial mapping of soils, land-use history, climate, and shrub invasion patterns to distinguish four basic classes of land on a regional basis: 1) shrub dominated areas that are poor candidates for grassland restoration, 2) shrub-dominated areas where restoration to savanna is feasible, 3) grasslands that are at risk of invasion but are not yet invaded, and 4) grasslands/savannas that are at low risk of shrub domination. For additional details, go to http://ag.arizona.edu/research/archer/. The assistantship includes an annual salary of $14,502 (MS) or $15,815 (PhD) (with 3% annual increases); waiver of out-of-state tuition; 90% remission of in-state tuition; and health insurance. Applications will be accepted until until suitable candidate is found, and should include 1) a statement of interests and goals, 2) a CV with copies of transcripts and GRE scores, and 3) names and contact information for 3-5 references. For general admission requirements see http://ag.arizona.edu/srnr/academicprograms/renewable/graduatestudies.html . Applications and information requests should be directed (preferably via email) to Steve Archer (sarcher@Ag.arizona.edu), 325 Bio Sciences East, School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721-0043; 520 626-8791). Posted: 11/7/07.
University of Arizona: Graduate research assistantship (GRA; Ph. D. level preferred) for students interested in arid lands restoration and specifically grass-shrub interactions at the critical seedling establishment phase of the shrub life cycle. Desired starting date: January 2008. Student will be based in School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona, but will actively collaborate with USDA/ARS CO-PIs in Las Cruces, NM on a 4-year project aimed at improving our understanding of patterns of woody plant encroachment into ecosystems in the Southwestern USA. Field sites include the Sevilletta and Jornada LTER sites in New Mexico and the Santa Rita Experimental Range in southeastern Arizona. Overall goal of the project is to provide analytical and conceptual tools to guide management aimed at shrub proliferation and grassland restoration. The GRA will focus on shrub dispersal and seedling establishment questions within a broader framework that seeks to use geospatial mapping of soils, land-use history, climate, and shrub invasion patterns to distinguish four basic classes of land on a regional basis: 1) shrub dominated areas that are poor candidates for grassland restoration, 2) shrub-dominated areas where restoration to savanna is feasible, 3) grasslands that are at risk of invasion but are not yet invaded, and 4) grasslands/savannas that are at low risk of shrub domination. For additional details, see http://ag.arizona.edu/research/archer/. Applications should include 1) a statement of interests and goals, 2) a CV with copies of transcripts and GRE scores, and 3) names and contact information for 3-5 references. Applications and information requests should be directed to Steve Archer: sarcher@Ag.arizona.edu. Posted: 6/29/07.
University of Arkansas: The Department of Biological Sciences is actively recruiting Distinguished Doctoral Fellows and Doctoral Academy Fellows to begin graduate work in August 2008. The Distinguished Fellowships have a 12-month stipend of $34,500, and the Doctoral Academy Fellowships have a 12-month stipend of $24,500. Both are available for up to 4 years of support based on satisfactory progress. Fellowships will require research and/or teaching depending upon the major professor chosen. In addition, fellowships include a full waiver of tuition, 60% of health insurance, and most other fees. Outstanding students from all biological disciplines are encouraged to apply. Selection is based on undergraduate GPA, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and undergraduate (B.S.) research experience or graduate (M.S.) research experience (more information). Applicants should contact faculty members in the Department of Biological Sciences whose research they may be interested in directly. Applicants must have a faculty sponsor to enter the graduate program. Students may apply for Doctoral Academy Fellowships at any time. Doctoral Distinguished Fellowships have a deadline of 15 January 2008. Contact Dr. Kimberly G. Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org), Chair, Department of Biological Sciences, for any further information or questions. Posted: 10/24/07.
University of Arkansas at Monticello: A M.S. graduate research assistantship is available beginning fall 2008 with Drs. Jamie Schuler and Lynne Thompson in the School of Forest Resources. This project will examine the growth and survival of hardwood plantations established on WRP lands in southern Arkansas relative to the effects of various types of competing vegetation. An assessment of the silvical characteristics of select woody competitors will also be performed. The assistantship includes a $15k/yr stipend and tuition for two years. Additional monies are included to cover research expenses and travel. Interested individuals should send transcripts (unofficial are fine), GRE scores, resume, and a letter of interest to Jamie Schuler at email@example.com. For additional information please contact Jamie Schuler or Lynne Thompson (Thompson@uamont.edu) or visit the School of Forest Resources. Posted: 1/14/08.
University of Arkansas at Monticello: M.S. Graduate Assistantship, Carbon Sequestration. The School of Forest Resources at UAM and the Louisiana State University AgCenter seek candidates for a half time M.S. assistantship. The assistantship can begin in either the spring or summer of 2008 and carries a stipend of $17,400. This is a cooperative study between the two institutions and the student will be housed at UAM School of Forest Resources. The successful candidate will work on a long-term project investigating carbon sequestration and nitrogen dynamics in response to litter removal and nutrient amendments in loblolly pine stands managed for both timber and pine straw production. The study will be used to determine the impact of pine straw harvesting with and without nutrient amendment on 1) soil and aboveground carbon accumulation in and 2) soil and forest sustainability of managed loblolly pine stands. The graduate student's project will add to previous work on soil compaction, soil moisture regimes, and microbial biomass that has occurred at the research sites. For more information, see the Assistantship Website. Application Deadline: 11/1/07-Spring Term or 5/1/07- Summer Term. Posted 9/11/07.
University of Bern: We are seeking two PhD students highly motivated to work on determinants of plant invasiveness. The work will involve experimental assessment of establishment success of horticultural species, and comparative multi-species experiments to assess the life-history traits and extrinsic factors associated with establishment success. Ideally, the candidates for these two positions should have a background in experimental ecology and basic knowledge of statistical methods (including generalized linear models). The positions will be with Dr Mark van Kleunen and Prof. Dr Markus Fischer in the Plant Ecology group at the Institute of Plant Sciences of the University of Bern, Switzerland. We offer a stimulating research environment in a beautiful city close to the Alps. In addition to projects on invasive plants, our group is involved in projects on evolutionary and molecular plant ecology, plant population biology and community ecology. The positions are funded by the Swiss Science Foundation (NSF-NRF for a period of three years starting on January 1, 2008. Salaries rise from CHF 34 200 in the first year to CHF 40 200 in the third year. Requirements for the positions include a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in biology, a driver’s license, fluency in German and English and good collaboration skills. Applicants should e-mail a letter of application, a curriculum vitae and contact details of two references to Mark van Kleunen at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the letter of application, the applicant should motivate why she or he wants to do a PhD and why she or he wants to work on plant invasions. The applicant should also present details on her or his experimental and statistical skills. The application deadline is October 1, 2007. For more information on these positions, the project and research in our lab contact Mark van Kleunen at email@example.com. Posted: 9/4/07.
University of British Columbia: The Department of Geography invites applications for Ph.D. candidates interested in the effects of climate and land use change on biogeochemical cycling. The candidates will work as on an interdisciplinary project examining the effects climate change and agricultural activity on nutrient cycling and nutrient limitation in large river basins, including the Mississippi. The graduate students will work with Professor Simon Donner and colleagues on development of numerical models of nitrogen and phosphorus transport through large river systems, integration of large-scale physical and socioeconomic datasets, and analysis the trade-offs between agricultural production, water quality and greenhouse gas emissions. Financial support will be provided through a combination of an NSERC research grant and other research and teaching funds. Interested candidates should possess a Master's degree in a relevant area of environmental science, ecology, or geography. Experience with numerical modeling and data visualization is highly desirable. An interest in exploring the policy implications of agricultural activity is also desirable. Please send expressions of interest and a c.v. to Prof. Simon Donner (firstname.lastname@example.org), Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, 1984 West Mall, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6T 1Z2. Posted: 5/1/08.
University of British Columbia at Okanagan: Researchers based at UBC Okanagan in Kelowna, B.C. and at The University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Man., Canada are undertaking a collaborative research project examining water resources and sustainability at the watershed scale. The research watershed is part of the Okanagan Basin which is facing climate change, population growth, mountain pine beetle impacts on forestry and changing agricultural practices and economics. The project has four immediate openings for graduate students (Masters or Ph.D.). Successful candidates will work within a multidisciplinary team, which includes partners at Environment Canada, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada and the US Forest Service. Financial support will be provided through a combination of an NSERC strategic research grant, and other research and teaching assistantships. Interested candidates should have a background appropriate to the project component such as hydrology, hydrogeology, environmental chemistry, physical geography, eco-hydrology and sustainability economics. For consideration, please send the appropriate contact below by e-mail with: a letter of intent, including a statement of interests, a resume, and names and addresses of 3 references. Unofficial transcripts would also be appreciated. 1) Surface water and groundwater interactions (Dr. Craig Nichol, UBCO; E-mail: email@example.com). This project will focus on the application of geochemical and isotopic methods to understand interactions between surface water and groundwater in a community watershed. 2) Estimation of spatially varied groundwater recharge (Dr. Al Woodbury, University of Manitoba; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). The project will use field data and land surface model to estimate spatially varied groundwater recharge. 3) Estimation of future water demand (Dr. John Janmaat, UBCO; E-mail: email@example.com). This project will involve Environment Canada, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to use both environmental data and economic modeling to estimate future water demand using a multiple crop land use model as well as climate change scenarios. 4) Watershed hydrology and sustainability simulation (Dr. Adam Wei, UBCO; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). This project will use a suitable watershed scale hydrology model to predict the impacts of watershed disturbance, climate change and population growth on surface water hydrology. For general information about all projects, contact Adam Wei: Department of Earth & Environmental Science, University of British Columbia (Okanagan), 3333 University Way, Kelowna, B.C., Canada V1V 1V7. E-mail: email@example.com. Posted: 3/19/08.
University of British Columbia at Okanagan: one or two openings (starting Sept., 2008) for graduate students (either Ph.D. or Masters) to work on ecological processes and functions (hydrology, channel morphology and aquatic habitat) and their relationship with forest disturbances (timber harvesting, wildfire disturbance etc.). Applicants should have a good background in one of the subjects (such as forest hydrology, ecology, watershed disturbance and geomorphology). Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated abilities to conducted research and published in scientific journals. For consideration, interested applicants should provide a letter of interest, a CV, contact information for three references, and copies of transcripts (unofficial is acceptable initially) before April 15, 2008 directly (email preferred) to: Dr. Adam Wei, Department of Earth & Environmental Science, University of British Columbia (Okanagan), 3333 University Way, Kelowna, BC, Canada V1V 1V7. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is March 1, 2008 or longer until the position is filled. Posted: 2/1/08, revised: 3/7/08.
University of Calgary: I am looking for a highly motivated student for September 2008 at the PhD or MSc level who is interested in studying phylogeography and/or phylogenetic community structure of predaceous diving beetles. Field work will take place in western Canada, with most of the anticipated sampling occurring from coastal BC to the western edge of the prairies, including montane sites. I am currently building up facilities for isolating and amplifying DNA in my laboratory, and anticipate using third party providers for the sequencing component. Therefore, the ideal candidate will be equally comfortable in the field waist deep in water, in the lab with a pipette in hand, or in front of a computer aligning sequences and running comparative analyses. The successful candidate will join a group of graduate students investigating the ecology of temporary ponds, the role of predation in community structure of diving beetles, and the influence of larval competition on female fitness in seed beetles. For more, see the Vamosi research group website. The Department has a strong EEB group. Guaranteed funding of at least $20k CAD/year for 4 years (PhD) or 2 years (MSc) is available through a combination of teaching and research assistantships. Candidates with strong GPAs will find themselves eligible to apply for several provincial funding sources, in addition to federal sources available to Canadian citizens. Requirements: Potential applicants must have a *minimum* GPA of 3.20 (on a four-point system), and preferably higher. For students entering an MSc, this is based on the last two years of the undergraduate degree consisting of a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents. For those entering a PhD with an MSc, the overall GPA from the MSc will be considered. Canadian citizens will be given first priority, but I am open to applications from qualified international candidates. Please note that proficiency in the English language is essential. To enquire, submit (via email) a cover letter with a brief (~one page) review of your research experience, interests and goals, resume, transcripts, and names of three academic references to: Dr. Steven M. Vamosi, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Calgary, 2500 University Dr NW, Calgary AB T2N 1N4. email@example.com. Posted: 9/7/07, revised: 3/14/08.
University of Calgary: I am currently looking for 2 graduate students in population/community ecology to start in Sept. 2008. While I am primarily looking for PhD students, exceptional MSc applicants will also be considered. I am looking for bright, self-motivated, independent students with strong quantitative skills. I will consider applicants who wish to pursue fundamental research on any aspect of population/community/evolutionary ecology. Current work in my lab includes theoretical modeling and laboratory microcosm experiments on food web dynamics, experimental microbial evolution, and field experiments on local adaptation in alpine plants. Guaranteed funding of over $20k CAD/year for 4 years is available through a combination of teaching and research assistantships. Applicants also are encouraged to apply for available scholarships and fellowships. The University of Calgary Dept. of Biological Sciences has a strong and growing group of ecologists and evolutionary biologists. Calgary is a city of one million people located a short drive from the beautiful Canadian Rockies and offering excellent opportunities for both field research and recreation. If interested in the position please contact me by email and attach a copy of your cv. Jeremy Fox (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 9/5/07. A NAME="uci111507">
University of California at Irvine: Seeking highly qualified students to pursue graduate degrees (Masters or PhD) in ecology starting in Summer of Fall 2008 in the lab of Kailen Mooney at the University of California at Irvine Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Our research focuses on community and evolutionary ecology using a combination of field and laboratory approaches. Past work has investigated the multi-trophic interactions among plants, herbivorous insects, and predators including arthropods and vertebrates (birds) using long-term manipulative field experiments and common gardens. Visit the lab web page for a full list of lab publications and a more detailed description of our interests. Potential students should email Kailen Mooney (email@example.com) with a letter of introduction and a brief statement of research interests. The application to the University is due January 15 but interested students should initiate contact with the Mooney Lab well before this deadline. UC Irvine is situated on Pacific coast between Los Angeles and San Diego. The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology has exceptional strength in ecology, evolutionary biology and physiology. Funding for graduate students is competitive and guaranteed via a combination of Research Assistantships and Teaching Assistantships. Research facilities include the 35 sites of the UC Nature Reserve System , growth chamber and greenhouse facilities, local sites for common garden and field experiments, and laboratory facilities for all types of molecular and chemical approaches to ecological research. Posted: 11/15/07.
University of California Los Angeles: The graduate program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCLA invites applications from prospective Ph.D. and Masters students. Graduate students in our department conduct research all over the world on a wide range of organisms and have full access to the outstanding facilities and resources that the University of California offers. Generous 5-year support packages are provided to all incoming PhD students. Areas of specialization within the department include behavioral ecology, conservation biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, marine biology, paleobiology, plant biology, physiological ecology, and tropical biology. For a complete list of faculty and their research interests, see http://www.eeb.ucla.edu/faculty.php The official application deadline for fall 2008 admission is Dec 15, but applications received by Dec 31, 2007 will still be given full consideration. Apply online. Posted: 12/13/07.
University of Central Florida: I am looking for highly motivated MS and PhD graduate students interested in invasion biology or restoration ecology to start August 2008 in the Department of Biology. My research focus is on the landscape patterns and community mechanisms that influence the addition of species into ecosystems. My interest in landscape preservation is served by utilizing a variety of methods to answer pressing questions relating to the addition and loss of species in ecosystems. Future and ongoing Von Holle lab projects available for collaboration are: - The effect of landscape connectivity on habitat invasibility by nonnative plants - The effect of global climate change on nonnative species distributions - The influence of historical landuse on nonnative plant distribution using historical aerial photographs and hyperspectral imagery - Habitat restoration: forests, heathlands, and scrub. - Impacts of nonnative species on Florida ecosystems - Facilitations between nonnative species. The Department has a strong and collegial group with diverse research interests that range from applied conservation biology to theoretical ecology and evolutionary biology. The University is situated within easy driving distance of diverse coastal, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems, offering excellent opportunities for both field research and recreation. Students accepted in the program are eligible for graduate fellowships, graduate teaching assistantships, or graduate research assistantships. Stipends are currently $19k and $15k per year for PhD and MS students, respectively. Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in the Biological Sciences as well as prior research experience. Interested applicants should send an email with a letter of interest and attached CV to Betsy Von Holle (firstname.lastname@example.org). University application materials are due January 15, 2008. Posted: 10/29/07.
University of Delaware: M.S. graduate research position on GIS habitat modeling of Northern Bobwhite and grassland songbirds. Contingent on funding, a graduate assistantship will be available at the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology to conduct intensive bobwhite surveys to build a predictive nesting habitat distribution model to quantify bobwhite-habitat relationships across spatial scales and map suitable habitat available to support bobwhite populations for conservation efforts within Delaware and/or the Delmarva Peninsula. As part of our bobwhite survey effort, we will also record detections for other grassland bird species of conservation concern. If feasible, we propose to build predictive habitat models for these species as well. The successful applicant should have some experience with point counts and bird calls but importantly must have experience with Geographic Information Systems. Research must begin by May 15, 2008 so we expect the successful applicant should arrive approximately 2 months in advance to prepare for the field season. Stipend will be ~$19,500 per year plus a tuition-waiver and reduced cost health benefits. More information about my research and information for prospective students are available at: http://copland.udel.edu/~ckwillia. Interested individuals should send a cover letter outlining experience (including your experiences with GIS) 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 January 25, 2008. Qualified applicants should have a B.S. in Zoology or Wildlife Ecology, an interest and background in birds and GIS. I expect students to have a minimum 3.1/4.0 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: 1/3/08.
University of Denver: Currently seeking a qualified and enthusiastic Ph.D. candidate to fulfill an opening in our lab at the University of Denver and Denver Botanic Gardens. Research topics include: - Restoration ecology of invaded riparian corridors - Population genetics of restoration - Ecology of invasive Tamarix (tamarisk/saltcedar) and/or Elaeagnus angustifolia (Russian olive). Potential applicants should send/email a letter of interest to me that includes the nature of your background and specific research interests and a copy of your CV. Anna A. Sher, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, (303) 871-3538, Anna.firstname.lastname@example.org, Director of Research, Herbaria & Records, Denver Botanic Gardens, (720) 865-3589. Posted: 6/20/08.
University of Edinburgh: Dr Paul Palmer, Dept. Geosciences, has an opening for a PhD student to begin September, titled 'Understanding and Predicting Biogenic Isoprene Emissions at Global Scales'. The project is a NERC CASE partnership with Dr Drew Purves (Computational Ecology and Environmental Science group, Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK). For more information see the link below and contact Dr Paul Palmer (email@example.com) or Dr Drew Purves (firstname.lastname@example.org). The application deadline is Feb 12, 2008. Further details of the project (pdf). Posted: 1/14/08.
University of Edinburgh: This PhD Studentship “What drives emissions of isoprene over the Amazon basin?” is a great opportunity to make in situ measurements of isoprene in the Amazon rainforest and to analyze them using a start-of-the-art emissions model. This project is in close collaboration with Professor Juergen Kesselmeier, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Mainz, Germany. Further details of the project (pdf). This is a 3-year UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) studentship, and hence provides fees and maintenance for UK students only, or for other EU students who have lived in the UK for the past three years. Students should have at least an upper-second class degree, or equivalent, in an appropriate discipline. The closing date for this project is 12 February 2008. Informal enquiries can be sent to Dr Paul Palmer (email@example.com). Instructions on making a formal application. Posted: 1/8/07.
University of Florida: USDA, CSREES National Needs Fellowships - Plant Medicine/Plant Pest Risk Assessment and Management University of Florida, IFAS multidisciplinary Plant Medicine Program is seeking applicants for a 3-year USDA, CSREES National Needs Fellowship. Program emphasizes plant pest risk assessment and management. Three fellowships are available. Applicants must have a B.S. or M.S. in an agriscience or bioscience discipline and be US citizens. Students will be jointly enrolled in the University of Florida, Plant Medicine Program and Certificate Program in Plant Pest Risk Assessment and Management. UF, Plant Medicine Program is a multidisciplinary course of study leading to the professional doctoral degree, the Doctor of Plant Medicine (DPM) degree. Fellows will also receive specialized training through the UF, Certificate Program in Plant Health Risk Assessment and Management which provides technical expertise in plant protection and associated regulatory policies. The fellowship confers an annual stipend of $24k for 3 years. It will be administered as a 1/3 time graduate assistantship requiring work (13 hrs/wk) at IPM Florida. Closing Date: April 15, 2008. Full position description. Contact: Dr. Norm Leppla; Email: NCLeppla@ifas.ufl.edu; Phone: 352-392-1901, ext. 120. Posted: 3/3/08.
University of Florida: MS and/or PhD Research Assistantships in Crop Physiological Ecology are available in the Agronomy Department for Fall 2008. Possible research topics include effects of leafspot on photosynthesis and yield losses in peanut, crop responses to climate change, sustainable production of bioenergy crops, ecophysiology of weeds in cropping systems, and environmental impacts of cropping systems. Interested individuals must be willing to work both in the field and laboratory and be interested in basic fundamental research as well as applied research. Assistantships include a competitive stipend and tuition waver. Background in agronomy, plant sciences, ecology, horticulture, soil science, or closely related subjects preferred. Interested applicants should contact Dr. John Erickson (firstname.lastname@example.org) regarding research interests and possible projects before applying. All application materials (this includes the UF application, the statement of purpose/intent, GRE (and TOEFL if international) scores, transcripts, and letters of reference.) due to the department by February 20, 2008. Posted: 1/28/08.
University of Florida: Graduate Assistantship (M.S) in Wetlands/Bottomland Hardwood Forestry I seek a highly motivated student to conduct research on the recovery and response of wetland and bottomland forest systems to harvesting operations, leading to a Master’s degree through the University of Florida, School of Forest Resources and Conservation. The research project will evaluate the effectiveness of mat/shovel logging on minimizing ecosystem disturbance. Loggers typically use this Best Management Practice as a harvest method in wet or saturated soils. Primary objectives of the project include assessing the vegetative responses (e.g., species composition, density and percent cover of woody regeneration and herbaceous species) and soil characteristics (e.g., bulk density, penetration resistance, pH, redox potential, hydraulic conductivity) on and off trails. A secondary study will also evaluate 10 yr responses of cypress regeneration following harvesting in isolated wetland systems. The candidate is expected to start in Summer 2008. Salary: $ 14,000 annually plus full tuition waiver and health insurance for 2 years. Minimum Requirements: BS in forestry, ecology or a related field, with a strong interest in forest ecology or forest operations; GPA of at least 3.0; GRE: 1000. To learn more about the Graduate Program at the University of Florida, School of Forest Resources and Conservation. Interested applicants should contact Kimberly Bohn at 850-983-5216 x 107 or email@example.com to discuss the project and qualifications in greater detail. Posted: 11/20/07.
University of Florida: University of Florida: A PhD assistantship is available to study the ecology of Neotropical Savannas (Cerrado). This assistantship is part of an NSF-funded collaboration between Brazilian and US scientists and will begin in August 2008; the selected student will have broad flexibility in developing their thesis research within the overall goals of the project. Potential areas of student research include biogeochemistry/ecosystem ecology, plant-animal interactions, and plant population ecology. Qualifications include (1) a strong background in ecology, botany, or biogeochemistry (2) previous research experience in grasslands or tropical ecosystems and (3) strong quantitative skills. Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills are essential, as are a willingness to learn Portuguese and conduct field work in Brazil. Stipend/Benefits: The research assistantship includes a stipend of $16k with annual increases, tuition waivers, and health insurance. Additional travel and research funds may also be available for students participating in the Tropical Conservation and Development Program. Minority students are eligible for supplementary funding provided by the Sloan Foundation, as well as UFL-SEAGEP Program . The starting date for the Assistantship is August 2008. Interested students should send a cover letter summarizing their scientific interests, a CV, and GRE scores/percentiles to: Emilio Bruna, Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Applications will be accepted until January 15, 2008. Posted: 11/20/07.
University of Florida: 1-2 graduate positions available (contingent on funding) in Robert Fletcher's lab in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. I anticipate taking on 1 master's student and/or 1-2 Ph.D. students starting either spring or fall 2008. All positions will allow students to develop their own research projects under the broad veil of landscape ecology, spatial ecology and behavior, and conservation. Some potential directions include, but are not limited to, developing and testing predictive frameworks for landscape ecology, the use of species distribution models as decision support tools, identifying the consequences of evolutionary traps, understanding the causes and consequences of habitat selection strategies, and interpreting habitat restoration effects at landscape scales. At least one position will focus on research in Florida, but the specific projects and objectives are currently open. One Ph.D. student will develop their own research in the fragmented riparian landscapes of the Madison River, Montana (contingent on funding from NSF and other resources), but will also help Dr. Fletcher in studying habitat selection behaviors of a migratory songbird, the least flycatcher. If you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree with me as your advisor, please send me your CV, GRE scores and GPA, and a brief statement of your research interests, career goals, and why you would like to pursue a graduate degree in my lab prior to December 1 (email to: email@example.com). For admission to the department, minimum criteria include a GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale for all upper-division undergraduate work and a combined score of 1200 (V+Q) of the GRE. International students also must have scores of 550 on the paper-based (or 213 on the computer-based) TOEFL, unless English is the native tongue or a degree has been obtained from an institution in an English-speaking country. Please see the WEC Graduate Program website for more details on application procedures. Also consult the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at UF for other opportunities regarding graduate admission. Posted: 10/19/07.
University of Florida: The Forest Ecology and Ecosystem Restoration (FEER) Lab seeks a highly motivated Ph.D. student to work on a longleaf pine flatwoods restoration project in Florida. The project involves examining interactions between overstory and understory plant species across a gradient of overstory density. The assistantship carries a competitive stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance for a period of 3 to 4 years. Students are expected to join either in the spring or summer 2008. Minimum qualifications include a M.S. degree in forestry, ecology or a related field, good oral and verbal communications skills, 3.0 GPA and 1000 GRE (V+Q) score. Please contact Dr. Shibu Jose, Associate Professor of Forest Ecology, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida at (352)-846-0872 (Office) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 10/3/07.
University of Florida: Ph.D. Assistantship in Restoration Ecology. I am seeking a Ph.D. student to work on an upland hardwood restoration project in Florida. The project involves using silvicultural techniques in restoring degraded upland hardwood forests in north central Florida in collaboration with the state division of forestry. The assistantship carries a competitive stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance for a period of 3 to 4 years. Students are expected to join either in the spring or fall 2008. Minimum qualifications include a M.S. degree in forestry, ecology or a related field, good oral and verbal communications skills, 3.0 GPA and 1000 GRE (V+Q) score. Please contact Dr. Shibu Jose, Associate Professor of Forest Ecology, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida at (352)-846-0872 (Office) or email email@example.com. For more information visit the Forest Ecology and Ecosystem Restoration (FEER) Lab. Posted: 8/30/07.
University of Florida: PhD. Graduate assistantship in Interdisciplinary Ecology through the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Florida, West Florida Research and Education Center (WFREC). This assistantship is for a doctorial degree candidate to conduct research on coastal vegetation dynamics and restoration. Research on Santa Rosa Island, Florida has been on going since 1995, where three large overwash events as the result of hurricanes have recently impacted the island. The candidate will be expected to develop a research project within broadly established project guidelines, and to work part time as part of a team involved in wildlife and barrier island ecology and restoration. The candidate will work with faculty both on and off the main campus. WFREC is located 15 miles northeast of Pensacola, Florida. Coursework would be taken in Gainesville with research and teaching at WFREC. Housing during time at WFREC is provided. Required: MS in ecology, range science, natural resource conservation, environmental studies, botany or a related field; strong quantitative skills and demonstrated writing ability; competitive GPA and GRE scores. Applicants should be willing to work independently in the field and in inclement weather; Interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV, copies of GRE scores and academic transcripts and name, phone number and email address of 3 references. Salary: $12,460 annually plus full tuition waiver, health insurance. Review of applications will begin in August. Candidate must be identified before Sept. 1. Start date in Jan. 2008. Submit: For more information, contact Dr. Debbie Miller, University of Florida @ Milton 5988 Hwy. 90, Bldg. 4900, Milton FL 32483, 850-983-5216 ext. 104; firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 7/19/07.
University of Georgia: A Ph.D. assistantship in forest entomology and ecology is available at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. Some (but not all) areas of inter-disciplinary research include: 1) impacts of global changes in natural (e.g., wildfires and windstorms) and anthropogenic (e.g., invasive species, clearcutting) forest disturbances on insect communities; 2) assessing patterns of invasion by exotic insect species, and their impacts on forest processes; 3) semiochemical ecology of economically important forest insects; and 4) understanding large-scale mechanisms in maintenance of forest insect biodiversity. The student should have some prior experience in entomology and forest resources, and preferably have a master's degree. I will consider exceptional students with a bachelor's degree. The student should have a strong background in ecology and statistics with an emphasis on data collection in the field. Further, the student should be self-motivated, and genuinely interested in working at the forefront of forest health issues for promoting sustainable forest practices. Interested students should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and references to Dr. Kamal J.K. Gandhi (email@example.com, 330-749-9429). Posted: 6/27/08.
University of Georgia: A PhD position in Tropical Stream Ecology is available at the University of Georgia's new Odum School of Ecology. We are seeking a highly qualified individual to join our NSF-funded TADS (Tropical Amphibian Declines) research project: Ecosystem-level consequences of extinction: quantifying the ecological effects of catastrophic amphibian declines in neotropical streams. The successful applicant will be part of an interdisciplinary research team composed of scientists and graduate students from the University of Georgia (Catherine Pringle), Drexel University (Susan Kilham), and Southern Illinois University (Matthew Whiles, Karen Lips). Field research will be conducted in central Panama and laboratory work primarily at the University of Georgia's Odum School of Ecology, with several trips to Drexel University. The successful applicant will be involved in field experiments and surveys to examine the ecosystem-level effects of tadpole extirpation in streams. He/she will have intellectual freedom to develop independent research projects that compliment, but are distinct from goals of the main project. Position starting date would ideally begin in May 2008 for fieldwork in Panama (negotiable). The academic program begins Fall 2008 in Athens, Georgia. Please send a cover letter stating your research accomplishments and interests, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation by mail or email to: Catherine Pringle, Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 2/26/08.
University of Georgia: A PhD Assistantship in Quantitative Spatial Ecology, Avian Ecology, and Urbanization is available beginning summer/fall 2008 for a highly motivated and qualified individual to study the relationships between landscape patterns and ecosystem function at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. Student will have access to a long-term dataset of songbirds in an urbanizing region and will participate in field work in the southeastern U.S. to develop species and community response models. An interest and background in GIS and spatial modeling is required; and in land use and land cover change modeling, wildlife species habitat models, Bayesian hierarchical models, cellular automata, and urban ecology is desired. Field identification experience with southeastern U.S. bird species is also desired. Expected enrollment is Fall 2008. Twelve month funding includes serving as a teaching assistant in 1 class per year. Interested students should email a cover letter stating your research interests, names and contact information for three references, and Curriculum Vitae to Jeffrey Hepinstall at email@example.com before January 31st, 2008. Qualifications: Prospective applicants should have a B.S. and a Master's degree in biology, zoology, wildlife management, conservation biology, or related field. Additional qualifications include a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the B.S. degree and a minimum GPA of 3.5 for the Master's degree, and a minimum of 1200 on the GRE. Applicants also should have solid analytical and writing skills. Desirable qualifications of applicants include experience with GIS (ArcGIS preferred), experience with statistics and spatial modeling, a high degree of motivation, good people-skills with an ability to work as part of a research team, and an interest in interdisciplinary research and applied landscape ecology. Salary and Benefits: $17,888/year plus full tuition waiver and supplemented health insurance. Additional salary may be available for additional research efforts, pending funding. Posted: 1/4/08.
University of Georgia: PhD Graduate Student Fellowships are available starting in Fall 2008 to study the ecological genetics of invasive species, including plant pathogens. Fellowships offer a highly competitive stipend as well as funds for research and travel. UGA has received a Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) grant from the National Science Foundation to support research on the genetics and ecology of invasive plant and pathogen species exchanged between the southeastern US and China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Successful applicants will develop research projects that will study the population genetics, ecology and/or demography of invasive species that are native to the southeastern US and to China. A significant proportion of each student's research project must be conducted in China in collaboration with Chinese research scientists. Students will receive training in Chinese language and culture as well as appropriate biology courses. Students can work with any senior personnel on the UGA-PIRE program. Students should contact a prospective major adviser directly and apply through that department. For additional information concerning the application process, interested students should refer to http://www.genetics.uga.edu/pire/. Questions? Contact Dr. Rodney Mauricio, UGA-PIRE Program Director, via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 12/13/07.
University of Georgia: M.S. Assistantship available - Fall 2008. Objective: To assess the environmental conditions of isolated wetlands in the Dougherty Plain of southwestern Georgia relative to disturbance history. This project will analyze the rate and degree of degradation of isolated wetlands within the lower Flint River Basin, a karst region of the State (the Dougherty Plain) characterized by the presence of numerous depressional wetlands. Specifically, this project will: a) examine changes in cover type of the wetlands at a landscape level using aerial imagery and GIS technologies; b) identify a continuum of wetland disturbances; and c) measure physical variables as indicators of ecosystem integrity. The graduate research project will build upon an on-going long-term study of depressional wetlands in the coastal plain of Georgia. Student will complete coursework during first year on University of Georgia campus and then relocate to Ichauway, J. W. Jones Ecological Research Center, for duration of fieldwork period and thesis completion. Graduate stipend and housing will be provided while in residence at Ichauway. Graduate student will be co-advised with Dr. Katherine Kirkman, Jones Center, and Dr. Jeffrey Hepinstall at Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. For more information, contact: Dr. Katherine Kirkman, J. W. Jones Ecological Research Center, Route 2 Box 2324, Newton, GA 39870. 229-734-4706, email@example.com. Dr. Jeffrey Hepinstall, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 31705. 706-583-8097, firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 12/13/07.
University of Georgia: Seeking highly qualified graduate students to pursue graduate degrees in ecology, starting in the Summer or Fall of 2008 in the lab of John Drake at the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology. Research in this lab focuses on population dynamics in experimental systems, infectious disease ecology, and ecology of invasive species. We have strengths in modeling, computation, and stochastic population theory. Recent projects include invasive aquatic species in the North American Great Lakes, extinction in experimental zooplankton populations, and models of the 2003 SARS outbreak in Singapore. For other past research see the Drake Lab. Students interested either in modeling/computation/theory or in empirical research are encouraged to apply. Potential students are strongly encouraged to email (email@example.com) a letter of introduction and expression of interest by December 1, 2007). For more information, see Graduate Program in Ecology. Funding is immediately available for the following position. Outstanding applicants with other interests are encouraged to contact us about for information about fellowships and other sources of funding. John Drake (University of Georgia) and Stephen Golladay (Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center) are seeking a graduate student at either the MS or PhD level to study the population ecology of rare branchiopod crustaceans in temporary ponds of the Ichauway conservation site in southwest Georgia. Results of this work will be used in the conservation and restoration of coastal plain isolated wetlands. The successful applicant will complete coursework at the Odum School of Ecology (University of Georgia) and will be subsequently stationed at the Jones Center for research. For more information about joint program between the Odum School of Ecology and the Jones Center, please see this link. Posted: 11/15/07.
University of Georgia: A PhD position is available at the University of Georgia's new Odum School of Ecology. We are seeking a highly qualified individual to join our NSF-funded TADS (Tropical Amphibian Declines) research project: Ecosystem-level consequences of extinction: quantifying the ecological effects of catastrophic amphibian declines in neotropical streams. The successful applicant will be part of an interdisciplinary research team composed of scientists and graduate students from the University of Georgia (Catherine Pringle), Drexel University (Susan Kilham), and Southern Illinois University (Matthew Whiles, Karen Lips). Field research will be conducted in central Panama and laboratory work primarily at the University of Georgia's Odum School of Ecology, with several trips to Drexel University. The successful applicant will be involved in field experiments and surveys to examine the ecosystem-level effects of tadpole extirpation in streams. He/she will have intellectual freedom to develop independent research projects that compliment, but are distinct from goals of the main project. For more information about the TADS project see Pringle's web page. Position starting date is negotiable (as early as spring/summer 2008 or as late as Fall 2008). Please send a cover letter stating your research accomplishments and interests, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation by mail or email to: Catherine Pringle, Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 9/25/07.
University of Georgia: Population dynamics and control of West Nile Virus in urban environments. A research assistantship is available in the Drake lab for a PhD student to join a joint project between UGA and the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on the population dynamics of West Nile Virus in New York City. Goals of this project are to understand the environmental drivers of transmission in heterogeneous environments, to develop early warning systems for outbreaks, and to identify strategies for containment and control. The successful applicant should be committed to a research program in theoretical or computational ecology and should have a background in quantitative methods. Prior training may be in ecology, biology, physics, chemistry, or other quantitative field. Ecology of infectious disease is a growing area at UGA which also boasts excellent programs in veterinary medicine and public health and hosts the Southeast Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study, a national center for the study of wildlife diseases. Potential students are strongly encouraged to email John Drake (email@example.com) a letter of introduction and expression of interest well in advance of the application deadline (November 1, 2007). For more information about the Graduate Program in Ecology and instructions for applying, please see http://www.ecology.uga.edu/programs.htm. Funding is immediately available for this position. Outstanding applicants with other interests are encouraged to contact us about for information about fellowships and other sources of funding. Posted: 8/6/07.
University of Granada: We are offering a 3yr PhD fellowship associated with a Spanish BBVA grant entitled "Plant invasion and herbivory: genetic and ecological factors mediating the success of an invasive plant". The fellowship will be hosted at the Dpt of Ecology. The overall goal of this grant is to explore the causes promoting the invasion of North and South America by the Black Mustard (BM) , Brassica nigra, a crucifer native to the Mediterranean. The specific objectives are: 1- To investigate the ecological mechanisms underlying the interaction between BM and its herbivores inside and outside the natural distribution area. 2- To explore the genetic mechanisms driving the BM phenotypic modification and allowing its success as invasive plant. 3- To experimentally determine the adaptation of BM to its herbivores inside and outside the natural distribution area. The candidate will be trained in field ecology (experimental designs, field study of herbivory, plant reproductive ecology), chemical ecology (analysis of glucosinolates and other plant secondary compounds), and molecular genetics (AFLPs, microsatelites). Any previous experience in any of these areas is welcome. The candidate should also have driving license and be prone to learn Spanish or else Spanish speaking. Please, anyone interested in this fellowship contact me (Dr. José M. Gómez, firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Francisco Perfectti (email@example.com) as soon as possible. Posted: 7/25/07.
University of Groningen: Two 4-year PhD positions in Evolutionary and Theoretical Community Ecology. Available from January 2008. Community and Conservation Ecology Group (Dr. Rampal S. Etienne), Center of Evolutionary and Ecological Studies (CEES), University of Groningen, The Netherlands. “Throw up a handful of feathers, and all must fall to the ground according to definite laws; but how simple is this problem compared to the action and reaction of the innumerable plants and animals which have determined, in the course of centuries, the proportional numbers and kinds of trees now growing on the old Indian ruins!” This exclamation by Darwin in his famous book on the origin of species still rings very true today: while physicists have discovered laws governing the tiniest particles and the largest stellar objects, biologists are still struggling to understand how species are formed (speciation) and how they coexist. Some have tried to explain the emergence of new species, but stopped short of studying what this means for the biodiversity patterns that we observe today, such as how the abundances of species differ between species, how the numbers of species vary over spatial distances, and how the relatedness of species varies with their abundance and spatial location. Others have studied how such patterns are maintained, but they did not study the processes that formed the basic components of these patterns. This project will be aimed at completing the full circle: (A) With theoretical models we will study how speciation gives rise to biodiversity patterns and how these patterns in turn influence speciation. (B) We will confront the models to biodiversity data sets, (being) collected in our group. In this synthetic evolutionary-ecological framework the relative contributions to biodiversity in an ecological community of (1) species’ functions (traits) and interactions, of (2) the common evolutionary history (phylogeny) of species, and of (3) birth, death and dispersal/migration of individuals will be identified. The positions are part of an NWO-VIDI grant awarded to Dr. Rampal Etienne. More detailed information on subprojects is available on request. We offer: Two PhD scholarships for a period of 4 years. Within this period, the work should lead to a PhD thesis and a PhD defense at the University of Groningen. The gross amount of the scholarship is € 1422 per month. We look for: Quantitative evolutionary biologists / (community) ecologists, or a biology-minded mathematicians or physicists. We require: Expertise in theoretical/mathematical modelling and/or data analysis. Excellent communication skills with good command of oral and written English. We encourage: Exciting ideas within the general framework of the project. Although the emphasis of the research will be on theoretical work, empirical (field or lab) work is also possible, if strengthening the project. For direct applications (including a letter of motivation, a description of previous relevant research experience, CV with list of any publications, full contact information of 2 references) or further information, please contact Dr. Rampal S. Etienne (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 10/8/07, revised: 2/1/08.
University of Guelph: I am looking for two highly motivated students at the PhD or MSc level who can strengthen the Cottenie research group with their enthusiasm, expertise, willingness to approach complex problems, and fun field work. In my lab, we focus on the the study of metacommunity dynamics, or how interaction between local and environmental processes structure ecological communities. One position is for a quantitative/modelling project. The main focus of this project is to answer novel questions with new statistical tools using existing data sets. The starting point of this project is to extend some of my work (Cottenie 2005, Ecology Letters 8:1175-1182), but the end point is only limited by your imagination and time. The second position is for a experimental/observational project. The student would work on the subarctic rock bluff pools in Churchill, Manitoba. They provide the perfect hierarchical metacommunity consisting of pools within several groups of rock bluffs, positioned along the coast. In additition, due to their size, quantity, and low species richness they are easy to manipulate experimentally. The Department of Integrative Biology has one of the fastest growing ecology departments of Canada. We hired 8 new ecology/evolutionary ecologists in the last 3 three years, and within the University of Guelph there is a group of 50 ecologists and approximately 100 graduate students. We recently moved into a new building with a very different design and interaction philosophy compared to any other department. Two or three faculty members share lab space with each other, in order to foster social and scientific interactions between different groups. Together with the McCann and Klironomos research groups, we form the Community Ecology Lab. This exposes our students to a very wide range of research approaches, philosophies, systems and ideas that will help them to develop into a more complete scientist. For more information, send me an email: Karl Cottenie (email@example.com), Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph, N1G 2W1. 519 824 4120, ext. 52554. Posted: 9/4/07.
University of Helsinki: The Mathematical Biology Group at the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences (leader Dr. Otso Ovaskainen) is seeking outstanding, highly motivated candidates to join research projects at the interface between mathematics and ecology and evolutionary biology. Successful candidates may have their training either in mathematics or in biology, the main criteria being the potential to perform top-quality research. We anticipate hiring up to 4 postdoctoral researchers or Ph.D. students over the next 3 years. Research projects will be developed in conjunction with the interests of the successful candidates, focused on the following areas: 1. The roles of space and stochasticity in population dynamics; 2. Metacommunity dynamics of wood-decaying fungi; 3. Animal movement in heterogeneous environments; 4. Bayesian approaches in evolutionary quantitative genetics. The PhD student positions are available for 4 years. The postdoc positions are for 1 year, with the possibility of a 2-year extension. The Mathematical Biology group is part of the Metapopulation Research Group (leader prof. Ilkka Hanski), which is a Centre of Excellence in Research supported by the Academy of Finland. We offer an international research environment with excellent possibilities to cooperate with experts in mathematics, statistics, population biology, and evolutionary ecology. Salary and social benefits according to the University of Helsinki Salary system, around 2,300 €/month for PhD students and 3,100 €/month for post docs (the latter negotiable). Applications including a short CV (max 3 pages), list of publications, and the e-mail addresses of two researchers willing to write a letter of reference should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with cc to email@example.com; write either "postdoc position" or " PhD student position" on the subject line. More details on the research projects and on the application procedure. Deadline for applications 14th March 2008, starting date 1st May 2008 (negotiable). Posted: 2/1/08.
University of Houston: The Department of Biology and Biochemistry is recruiting graduate students for its graduate program in Evolutionary Biology and Ecology for Fall 2008. The following faculty in the area of Evolutionary Biology and Ecology are seeking graduate students for their labs: Blaine Cole (firstname.lastname@example.org) - Evolution and social behavior; Dan Graur (email@example.com) - Theoretical molecular evolution; Diane Wiernasz (firstname.lastname@example.org) - Ecological genetics; George Fox (email@example.com) - Experimental evolution and origin of life; Rebecca Zufall (firstname.lastname@example.org) - Genome and molecular evolution; Ricardo Azevedo (email@example.com) - Evolution of development and behavior; Steve Pennings (firstname.lastname@example.org) - Community ecology; Tim Cooper (email@example.com) - Experimental evolution; Tony Frankino (firstname.lastname@example.org) - Evolution of development; Yuriy Fofanov (email@example.com) - Evolutionary bioinformatics. The deadline for application of prospective students is April 1st, 2008, but we strongly encourage serious applicants to apply in January or February. Posted: 11/6/07
University of Idaho: seeking a highly motivated PhD student to participate in an interdisciplinary study to identify Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) inputs to model how carbon sequestration responds to changing disturbance regimes, stand conditions, management practices, and environmental variables. The PhD student will directly work with the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station and our industry partner (Potlatch Land Holdings, Inc.) to further develop LiDAR information technology for forest stand and landscape management. This project will also assist in developing national standards for LiDAR data acquisitions, processing, and products. The stipend starts at $20,000 per year for 3 years and includes a tuition waiver. Fees are not included but competitive teaching assistantships are available. The PhD candidate should be familiar with remote sensing, forest ecology, and ecosystem processes associated with forest growth and yield. Experience working with remote sensing and GIS software, such as ARC, ENVI or ERDAS is advantageous. Applicants are required to have a bachelors’ degree in a physical science, remote sensing/GIS, geography, forest ecology, biogeochemistry, or another appropriate field. To apply for this position, please email the following to Alistair Smith; firstname.lastname@example.org: (1) your CV (including GRE scores and percentiles); (2) a 1-2 page description of your research interests and ideas; please also describe your technical and personal qualifications for this position; (3) contact information for three references. Inquiries are welcome. Starting date of August 26th 2008 or January 1st 2009. More information. Posted: 6/12/08.
University of Idaho: I am seeking a highly motivated PhD student to participate in an interdisciplinary study on the role of salmon carcasses in soil and plant biogeochemical cycles including linkages to the aquatic and terrestrial food webs. Ocean-reared salmon have been extirpated from this vast region for almost 100 years due to hydro power development and irrigation. We will be reintroducing carcasses to assess their influence on ecosystem productivity. The PhD student will establish and conduct nutrient input and vegetation manipulation experiments, soil and plant analysis, including stable isotope analysis and gross soil nutrient fluxes. The student will primarily be responsible for the soil and vegetative component of this project, but will also be expected to collaborate with stream ecologists, fish biologists and wildlife biologists on the project. The stipend is $25k per year including tuition waiver. The successful candidate will be a PhD student in the College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho. The project includes faculty, biologists, technicians and post doctoral scientists from University of Alaska, Washington State University, Idaho State University and Idaho Fish and Game. The PhD candidate should be familiar with biogeochemistry, forest ecology and ecosystem processes associated with plant productivity and nutrient cycling. Experience working with stable isotopes is advantageous as is familiarity with nitrogen gross mineralization techniques. Good experimental and laboratory skills with evidence of ability to publish research results in refereed journals are highly desired. Applicants should have a master’s degree in forest ecology, ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry or other appropriate field. Willingness to camp at remote field sites, hike and work within a multidisciplinary setting. How to Apply: To enquire further about this position, please email me Kathleen Kavanagh; email@example.com. A starting date of Spring 2008 or earlier is ideal. However, students who can join this project in the spring or summer of 2008 are also encouraged to apply. Posted: 10/4/07, revised: 2/6/08.
University of Illinois-Chicago: We are seeking outstanding doctoral students to participate in the new LEAP (Landscape, Ecological, and Anthropogenic Processes) program, an NSF-funded IGERT doctoral training program at UIC. The focus of LEAP is an improved understanding of ecological and evolutionary processes in integrated human-natural landscapes by integrating a variety of scientific fields with relevant economic and social science disciplines to prepare students for careers in environmental science, policy, and conservation practice. Departments and colleges at UIC (Biology, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Civil Engineering, Urban Planning and Public Affairs) along with Chicago area partners (Chicago Botanic Garden, The Field Museum, Chicago District of the Army Corp of Engineers, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, the Morton Arboretum, Chicago Wilderness) have develop a program aimed at producing graduates better prepared to effectively protect and enhance biodiversity by combining applied research with basic theory, integrating ecosystem, community and species level approaches, and networking with stewardship professionals and other stakeholders. LEAP fellowships will provide a full stipend ($30k/yr) and tuition for two years, as well as, research and travel funds for four years. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is required for all IGERT fellowships. Fellows will be selected based on student qualifications, relevance of research interests, and balance in research topics and backgrounds. If you wish to make an appointment during ESA meetings to discuss LEAP and UIC graduate opportunities, you are encouraged to contact Mary Ashley (firstname.lastname@example.org) or David Wise (email@example.com) at your convenience. Posted: 8/6/07.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Graduate Research Assistantship, Plant-Microbe Interactions and Biofuels. Sustainability is a key economic and environmental issue in bioenergy feedstock production. We are seeking graduate students working towards a MS or PhD to pursue research into the contribution of nitrogen-fixing bacterial endophytes to the sustainability of bioenergy crops. The proposed research is part of a large bioenergy research initiative at the University of Illinois. This work aims to identify and characterize diazotrophs that colonize potential bioenergy crops, to determine the magnitude of their contribution to plant N requirements, and to examine the ecological factors that influence the colonization and activity of nitrogen-fixing endophytes. Qualifications: Applicants should be independent and highly motivated, preferably with academic research and/or field experience. Candidates must be able to work independently as well as part of a collaborative research team. Individuals with superior academic credentials and strong communication skills are encouraged to apply. Additional information Support includes a Research Assistantship, tuition waiver, and excellent health benefits. Position available beginning in summer or fall of 2008. Send preliminary e-mail letter of inquiry, describing research interests and academic qualifications, to Dr. Angela Kent (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 2/29/08.
University of Kansas: Graduate Assistantships in Community Ecology / Grassland Biodiversity at the University of Kansas (Master's. or Ph.D.) Research assistantships are available in the lab of Bryan Foster, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence. Motivated students are sought to conduct research in the context of a new NSF project investigating local and regional determinants of grassland community assembly and ecosystem functioning. Students will be involved as collaborators on the project, but will also develop independent avenues of research in plant community or restoration ecology. Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in Biology or related field. Prior research experience as an undergraduate or master's student is preferred. To inquire further about graduate assistantships, please contact Bryan L. Foster, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence Kansas, 785-864-4361, email@example.com. Posted: 12/6/07.
University of Kansas: Ph.D. Assistantship in Community Ecology. A position is available August 2008 for a Ph.D. graduate student in the lab of Bryan Foster, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. A highly qualified and motivated student is sought to conduct dissertation research in the context of a new NSF project investigating the roles of colonization history and species pools in mediating the assembly dynamics and ecosystem functioning of plant communities. The student will be involved as a key collaborator on the project, but will also be encouraged to develop independent avenues of research in community ecology. Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in Biology, Ecology, Evolution, Botany, Range Science or related field. Prior research experience as an undergraduate or master's student is preferred. To inquire, please e-mail a cover letter, CV and reference contact information to: Bryan L. Foster (785-864-4361, firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 9/14/07.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette: Doctoral Fellowships and other assistantships available for entering Ph.D. students in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Louisiana. We will be awarding four fellowships: two University of Louisiana Fellowships and two Board of Regents Fellowships) to Ph.D. students entering Fall 2008. UL Fellows are funded for 3-4 years at $15,750 per 9 months (with tuition waiver), and have limited teaching responsibilities. BoR Fellows are funded for 4 years at $24,000 per year (with tuition waiver) and have no formal teaching duties. Eligibility requirements include US citizenship (or permanent residency) or degree from a US institution. We will also have teaching and research assistantships available for incoming Ph.D. students. Rather than replying to this message, potential applicants are strongly encouraged to directly contact prospective advisors. Their contact information and research interests can be found at our departmental web site (http://biology.louisiana.edu/). More information is also available at our graduate program web site.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: 11/13/07.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette: I am currently looking to accept bright and motivated graduate students into my laboratory (Derek M. Johnson). My primary research interests are linked by a common question: Why do populations fluctuate in time and space? Understanding spatiotemporal population dynamics of organisms is critical to conservation efforts and other applied goals (e.g. pest management), and represents an exciting and broadening field of ecology. My lab uses a combination of empirical and theoretical approaches, working at the interface of theory and application, to address questions that would be impossible to answer via only one of these approaches. I strive to understanding both the pattern and the underlying mechanisms driving complex spatiotemporal population dynamics across spatial landscapes. I expect to be able to offer up to two research assistantships (grant proposals are pending). One will be to work on the effects of the grass Phragmites australis invasion on native communities in coastal marshes of Louisiana, and possible effects of hurricane disturbance on the rate of invasion and impact. Phragmites invasion occurs in discrete units, creating a patchwork of habitats that can have important effects on faunal dispersal and, thus, may have important influences on spatial population dynamics within marsh communities. The other potential research assistantship will be to develop risk assessment methods for potential invasive species using population viability analyses. The focal species in the project will be the spruce bark beetle, a native to Europe, a potential pest that is commonly intercepted in North American ports. The project will involve field research in Norway and possibly Belgium & France. The research assistantship would begin in the Fall of 2008. I am also open to graduate students pursuing any interesting research projects in the realm of population ecology (taxonomic group is open). Research projects can be either empirically or theoretically based, as long as they address ecological questions. In addition, the University will offer up to 4 doctoral fellowships as well as an undetermined number of teaching assistantships to start in the Fall of 2008. More information on the graduate program. Contact: Derek Marley Johnson, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA 70504. 337-482-6987 office, 337-281-3541 cell, email@example.com. Posted: 10/19/07.
University of Louisiana at Monroe: We seek a highly motivated student to develop and carry out a field study on the social organization of the Taiwan field vole. The research will be part of a M.S. thesis project supervised by Dr. Loren Hayes. Pending funding, the field work will be carried out in Taiwan with Dr. Y. Kirk Lin (National Taiwan University) during June-August 2009. The student will be expected to write a NSF EAPSI proposal during his/her first semester at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. We seek individuals with excellent writing skills, a strong background in biology, ability to work in a multicultural setting, and a desire to conduct publishable research. Preference will be given to students who can compose a preliminary research proposal based on information provided by the co-investigators as part of an application for admission to ULM. Prospective applicants should be U.S. citizens. If you are interested in this pursuit, please contact Loren Hayes (firstname.lastname@example.org) and/or Kirk Lin (email@example.com) by early March 2008. Completed applications should be submitted to the Graduate Program and Department of Biology by 30 April 2008. Applications and instructions can be found at: http://www.ulm.edu/gradschool/. Posted: 4/7/08.
University of Louisville: I am looking for 1-2 highly motivated PhD graduate students interested in restoration ecology, invasive species, plant-fungus-insect interactions, or other aspects of plant ecology to start August 2008 in the Biology Department at the University of Louisville (KY). My research program is broadly focused on biodiversity and the dynamics of terrestrial plant communities. My current work addresses plant-fungus interactions and the restoration of Great Lakes sand dune plant communities. Other related interests include the role of community evenness in ecosystem function, relationships between diversity and compositional stability in grasslands, prairie and savanna restoration, and the management and population dynamics of exotic invasive species. I am working on several projects which students could collaborate on, though I encourage students to develop their own research directions as well. Departmental Applications may be submitted at any time but preferably before January 31 to ensure consideration for financial support. A number of graduate fellowships and teaching assistantships are available for competitive students. TA Stipends are currently $22k/yr. Interested applicants should send an email with a letter of interest and attached CV to me at Sarah.Emery@louisville.edu. Posted: 1/15/08.
University of Maine: We are seeking a student for an MS assistantship to participate in an ecological study of shrubby cinquefoil (Dasiphora floribunda), the host plant of the Clayton's Copper Butterfly (Lycaena dorcas claytoni) which is endangered in Maine. Conservation measures for the butterfly include habitat protection and management, yet little is known about environmental characteristics that affect the host plant's distribution at sites where the butterfly is found or about its population ecology. The focus of the MS research will be to study its ecology and define habitat conditions where shrubby cinquefoil occurs. The ultimate goal is to develop management recommendations for this species that enhance habitat for the Clayton's copper butterfly in Maine. This project is part of a larger research initiative for the butterfly's conservation, and collaboration with other students and scientists is expected. The applicant should have excellent quantitative skills and research interests and experience in aquatic ecology, with emphasis on plant ecology and wetland systems. Experience with GIS would be helpful but is not required. The 2.5-year assistantship ($15,000 per year) includes ~$900 annually toward health insurance (half of the annual cost) and a tuition waiver (student is responsible for approximately $700 annually in fees). The applicant will be expected to serve as a teaching assistant for up to two semesters of their degree program. The position is available September 2008 or until a suitable applicant is found. The field research will begin in May 2009. To apply, please send a letter explaining your interest in this topic, a resume that includes past field and laboratory experience, copies of transcripts, GRE scores, and names, addresses, e-mail addresses and phone numbers of three references to Dr. Cynthia Loftin and Dr. Judith Rhymer at: Dr. Cynthia S. Loftin, USGS Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Assistant Unit Leader-Wildlife, 5755 Nutting Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5755. (207) 581-2843, Cyndy_Loftin@umenfa.maine.edu; Dr. Judith Rhymer, Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology, 5755 Nutting Hall, Dept. of Wildlife Ecology, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5755. (207) 581-2863, firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 6/6/08.
University of Maine: Annual trends in the carbon physiology of red spruce in relation to age-related growth decline. We are seeking a motivated individual to fill a PhD-level graduate assistantship for a study of conifer carbon source-sink relationships in trees ranging from juvenile to old-growth. Research will focus on the relative contribution of supply-side (source) and demand-side (sink) processes in controlling shoot growth. Although large age-related declines in productivity have been documented in many conifers including red spruce, several decades of research have failed to provide an adequate physiological explanation for this phenomenon. Preliminary data suggests that the interaction of photosynthesis and meristematic growth sinks may play an important role, but our current state of knowledge of conifer source-sink dynamics is inadequate to provide a definitive assessment. This project will require monitoring of photosynthetic attributes and carbon sink status of age classes from juvenile to old-growth, as well as manipulative experiments to quantify the interaction of source and sinks. Work will be performed on both greenhouse and forest populations. Field measurements will require accessing the canopy (25-30m high) with aerial lifts under year-round conditions. Interested candidates should contact Mike Day (email@example.com; 207.581.2889) or Mike Greenwood (firstname.lastname@example.org; 207.581.2838), University of Maine School of Forest Resources, Nutting Hall, Orono, ME 04469-5755. Posted: 12/10/07.
University of Maryland, Baltimore County: University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) seeks applicants for our NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) program, "Water in the Urban Environment." Solutions to complex problems associated with the effect of urbanization on the water cycle require integrated ecological, economic and engineering approaches, as well as innovations in policy-making. This program is training a generation of graduate students to understand these linkages and to be prepared to work in multidisciplinary teams to improve understanding and management of urban environmental systems. The program is centered on three interwoven themes: (1) urban hydrology and contaminant transport; (2) urban biogeochemical cycles, aquatic ecosystems, and human health; and (3) urban water policy, management, and institutions. The program takes advantage of the presence at UMBC of the field headquarters of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study, one of two urban sites in the NSF Long-Term Ecological Research network; partnerships with public agencies, nonprofits, and private consultants; and proximity to the Chesapeake Bay, a coastal ecosystem severely affected by urban land use change. Applicants for IGERT Traineeships must be US citizens or permanent residents. Awardees accepted to one of the nine participating PhD programs will receive a stipend of $30,000 per year plus $10,500 cost-of-education allowance. Applications for Fall 2008 are due February 1, 2008. For further information contact Bernadette Hanlon, IGERT Coordinator at email@example.com, or Prof. Claire Welty, IGERT Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 11/20/07.
University of Maryland, Baltimore County: The Department of Geography & Environmental Systems (GES) at the is now recruiting graduate students for our new M.S./Ph.D. program. Students interested in graduate education are invited to look at our program description and to contact us with any questions. The application deadline for Fall 2008 admission is February 15, 2008. The Department has a strong program in human geography, physical geography and earth systems, ecology, and environmental science. Some areas of interest for graduate research include 1) Environmental Systems, including water resources and earth-surface processes, ecosystem science, and atmospheric processes; (2) Human Geography, with an emphasis on coupled human-natural systems including the impacts of human activities on the environment, the socioeconomic consequences of environmental degradation, and environmental policy; (3) Geographic Information Science and Remote Sensing, focusing on training students in the application of geospatial analysis to improve understanding of changing spatial patterns in the natural and human environment. The GES faculty are actively involved with UMBC’s NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program, “Water in the Urban Environment.” Research opportunities at UMBC include collaboration with the Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES), an NSF-funded Urban Long-Term Ecological Research site; the Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology (JCET), and Goddard Earth Sciences & Technology Center (GEST), both research consortia formed by UMBC and NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center; the Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education (CUERE), an EPA and NOAA-funded center focused on the environmental, social and economic impacts of urban and suburban landscape transformation, and the U.S. Geological Survey Water Science Center for the MD-DE-DC region. UMBC is located in close proximity to both Baltimore and Washington D.C. and an array of federal, state, and local agencies, and other research institutions along the Washington-Baltimore-Philadelphia corridor. Please send inquires about the program to the Graduate Program Director, Dr. Andrew Miller, at email@example.com or contact any of the faculty directly. Posted: 10/19/07.
University of Maryland, Baltimore County: We seek applicants for our NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) program, "Water in the Urban Environment." Solutions to complex problems associated with the effect of urbanization on the water cycle require integrated ecological, economic and engineering approaches, as well as innovations in policy-making. This program is training a generation of graduate students to understand these linkages and to be prepared to work in multidisciplinary teams to improve understanding and management of urban environmental systems. The program is centered on three interwoven themes: (1) urban hydrology and contaminant transport; (2) urban biogeochemical cycles, aquatic ecosystems, and human health; and (3) urban water policy, management, and institutions. The program takes advantage of the presence at UMBC of the field headquarters of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study (http://beslter.org), one of two urban sites in the NSF Long-Term Ecological Research network; partnerships with public agencies, nonprofits, and private consultants; and proximity to the Chesapeake Bay, a coastal ecosystem severely affected by urban land use change. Applicants for IGERT Traineeships must be US citizens or permanent residents. Awardees accepted to one of nine participating PhD programs will receive a stipend of $30k per year plus $10,500 cost-of-education allowance. Applications for Fall 2008 are due February 1, 2008. For further information see http://www.umbc.edu/cuere/igert or contact Bernadette Hanlon, IGERT Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Prof. Claire Welty, IGERT Program Director at email@example.com. Posted: 8/24/07.
University of Maryland: The interdisciplinary graduate program in Behavior, Ecology, Evolution and Systematics (BEES) at University of Maryland is looking for exceptional students to enter the Ph.D. program for the academic year 2008-2009. The BEES program consists of over 50 faculty members. At University of Maryland the participating departments include: Animal and Avian Sciences, Anthropology, Biology, Biological Resources Engineering, Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics, Computer Sciences, Entomology, Geology, and Plant Science and Landscape Architecture. We also have adjunct faculty from affiliated institutions from the surrounding DC metropolitan area, including the Smithsonian Institute, National Cancer Institute, UM Center for Advanced Research in Biotechnology (UMBI), and USDA. We offer Darwin Fellowships to outstanding candidates and also have a jointly funded graduate fellowship program with the Smithsonian for students planning on being co-advised by an SI adjunct faculty member along with a BEES UM faculty member. Research areas of Smithsonian adjunct faculty members interested in co-advising students include Paleobiology, Genetics, and Molecular Systematics. As a long-term member of the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) we encourage and fund participation by our BEES graduate students in their field courses. Please see our BEES program web site for more information: http://bees.umd.edu Faculty accepting graduate students for the 2008-2009 academic year are listed here. Please feel free to contact us is you have any questions at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 10/19/07.
University of Maryland, College Park: I am looking for highly motivated PhD graduate students interested in community ecology and entomology to start September 2008 in the Department of Entomology. My research in concerned with the dynamics, structure, and maintenance of biodiversity in ecological communities. In particular, I explore how geochemical resources and consumers interactively constrain community structure, diversity, and biotic invasions; how scales of space and time affect the strength of trophic interactions; how patterns in trophic structure vary across ecosystem types; and how these insights can be applied to conservation and sustainability. To date, my field research has focused on hyperdiverse invertebrate communities and their interactions with plants both above and belowground. For further information on my research visit: http://entmcv.umd.edu/?name=dsgruner Funding with a competitive stipend is guaranteed available for five years through a combination of fellowships, research and teaching assistantships. Applicants also are encouraged to apply for available scholarships and fellowships. I will consider applicants who wish to pursue research on any aspect of fundamental or applied population/community/ecosystem ecology. Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in the Biological Sciences. Prior research experience as an undergraduate or master's student is preferred. The Department has a strong, collegial and growing group spanning the gamut from applied economic entomology to theoretical ecological and evolutionary biology. Students will also benefit from access to: the interdisciplinary program in Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics on campus, expertise and collections of the Smithsonian Institution and the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center of the USDA, and the constellation of facilities within the Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station. The University is simultaneously situated within 5 miles of the nation's capitol and within several hours of diverse coastal, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems, offering excellent opportunities for both field research and recreation. Interested applicants should send an email with attached CV to Daniel Gruner email@example.com. Full application materials are preferred by 1 December 2007 (7 January 2008 deadline), but candidates should contact me in advance. Posted: 9/28/07.
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science: M.S. Research Assistantship in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology or Applied Ecology and Conservation Biology at the UMCES Appalachian Laboratory, and Department of Biology, Frostburg State University. The successful applicant will investigate bat activity and migration patterns in relation to season and weather conditions on the Atlantic coast in the vicinity of proposed offshore wind energy projects. Minimum qualifications are a B.S. degree in the biological sciences, with emphasis on field biology and ecology. Training and experience with identifying eastern bats and sampling with mist nets or harp traps and identifying bats using bat detectors would be a plus. Familiarity with GIS and GPS would also be an asset. Applicants will be provided a stipend, with tuition waiver and health benefits. Please write "Bat Graduate Assistantship" in the subject line of your email and include your last name in the attachment(s). By 1 August 2008, send a cover letter, indicating availability; resume; copies of transcripts and GRE scores; and names, addresses (including email) of 3 references to: J. Edward Gates, firstname.lastname@example.org (electronic submission preferred), UMCES Appalachian Laboratory, 301 Braddock Rd., Frostburg, MD, 21532. 301-689-7173. Posted: 6/23/08.
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science: Geomorphology/Ecology PhD Research Assistantship. We invite applications to a PhD program from students interested in the interactions between aeolian transport, groundwater, and ecology in deserts. Research is expected to focus on sustainable groundwater management, and will include field measurement of vegetation and soil parameters, numerical modeling, remote sensing, and soil chemistry analysis. A mathematical background with interdisciplinary training in geology, physics, and ecology is highly desirable. This NSF-funded PhD position will include a stipend, tuition, and health insurance. For information, please contact Andrew Elmore at email@example.com. Posted: 6/28/07.
University of Massachusetts - Amherst: We seek a highly-motivated student to participate in efforts to understand habitat fragmentation effects on population viability of stream fish. The student will extend existing data analyses to develop a system for prioritizing management actions at stream barriers. The aim of the project is to develop a detailed spatial demographic model that will be used to determine how stream fragmentation affects growth, movement and survival of brook trout and brown trout. The model will then be applied to a specific management area, where we will use the model to guide management actions. Extensive data have been collected to help define the model but the student will be expected to collect additional data to assess the generality of the model. Although there is a specific product required for this project, there will also be significant opportunity for original, creative work. The student will be an integral part of a team of two post-docs, three PIs and another PhD student. The position will be co-located at the University of Massachusetts and the Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center in Turners Falls, MA, and will be co-directed by Dr. Ben Letcher, Ecology Section Leader at the Research Center, Dr. Keith Nislow, Fish and Wildlife Habitat Team Leader, USDA Forest Service- Northern Research Station located at the University of Massachusetts, and Kim Lutz, Connecticut River Program Director for the Nature Conservancy. Qualifications: MS in Ecology, Ecological Modeling, or Fisheries Science. We are particularly interested in individuals who combine strong quantitative skills (including familiarity with and experience in capture-mark-recapture modeling and demographic modeling in spatially structured systems) with ability to conduct research in the field. Start date: 1 September 2008, with some flexibility. Funding is available for 4 years. Stipend: Full time, $20K/year plus benefits. Tuition waiver from UMass. Additional funds are available for travel and research expenses. Department: Either the Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Program (deadline December 1) or the Department of Natural Resources Conservation. Closing date: November 16, 2007. Contact: To apply, please provide cover letter with statement of personal career interests and professional goals, plus extended resume including list of at least 3 references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 10/24/07.
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor: The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, is seeking highly-motivated PhD applicants for academic year 2008-2009. We have over 40 faculty members and 60 PhD students who have a diverse range of interests and expertise, studying topics that range from microbes to mastodons, tropics to tundra, and gene evolution to ecosystem ecology. EEB is ranked among the top ten graduate schools in the USA in EEB. PhD students are guaranteed five years of funding, which consists of a mix of fellowships, Graduate Student Instructorships (GSIs), and Graduate Student Research Assistantships (GSRAs). Students are initially assigned two faculty advisors of their choice but can switch as research interests develop. Applications are due December 1, 2007. We encourage you to contact individual faculty members in your areas of research interest. Students apply through the Rackham Graduate School. Details for applications to EEB are available at our web site and you can contact our EEB Graduate Coordinator, Ms. Julia Eussen (email@example.com), or call her at 734.615.7338. Posted: 11/16/07.
University of Minnesota: The University of Minnesota and the National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics (NCED) are offering 5 Ph.D. traineeships 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, for ecologists and earth scientists to understand effects of physical processes and materials transport on ecosystem dynamics, and for computer scientists to develop methods to analyze large environmental data sets. 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 ($30,000 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 sciences, computer 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). If interested, contact the Program Director, Dr. Claudia Neuhauser (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 11/20/07.
University of Minnesota: GRA in Natural Resource Sociology. Understanding the importance of weak-tie networks in complex human-environment systems: Ecosocial feedback in multifunctional agriculture We are seeking a graduate research assistant to participate in an interdisciplinary project to evaluate multifunctional agricultural systems, focused on the role of ecosocial feedback and weak-tie social networks. Abstract: Multifunctional agriculture is the production of a range of goods (agricultural commodities) and ecological services (e.g., conservation of biodiversity and water quality), a possible path for sustainability. This project will test a new model in which multifunctional agriculture is understood as a coupled human-environment system driven by ecosocial feedback, weak-tie social networks and multiple biophysical benefits. In this model, critical ecosocial feedback is mediated by 'weak ties' social networks, or those that bridge between groups, allowing the shared perception of biophysical signals as well as communication, resource exchange, and collective action by individuals and groups. Through weak-ties social networks, multifunctional agroecosystems that generate ecological benefits receive resources that increase their spatial extent, better signal these benefits, and increase the size and resource base of social networks. The project will test the hypothesis that this ecosocial feedback is strong enough to overcome systemic barriers to extensive adoption of an important emerging form of multifunctional agriculture, rotational grazing (RG). Work will occur in three states (NY, WI, MN) that differ markedly in development of RG. The project will examine individual and group behavior and social-network development, assess its biophysical effects, and use these findings to create an agent-based model of RG dynamics. Methods include digital mapping and remote sensing of social and ecological phenomena; pbiophysical research on terrestrial and aquatic systems at farm and landscape scales; social science interviews and structural equation modeling for farmer and network actors; and integrated modeling. (NSF Biocomplexity Program Funding: Jordon, Manson, Nelson) Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be expected to work with Dr. Nelson on the social science components of this integrated research project and collaborate with the other members of the team. Their primary responsibility will be to work with the interviews, learning groups, and structural equation modeling for farmer and network actors. Qualifications: Required: - MS degree in human dimensions of natural resources, emphasis sociology and social psychology. - Interest in working with an interdisciplinary team, in the field with farmers and the agricultural community in general. - Experience with qualitative and quantitative methods. Desired: - Knowledge of or experience using theory of planned behavior or network theories in research - Experience with focus groups, interviews, willing to learn structural equation modeling. Term of Appointment: September 1, 2007 start, one year appointment, renewable for one year contingent on funding and performance. Salary: 50% appointment, salary, fringe, and full tuition. 50% time biweekly salary is $650.40 Applications: To apply please send a curriculum vitae, statement of interest, and the names of three references, to Dr. Kristen C. Nelson, c/o Colleen O'Connor, Department of Forest Resources, 1530 Cleveland Ave. No., #115 Green Hall, St Paul, Minnesota, 55108. Posted: 9/6/07.
University of Mississippi: Graduate fellowships are available for students to pursue a Master of Science degree in the area of forest restoration ecology and management through the Department of Biology. Participating students would have several unique and exciting opportunities, including a summer internship with a successful forest restoration project in British Columbia, Canada; participation in collaborative research on forest restoration and fire ecology in northern Mississippi; coursework in forest restoration ecology, research methods, and professional development; and supported travel to meetings. Each student will choose to work with one or more faculty advisors specializing in particular forest ecological processes and organisms. We especially encourage applications from students interested in population genetics, soil or aquatic microorganisms, forest insects, and/or ecosystem nutrient dynamics, although all areas of interest will be considered. Students will receive stipend support in the amount of $18k per year for two years, through a USDA graduate training fellowship. Fellowships are only available to U.S. citizens and nationals. Preferred starting date for the fellowship is January 2009, although applications for a starting date of August 2009 may be considered if positions are still available. For more information and instructions on how to apply, please contact Dr. Jason Hoeksema by e-mail (email@example.com). Applications for January 2009 admission will be accepted until October 1, 2008, or until all positions are filled. Applications for August 2009 admission, if positions are available, will be accepted until February 1, 2009. Posted: 1/14/08, revised: 6/20/08.
University of Missouri-Columbia: The School of Natural Resources is pleased to offer one M.S. and one Ph.D. research assistantship investigating the impacts of land use change on hydrologic regimes and water quality. The University of Missouri is considered among the top ten of the nation's universities with demonstrated excellence in teaching and research including a dynamic program focused on contemporary issues pertaining to watershed management and water quality. Applicants should have BS or MS degrees in natural resources, environmental sciences, watershed hydrology, water quality, forestry, or a related field. Applicants must possess a valid US driver's license and be able to work independently and collaboratively with others. Experience in stream measurements, data processing, hydrologic analysis and modeling, water quality monitoring, and GIS and computer programming are desirable but not mandatory skills. A competitive stipend is offered plus tuition waiver and health insurance coverage. If interested, please send a cover letter stating research and academic interests and goals, curriculum vitae, university transcripts, GRE scores, and the names and contact information of three referees to: Dr. Jason A. Hubbart, Department of Forestry, University of Missouri, 203-Q ABNR Bldg, Columbia, MO 65211, USA; Tel No. (573) 884-7732; Fax: (573) 882-1979; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 4/7/08.
University of Missouri-Columbia: Several Research Assistantships (M.S. and Ph.D.) are available at the School of Natural Resources, Department of Forestry. Selected graduate student(s) will be working on the impacts of development and land use/cover changes on water yield, peak flows, urban runoff, and water quality in forested, agricultural and urban ecosystems. The University of Missouri campus is conveniently located equidistant from Kansas City (126 miles) and St. Louis (125 miles) and is considered in the top ten of the nation's universities with demonstrated excellence in teaching and research. Applicants should have a BS or MS degree in hydrology, watershed hydrology, water quality, forestry, natural resources, environmental sciences, or a related field and possess a keen interest in water resources and water quality. Applicants must possess a valid US driver's license and be able to work independently and collaboratively with others. Experience in stream measurements, data processing, hydrologic analysis and modeling, water quality monitoring, and GIS and computer programming is desirable but not mandatory. A highly competitive stipend is offered plus tuition waiver and health insurance coverage. If interested, please contact, and/or send a cover letter stating your research interests, your curriculum vitae, university transcripts, GRE scores, and the names and contact information of three referees by email to: Dr. Jason A. Hubbart, Department of Forestry, University of Missouri, 203-Q ABNR Bldg, Columbia, MO 65211, USA; Tel No. (573) 884-7732; Fax: (573) 882-1979; Email: email@example.com. Posted: 2/29/08.
University of Missouri-Columbia: PH.D. Graduate Research Assistantship is available to investigate the relative importance of fire and mountain pine beetle infestations on population and resource selection of Black-backed Woodpeckers. Student will undertake a radio-tracking project to study movements and resource selection of Black-backed Woodpeckers in the Black Hills, South Dakota. The student will develop a population model to compare woodpecker demographics in burned and mountain pine beetle infestation sites. Candidates must have a M.S. in wildlife science, biology, or a closely related discipline, a GPA > 3.2, and combined verbal and quantitative GRE scores > 1100. Ability to work with a diversity of natural resource professionals, and an interest in wildlife/habitat relationships and quantitative techniques are essential. Stipend includes annual salary of $14,688, a tuition waiver, and research funds. Position is available January 2008 and review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. Submit a cover letter including a description of work experience and career goals, CV, copies of transcripts and GRE scores (unofficial at this time are acceptable), and the names and contact information of 3 references to Joshua Millspaugh or Dylan Kesler, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, University of Missouri, 302 Natural Resources Building, Columbia, MO 65211. Email MillspaughJ@missouri.edu or KeslerD@missouri.edu. Posted: 12/6/07.
University of Missouri-Columbia: I have an opening for PhD Graduate Assistant in the fall (or earlier) of 2008 to work in the field of Landscape Ecology and Ecological Modeling. The candidates will have the opportunity to work on the development and applications of a forest landscape model, LANDIS. LANDIS is a spatially explicit landscape model and operates in a raster GIS format, but is a free-standing program. It is designed to simulate forest landscape change over large spatial and temporal scales. LANDIS is one of a few computer simulation models that specifically simulate species level succession, dispersal, coarse and fine fuel dynamics, fuel treatment, fire disturbance, wind disturbance, insects/diseases, and forest harvesting. The PhD graduate assistant is expected to study the relationships of wild and prescribed fires with stand density, tree species regeneration, germination, and succession. Findings from these studies will be generalized into a generic algorithm and implemented in the LANDIS model. The candidate will also develop modeling applications to assess short to long term effects of forest management plans on forest health, vegetation dynamics, and fire risk. Specific issues may include prescribed burnings on fire risk reduction and forest restoration, managing forest landscape for coping with oak decline, and interactions of fuel treatments with succession and/or harvesting. The PhD graduate assistant is 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 stipend for the PhD graduate assistant is $19k/year for three years (50% graduate research assistantship). This stipend covers in-state and out of-state tuition waivers. A qualified candidate should have a background in forestry, geography, ecology or closely related fields, but one degree in forestry is preferred. Strong technical background in GIS and spatial analysis techniques are necessary. For more information, contact Hong S. He, PhD, School of Natural Resources, University of Missouri-Columbia, 203 ABNR Building, Columbia, MO 65211. Tel: 573-882-7717 Fax: 573-882-1977. Posted: 9/25/07.
University of Montana: We are currently seeking new Ph.D. students (Summer-Fall 2008) as part of a National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Program focused on the geomicrobiology of complex microbiological systems. The MSU IGERT Program is an interdisciplinary effort including geochemistry, microbial ecology, physiology, biochemistry, and genomics. The primary goal is to use consistent and coherent systems approaches in the study of microbial communities that lead to a more comprehensive understanding of the important interface between the biosphere and geosphere. The novel training program encompasses science and engineering faculty focused on all facets of microbiology, with emphasis on microbial communities or processes important in geothermal environments, glacial ice, biofilms, bioprocessing, and bioenergy. For more information, please consult the IGERT program brochure available on the Thermal Biology Institute or Center for Biofilm Engineering web sites, or contact Dr. Bill Inskeep, IGERT Director (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 5/2/08.
University of Montana: MS/PhD Opportunity in Landscape Ecology/Forest Modeling, Department of Forest Management, College of Forestry and Conservation. A graduate assistantship is available for a student interested in examining climate change impacts on plant species distributions, fire and disturbance regimes in the Sierra Nevada, California. The student will be encouraged to contribute to research examining the historic and contemporary distributions of woody plant species, fuel characteristics, and fire regimes of the Sierra Nevada Range. The project will entail the use of historic and modern datasets, the development of climate and biophysical surfaces, terrain modeling, and the application of mechanistic and statistical models to spatial data. Students will have the opportunity to pursue their own questions within these general themes. Motivated students interested in developing thesis or dissertation research projects in this area with prior experience in GIS and raster analysis, experience with ENVI/IDL, or R, are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants should have a strong academic record, prior field and computing experience, and a demonstrated interest in related research. Student support will include a combination of research/teaching assistantships, a stipend, medical benefits, and a tuition waiver. Positions will begin in either the spring or fall of 2008. Students will have access to the College's research forests and experimental stations. To apply: Please email the following application materials (as one document) to Dr. Solomon Dobrowski at email@example.com: 1) a current resume or CV, including GPA and test scores (if available); 2) a letter of interest, including research interests, professional goals and prior experience; 3) personal contact information; and 4) contact info for three potential references. For information on the College of Forestry & Conservation at the University of Montana. Posted: 11/8/07.
University of Montana: MS/PhD Opportunities in Soil Ecology/Biogeochemistry, Department of Forestry & Conservation. Graduate assistantships are available to students interested in investigating soil ecology and/or soil biogeochemical cycling. Students will be encouraged to contribute to ongoing research in tropical rain forest ecosystems, including i) the effects of global environmental change on soil carbon cycling, nutrient cycling and ecosystem processes, ii) links between microbial community structure and soil biogeochemical processes; or iii) links between aboveground and belowground diversity and processes. Motivated students interested in developing dissertation or thesis research projects in western temperate/alpine ecosystems, or students with prior experience using molecular microbiological techniques are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants should have a strong record of academic excellence, prior field and/or laboratory experience, and a demonstrated interest in soils or ecosystems research. Student support will include a combination of teaching/ research assistantships, a stipend ($10k/year for MS students; $15k/year for PhD candidates) and a tuition waiver. Positions will begin in the fall of 2008. Students will have access to the College’s Lubrecht Experimental Forest, the Bandy Experimental Ranch and the Flathead Lake Biological Station, among others, for those choosing to conduct local research projects. To apply: Please email the following application materials (as a single PDF or Word document) to Dr. Cory Cleveland at firstname.lastname@example.org: 1) a current resume or CV, including GPA and test scores (if available); 2) a letter of interest, including research interests, professional goals and prior experience; and 3) contact information, including Email addresses, of three potential references. Applications received by December 31, 2007 will be given preference. Posted: 9/13/07.
University of Munich: LMU offers a 2-year, international master program in Evolution, Ecology and Systematics for highly motivated students from Germany and abroad with a background in biology or a related subject. All courses are offered in English. The program started in October 2007 with 11 students from North America, South-America and Germany. Applications are now welcome to start in October 2008. The EES Master program contains many innovative elements such as a mentoring program, integrated skills courses and individual research training. We also apply a feedback and revision system instead of simple grading. Classes are small and students have a lot of contact to the teachers. Thanks to funding by the Volkswagen Foundation, students can apply for their own research and travel money and for money to invite international speakers. Unfortunately, we cannot provide grants to cover costs of living. Students pay appr. 500 Euro tuition fees per semester. Application deadlines in 2008: 30th of April (for non-EU students) and 30th of June (for EU-students and others who don't need a visa to study in Germany). For more information, please see http://www.eeslmu.de or contact Pleuni Pennings (email@example.com). Posted: 1/29/08.
University of Nebraska: Graduate Research Assistantships in Tropical Stream Ecology in the School of Natural Resources. We are seeking a highly motivated graduate student(s) to conduct research associated with a large interdisciplinary project funded through the National Science Foundation’s Frontiers in Biological Research (FIBR) Program: Linking genes to ecosystems: how do ecological and evolutionary processes interact in nature? The successful candidate(s) will work with an interdisciplinary research team composed of scientists from Cornell, University of Georgia, UC-Riverside, and others. Field research will be conducted in tropical streams draining Trinidad’s Northern Range. Students will be involved in ecosystem research that includes experimental 15N tracer studies, stream ecosystem metabolism, and food web analysis and develop a research project related to the goals of the FIBR study. For more information contact: Steve Thomas, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 68583-0758. email: firstname.lastname@example.org. More info about graduate studies. Application deadline is open. Posted: 7/3/07.
University of Nevada Reno: We are looking for a graduate student to be part of a USDA-funded, inter-disciplinary, inter-departmental research group investigating multiple facets of the ecology of farm and adjoining wildland ecosystems. Funds are available to support two years of a Master's project through the Department of Animal Science and Biotechnology at the University of Nevada, Reno. Pending the availability of funds, a PhD could also be subsequently pursued through the Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology graduate group here at UNR. Specifically, the research that we are initiating involves the application of biosolids from a waste treatment plant to various crops on a farm managed by UNR. Cattle will be raised under experimental treatments including forage derived from biosolid-fertilized fields. We will also be using stable isotope techniques and developing biochemical markers to track matter and energy derived from biosolid fertilization as they move into adjacent native habitat via the putative intermediary of insect trophic interactions. We would like to fill this position with a student having very broad interests in basic ecology, ecosystem science, and chemistry as work will involve plants, cattle, and insects, as well as field, greenhouse and lab work. Work is beginning this Summer, and the successful applicant would begin the Master's program here in the Fall of 2008. If you are interested, please respond to Matt Forister, Dept. of Natural Resources and Environmental Science (email@example.com). Posted: 5/2/08.
University of Nevada Reno: The Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Graduate Group (EECB) is seeking outstanding applicants for the 2008-2009 academic year. EECB is an interdisciplinary program with members in diverse academic departments including Biology, Biochemistry, Geography and Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. The graduate group boasts an approximately 40-member faculty that is highly active in research. The EECB program is particularly strong in ecosystem ecology, population ecology, wildlife ecology and behavioral and evolutionary ecology. EECB was also recently ranked as a top-25 research program in conservation biology. Numerous faculty are also associated with the Desert Research Institute (http://www.dri.edu), conducting research throughout the deserts of North America and elsewhere around the globe. UNR is located along the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, in close proximity to both desert and montane field sites, allowing students to pursue diverse research interests. Competitive teaching assistantships or research assistantships are typically available for students in their faculty advisor's home department. More information and a complete list of faculty members can be found at the EECB program website. Please contact faculty members you are interested in working with regarding application. Posted: 10/19/07.
University of Nevada Reno: MSc Graduate Research Assistantship with research focus in fire ecology and ecophysiology. Resprouting by Great Basin Native and Exotic Plant Species: Prediction of Long-term Vegetation Change. A two-year position is open for a stipend-funded M.Sc. student to conduct research at the University of Nevada Reno, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science. The successful applicant will develop a thesis topic within the framework of a project focused on post-fire resprouting by woody plants in the Great Basin region. Highly motivated and independently-minded applicants with knowledge of general terrestrial ecology and/or ecophysiology, ability think critically, and experience in field experiments will be given priority. More project detail. The opportunity is available from January 2008. Applicants must meet UNR admission requirements. To be considered, please send a resume, statement of research interests, transcripts and GRE scores (unofficial copies O.K.), and names and contact details for at least two referees to: Dr Ashley Sparrow, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science, University of Nevada Reno, 1000 Valley Road, Reno NV 89512 USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 775-784-1107. Posted: 9/20/07.
University of New Brunswick: M.Sc. or Ph.D. Position in Remote Sensing. The Faculty of Forestry is seeking a M.Sc. or a Ph.D. to undertake research in the application of optical and thermal infrared MODIS and RADARSAT-2 polarimetric images to map fuel moisture content over Western Canada grasslands The position is located at UNB in Fredericton Canada. This position will involve assembling and developing the relevant climatic and terrain data over the region, and the processing of MODIS and RADARSAT-2 imagery. We seek applications from students who have a background in remote sensing or in GIS. The ideal candidate should have strong skills in remote sensing, GIS and statistics. To apply for the position please email a cover letter indicating how you meet these selection criteria, a CV, and the names of three referees. Applications in French are also welcome. We will review applications for this position by April 15 2008. For further information on this position contact please contact Dr. Brigitte Leblon (email@example.com). Posted: 4/2/08.
University of New Mexico: Graduate Research Assistantship in Plant Physiological Ecology Biology Department. Funding is available to support one Ph.D. student interested in studying leaf and cell level physiology/biochemistry and how it impacts estimates of ecosystem, regional, and global carbon cycles. This work is part of a newly funded NSF grant on “Light enhanced 13C enrichment of dark respired CO2: Implications for leaf internal CO2 conductance and respiration in the light”. Research will involve high-frequency online gas exchange analyses of isotopic fractionation by photosynthesis and respiration using a revolutionary new instrument, the Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectrometer, and involve analyses of the isotopic composition of leaf metabolites. Exact projects will be determined according to student interest. Study organisms include poplar, juniper, and tobacco. As par of his/her degree program, the student will have the opportunity to work with co-PI’s Dr. Nate McDowell at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Dr. Todd Rosenstiel at Portland State University, in addition to interacting with collaborators in France (Dr. Guillaume Tcherkez, University of Paris-SUD) and New Zealand (Dr. Margaret Barbour, Landcare Research). Students with backgrounds in biology, chemistry and/or physics, and an interest the fields of physiological ecology, ecosystem ecology and environmental science are encouraged to apply. However, any highly motivated students with variable levels of experience will be considered. Women and minority students are also encouraged to apply. Offer of graduate assistantship will be contingent upon acceptance into the University of New Mexico Biology Department Ph.D. program (application procedures). The application deadline is January 15th, 2008 for admission in Summer/Fall 2008. If you are interested, send an e-mail to: Dr. David Hanson (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 12/17/07.
University of North Carolina: We are seeking an M.S. or Ph.D. applicant either through UNC's Marine Sciences or Environmental Sciences and Engineering programs beginning in the summer or fall of 2008. The graduate student will be involved in an interdisciplinary project to quantify air-sea CO2 fluxes in North Carolina's Neuse River-Pamlico Sound, and to evaluate and quantify environmental controls (climatic events, hydrology, nutrient dynamics, food web structure, etc.) upon those fluxes. This is a NSF-funded collaborative effort between researchers at the University of North Carolina's Institute of Marine Sciences (Hans Paerl and Mike Wetz) and Oregon State University's College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences (Burke Hales). Applicants should be self-motivated, have strong quantitative skills, and have training in chemistry AND ecology or marine science. Strong engineering and/or technical skills will be viewed as a plus, as will computer (i.e., MatLab, Labview programming, etc.) skills. This project will involve extensive field work. Funding (stipend, tuition) will be available for three years. Interested individuals should provide the following materials: 1) a brief cover letter describing your background, research interests and career goals, 2) a resume/CV, 3) unofficial transcripts, and if available, 4) GRE or TOEFL scores. Please send materials and/or inquiries to Drs. Mike Wetz (email@example.com) and Hans Paerl (firstname.lastname@example.org) by November 15, 2007. Upon reviewing the applicant pool, we will ask select applicant(s) to apply to the respective UNC graduate program to be considered for admission to UNC. Posted: 10/19/07.
University of North Dakota: The Department of Earth System Science and Policy has numerous openings for students seeking a Masters of Environmental Management. Financial support is available to qualifying applicants, which generally includes a graduate research assistantship and tuition waiver. Funding for assistantships is provided through a sizable grant from NASA, and students receiving an assistantship work on a wide variety of research and applications projects. The Earth System Science and Policy (ESSP) program is organized around the field of environmental sustainability and offers three degrees: Master of Environmental Management, M.S., and Ph.D. Sustainability science has emerged as an intellectually exciting, growing discipline that is a driving concept for major scientific and environmental policy efforts around the globe. By bridging theory with practice, global and local perspectives, and scientific and social disciplines, sustainability science seeks to meet the needs of society while sustaining the life support systems of the planet. The mission of the ESSP program is to provide an integrated and creative learning environment that fosters intellectual growth, critical thinking, and practical engagement in research and management of the Earth systems and resources. The ESSP program is a thematic one, emphasizing practical experience, student-centered learning, integration of knowledge across traditional disciplinary boundaries, and active dialogue both in and outside the classroom. The MEM degree program is a professional degree for those seeking careers as environmental policymakers. Graduates of the MEM program will have a comprehensive knowledge of the principles of environmental and natural resource management, acquired through practical experience in an internship. ESSP alumni with MEM degrees have accepted jobs with private industry, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. For students who are interested in applying, see: http://www.und.edu/dept/grad/. There is no hard deadline for applications; however, early applications will receive top priority for admission. Posted: 1/9/08.
University of Northern British Columbia: A graduate position (M.Sc.) is available Sept 2008 in the Ecosystem Science and Management program. Currently, in the central interior of British Columbia, a massive outbreak of mountain pine beetle is declining, while populations of secondary bark beetles are simultaneously increasing. The project entails studying the impacts of these secondaries on small diameter trees. Suitable candidates will have a B.Sc. in biology, entomology, forestry, or similar degree at a recognized, post-secondary institution. The ideal candidate will have experience in field research settings and an interest in community ecology. The project will be supervised by Dr. Brian Aukema of the Canadian Forest Service at UNBC. Collaborators include Dr. Allan Carroll of the Canadian Forest Service and Dr. Staffan Lindgren at the UNBC. Support is available for two years. Interested candidates are invited to direct their questions and/or a vita/resume, a paragraph outlining their interest(s), and the names of three references to Brian.Aukema AT nrcan.gc.ca. Posted: 5/19/08.
University of Notre Dame: The new GLOBES program at Notre Dame is seeking outstanding students in the biological and social sciences to join our team of faculty and scholars in addressing environmental challenges to human and global health. Launched by funding from an IGERT (Integrated Graduate Education, Research and Traineeship) grant from the National Science Foundation, GLOBES is an interdisciplinary PhD program studying Global Linkages of Biology, the Environment, and Society. By forging teaching and research collaborations among faculty and across departments, GLOBES offers a multifaceted approach to graduate student training. The goals of the GLOBES program are two-fold. First, GLOBES integrates the collective skills of the University’s biologists, social scientists, and legal scholars in a team-based effort to solve pressing problems in environmental degradation, and the spread of infectious disease and invasive species. Second, GLOBES is dedicated to imparting the next generation of Notre Dame graduate students with the knowledge, technical tools, and real-world experience needed to combat global challenges in socially responsible and ethically sound ways. Students who have a strong interest in team-based, interdisciplinary studies and environmental research are encouraged to apply. Fellowships, available to U.S. residents and permanent citizens, feature a five-year, generous support package that includes 2.5 years of IGERT stipends in the amount of $30k annually, a full waiver of graduate tuition, and research and travel funds. Application deadlines for Fall 2008 admission vary depending on the home department of study. Participating departments include Biological Sciences (Jan. 5 deadline), Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Economics and Econometrics, History, Philosophy, History and Philosophy of Science, and Theology. Anthropology students (co-advised through Biology) can also participate in GLOBES. For additional information on application procedures, GLOBES faculty, home Ph.D. departments, and research facilities, visit globes.nd.edu. Posted: 9/25/07.
University of Otago: Evolutionary biology of parasites. Applications are invited from suitably qualified students for one PhD scholarship to work under the supervision of Prof Robert Poulin. The scholarship is part of a research grant from the Marsden Fund awarded to Prof. Poulin and Dr Devon Keeney, and is available as of early 2008 for three years. Our research programme aims to investigate the key factors influencing the evolution of host specificity in parasites. More specifically, the research will examine how plasticity in phenotype (morphology and behaviour) and genetic variation affect the ability of parasites to exploit novel hosts. We will use a native New Zealand marine trematode (parasitic flatworm) species that infects coastal crustaceans as an experimental model, with the work involving a combination of experimental parasitology and genetic analyses. The PhD project will fit within this overall theme. Candidates should have interests and/or experience in either host-parasite interactions or evolutionary biology. More importantly, candidates should be highly motivated and enthusiastic about pursuing doctoral research. PhD applicants must have been awarded the degree of BSc Honours or MSc (or equivalent) before taking up the scholarship. The emolument is NZ$25,000 per annum (tax-free) for 3 years. There is an additional NZ$4,000 per year to cover tuition fees, and some money available in the final year for thesis preparation costs. Specific enquiries may be made to Prof Robert Poulin, Tel 64 3 479 7983, Fax 64 3 479 7584 or email email@example.com. Applicants should send a cover letter stating briefly why they are interested in this scholarship, together with the names, addresses, fax numbers and e-mail of 2 referees. Candidates should also include a curriculum vitae. These documents should be sent before 1st December 2007 to Prof Robert Poulin, Department of Zoology, University of Otago, P.O. Box 56, Dunedin, New Zealand (FAX: 643 479-7584; email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 10/1/07.
University of Pennsylvania: The graduate program in Ecology and Evolution at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Biology invites applications from students interested in pursuing the Ph.D. in association with a 5-year program grant on global climate change from the NSF Program in International Research and Education (PIRE). This PIRE grant will study the combined ecological consequences of climate change and grazing pressures by nomadic pastoralism in northern Mongolia, a region of the world expected to experience some of the largest temperature increases in the coming years. The project is a collaboration among Penn, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, the National University of Mongolia and the Mongolian Academy of Sciences. Graduate students associated with the project will receive 5 years of support through a combination of PIRE fellowship and teaching assistantship funds and will conduct field-based Ph.D. research in Mongolia with Penn faculty and members of the collaborating institutions. For further information on the PIRE Mongolia project, contact Peter Petraitis email@example.com or Brenda Casper firstname.lastname@example.org. Application instructions. Deadline: December 15, 2007. Posted: 10/19/07.
University of Pennsylvania: The Department of Earth and Environmental Science invites applicants for competitive, multi-year PhD fellowships in soil organic matter biogeochemistry. Excellent research opportunities exist in soil C biogeochemistry, soil organic matter characterization, and soil organic matter dynamics. We seek a PhD student for a DOE-funded project to quantify parameters of soil organic carbon fractions used to predict potential maximum limits to organic carbon stabilization as a function of climate, C inputs, disturbance, texture and mineralogy. We also seek a student for research in methods for characterizing soil organo-mineral complexes to validate a relationship between thermal and biological stability. Additional information about the projects is available from Dr. Alain Plante (email@example.com). Additional information about the graduate program in the Department and the application process are available at http://www.sas.upenn.edu/earth/graduate. Applications are due Dec 1. Posted: 10/5/07.
University of Pittsburgh: A fully-funded Ph.D. research assistantship is available in the Department of Geology and Planetary Science. The Research Assistant will characterize transport and fate of emissions of reactive nitrogen (ammonia and nitrogen oxides) and particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5) using stable isotope techniques. In addition, the PhD candidate will be responsible for significant field instrumentation, data collection, and laboratory work. Successful applicants will start in Fall 2008 and have experience and interest in stable isotopes, nitrogen biogeochemistry, bio-atmospheric interactions, and/or atmospheric chemistry. Preference will be given to candidates who have already completed her/his MS, although this is not required. Varied disciplinary backgrounds will be considered. The qualified applicant will have strong organizational and writing skills, be highly motivated, creative, self-directed and independent. The candidate will join an active and expanding group in the Department of Geology dedicated to interdisciplinary studies of watershed biogeochemistry, human-environment interactions, and stable isotope tracers. The Department of Geology and Planetary Science at the University of Pittsburgh is a center of excellence in stable isotope geochemistry, with 6 faculty dedicated to applications of stable isotope geochemistry. Please contact Dr. Emily Elliott as soon as possible for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-624-8882. Please submit applications by January 31, 2008 for full consideration. Posted: 12/20/07.
University of Potsdam: We are seeking 2 motivated PhD candidates and a Postdoc to work within our interdisciplinary team. The PhD positions (50% BAT IIa or TV-L equivalent) are funded for 3 years and start 1st October 2007. The Postdoctoral position (100% BAT IIa or TV-L equivalent) is funded for 2 years and start 1st March 2008 although there is some flexibility. The work is part of the project "Linking spatial patterns of anecic earthworm populations, preferential flow pathways and agrochemical transport in rural catchments: an ecohydrological model approach" financed by the German Science Foundation (DFG). The overall objective of the project is to develop a coupled eco-hydrological model that allows predictions of - the spatiotemporal distribution and population dynamics of anecic earthworms, - the related pattern of connective preferential flow pathways, and - the space-time pattern of infiltration and travel times distribution of solutes. PhD Position 1 - Ecology. This project will cover field work and ecological modelling in two experimental sites. It aims at explaining and predicting the spatiotemporal patterns of anecic earthworms and their burrows depending on environmental factors and population dynamics. Therefore, a multi-scale earthworm distribution model as well as a stage-structured population dynamic model will be constructed on the basis of extensive field studies in two experimental sites. PhD Position 2 - Hydrology. This project will cover field work and hydrological modelling in two experimental sites. It will focus on a stochastic model for predicting infiltration and the distribution of travel distance of tracers and pesticides. Simulation of soil water dynamics and tracer transport will be carried out with the 2D-hillslope module of CATFLOW. Postdoctoral position - Ecohydrology The coordinative and integrating work will focus on an the eco-hydrological model that couples earthworm distribution and dynamics and the resulting burrow distribution with water and solute infiltration, transport, and sorption. This model will be used to simulate scenarios regarding management practices, tillage regimes, and application of different agro-chemicals. Requirements: Applicants for the PhD positions must have an above-average Diploma or MSc or equivalent in Natural Sciences and a strong background in modelling or statistics, as well as field methods. Training in soil ecology or catchment hydrology would be advantageous. Applicants for the Postdoctoral position should have a PhD in Geoecology, Ecology, Hydrology, Soil Science or related fields and combine strong expertise in innovative field methods, data analysis and modelling preferably both in ecology and hydrology. Candidates should be team-players, fluent in English, and will be expected to publish results in peer-reviewed international journals. The willingness to do interdisciplinary research is a prerequisite for the applications. To apply, please send a cover letter describing your research interests, a complete CV and names with email addresses and phone numbers of two referees by email as a single pdf-file to the address below. Review will start on 6th August and will continue until the position is filled. For informal enquiries please contact Dr. Boris Schröder or Prof. Dr. Erwin Zehe. Interviews are anticipated for the 24th August, 2007. Contact: Dr. Boris Schröder (email@example.com) | Prof. Dr. Erwin Zehe (firstname.lastname@example.org), Institute of Geoecology, University of Potsdam, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25, 14476 Potsdam. Tel. +49 (0)331 977-2480 (BS) | +49 (0)331 977-2675 (EZ). Posted: 8/3/07.
University of Queensland: Grassland conservation and ecology PhD position working with Dr. Margie Mayfield (University of Queensland) and Dr. Rod Fensham (Queensland Herbarium). We are seeking a highly motivated student interested in pursuing a PhD in Australia to work on the restoration and ecology of an endangered Australian plant species and its bluegrass native ecosystem. Project details are flexible but ideally candidates will be interested in restoration ecology, population genetics, and community ecology. Successful candidate will receive a three year graduate stipend with no teaching duties. Candidates with a Masters degree and prior experience working in grasslands preferred but all good candidates will be considered. Position open until filled. If interested please send a copy of your CV along with an e-mail indicating your interest or desire for more information to: Margie Mayfield (email@example.com). Posted: 3/31/08.
University of Reading: PhD Studentship: Quantifying the economic benefits of pollinators and pollination services in the changing agricultural landscapes of the UK The project aims to quantify the value of pollinators and associated services to different stakeholders in a UK agricultural setting and explore future changes in these values. The specific objectives are to: (1) Quantify the dependency of crop production on pollinators for current and future UK crops; (2) Calculate the net economic value of pollination services by considering all production inputs; (3) Estimate the amenity (aesthetic and recreational) value to the public of pollinators and pollinator-supported flower habitats; (4) Model future changes in these values under plausible future land-use changes, such as increased biofuel demand. The studentship is trans-disciplinary bringing together expertise in ecological, economic and social sciences. Applicants should have, or expect to gain, a 1st class or 2:1 degree in Ecology, Biology or Agriculture. The applicant should have strong organisational skills, be a self-starter with good team skills, a numerate and clear communicator, and able to design and implement a multi-disciplinary research programme. The appointed student will be co-supervised by: Dr Simon G. Potts (Pollination ecology), firstname.lastname@example.org; Dr Alison Bailey (Agricultural economics), email@example.com; Dr Kelvin Balcombe (Applied econometrics), firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date: 30th June 2008. Start date: 1st October 2008. For an application form please contact: Mr S. J. Barlow, Postgraduate Student Office, School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, Earley Gate, PO Box 237, Reading, RG6 6AR Email: email@example.com. Posted: 3/14/08.
University of Regina: We have a well-supported opening for an MSc student (with possible eventual transfer to a PhD) to study grassland root dynamics within a large climate change experiment. In addition to academic requirements, the candidate must have a driver's license and an ability to work independently in remote areas. Candidates should send a letter, unofficial transripts, a CV, and contact information for three references before May 10 2008. Scott Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org), Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Science, University of Regina, Regina, SK S4S 0A2, Canada. Posted: 5/2/08.
University of Rhode Island: M.S. Assistantship: Population, Water Quality, and Land Use Trends. A graduate research assistantship (M.S.), including tuition waiver and stipend, is available for Fall 2008 in the Department of Natural Resources Science at the University of Rhode Island to develop, quantify and analyze the relationships among water quality trends, land use change and demographic change in Rhode Island. In recent decades, parts of Rhode Island have experienced significant population growth and development, but density and other factors vary widely across the state, as does the rate of change. Water quality in some RI watersheds has declined significantly, as septic systems, lawns, impervious surfaces, pesticide and herbicide use, and groundwater withdrawals have increased. The student will pursue a graduate degree in the department of Natural Resources Science. The graduate student will need the skills to organize and analyze large demographic and water and land use data sets. Applicants must have at least a 3.2 GPA and must have taken the GRE. To apply please submit the following: a letter stating your qualifications and research interests, resume or CV, college transcripts, GRE scores, and 3 letters of reference by no later than 15 July 2008 (early application is encouraged!) to Dr. Fred Meyerson, Dept. Natural Resources Science, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881 (401-874-4580; email@example.com). Posted: 6/23/08.
University of Rhode Island: Ph.D. assistantship in Avian Physiological Ecology (beginning mid-August 2008) on an NSF-funded project that focuses on how dietary fatty acids and antioxidants affect diet choices, metabolism of fatty acids, and exercise performance of songbirds. The work includes (a) measuring fatty acid composition of diets and depot fat in migrating songbirds, (b) conducting experiments with wild-caught songbirds that focus on how dietary antioxidants influence diet choice and metabolism of fatty acids, and (c) conducting experiments with flying birds in a windtunnel that focus on how fatty acid composition and antioxidants affect exercise performance of songbirds. Most field work will be conducted on Block Island (ca. 15 km off the mainland), Rhode Island. Captive animal facilities are on the University of Rhode Island's main campus in Kingston. Windtunnel experiments with flying birds will be conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Germany. The PhD candidate will be resident at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Germany from Aug-Dec 2008 while conducting research, and then at University of Rhode Island thereafter with other planned experiments in Germany during 2010. Only hard-working, motivated, intelligent, good-natured persons interested in birds need apply. Applicants must have at least a 3.2 GPA and must have taken the GRE. Field experience with passerine birds and experience in physiological ecology is required. Experience with captive birds and standard laboratory analysis techniques is a big plus. Excellent writing and oral communication skills are required. Stipends are approx. $20k/yr (50% RA & TA for first two years, 100% RA thereafter) and tuition is paid. To apply submit the following: a letter stating your qualifications and research interests, resume or CV, college transcripts, GRE scores, and 3 letters of reference by no later than 10 May 2008 (early application is encouraged!) to Dr. Scott R. McWilliams, Dept. Natural Resources Science, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881 (401-874-7531; firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 5/2/08.
University of Rhode Island: I invite applications from motivated students for work towards a masters degree at the University of Rhode Island beginning in Fall 2008 in the field of community ecology; tri-trophic, predator-prey, and/or plant-herbivore interactions are all of interest. Full funding will be provided either as Research or Teaching assistantships, depending on availability and student background. Applicants should be independent and highly motivated, preferably with academic research and/or field experience. Interested students should look at the following website for specific information on lab-related research. Prospective students should contact (Evan Preisser, email@example.com) to discuss potential graduate projects and to set up an interview. Formal department review of applications will begin February 15, 2008, but interested students should contact me well before the application deadline. Posted: 11/16/07.
University of South Bohemia: PhD positions available concerning Alpine plant ecology. The full name of the related project is: "Upward migration of sub-nival plants in E Ladakh: the role of plant traits and interactions under climate warming". Further information at: http://www.butbn.cas.cz/ladakh/PhD%20position%20available.pdf. Petr Macek, Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia, Na Zlate stoce 1, Ceske Budejovice, CZ 37005, Czech Republic. tel: +420 387 772 307, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadline: 25-February-2008. Posted: 1/30/08.
University of South Florida: Applications are invited for a graduate research assistant/PhD student position to study interactions among community composition, climate change, pollution, and disease risk, with an emphasis on herptofaunal conservation. The position is predominantly funded through start-up funds provided by the University of South Florida, and partially funded by NSF and USDA grants awarded to Dr. Jason Rohr (University of South Florida, formerly of Penn State University) and Dr. Peter Hudson (Penn State). The student will be based in the Biology Department and will be advised by Dr. Jason Rohr. The candidate will have opportunities to work with the Co-PI (Peter Hudson) and collaborators on the grants, other faculty in the department, as well as postdocs, a technician, and other graduate students in the laboratory. The candidate must apply to the graduate school and graduate biology program of USF, must be admitted, and must be able to start graduate school by Spring or Fall 2008. There will be a minimum of two years of research assistant funding with the possibility of two to three additional years of research or teaching assistant funds. The position description is intentionally vague because the student will be expected to develop his/her own PhD project and to eventually become an autonomous researcher. We are ultimately looking for the most promising candidate whose interests best match those of our research team. Preferred qualifications: Masters degree in ecology or related discipline; OR, substantial undergraduate research experience. The candidate must be a strong writer, highly motivated and organized, and have a passion for ecology, conservation, and research. Applicants should send a brief cover letter, CV/resume, statement of relevant research experience and interests (2 pages), and list of references (preferably as a single pdf) to Dr. Jason Rohr (email@example.com) with the subject line of the email reading “Graduate RA Application (insert last name)”. For example: Graduate RA Application Smith. Closing date: August 31, 2007 or until the position is filled. Posted: 7/25/07.
University of Southern Mississippi: Applicants are invited for one highly motivated student (Ph.D. or M.S.) (start date January 2009) in the lab of Donald Yee, Department of Biological Sciences. This position will specifically focus on the ecology of mosquitoes and will contribute to on-going projects in the lab. Past research topics have emphasized larval competition, invasion ecology, predation, species diversity, and life-history trade-offs. I use a combination of field sampling and field and laboratory experiments to understand what regulates populations and communities of mosquitoes in nature. Other research topics may be considered, especially at the Ph.D. level, although mosquitoes communities or populations should be the focus. Field sites will be in and around the southeastern United States and could include urban or natural environments. Prior field experience and coursework in ecology, entomology, and statistics is preferred but not essential. Funding is available through a combination of teaching and research assistantships. I also expect students to pursue other funding sources (NSF DDIG, EPA STAR, Sigma Xi, etc.). Full tuition grants are provided. Basic and major medical health coverage is provided to fulltime graduate students in good standing academically. Support for students will be provided to participate in national and international scientific meetings. Requirements: Although the Department of Biological Sciences does not have a minimum set of scores to be eligible for entrance into the graduate program, potential applicants should expect to have a minimum GPA of 3.00 and have taken the GRE before application (more information on admission). Deadline for Spring 2009 applications is early September 2008. To inquire, submit (via e-mail) a cover letter with a brief (~ one page) review of your research experience, interests and goals, CV, and contact for three academic references to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Inquiries will be accepted until the position is filled although decisions are likely to be made by the end of June 2008. Posted: 6/3/08.
University of Southern Mississippi: MS/PhD Graduate Assistantship – Coastal Marine Botany The Department of Coastal Sciences is requesting applications from highly qualified students for its graduate program in coastal ecosystems with a focus in marine botany. The Department of Coastal Sciences is located at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, MS on the Gulf of Mexico. Our research activities center around the propagation and germination of a variety of seagrass and saltmarsh species in the Gulf of Mexico region. Plants will be used for local coastal restoration projects planned by state and federal agencies as part of Hurricane Katrina recovery activities. Research projects are open and could include aspects of plant reproduction and early life-history, photo-physiology using PAM fluorescence, and/or genetic analyses of population variability. Successful applicants will be provided a 12 month full-time Research Assistantship with a tuition waiver. Candidates should possess a relevant BS degree with experience or MS when applying for the PhD program. The position is available immediately. Interested individuals should contact: Dr. Patrick Biber, Assistant Professor, Marine Botany, University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, 703 East Beach Drive, Ocean Springs, MS 39564. tel: +1 (228) 872 4200, email: email@example.com. Posted: 4/2/08.
University of Southern Mississippi: Applicants are invited from 2 highly motivated students at the Ph.D. or M.S. level (start date either August 2008 or January 2009) in the lab of Dr. Donald Yee. Research in the Yee lab is focused on larval mosquitoes and predaceous diving beetles. Past research topics include competition, invasion ecology, predation, species diversity, and life-history trade-offs (please see the Research Interests section of my website for more info: http://www.bio.ilstu.edu/julianolab/donyee/). I use a combination of field sampling and field and laboratory experiments to understand what regulates populations and communities of aquatic insects in nature. Other research topics may be considered, especially at the Ph.D. level, although mosquito communities or aquatic invertebrates should be a focus. Field sites will be in and around the southeastern United States and could include urban or natural environments. Prior field experience and coursework in ecology, entomology, and statistics is preferred but not essential. Funding is available through a combination of teaching and research assistantships. I also expect students to pursue other funding sources (NSF DDIG, EPA STAR, Sigma Xi, etc.). Full tuition grants are provided. Basic and major medical health coverage is provided to fulltime graduate students in good standing academically. Support for students will be provided to participate in national and international scientific meetings. Requirements: Although the Department of Biological Sciences does not have a minimum set of scores to be eligible for entrance into the graduate program, potential applicants should expect to have a minimum GPA of 3.00. More information on admission. To inquire, submit (via e-mail) a cover letter with a one page summary of your research experience, interests, and goals, CV, and contact for three academic references to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Inquiries will be accepted until the positions are filled although decisions are likely to be made by the end of June 2008. Posted: 3/24/08.
University of Southern Mississippi: The Department of Coastal Sciences is requesting applications from highly qualified students for its PhD program in coastal ecosystems with a focus in marine botany. The Department of Coastal Sciences is located at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, MS on the Gulf of Mexico. Our research activities center around the propagation and germination of a variety of seagrass and saltmarsh species in the Gulf of Mexico region. Plants will be used for local coastal restoration projects planned by state and federal agencies as part of Hurricane Katrina recovery activities. Research projects could include aspects of plant reproduction and early life-history, photo-physiology using PAM fluorescence, and/or genetic analyses of population variability. Current research projects can be viewed at the faculty page. Successful applicants will be provided a full-time Research Assistantship with a tuition waiver. Candidates should possess a relevant BS degree with experience or MS when applying for the PhD program. The position is available January 2008. Interested individuals should contact: Dr. Patrick Biber, Assistant Professor, Marine Botany, University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, 703 East Beach Drive, Ocean Springs, MS 39564. tel: +1 (228) 872 4200, email: email@example.com. Posted: 9/14/07.
University of Sydney: We are seeking PhD students to join our research group investigating the functioning of plants and ecosystems. There are a range of potential topics from biochemical through to ecosystem scales. The group has strong and active international links with Canada and France, and candidates may be given the opportunity of spending part of their candidature overseas. Generous top-up scholarships are available for Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens and permanent residents of Australia who hold or expect to hold an APA/UPA scholarship. Overseas students are eligible for a range of competitive scholarships. For further information please contact Charles Warren (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit http://www.bio.usyd.edu.au/c_warren/. Posted: 9/5/07.
University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College: Graduate Student Research Opportunities in Artificial Reef Monitoring & Evaluation. The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College (UTB/TSC) is offering three Graduate Research Assistantships for masters-level students in Artificial Reef Monitoring and Evaluation in concurrence with the reefing of the USTS Texas Clipper off the south Texas coast. Two positions are specifically aimed at documenting the development and transformations in biofouling and fish community assemblages. A third ancillary project yet to be decided will be commensurate with applicant experience and qualifications, research interest, and goals of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Artificial Reef Program. Successful applicants will be expected to enroll, full time, in either the UTB Biology or Interdisciplinary Sciences (emphasis in Biology or Environmental Sciences) Masters program working under the supervision of Dr. David Hicks and Dr. Cintra Buenrostro (project co-PI's). The positions are fully funded at a rate of $13k per year for the next two years (Jan 2008 - Dec 2010). Preference will be given to those applicants with experience in scientific diving and knowledge of artificial reef biofouling and/or fish assemblages. However, all interested parties are encouraged to apply. Candidates are invited to submit via email 1) a letter of interest outlining their skills and abilities, 2) curriculum vitae or resume, and 3) contact information for three professional references to Dr. David Hicks: Tel (956) 882-5055, e-mail David.Hicks@utb.edu; or Dr. Carlos Cintra Buenrostro: Tel (956) 882-5746, e-mail Carlos.CintraBuenrostro@utb.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until all positions are filled. Posted: 5/19/08.
University of Texas at Tyler: The Jog lab is inviting applicants for M.S. in Biology with research in Plant Ecology / Taxonomy in the Biology Department. The Jog lab is primarily involved in vegetation surveys leading toward making management decisions for land use and conservation. Students interested in ethnobotany, taxonomy, and ecology are encouraged to apply. Students may apply for departmental teaching assistantships which provide a stipend for up to two years. UT Tyler is a University of approximately 6000 students located in Tyler, a small town equidistant between Dallas and Shreveport, LA. Interested students may contact Dr. Suneeti Jog at email@example.com. Posted: 2/7/08.
University of Toledo: A PhD level fellowship is available in the Department of Environmental Sciences for Fall 2008 to conduct research on the application of ecological networks for assessing the sustainability of ecosystem services in the Great Lakes area. With freshwater availability as an increasing global concern, the Great Lakes region is an important focus for innovative ideas on how to manage ecosystem services for future use. Research will primarily focus on developing quantitative models using existing data. In order to link ecological services to human systems, the graduate student will be expected to collaborate with researchers in other departments and agencies. Support is through teaching assistantships, which require additional work of up to 20 hours a week. After the passing their qualifying exam in year 2, the student will have the opportunity to compete for one of 4-6 NSF teaching fellowship positions available within the Department of Environmental Sciences. NSF Fellowships include a stipend of $30k and tuition waiver. Start date of August 15, 2008. Salary: up to $20k per year plus tuition waiver. Qualifications: Strong quantitative and computer skills, programming experience a plus. Master’s degree in Ecology, Environmental Science, Natural Resources, or related field is required. Minimum academic requirements for the program are an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and a GRE score of 1100 and 4.5 (verbal + quantitative and analytical writing, respectively). International students are expected to have a minimum TOEFL score of 250 (computer based) or 600 (paper based). For application materials and instructions for the Ecology graduate program, please go to Prospective Students: Admission. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Ann Krause (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 2/5/08.
University of Toronto: A fully-funded Ph.D. research assistantship is available in the Faculty of Forestry. The Ph.D. candidate will examine the effects of stand structure and composition on crown architecture and wood quality, focusing on spruce, aspen and pine in pure and mixed stands in Ontario. This research will contribute to a larger NSERC Strategic Network project that seeks to develop decision-support systems for forest managers and wood manufacturers. As a participant in the ForValueNetwork, the Ph.D. candidate will have the opportunity to learn about other projects being conducted by network members, to enhance their knowledge and technical skills, and to collaborate with students and researchers in other parts of Canada. The Ph.D. candidate will be responsible for completing all four phases of the project: 1) compiling and analyzing tree and stand data for spruce, aspen, and pine from permanent sampling plot (PSP) datasets; 2) collecting field data in selected stands to evaluate effects of stand structure and composition on crown architecture and wood quality; 3) data analysis and modeling; and, 4) preparing progress reports, manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals and a thesis. Qualifications: 1.Sincere interest in forest ecology and silviculture ; 2.Strong quantitative skills; 3.Experience and ability to conduct field work in remote locations ; 4.Valid drivers’ licence (Canadian or US licence preferred). 5.Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. 6.Demonstrated ability to work independently and to meet deadlines. Stipend: $19k (CDN) annually. Starting Date: April 1, 2008 (tentatively). Application: Send a letter of enquiry and curriculum vitae to: John Caspersen, Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto, 33 Willcocks Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4X 1A4. email@example.com. Further information on how to apply for admission as a graduate student is available at the Faculty of Forestry website. Posted: 12/19/07.
University of Vermont: Graduate Teaching Assistantship in Agroecology and Sustainable Pest Management (MS or PhD). The Department of Plant and Soil Sciences seeks a graduate assistant. Research themes include: 1) understanding the origins of insect pests in agriculture, 2) how ecological and anthropogenic factors influence pest outbreaks in agroecosystems, and 3) using ecological information to improve sustainable pest management. Please contact Yolanda Chen (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit the full position listing for more information. Closing date: March 1. Posted: 2/4/08.
University of Vermont: Graduate Research Assistantship: Carbon footprints of alternative land use and transportation scenarios. The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, seeks applications for a graduate fellowship in transportation and ecosystem science to begin in Fall 2008. The ideal candidate will be a student with a background in ecosystem ecology, experience with quantitative modeling and a strong interest in interdisciplinary work at the interface between transportation and ecosystems. We are especially interested in individuals who have an understanding of regional-scale carbon cycling and global climate change. The assistantship is located at the University of Vermont campus in Burlington, VT. The student will join an exceptionally strong team of investigators associated with UVM’s Federally-funded University Transportation Center. Applicants should have a Bachelors’ or a Masters’ degree in biology, chemistry, geology, environmental science, engineering, or a related field. For more information please contact Dr. Jennifer C. Jenkins, Research Assistant Professor, University of Vermont, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, 617 Main St., Burlington, VT 05405 (email@example.com) (802-656-2953). Interested students should contact Dr. Jenkins directly, and will also need to submit their application materials to the University of Vermont Graduate College. Review of applications will begin January 30 and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. Posted: 1/22/08.
University of Vermont: Twelve month assistantship for PhD student to work on one of two possible projects: (1) Lake Champlain watershed database modeling or (2) disease modeling based on Chagas disease or whirling disease. The student will have two advisors, Lori Stevens, Professor of Biology, and Donna Rizzo, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering The student’s home department will be Biology. Graduate Research Assistantships are $30k for twelve months of support. Students pay non-research course tuition and health care insurance and fees from their assistantship funds ($6000-$7000/year). The GRA is renewable for a second year if the student is in good standing and the student will be supported by the GRA or other sources for up to 5 years if they remain in good standing. Interested students should contact Lori Stevens for further information. firstname.lastname@example.org Application deadline is Feb. 1, 2008 but early inquiries and applications receive preference. Posted: 1/8/07.
University of Vermont: Developing methods for sampling mudpuppies. Position begins spring or summer 2008. M.S. 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 focused on developing methods for sampling mudpuppies. Applicants with knowledge of stream ecology, ability to problem-solve and think critically, and experience in multiple field and aquatic sampling techniques will be given priority. This study is funded by the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, the state cooperator in the Vermont Unit. One expected product of this research is the development of an effective survey design for the non-lethal sampling of mudpuppies. Other likely components will be to determine the distributions of mudpuppies in Lake Champlain along the Vermont shore and in Vermont tributaries, and determine age class distribution, habitat use, and possible seasonal movements. The student will be expected to work collaboratively with the advisor and state biologists. Yet, the student will be need to 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 (3.0 or better recommended) and GRE scores (unofficial copies OK, V+Q > 1200 preferred), and names and phone numbers of two references to: Dr. Donna L. Parrish (Donna.Parrish@uvm.edu), U.S. Geological Survey, Vermont Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, 81 Carrigan Drive, 312 Aiken Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405. Email communications are preferred. Posted: 9/19/07.
University of Victoria: MSc or PhD Research Opportunity in Paleoecology in Coastal British Columbia. I am looking for students interested in pursuing research at the MSc or PhD level to start in the summer or fall of 2008 in the Department of Geography. I am currently setting up a new research lab at UVic - the Earth Systems Ecology Lab. Earth systems ecology aims to understand the interactions among organisms, ecosystems and earth processes by integrating knowledge and approaches from the life and earth sciences. The integration of earth science with ecology is critically important to address the many challenges associated with global environmental change, and more information is urgently needed on the nature, rate and magnitude of ecosystem response to environmental change. The main approach of my lab is to examine ecological dynamics and interactions between the biosphere, geosphere and climate using techniques such as pollen analysis that provide a long-term perspective on vegetation dynamics. My research focuses on the development and dynamics of vegetation communities since the last glaciation, the climatic and non-climatic factors that drive these vegetation dynamics, and the response of plant communities to past climatic change. The main geographical focus of the lab is the Pacific coast of Canada, a region characterized today by temperate rain forest and dominated by large, long-lived conifers. Prior experience in this area of research is an asset, but is not necessary. Applicants should be highly-motivated, with a strong background in ecology, geology or physical geography. Funding for these graduate positions is flexible with regard to the research topic. Guaranteed funding is available through a combination of fellowships, research assistantships and teaching assistantships. Students interested in any aspect of paleoecology are encouraged to contact me via email (email@example.com) to discuss their background and interests. Terri Lacourse, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC V8W 3P5, Canada. Posted: 9/21/07.
University of Virginia: PhD opportunity at the with Deborah Lawrence: Climate and nutrient constraints on productivity in rainforest trees. Join an interdisciplinary team working at La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica on a biocomplexity project to link the cycles of carbon, nutrients and water (CICLOS). You will be part of the tropical biogeochemistry lab in the Environmental Sciences Department of UVa. The PhD project involves synthesis of two years of data on diameter growth and phenology across an 18- plot soil fertility gradient. Monthly tree data are matched by monthly data on soil nutrient availability (P, N, and cations). High frequency meteorological data are recorded in an eddy-flux tower nearby. This is an excellent opportunity to engage in the debate on the sensitivity of tropical rainforest trees to a changing climate. The ideal candidate already has a masters degree in ecology, environmental science, or a related field, an excellent academic record and experience with scientific writing. Advanced undergraduates will also be considered. Necessary skills include facility with laboratory chemical analysis, statistics, and writing. Please send CV to Deborah Lawrence (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 8/24/07.
University of Washington: Opportunities are available for graduate studies in microbial ecology in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. Students with interests in community ecology and ecosystem processes are especially encouraged to apply. Our group addresses questions regarding spatial and temporal patterns of the microbial diversity and community composition. We are also interested in understanding the link between microbial communities and biogeochemical processes. Please see the lab website for a description of ongoing projects. Students should have some experience and background with ecology, molecular tools and statistics. Students will be admitted through the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. The application deadline is 15 December 2007. More details. Interested students should send a CV/resume, brief description of past research experience and future research interests, GRE scores (if available) to Claire Horner-Devine (email@example.com ). Posted: 12/11/07.
University of Washington: The College of Forest Resources is seeking qualified individuals in the area of natural resource decision systems. This program focuses on developing quantitative mathematical models to aid natural resource management. The position will be filled at either the Masters or at the Ph.D. level. The Ph.D. level is preferred. Research Topics: Multi-criteria decision making in natural resources; optimal reserve selection problems; spatial optimization in invasive species management; and modeling timber and non-timber tradeoffs in spatial forest planning. Stipend: starting assistantships range from $1,451 (Master's) to $1,559 (Ph.D.) per month. Tuition is waived and health benefits are included. Dependents can be insured at a small extra fee. Tentative Starting Date: March 1, 2008. Desirable Qualifications: Science degree in forestry, environmental science, economics, operations research or management science, with an interest or ability in quantitative techniques and computer programming. An interest in the application to forestry / environmental problems. If applicable, a minimum GPA of 3.00 (A = 4.00). Acceptable GRE scores. Interested individuals should contact: Dr. Sándor F. Tóth, Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Informatics, College of Forest Resources, University of Washington, Box 352100, Seattle, WA 98195-2100. Tel.: 206-616-2738, Fax.: 206-685-0790, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 10/19/07.
University of Windsor: I am looking for a PhD student to work on a project examining the ecology and adaptation of Detroit River brown bullhead (a catfish) to high levels of contaminants (relative to bullhead from "clean" sites). Preliminary data indicate these fish may have evolved a completely different contaminant response pathway to deal with the carcinogenic effects of PAHs etc. The project will include lots of field work, plus microarray, qRT-PCR and population genetics lab work. Some background would be preferable, but I can train in the technical lab stuff. I have funding for 4 years. The project starts immediately, so contact me ASAP (with CV, e-mail addresses of potential references, and a grade summary) if you are interested. Daniel Heath, Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, University of Windsor, 401 Sunset Ave, Windsor, Ont, Canada N9B 3P4. E-mail: email@example.com, Phone: (519) 253-3000, Ext 3762, Fax: 971-3616. Posted: 10/24/07.
University of Wisconsin – Madison: One Ph.D.-level graduate research assistantship in remote sensing of forest ecosystems is available starting in the Summer or Fall of 2008. The student will be funded from a new NASA-funded project that examines forest ecosystems using hyperspectral and MODIS imagery in conjunction with field measures. Our work examines relationships between forest productivity, nitrogen cycling, species composition, and forest functional types. Study areas include sites in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota, the Adirondacks and Central Appalachian Mountains. Prior experience using remote sensing data and software is essential. 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 of forests; In addition: - Proficiency in a programming language or with GIS and/or statistical analysis software is desired. - Master’s degree in hand is preferred, but students with exceptional records and/or experience will be considered. -Excellent English writing and verbal communication skills are essential. 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 (email address) for three references (no letters at this point). Interested applicants should contact Dr. Phil Townsend as soon as possible, and we have a preference to make a selection no later than May, 2008. Application procedures. More on the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology. Review of the applications will begin immediately. Once an applicant is selected for the assistantship, instructions will be provided for the formal application process to the University of Wisconsin. Assistantships are available for 3-year periods and include an annual stipend ($19,200 for 2008-2009), health insurance and a tuition waiver (see http://www.wisc.edu/grad/). Posted: 4/2/08.
University of Wisconsin – Madison: Bioenergy initiatives are re-shaping the fields of agriculture and energy production, but not without ecological and environmental repercussions. A Graduate Research Assistantship (M.S. - Ph.D. or Ph.D.) is anticipated for 2008 (summer/fall) to pursue research at the interface of plant-insect interactions and sustainable biofuel production. This research will evaluate how genetic modifications of poplar - to enhance its potential as a biofuel feedstock - alter its susceptibility to attack by insects. The work will be conducted in collaboration with tree geneticists, and will focus on how specific modifications (tree architecture and chemistry) influence insect feeding preferences, damage rates, and community structure. UWM is the lead institution of the DOE-funded Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. Candidates may elect to pursue graduate degrees in either Entomology or Zoology (Ecology). Qualifications: Highly motivated individuals with superior academic credentials and strong communication skills are encouraged to apply. Well- developed interpersonal skills are essential. Candidates must be able to work independently as well as part of a collaborative research team. Stipend/benefits: 50% Research Assistantships currently provide a stipend of $19k (12 mo.), tuition waiver, and excellent medical health plans. Position available beginning in summer or fall of 2008. Send preliminary e-mail letter of inquiry, describing research interests and academic qualifications, to: Dr. Rick Lindroth (email@example.com), Dept. of Entomology, 237 Russell Labs, 1630 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706 USA. Phone: 608-263-6277, Fax: 608-262-3322. Posted: 10/19/07.
University of Wisconsin – Madison: Arthropod food-web ecology at the landscape scale. A graduate student research assistantship is available starting 2007-2008 academic year for a Ph.D. student to participate in a project examining lake-to-land ecological linkages in northern Iceland. The position is based in Madison, but extensive summer field work in Iceland will be required. Research topics will center broadly on arthropod food web interactions. Send (PDF) CV/resume, relevant reprints, and names and contact information for 3 references to Claudio Gratton, Dept. Entomology and Dept. of Zoology, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information, contact Claudio Gratton. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Posted: 7/25/07.
University of Wyoming: A PhD Research Assistantship is available within the Department of Renewable Resources to work closely with Dr. Jeff Beck to undertake a field and laboratory study to identity the disturbance mechanisms causing elk (Cervus elaphus) to avoid areas undergoing oil and natural gas development. A population of 250–300 elk inhabiting an isolated ~50,000 ha juniper/sagebrush/mixed grass study area are the focus of the study. The study area lies within the Power River Basin in northeastern Wyoming, an area currently undergoing intensive development of coalbed methane resources. Proposed plans call for 3-phased development of the methane resources underlying the study area. Thirty-eight female elk have been equipped with real-time GPS collars to monitor habitat selection as development proceeds. Comparative pre-treatment data are available from the study area through VHF telemetry studies in the early 1990s and since 2005. Comparative pre and post treatment data are available from another study area in western Wyoming. Field monitoring will include collecting data with road and noise monitoring equipment. Opportunities exist to evaluate experimentally simulated disturbances with captive elk or to assess stress in wild elk through fecal glucocorticoids or body condition measurements. Quarterly and annual reporting to study cooperators (BLM, WGFD, and energy companies) will be a central form of communication for this study. Graduate studies will lead to a PhD in Ecology or Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management. In addition to the degree, the graduate student will have the option to earn a certificate in Reclamation and Restoration Ecology. Qualifications: Competitive GPA and GRE scores are required; combined verbal and quantitative GRE scores must be >1,100 to be considered. Applicants must have earned an MS in wildlife science, ecology, zoology or related fields prior to beginning the assistantship. Prior field experience and coursework in spatial ecology, wildlife habitat ecology, and statistics are desirable. Must have the ability to work in rough/remote terrain, drive 4WD vehicles and ATVs, and cheerfully endure adverse environmental conditions including wind, cold, heat, mud, biting insects, and rattlesnakes. An ability to clearly communicate study objectives and findings to diverse audiences including private landowners, natural resource agency employees, and energy company personnel is a must. Salary and benefits: $24,976 per year, which includes stipend ($14,452), academic and summer tuition, fees, and health insurance. Last Date to Apply: July 1, 2008. Preferred Starting Date: August 25, 2008 (or earlier), Application: Please electronically submit (PDFs are preferred) your CV (including at least 3 references), GPA and GRE scores, letter of intent, and a publication demonstrating your finest research work to Dr. Jeffrey L. Beck (email@example.com), Department of Renewable Resources, University of Wyoming, Dept 3354, 1000 E. University Avenue, Laramie, WY 82071. Posted: 2/13/08, revised: 6/12/08.
University of Wyoming: The Department of Renewable Resources seeks a Ph.D. student for a fully funded graduate research assistantship. The qualified applicant will conduct research on an interdisciplinary multi-state project to develop a Rangeland Decision Support Tool. This inter-agency and multi-University project will link field monitoring, hydrologic and erosion simulation models with scenario builders and economic models within a GIS system. Multiple PhD students will be working on this project at the Universities of Wyoming and Arizona. This announcement is to recruit a student whose primary responsibilities will involve advancing GIS-based hydrological and erosion modeling techniques. Activities will include GIS programming and interface development, rangeland and watershed field data collection, and calibration and validation of modeling results. Qualifications: An MS in Watershed Management, Hydrology in a closely related field is required. Experience with GIS programming and interface development are desirable. Project Duration: 3 years Project Location: The project housed in the Dept of Renewable Resources under the joint supervision of Drs. Scott Miller & Ginger Paige. How to Apply: Please send your resume, transcripts and contact information along with contacts for a minimum of two references to Scott Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Ginger Paige (email@example.com). Start Date: Summer 2008. Posted: 1/18/08.
University of Wyoming: We seek a Doctoral student to investigate physiological processes of free-ranging polar bears through a three year NSF funded project. Work will involve handling polar bears in the field, sample collection, sample processing and analyses. Candidates should have proven abilities to perform laboratory assays, knowledge of statistical and modeling tools, as well as strong record in scientific writing. Previous field experience, especially with large mammals, will be an advantage. Send a letter of intent and an updated CV to Dr. Hank Harlow, Department of Zoology & Physiology, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming, 82071. For further information, contact Dr. Harlow at (307) 766-3321 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Starting date is January 1, 2008. Posted: 10/19/07.
University of Wyoming: Ph.D. assistantships in Ecosystem Ecology available to study grassland ecosystem responses to global change. Participate in a multi-investigator USDA and DOE funded project and learn stable isotope and molecular techniques to study soil carbon cycling and microbial community dynamics in the Prairie Heating and Elevated CO2 (PHACE) experiment. Opportunities for graduate fellowships in UW’s new Program in Ecology are available for exceptionally well qualified individuals. To apply and for more information, contact Dr. Elise Pendall (Pendall@uwyo.edu). Applications should be sent by Jan. 15, 2008 and include a resume, letter of research interests, GRE scores and unofficial transcripts, and names and contact information for three references. Posted: 10/19/07.
Utah State University: Common Eider Population Dynamics – M.S. Position, Department of Wildland Resources and the Ecology Center in collaboration with the Hudson Bay Project. Description of research: Common Eider (Somateria mollissima) populations around the world are declining, raising concern amongst managers, conservation groups, and native communities. Because of global warming and earlier thawing of the Arctic icepack, Polar Bears (Ursus arctos) are now coming to shore earlier than they used to. This will lead to increased predator-prey interactions between bears and eiders, and could increase the frequency of catastrophic egg depredation for coastal eider colonies, as well as decrease survival of nesting females. Although Common Eiders have evolved a bet-hedging life history to cope with some reproductive failure (i.e., they delay first reproduction, live long, and are highly iteroparous), it is not known how increased exposure to polar bears (and potentially other predators) will affect eider populations. The student will monitor Common Eider reproductive biology, as well as predator-prey interactions with Polar Bears and other potential predators, over 2 field seasons near La Pérouse Bay, Manitoba. The objective of this project is to develop a generalized population model for Common Eiders using published data, historical data from the La Pérouse Bay study, and the students own data. The student will then use perturbation analysis to examine how changes in the frequency distribution of reproductive success and breeding-season survival of nesting females affect Common Eider populations. Selected applicant must qualify for one of the fellowships offered by USU (USU School of Graduate Studies Fellowships | Quinney Masters Fellowship) to cover two years of research stipend. Tuition costs will also be covered. Qualifications: Applicants should have a background in Wildlife, Ecology, or related discipline. Preference will be given to applicants who have experience with waterfowl research and a strong quantitative background. Applicants must meet the requirements for at least one of the fellowships listed above. Application: Applications can be sent via e-mail to Dr. David N. Koons: email@example.com. Applications must include 1) a cover letter describing your research background and interest in the position, 2) your CV, and 3) copies of transcripts and GRE scores. A small pool of applicants will then be asked to apply for the fellowships listed above and provide letters of recommendation. Open until position is filled. Preferred starting date is 4 January 2009. Posted: 6/12/08.
Utah State University: The Wurtsbaugh Lab in the Watershed Sciences Department at Utah State University has openings for two graduate students with interests in Aquatic Ecology. One position will be associated with a NSF-funded project examining the influence of watershed structure on nutrient cycling and the stability of production processes in lakes. The other position will address mercury bioaccumulation through the benthic food web on biostromes in the Great Salt Lake. SCUBA experience would be helpful for the latter project. These positions will be funded through a combination of research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and fellowships. Both positions could begin as early as January 2008, with field work starting in late spring. Energetic and motivated students are encouraged to apply at the MS or possibly the PhD level for either project. Utah State University has excellent graduate programs in ecology and aquatic sciences with over 50 faculty with active programs and 80+ graduate students with interests in ecology and/or water. Interested students should contact Wayne Wurtsbaugh at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 435 797-2584. Posted: 11/15/07.
Utah State University: The White Lab at Utah State University has an opening for a graduate student with interests in Macroecology, Community Ecology, or Ecological Theory/Modeling. Active areas of research in the White lab include broad scale patterns of biodiversity, dynamics of ecological communities, and the use of sensor networks for studying ecological systems. We use computational, mathematical, and advanced statistical methods in much of our work, so students with an interest in these kinds of methods are encouraged to apply. Background in these quantitative techniques is not necessary, only an interest in learning and applying them. While students interested in one of the general areas listed above are preferred, students are free to develop their own research projects depending upon their interests. Graduate students in the White lab are funded through a combination of research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and fellowships. Students interested in pursuing a PhD are preferred, though exceptional students interested in a M.S. will be considered. Utah State University has an excellent graduate program in ecology with over 50 faculty and 80+ graduate students across campus affiliated with the USU Ecology Center. Interested students should contact Ethan White at email@example.com. DEADLINE: For full consideration, applications should be submitted by January 1st, 2008. Posted: 11/6/07.
Utah State University: I am currently recruiting students interested in pursuing a Masters or PhD in plant ecology. My research focuses on 1) the influence of climate change on plant population and community dynamics, 2) patterns of species diversity in space and time, and 3) plant-animal interactions, especially in arid and semiarid ecosystems. Students will have the freedom to develop their own research projects related to these areas, relying on field work and/or analysis and modeling of existing data. PhD applicants should plan on pursuing independent funding to complement the full stipend and research costs that I will support. Utah State is a wonderful place for graduate work thanks to its proximity to desert, steppe, and montane habitats, the large graduate program, a low cost of living, and quick access to world class outdoor recreation. Students working with me can earn degrees through the Dept. of Wildland Resources or the Ecology Center. Minimum requirements for entry into USU’s Graduate Program are a cumulative 3.0 GPA, and 1100 combined GRE scores. Most successful applicants greatly exceed these minimums. All interested candidates must apply to both USU’s School of Graduate Studies, and the S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney Ph.D. Fellowships Program (pdf). To apply, please e-mail me a CV, a one-page statement of research interests, and contact information for three references: Peter Adler (peter.adler [at] usu.edu), Dept. Wildland Resources, 5230 Old Main Hill, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322. Posted: 10/30/07.
Utah State University: Restoration Ecology. I am seeking an M.S. Graduate Research Assistant to begin preferably in January 2008 but by early summer 2008. The position is part of a collaborative project with the National Park Service and the US Geological Survey, Western Ecological Research Center. At the Golden Spike National Historic Site, northern Utah, we are conducting ecological investigations into methods for re-establishing a healthy understory in existing sagebrush communities. The overall project includes vegetation manipulation treatments, seeding methods experiments, and studies on the linkages between species traits (especially seed traits) and the ability to establish in the understory. Please contact Gene Schupp (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information. Interviews of finalists are expected to be conducted in late October. Eugene W. Schupp, Department of Wildland Resources and The Ecology Center, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322-5230. Posted: 9/11/07.
Virginia Commonwealth University: Applications are invited for a Graduate Research Assistant/PhD student position in the lab of Dr. James Vonesh in the Department of Biology. Research in the Vonesh lab focuses on aquatic organisms with complex life cycles and seeks to understand how processes within life stages scale-up across stages to influence population and community ecology and linkages between aquatic and terrestrial systems. We are looking to recruit a PhD student to participate on an NSF supported project that examines how the consumptive and non-consumptive effects of egg, larval and post-metamorphic predators shape survival and timing of key life history switch points (i.e., hatching and metamorphosis) in the red-eyed tree frog. This is a collaborative project with Dr. Karen Warkentin of Boston University, with field work being conducted at the Gamboa field station of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama. Pending final approval of funding, this position provides 5 years of graduate support (3 years NSF support/ 2 years through VCU PhD Program in Integrative Life Sciences). Ideally, the candidate will have a Masters degree in ecology or related discipline or substantial undergraduate research experience. An aptitude for math and statistics, strong field skills and some degree of Spanish fluency are desirable. Applicants should send a brief cover letter, CV/resume, statement of relevant research experience and interests (1-2 pages), and list of references (preferably as a single pdf) to Dr. James Vonesh (email@example.com ). Posted: 7/25/07.
Virginia Institute of Marine Science: Graduate fellowship in Blue Crab ecology and conservation, School of Marine Science, VIMS, The College of William and Mary, Gloucester Point, Virginia. The Willard A. Van Engel (WAVE) Fellowship was established to promote research in blue crab ecology and conservation. Individuals of outstanding ability are selected to conduct research leading to a Ph.D. or M.S. degree in the School of Marine Science of The College of William and Mary. The 3-year fellowship is available beginning Summer or Fall 2008 in support of graduate research on the blue crab in Chesapeake Bay, with emphasis on any of the following: environmental and biotic control of recruitment and population dynamics; marine protected areas; predator-prey interactions; and ecosystem-based management. Questions regarding potential research projects should be directed to: Dr. Rom Lipcius (firstname.lastname@example.org). The fellowship offers an annual stipend of approximately $18k plus full tuition, and research and travel funds for 3 years, dependent on satisfactory progress. A 4th year of funding is possible given significant progress towards completion of the degree. The fellowship may be initiated in Summer 2008 to allow the conduct of research prior to classes. Candidates must be US citizens and accepted to the School of Marine Science. To Apply: 1. Submit an application to the School of Marine Science. Deadline for receipt of applications to the School of Marine Science is 15 January 2008, and, 2. Send a letter requesting consideration for the WAVE Fellowship and a resume by 15 January 2008 to: Roger L. Mann, President, WILLARD A. VAN ENGEL FELLOWSHIP, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, The College of William and Mary, P. O. Box 1346, Gloucester Point, VA 23062. Posted: 12/18/07.
Wageningen University: PhD position: Modelling stability and thresholds in Lake Victoria's food web subject to eutrophication and fishery. Co-supervised by (Wageningen University, Aquatic Ecology and Waterquality Group, NIOO Center for Limnology). The position is part of an integrated research project on " Exploitation or eutrophication as threats for fisheries? Disentangling social and ecological drivers of ecosystem changes in Lake Victoria, Tanzania (SEDEC)" awarded by NWO. Background: Lake Victoria is the second largest freshwater lake and supports the largest freshwater commercial fishery in the world. Eutrophication and fisheries drive Lake Victoria's changing ecosystem with far-reaching consequences for exploitation patterns, livelihoods and trade. The changes in Lake Victoria's food web are driven both by top-down (e.g. fishing influenced by trade and management) and by bottom-up processes (e.g. eutrophication). Both processes structure the food web and thus the resource base of the fishery, yet no attempt has been made to link them to understand feedbacks in food webs, resource use patterns and trade. Our main objective is to unravel the social and ecological drivers of ecosystem change and to develop long-term strategies to deal with the combined risks of these ecosystem changes. The responses of the fishery to changes caused by increased eutrophication as well as the responses of Nile perch stocks to the combined impacts of size selective fishing and eutrophication will be researched in four inter-related projects. The PhD project: we are now seeking candidates for is will be a modelling study to unravel interactions and feedbacks resulting from eutrophication or fishery as most likely factors driving changes in Lake Victoria's food web. Dominant interactions will be further explored to assess the risk of potential future regime shifts, using models of different levels of complexity. We are searching for: Highly motivated individuals with a keen interest in ecology and mathematical modelling, and the ability to work both independently and in a multi/interdisciplinary team. Qualifications: * Master degree, * Knowledge of mathematical modelling techniques and basic dynamical systems theory, * Excellent analytical capacity, * fluency in written and spoken English. We offer: A full-time PhD position for an initial period of one year, with the intent of extension to four years after an assessment of proven abilities, that should lead to a dissertation and PhD degree. Conditions are based on the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities and are supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8 % per year. Start date: from 1 March 2008 on. Information and application: Prof. Dr. Marten Scheffer (tel. +31- (0)317- 484039 email@example.com), Dr. Egbert van Nes (tel. +31- (0)317- 482733 Egbert.vanNes@wur.nl), Dr. Wolf Mooij (tel. +31- (0)294 239 352 firstname.lastname@example.org). How to apply: Applications, including a curriculum vitae, a letter motivating your application and a statement of your research interests, the names and addresses of 2 referees, and must be sent, before 21-3-2008 to: (preferably by email: Marijke.Kuipers@wur.nl or alternatively by mail to Marijke Kuipers, AEW, PO Box 47, 6700 AA Wageningen, The Netherlands). Posted: 2/29/08.
Washington State University Pullman: Graduate Research Opportunities in Ecosystem Ecology on Mount St. Helens. Graduate opportunities are available on a multi-investigator project that examines recovery of ecosystem processes during primary succession. The fieldwork for the project will be at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and successful applicants will join an active research team with ongoing projects at the site. The successful applicants must be capable of field work for extended periods. Students can apply to either the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences or the School of Biological Sciences. Washington State is a land grant, comprehensive research institution with an enrollment of over 23,000 students with state-of-the-art facilities in ecology. The University is one of the largest residential universities in the West and is in close proximity to both the Northern Rocky Mountains and the Cascade Range. Pullman and nearby Moscow provide a friendly, small-town living environment. Close collaborations also exist with ecologists at the University of Idaho, which is a land grant research university of 12,500 students located eight miles away. For further information please contact Dr. Rick Gill (email@example.com) in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences or Dr. R. Dave Evans (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the School of Biological Sciences. Posted: 11/6/07.
Washington State University Vancouver: Graduate student assistantships are available in Dr. John Bishop's research group. Our is focused on mechanisms governing primary succession, especially plant-herbivore interactions, nutrient dynamics, and spatial spread processes during colonization. We also works on molecular evolution of plant defenses. Students should be highly motivated and interested interdisciplinary approaches to studying successional mechanisms, plant-enemy interactions, or related topics at Mount St. Helens or other volcanos. Our research is currently funded by a collaborative NSF-funded project with Bill Fagan at University of Maryland and Charlie Crisafulli of the USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station. NSF GK-12 Teaching Fellowships are also expected to be available to graduate students beginning in August 2008. WSU's Vancouver campus is located across the Columbia River from Portland, OR and one hour south of Mount St. Helens. WSUV offers significant opportunities for research and a variety of neighboring institutions and agencies for collaboration. Degree programs are offered across all WSU campuses and students may participate in activities in Pullman. Deadline for priority consideration: January 10. For more information about graduate programs see: http://www.vancouver.wsu.edu/programs/sci/. Please contact John Bishop for additional information. 360 546-9612 or email@example.com. Posted: 1/4/08.
Washington State University Vancouver: Graduate assistantships are available in Dr. John Harrison’s watershed biogeochemistry research group at Washington State University’s Vancouver Campus. We are seeking independent, motivated students with an interest in biogeochemistry and/or land-water interactions. These assistantships are available for either M.S. or Ph.D. candidates. Prospective students should have a strong background in the physical sciences (including at least a year of undergraduate chemistry) and a dedication to research that improves understanding and management of aquatic and land-based resources. Admission requirements and application materials for WSU Vancouver’s M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Science are available on the WSU Vancouver website. M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Geology are also an option, and more information on these is available at the homepage for WSU’s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Interested parties should view the Harrison Lab web-page and are encouraged to contact Dr. John Harrison for additional information. Posted: 12/18/07.
Washington State University Vancouver: Graduate student positions are currently available for the MS and PhD Environmental Science degree programs. Most positions are funded with teaching and/or research assistantships that include tuition waivers. Faculty research focuses on conservation ecology and genetics, marine ecology and oceanography, environmental physics and geochemistry, animal behavior, and neuroscience. We do not accept students without a faculty advisor so please contact a faculty member in an area of research similar to your own about the potential for admission to graduate school. Priority applications are due January 10, 2008. Please contact Brian Tissot for additional information. Posted: 12/17/07.
Washington State University Vancouver: Graduate Student Opportunities in the Conservation Biology Laboratory: Ecology and conservation of at-risk butterflies and restoration of their habitats. Students should be interested in ecology and behavior of at-risk butterflies or in restoration of butterfly habitat. Our lab addresses applied conservation and restoration questions by building on a strong foundation in population and community ecology. We use a mix of field, lab and quantitative techniques to address conservation and restoration questions. We will be starting two new projects for which I anticipate accepting graduate students for Fall 2008. The first is a project on the ecology and behavior of Mardon Skipper, a federal candidate species in Washington’s South Puget Sound Prairies. The second is a project to investigate prairie restoration for Fender’s Blue, a federal endangered species, in the context of Oregon’s Willamette Valley oak savannah habitat. See our website for a research overview and list of publications. Students will be admitted through the Environmental Science Program. The Master of Science in Environmental Science Program provides students with an interdisciplinary, applications-oriented education in environmental science. Students will be financially supported through a combination of teaching and research assistantships. Interested students should send a CV/resume and a letter describing past research experience and future research interests to Cheryl Schultz (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 10/22/07.
Washington University in St. Louis: A position is open for highly motivated Ph. D. graduate students in the lab of Dr. John Orrock in the Department of Biology at Washington University in St. Louis, beginning in August 2008. Lab foci are behavioral ecology and spatial ecology, with emphasis on plant-animal interactions, invasive species, spatial dynamics of predators and prey, conservation biology, and small-mammal ecology. Study systems include the grasslands of California, insular food webs on the Channel Islands, an experimentally fragmented landscape in South Carolina, and the Ozark glades of Missouri. Prior to application, prospective students should visit the website for more details regarding research in the lab. In addition, applicants should read the program website regarding applying to the Evolution, Ecology, and Population Biology program at Washington University. Interested applicants should send a cover letter outlining their research experience and motivation for graduate education, along with a one-page description of future research goals, a curriculum vitae or resume, recent GRE and GPA information, and contact information for three references. In particular, the application should describe how they envision their research interests within the context of research foci in the lab. Materials should be sent (e-mail preferred) to: John Orrock, email@example.com. Posted: 11/15/07.
West Virginia University: Ph.D. and M.S. Graduate Research Assistantships (3) - Riparian and Stream Restoration Ecology, Division of Forestry and Natural Resources, Wildlife and Fisheries Resources Program. Starting Date: August 2008 or negotiable (Positions depend on final approval of funding). Students will work as part of a team on the Cacapon River Watershed Stream and Riparian Restoration Collaborative in the eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. This collaborative, comprised of multiple programs at WVU, Canaan Valley Institute, and the Cacapon and Lost River Land Trust) is implementing natural stream channel design principles, riparian management practices including warm season grass establishment and riparian woody buffers, and planting pollinator strips on private lands along the Cacapon River. Research emphasis will center on one of three areas: 1) Riparian wildlife ecology; 2) Water quality; or 3) Stream ecology. Each position will have a well defined area of emphasis but there is enough flexibility to allow for ample interdisciplinary work. The students will be working toward a M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources or a Ph.D. in Forest Science (Emphasis in Wildlife and Fisheries). Qualifications: B. S. (for M.S. degree) or M.S. (for Ph.D.) in Wildlife, Fisheries, Ecology, Environmental Science, or closely related field. Minimum GPA of 3.0 and combined quantitative/verbal GRE scores of 1100. A strong interest in riparian, wetland, or stream ecology; working with private landowners; and a desire to work as part of an interdisciplinary team is essential. Field experience in the Appalachians and experience with streams or riparian zones is highly desirable. Preferred qualifications include industrious, hard-working students that can make decisions independently and work cooperatively with others. Stipend: $15k/year (M.S.), $18k/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 Jim Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 6/12/08.
William Paterson University: MS - Bat ecology. Location of research: Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Basking Ridge, NJ. Research on the federally-endangered Indiana bat that is a continuation of a multiyear study. Primary goals are to quantify the distribution and abundance of Indiana bats within the refuge (www.fws.gov/northeast/greatswamp/), characterize maternity roosts, and measure foraging areas. Techniques will include mist netting, acoustic monitoring, and radio telemetry. Considerable night work is involved. The field season begins in mid-May and extends to mid-August. In addition to meeting project goals, flexibility exists to tailor the thesis research to complement both the new student's interests and previous work at the refuge. In addition to his/her thesis-based research, the graduate student will also supervise 4 USFWS interns (dedicated to this project), several part-time research assistants and volunteers. Funding for the MS student is $9K per summer for two years (2008-2009). The student will be enrolled in the MS Biology Program and work with Dr. Lance Risley on the bat project. See graduate application forms and criteria on the WPU website. If the April 1 deadline is met, the applicant will be considered for a $6K WPU Graduate Teaching Assistantship which is independent of the summer funding. Thus, a total of $15K per year is possible. To begin the process, please email a letter of intent that indicates the focus of your undergraduate degree, summary of bat-related experience, career goals, and specific interest in this project. Send to Dr. Lance Risley (email@example.com). Deadline for the letter is Friday, March 14. Direct questions to Dr. Lance Risley or Marilyn Kitchell (firstname.lastname@example.org). Marilyn is the current MS student on the Great Swamp project and works for USFWS. Posted: 3/5/08.
Wright State University: The Environmental Sciences Ph.D. program at Wright State in Dayton, Ohio invites applicants for Fall 2008 admission. The program is designed to provide skills and training to better understand and solve complex environmental problems, such as those caused by anthropogenic pollutants, invasive species, habitat fragmentation and loss of biodiversity, that can affect both human and ecosystem health. Our students receive training in preparation for careers in academia, state and federal agencies, industry, and non-profit organizations. Through a rigorous core curriculum and dissertation research, our interdisciplinary program is designed to broadly expose students to both traditional and emerging areas of environmental sciences, and offers the ability to focus on research in a more defined area. Our program includes faculty in the departments of Biological Sciences, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Mathematics and Statistics. The program offers competitive stipends for graduate students ($22k for Fall 2008) along with a waiver of tuition costs for full-time students. Applicants are also eligible for consideration to receive a prestigious Yellow Springs Instruments (YSI) Fellowship for the first year in the program, awarded to highly qualified students enrolling for Fall 2008. Applicants are encouraged to contact program faculty in their areas of interest prior to completing the application. To apply online and to read more about our program and its curriculum, research, faculty and student profiles, please visit our program website, linked above. Posted: 2/29/08.
Assistantships and Fellowships | Fellowship Program Links | Short Courses
Assistantships and Fellowships | Fellowship Program Links | Short Courses | Summer Jobs
Distance Sampling Workshop: September 14-17, 2008, Marconi Conference Center, Marshall, California. This fall, PRBO Conservation Science will host an Introductory Level Distance Sampling Workshop in scenic coastal California, about an hour north of San Francisco. This will be the first workshop offered by the Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling in North America in over 2 years. The workshop instructors will be Drs. Steve Buckland, Len Thomas, and Tiago Marques. Over 3.5 days, we will focus on "conventional" distance sampling methods, as described in the standard reference book Introduction to Distance Sampling (book will be provided). The workshop will be a blend of theory and practice and participants will learn how to use the program Distance. Participants are encouraged to bring their own data sets, and can expect to do some preliminary analyses. The instructors will discuss the application of distance-based analysis to a variety of taxa (terrestrial and marine) and survey methods (point counts and line transects). Please Note: We are currently offering a 10% early bird discount on the cost of the workshop. In order to make this workshop happen we need 25 registered participants by June 30, 2008. If you are interested in attending, but cannot make this deadline, please contact Mark Herzog at email@example.com or 707-781-2555 x308. For information on the course and how to register, please visit: http://www.prbo.org/cms/487. Posted: 5/30/08.
The Biology of Climate Change: Instructors: Dr. Graham Pyke, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia; Dr. Lee Panetta, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX; Dr. John Harte, University of California, Berkeley, CA at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. More information. Posted: 5/20/08.
Computational Phyloinformatics: a 10-day summer course sponsored by and held at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) in Durham, North Carolina (USA) that aims to give students practical knowledge and hands-on skills in phyloinformatics. Students choose from three alternative language tracks: Perl, Java, and R. Dates: 24 July - 4 August 2008. For more information, see http://www.nescent.org/courses/2008/comphy/. Posted: 5/2/08.
A Primer in Ecological Networks: Theory and Practice: we will be hosting an international summer school at the University of Parma (Italy) from the 16-20 June 2008. The aim is to introduce ecological network analysis to graduate students and early postdocs: from data collection to theoretical analysis, using a wide array of network types (food webs, ecosystem models, plants-pollinators networks, etc.) and mathematical and statistical tools. Please find a more detailed description and how to apply visiting our web-site: www.dsa.unipr.it/foodwebschool/. Posted: 5/1/08.
Cyberinfrastructure for International Collaborative Biodiversity and Ecological Informatics: PanAmerican Advanced Studies Institute, La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica, May 31 -- June 12, 2008. The University of Kansas and Florida International University, working with the University of Costa Rica and the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS), are hosting a two-week course in biodiversity and ecological informatics at OTS's La Selva Biological Station in northeastern Costa Rica from May 31 through June 12. Thanks to a PanAmerican Advanced Studies Institute Award from the Office of International Science and Engineering at the US National Science Foundation, full scholarships plus airfare are available for US and Latin American graduates. All participation costs will be covered by the award. The program will be in English. Graduate students, postdocs and early-career faculty are strongly encouraged to apply. About 25 participants, half from the U.S. and half from Latin America will be accepted. Only students/researchers from Latin America and from the United States are eligible to apply. The online application and further information, including a draft curriculum is available at www.ciara.fiu.edu/eco/. Please note that the application date is rapidly approaching, potential participants need to act quickly. There is also some opportunity for additional resource faculty from the U.S. and from Latin America in the area of bioinformatics who could join the course for various periods during the two week schedule. Please contact Jim Beach, University of Kansas, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Julio Ibarra, Florida International University, email@example.com, for more information but see the web site for details. Posted: 4/3/08.
Primate Behavior and Ecology: T.R.E.E. (Tropical Research in Ecology & Ethology) announces two field-based primate courses in Costa Rica for the summer of 2008. Courses are for undergraduate and graduate students interested in primate field work. Course 1 (June 5 – July 5): Primate Behavior and Ecology will be taught at the Refugio de Vida Silvestre Curú Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Course 2 (July 5th – July 16th): Censusing Wild Primates. Qualifications for all courses: A cumulative G.P.A. of at least 2.5 is required for all applicants. Eligibility will be based on a review of the submitted application form. Proof of travel and health insurance is required. Application Deadline: April 5, 2008. For more information and to apply, see http://www.treefieldstudies.org/. Posted: 3/19/08.
Natural History Workshops: The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Field Station conducts a series of Natural History Workshops, which offer an opportunity to study focused topics at college-level instruction under the guidance of noted authorities. Most workshops present two full days of instruction, and housing and meals are available at the Station. Enrollment is limited to 20, the atmosphere is informal and instruction is individualized. Workshops may be taken for graduate or undergraduate credit by enrolling in UWM, Topics in Field Biology. Fees vary. Please visit our workshops page for full descriptions of each course, fee information, and a downloadable Registration Form. Posted: 3/17/08.
Tropical Ecology and Conservation field courses: The Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation (ITEC) offers a variety of field courses in the interesting Bocas del Toro Archipelago in Panamá, including tropical ecology, tropical ornithology, ethnobotany and reef ecology among others. Courses are geared to both undergraduates and graduate students and college credit can be earned. Field trips and opportunities to explore local areas and nearby Costa Rica are also available. For more information, check out the web site linked above. Posted: 3/7/08.
Field Course in Biology, Ecology and Conservation of Antillean Manatees, Loggerhead Sea turtles, and Bottlenose Dolphins: The Oceanic Society is announcing a week-long course on the ecology, anatomy, physiology, evolution and population biology of bottlenose dolphins, Antillean manatees, and Loggerhead turtles in Belize. Students will participate in this course on Turneffe Atoll, a coral atoll located within the Mesoamerican reef system of Belize. Accommodations are located at the Oceanic Society's Blackbird Caye Field Station, a low sand and mangrove island on the windward side of the atoll. Students are provided with 3 Belizean meals per day and will sleep in beachfront 4-person cabanas with a shared bath. The curriculum includes classroom lectures and hands-on field study to learn field assessment methods for dolphins, manatees, and turtles in their habitat, including GPS use and basic GIS location mapping. Field excursions from the Blackbird Oceanic Field Station will compliment lectures and presentations. The course goal is to provide participants a focused, comprehensive knowledge of marine mammal ecology as well as conservation issues particularly related to isolated tropical ecosystems. Field instruction and experience include: dolphin and manatee search and survey, nesting sea turtle night monitoring, data recording, habitat assessment (includes snorkeling), GPS recording, and various types of environmental data recording. The class will culminate with the student's participation in a project aimed at declaring Turneffe a World Heritage Site. Dates: June 14-21 and June 28-July 5, 2008. Cost: $1090. Class Limit: 10 students. For more information please visit http://www.oceanic-society.org/ and search under Expeditions and Student Trips or contact them at 1800 326 7491. Posted: 3/5/08.
Likelihood Methods in Ecology: June 2nd – 13th, 2008. Columbia University and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies will offer an intensive two-week course in the use of likelihood methods in ecology from June 3rd – 13th, 2008. The methods provide a powerful tool for linking models and data, and provide a flexible alternative to traditional, parametric statistical analyses. Labs will be based on use of the R statistical computing package. The course fee will include an optional 1-day introduction to the use of R on June 2nd. The course will be co-taught by Dr. María Uriarte (Columbia University), and Dr. Charles Canham (Cary Institute). The course will be taught on the campus of Columbia University, in New York City. The $450 tuition fee includes the optional 1-day R tutorial. Housing for the two weeks of the course is available in double rooms in a Columbia University dormitory for $700. Students will be responsible for their travel expenses and meals. The tuition fee and housing costs (if applicable) must be submitted by April 15, 2008. The fees will be non-refundable for cancellations after May 1, 2008. Details on how to submit the fees will be sent after initial registration. The goal of the course is to introduce students to the concepts and methods of use of likelihood and information theory in data analysis and statistical modeling. The labs will focus on the use of software tools in R that allow the students to construct their own analyses and models. Students will be encouraged to bring their own datasets for use in individual projects during the course. Most of the examples used in the course will be drawn from forest ecology. More information can be found at http://www.ecostudies.org/lme.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 18 students. To register, send an e-mail to Charles Canham at firstname.lastname@example.org containing your name, mailing address, e-mail address, phone number and a brief statement of your research interests. Please put “2008 Likelihood Course Registration” in the subject line of the message. Posted: 3/5/08.
Biodiversity of Borneo: The Harvard University Summer School, the Arnold Arboretum, and the Center for Tropical Forest Science (CTFS-AA) will offer a field biology course to be held in Sarawak and Sabah (East Malaysia) from 1 July to 5 August 2008. Ten US students will join 10 Southeast Asian students to study terrestrial and marine biodiversity, ecology and conservation, with instructors from Harvard University and other institutions (including Sabah Parks, Sabah Forest Research Center, Sarawak Forestry Corp., Univ. Malaysia Sabah, Yayasan Sabah). The forests and reefs of northwest and north Borneo have some of the highest levels of alpha-diversity in the world. The forests are home to orang-utans, hornbills, rhinos and as many as 5,000 tree species, and the reefs offer some of the best diving in the world. We will visit world-class parks and reserves (e.g., Lambir, Kinabalu and the Maliau Basin), to gain a thorough understanding of abiotic controls on species composition, and will contrast processes that maintain biodiversity in forests with those operating on coral reefs. Throughout Borneo, intensive logging and marine harvesting have occurred for many years. Our course will explore the complexities of conservation today, including trips to sustainably-managed, carbon-traded, and restored forests. We will also provide opportunities for the students to meet people living in and off the forest, to understand their motivations for forest conversion and conservation, and to consider the human health dimensions of forest change. A key feature will be the development of skills in research project design, execution and analysis, based around the statistical platform `R' The students will complete two independent projects, from conception to presentation, and participate in a group project on the coral reef. The students will gain database and web publishing skills by developing a community digital record of the trip. The course is aimed at advanced undergraduates, recent graduates currently active in biological research, and postgraduate entry-level students. For more information on the course (including instructions for application), see: http://www.summer.harvard.edu/2008/programs/abroad/borneo/ Queries and completed application materials should be directed to Cam Webb, c/o email@example.com. The deadline for US applicants is 3 March 2008. Posted: 2/26/08.
Field Course in Arctic Science: The hands-on course will be offered through Summer Sessions at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the students will have the unique opportunity to travel from the boreal forest in Interior Alaska past the alpine environment of the Brooks Range to the arctic tundra at the Beaufort Sea. The students will learn about the ecology of the arctic and boreal systems through daily lectures delivered by a variety of scientists, active participation in field sampling, and discussions of the relevant science literature. This exciting course will span a broad range of disciplines, including local natural history, fire ecology, snow ecology, plant ecology, invertebrate and mammal biology, carbon budgets, and the implications of a warming climate. The students will gain a firm background in the structure and function of the ecosystems in northern Alaska and become familiar with the tools and techniques useful to ecological field research. The four-week, 5-credit field course will be taught both at UAF and at the Toolik Field Station in northern Alaska from May 20 to June 13, 2008. The course is limited to ten advanced undergraduate or starting graduate students. The cost of food at Toolik Field Station, lodging, and travel between the field sites will be covered, and students are expected to pay for in-state tuition and their travel to Fairbanks, Alaska. The students will need to bring all- weather clothing including winter jackets, rubber boots, and a warm sleeping bag. Interested students should submit a current curriculum vitae and a cover letter stating their experience and how the course would benefit them to Anja Kade (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 2/4/08.
Modelling Patterns and Dynamics of Species Occurrence Workshops: Montpellier, France, 25-28 March; St Andrews, Scotland, 31 March - 3 April. Instructors: Darryl MacKenzie, Jim Nichols, Jim Hines and Larissa Bailey. This is a reminder that early bird registration for these workshops closes on 18 February 2008. Course fees increase by 50 Euros/GBP after this date. In these 4-day workshops we shall cover some of the latest techniques for assessing patterns and dynamics of species occurrence that account for the imperfect detection of the species. For details go to http://www.proteus.co.nz/home.html and follow the workshop link. Posted: 2/4/08.
Highlands Biological Station Summer Courses: Biology of Plethodontid Salamanders, Mammals of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, Biodiversity and Conservation of Birds, Microbial Ecology, Fleshy Fungi of the Highlands Plateau, and Spiders of the Southern Appalachians. Details: http://www.wcu.edu/hbs/currentyrcourses.htm. Posted: 2/1/08.
Conservation and Biodiversity Genetics in Costa Rica: taught by Jim Hamrick, Erich Fuchs, and John Wares. When: 18-31 May 2008. Where: Costa Rica, Palo Verde Biological Station This is an intensive, two-week course aimed at providing ecologists, biologists, geneticists, and students from similar disciplines with an overview of conservation genetics and related issues in neotropical biodiversity. The course is supported by a grant from the American Genetics Association. Course topics include: measurement of genetic diversity, phylogeography, application of molecular data to taxonomic questions, gene flow, mating systems and effective population size estimates, habitat fragmentation and restoration. We will also discuss the cost-effectiveness of different approaches, the underlying theory as it applies to conservation questions, and the best ways to integrate experimental and field-based data with these analytical results. Local conservation experts will present invited lectures on conservation issues in Costa Rica. Topics will be covered through lectures, discussions, and readings in the primary literature. We will integrate a workshop component into each topic, where we will discuss and present pertinent computer software and will critique the advantages and disadvantages of the available software packages. Students will be given an opportunity to present and discuss their own conservation research projects. Participants: Graduate students in biology, ecology, genetics and related disciplines Application deadline: February 15, 2008 for priority consideration, followed by rolling admission until fully enrolled (22 students) Tuition: $1500 OTS consortium applicants, $2000 non-consortium applicants. Partial scholarships of $500 may be requested. Awards will be based on academic merit and proven financial need, with priority given to students from consortium institutions. For further information: for registration information contact Barbara Lewis (email@example.com) or the OTS website for course content, contact Jim Hamrick (hamrick@firstname.lastname@example.org) or John Wares (email@example.com). Posted: 1/28/08.
GIS & Remote Sensing For Natural Resource Managers: An Introduction to the use of Geographic Information Systems & Remote Sensing in Conservation and Natural Resource Management 10-14 March, 2008 and 9-13 June, 2008. Increasingly, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing -the mapping of features using imagery acquired either from an aircraft or a satellite - have become important tools for decision-making and the applied management of natural resources. Many federal agencies and NGOs rely on GIS and satellite data for their work and are starting to produce their own spatial databases. However, there are few training opportunities for natural resource managers to learn the applications of GIS in everyday management situations. We are offering a course for natural managers that provides hands-on experience in collection of data, GIS analysis of data, and map-making using the latest ESRI (ArcGIS) and ERDAS software. This short course will provide natural managers with a working knowledge about the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing to the monitoring and management of resources such as wildlife and forest vegetation. Exercises in establishing locations with a Global Positioning System (GPS), data input into a GIS, and spatial analysis techniques for GIS will provide hands-on and real world experience during the course. Based on examples about habitat selection in songbirds and white-tailed deer, course participants will learn how to: * Collect GIS data in the field using survey techniques and GPS. * Differentially correct GPS data. * Input GPS data into GIS. * Input field data into GIS. * Use GIS for management of large data sets from multiple sources. * Design and perform analysis using GIS data and spatial analysis techniques. * Integrate data with ancillary data, such as satellite imagery, aerial photography, and government agency databases. More details and registration information for this and all our other courses: http://nationalzoo.si.edu/ConservationAndScience/ConservationGIS/GIS_training/ Note: The CRC offers an Advanced Course in Conservation GIS and Remote Sensing, June 16-20, 2008. Posted: 1/27/08.
EcoInformatics Summer Institute: a new opportunity for late undergraduate and early graduate students in mathematics, computer science, statistics, bioengineering, earth science, and ecosystem science. Applications are due February 15th, 2008. The EISI will be held at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest in the Oregon Cascades from June 16th- August 22nd, 2008 EcoInformatics, the integration of mathematics, computer science, statistics, and engineering with the study and management of ecosystems, is an emerging science with a critical need for well-trained, interdisciplinary scientists. The EISI will work to fulfill that need through a ten-week undergraduate/early graduate research experience. Through the integration of research and education, effective mentoring, and hands-on experiences at the HJ Andrews, fifteen participants will gain (1) valuable research experience in EcoInformatics and in their own disciplines, (2) four hours of class credit (3) the foundation and opportunities to develop and seek support for their own graduate program, including a peer-reviewed research proposal, and (5) the training to become outstanding interdisciplinary scientists and effective contributors to the science and management of ecosystems. In addition, participants will receive a total stipend of $4,000, from which tuition for the summer class (approximately $700) will be deducted. Travel, up to $500, for transportation to the Summer Institute will be provided to participants, as well as free lodging at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest and 3 meals per day for the first and final weeks of the program. For more details and application, please go to: http://eco-informatics.engr.oregonstate.edu/. Posted: 1/25/08.
Mountain Lake Biological Station Summer Program: MLBS (University of Virginia) is pleased to announce its 13-week summer program of field-based undergraduate and graduate-level credit courses and workshops offered by nationally recruited faculty. Work at MLBS focuses on field-based ecology, evolution, physiology, and behavior. More information: Courses. Posted: 1/24/08.
Mathematics and Field Ecology Summer Program: 16 June - 1 August for Undergraduate and Graduate Students at Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University. KBS will once again host the summer program known as 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. The program is designed for students both with and without formal training in mathematics. Participants in the full program take 3 one-week math courses on topics that are relevant to ecology/evolution and then apply these tools in a four-week field ecology/evolution course. Students can enroll in a subset of the ELME courses if that better fits their needs and schedules. Mathematics 1-week courses: Introduction to Theoretical Population Biology - MTH 490.431, Robin E. Snyder, Case Western Reserve University, June 16 - June 20; Theoretical Community and Ecosystem Ecology - MTH 490.432, Christopher Klausmeier, Kellogg Biological Station, MSU, June 23 - June 27; Maximum Likelihood Analysis in Ecology - MTH 490.433, Ben Bolker, University of Florida, June 30 - July 3; Ecology 4-week course: Field Ecology and Evolution - ZOL/PLB 440, Gary Mittelbach, Jeff Conner, and Doug Schemske, Kellogg Biological Station, MSU, July 7 – Aug 1. Undergraduate Fellowships ($2500, plus housing, travel, and tuition) are available for students enrolling in the full ELME program. Graduate scholarships are available for tuition and housing. More information at the website linked above. The application deadline for enrollment and scholarships is 10 March 2008. Posted: 1/16/08.
Practical Remote Sensing Methods for Conservation Biologists: Applications are now being accepted for this training workshop to be held at the American Museum of Natural History's Southwestern Research Station, Arizona, April 14-18 2008. 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. The course involves a mix of lecture, computer lab applications, discussions, and field work. Each participant is encouraged to bring with them a project they would like to work on so lessons learned during the course can immediately be applied to a meaningful example. These projects can be discussed with the course organizers in advance to ensure they are appropriate. If participants do not have their own project one will be assigned to them during the course. The April course will be taught by Ned Horning and Kevin Koy (American Museum of Natural History). Places on the course are limited to 15 (each participant is assigned a desktop computer for the week). 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 course fee includes room, board and instruction in the class. Unfortunately, we do not have scholarship funds to defray course expenses. Participants will have to provide their own transportation to and from the station. Students should plan to arrive at the Station by Sunday evening. The course will begin Monday morning at 8:30AM and will wrap up on Friday morning before noon. Those interested in participating in the course should send an application with the following information: name, contact details, current position (student, academia, government, etc.), and a brief statement (max two paragraphs) including why you want to take the course, overview of prior Remote Sensing or GIS experience (if any), and a brief description of a project you would like to work on if you have one in mind. Please email your application to Ned Horning (horning 'at' amnh.org). The application deadline is February 8th. Applications will be acknowledged on receipt, and you will be notified if a place is available by February 15th. Payment of the course fee for those accepted will be required by March 14th. Further information, including programs from previous courses. Posted: 1/14/08.
Species Distribution Modeling Methods for Conservation Biologists: Applications are now being accepted for this training workshop to be held at the American Museum of Natural History's Southwestern Research Station, Arizona, April 21-25 2008. Models that predict species' potential distributions by combining observed occurrence records with digital data layers of environmental variables have great potential for application across a range of biogeographical analyses. Applications include guiding field surveys to detect unknown populations, projecting potential impacts of climate change, predicting species' invasions, and supporting reserve planning. The course focuses on the theoretical and practical aspects of this approach (sometimes termed 'ecological niche' or 'bioclimate envelope' modeling) and is designed for students, researchers and practitioners of conservation biology. Using a mixture of lectures, hands-on computer lab applications, discussions, and case studies, course participants will learn to:. Obtain and process data necessary for species distribution modeling; . Run distribution models using a variety of approaches; . Validate and interpret model results; . Apply these techniques to a range of applications. Each participant is encouraged to develop an idea for a project they would like to work on during the week, so techniques learned during the course can immediately be applied to an example of interest. The April course will be taught by Drs. Richard Pearson (AMNH), Steven Phillips (AT&T) and Alison Cameron (Berkeley and Princeton). RS/GIS specialist Kevin Koy (AMNH) will provide GIS support. Places on the course are limited to 15 (each participant is assigned a desktop computer for the week). There is a course fee of $1,000 for each participant. The course fee includes accommodation and meals for the week. Participants need to provide their own transportation to and from the Research Station. Unfortunately, scholarship funds to defray course expenses are not available. Those interested in participating in the course should send an application with the following information: name, contact details, current position (student, academia, government, etc.), and a brief statement (max two paragraphs) including why you want to take the course, overview of prior modeling or GIS experience (if any), and a brief description of a project you would like to work on if you have one in mind. Please email your application to Richard Pearson (pearson 'at' amnh.org). The application deadline is February 8th. Applications will be acknowledged on receipt, and you will be notified if a place is available by February 15th. Payment of the course fee for those accepted will be required by March 14th. Further information, including programs from previous courses. Posted: 1/14/08.
EcoInformatics Summer Institute: HJ Andrews Experimental Forest in the Oregon Cascades, June 16 - August 22, 2008. A new opportunity for late undergraduate and early graduate students in mathematics, computer science, statistics, bioengineering, earth science, and ecosystem science. EcoInformatics, the integration of mathematics, computer science, statistics, and engineering with the study and management of ecosystems, is an emerging science with a critical need for well-trained, interdisciplinary scientists. The EISI will work to fulfill that need through a ten-week undergraduate/early graduate research experience. Through the integration of research and education, effective mentoring, and hands-on experiences at the HJ Andrews, fifteen participants will gain (1) valuable research experience in EcoInformatics and in their own disciplines, (2) four hours of class credit (3) the foundation and opportunities to develop and seek support for their own graduate program, including a peer-reviewed research proposal, and (5) the training to become outstanding interdisciplinary scientists and effective contributors to the science and management of ecosystems. In addition, participants will receive a total stipend of $4,000, from which tuition for the summer class (approximately $700) will be deducted. Travel, up to $500, for transportation to the Summer Institute will be provided to participants, as well as free lodging at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest and 3 meals per day for the first and final weeks of the program. Applications are due February 15th, 2008. For more details and application, please go to: http://eco-informatics.engr.oregonstate.edu/. Posted: 1/8/07.
Arctic Studies: Michigan State University is offering a new opportunity for students to study in the high Arctic. The program dates for the first expedition are from June 30, 2008 through July 21, 2008. This program is being initiated during the International Polar Year (IPY), a massive initiative involving thousands of scientists from over 60 nations in coordinated interdisciplinary scientific research and observations in the Earth's polar regions. The IPY goals are 1) to explore new scientific frontiers, 2) deepen our understanding of polar processes and their global linkages, 3) increase our ability to detect changes, 4) to more fully involve Arctic residents with research activities, 5) to attract and develop the next generation of polar scientists, engineers and logistics experts, and 6) to capture the interest of school children, the public and decision makers. This is an unprecedented opportunity for students to follow and get involved with cutting edge science in real-time. More information: http://studyabroad.msu.edu/programs/norwayarctic.html. Posted: 1/3/08.
Summer Field Course in Conservation Biology, with an Emphasis on Amphibians and Reptiles: A field course in Conservation Biology will be offered at the Lakeside Laboratory from June 2nd to June 27th 2008. Lakeside Lab is located in Northwestern Iowa, along the intersection, from east to west, between the Eastern Deciduous Forest and Great Plains, and along the intersection, from north to south, between the recently glaciated Lakes Region and the older, better drained, and more variable stream systems associated with Missouri and Mississippi River uplands. A combination laboratory and field course, Conservation Biology examines the history of the Upper Midwest from the retreat of the latest glaciers to the present day. Northwest Iowa is a landscape of lakes, wetlands, prairie, and oak savannah; it is also a place of intense agriculture, an area of concentrated summer tourism, and it hosts a wind farm. In this context, native ecosystems will be compared against altered ecosystems, and the processes of restoration will be measured against these extremes. Students will participate in a habitat restoration and should bring rugged clothing, sturdy boots, heavy canvas gloves, and a hard hat. The herpetofauna of this area is well known. Highlights include the turn-of the-century (19th to 20th) commercial collections of 20 million leopard frogs/yr, the pioneering surveys of Frank Blanchard in the 1920s, and more recent findings that bear on the global problems of amphibian malformations and declines. We will visit the only known prairie rattlesnake populations in Iowa. For more information about the course, contact Mike Lannoo at: Michael J. Lannoo. Ph.D, Professor, Anatomy and Cell Biology, Indiana University School of Medicine - TH, Holmstedt Hall, Rm 135, ISU, Terre Haute IN 47809. 812-237-2059, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 12/18/07.
Environmental Palaeoecology and Aquatic Ecology: I would like to draw your attention to the 2007/2008 short-course programme in Environmental Palaeoecology and Aquatic Ecology being offered by the Environmental Change Research Centre, University College London, UK. This programme is in collaboration with Queen Mary College (QMUL) and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH). Registration is now open and the courses available include: Quantitative Environmental Palaeoecology, Introduction to Planktonic Foraminiferal Analysis, Ostracod Analysis, Introduction to Plant Macrofossil Analysis, Introduction to Pollen Analysis, Introduction to Fish Ecology, Stable Isotopes and Environmental Change, Chironomids: Water Quality and Climate Change, Introduction to the Ecology and Identification of Aquatic Macrophytes, Numerical Analysis of Biological and Environmental Data Introduction to Diatom Analysis. For full details, dates and an application form for the courses please visit http://www.ecrc.ucl.ac.uk/shortcourses or contact the course co-ordinator David Hunt at email@example.com. Posted: 10/10/07.
Statistics Courses: We would like to announce two statistics courses in Chetumal, Mexico, in November 2007. Course 1: Regression, GLM and GAM course; Course 2: Mixed modelling, GLMM and GAMM. Also: A 5 day mixed modelling, GLMM and GAMM course, Monday 21 April - 25 April 2008, Ythan hotel, Newburgh, Aberdeenshire, UK. Keywords: temporal correlation, spatial correlation, nested data. Details: http://www.highstat.com/statscourse.htm. Kind regards, Alain Zuur. Posted: 8/16/07.
Interdisciplinary Studies in the Chemical Biology of the Tropics: This Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute will bring together ecologists, biochemists, geneticists, and plant and microbial biologists with an interest in tropical biology for a ten day workshop from May 26-June 5, 2008 in Tambopata National Reserve, Peru. All keynote speakers are leaders in their fields, and the post-doctoral and advanced doctoral student participants will be rigorously selected based on several criteria, including their proven commitment to interdisciplinary research, and their interest in developing the field of tropical chemical biology during their scientific careers. All participants’ expenses are paid. Pan-American Advanced Study Institutes (PASIs) are designed to disseminate cutting edge knowledge to an audience of young scientists (postdoctoral and upper-level PhD) from across the Americas. How To Apply: This PASI is open to post-docs and high-level PhDs (3rd year and higher) from North and South America. Please email your current resume, including publications, a list of three references and their contact information, and a 2-3 page letter of interest to: Jorge Vivanco at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for application is October 31, 2007. Please keep in mind that only citizens of the countries of North and South America can apply. Visit http://crb.colostate.edu/home/PASI.htm for more information. Posted: 8/2/07.
SI Monitoring and Assessment of Biodiversity Program Courses: The Smithsonian Institution's Monitoring and Assessment of Biodiversity program is offering two annual professional training courses for international educators, scientists, resource managers, and policy-makers. The first is an "Introduction to Field Techniques", which is being offered this September from the 17th to the 28th. This course will provide participants with an introduction to various field techniques used to inventory, assess, and monitor species. The second is called "Effective Leadership and Communication Tools for Environmental Management and Conservation". This course is being offered from January 6th - 16th, 2008. This course will provide participants with the knowledge and understanding of the communication and leadership capacities of environmental leaders, decision makers, and business executives. In addition, we are excited to offer undergraduate and graduate courses in Conservation Biology through a semester program with George Mason University. For further information or questions, please email Chris Ros at email@example.com. You can also visit our website at www.si.edu/simab. Posted: 7/31/07.
Untangling Multivariate Relationships: a 2-day course on applied multivariate statistics. Nov 1-2, 2007, $895, Colorado School of Mines. - more info at: www.practicalstats.com. Environmental measurements often are simultaneously recorded as a series of variables or species. Multiple chemicals are analyzed. Multiple measures of ecosystem health are recorded. If statistics are computed on each, one by one, the interrelations among variables, species and locations cannot be seen. Valuable information is lost. Multivariate methods resolve what at first may look like noise into recognizable patterns, providing new insight into the field of study. However, these methods are daunting to many scientists, with acronyms like PCA, CCA or CANOCO, and with unfamiliar terms like varimax rotation and detrended correspondence. The learning curve seems steep, and useful procedures go unused. UMR covers the multivariate methods of primary interest to environmental science, focusing on what each method is designed to do, when to use them, and when not to. Methods for simplifying and plotting data (ordination) are contrasted with those for establishing connections between and among source and response variables. Capabilities of various software packages are reviewed. Example data sets are analyzed by each student in class. Our goal is that students leave with a clear understanding of which method to use, and how to use it, for their own data. Posted: 7/24/07.
Ecology and Management of the Ethiopian Highlands: The Department of Forest Ecology and Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences gives the PhD field course 16–30 November 2007: Ecology and Management of the Ethiopian Highlands, 5 credits (7.5 ECTS credits) Prof. Masresha Fetene, University of Addis Ababa; Dr. Anders Granström and Dr. Anders Malmer, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. The course will provide an understanding of the physical and biotic fundamentals for livelihoods and land management in the highlands of Ethiopia. Particular emphasis is put on soils, fire management and grazing. The second part of the course will include a 10 days' field excursion during the end of of November 2007, through the southern highlands of Ethiopia, with participation of researchers and PhD students from Addis Ababa University. Students are expected to apply for travel grants individually. Course description. Please prepare a brief CV and a statement of no more than 200 words outlining your PhD research topic and why the course would be beneficial to you. This information, and any enquiries, should be sent to Anders Granström by E-mail (Anders.Granstrom@svek.slu.se) not later than September 30, 2007. Posted: 7/10/07.
Introduction to Distance Sampling Three workshops in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University: Introduction to Distance Sampling (6-8 August 2007), Introduction to Model Selection and Multimodel Inference (7 August) Introduction to Program MARK (13-15 August 2007). More information. Posted: 6/4/07.
Smithsonian Institution Professional Training Courses: The SI's National Zoological Park is offering various professional training courses in 2007. Please visit http://nationalzoo.si.edu/professionaltraining/, call 540.635.6540, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Graduate credit hours can be acquired through George Mason University for these courses. 2007 Courses include: (1) Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing: offered March 26-30, 2007 and September 3-7, 2007; Spanish: May 28- June 1, 2007. (2) Advanced Conservation GIS and Remote Sensing: offered April 2-6, 2007 and September 10-14, 2007; Spanish: May 28- June 1, 2007. (3) GIS for Decision-Makers: offered TBD. (4) Tools for Conserving Biodiversity: offered in India May 1-15, 2007. (5) Watershed Academy: From Mountains to Metropolis (for educators): offered June 25-28, 2007. (6) Effective Leadership and Communication Tools for Environmental Management and Conservation: offered July 23-31, 2007. (7) Introduction to Field Techniques for Conservation Research: offered September 17-28, 2007. Posted: 2/20/07.
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Bermuda Zoological Society: The Bermuda Zoological Society and Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo are pleased to announce that opportunities are available for graduate students to take part in the extensive assessment and mapping of Bermuda's marine habitats, as interns under the Bermuda Biodiversity Project. A limited number of scholarships are available to USA, Canadian and Bermudian citizens to cover costs of accommodation, food and local public transportation. Internships are typically for 2 months and will commence in August 2008. Applications from other countries are welcome but would be on an unpaid volunteer basis. The North Atlantic islands of Bermuda are surrounded by over 750 sq km of exceptionally healthy coral reefs and associated marine habitats. In 2008 the BREAM team will assess and map the distribution of soft corals across the Bermuda Platform. We will also study the role that herbivory and corallivory plays in structuring reef communities across the Bermuda Platform. Graduate interns will obtain practical experience in data analysis and interpretation and GIS mapping. Interns will also work alongside local environmental scientists in the conservation of threatened marine species and habitats. Certified SCUBA divers only may apply. Applicants should have experience in the identification of Western Atlantic hard and soft corals, macroalgae, or fish, and in data analysis with basic statistical packages. Experience using GIS ArcInfo is also an asset but not essential. Interns will work under the supervision of the Project Leader, but must demonstrate the ability to work independently. Additional information and a downloadable application form: http://www.bamz.org/internships.aspx The deadline for application is February 22nd, 2008. Posted: 2/1/08.
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