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Assistantships and Fellowships | Fellowship Program Links | Short Courses | Summer Jobs
|University of Sydney (Australia)||Ecosystem cycling of N in forest plantations (PhD)||5/14/10||4/7/10|
|University of Nevada, Reno||Hydrologic Science||9/1/10||4/23/10|
|University of Queensland (Australia)||Plant community ecology/restoration ecology (PhD)||8/31/10||6/1/10|
|Mississippi State University||Population dynamics of beavers (MS)||7/30/10||5/25/10|
|University of Oldenburg (Germany)||Treeline seedling ecophysiology (PhD)||7/9/10||5/28/10|
|Saint Joseph's University||Responses of biofuel grass to climate change (MS)||7/1/10||6/14/10|
|University of Alabama||Microbial-Plant Interactions driving methane release (PhD)||7/1/10||6/11/10|
|Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (Germany)||Terrestrial Ecosystem/Biosphere Modelling (PhD)||6/20/10||6/2/10|
|University of Florida||Sherman's fox squirrel||6/18/10||6/2/10|
|Instituto Superior de Agronomia (Portugal)||Shrub invasion: effects on carbon, nitrogen and water cycling (PhD)||6/16/10||6/10/10|
|University of Oxford (UK)||Evolutionary Social Ecology (PhD)||6/14/10||5/4/10|
|Michigan Technological University||Forest Ecohydrology/Climate Change (PhD)||6/4/10|
|University of North Dakota||Modeling and Ecosystem Services||6/1/10||1/28/10|
|Umeå University (Sweden)||Ecology and Environmental Chemistry (5 PhD positions)||5/27/10||4/26/10|
|Texas Tech University||Disease Ecology||5/26/10|
|University of Alberta (Canada)||Chemical Ecology (PhD)||5/25/10|
|Northern Arizona University||Climate Science and Solutions (MS)||5/25/10|
|Michigan State University||Tree Rings, Climatic Resiliency and Forest Carbon Sequestration (MS)||5/24/10||4/26/10|
|University of Wyoming||Spatial Analyses in Shrub Steppe (PhD)||5/19/10|
|Mississippi State University||Invasion Ecology (PhD)||5/18/10|
|Southern Illinois University||Forest Ecology/Management (MS)||5/18/10|
|Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi||Climate Forcing of Estuarine Phytoplankton Productivity (PhD)||5/17/10|
|University of Dayton||Deciduous forest ecology||5/17/10|
|USGS Southwest Biological Science Center||Fisheries/aquatic ecology (PhD)||5/17/10||4/27/10|
|University of Turku (Finland)||Bird Population Ecology (PhD)||5/15/10||4/21/10|
|University of Sydney (Australia)||Ecosystem cycling of N in forest plantations (PhD)||5/14/10||4/7/10|
|Ohio State University||Invasive Plants||5/12/10|
|University of Alberta (Canada)||Soil-plant relationships in oilsands||5/11/10|
|Wake Forest University||Ecology of African savannas (PhD)||5/10/10|
|Swiss Federal Institute WSL||Wetland Biogeochemistry (PhD)||5/10/10|
|University of Arizona||Riparian wildlife ecology and ecohydrology (PhD)||5/10/10||4/27/10|
|Umeå University (Sweden)||Ecology (3 PhD positions)||5/10/10||4/26/10|
|University of Arizona||Bird Ecology/Conservation Biology||5/6/10|
|Texas Tech University||Ecology of Infectious Disease (PhD)||5/6/10|
|Texas A&M University||Aquifer recharge and vegetation change, plant stable isotopes||5/4/10|
|ETH Zurich (Switzerland)||Plant water relations along a biodiversity gradient (PhD)||5/3/10|
|Baylor University||Environmental Atmospheric Chemistry (PhD)||5/1/10||4/16/10|
|University of Florida||Forest production ecology/physiological ecology (PhD)||5/1/10||2/19/10|
|Concordia University (Canada)||Rutting ecology of reindeer/caribou (PhD)||5/1/10||2/10/10|
|Oregon State University||Fuels management effects on wildlife habitat and timber production||4/30/10||4/12/10|
|Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal)||Ecology of the mycorrhizal fungus Amanita phalloides (PhD)||4/30/10||3/23/10|
|Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal)||Ectomycorrhizal evolutionary genetics and ecology (PhD)||4/30/10||3/1/10|
|Mississippi State University||Wild Turkey Nesting amd Habitat Use (MS)||4/30/10||1/29/10|
|North Carolina State University||Insect Ecology and Ornamental Pest Management (MS)||4/27/10|
|Freie Universität Berlin (Germany)||Mycorrhizal Ecology, tropical mountain forest (PhD)||4/26/10||4/8/10|
|University of Alabama||Benthic nitrogen cycling (PhD)||4/26/10||2/23/10|
|Hofstra University||Modelling effects of climate change and urbanization (MS)||4/23/10|
|University of Victoria (Canada)||Paleoecology||4/22/10|
|Mississippi State University||Water quality and aquatic systems management (PhD)||4/21/10|
|Texas Tech University||Plant/Mycorrhizal Molecular Ecology (PhD)||4/16/10|
|Rice University||Plant Evolutionary Ecology and Conservation Biology||4/16/10|
|Kent State University||Microbial Ecology||4/15/10||3/26/10|
|University of Arkansas||Population genetics, distribution and decline of crayfish (MS)||4/15/10||3/26/10|
|University of Arkansas||Environmental flow, fish, and global climate change (PhD)||4/15/10||3/26/10|
|Michigan State University||Agroecology of pasture-based dairy systems||4/15/10||2/19/10|
|University of Arkansas at Little Rock||Biology||4/15/10||1/22/10|
|Iowa State University||Biogeochemistry (PhD)||4/15/10||1/20/10|
|Univeristy of Waterloo (Canada)||Benthic community ecology (MS)||4/12/10|
|Univeristy of Illinois||Landscape Dynamics of Terrestrial Carbon Loss (MS)||4/12/10|
|Univeristy of Western Australia||Riparian Ecology (2 PhD positions)||4/12/10|
|Macquarie University (Australia)||Forest Modelling (2 PhD positions)||4/9/10|
|Cornell University||Black bear ecology (2 positions)||4/9/10||3/12/10|
|Murray State University||Environmental IT and remote sensors (MS)||4/7/10|
|Trent University (Canada)||Impacts of invasive species on Great Lakes food webs||4/7/10|
|University of Rhode Island||Subaqueous soils and management of subtidal habitats||4/7/10|
|Plymouth State University||Ecology and the Environment (MS)||4/7/10|
|Oklahoma State University||Entomology||4/7/10|
|Auburn University||Crayfish ecology/symbiosis (MS)||4/6/10|
|Umeå University (Sweden)||Stream restoration ecology (3 PhD positions)||4/6/10||3/17/10|
|Michigan State University||Effects of sea lamprey parasitism on lake trout||4/5/10|
|George Mason University||Conservation Science (PhD)||4/5/10||3/10/10|
|Oregon State University||Forest Ecology (MS)||4/1/10|
|George Mason University||Forest Dynamics (PhD)||4/1/10||3/12/10|
|University of Hawaii at Manoa||Sustainability, conservation, and natural resources (PhD)||4/1/10||2/23/10|
|University of Houston||Evolutionary Biology and Ecology||4/1/10||1/21/10|
|University of Florida||Forest soil ecology (MS)||4/1/10||12/10/09|
|University of Florida||Invasive Species Biology and Management (MS)||3/31/10|
|Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet (SLU) (Sweden)||Plant, soil, and ecosystem ecology (2 PhD positions)||3/31/10||1/21/10|
|Colorado State University||Conservation Leadership (MS)||3/31/10||12/30/09|
|SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry||Role of mycorrhizae in pine invasion, Argentina (PhD)||3/30/10||2/11/10|
|University of Florida||Carbon Modeling (PhD)||3/30/10||1/4/10|
|University of North Carolina at Charlotte||Stream Biogeochemistry||3/29/10||3/15/10|
|Michigan Technological University||Climate change and forested ecosystems (PhD)||3/25/10|
|University of North Dakota||Climate change impacts||3/19/10|
|Beijing Forestry University (China)||Wildlife Conservation (PhD)||3/17/10|
|Michigan Technological University||Ecosystem processes (PhD)||3/15/10|
|Montana State University||Hydrologic effects of stream restoration||3/15/10|
|University of Missouri||Forest Management (PhD)||3/15/10||3/8/10|
|University of Wisconsin-Madison||Remote Sensing and Conservation Planning (2 PhD positions)||3/15/10||3/2/10|
|Eastern Kentucky University||Old-growth Forest Ecology (MS)||3/15/10||2/17/10|
|Oakland University||Stream Ecology (MS)||3/15/10||12/21/09|
|University of Louisiana at Monroe||Genetic diversity in freshwater snails (MS)||3/11/10|
|Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)||Effects of shorebird predation on benthic communities (PhD)||3/8/10||2/4/10|
|University of Akron||Arctic Plankton Ecology (PhD)||3/4/10|
|Delaware State University||Bat activity and conservation on golf courses (MS)||3/1/10||2/10/10|
|SUNY-ESF||Mediterranean river ecosystems (PhD)||3/1/10||2/10/10|
|Finnish Forest Research Institute||Individual health and vole population dynamics (PhD)||3/1/10||2/8/10|
|Mississippi State University||Nutrient, C, and water cycles in a pine-switchgrass system (PhD)||3/1/10||2/4/10|
|University of Stirling (Scotland)||Ecology and evolution of plant sex/plant-pollinator interactions (PhD)||3/1/10||2/3/10|
|Texas A&M University||Leadership fellowships in forest management and global change (PhD)||3/1/10||1/20/10|
|California State University, Bakersfield||Plant Ecophysiology and Functional Plant Anatomy in southern California chaparral (MS)||3/1/10||1/19/10|
|University of Hawaii at Manoa||Natural Resources and Environmental Management (MS)||3/1/10||12/17/09|
|Southern Illinois University||Great Rivers Fish Ecology (PhD)||2/26/10||2/9/10|
|University of Maine||Industrial Ecology and Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment of Complex Systems||2/24/10|
|University of Alaska Fairbanks||Climate change and biodiversity in boreal forest wetlands (PhD)||2/24/10|
|Southern Illinois University||Coastal Wetland Ecology||2/23/10|
|Michigan State University||Insect ecology in agricultural systems||2/23/10|
|Florida Atlantic University||Aquatic Ecology (MS)||2/23/10||1/21/10|
|University of Liverpool (UK)||Evolutionary responses to ocean acidification in protists (PhD)||2/22/10|
|University of Rhode Island||Habitat modeling using remote sensing and GIS (PhD)||2/19/10|
|Michigan State University||Dendroclimatology in Kenya||2/19/10||1/22/10|
|Southeastern Louisiana University||Conservation/Evolutionary/Community Ecology (MS)||2/18/10||2/8/10|
|University of Montana||Stream ecology, invasive species and ecosystem subsidies||2/18/10||1/21/10|
|University of Georgia||Wetlands ecology (MS)||2/17/10|
|Texas Tech University||Environmental, ecological, and human health (PhD)||2/17/10|
|Mississippi State University||Managing Agricultural Conservation Lands (PhD)||2/15/10||2/11/10|
|University of South Dakota||Plants in Calcareous Fens||2/15/10||2/8/10|
|University of South Dakota||Ecology, evolution, animal behavior and conservation biology||2/15/10||2/8/10|
|Northern Arizona University||Vegetation Change (MS)||2/15/10||1/26/10|
|University of South Florida||Spatial Ecohydrology of Wetlands (PhD)||2/15/10||12/30/09|
|University of Regina (Canada)||Plant Ecology (PhD)||2/15/10||12/21/09|
|New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University-Newark||Ecology and Evolution||2/15/10||12/16/09|
|Baylor University||Aquatic Ecology (PhD)||2/15/10||9/21/09|
|Florida International University||Ecophysiology and ecosystem ecology (PhD)||2/12/10||1/4/10|
|Bethune-Cookman University||Assessment of coastal watersheds (MS)||2/10/10|
|University of Arkansas, Monticello||Forestry (MS)||2/8/10|
|University of Arkansas, Monticello||Silviculture/Forest Ecology (MS)||2/8/10|
|Oregon State University||Forest landscape dynamics (PhD)||2/8/10|
|Wright State University||Chemical ecology of host plant resistance||2/5/10|
|Utah State University||Plant invasion ecology and genetics (PhD)||2/5/10||1/21/10|
|University of Arizona||Vegetation-climate interactions in the Amazon (PhD)||2/5/10||11/16/09|
|Université de Sherbrooke (Canada)||Reproductive strategies of male kangaroos||2/4/10|
|Ohio State University||Invasive Plants/Insects||2/3/10|
|Clemson University||Ecology of Symbiosis in Aquatic Systems (PhD)||2/1/10||12/21/09|
|Southern Illinois University||Metapopulation dynamics of the marsh rice rat (PhD)||2/1/10||12/17/09|
|Kent State University/Miami University||Environmental Aquatic Resource Sensing (PhD)||2/1/10||11/20/09|
|University of Toledo||Biology-Ecology||2/1/10||11/18/09|
|State University of New York at Buffalo||Ecosystem Restoration (PhD)||2/1/10||10/7/09|
|Université Laval (Canada)||Spatial Dynamics of Bison (PhD)||1/31/10||1/12/10|
|Ludwig-Maximilians University (Germany)||Watershed Science and Policy (PhD)||1/31/10||12/10/09|
|Southern Illinois University||Watershed Science and Policy (PhD)||1/31/10||9/29/09|
|Univeristy of Western Australia||Landscape modeling (PhD)||1/29/10||1/22/10|
|Oklahoma State University||Human Dimensions of Rangeland Ecology and Management (PhD)||1/27/10|
|Louisiana State University||Applied forest ecology and forestry||1/26/10|
|Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet (SLU) (Sweden)||Stream biogeochemical response to climate change (PhD)||1/26/10||1/8/10|
|Trent University||Spider physiological ecology (MS)||1/25/10|
|South Dakota State University||Glacial relict fishes (MS)||1/25/10|
|Plymouth State University||Hydrology (MS)||1/22/10|
|Oregon State University||Ecology/Silviculture (PhD)||1/22/10|
|Washington State University||Nitrogen Systems: Policy-oriented Integrated Research and Education (PhD)||1/22/10||12/10/09|
|Fort Hays State University||Biological Sciences||1/21/10|
|Georg-August-University Göttingen (Germany)||Biodiversity, Macroecology and Conservation Biogeography (PhD)||1/20/10||12/30/09|
|University of Saskatchewan/Université Laval (Canada)||Inter-specific interactions, Sable Island (PhD)||1/20/10||12/3/09|
|Virginia Tech||Forest Soils/Biogeochemistry||1/19/10|
|Texas A&M University||Tree-ring study in northern Sweden||1/15/10|
|Purdue University||Tallgrass Prairie Ecosystem Services||1/15/10||1/7/10|
|Southern Illinois University||Ecology||1/15/10||1/6/10|
|University of Illinois||Forest ecology||1/15/10||1/4/10|
|University of Oslo (Norway)||Quantifying drivers for Brazil’s contribution to global warming||1/15/10||12/21/09|
|University of South Dakota||Dragonfly conservation and ecology||1/15/10||12/17/09|
|Michigan Technological University||Stream ecosystem ecology||1/15/10||12/3/09|
|University of Central Florida||Restoration of a rare shrub, Corema conradii, at Cape Cod (MS)||1/15/10||12/3/09|
|University of Kansas||Modeling ecosystem dynamics||1/15/10||12/1/09|
|University of Nevada, Reno||Biogeography, pinyon-juniper woodlands||1/15/10||12/1/09|
|University of Wyoming||Isotope Ecology: tree-ring responses to climate, Alaska||1/15/10||11/23/09|
|Stony Brook University||Ecology and Evolution||1/15/10||11/11/09|
|Texas State University-San Marcos||Ecological modeling of invasive species control by prescribed fire (PhD)||1/15/10||10/27/09|
|Purdue University||Ecological and Environmental Engineering||1/15/10||12/10/09|
|University of Nevada, Reno||Ants and Forest Management||1/13/10|
|Monash University (Australia)||Carbon cycling of revegetated agricultural landscapes (PhD)||1/11/10|
|Iowa State University||Ecohydrology, Watershed Science, and Stable Isotopes (PhD)||1/11/10|
|University of Louisiana||Environmental and Evolutionary Biology (PhD)||1/11/10|
|Hofstra University||Effects of climate change and urbanization in Long Island||1/11/10|
|University of Arkansas at Little Rock||Thermal physiology of salamanders (MS)||1/11/10|
|University of Florida||Climate change and landscape ecology||1/10/10||12/21/09|
|Washington State University Vancouver||Environmental Science||1/10/10||12/1/09|
|University of Bayreuth (Germany)||Ecology and Ecophysiology of Tropical Plants||1/8/10||12/21/09|
|Colorado State University||Island Carnivore Population Dynamics, California||1/8/10||12/10/09|
|Simon Fraser University||Fisheries Science and Management||1/7/10|
|University of Maryland||Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, & Systematics (PhD)||1/6/10||12/11/09|
|Iowa State University||Soil Biogeochemistry and Hydrology||1/5/10|
|Texas Tech University||Fire/plant ecology||1/5/10|
|University of California Riverside||Quantitative Conservation Ecology, Ecological Modeling and Decision Making (PhD)||1/5/10||12/14/09|
|SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry||Dendroclimatology||1/4/10|
|University of Illinois||Plant invasion ecology||1/4/10|
|Saint Louis University||Aquatic ecology||1/4/10|
|University of Idaho||Forest Landscape Dynamics and Ecosystem Resilience (5 PhD positions)||1/4/10||12/10/09|
|City University of New York||Aquatic ecology (PhD)||1/1/10||12/1/09|
|Utah State University||Macroecology, Community Ecology, or Ecological Theory/Modeling||1/1/10||10/22/09|
|University of Colorado, Boulder||Theory of extinction, invasion, climate change (PhD)||12/31/09||12/22/09|
|Colorado State University||Evolutionary and Mathematical Ecology (2 positions)||12/22/09|
|San Francisco State University||Zooplankton ecology (2 MS positions)||12/21/09|
|Purdue University||Ecological Dynamics of Great Lakes fishes (2-3 positions)||12/18/09||10/19/09|
|University of Nevada, Reno||Butterfly conservation||12/17/09|
|Wright State University||Tree Resistance to Wood Boring Insects (PhD)||12/17/09|
|University of Illinois||Avian response to a fire-grazing interaction||12/16/09|
|University of Pennsylvania||Ocean biogeochemistry - climate||12/15/09||11/30/09|
|University of Pennsylvania||Biogoechemistry in Puerto Rico||12/15/09||11/30/09|
|University of Montana||Biogoechemistry of recently deglaciated ecosystems||12/15/09||11/30/09|
|Arizona State University||Environmental Life Sciences (PhD)||12/15/09||11/13/09|
|University of California, Davis||Alpine ecology/vegetation-mammal interactions (PhD)||12/15/09||11/10/09|
|Kansas State University||Ecological Genomics of Drought Stress in Prairie Grasses (PhD)||12/15/09||10/21/09|
|University of California-Santa Barbara||Urban Biogeosciences (2 PhD positions)||12/15/09||10/13/09|
|University of Montana||Soil Ecology/Biogeochemistry||12/15/09||10/12/09|
|University of California-Santa Barbara||Freshwater Ecotoxicology||12/15/09||10/7/09|
|University of California-Santa Barbara||Freshwater Ecology||12/15/09||10/7/09|
|Kansas State University||Ecology, Evolution And Genomics (PhD)||12/15/09||9/15/09|
|University of Washington||Microbial ecology||12/15/09||8/26/09|
|University Of Florida||Adaptive forest management (2 PhD positions)||12/14/09|
|University Of Georgia||Ecological genetics of invasive species (PhD)||12/10/09|
|Miami University||Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology (PhD)||12/10/09|
|Murray State University||Stable Isotope Analysis/Ecosystem Processes (MS)||12/10/09|
|North Dakota State University||Weed biology and ecology||12/10/09|
|University of Nebraska||Vegetation dynamics in prairie remnants and prairie restoration||12/10/09|
|University of Arkansas, Monticello||C/N Dynamics in Bioenergy Agroforest Plantations (MS)||12/10/09|
|University of Kansas||Plant Geographer/Ecologist, Medicinal Plant Research (PhD)||12/7/09|
|University of Texas at San Antonio||Primate nutritional ecology and conservation (PhD)||12/7/09|
|University of Nevada Las Vegas||Invasive quagga mussels in the arid southwest (MPH)||12/7/09||10/12/09|
|University of Idaho||Fire, nutrients and restoration of wildlife habitat (MS)||12/5/09||12/1/09|
|Yale University||Ecology, Biogeography, and Conservation (PhD)||12/4/09||12/1/09|
|Texas Tech University||Native springsnails and an invasive snail (MS)||12/4/09||9/18/09|
|Stony Brook University||Theoretical Ecology (PhD)||12/3/09|
|Murray State University||Arctic stream ecology and bioacoustic monitoring (2 MS positions)||12/3/09|
|Mississippi State University||Forest soils (MS)||12/3/09|
|University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff||Water Quality Research (MS)||12/3/09|
|University of Missouri||Urban Water Flow Regimes and Water Quality||12/1/09|
|Bethune-Cookman University||Coastal resource management (MS)||12/1/09|
|Indiana State University||Evolutionary behavioral genomics, birds||12/1/09|
|Utah State University||Aquatic ecosystem ecology/biogeochemistry||12/1/09|
|Dartmouth College||Ungulate ecology in Africa (PhD)||12/1/09|
|University of Minnesota||Forest Ecology & Global Change (PhD)||12/1/09|
|University of Arkansas-Monticello||Forest Science (MS)||12/1/09|
|University of Arkansas-Monticello||Forest Science (MS)||12/1/09|
|Iowa State University||Wetland Ecology (MS)||12/1/09|
|University of California Los Angeles||Ecology and Evolutionary Biology||12/1/09|
|South Dakota State University||Invasive Fish Ecology (MS)||12/1/09|
|University of California, Berkeley||Plant-Soil Interactions and Species Invasions (PhD)||12/1/09||11/18/09|
|Florida International University||Tropical Community Ecology and/or Global Change Ecology||12/1/09||10/29/09|
|University of Minnesota||Silviculture and Applied Forest Ecology (2 PhD positions)||12/1/09||10/29/09|
|Dartmouth College||Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (PhD)||12/1/09||10/19/09|
|University of Idaho||Conservation and sustainability in Costa Rica and Idaho (9 PhD positions)||12/1/09||10/15/09|
|Utah State University||Community Ecology or Macroecology (PhD)||12/1/09||9/15/09|
|Massey University (New Zealand)||Tussock grassland carbon dynamics (PhD)||11/30/09|
|University of Wyoming||Physiological/Ecosystem Ecology and Soil Science/Biogeochemistry (2 PhD positions)||11/30/09||10/21/09|
|University of Minnesota||Forest Ecology and Global Change (PhD)||11/20/09|
|South Dakota State University||Insect taxonomy/ecology||11/20/09|
|University of Waterloo||Modelling the community dynamics of ecosystem engineers (PhD)||11/19/09|
|University of Dayton||Dendroecology||11/18/09|
|New Mexico State University||Behavioral Ecology||11/17/09|
|Boston University||Biogeochemistry/Global Change (2 PhD positions)||11/16/09|
|Texas Tech University||Behavioral Ecology||11/16/09|
|University of Southern Maine||Herring Stock Structure (MS)||11/13/09|
|University of Massachusetts - Amherst||Ecology and population genetics of brook trout (PhD)||11/13/09||10/19/09|
|Virginia Commonwealth University||Amphibian ecology||11/11/09|
|University of Kansas||Ecology and Evolutionary Biology||11/11/09|
|Oklahoma State University||Quantitative Floristics (PhD)||11/10/09|
|Rice University||Community/population ecology (PhD)||11/9/09|
|Fordham University||Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation (PhD)||11/9/09|
|University of Oxford||Evolutionary Ecology/Information Engineering||11/9/09||9/14/09|
|Georgetown University||Ecology, evolution and behavior (PhD)||11/5/09|
|Northwestern University/Chicago Botanic Garden||Plant Biology and Conservation||11/5/09|
|University of California-San Diego||Ecology, Behavior & Evolution (PhD)||11/3/09|
|Baylor University||Surface dynamics and ecological exposure and consequences of emerging contaminants (PhD)||11/2/09|
|University of Maine/University of Southern Maine||Sustainability Science (25+ positions)||11/2/09|
|University of Illinois at Chicago||Ecology, Management and Restoration of Integrated Human-Natural Landscapes (PhD)||11/2/09|
|University of Wisconsin-Madison||Deer impacts/plant monitoring||11/2/09|
|University of Wisconsin-Madison||Forest Ecology (PhD)||10/31/09||10/12/09|
|Trent University (Canada)||Physiological/chemical basis of phenotypic plasticity of amphibians (PhD)||10/31/09||9/29/09|
|Dartmouth College||Polar Environmental Change (PhD)||10/30/09|
|Wayne State University||Aquatic Ecology (MS)||10/30/09|
|University of Idaho||Impacts of biochar amendments on forest soil microbial processes (MS)||10/30/09||9/21/09|
|Boston University||Ecosystem Ecology (PhD)||10/29/09|
|University of Montana||Riparian Ecology (MS)||10/29/09|
|University of Arkansas||Biological Sciences||10/29/09|
|Colorado State University||Peatland Ecology (PhD)||10/29/09|
|University of Rhode Island||Remote sensing and GIS (PhD)||10/26/09|
|University of Wisconsin, Madison||Evolutionary Ecology of Plant-Herbivore Interactions||10/21/09|
|North Carolina State University||Urban Ecology||10/20/09|
|University of Rhode Island||Terrestrial Community Ecology||10/20/09|
|Oregon State University||Evaluating and modeling wildlife-habitat relationships (2 PhD positions)||10/20/09||9/17/09|
|University of Victoria (Canada)||Paleoecology||10/19/09|
|Rutgers University||Invasive plant root growth/N dynamics (PhD)||10/15/09|
|Pennsylvania State University||Agroecology (PhD)||10/15/09|
|University of Rhode Island||Spatial Ecology of Sea Ducks||10/15/09||9/23/09|
|Tulane University||Population Dynamics of a Migratory Songbird||10/15/09||9/14/09|
|University of North Texas||Aquatic community and ecosystem ecology||10/15/09||9/18/09|
|University of North Carolina Wilmington||Tropical Forest Management Ecological Sustainability Indicators||10/15/09||9/1/09|
|University of Texas at Arlington||Arctic Ecology||10/15/09||9/15/09|
|North Carolina State University||Biogeography, Societies, Climate Change, or Species Interactions||10/14/09|
|North Carolina State University||Evolutionary Ecology||10/13/09|
|University of Georgia, University of Alabama, and Coastal Carolina University (5 positions)||Nutrient enrichment of detritus-based stream food webs||10/13/09|
|University of Kansas||Community ecology, grassland biodiversity and restoration||10/13/09|
|South Dakota State University||Lake habitat quality (PhD)||10/13/09|
|Clark University||Earth System Science (PhD)||10/12/09|
|Coastal Carolina University||Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies (MS)||10/12/09|
|Southern Illinois University||White-tailed Deer Spatial Ecology and Epidemiology||10/8/09|
|University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez||Limnology/Invasive Species||10/7/09|
|University of Illinois/University of Maryland||Grassland Paleoecology||10/7/09|
|Texas A&M University||Entomology||10/7/09|
|University of Alaska Anchorage||Plant Physiological Ecology (2 positions)||10/7/09|
|Rutgers University||Pollination Ecology (3 positions)||10/5/09|
|University of Rhode Island||Wetlands-soils-littoral zone-invasives||10/2/09|
|Pennsylvania State University||Ecology||10/1/09|
|Michigan State University et al.||Ecology of Lyme Disease||10/1/09|
|Virginia Commonwealth University||Ecology and evolution||10/1/09|
|Clemson University||Remote Sensing of Isolated Wetlands (MS)||9/29/09|
|Memorial University (Canada)||Aquatic Connectivity||9/29/09|
|Universität Potsdam (Germany)||Ecohydrological modelling of drylands (PhD)||9/25/09|
|Fort Hays State University||Plant physiological ecology of drought stress (MS)||9/23/09|
|Colorado State University||Wildebeest Foraging and Movements (PhD)||9/23/09|
|Université Laval (Canada)||Mammal space use patterns (PhD)||9/23/09||9/16/09|
|Université Laval (Canada)||Forest Harvesting and Wildlife Dynamics (PhD)||9/23/09||9/16/09|
|Université Laval (Canada)||Forest Management and Wildlife (PhD)||9/23/09||9/16/09|
|University of Hawaii at Manoa||Molecular ecology/plant sciences (PhD)||9/22/09|
|East Carolina University||Ecology and Evolution||9/22/09|
|Louisiana State University||Plant/disease population dynamics (PhD)||9/18/09|
|University of Florida||Adaptive forest management (3 positions)||9/17/09|
|University of Texas at Austin||Biofuels, genomics, experimental ecology, and climate change||9/17/09|
|Purdue University||Insect Ecology||9/16/09|
|University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee||Tropical Ecology (PhD)||9/16/09|
|University of Maryland, College Park||Stream amphibian ecology (PhD)||9/15/09|
|Pennsylvania State University||Sustainable Agriculture (2 positions)||9/15/09|
|University of Florida||Sexual Selection in Cactus Bugs (MS)||9/15/09||9/2/09|
|Colorado State University||Improving drought stress tolerance of winter wheat (PhD)||9/11/09|
|Rutgers University||Urban ecology||9/8/09|
|Clemson University||Forest Ecology (PhD)||9/4/09|
|Université du Québec à Montréal (Canada)||Cyanobacterial ecology||9/3/09|
|University of Washington||Desert Amphibian Conservation (PhD)||9/3/09|
|Oregon State University||Population dynamics in desert stream ecosystems (PhD)||9/3/09|
|Brown University||Terrestrial Biogeochemistry (PhD) and Environmental Science (MS)||9/3/09|
|University of Idaho||Conservation Biology, Sustainable Production and Resilience of a Prairie Ecosystem (5 PhD positions)||9/3/09|
|University of Idaho||Sustainability in Costa Rica (5 PhD positions)||9/1/09|
|Auburn University||Wildlife conservation ecology (2 PhD positions)||8/27/09|
|Texas Tech University||Physiological ecology, invasive wetland grass (PhD)||8/24/09|
|Montana State University||Watershed Ecohydrology (PhD)||8/24/09|
|College of Charleston||Marine Biology (MS)||8/24/09|
|Mississippi State University||Effects of Biomass Production on Birds and Wildlife (PhD)||8/21/09|
|Mississippi State University||Native Warm-Season Grass Pastures for Livestock, Wildlife & Ecosystem Services (PhD)||8/21/09|
|Oklahoma State University||Ecohydrology/ecophysiology/watershed management||8/20/09|
|University of Virginia||Ecology (2 positions)||8/19/09|
|Colorado State University||Ecophysiology/ecohydrology (PhD)||8/17/09|
|University of Southern Mississippi||Coastal and Habitat Ecology (MS)||8/14/09|
|University of Missouri||Urban watershed hydrology (PhD)||8/13/09|
|University of Alabama||Coastal marsh responses to climate change and rising sea levels||8/13/09|
|University of Alabama||Plant Physiological Ecology||8/12/09|
|University of New Mexico||Plant Physiological Ecology||8/12/09|
|University of Oklahoma||Ecological Forecasting, Biogeochemical/Ecosystem Modeling||8/11/09|
|Louisiana State University||Forestry (PhD)||8/11/09|
|Colorado State University||African Savanna Ecology and Dynamics (PhD)||8/11/09|
|University of Arizona||Decomposition processes in desert ecosystems||8/11/09|
|University of Missouri||Dendrochronology||8/11/09|
|Dartmouth College||Forest Ecology||8/11/09|
|Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL||Ecosystem-Herbivore Interactions||8/11/09|
|University of Hawaii at Manoa||Gene flow between crops and native plants||8/10/09|
|Ohio University||Soil microbial ecology (PhD)||8/10/09|
|Louisiana State University||Coastal Science (MS)||7/2/09|
|Clemson University||Fire Ecology (MS)||7/1/09|
|Clemson University||Applied Forest Ecology (MS)||7/1/09|
|Southern Illinois University||Economic and environmental analysis of biofuel production||7/1/09|
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Arizona State University: The newly formed interdisciplinary PhD program Environmental Life Sciences (ELS) at seeks competitive applicants to work with a wide array of faculty on cutting edge research in environmental science, environmental engineering, environmental physiology, biogeochemistry, and sustainability, among other related fields. Financial support includes teaching and research assistantships that come with health benefits and a tuition waiver. Target date for applications for Fall 2010 is Dec. 15, 2009. For more information see the link above. Posted: 11/13/09.
Auburn University: One MS graduate assistantship in crayfish ecology / symbiosis is available in the Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquaculture beginning Fall 2010. The incumbent will join a collaborative research team on an NSF-funded project investigating the role of environment in mediating shifts from commensalism to mutualism to parasitism between native crayfishes and their ectosymbionts (branchiobdellid worms). Opportunities exist for collaboration with researchers from various departments at Auburn (FAA, Biological Sciences), Clemson University (Forestry and Natural Resources), and Appalachian State University (Biology). Specific responsibilities: 1) Conduct experiments to examine the role of environmental conditions on the costs / benefits of this symbiosis to host crayfish 2) Build and maintain crayfish burrowing chambers and small artificial stream systems, 3) Supervise 1-2 undergraduate technicians, 4) Analyze and summarize results for publication in the peer-review literature and presentation at national and/or international research conferences. Qualifications: B.S. degree in ecology, biology or related field with competitive GPA and GRE scores. Desirable qualifications include ability to work independently, build and maintain culture systems for aquatic invertebrates, and some experience with crayfish ecology and/or symbiotic relationships. Salary: Full stipend and tuition waiver, including summer salary, for 2.5 years. Starts Fall Semester 2010. To apply: Send CV, cover letter, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for 2-3 references to: Jim Stoeckel (email@example.com) and/or Brian Helms (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 4/6/10.
Auburn University: Graduate Research Assistantships (2 - Ph.D.) are available with the Alabama Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit, located at Auburn University, Auburn, AL. The selectees will conduct research to support the development of decision support tools for evaluating conservation strategies under competing models of climate change and response by aquatic and terrestrial wildlife populations. B.S. required (M.S. heavily preferred) in wildlife biology, conservation biology, ecology, biometrics, or a related field. The candidate must demonstrate commitment to publication of results in peer-reviewed outlets, and strong potential to work collaboratively with multiple researchers on a highly visible topic. Starts January 6, 2010. Stipend: $18k + tuition waiver. To apply: Email cover letter, resume, copies of transcripts and GRE scores,and contact information for 3 professional references to: Dr. James B. Grand, Leader, Alabama Cooperative Fisheries and Wildlife Research Unit, 3301 School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn, AL 36849-5418. Ph: (334) 844-4796, FAX: (334) 844-1084, email@example.com. Posted: 8/27/09.
Baylor University: Ph.D student position in Environmental Atmospheric Chemistry. The Air Quality and Climate group is welcoming applications for a PhD assistantship. The prospective candidate will work with Dr. Sheesley in the Environmental Science Department and TIE^3S program at Baylor University using state-of-the-art environmental chemistry field and laboratory instrumentation. The focus of the PhD will be on investigating the evolution and transformation of carbonaceous aerosols using detailed chemical characterization and the development of novel isotope analysis. Carbonaceous aerosols are of interest due to climate forcing and potential human health impacts. Prospective candidates are expected to have a working background in chemistry or geosciences and to have completed a Bachelor of Science or Masters degree. Prior research experience preferred. Anticipated start date between June and August 2010. Applicants will be applying to The Ecological Earth Environmental Sciences Program (TIEEES). The successful candidate will receive a competitive stipend with health insurance and full tuition waiver. More information on graduate studies at Baylor. Interested applicants should send a one-page statement of research interests, resume and academic transcripts to Dr. Rebecca Sheesley at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 1, 2010. Posted: 4/16/10.
Baylor University: Profs. Boris Lau and Bryan Brooks are jointly recruiting outstanding PhD students to work on projects studying surface dynamics and ecological exposure and consequences of emerging contaminants (trace organics and nanoparticles). This is an excellent opportunity for students who are interested to become experts in the emerging field that requires the crossover of aquatic ecology, toxicology and environmental nanoscience. Baylor University provides access and training to state-of-the art research facilities situated in the newly opened Baylor Sciences Building. The students will be part of a multidisciplinary team of ecologists, environmental engineers, chemists, geoscientists, toxicologists and microbiologists from a newly formed Institute of Ecology, Earth, and Environmental Sciences. Core multiuser laboratories with permanent scientific staff in aquatic science, spatial science, molecular biosciences and mass spectrometry are available to support graduate research pursuits. Successful applicants must possess a strong academic record and excellent English communication skills. Highly motivated candidates with a BS or MS degree in relevant science and/or engineering disciplines will be considered. Qualified students will be funded through teaching and/or research assistantships that provide tuition remission, competitive stipends, health benefits, and travel support to attend professional meetings. Prospective candidates are encouraged to submit their CVs to Dr. Bryan Brooks (email@example.com) and/or Dr. Boris Lau (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please use “Lau-Brooks Research Opportunities” in the subject line. Review of applicants will continue until all positions are filled. Preferred start date: January or August 2010. Posted: 11/2/09.
Baylor University: The Aquatic Ecology Lab is seeking applicants for up to two PhD graduate assistantships starting summer or fall 2010. Applicants may apply to PhD programs in Biology or Ecological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (EEES). Applicants may wish to apply to both programs to ensure full consideration for assistantships. We are particularly interested in applicants who will structure their PhD research within one or more of the following (or related) ongoing research areas in the lab: 1) The collective role of watershed physiography, upland vegetation, and riparian wetlands in constraining nutrient availability and energy pathways in small, salmon-rearing streams on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. 2) How does nutrient enrichment influence biogeochemical processes in stream bacterial-algal (periphyton) communities? How do consumers (macroinvertebrates and fish) interact with nutrient enrichment to influence stream biogeochemical processes? 3) How have reduced hydrological connectivity and increased flow diversions and effluent discharges influenced historical fish species distributions and genetic diversity in stream networks in Texas? Baylor affords outstanding research and teaching facilities. The Aquatic Ecology Lab is housed in the new 500,000 sq. ft Baylor Sciences Building and recently moved into brand-new expansion space to accommodate growth of the lab. Student offices are situated adjacent to the lab and other aquatic teaching and research labs, most notably the Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Systems Research, a state-of-the-art analytical laboratory supporting a suite of water, soil, and tissue chemical analyses. A stable-isotope mass spectrometer lab available on-site for student research also is opening in spring 2009. Off campus, the 180-acre Lake Waco Wetlands supports our new Baylor Experimental Aquatic Research (BEAR) outdoor stream facility, one of the largest and most realistic experimental stream facilities in North America. Baylor offers excellent financial support for highly qualified applicants. Annual stipends range from $18-25k, with the higher stipends awarded to top applicants. Admission to either Biology or EEES PhD programs guarantees full tuition remission (up to a $20k value per year), health insurance benefits, and additional funding opportunities to cover fees, books, etc. To apply to Biology and/or EEES, please review university admission guidelines. In addition to these application materials, applicants should possess an M.S. degree or substantial undergraduate research experience and a GRE v+q score of 1200 or higher. Applicants also much possess a U.S. driver's license. If you meet these criteria and are interested in applying, please contact Dr. Ryan S. King (Ryan_S_King@baylor.edu) for more information. For full consideration, applications must be received by February 15, 2010. Posted: 9/21/09.
Beijing Forestry University: PhD study program in China. Prof. DING Chang-Qing has a grant to supervise a foreign PhD candidate. The student will be enrolled in Beijing Forestry University for a three year PhD program, and will major in Wildlife Conservation. We welcome the students from Europe, North America and Australia who have a Master degree and Avian Ecology, Animal Behavior or GIS background to join us. The duration of PhD study will be three years, full time. It would be better if it starts from September, 2010. Beijing Forestry University will provide the tuition fees, accommodation and living subsidy. The candidate’s research will be supported by the supervisor’s project. The PhD will be awarded on the basis of an 80,000 word thesis and several scientific papers publishing during the study, in which the candidate reports on an independent, sustained and academically-supervised research project investigating a relevant research field. The candidate's research is expected to make a significant new contribution to the discipline and the creative work may form part of the thesis. The current projects are: the reintroduction and conservation of Crested Ibis (Nipponia nippon); the waterbird (esp. the Anatidae) migration and conservation in China; the hotspot and GAP analysis of the conservation of Galliformes in China. If you are interested in this program, please contact Prof. Ding Chang-Qing, College of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing 100083, CHINA. Tel: 86-10-6233 6869 (Office); 86-13701245927 (Mobile); Fax: 86-10-6233 6164; Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 3/17/10.
Bethune-Cookman University: Up to two MS research assistantships in integrated assessment will be available beginning Fall of 2010, subject to funding. The successful applicant(s) will perform their thesis research under the supervision of Dr. Michael A. Reiter, Lead PI in Integrated Assessment for the Environmental Cooperative Science Center (a consortium of nine universities supported by NOAA), on an aspect of the assessment of coastal watersheds for resource management (the specific topic will be related to ongoing or new research projects in integrated assessment: contact Dr. Reiter for information on possibilities). The assistantships carry a stipend of $16k plus tuition per year for up to three years (assuming satisfactory progress toward the degree and maintenance of a 3.0 gpa), based upon grant funding. For details, visit opportunities or contact Dr. Reiter (email@example.com, 386-481-2695). Screening will begin immediately and will continue until suitable candidates are selected. Posted: 2/10/10.
Bethune-Cookman University: The Department of Integrated Environmental Science has openings for Masters students with an interest in coastal resource management, particularly (but not limited to) water resources and stakeholder-based resource management tools. Current research is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Forest Service, and at least two funded assistantships are currently available. The BCU IES Department's programs are newly designed based on the developing guidelines of the IEA Roundtables on Environmental Systems and Sustainability for certification of integrated environmental programs, and linked cooperatively to other universities across the US and abroad. More information on the program, including links to the assistantship announcement, is available at http://www4.cookman.edu/faculty/reiter/EnviSci.htm, or contact Michael Reiter at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Posted: 12/1/09.
Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre: A PhD and a PostDoc position are available at the Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F) in Frankfurt/Germany. BiK-F is a new interdisciplinary institute with the mission to carry out internationally outstanding research on the interactions of biodiversity and climate change. It provides a dynamic research environment that integrates a variety of disciplines from both natural and social sciences. The Project Area E “Data and Modelling Centre” invites applications for 1 PostDoc position (Ref. #E16) 1 PhD position (Ref. #E18) “Modelling of the terrestrial biosphere”. Candidates are expected to further develop ecosystem and terrestrial biosphere models, with a particular focus upon interactions between climate, ecosystems and biodiversity. Envisioned key development areas include interactions between herbivores and ecosystems, climate impacts on forests, and an improved representation of functional diversity within Dynamic Global Vegetation Models (DGVMs). The applicant should hold a master/diploma or PhD degree in Biology, Geography, Geoecology, Physics, Forestry, Earth System Science, Environmental Science or similar. He/she needs to have expertise in numerical modelling and computer programming, and an interest to work in interdisciplinary teams. Expertise in Linux system administration, shell programming and C++ are an advantage. Very good written and oral English language skills are required. Applicants for the PostDoc positions should have published in international, peer-reviewed journals. Salary and benefits are according to public service positions in Germany (TV-H E 13 for PostDoc positions and TV-H E 13 50% for PhD positions). The contract shall start as soon as possible and will initially be restricted to three years. An extension of an additional three years is possible being subject to personal performance and availability of funds. The duty station will be Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Please, send applications by mail or e-mail, mentioning the reference of this position (#E16 or #E18), and including a cover letter describing the applicant’s motivation to apply, a detailed CV, two references, a copy of your thesis and a list of publications, by June 20th, 2010 to Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. V. Mosbrugger, Scientific Coordinator, Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre, Senckenberganlage 25, D-60325 Frankfurt am Main, Germany. E-mail to Service and Finances: email@example.com. For scientific enquiries please write to Prof. T. Hickler (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 6/2/10.
Boston University: The Finzi Lab is looking for two Ph.D. students to begin in the autumn of 2010. Research in the Finzi lab focuses on the response of forests to global change, with an emphasis on coupled biogeochemical cycles , plant and microbial processes. Students are welcome to work on existing projects or develop one of their own. Students accepted into the lab will also have an opportunity to take part in a new Ph.D. program providing formalized inter-disciplinary training in Terrestrial Biogeoscience. For more information please contact afinzi at bu dot edu. Posted: 11/16/09.
Boston University: I invite applications for doctoral work in the Templer lab beginning fall 2010 in the areas of biogeochemistry, forest ecology, global change biology and related fields. Applicants should be independent and highly motivated with academic research and/or field experience in plant ecology, soil ecology or nutrient cycling. Funding is available to work on a project examining the impacts of variation in winter climate on forest productivity and nutrient dynamics. My research program covers a broad range of topics including human impacts on the global nitrogen cycle, the effects of exotic pests on forest biogeochemistry, nutrients inputs from fog to coastal forest ecosystems and the role of disturbances in nutrient uptake by trees. Our lab has excellent research facilities, including access to three isotope ratio mass spectrometers in our department. I encourage prospective students to contact me, Pam Templer (email@example.com), to discuss potential projects and to set up an interview. Formal review of applications will begin in our department December 7, 2009, but interested applicants should contact me before the application deadline if possible. Posted: 10/29/09.
Brown University: Ph.D. in Terrestrial Biogeochemistry and M.S. in Environmental Science. I am currently seeking 1-2 Ph.D. students and 1 M.S. student to explore questions related to tropical biogeochemistry. My lab works broadly at the intersection between biology and geology to explore spatial patterns in tropical ecosystems, and the consequences of those patterns for the impacts of land use change on tropical ecosystems. A few of the current projects in the lab include investigations of: nutrient availability and landscape formation in the Talamanca Range of Costa Rica, the interaction between selective logging and nutrient dynamics in the lowland forests of Imataca, Venezuela, the effects of climate and soil age on plant/nutrient interactions in the Hawaiian Islands, and the impacts of industrialized soy production in Brazil. A few other projects are described on the lab website. Applicants should have a strong academic record, experience in either ecological or geological field work, chemical and isotopic analyses, or, ideally, some combination thereof. For more information on program details, potential Ph.D. students can visit the Dept. or Ecology and Evolutionary Biology website, and potential M.S. students can visit the Center for Environmental Studies website. Interested applicants should email CV, transcript, test scores, and a letter describing personal and research interests to firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 9/3/09.
California State University, Bakersfield: Plant Ecophysiology and Functional Plant Anatomy in southern California chaparral (MS). I am seeking a motivated student interested in earning a Master’s of Science degree in Biology. A research assistantship is available to work on an NSF funded project examining xylem tradeoffs of evergreen and deciduous California chaparral shrub species. Available support is for two years and salary is $18,700 per year plus tuition. Students with an undergraduate degree in Biology or related field and interests in plant physiology, ecology, or anatomy are encouraged to apply. Dr. Pratt’s lab is well equipped to support students in a broad range of research projects relating to plant ecology, physiology, and functional anatomy. We currently have an active and fun loving laboratory group that consists of two Master’s students, two post-doctoral scholars, and five undergraduate students. Inquiries and applications should be sent to Brandon Pratt (email@example.com; 661-654-2033; www.autecology.com), Department of Biology, California State University, Bakersfield, 9001 Stockdale Hwy, Bakersfield CA 93311 (emailed applications are preferable). Applicants should email 1) a current curriculum vita, 2) a statement of research interests and career goals; and 3) the names, phone numbers and email addresses of three references. The position is available to start fall 2010 or sooner. The deadline for applications is 1 March 2010. Posted: 1/19/10.
City University of New York: We are seeking an applicant to fill a graduate assistantship (Ph.D.) at the CUNY Graduate Center. The research will focus on the influence of oyster restoration on sediment nutrient cycling in a eutrophic coastal environment (Jamaica Bay, NY), and is funded by the National Science Foundation. Individuals with an interest in ecology, biogeochemistry, and shellfish biology are encouraged to apply. We are seeking a student that has obtained a BS or MS in a related discipline, has field experience in aquatic research, and has a record of excellent teamwork skills. The successful applicant will be co-advised by Chester Zarnoch and Timothy Hoellein at Baruch College and enrolled in the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior program in the Department of Biology at CUNY’s Graduate Center. Applications to the CUNY Graduate Center are due Jan 1, 2010. See the http://web.gc.cuny.edu/eeb/ for more information on how to apply. Prior to applying, prospective students are encouraged to contact either PI with a brief description of their experience and research interests: Timothy J. Hoellein, Ph.D. (firstname.lastname@example.org, 646-660-6247); Chester B. Zarnoch, Ph.D. (email@example.com, 646-660-6239). Posted: 12/1/09.
Clark University: PhD Positions in Earth System Science. Applications are invited for PhD assistantships within the Graduate School of Geography. Assistantships cover tuition, provide an annual stipend, and include eligibility for a competitive fellowship. Clark's Earth System Science program features expertise in terrestrial ecosystems and global change, hydrology, forest ecology, biogeography, Arctic System Science, remote sensing of land cover change, landscape ecology, human dimensions, and GISci. To apply, send a completed application form and personal statement, three letters of reference, and official transcript(s) with a $50 (application fee). For complete details see: PhD Program, or contact Brenda Nikas-Hayes, BNikasHayes@clarku.edu, 508-793-7337. Applicants are encouraged to communicate with prospective advisors. Posted: 10/12/09.
Clemson University: Ecology of Symbiosis in Aquatic Systems. We seek qualified applicants for a graduate assistantship at the Ph.D. level, starting in the summer or fall of 2010 (summer preferred) in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources. The position is supported by a funded project to investigate the causes, consequences, and regulation of symbiotic interactions in ecological systems. To explore these questions, we use a recently described freshwater cleaning symbiosis involving crayfish and branchiobdellid annelids. For more information on the crayfish/branchiobdellid system, visit Brown lab and follow the link to “Keystone mutualisms in streams” in the “research” section. While the advertised position is supported under the general umbrella of the crayfish/branchiobdellid project, the successful candidate will be expected to develop their own particular research focus within the system. The project also offers opportunities for collaboration with faculty and students from Appalachian State University and Auburn University who are collaborators on the project. In general, the Brown lab studies community ecology of aquatic systems, emphasizing field experimental tests of broad ecological concepts including symbioses, metacommunity dynamics, influence of habitat heterogeneity, and responses of communities to perturbations. Our graduate program in Forestry and Natural Resources is large and diverse, and students are encouraged to utilize resources and participate in activities across departments within the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences at Clemson, including Biological Sciences and Entomology. Interested parties should visit the lab website (linked above) and follow the “Opportunities in the lab” link on the Navigation page. For full consideration, please apply before February 1, 2010. Please feel free to email (firstname.lastname@example.org or call (864-656-7333) Dr. Bryan Brown with any questions you have about the position or application process. Posted: 12/21/09.
Clemson University: We are seeking applications for a M.S. student to pursue research applying remote sensing technology to the detection and assessment of geographically isolated wetlands in North Carolina’s coastal plain. Qualities and experience we wish to see in the applicant include: skill applying remote sensing technology to natural resource questions, understanding the ecology of isolated wetlands, strong work ethic, independence, discretion, and positive team attitude. The position will involve a season of field work and thus the applicant should be prepared to work in remote, forested environments. An undergraduate degree in Wildlife Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Biology, Remote Sensing, or related topics is required by time of appointment. Funding is expected for a January 2010 start, and will include a stipend of $15k/year, tuition waiver, and research expenses. Student will be co-advised by Dr. Jessica Homyack of Weyerhaeuser NR Company and will pursue their degree in the department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Clemson University under the direction of Dr. Rob Baldwin. Please submit C.V., transcript, and list of three references to Dr. Rob Baldwin (email@example.com). Posted: 9/29/09.
Clemson University: One MS graduate student is sought to conduct research in fire ecology within a funded research project entitled “Fuel Dynamics in South Pine Beetle Killed Stands and its Implication to Fire Behavior”. The objective of this project is to study fuel dynamics and its implication to fire behavior in forest stands killed by southern pine beetle (SPB). Specifically, we will measure fuels in healthy stands and stands killed by SPB outbreak at different years so that fuel dynamics (i.e., change with time since SPB kill) can be modeled and compared with healthy stands. Based on measured fuel data, we will model fire behavior and fire effects to understand the consequences of fuel changes. We are seeking an outstanding candidate with a degree in Forestry, Biology, Ecology, and Environmental Sciences. The student will be offered a full graduate research assistantship ($15k/year) plus a tuition waiver. The assistantship is for 2 years, which is renewable annually based on satisfactory performance. Competitive university and/or college scholarships are also available for outstanding candidates, and students working in our lab have had a great track record to obtain these scholarships. The assistantship will start in August 2009 or as soon as possible. If you are interested, contact: Dr. Geoff Wang, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, 261 Lehotsky Hall, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634-0317 (Phone: 864-656-4864; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org). In your initial contact, please send the following information: resume, statement of your research interest, GPAs, GRE score, and TOFEL scores (for foreign students). Posted: 7/1/09.
Clemson University: One MS graduate student is sought to conduct silvicultural research to evaluate dormant season herbicide treatment methods for Chinese privet at Congaree National Park. The objectives of this project are 1) installation of multiple large-scale demonstration plots within bottomland hardwood forest tracts on the Congaree National Park, 2) measurement of the control level received from various low-volume foliar dormant season treatments, 3) measurement of the plant diversity impacts of various treatments to determine if this application method can provide landscape level control within the park, while minimizing impacts to non-target species. This is a cooperative project initiated by Congaree National Park, and the student is expected to work closely with the park staff. We are seeking an outstanding candidate with a degree in Forestry, Biology, Ecology, and Environmental Sciences. Strong interests in botany, especially skills in plant taxonomy, are desirable. The student will be offered a full graduate research assistantship ($15k/year) plus a tuition waiver. The assistantship is for 2 years, which is renewable annually based on satisfactory performance. Competitive university and/or college scholarships are also available for outstanding candidates, and students working in our lab have had a great track record to obtain these scholarships. The assistantship will start in May or August 2010. If you are interested, contact: Dr. Geoff Wang, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, 261 Lehotsky Hall, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634-0317 (Phone: 864-656-4864; Email: email@example.com). In your initial contact, please send the following information: resume, statement of your research interest, GPAs, GRE score, and TOFEL score (for foreign students). Posted: 7/1/09.
Clemson University: One Ph.D. graduate student is sought to conduct research in forest ecology within a newly funded research project entitled “Temporal and Spatial Patterns of Pine Mortality in the Southeastern United States”. The project will address two questions: (1) is there a decline in southern pine forests that are different from historical (healthy) patterns of growth and mortality? (2) what are the patterns of decline in time and space? These questions will be addressed at stand, landscape, and regional scales using data obtained from remote sensing, forest inventory, and field sampling. Aerial photos and various satellite images will be used to reconstruct the historic forest dynamics to explore possible pine decline. Tree ring analysis (dendrochronology) will be used to study historical growth pattern and investigate possible role of global/climatic change on pine decline. The Ph.D. student is expected to working in the area of either remote sensing or dendrochronology. We are seeking an outstanding candidate with BS and/or MS in Forestry, Biology, Ecology, Geography, and Environmental Sciences. A past experience in conducting tree ring analyses or applying remote sensing technique to ecological research is desirable. The student will be offered a full graduate research assistantship ($19k/year) plus a tuition waiver. Additionally, competitive university and/or college scholarships are available for outstanding candidates, and students working in our lab have had a great track record to obtain these scholarships. Supplementary teaching assistantship may also be available to suitable candidate. The assistantship is for 3.5 years, which is renewable annually based on satisfactory performance. The assistantship will start in January 2010 or as soon as possible. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Geoff Wang, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, 261 Lehotsky Hall, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634-0317 (Phone: 864-656-4864; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 7/1/09, revised: 9/4/09.
Coastal Carolina University: We offer a graduate degree (M.S.) in Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies. The program consists of 24 hrs of coursework and 6 hrs of thesis research. Courses are taught primarily by faculty members from two academic departments: biology and marine science. The coursework involves three core classes stressing coastal physical processes, ecology, and environmental policy. Located near coastal marshes, swamps, a large unregulated river, barrier islands, and the ocean, the program offers exceptional opportunities for basic and applied research. Students pursue projects that contribute to characterization and preservation of the coastal ecosystem and organisms that thrive in this ecosystem. Assistantships and Fellowships (GK-12) are available. Contact: Dr. Jim Luken, CMWS Program Coordinator (email@example.com). Posted: 10/12/09.
College of Charleston: graduate degree (M.S.) in Marine Biology. The program seeks to provide knowledge and skills that will allow graduates to pursue further graduate study and/or successfully pursue professional employment in the marine science field. The program consists of 26-27 hours of coursework and 4 hours of thesis research. The coursework involves four core classes: Marine Ecology, Physical Oceanography, Physiology and Cell Biology of Marine Organisms, and Biometry, in addition to a diverse selection of elective courses. The program is based at the Grice Marine Laboratory, across the harbor from historic downtown Charleston and the main campus of the College of Charleston. Located near coastal marshes, tidal creeks and rivers, barrier islands, and the ocean, the program offers exceptional opportunities for basic and applied research. The cooperative nature of this program provides access to the facilities of all participating institutions at the Fort Johnson Marine Science Center: the Hollings Marine Laboratory, the SC Department of Natural Resources, the National Ocean Service/NOAA, National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Medical University of SC and Grice Marine Laboratory. These partners comprise a large and diverse faculty, including approximately 110 researchers ready to guide students in their respective area of interest. Training and research opportunities include marine ecology and conservation, biodiversity, evolutionary biology, cell and molecular biology, physiology, aquatic toxicology, fisheries science, mariculture, microbiology, biomedicine, and marine genomics. Research conducted by graduate students is typically presented to the public at local colloquia, national and international meetings, and through peer-reviewed publications. One distinctive feature of the program is that incoming students have the freedom to take a semester to meet faculty and learn more about the broad field of marine biology before choosing their research project and thesis advisor. The program has available teaching and research assistantships in which out-of-state portion of tuition fees may be waived. New students are guaranteed teaching assistantships for at least the first academic year. There is an average enrollment of about 50 graduate students in the marine biology program; almost all of these students receive financial assistance in the form of teaching or research assistantships. A number of scholarships are also available for new and current students, including a new scholarship program in marine genomics for a current stipend of $22k per year. Contact: Dr. Craig Plante, Director, Graduate Program in Marine Biology, firstname.lastname@example.org, 843-953-9187. Posted: 8/24/09.
Colorado State University: New Masters Specialization in Conservation Leadership. Applications now accepted for August 2010 start date. Society is faced with some of the greatest challenges in history, from climate change to biodiversity loss to energy security and beyond. We need leaders who think differently, embrace complexity, and see the human and environmental condition as one intricate system. Conservation Leadership Through Learning (CLTL) is a 17-month Conservation Leadership Specialization within the Masters of Science Degree Program in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department. CLTL will prepare students to be a part of the next generation of conservation leaders who will tackle these dynamic challenges. In August 2010, the first group of students will begin an intensive educational journey in the United States and Mexico. CLTL merges transdisciplinary university education with real-world action to train leaders who can deliver on-the-ground benefits for conservation and communities. By reaching far beyond the classroom walls, students will develop the knowledge and real-world skills to become effective conservation leaders making a difference for the environment and people's lives. CLTL is a partnership between Colorado State University's Warner College of Natural Resources and the School of Global Environmental Sustainability, and El Colegio de la Frontera Sur in Mexico. For more information, please visit http://leadershipthroughlearning.org/ or contact Ryan Finchum, Field Director, CLTL, (970-491-7776, email@example.com). Applications are being accepted through March 31, 2010 for the first cohort, which begins August 23, 2010. Posted: 12/30/09.
Colorado State University: We seek two graduate students: one with a background in evolutionary biology and one with a background in mathematical biology for an exciting opportunity to work on a collaborative project at the interface of demography and ecological genetics. The project focuses on the contributions of demography and genetics in the founding and spread of new populations, combining a model biological system (Tribolium flour beetles) and quantitative models. The evolutionary ecologist will conduct the experiments: previous experience in lab experiments using insects or other model organisms would be helpful, and a strong background in evolutionary ecology is vital. This student would join the lab of Ruth Hufbauer and will have the opportunity to collaborate closely with the mathematical biologist. The student in mathematical biology will develop models to quantify the contributions of genetics and demography from experimental data. Previous experience with stochastic processes, and likelihood or Bayesian methods of model estimation would be a plus but all students with a genuine interest in mathematical biology are encouraged to apply. The student would join the active and growing lab of Dr Brett Melbourne where related projects are developing theory in population biology applied to extinction, invasion, climate change, and biodiversity maintenance. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible to the relevant program given the late date. Please get in touch with either Ruth or Brett for additional details on how to apply. When you write, please send a CV that includes information on coursework and grades. Posted: 12/22/09.
Colorado State University: Graduate (PhD) Assistantship: Island Carnivore Population Dynamics. This PhD project will investigate the dynamics of island foxes and island spotted skunks on Santa Cruz Island, California, via a collaboration between Colorado State University (Dr. Kevin Crooks) and The Nature Conservancy. Specific focus will be on conducting annual population surveys of foxes and skunks on Santa Cruz Island to evaluate population trends and interactions. 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. Preference will be given to students with a proven publication record. Advanced skills with mark-recapture and population estimation techniques (e.g., Program MARK) highly desirable. Experience with carnivore field surveys preferred. Salary: Starting $20k/year plus tuition for up to 5 years starting summer (mid-July) 2010. Last date to apply: January 8 2010. To apply: Applicants should create a single document (e.g., a pdf) that includes a brief letter of interest, CV/resume, unofficial transcripts, unofficial general GRE scores, and a list of three references and their contact information. The name of the file should contain the first and last name of the applicant. This file should be sent to Dr. Kevin Crooks (firstname.lastname@example.org) via e-mail with “Island Carnivore Population Dynamics” in the subject line. Applications will be screened until the January 8 2010 end date, at which time letters of recommendation will be requested from those on the short list. Posted: 12/10/09.
Colorado State University: PhD Assistantship in Ecology: Influence of Climate Change on the Water and Carbon Budgets and Vegetation of Rocky Mountain Peatlands. A graduate research assistantship is available to analyze the short and long-term influences of climate change on fens in the Rocky Mountains of the U.S. We will analyze hydrologic, carbon and nutrient dynamics in fens located in areas with different precipitation regimes (San Juan Mountains, Colorado and Medicine Bow Mountains, Wyoming) and at different elevations. The student will conduct detailed hydrologic analysis of well and piezometer nests, carbon gas fluxes, plant production and decomposition dynamics, as well as long-term history of peat accumulation and vegetation composition. This project is a collaborative effort between Colorado State University (CSU) and the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station. The student will be enrolled in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at CSU, and housed in the Department of Forest, Rangeland and Watershed Stewardship. Applicants must possess a Masters degree in a suitable scientific field (hydrology, wetland ecology, or plant ecology), be physically capable of working in wilderness setting at high elevation sites (up to 3500 m elevation), and performing demanding work. Student will be provided with a monthly stipend, and tuition and field expenses are provided. Send letter of interest, CV and list of references to Dr. David J. Cooper (David.Cooper@colostate.edu). Posted: 10/29/09.
Colorado State University: Ph.D. Graduate Research Opportunity: Wildebeest Foraging and Migration. The Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at CSU, in collaboration with the African Conservation Centre and University of Maine, is conducting research on how changes in Kenyan rangelands are altering wildebeest forage acquisition. Fragmentation is reducing the permeability of landscapes, while the increased frequency of drought is leading animals to need to move greater distances to find sufficient forage. To explore these opposing drivers, we will be tracking collared wildebeest in three Kenyan conservation areas, modeling future fragmentation in those areas, and using a multi-agent model to simulate wildebeest movements. Scenarios will be used to quantify wildebeest responses to different levels of fragmentation and drought frequency and severity. A Graduate Research Assistantship is available for a well-qualified Ph.D. student to develop an independent research project within the context of the broader research. The project will include a field component, which may include the relationship between wildebeest behavior and vegetation, landscapes, wildlife, or livestock. The Ph.D. student will be working with Dr. Boone and other project participants to construct and use the multi-agent simulation model. We seek a well qualified and self-motivated student holding an M.S. degree. Computer programming experience will be helpful, as will an ability to work effectively in rural Kenya. To apply, send the following information by email to Randall Boone: 1) a cover letter outlining your research interests and experience, 2) a detailed CV, and 3) contact information for at least 2 academic referees. Members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. Graduate student stipend and tuition fees are available for 3 year, subject to satisfactory progress in both coursework and research. Contact: Dr. Randall Boone, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, 1499 Campus Delivery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1499. Email: email@example.com, Phone: 970-491-1806. Posted: 9/23/09.
Colorado State University: A PhD fellowship is available to work with Drs. John McKay and Pat Byrne. We are looking for a highly motivated individual with a solid training in Evolution, Plant Physiology and Genomics and with the demonstrated ability to carry out outstanding research. The applied goal of the project is to improve the drought stress tolerance of winter wheat by incorporating germplasm primarily from the wild relative Aegilops tauschii. The fundamental goal of the project is to identify and physiologically characterize genes and genomic regions underlying variation in yield and its sensitivity to drought by combining plant breeding with genome-wide molecular techniques and whole-plant physiology. The position is available January 2009, but the start is flexible. The successful applicant will participate in a short-course in breeding for drought adaptation, which will take place in June 2010. Salary and benefits are competitive, and CSU is an excellent academic environment for the study of plant biology. Our lab group has excellent interactions with colleagues in bioinformatics, plant physiology, ecology, evolutionary genetics and molecular biology. Fort Collins is located on the Front Range of the Rockies and is ranked highly among great places to live. If you are interested in this position, please send a letter of interest and a C.V. in pdf format via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. More information. This position is restricted to US citizens and permanent residents. Posted: 9/11/09.
Colorado State University: PhD research assistantship in ecophysiology / ecohydrology, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture or Graduate Degree Program in Ecology. Anticipated start date: January 1, 2010. Required Qualifications: A Bachelor's degree in crop science, ecology, environmental sciences, forestry, horticulture, or plant biology related discipline or field of research applicable to the position. Preferred qualifications include: MS in research-related field, practical experience with electrical and mechanical maintenance of climatological, ecophysiological, and hydrological instruments. Other preferred qualifications include knowledge of geographic information systems, remote sensing, and computer programming skills. The successful candidate will be flexible, able to enjoy working in the field under high heat, sun, and wind exposure (as the research is primarily conducted outdoors during summer months), work reliably both independently and as part of a team, make sound judgments relative to analytical processes, recognize the extreme accuracy and consistency essential to long term research, assemble and record accurate data, follow detailed oral and/or written instructions exactly, communicate well both verbally and in writing, and have some supervisory skills. Acute attention to small details, enthusiasm, and the ability to get along well with supervisors and principle investigators are essential. Additional Requirements: Driver's license. Work is based in Fort Collins, CO with a satellite research site in OH. The student will join an interdisciplinary research team studying the application of wireless sensor technology to measure and model plant water use. Specific field responsibilities include plant physiology measurements; sap flow measurements; soil moisture measurements; collection of hydrology data; and frequent maintenance of field instruments, equipment, and infrastructure. The position will entail manual labor such as installation and maintenance of experimental study infrastructure. The individual will work with a wide variety of woody plant taxa and will be required to learn identification of ~100 plant species in the research area. General responsibilities include collecting and recording moderately complex data in both field and laboratory environments in accordance with established protocols, limited data entry, maintaining organizational and historical data for each study, aiding principle investigators with data collection and experimental design (assisting with design, testing, and/or modification of experimental equipment as well as installation of experimental apparatus). Review of applications will begin August 30, 2009 and continue until filled. Submit letter of interest, resume or CV, copy of unofficial transcripts, and 3 references with contact information. Electronic submissions must be in Microsoft Word, Rich Text Format (RTF), or PDF. Other formats will not be accepted. Reply to: William L. Bauerle, Associate Professor, 1173 Campus Delivery, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1173. Voice: 970-491-4088, Fax: 970-492-7745, Email: email@example.com. Posted: 8/17/09.
Colorado State University: PhD Graduate Research Opportunity: African Savanna Ecology and Dynamics. The Natural Resources Ecology Laboratory, with collaborators at the University of Bamako and the Institut Polytechnique Rural in Mali, West Africa, is conducting research on the ecology and vegetation dynamics of West African savannas. Our aim is to investigate the interaction and feedbacks between climate, human management, fire and herbivory in controlling savanna vegetation structure and diverse ecosystem functions. We are also exploring the trade-offs inherent in alternative management approaches with respect to the ecological and economic value of these savannas, and relationships to livelihoods in the pastoral and agro-pastoral communities of the region. Five long-term experimental research sites have been established across the West African savanna rainfall gradient, with experimental manipulations that exclude fire and grazing, and on-going measurements of vegetation responses to climate and disturbance. A Graduate Research Assistantship is currently available for a well-qualified PhD student to develop an independent research project within the larger context of the experiment. Potential research could include experimental additions to, or new observations within, the existing research infrastructure. Fields of interest include (but are not limited to), (a) experimental studies of vegetation, fauna, biogeochemical and/or soil interactions and responses to climate and disturbance; (b) studies that examine the ecological and socioeconomic relevance of climate variability and management options in West Africa; and (c) studies that place West African savannas in the context of global savanna ecology and ecological theory. We seek a well qualified and self-motivated student able to work under sometimes very difficult conditions at remote field sites in rural West Africa. Knowledge of French or other local languages would be beneficial. Prospective students are welcome to contact us first to discuss potential projects. To apply, send the following information by email to Niall Hanan: 1) a cover letter outlining your research interests and experience, 2) a detailed CV, and 3) contact information for at least 2 academic referees. Graduate student stipend and tuition fees are available for up to 4 years, subject to satisfactory progress in both coursework and research. The position will remain open until filled. Contact: Dr. Niall Hanan, Natural Resource Ecology Lab, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 970-491-0240. Posted: 8/11/09.
Concordia University: 1 PhD research position in Biology is available in my lab starting September 2010 Issues to be addressed include but are not limited to: mating group dynamics, rutting behavior, activity pattern during rut, mate choice and mating tactics. This work is part of a large ongoing research program on “The ecology of reproduction of reindeer/caribou (Rangifer tarandus)” that takes place in northern Finland. The student will have the opportunity to use 3 years GPS data from about 40 individuals (females and males) that were installed fall 2008 and including activity sensors. This project involves field work in northern Finland and the candidate should be ready to work in remote areas and to work in team. Additional data will be collected by the candidate during the upcoming field seasons. Suitable candidates will have a M.Sc. in biology or similar degree at a recognized. The ideal candidate will have experience in field research settings, be determined to complete a PhD degree, have a good academic background (good GPA). Experience with GIS (ArcGIS, ArcView) and interest in quantitative ecology (statistics; individual based modeling) would be an asset. Financial support ($15000 per year) is available for this position for three years, but students eligible for external grant will be encouraged to apply to both FQRNT and NSERC. If successful, the student will receive a bonus. If interested, send to Robert B. Weladji by email (email@example.com) before May 1st or until the position is filled: a copy of your CV, transcript and a short statement of purpose, as well as the name and email addresses of 3 references. Posted: 2/10/10.
Cornell University: Two graduate research assistantships are available to research black bear ecology in New York: 1) M.S. or Ph.D. student to model bear-habitat relationships and develop metrics of landscape permeability that represents the utilization likelihood of black bears across their range in New York. Student will be advised by Dr. Angela Fuller. 2) M.S. or Ph.D. student to design a large-scale DNA mark-recapture study using hair snares to be used for population abundance estimation, and to evaluate northeast regional population structure of black bears. Student will be co-advised by Dr. Angela Fuller and Dr. Matthew Hare. Qualifications: The successful applicants will have an outstanding academic background including a B.S. or M.S. degree in Ecology, Natural Resources, Wildlife Science, Conservation Biology, or a closely related field. Both projects will require an exceptional work ethic, strong interpersonal skills, strong English writing and oral communication skills, and field-based research experiences. For project #1) I seek a highly motivated individual who desires to combine extensive fieldwork with GIS analysis and modeling. Preference will be given to applicants with prior experiences in one or more of the following: capturing, handling, and immobilizing large mammals, practical experiences using GIS, excellent quantitative skills, and/or previous experience leading field crews. For project #2) preference will be given to applicants with strong molecular genetic laboratory skills (e.g., PCR, sequencing, genotyping), prior experience leading field crews, and/or excellent quantitative analytical skills. Potential candidates who meet the stated qualifications should send a cover letter detailing your research interests, a CV, photocopy of transcripts and GRE scores, and contact information for 3 references to firstname.lastname@example.org (or mail to Dr. Angela K. Fuller, New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Department of Natural Resources, 209 Fernow Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853). Please submit application materials by 9 April, 2010. Questions should be directed via e-mail to Dr. Angela Fuller or Dr. Matthew Hare, email@example.com. Posted: 3/12/10.
Dartmouth College: Ph.D. fellowship opportunity for an independent and self-motivated student to research ungulate ecology in Africa as a member of the Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Using computer assisted photographic mark-recapture methods we are studying the population dynamics of wildebeest, zebra, and giraffe in northern Tanzania. We are seeking applicants with demonstrated ability to work independently in a developing country. An M.S. degree, previous experience in Africa and knowledge of Swahili are desirable but not required. The successful applicant will receive generous fellowship support, health insurance, and a yearly discretionary fund for research and travel that are guaranteed for 5 years. Detailed information about the program, and access to online applications, are available at http://www.dartmouth.edu/~biology/eeb/ For further information contact Prof. Doug Bolger (firstname.lastname@example.org). Promising applicants will be invited and hosted for interviews 15-16 January 2010. Posted: 12/1/09.
Dartmouth College: Dartmouth is seeking applicants for our NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program in Polar Environmental Change. Polar systems are at the forefront of global change science research. We are an interdisciplinary graduate program in polar sciences and engineering that merges expertise and facilities from science and engineering departments at Dartmouth College with the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL), creating one of the premier centers of scientific expertise in polar research. The investment of Dartmouth's Dickey Center for International Understanding and its Institute of Arctic Studies in forming relationships with Greenlandic institutions and Inuit leaders provides the opportunity for intensive field training in Greenland where science, policy and indigenous issues of the north can be explored. Collectively these experiences provide rigorous training in polar and related sciences and produce scientists wi! than advanced knowledge of the role of science in policy and the ethics of conducting research with indigenous people. Research training is coupled with a coordinated core curriculum that focuses on three components of Arctic or Antarctic systems responding to rapid change in climate: 1) the cryosphere - glacial ice, snow, sea ice systems; 2) terrestrial ecosystems and biogeochemical linkages between the soil, plant, and animal system; and, 3) human systems - the process of policy making in political and social systems where Western science and traditional knowledge provide information. Applicants should visit the Dartmouth IGERT website for information on participating departments, requirements, and application procedures. For further information, email the Program Manager at IGERT@dartmouth.edu or the IGERT Principal Investigator at Ross.Virginia@dartmouth.edu. Posted: 10/30/09.
Dartmouth College: The Department of Biological Sciences Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology invites applications from prospective Ph.D. students. We offer a wide range of opportunities for studying a diversity of biological systems from ecological and evolutionary perspectives, and our core group of enthusiastic faculty, graduate students and post-docs provide an exciting environment in which to pursue a Ph.D. Generous financial support is provided in the form of Dartmouth Fellowships, health care, and a substantial yearly discretionary fund for research and travel that are guaranteed for 5 years. Applicants with excellent records and who demonstrate financial need are also eligible for a U.S. Department of Education Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellowship. Detailed information about the program, and access to online applications, are available at http://www.dartmouth.edu/~biology/graduate/eeb/. Students interested in alpine or polar ecosystems may also apply to the NSF IGERT training grant program on polar environmental change and its human dimensions. Applications will be considered beginning on December 1st. Promising applicants will be invited and hosted for interviews in January. Posted: 10/19/09.
Dartmouth College: I have a fellowship available to begin between January and September 2010 in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Program of the Department of Biological Sciences. The successful candidate will be a co-investigator in the research project "Towards understanding subcontinental variation in forest pestilence from the southern pine beetle" while developing and conducting their own research program to match their interests. The EEB Graduate Program at Dartmouth College is top tier in terms of intellectual environment, resources for graduate students, and success of alumni. Applications can be accepted at any time. Highly qualified candidates may be eligible for a GAANN Fellowship with a stipend of up to $30k. Please contact me for additional information: Matt Ayres (email@example.com). Posted: 8/11/09.
Delaware State University: A Master’s graduate research assistantship is available in Dr. Kevina Vulinec’s lab, Department of Agriculture & Natural Resources. The project involves bat activity and conservation on regional golf courses and is funded through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and DSU. This is a two-year position starting May 2010. Candidate must have a bachelor’s degree in biology, wildlife, or a natural resource field, must be able to work both independently and as part of a team, be able to work long hours in uncomfortable field conditions, and have a high tolerance for biting insects. Preference will be given to applicants with prior bat handling, mist netting, and ultrasonic detector experience. Knowledge of golf will be helpful. The rabies pre-exposure series is required for work. Housing will not be provided, but referrals to other graduate students living near campus are available. Graduate students will need their own vehicle. Please send electronically your cv, including GPA and GRE scores, unofficial transcripts, statement of research interests and experience, and names and contact information for three references, AS ONE PDF FILE, to the email below. Once a candidate is chosen he or she will have to apply formally to the Natural Resource Graduate Program at DSU. Deadline for application is 1 March 2010. Contact: Dr. Kevina Vulinec (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 2/10/10.
East Carolina University: The Department of Biology invites inquiries and applications from prospective graduate students for Fall 2010. We have an active and well-supported group of faculty in Ecology and Evolution and will guarantee accepted PhD students (in IDPBS, the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Biological Sciences) at least two years of support with no teaching obligations and at least five years of support total, at a very competitive level. We also offer two MS programs (TA-ships readily available) and have students in ECU's Coastal Resources Management PhD program. Graduate students will be encouraged to participate in the newly formed North Carolina Center for Biodiversity (NCCB) at ECU. Goals of the NCCB include training graduate students in biodiversity research and providing them opportunities to participate in related outreach. Situated in the attractive and affordable community of Greenville, we are in easy reach of North Carolina's Research Triangle (including the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center), several marine institutes and laboratories, and the diverse natural communities of the Coastal Plain and Outer Banks. Thus excellent opportunities exist for collaboration and to work in terrestrial, aquatic, wetland and marine systems. A readily available 454 sequencer at ECU's Brody School of Medicine facilitates genomic research. Travel is convenient through either Pitt-Greenville or Raleigh-Durham International Airport and our faculty members are engaged in research on every continent but Antarctica. Information on our graduate programs. Please contact prospective mentors directly for more information, or graduate studies director Terry West: email@example.com Posted: 9/22/09.
Eastern Kentucky University: An opportunity exists for a MS-Level student in a collaborative analysis of an outstanding example of old-growth mixed mesophytic forest in southeastern Kentucky. Research will be located at the Lilley Cornett Woods Appalachian Research Station. The student will be based at EKU, and will work in the lab of Dr. Tyler Smith, but will be jointly advised by Dr. Ryan McEwan from the University of Dayton. Drs. Neil Pederson (Research Scientist, Lamont-Daugherty Earth Observatory) and Shannon Galbraith-Kent (Thomas More College, KY), are also involved in the project. We are seeking a motivated student who is eager to work in steep, forested, terrain in all weather conditions. This student will conduct a rigorous ecological analysis of historic permanent plots established in 1971. Field tree identification skills are required, and must be balanced by an eagerness to learn and implement complex statistical analyses using large data sets. Students with proven research expertise in these areas are encouraged to apply. The student will be supported by a teaching assistantship through the Department of Biology. EKU is located in Richmond, Kentucky, on the border of Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region and the Cumberland Plateau. Abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation exist in the surrounding region, including perhaps the best rock climbing in the country at the Red River Gorge. Richmond is a city of 30,000 and is located 25 miles southeast of Lexington, KY, which has abundant cultural amenities. Priority applications are due March 15th, 2010. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact either Tyler or Ryan prior to applying. Posted: 2/17/10.
ETH Zurich: We are looking for a Ph.D. student interested in plant water relations along a biodiversity gradient. More information. Research within the DFG project The Jena Experiment with focus on plant water relations. Plant water sourcing and plant performance along a biodiversity gradient will be assessed using stable isotope analyses and ecophysiological/trait measurements, respectively. Research includes isotope tracer experiments in the field (Jena) as well as in the Ecotron (Montpellier), focusing on the scarce resource water. Tasks include establishment, support and maintenance of experiments under field and controlled conditions, sample preparation and analyses, data analysis and interpretation, presentation of results nationally and internationally. Requirements: Dynamic, serious and motivated student with M.Sc./Diplom in ecology, plant ecophysiology, agricultural/environmental sciences or related disciplines. Strong interest in process- and system-oriented research, particularly application of stable isotopes and biodiversity aspects. Fluent in English and German required. Driving license required. Teamwork within group and project partners of The Jena Experiment required, and willingness to assist in student education (exercises). The research will be carried out within a 3-year project, starting as soon as possible. We offer an interesting position in an international, interdisciplinary research group at a lively university environment in Zurich (Grassland Sciences Group) as well as international working experiences with project partners across Europe. Please send your complete application to Rolf Oertli, Human Resources, ETH Zurich, TUR C24, 8092 Zürich, Switzerland, mentioning “IPAS-Plant water”. Evaluation procedure will start June 1st, applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. Further information can be obtained via Mrs. C. Hostettler (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 5/3/10.
Finnish Forest Research Institute: Individual health and vole population dynamics. We are seeking a motivated Ph. D. student to work until end of 2013 in the research project “Individual health and dynamics of natural populations” at the Finnish Forest Research Institute’s Suonenjoki Research Unit. The project will address the roles of food quantity and quality as determinants of the physiological and immunological health state of field voles (Microtus agrestis) and how variation in these factors predisposes individuals to parasite and pathogen infection and ultimately reflects onto population dynamics. The work includes carrying out large-scale, year-round monitoring and experimentation in field conditions, laboratory work, data analyses and writing of scientific manuscripts. The applicant is required to have an M. Sc. or equivalent degree in ecology with prior experience in nutritional, physiological or immunological ecology and/or plant-herbivore interactions. Proficiency in statistical analysis and scientific writing is valued. Certification in laboratory animal research and prior experience in trapping and handling small rodents are regarded as benefits. The applicant must be willing and able to travel and to work with flexible hours, occasionally under harsh field conditions. A valid driver’s licence is essential. To apply, please send 1) a letter stating your research interests, 2) your CV and 3) the contact information of two references. Applications must be received by 1st March 2010, preferably by e-mail to email@example.com, accompanied with the register number 62/111/2010. For further information, incl. full announcement, contact researcher Otso Huitu (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 2/8/10.
Florida Atlantic University: MS Graduate Assistantships in Aquatic Ecology. I have 1-2 graduate MS position openings in my aquatic ecology lab to start in Fall 2010. I am looking for independent thinkers and workers who are honest, hard-working and motivated to study aquatic organisms and/or ecosystems. Thesis projects will involve wetland research (related to the greater Everglades and its restoration) and could range in specifics from population ecology to trophic ecology or community dynamics. The position(s) will be supported each year with a combination of research assistantships and teaching assistantships (including a stipend and a tuition waiver). Qualifications: The positions require a bachelors degree in biology, zoology, fisheries, or a related field. A demonstrated strong work ethic and the ability to work independently or as part of a team are required. Prior research experience collecting quantitative data in aquatic ecosystems is highly desirable. Ability and willingness to perform physical tasks in remote settings with harsh environmental conditions is absolutely necessary for these positions. Minimum academic qualifications include GRE scores > 1000 (verbal + quantitative) and an undergraduate GPA > 3.0. Interested students should contact Dr. Nathan Dorn (email@example.com; 954-236-1315) before officially applying to the Environmental Sciences program. Please send a cover letter of intent, a resume or CV (including GRE scores) and contact information for 3 professional references by February 23, 2010. After considering the applications I will set up phone interviews with a subset of the candidates. Posted: 1/21/10.
Florida International University: Ph.D. opportunities in plant ecophysiology and ecosystem ecology for Fall 2010. Application deadline Feb 12, 2010. We have space available in the plant ecophysiology and global change lab that currently has active projects in arctic tundra in Alaska, Everglades tree islands and marsh in South Florida, and tropical rainforest in Costa Rica. Our work focuses on effects of climate change on trace gas fluxes, productivity and plant phenology, and how phenological shifts affect productivity. In arctic Alaska we are relating robotic sensors system measurements to manual measurements of tundra phenology and growth in response to climate change and experimental warming. We are also evaluating the importance of winter processes for annual carbon balance and growing season responses. We are evaluating controls on rainforest ecosystem carbon and energy balance using eddy covariance, precision dendrometry, xylem sapflow measurements, and water addition experiments in conjunction with a new robotic sensor system at La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica. We are determining the effects of water management on carbon balance in short- and long-hydroperiod Everglades marshes using eddy covariance and chamber level flux measurements. In Everglades tree islands we are using xylem sapflow and dendrometry to evaluate seasonal and groundwater level effects on productivity and water use. For additional information, contact Steve Oberbauer, Department of Biological Sciences, Florida International University, The Public University of Florida at Miami, FL 33199. email: firstname.lastname@example.org, ph: 305-348-2580. Application information and forms. Funding is primarily in the form of teaching assistantships, and interested applicants should complete the T.A. form. Highly competitive applicants may be selected for Presidential Fellowships. Funding is available to support summer fieldwork. Posted: 1/4/10.
Florida International University: The Feeley lab based at FIU and the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (Miami FL USA) has multiple openings for Masters and PhD students in the general areas of Tropical Community Ecology and/or Global Change Ecology to start Fall 2010. Research in the Feeley lab is currently focused on 1) understanding the effects of global change on the structure, composition, and dynamics of tropical forests using combinations of inventory plot data and natural history collections and 2) investigating the consequences of tropical forest fragmentation on plant and animal communities especially as mediated through trophic interactions. Field research is currently being conducted in the montane and lowland forest of Peru (Manu National Park) and in Lago Guri, Venezuela. Graduate students will be encouraged to conduct research within the context of existing projects but are also free to develop their own projects at sites of their choosing based on personal interests and experiences. Students will be funded through a combination of TAships, RAships and competitive fellowships. Florida International has a strong graduate program in tropical plant ecology especially with the support of the Center for Tropical Plant Conservation at the Fairchild Garden. Interested applicants should contact Dr. Kenneth Feeley no later than December 1st 2009 (email@example.com). Please include a brief cover letter describing background and interests and a CV. Posted: 10/29/09.
Fordham University: The Graduate Ecology program has new research opportunities and both teaching and research fellowships available for well-qualified students interested in pursuing a M.S. or Ph.D. in Fall 2010. We have research opportunities through our expanded graduate program, which links scientists at our main campus, the Louis Calder Center Biological Station, the New York Botanical Garden, and the Wildlife Conservation Society. Students can work through our new Center for Conservation, Evolution, and Urban Ecology (CCEUE). Accepted MS and PhD students could receive stipends in the range of $27-28k per year, plus full tuition remission. Students may work in many areas of ecology and evolution, as well as applied areas such as conservation of endangered species, urbanization effects on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and responses of plants and animals to climate change. Specific research areas of our faculty include: - Anthropogenic and disturbance-related effects on nutrient dynamics - Biodiversity, biogeography, and ecology of freshwater algae - Climate change effects on hibernation and survival of mammals - Conservation of endangered species - Ecology and epidemiology of vector-borne diseases - Ecology of invasive species in urban landscapes - Ectomycorrhizal fungal diversity and species function - Evolution of animal social behavior - Evolution of herbivory defense in invasive plants - Experimental evolution of bacterial symbionts and pathogens - Freshwater food webs in streams and rivers - Landscape ecology and spatial distribution of disease vectors - Microbial and ecosystem responses to disturbances such as urbanization, species invasions, and global change - Nutritional and biochemical adaptations to seasonally cold environments. Interested students should contact relevant faculty members or research scientists to discuss mutual research interests via the websites linked above. The deadline for applications is January 4, 2010. Online applications are available from: http://www.fordham.edu/gsas. For any questions, feel free to contact Dr. Amy Tuininga (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 11/9/09.
Fort Hays State University: Graduate assistantship opportunities in the Department of Biological Sciences at FHSU have dramatically increased for Fall 2010. We currently have five graduate teaching, one graduate curatorial assistantship at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History, and three graduate wetlands assistantships at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center for a total of at least nine graduate research assistantships available. Our faculty have ongoing research on The Nature Conservancy’s Smoky Valley Ranch in western Kansas, at the Cheyenne Bottoms State Wildlife Area, Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, in the Platte River Valley, and in the Prairie Pothole Region of Minnesota. In addition to this, we have excellent programs in biogeography, botany, conservation biology, entomology, extinction and range contraction, fisheries management, grassland soils, herpetology, ichthyology, mammalogy, ornithology, plant ecology, plant ecophysiology, plant physiology, range management, and wildlife biology. We have developed a program in microbiology, have developed a DNA sequencing laboratory, recently added expertise in stable isotope ecology, and have a SEM laboratory with digital imaging capabilities. In addition we recently began a Professional Science Masters for students interested in combining business and natural resource management. Graduate students in our program have successfully gone onto excellent PhD programs and employment within their subdisciplines. Contact me (Brian R. Maricle, email@example.com) or an appropriate faculty member (see Departmental website) with questions about opportunities. Posted: 1/21/10.
Fort Hays State University: We have a position available in the Department of Biological Sciences for a MS student to study plant physiological ecology of drought stress. The project will include studies of the responses of natural prairie ecosystems to variation in precipitation using the ecologically dominant prairie grass big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii) as a model. The work will be part of a project funded by the USDA Plant Biology Abiotic Stress program. The project will include common garden reciprocal transplant experiments and phenotypic characterization to test for the adaptive differentiation of natural populations of big bluestem across the precipitation gradient from southern Illinois to Colby, Kansas. Relevant measurements will include tiller density and height, flowering time/success, leaf mass area, gas exchange, chlorophyll fluorescence, and plant and soil water potential. There is also opportunity for the student to develop other measurements and hypotheses within the field treatments, including comparisons with closely-related sand bluestem (Andropogon hallii). This student will also interface with others in the collaborative project that are investigating the functional genetic variation and expression in big bluestem ecotypes and identifying genes that are responsive to drought. There will also be opportunities to interact with other researchers in the context of the Kansas State University Ecological Genomics Institute. The student will be co-advised by Brian Maricle (firstname.lastname@example.org) Biology, FHSU, Hays, KS and Keith Harmoney at the KSU Agricultural Research Center, Hays, KS (email@example.com) and will work as part of a larger collaborative team with Loretta Johnson (KSU), Ted Morgan (KSU), Sara Baer (Southern Illinois University), Karen Garrett, and Eduard Ahkunov (KSU; firstname.lastname@example.org). Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in plant physiological ecology and/or ecological genomics. Preference will be given to students who have experience or demonstrated potential in these areas. Review of applicants will begin in October 2009, and will continue until the successful applicant is identified. Applications should include a cover letter with a statement of research interests and timing of availability, a CV, and names and contact information for three professional references. Please send your application through e-mail to email@example.com. To ensure that your application is received, please include the following in the subject of your e-mail: ‘Application for Ecotype Assistantship’. Acceptance into this assistantship is also contingent on acceptance into the Fort Hays State University Graduate School. This entails a separate application. The starting date can be January or May 2010. Applicants will need to be able to begin on the project by May 2010. Posted: 9/23/09.
Freie Universität Berlin: A doctoral student position (3 yr) is available in the lab of Matthias Rillig. This DFG (German Research Council) funded project is part of the Research Unit 816 Ecuador (for info see http://tropicalmountainforest.org/). The project aims to study the response of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal abundance and community composition to fertilization in a tropical mountain forest in southern Ecuador. Work takes place at several fully instrumented sites ranging from 1,000 to 3,000 m elevation. Opportunities also exist to work in nearby pasture sites, and to interface with several other projects that are part of the Research Unit. Candidates should be prepared to spend some time for sampling in Ecuador, but the majority of time will be in Berlin. Previous experience in soil biology (incl. molecular ecology) is advantageous; a good ecology background is required. Send application by email, preferably as one document (pdf), to Matthias Rillig at firstname.lastname@example.org by 26th of April 2010 for full consideration. Inquiries are also welcome. Posted: 4/8/10.
Georg-August-University Göttingen: The Biodiversity, Macroecology and Conservation Biogeography group (Prof. Dr. Holger Kreft) invites applications for postdoctoral positions (full-time) and Ph.D. positions (half-time). Positions are initially available for two years, but can be extended to three years after positive evaluation. The salaries are defined according to the German E13 TV-L scale. Research in the group focuses on documenting and understanding broad-scale ecological and biogeographic patterns as well as implications of human activities on global biodiversity. Model groups are mainly plants and terrestrial vertebrates. Research opportunities include basic and conservation-related topics in predictive geostatistical modelling, island biogeography, testing of species richness hypotheses, biotic homogenization and geographic patterns of plant invasions, integrating of phylogenetic, functional, and species diversity. Postdoctoral applicants should have a PhD in ecology, biogeography or a closely related field. Candidates should have a strong publication record. Working knowledge in at least two of the following areas is required: management and analysis of large relational databases, GIS (ArcGIS/ArcINFO), statistical methods (package R) scripting and programming languages (C++, Python). Doctoral applicants should have a master or diploma degree in biology, geography, environmental sciences or a related field. A strong interest in modern macroecological and biogeographical research questions is required. The doctoral thesis will be published as a series of English manuscripts in international peer-reviewed journals. The Biodiversity, Macroecology and Conservation Biogeography group is a Free Floater Research Group recently established at the Georg-August-University Göttingen in the scope of the German Excellence Initiative. The university ranks among the top research institutions in the country, offering great career opportunities for young researchers and a vibrant academic environment in biodiversity research. Applications can be uploaded to the online form by January 20, 2010 (24.00 hrs local time Göttingen, Germany). Full contact and application information can be found within the portal link. For informal enquiries about the posts please contact Prof. Dr. Holger Kreft (email@example.com) or visit his webpage for further information. We explicitly welcome applications from abroad. Posted: 12/30/09.
George Mason University: The successful candidate would be advised by Drs. Bill McShea and Jonathan Thompson, of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI; Front Royal, VA) and would attend GMU (Fairfax VA). There is some flexibility in the dissertation research topic; however utilization of the 25 hectare Smithsonian Global Earth Observatory (SIGEO) Forest Dynamics Plot located on the SCBI campus is required. Potential research topics include: forest dynamics and carbon modeling, dedrochronology, and/or forest gap dynamics inside and outside a 4ha deer exclosure that has been maintained for 20+ years. Opportunities to work with the SIGEO plot at Harvard Forest (Petersham MA) may exist. This opportunity exists as part of the SI-GMU Fellowship. Before applying to GMU applicants should contact Dr. Thompson (firstname.lastname@example.org) before April 1, 2010 and include a detailed cover letter, CV, names and contact info for 3 references, and unofficial transcripts. Applicant must have a MS in Forest Ecology or related field. Posted: 3/12/10.
George Mason University: GMU and the Smithsonian Institution’s Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) are pleased to announce the availability of Doctoral Fellowships in Conservation Science. Two fellowships are being offered starting the fall of 2010 for students with an M.S. in Conservation Biology or a related field whose research interests coincide with SCBI scientists. Prospective candidates must qualify for admission to the Ph.D. program in Environmental Science and Public Policy at GMU. Support will be provided for four years with a stipend of $24k/year and tuition remission for a defined number of credits. We suggest you visit the following links before applying: Ph.D. Program in Environmental Science and Policy | Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. Review of applications will begin April 5, 2010. To receive full consideration, applications should be completed by that time. A full application packet must be submitted to the Graduate Admissions office of GMU. In addition, the following materials must also be submitted to the Admissions Committee: 1. Letter of Interest specifically addressing the candidate’s research interests and how they related to the SCBI research agenda. This statement should be very specific and reflect discussions with a prospective SCBI research mentor. 2. Three letters of reference (these can be copies of the letters submitted to Graduate Admissions 3. Transcript from MS degree 4. GRE scores. Address for the Admissions Committee is: Doctoral Fellowship Program in Conservations Science, c/o Dr. R. Christian Jones, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University, 4400 University Dr. MSN 5F2, Fairfax, VA USA. General questions may be addressed to Dr. Jones (email@example.com). Students with a background in chemistry and an interest in plant phenology, climate change, insect communities, or the impacts of deer browsing should contact Dr. Forkner (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 3/10/10.
Georgetown University: The Department of Biology has multiple PhD positions available for doctoral study in ecology, evolution and behavior (EEB). The faculty and graduate program in Biology at Georgetown help doctoral candidates develop into insightful researchers and effective teachers and communicators. Funding for graduate study is supported by a combination of assistantships, teaching fellowships and research grant support. Our program and institution welcomes students of all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds. Students interested in any of the opportunities listed below are strongly encouraged to contact the relevant faculty member(s) via email. See: Department of Biology graduate program and graduate school application procedures and deadlines for more information. Faculty seeking students: Community Ecology and Landscape Genetics -Dr. Gina Wimp, Mechanisms of phenotypic evolution - Dr. Peter Armbruster, Mathematical Population Biology - Dr. Matthew B. Hamilton (Biology) and Dr. Sivan Leviyang (Mathematics), Empirical population genetics and molecular evolution -Dr. Matthew B. Hamilton, Ecological interactions, behavior & learning - Dr. Martha Weiss, Arthropod biodiversity and conservation - Professor Edward M. Barrows (email@example.com), Behavioral ecology, development, reproduction & life history of Bottlenose Dolphins - Professor Janet Mann. Posted: 11/5/09.
Hofstra University: M.S. position modeling the effects of climate change and urbanization on the major plant ecosystems of Long Island, New York. The objective of this project is to model the predicted changes in the distributions of the major plant species that structure the most important ecosystems of Long Island at chosen future time slices. The models will include consideration of sea level rise and increasing urbanization. The student will use existing data sets and GIS data and work with The Nature Conservancy, Natural Area Inventory, and Dr. Luca Luiselli, an ecological modeler (F.I.Z.V. (Ecology) and Centre of Environmental Studies, Rome). The position comes with full tuition remission, but does not include salary or housing. There may be opportunities for teaching positions and other employment as well as housing. The project may involve field work but will mostly require a detailed evaluation of previously collected data. The candidate will be part of a research group composed of professors and students in the Hofstra University Center for Climate Study (HUCCS), spearheaded by Dr. E. Christa Farmer (Geology). One branch of the research, headed by Dr. David Weissman (Physics), will study the effect of rain on the CO2 absorption in the ocean using space-based microwave radar. The research project advertised here is headed by Drs. Russell Burke & Myla Aronson (Biology). The third branch of HUCCS research will investigate paleotempestology, or the study of prehistoric hurricanes from the geologic record, and will be spearheaded by Dr. Farmer. The results from these studies will be disseminated to the scientific community through publications and presentations at scientific meetings, and to the public through a museum exhibit. Qualifications: A bachelor's degree in biological sciences, with experience in both plant ecology and GIS. A strong interest in conservation, quantitative ecology, and statistics. The successful applicant must be accepted as a graduate student in the Department of Biology at Hofstra University, a small but intensive graduate program with new undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Urban Ecology. Documents to provide by e-mail: Send a short letter of introduction, a CV, unofficial copies of academic transcripts, and the name and e-mail address of 3 references to Dr. Burke at Russell.L.Burke@hofstra.edu and Dr. Aronson Myla.Aronson@hofstra.edu. Posted: 4/23/10.
Hofstra University: M.S. student wanted to model the effects of climate change and urbanization on the major ecosystems of Long Island, New York. The objective of this project is to model the predicted changes in the distributions of the major plant species that structure the most important ecosystems of Long Island at chosen future time slices. The models will include consideration of sea level rise and increasing urbanization. The student will use existing data sets and GIS data and work with The Nature Conservancy, Natural Area Inventory, and Dr. Luca Luiselli, an ecological modeler (F.I.Z.V. (Ecology) and Centre of Environmental Studies, Rome). The position comes with full tuition remission, but does not include salary or housing. There may be opportunities for teaching positions and other employment. The project may involve field work but will mostly require a detailed evaluation of previously collected data. The candidate will be part of a research group composed of professors and students in the Hofstra University Center for Climate Study (HUCCS), spearheaded by Dr. E. Christa Farmer (Geology). One branch of the research, headed by Dr. David Weissman (Physics), will study the effect of rain on the CO2 absorption in the ocean using space-based microwave radar. The research project advertised here is headed by Drs. Russell Burke and Myla Aronson (Biology). The third branch of HUCCS research will investigate paleotempestology, or the study of prehistoric hurricanes from the geologic record, and will be spearheaded by Dr. Farmer. The results from these studies will be disseminated to the scientific community through publications and presentations at scientific meetings, and to the public through a museum exhibit. Qualifications: A bachelor's degree in biological sciences, with experience in both plant ecology and GIS. A strong interest in conservation, quantitative ecology, and statistics. The successful applicant must be accepted as a graduate student in the Department of Biology at Hofstra University, a small but intensive graduate program with new undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Urban Ecology. Documents to provide by e-mail: Send a short letter of introduction, a CV, unofficial copies of academic transcripts, and the name and e-mail address of 3 references to Dr. Burke at firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com. The evaluation of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. We expect to start this position in Fall 2010. Posted: 6/17/09, revised: 1/11/10.
Indiana State University: We are looking for a graduate student (MS or PhD) to work on a study of evolutionary behavioral genomics in the white-throated sparrow. Research will utilize new genomic and bioinformatics techniques to study gene structure and expression. Laboratory experience is a must. Application must include cover letter, curriculum vitae, GRE scores and transcripts, and 3 letters of recommendation. Address all inquiries to: Dr. Elaina M. Tuttle (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Rusty A. Gonser (email@example.com), Dept. of Biology. Please also see www.whitethroatedsparrow.org for further information and the School of Graduate Studies at for application procedures and requirements. Posted: 12/1/09.
Instituto Superior de Agronomia: research scholarship to work on a funded project in Portugal. This is a research contract on its own, but we are very interested in candidates who would like to develop their PhD research in this context. Please have potential candidates inquire about that if interested. Please also note that some required qualifications are very specific to the Portuguese system (grades, background). I encourage anyone interested to apply (or contact us), even if their background/grade system is different (e.g., a degree in Ecology or Environmental Science is highly desirable - but we don't have those specific undergraduate degrees). BI-Mestre: Shrub invasion: effects on carbon, nitrogen and water cycling (FCT). A research scholarship ("BI-Mestre") is open at Instituto Superior de Agronomia (Lisbon), for a highly motivated student with a completed MSc for the project "Shrub encroachment:effects on carbon, nitrogen and water cycling" (PTDC/AGR/-AAM/098790/2008) financed by the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia. This project can be the basis for a PhD project. More details. If you have questions, please email the PI of the project, Dr. Maria Caldeira (firstname.lastname@example.org). Deadline is June 16th. About the type of grant: Regulations | Norms. Posted: 6/10/10.
Iowa State University: Ph.D. Position in Ecohydrology, Watershed Science and Stable Isotope Applications. We are seeking applications for a PhD student to work on an interdisciplinary project examining the potential for enhancing ecosystem services through the strategic incorporation of native perennial cover in agricultural landscapes, with a focus on water quality and hydrologic regulation. This position provides a unique opportunity for a PhD student to participate as part of a large interdisciplinary team of researchers on a long-term replicated, watershed-scale experiment. The successful candidate will design and implement research using stable isotope techniques to assess flow paths of water through the plant-soil-atmosphere continuum within a series of 14 experimental watersheds treated with different combinations of annual crops and native prairie plants. This research tests hypotheses related to targeting the location and amount of perennial plant cover within agricultural watersheds for maximizing ecosystem service benefits (e.g., water quality, hydrologic regulation, biodiversity, carbon sequestration, quality of life) while minimizing costs to society and landowners. The research site is located at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, approximately one hour from the main Iowa State University campus. Qualifications: 1) A B.S. and/or M.S. degree in ecology, hydrology, water resources engineering, watershed science, plant ecophysiology, environmental science, or a related field, 2) expertise in hydrological and/or ecological instrumentation and analysis, 3) capacity to quickly develop new skills, 4) demonstrated ability to work both independently and cooperatively with natural resource managers and other researchers, 5) strong organizational and interpersonal abilities, 6) excellent written and oral communication skills, 7) demonstrated experience and willingness to work in both field and laboratory settings. Additionally, former experience with stable isotope analysis is desirable but not required. To apply, please submit a short statement of interest, a full CV, pdf(s) of relevant publications, and the names and contact information of three references to one of the contacts listed below. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found. The anticipated start date is August 2010, although some flexibility may be available. Dr. Heidi Asbjornsen (email@example.com), Associate Professor, Ecosystem Ecology and Restoration, Department of Natural Resource Ecology, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011-1010; Dr. Matt Helmers (firstname.lastname@example.org), Associate Professor, Extension Agric. Engineer, Department of Agricultural & Management, Biosystems Engineering. Posted: 1/11/10.
Iowa State University: [Position Filled] M.S. and Ph.D.assistantships are available for students with broad interests in soil science and biogeochemistry. Student thesis research will examine physical and biochemical controls on ecosystem carbon and nitrogen cycling in gas, solution and / or solid phases through comparisons between native (forests, grasslands) and cereal crop ecosystems. Research can address a variety of basic and applied questions and span scales from laboratory microcosms to watersheds. There is potential to collaborate with scientists at the USDA-ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit (University Park, PA). Students can pursue degrees in Soil Science, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Sustainable Agriculture or Environmental Science through the Department of Agronomy at Iowa State University. Successful applicants must demonstrate interest in environmental research and will receive a stipend, health insurance and tuition; the packages vary and offer competitive stipends ($19,044-25,392/year). Interested persons should contact Dr. Michael Castellano (castelmj at iastate dot edu; 515-294-3963). Official applications should include a letter of interest, CV, transcripts and GRE scores. Posted: 1/5/10.
Iowa State University: A 2-3 year M.Sc. assistantship will be available beginning summer or fall 2010 in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management. Responsibilities: Conduct research that contributes to development of an ecological condition index for Iowa's prairie pothole wetlands. Field and laboratory research will involve collecting biological and physicochemical data from wetlands, and quantifying surrounding land use. Statistical analysis will be used to examine relationships among variables and identify metrics that will be used by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to routinely assess wetland condition. The student will work with undergraduate students and Iowa Department of Natural Resources staff to complete project objectives. Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in biology, ecology, or related environmental field. Additional requirements include a 3.0 undergraduate grade point average, excellent writing skills, and a strong work ethic. Starting May (summer) or August (fall semester) 2010. A stipend (starting at $19k/year plus benefits) will be available for at least two years, and up to three years (if necessary). Contacts: Please send a letter of interest, resume, unofficial copies of GRE scores and college transcripts, and contact information for three references to: Dr. Timothy Stewart, Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50010. Phone: 515-294-1644, E-mail: email@example.com. Posted: 12/1/09.
Iowa State University: The Hofmockel Lab is looking for Ph.D. students. Two Ph.D. assistantships are available as part of a newly funded integrated research project examining how the functional composition of different biomass production systems influences above- and belowground carbon allocation, nitrogen cycling, soil microbial community structure and function, and greenhouse gas emissions. We are looking for outstanding students with an interdisciplinary perspective and a strong interest in integrating biogeochemistry across spatial scales. The students will join a team of collaborators from Iowa State University and USFS. Additional information about the Hofmockel lab can be found at http://kirstenhofmockel.org/. The positions will start in Summer or Fall 2010. The successful candidates will receive full tuition waivers and competitive stipends. Qualifications: Student is expected to have strong interests in ecology, plant-microbe interactions, molecular microbiology and biogeochemistry. Significant research experience and demonstrated communication skills are required. Applicants should be able to work independently, but also cooperatively with other researchers on the project. Application materials: Please send a statement of interests and goals, CV, and names and contact information for at least 3 references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Priority consideration will be given to applications received prior to April 15, 2010. Posted: 11/18/09, revised: 1/20/10.
Kansas State University: PhD Assistantship Available: Ecological Genomics of Drought Stress in Prairie Grasses. We have a position available for a PhD student to study the ecological genomics of drought stress. The project will include studies of the responses of native prairie grasses to variation in precipitation using the ecologically dominant prairie grass big bluestem as a model. The work is part of a project funded by the USDA Plant Biology Abiotic Stress program. The project will include common garden transplant experiments and genomic approaches to test for the signature of adaptive genetic differentiation among natural populations of big bluestem across the precipitation gradient of the Great Plains. This collaborative research group assembles investigators with complementary expertise in Plant Ecological Genomics (Johnson, Garrett), Genomics (Ahkunov), Evolutionary Genetics (Morgan) and Restoration Ecology (Baer, SIU) to elucidate the response and adaptation of prairie grasses to abiotic stresses. This work will take place in the laboratories of Drs. Johnson, Akhunov, and Garrett, with close collaboration with Drs. Morgan and Baer. There will also be opportunities to interact with other researchers in the context of the Ecological Genomics Institute. Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in ecological or evolutionary genomics. Preference will be given to individuals with experience in modern molecular approaches and genomics tools. Review of applicants will begin Dec.15, and continue until the successful applicant is identified. The starting date is summer 2010. The position offers competitive salary of $25k and benefits. Applications should include a cover letter with a statement of research interests and timing of availability, a CV, and names and contact information for three professional references. Please send your application through e-mail to Loretta Johnson (Johnson@ksu.edu). To ensure that your application is received, please include the following in the subject of your e-mail: ‘Application for Ecological Genomics Assistantship’. Posted: 10/21/09.
Kansas State University: The Division of Biology has been awarded new funding from the US Department of Education GAANN program to support up to seven Graduate Fellows for PhD research in the areas of Ecology, Evolution and Genomics (EEG). The Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program provides fellowships to assist graduate students with excellent academic records who can demonstrate financial need. EEG GAANN Fellowships include tuition and a stipend of up to $30k per year (based on financial need). The Ecology, Evolution and Genomics GAANN draws on the strengths of our Ecological Genomics Institute, expertise in Grassland Ecology, and Konza Prairie Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program. Areas of study open to Graduate Fellows include: -Molecular and Physiological Basis of Organismal Adaptation, -Genetic Architecture of Speciation, -Population Structure of Grassland Species, -Conservation Genetics, -Ecological Genomics, -Metagenomics, -Community Ecology, -Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystem Ecology. GAANN awards are made to programs and institutions to sustain and enhance the capacity for teaching and research in areas of national need. The interdisciplinary GAANN program in Biology at Kansas State University will address the critical need to train biologists to be effective teachers and skilled researchers in diverse professional and cultural contexts. One outcome of the GAANN program will be to train graduate students who are capable of addressing important conceptual and practical issues in interdisciplinary research in the biological sciences. The application deadline for admission in Fall 2010 is December 15, 2009. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United Statesor its territories. Individuals from groups underrepresented in science are particularly encouraged to apply! For application instructions and additional information, visit the EEG website. Posted: 9/15/09.
Kent State University: A post-doctoral research associate and a graduate student are needed to examine microbial community dynamics in a project related to the terrestrial carbon cycle. To reveal basic microbial functions during plant decomposition, the project combines experiments in microbial physiology and gene expression, metatranscriptomics, and stable isotope probing. Research involves field, microcosm, and computer simulation experiments. Qualifications for graduate student position • Research experience in microbiology and/or ecology • Excellent communication skills • Ability to work as part of a research team • Excellent GPA and GRE scores The graduate student position would begin in Fall 2010. Assistantships include stipend, health insurance credit, and tuition waiver. Review of applications will begin April 15, and continue until positions are filled. To apply, send a CV, a statement of research accomplishments and interests, and the names (with addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses) of three references to: Christopher Blackwood, Department of Biological Sciences, Kent State University, Kent OH 44242. 330-672-3895, email@example.com. Posted: 3/26/10.
Kent State University/Miami University: Doctoral Traineeships in Aquatic Sensing. Kent State and Miami University of Ohio are now accepting applications for our National Science Foundation funded Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training program entitled: "Environmental Aquatic Resource Sensing (EARS): Basic Science, Business Education and Outreach". The EARS IGERT is part of the NSF foundation-wide interdisciplinary doctoral student training program. The theme of the EARS IGERT is training of doctoral students in environmental sensing, focused on freshwater resources, accentuated with business experiences, to develop professionals equipped for diverse careers. Students eligible for traineeships are those that will be, or have already been, successfully admitted to doctoral programs in one of the participating science departments (Kent: Biological Sciences, Chemical Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Geology; Miami: Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Microbiology, Zoology); international students are not eligible. IGERT trainees receive a stipend of $30k plus $10,500 for cost of education per year. Details, including the application materials and frequently asked questions, can be found at our web page, linked above. For more information, please e mail Heather Chapman, IGERT program assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org. To ensure full consideration for a traineeship starting in Fall 2010, please apply before February 1st 2010: applications will continue to be accepted until all positions are filled. Deadlines in subsequent years will be similar. Please also make sure you are aware of and follow the specific deadlines and requirements for graduate admissions for the specific department of interest. Initial notifications will be made by approximately the 3rd week of February. Posted: 11/20/09.
Louisiana State University: The School of Renewable Natural Resources is pleased to offer Gilbert Foundation Fellowships for outstanding students interested in graduate studies in applied forest ecology and forestry at either the M.S. or Ph.D. level. Louisiana has an abundance of natural resources that are found in a diversity of terrestrial and aquatic habitats ranging from coastal marshes to upland forests. These resources, combined with the subtropical climate and the geomorphology of the state, are the foundation of the unique culture of Louisiana. Creative students are needed to investigate potential threats to the maintenance of southeastern forest resources, including urban sprawl, sea-level rise, altered climate patterns, and increasing harvest pressure; critical research is needed that can outline strategies to continue to sustainably manage these forests as population densities increase and environmental conditions change. Students are also needed to develop techniques for restoration of unique ecosystems associated with longleaf pine, shortleaf pine, and cypress-tupelo forests. We seek students with interest one or more discipline areas represented by faculty in the School, with the ultimate goal of basic or applied research that supports management and restoration of forest resources and habitats with the aim of enhancing the quality of life in Louisiana. These fellowships allow the student considerable latitude in pursuing research interests by providing funding for graduate research and travel to present papers or posters at scientific meetings. In addition to a monthly stipend, the fellowship covers tuition, all fees, and it has an allowance for student health insurance. The fellowship program is supported by the Lucis Wilmont Gilbert Foundation for Forestry Research. Fellowship recipients must have academic credentials that generally place them in the upper 5 % of applicants to the graduate program in the School of Renewable Natural Resources, which is determined by GRE scores, GPA, letters of references, and other evidence of the applicant's potential. Though not specifically targeted in this announcement, students interested in M.S. degrees are encouraged to apply. More information about research opportunities. For information about the Gilbert Fellowship Program contact Professor Thomas J. Dean (fwdean at LSU.edu), School of Renewable Natural Resources, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. Posted: 1/26/10.
Louisiana State University: I am currently recruiting PhD students for my lab in the Department of Biological Sciences starting Fall 2010. My research focuses on examining how disease outbreaks, community structure, and stochasticity influence population dynamics by combining experimental and theoretical modeling. I'm interested in: 1) virus transmission and insect outbreaks; 2) plant population demography; and, 3) population viability and rare species management. In particular, I take a quantitative approach to ecological questions and would require that my students have a strong interest or training in quantitative ecology. While students may work on projects closely affiliated with my research, I also encourage them to seek out their own research identity. Students may be eligible for either a teaching or research fellowship which includes a stipend and a tuition waiver. If you're interested in applying, please email me a copy of your CV and a letter of interest in a single PDF file to Dr. Bret Elderd (elderd "at" lsu.edu). Posted: 9/18/09.
Louisiana State University: A Gilbert Foundation Fellowship is being offered by LSU's School of Renewable Natural Resources for a student to pursue a Ph.D. in forestry for an in depth analysis of the hydraulic and mechanical relationship between foliage and sapwood in loblolly pine. A Gilbert Fellowship for a Ph.D. starts at $22k with increases as degree requirements are completed. Included in the fellowship is a complete tuition waiver and monetary support for research. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements for the Fellowship: 3.6 graduate GPA and 1200 GRE (V + Q with each section above 500). GRE scores are evaluated in combination with GPA, letters of reference, and other evidence of the applicant's potential success in pursuing a graduate degree. The assistantship is available at the beginning of the Fall 2009 or the Spring 2010 semesters. For more information contact Thomas J. Dean, Professor, School of Renewable Natural Resources, LSU A&M and Agricultural Center, Baton Rouge, LA ; email fwdean at lsu.edu; phone (225) 578-4216. Posted: 8/11/09.
Louisiana State University: Coastal Science Assistantship. A graduate research assistantship position at Master's level is available starting Fall 2009 in the School of Renewable Natural Resources. The position is supported through a new assistantship program called the Coastal Science Assistantship Program by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (LDNR) Office of Coastal Restoration and Management (OCRM) Coastal Restoration Division (CRD). The position includes a tuition waiver and health benefits, and a competitive stipend ($25k/year) for up to 3 years. The graduate student will conduct a research on sediment transport in the Atchafalaya River. The student graduating from this program is expected to become a well trained professional in coastal restoration science. In addition to the research and academic programs, the graduate student will be required to complete 240 hours of internship with LDNR-CRD at mutually convenient times during his/her pursuit of a masters degree. To expose the student to the Departments various functions and activities, internships will involve work either at the LDNR headquarters in Baton Rouge or at one of the CRD field offices in New Orleans, Lafayette, and Thibodeaux. Applicants should have a BS in hydrology, water resources, soil science, or a related field. To be competitive applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 overall and 3.25 for last two years, and a GRE score of 1,200 (verbal/quantitative each above 500). Experience in modeling and GIS/Remote Sensing are desirable. If interested, email your curriculum vitae, college transcripts, GRE scores, and the names and contact information of three referees to: Dr. Jun Xu, School of Renewable Natural Resources, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. Email: email@example.com. Posted: 7/2/09.
Ludwig-Maximilians University: two-year Master's Program in Evolution, Ecology, and Systematics (EES). Funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, the EES Masters is a multidisciplinary program for German and international students with a strong background in biology or a related subject. All courses are offered in English. In addition to intensive scientific coursework, the EES Master's program contains many innovative elements such as a mentoring program; courses on writing, giving presentations, and leading discussions; and individual research training. We also apply a feedback and revision system instead of simple grading. Students can also apply for research and travel money and for funds to invite international speakers. The LMU is located in Munich, one of Germany's most vibrant cities just one hour by train from the Alps. Recently awarded the highest excellence status in a nation-wide competition, the LMU is the only German university that offers evolutionary research at a broad scale. The EES Program is a collaboration between the LMU's Department of Biology and Department of Earth- & Environmental Sciences, the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology and the Bavarian Natural History Collections. Start date: October 4, 2010. Application deadline: January 31, 2010 (international students); June 30, 2010 (EU students). All students are encouraged to apply by the earlier deadline. Cost: Registration fees are approximately 1100 euros per year. Currently, the university does not provide any stipend funding to Master's students. For more information and application instructions, please see www.eeslmu.de or contact the program coordinator, Elena Berg (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 12/10/09.
Macquarie University: Two full-time PhD scholarships in Forest Modelling are available in the Forests and Climate Change Group, Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. (1) Elevated CO2 Impacts on Vegetation: from Experiments to Models (ref 2010092) This project aims to bridge the gap between experiments and models of the impacts of rising atmospheric CO2 concentration on vegetation. Working with data from leading experiments on CO2 enrichment worldwide, the student will learn and apply cutting-edge data synthesis techniques to help develop a new generation of evidence-based ecosystem models that incorporate the best experimental understanding of CO2 effects on vegetation. (2) Forest Ecosystem Water Use: Does Species Diversity Matter? (ref LP0992238) This project will investigate how biodiversity of forest ecosystems affects their water use and susceptibility to drought. Using data from experimental forest regeneration plantings in western Sydney, this PhD student will develop mathematical models linking plant species traits to forest stand water use and productivity. These projects would suit either a graduate in biology or ecology with strong quantitative skills, or a graduate in mathematics, statistics, computing, or physics with an interest in plant ecology. Applicants should have a strong academic record with Honours (First Class) or equivalent. Further information on these scholarships is available at http://www.hdr.mq.edu.au/information_about/scholarships. Prospective applicants should contact the PI, Dr Belinda Medlyn, with details of relevant experience, a CV and an academic transcript. Email: bmedlyn(at)bio.mq.edu.au, telephone: +61 (0)2 9850 8897. Open until filled. Posted: 2/5/10, revised: 4/9/10.
Massey University: Applications are sought for PhD research on "Impact of biodiversity changes on the carbon dynamics of New Zealand indigenous tussock grassland systems", under the supervision of Dr Jill Rapson, Ecology Group, Massey University, Prof. Surinder Saggar, Massey University and Landcare Research, Dr Kevin Tate, Landcare Research, Palmerston North, and Dr Hannah Buckley, Lincoln University. Tussock grasslands are widespread in New Zealand. Soil carbon is an important long-term carbon sink, which may become significant with respect to global warming and carbon trading. Thus tussock grassland soils may provide a useful mechanism for carbon sequestration. But carbon storage and its dynamics in tussockland soils are not well understood. The objectives of this programme are to quantify the extent of carbon in tussock grassland soils under a range of vegetation types, natural temperature and moisture gradients, and levels of ecosystem degradations. Outlining the dynamics of this carbon will allow exploration of models of environmental change and responses to management scenarios related to carbon dynamics. Miss E.L. Hellaby Indigenous Grasslands Research Trust funding is expected to be available to the successful applicant, who should have a strong interest in tussock grassland systems, chemistry and ecology, and a BSc (Hons) or MSc degree. Applications should be sent to the address below. Please include a brief CV and a short statement of your research interests and experience. Note the vacancy must be filled by end of 2009. Dr Jill Rapson (G.Rapson@massey.ac.nz), Ecology Group, Institute of Natural Resources, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand. Posted: 11/30/09.
Memorial University: MSc/PhD Position in Biology: The search for thresholds in aquatic connectivity indices. Impacts of aquatic fragmentation are widespread in Canada’s National Parks and their greater ecosystems. Fragmentation is particularly evident in Central and Atlantic Canada where a long settlement history and the consequent impacts of sustained use are evident in the high density of river crossings and in sluice dams associated with past forestry operations. Fragmentation associated with dams and culverts is a pervasive stressor that in many of our National Parks has resulted in the extirpation of species from their historical range. Several Species at Risk and/or culturally important species such as Atlantic salmon and American eel have been impacted, since they require migrations from freshwater to ocean environments and back. This project will contribute to the establishment of biologically meaningful thresholds for the aquatic connectivity index used in Parks Canada’s ecological monitoring programs. These thresholds will allow assessments of landscape scale aquatic connectivity to be more easily interpretable by resource managers. The project will build on recent research (Coté et al. 2009. Landscape Ecology 24(1):101-113) and will make use of existing databases of fish census information, together with stream and barrier locations for watersheds in a variety of locations (Ontario, New York, Maine). The bulk of the work would thus involve reviewing and checking existing data and statistical analysis. The project could be the focus of either an M.Sc or PhD. Desired qualifications: For MSc: B.Sc. (Honours) in Biology with “A” standing and a focus on community and/or landscape ecology. Experience in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and a strong interest in statistics is essential. A background in fish biology/ecology would be an asset. For PhD: MSc in ecology/biology with a strong background in statistical modelling, GIS, particularly GIS programming. Supervision: This project would be co-supervised by Dr. Yolanda Wiersma (Department of Biology) and Dr. Dave Coté (Parks Canada, Terra Nova National Park). The student would work out of Dr. Wiersma’s LESA Lab, but be in close contact with Dr. Coté and partners at Parks Canada and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Stipend: $16.5k/year (MSc), $18k/year (PhD), guaranteed for the first year and highly likely for 2 years for MSc and 4 for PhD. Funding for future years is contingent on student success. Interested applicants should send a brief cover letter and CV to: Dr. Wiersma (email@example.com) and Dr. Coté (David.Cote@pc.gc.ca). Posted: 9/29/09.
Miami University: MU, in Oxford, OH, is pleased to announce a new PhD program in Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology (EEEB). We are now accepting applications for our first cohort, to enter the program in Fall 2010. EEEB is a multidisciplinary, interdepartmental program that emphasizes basic and applied research and training, including the application of ecological and evolutionary principles to environmental issues. The program provides students with educational experiences that reflect this emphasis, and facilitates collaborations and interactions among students and faculty. All students are supported with teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or fellowships. The program involves several departments and centers, and over 40 faculty members in several departments, and takes advantage of Miami's spirit of collaboration and excellent field and lab facilities. For more information, please see our website (linked above) or email Michael J. Vanni at firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 12/10/09.
Michigan State University: One MS or PhD graduate research/teaching assistantship in Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. Topic: Characterize and quantify sublethal effects of sea lamprey parasitism on lake trout using molecular/biochemical/quantitative tools. Requirements: BS in Biology, Aquaculture, Fisheries, Zoology, Chemistry, Molecular Biology or related field. Applicant must meet admission requirements for the graduate school and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and Michigan State University. Applicant should be comfortable teaching laboratories for a general introductory biology class. Start date – anytime after April 15, 2010. Salary as per GTA contract. Tuition waiver and benefits included. Please submit a letter of interest, resume/CV, contact information for three references, copies of transcripts and GRE scores to: Dr. Cheryl Murphy, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, 13 Natural Resources Building ; Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA 48824, 517-432-7771. email@example.com. Posted: 4/5/10.
Michigan State University: Two graduate research assistantships at the MS or PhD level are available in the Department of Entomology. My lab (Zsofia Szendrei) studies insect ecology in agricultural systems with a focus on insect-plant interactions, biological control and chemical ecology. For the current positions, research directions in any of these areas are encouraged. Ideal students should be highly enthusiastic and interested in ecology, entomology, and agriculture. Positions come with a stipend, full tuition waiver, and benefits package including health insurance. Preferred start date is Summer or Fall 2010, although this may be flexible depending on the circumstances. Interested individuals should contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss their background, qualifications, research interests and application procedures. Posted: 2/23/10.
Michigan State University: A graduate research assistantship (MS or PhD in Animal Science/Sustainable Ag.) is available to study the agroecology of pasture-based dairy systems. We are seeking to attract a highly motivated and creative individual interested in interdisciplinary research dealing with the sustainability of pasture-based dairy systems. The main focus of the project is the evaluation of the whole-system performance of dairy operations. The project combines automatic milking systems (AMS) with contrasting animal feeding strategies, pasture input levels, stocking rates, and cows to AMS ratios. Specific project opportunities are available in the areas of: 1) dairy systems and AMS performance, 2) foraging behavior of dairy cattle and pasture utilization in AMS 3) Pasture management and plant community ecology, 4) Grazing management and ecosystem processes and services. This assistantship is based at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station (KBS). KBS hosts several programs on the ecology and management of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, including the Long-Term Ecological Research row-cropping system site, the biofuel research center, and the recently established pasture-based and robotic milking dairy (www.kbs.msu.edu). The KBS dairy consists of 120 registered Holsteins that are milked year around with AMS. In combination with AMS, cows are grazed on irrigated grass legume pastures during the growing season and housed in a free-stall barn during the remainder of the year. Applicants must have earned a BS or MS degree in animal science, agriculture, natural resources or related discipline with a minimum 3.5 GPA. Outstanding writing skills and proven experience with scientific methods and research techniques for pasture and animal grazing studies are highly recommended. The assistantship includes annual salary stipend ($22k), tuition and fees, and health insurance benefits. Interested applicants are encouraged to send: 1) a letter of starting interests and goals; 2) a current CV; 3) unofficial copies of transcripts and GRE scores (if available); 4) contact information for 3 references. Applications will be accepted until April 15, 2010 or until a suitable candidate is found. Please send application materials via email to Dr. Santiago Utsumi (email@example.com) or by mail to S. Utsumi, W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University, 3700 E. Gull Lake Dr., Hickory Corners, MI 49060. Posted: 2/19/10.
Michigan State University: Tree Rings, Climatic Resiliency and Forest Carbon Sequestration. A graduate research assistantship (GRA) position at the MS level is available starting Fall 2010 semester (August 16, 2010) in the Department of Forestry. This position includes a tuition waiver and health benefits, and a competitive stipend. The student has the opportunity to work on a variety of projects that examine the potential long-term effectiveness of forest management practices towards maximizing carbon sequestration rates and promoting climatic resiliency in MSU forest properties. Forest management practices on MSU forest properties have included harvesting, site preparation, weed control, thinnings, prescribed burning, and applied forest tree improvement. Managed species include red oak, hybrid poplar, and red pine. However, little is understood of the impact of these forest practices on annual-scale rates of carbon sequestration in above-ground biomass and whether these practices have the potential to lead to increased climatic resiliency in these managed forests. The main methodological approach is to use tree-ring analysis (dendrochronology) techniques to estimate annual changes in forest carbon sequestration rates and climatic resiliency. This research will contribute to adaptive and sustainable forest management options in the face of future climate change. Qualifications: Applicants should preferably have a BS in forestry, biology, ecology, environmental sciences, or a similarly related natural resource field. Preference will be given to applicants that are highly self-motivated, possess a strong work ethic, and have strong oral and written communication skills. A background or strong interest in conducting field based research and working in a laboratory environment is desirable. A cumulative GPA greater than 3.0 in undergraduate coursework and a GRE score over 1100 are desirable. Undergraduate degree requirements must be completed before the start date of the position. If you are interested, please contact: Dr. Sophan Chhin, Assistant Professor, Silviculture and Forest Ecosystem Productivity, Department of Forestry, Michigan State University, 126 Natural Resources Building, East Lansing, MI 48824-1222. Tel: (517) 353-7251, Fax: (517) 432-1143, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. In your initial inquiry, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts and GRE scores, and contact information of three references. Applications will be considered immediately and continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration please submit material by May 24, 2010. Please e-mail all application material to Dr. Sophan Chhin (email@example.com). Posted: 4/26/10.
Michigan State University: A graduate research assistantship (GRA) position at either the MS or Ph.D. level is available starting Summer 2010 (May 16, 2010) in the Department of Forestry. The main objective of this project is to develop processed based models to link the impact of climate on carbon dynamics in western Kenyan trees and forests via dendroclimatology. Tree-ring parameters that will be examined include ring width, ring density, and other anatomical parameters (e.g., vessel diameters and implications for tree hydraulic efficiency). Dendroclimatic models will serve as the basis for future projections of carbon dynamics under different future climate change scenarios. This project and position is a part of a new dimension to a larger Carbon Benefits Project (CBP) funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The general goal of CBP is to develop standardized protocols for measuring, monitoring and modeling carbon dynamics in terrestrial landscapes. The measurement and monitoring component of CBP is being conducted by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in cooperation with Dr. David Skole (MSU) and other partners to integrate space-based remote sensing, ground-based measurements, and soils analysis. This position includes a tuition waiver and health benefits, and a competitive stipend at the Master's (~$19k/year) or Ph.D. level (~$21k/year). The candidate selected for this position also has the opportunity to start before the Summer 2010 semester and be paid at an hourly rate until the GRA takes over. If you are interested, contact: Dr. Sophan Chhin Assistant Professor, Silviculture and Forest Ecosystem Productivity, Department of Forestry, Michigan State University, 126 Natural Resources Building, East Lansing, MI 48824-1222 Tel: (517) 353-7251, Fax: (517) 432-1143, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. In your initial inquiry, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts and GRE scores, and contact information of three references. Applications will be considered immediately and continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration please submit material by February 19, 2010. Posted: 1/22/10.
Michigan State University et al.: Graduate Research Assistantships (M.S. and Ph.D.) are available as part of a new 4-year NSF-funded research program on the ecology of Lyme disease in the eastern United States beginning in summer or fall 2010. The successful applicants will play key roles in the newly funded NSF Ecology of Infectious Disease program: Testing alternative hypotheses for gradients in Lyme disease in the eastern U.S.: climate, host community and vector genetic structure. This $2.5 million program is a collaborative effort led by Michigan State University and involving The University of Tennessee, The University of Montreal, Hofstra University, Georgia Southern University, the University of Rhode Island and the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. Graduate students will help develop and participate in an extensive field and laboratory sampling program designed to test hypotheses about the ecological reasons for current distributional patterns of Lyme disease. The program aims to understand the ecological drivers for the geographic variation in Lyme disease risk in eastern North America. For more information about the project and available assistantships, see: http://wildlifehealth.tennessee.edu/lyme_gradient/. Posted: 10/1/09.
Michigan Technological University: Ph.D. Assistantship to investigate the effects of climate change on forest ecohydrology in the Upper Midwest Advised by Dr. Molly Cavaleri. Seeking outstanding applicants for a fully funded 4-year Ph.D. Assistantship to work in cooperation with the Ecosystem Science Center at Michigan Technological University and the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station. The student will lead experiments investigating the effects of climate change on the water use of northern hardwood tree species. The student will be responsible for the implementation and monitoring of ecohydrological studies of aspen at the Marcell Experimental Forest near Grand Rapids, MN, and possibly a second sugar maple study site at the MTU Ford Research Forest in Alberta, MI. The project will include working with sap flow sensors, micro-meteorological sensors and soil moisture sensors. There will also be opportunities to pursue additional studies involving stable isotope analysis, canopy interception techniques, and other ecophysiological techniques if interested. The student will have the freedom to develop a study plan and cutting-edge research questions applicable to the field of climate change research. Applicant must have already or be very close to obtaining a Master’s degree in ecology or forestry-related field. Proficiency in at least one statistical software package and excellent writing skills are required. Preference will be given to applicants with prior experience in ecophysiological or ecohydrological techniques. Applicants should create a single pdf that includes the following: letter of interest, CV, unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts, unofficial general GRE scores, and contact information for three references. Please email the pdf as an attachment to Dr. Molly Cavaleri (email@example.com) with “Ecohydrology PhD Assistantship” in the subject line. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. Desirable applicants will be invited to apply for admission to the graduate program in Michigan Tech’s School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science (forest.mtu.edu) for an August 2010 or January 2011 start date. Posted: 4/30/10, revised: 6/4/10.
Michigan Technological University: A PhD position is available for a highly motivated and qualified individual in the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science at MTU jointly with the Northern Institute of Applied Carbon Science (NIACS). The student has the opportunity to work on a variety of projects that include the impacts of climate change on forest ecosystems of the Lake States. In addition to research on a specific topic, the successful applicant will design an educational program for a K-12 school as part of a recently funded NSF grant (GK12 Global Watershed: Integrating Rural and Global Perspectives with Research and Technological Advances). This NSF-funded project provides very favorable support for living expenses ($18k per year in year 1, $30k per year in years 2 and 3, and a tuition waiver). Desirable qualifications of the applicant include a master’s degree in Ecology, Forestry, Physical Sciences or other Biology-related fields. A strong background or interest in field based research, teaching, experimental design and statistics is highly desired. The successful applicant must be a US citizen or permanent resident. Consideration of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Please send a cover letter that states your research interests and provides names and contact information for three references. Also include your curriculum vitae and any other relevant material (publications). Please email all application material to Dr. Linda Nagel (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 3/25/10.
Michigan Technological University: PhD position in ecosystem processes. A fully funded (4-years) PhD position is available for a highly motivated and qualified individual to research in the Department of Biological Sciences. The student has the opportunity to work on a variety of projects that include invasive species, water quality, hydrologic cycling in forests or integrated pest management. In addition to the research on a specific topic, the successful applicant will design an educational program for K-12 school as part of a recently funded NSF grant (GK12 Global Watershed: Integrating Rural and Global Perspectives with Research and Technological Advances). This is a NSF funded project that provides very favorable support for living expenses ($30k per year in years 2 and 3 and a tuition waiver). Desirable qualifications in the applicant include a master’s degree in Ecology, Forestry, Physical Sciences or other biology related fields. A strong background or interest in field based research, teaching, experimental design and statistics is highly desired. Consideration of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Please send a cover letter that states your research interests and provides names and contact information for three references. Also include your curriculum vitae and any other relevant material (publications). Please email all application material to Dr. Tom Pypker (email@example.com) or Dr. Catherine Tarasoff (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 3/15/10.
Michigan Technological University: Graduate positions in stream ecosystem ecology will be available beginning summer 2010 with Dr. Amy Marcarelli to study consequences of salmon marine-derived nutrients for biofilm productivity, nutrient cycling, and organic matter flow. There will be opportunities for field research in the Snake and Salmon River basins of central Idaho as part of a collaborative project with Dr. Colden Baxter (Idaho State University), as well as in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Candidates will be considered at either the M.S. or Ph.D. level; Ph.D. students should have a M.S. in aquatic ecology or related discipline, although substantial research experience will also be considered. All 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. Graduate research and teaching assistantships and tuition waivers will be provided. Interested applicants should contact Dr. Amy Marcarelli (email@example.com, 906-487-2867). For details on the application procedure, visit http://www.bio.mtu.edu/grads.htm. Positions will be open until filled, but applicants must apply by January 15, 2010 for full consideration. Posted: 12/3/09.
Mississippi State University: Project Title: Dispersal and source-sink population dynamics of beavers on DOD land in northern Alabama. One M.S. Research Assistantship is available within the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture. The graduate research assistant will develop and conduct a research project to better understand the source-sink population dynamics of beavers using radio telemetry and landscape genetics techniques. The student will collect radio telemetry data and beaver tissue samples and assist in DNA lab analysis. The student will closely work with USDA APHIS Wildlife Biologists and Department of Defense Wildlife Biologists. Qualifications: B.S. degree in wildlife sciences or a related field. Desirable qualifications include excellent written and oral communication skills and good organization skill. A minimum 3.0 GPA and GRE score of 1100 is desired. Coursework in population and spatial ecology would be beneficial. Location: Starkville, Mississippi. Starting Date: August 16, 2010. Stipend: $15,000 per year plus tuition and health benefits. Closing Date: 30 July 2010 or until position is filled. Apply via electronic application within the Office of Graduate Studies. Also create a single document (e.g., a PDF) containing the following: 1) cover letter describing credentials and professional goals; 2) a resume; 3) three references; and 4) a copy of university transcripts and GRE/TOEFL scores. The name of the file should contain the first and last name of the applicant (e.g., Jane Doe.pdf). E-mail this file to Dr. Guiming Wang (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Jimmy Taylor (email@example.com) with "Landscape Beaver Assistantship" in the subject line. Inquiries: Dr. Guiming Wang; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: 662-325-0414 or Dr. Jimmy Taylor; email: Jimmy.D.Taylor@aphis.usda.gov; phone: (541) 737-1353. Posted: 5/25/10.
Mississippi State University: Ph.D. Assistantship in Ecology. I am seeking a motivated student who is interested in exploring the role of variation on the dynamics of species invasions. Work in my lab involves hypothesis-driven inquiry that often involves the integration of theory and empirical data (though individual projects can focus on one or the other). Please peruse the Brooks lab website for more information. I am looking to recruit a student to begin January 2011 but will consider promising students who wish to enroll in the Fall of 2010. If interested please send a note outlining your research interests and any experience you might have to email@example.com. Posted: 5/18/10.
Mississippi State University: The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture seeks a highly qualified student for a Ph.D. graduate research assistantship in water quality and aquatic systems management. The research assistantship will allow the qualified candidate the opportunity to work on cutting edge research on water quality in agricultural systems, create adaptive management strategies for management practices and be part of a state wide collaborative team involved in nutrient reductions. Qualified candidates would work in close collaboration with several federal agencies including USDA-ARS, USGS and MDEQ, be introduced to important researchers in federal and state agencies and be willing to be involved in a dynamic aquatic research program. Qualifications: M.S. in Biology, Environmental Science, Environmental Management, Soil Science or related discipline. Demonstrated excellence in coursework, reliability in working within a laboratory environment, good written and oral communication and importantly have the ability to work as a team member is required. Preference will be given to candidates that show independence as well as a strong work ethic. An enthusiastic and vibrant individual will also have high standing in qualification criteria. Pre-requisites include a undergraduate GPA greater than 3.0 and a GRE score over 1000. Stipend: $21k annual stipend, plus full tuition and health insurance for 4 years. In addition there will support for travel to regional, national and potentially international scientific meetings and other professional development activities. Start Date: July 1st, 2010 or sooner. Prior to applying, please send all inquires or queries to Dr. Robert Kröger: firstname.lastname@example.org (662)325-4731. Graduate school applications are completed separately through http://www.grad.msstate.edu/. Posted: 4/21/10.
Mississippi State University: Ph. D. Assistantships (2): Managing Agricultural Conservation Lands for BioFuels, Forage, and Reducing Aviation Risk. Successful applicants will evaluate bird and mammal responses to management on conservation grasslands (native grass mixtures and switchgrass monocultures) in agricultural landscapes in northeast Mississippi. This research program has two parallel foci. The first is to assess wildlife use of conservation grasslands that could be established in and around airports for the development of wildlife-aviation risk models to inform policy decisions about landscape approaches to reduce wildlife-aviation hazards. The second is to assess the effects of biannual forage harvests (summer) and annual biofuel harvests (single fall harvest) on wildlife to inform policy decisions about optimal management and use of Conservation Reserve Program lands and other conservation programs. Successful applicants will have primary responsibility for the mammalian or avian component of research. Students will be responsible for conducting field work (e.g., bird counts, small mammal trapping, and vegetation sampling), supervising field technicians, analyzing data, and preparing technical reports and peer-reviewed publications. The students also will serve as teaching assistants for ornithology, mammalogy, or human-wildlife conflicts courses. This is a multi-disciplinary project and collaborative effort between scientists from the USDA/WS/National Wildlife Research Center and faculty from Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture at Mississippi State University. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to collaborate on studies involving aviation risk assessment, pollinators, predators, forage quality, plant diversity, carbon sequestration and biofuel potential. Qualifications: Passion for integrating wildlife objectives into productive agricultural systems. M.S. in wildlife ecology, wildlife management, biology or related field. Experience with birds or mammals is strongly desired, especially counting and monitoring techniques. Students must be able to work as part of an integrated team and be willing to work cooperatively with other students on related projects. Salary: $20k per annum plus complete waiver of tuition. Starting Date: July 2010 desired. Open until positions are filled, review of applications will begin 15 February. Inquiry emails are welcomed and should be directed to Dr. Jerry Belant (Co-Project Leader, email@example.com, 662-325-2996 ) or Dr. Wes Burger (Co-Project Leader, firstname.lastname@example.org). Application: Submit: 1) transcript(s) and GRE scores (unofficial copies fine initially), 2) vita, 3) contact information for 3 references, and 4) letter of application which (a) describes your interest in the position, (b) describes your career goals, and (c) details your work or educational experience that is most relevant to this position. Posted: 2/11/10.
Mississippi State University: The Department of Forestry is seeking a PhD graduate research assistant to examine nutrient, carbon, and water cycles in an intercropped loblolly pine-switchgrass system. The objective of the study is to understand the interspecific competition for soil resources with the goal of optimizing the production of biofuels (switchgrass) and timber (loblolly pine). This position is an excellent opportunity to prepare the successful candidate for a research position in either academic, governmental, and industrial settings. Responsibilities: Monthly field visits to sample soils, and assess above and below ground productivity, soil nutrients, and soil moisture. Laboratory work will include the assessment of soil nutrients and soil carbon in the Department's fully equipped soil laboratory. The student will be responsible for analyzing samples in the laboratory, data analysis, preparing technical reports, presenting results at national conferences, preparing and presenting a dissertation, and preparing and submitting manuscripts for publication. The student will also be expected to be involved in other projects within the Forest Ecology Lab and the Forest Soils and Hydrology Lab thereby providing them with a broad range of experience and opportunities to collaborate. Starting Date: August 2010. Students with a Master's degree in forestry, soil science, environmental science or other related field are encouraged to apply. Research assistantships include a full tuition waiver, a competitive annual stipend including summer support, health insurance, and thesis research funding for three years. All project-related travel expenses will be covered including giving at least one presentation at a national conference. Application: Please send (by March 1, 2010) 1) transcripts and/or GRE scores (unofficial copies are OK initially), 2) CV, 3) contact information for 3 references, and 4) a letter of application which (i) describes your interest in the position, (ii) describes your career goals, and (iii) details your work or educational experience that is most relevant to this position. For more information please contact: Dr. Scott Roberts (662-325-3044, email@example.com), Forest Ecology Lab, Department of Forestry, Mississippi State University, MS State, MS 39762; Dr. Jeff Hatten (662-325-7481, firstname.lastname@example.org); Scott Roberts (662-325-3044). Posted: 2/4/10.
Mississippi State University: One M.S. Research Assistantship is available within the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The graduate research assistant will develop and conduct a research project that examines nesting success and microhabitat use of wild turkeys introduced across a range of habitat conditions within the Mississippi Delta region. The student will monitor nesting hens daily to estimate nesting success, using radio telemetry. The student will also radio track turkeys weekly to estimate microhabitat use, including brooding and nesting habitats. Qualifications: B.S. degree in wildlife sciences or a related field. Desirable qualifications include excellent written and oral communication skills and good organization and collaborative skills. A minimum 3.0 GPA and GRE score of 1000 is desired. Coursework in population and spatial ecology would be beneficial. Location: Starkville, Mississippi. Starting Date: On or about June 1, 2010. Stipend: $15k per year plus tuition and health benefits. Closing Date: 30 April 2010 or until position is filled. Application: Apply via electronic application within the Office of Graduate Studies, Mississippi State University. Also submit the following: 1) cover letter describing credentials and professional goals; 2) a resume; 3) three references; and 4) a copy of university transcripts and GRE/TOEFL scores. Inquiries: Dr. Guiming Wang; (email@example.com, 662-325-0414). Posted: 1/29/10.
Mississippi State University: A graduate research assistantship (Masters Level) is available in forest soils. The project will involve examining the relationship of soil nutrients and soil organic matter in a loblolly pine forest. Responsibilities: Monthly field visits to sample soils, and assess above and below ground productivity, soil nutrients, and soil moisture. Laboratory work will include the assessment of soil nutrients, soil carbon, and advanced organic geochemical techniques to examine soil organic matter. In particular, using these procedures the student will determine the source (e.g. leaf, root, wood) and degradation state of soil organic matter. The student will be responsible for analyzing data, preparing technical reports, presenting results at national conferences (e.g. American Geophysical Union, Soil Science Society of America, Ecological Society of America), and developing at least one peer-reviewed publication. It is expected that the student will also be involved in other projects within the Forest Soils and Hydrology Lab and Forestry Department thereby providing them with a very broad range of experience and opportunities to collaborate. Students with a background in forestry, soil science, or environmental science with strong analytical and chemistry-skills are encouraged to apply. Starting Date: May or August 2010. Two years of funding are available for this position. Starting salary is $15k+ per year (depending on experience) and includes tuition and health insurance. Application: Please send 1) transcripts and GRE scores (unofficial copies are OK initially), 2) CV, 3) contact information for 3 references, and 4) letter of application which (i) describes your interest in the position, (ii) describes your career goals, and (iii) details your work or educational experience that is most relevant to this position. For more information please contact: Dr. Jeff Hatten, Forest Soil and Hydrology Lab, Department of Forestry, Mississippi State University, MS State, MS 39762. Phone: 662-325-7481, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 12/3/09.
Mississippi State University: Ph.D. Assistantship: Effects of biomass production on wildlife and plant communities in intensively managed pine forests of east-central Mississippi. Responsibilities: Evaluate habitat and wildlife response (primarily birds) to switchgrass production and biomass removal in intensively managed pine forests. Student will be responsible for conducting field work (bird counts, nest searches, sampling other vertebrates, and vegetation sampling), supervising field technicians, assisting with supervision of a M.S. student, analyzing data, and preparing technical reports and peer-reviewed publications. Transportation and housing in the field will be provided. There is also potential to serve as teaching assistant for ornithology courses. Qualifications: M.S. in wildlife ecology, wildlife management, or related field. Applicant must be willing to work under a wide range of inclement conditions (cold and hot) in the presence of biting insects and poisonous snakes, sometimes for 24-hour periods. Experience with birds is strongly desired. Experience with other vertebrate communities and working in southern pine forests is also desired. Student must be willing to work cooperatively with other students on related projects. Starting Date: August 15, 2009 – 1 May 2010 (flexible and negotiable). Stipend: Starting $21k per annum plus complete waiver of tuition fees. Inquiries: Inquiry emails are welcomed and should be directed to Dr. Sam Riffell (Co-Project Leader) at email@example.com. Application: Submit: 1) transcript(s) and GRE scores (unofficial copies fine initially), 2) vita, 3) contact information for 3 references, and 4) letter of application which (a) describes your interest in the position, (b) describes your career goals, and (c) details your work or educational experience that is most relevant to this position. To: Dr. Sam Riffell, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Box 9690, Mississippi State, MS 39762-9690 USA. Posted: 8/21/09.
Mississippi State University: Ph.D. Research Assistantship: Native Warm-Season Grass Pastures for Livestock, Wildlife & Ecosystem Services. This is a multi-disciplinary project to evaluate native warm season grasses as both forage and wildlife habitat in the Southeast. Collaborators include faculty from Wildlife and Fisheries, Plant and Soil Sciences, and Animal Science. Successful applicant will have the opportunity to collaborate on studies involving pollinators, predators, forage quality, animal health, plant diversity, carbon sequestration and biofuel potential. Responsibilities: Evaluate breeding bird response to grazing treatments on experimental pastures in the Black Prairie region of northeast Mississippi. Student will be responsible for conducting field work (bird counts, nest searches, sampling other vertebrates, and vegetation sampling), supervising field technicians, assisting with various master’s student projects, analyzing data, and preparing technical reports and peer-reviewed publications. There is also potential to serve as teaching assistant for ornithology courses. Qualifications: Passion for integrating wildlife objectives into productive agricultural systems. M.S. in biology, wildlife ecology, wildlife management, or related field. Experience with birds is strongly desired, especially counting and nest monitoring techniques. Student must be able to work as part of an integrated team and be willing to work cooperatively with other students on related projects. Starting Date: August 2010 or January 2011. Stipend: Starting $21k per annum plus complete waiver of tuition fees. Inquiry emails are welcomed and should be directed to Dr. Sam Riffell (Co-Project Leader, firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Wes Burger (Co-Project Leader, email@example.com). Application: Submit: 1) transcript(s) and GRE scores (unofficial copies fine initially), 2) vita, 3) contact information for 3 references, and 4) letter of application which (a) describes your interest in the position, (b) describes your career goals, and (c) details your work or educational experience that is most relevant to this position. To: Dr. Sam Riffell, Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, Box 9690, Mississippi State, MS 39762. Posted: 8/21/09.
Monash University: PhD scholarship - Carbon cycling of revegetated agricultural landscapes under a dry climate. AU$26,669 p.a., 3 years full-time. South-eastern Australia is predicted to be substantially drier in the coming decades, potentially driving extensive land-use change in agricultural landscapes. As traditional agricultural practices become less viable, growing trees for carbon storage, water quality and biodiversity benefits will become increasingly common. An opportunity exists at the Australian Centre for Biodiversity, Monash University for a PhD candidate to undertake novel interdisciplinary studies on specific aspects of these complex biological systems. The project investigates how revegetation and a dry climate will affect carbon cycling through a novel combination of field surveys, long-term flux observations, in situ manipulations, controlled environment experiments and laboratory analyses. The PhD is part of a broader Australian Research Council-funded Linkage project to understand how extensive revegetation will affect carbon storage, water yields and biodiversity of catchments. It brings together a research team with expertise in micrometeorology, forest ecology, soil processes, terrestrial ecology, landscape modelling, freshwater ecology and landscape economics. We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic student with a strong interest in ecosystem ecology, particularly the role of soils, and experience in agricultural science, plant ecology/physiology, micrometeorology, chemistry or similar area. Experience with fieldwork, chemical analyses and/or modelling would be an advantage. This is an excellent opportunity to establish a career in the interdisciplinary area of global change science. Potential areas of research for the PhD candidate include carbon cycling (stocks and flows) within and among the soil, vegetation and atmosphere; soil microbes and respiration; and, exchanges of non-CO2 greenhouse gases. The project could involve exploring different measurement techniques and modelling approaches. The full-time position will start in mid-late 2010 and be based at Monash with fieldwork in the Goulburn-Broken Catchment, Victoria. A first class honours (or equivalent, e.g. research Masters) undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline is required. This scholarship is open to both Australian and overseas applicants. Applicants should submit a brief statement of their desire and capability to undertake this research project, a current curriculum vitae, academic transcripts and contact details for two referees. To submit applications or for additional information please contact Dr Shaun Cunningham (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 1/11/10.
Montana State University: Research assistantship investigating hydrologic effects of stream restoration actions. The Fluvial Landscape Lab is currently seeking a M.S. or Ph.D. student to investigate surface and subsurface hydrologic response to a 1.5 mile stream channel realignment and large wood addition on Meacham Creek, a tributary to the Umatilla River in Oregon. A detailed description of this opportunity can be found at: http://www.montana.edu/FLL/ra/. To apply, please follow the instructions at the link above. Posted: 3/15/10.
Montana State University: The Watershed Hydrology Lab at Montana State University (Brian McGlynn) and Appalachian State University (Ryan Emanuel) seek a PhD student for a NSF project focused on the intersection of vegetation organization and watershed topology: ecohydrologic imprints in runoff generation and stream discharge in the mountains of MT and NC. We seek a quantitative hydrologist/ecologist with interests and abilities in BOTH experimental field research AND programming / model development related to watershed scale ecohydrology. Competitive funding is available for a student primarily based in Montana with extended visits to North Carolina. The preferred starting date is January 2010. Contact Brian McGlynn (email@example.com) and see our lab websites: http://watershed.montana.edu/hydrology and http://www.appstate.edu/~emanuelre/, for more information. Posted: 8/24/09.
Murray State University: The Hancock Biological Station is looking MS graduate students interested in gaining experience within the rapidly expanding field of environmental IT and remote sensors. Students would be working with environmental monitoring databases to create a robust reporting services collection as well as working within analysis services. Students would visit sites located on Kentucky Lake and surrounding streams to learn equipment maintenance and troubleshooting. Additional potential exists for hands-on experience with high performance computing, supercomputing, and environmental sensor design and manufacturing. Experience with SQL Server and the ability to integrate into a team environment are required. Familiarity with SQL Server Analysis Server and SQL Server Reporting Services is preferred but not required if the student makes a commitment to become familiar with these technologies. Assistantships are available as well as housing at the Biological Station. Contact David White at firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 4/7/10.
Murray State University: Graduate Research Associate, Watershed Studies Institute, Murray State University. Full time position to begin August 2010. Qualifications: B.S. in biology, ecology, geosciences, limnology, or related discipline. Responsibilities: To utilize stable isotopes to explore ecosystem processes while completing an M.S. degree in Watershed 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. George Kipphut at email@example.com. Posted: 12/10/09.
Murray State University: Two M.S. Research Assistantships available in the Department of Biological Sciences: (1) Arctic Stream Ecology. The candidate will reside at Murray State for the academic year and will spend the summer field seasons at Toolik Lake Field Station located on the North Slope of the Brooks Range in Alaska. The research will examine the effects of permafrost degradation, known as thermokarst, on arctic streams. Themokarsts result from the thawing of ground ice and permafrost and manifest themselves as massive slumping and landslide-like formations on the tundra. Specifically, the candidate will quantify the impacts on macroinvertebrate communities, stream morphology, and sediment movement in these streams. The candidate will be part of a larger interdisciplinary team with members focusing on a wide range of scientific interests (for more info, visit our team page at http://thermokarst.psu.edu). Many opportunities for collaboration and professional development with these researchers will exist and are encouraged. Qualifications: The candidate should have a strong interest in stream ecology, with a degree in ecology, biology, natural resources or related field. The candidate should have good communication and writing skills, a strong work ethic, and the desire to work under strenuous and remote field conditions. Salary (stipend): $17k/yr and position will cover cost of travel to Alaska and professional meetings. Start Date: January 2010 or June 2010. Contacts: Please send (via email) letter of interest, resume, unofficial transcripts and GRE scores and contact information for three references. The selected candidate will apply to the Biological Sciences program at Murray State for admission. The candidate will be advised by Dr. Michael Flinn. Materials should be sent to: Email: michael.flinn(at)murraystate.edu (preferred) Or: Michael Flinn, Murray State University, 2112 Biology Bldg., Murray, KY 42071, 270-970-0294. (2) Development of a real-time aquatic resource biomonitoring tool using bioacoustics. The research project will develop novel methods of biomonitoring using in-situ sounds and supercomputers. Research will be conducted primarily at the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area (LBL). In addition, the research involves a unique opportunity to work with the US Forest Service during the summer seasons and requires the successful applicant to be outgoing, enthusiastic about informal science education, and be motivated to work with the environmental education center at LBL. In addition to a summer stipend, free housing will be available at LBL in the summer and at Hancock Biological field station during the academic year. Qualifications: Applicants should be interested in freshwater ecology, conservation, biomonitoring, education and should be able to work independently in the lab and field. Experience with field sampling in remote locations, statistics and an undergraduate degree in ecology, zoology, or closely related field is a plus. Review of applications will begin immediately. The position will start in the spring semester or summer of 2010 depending upon applicant preference. Please submit a letter stating your research interests and career goals, resume, transcripts (unofficial acceptable) and GRE scores (unofficial acceptable) and the names of three references. Contact: For more information or questions about the research contact Everett Weber (Everett.weber(at)murraystate.edu) (270-970-6054) or Michael Flinn (Michael.flinn(at)murraystate.edu) (270-970-6051). Applications should be sent to the address below or emailed. Mail to: Biomonitoring Project Search, Everett Weber, Department of Biology, 2112 Biology, Murray State University, Murray, KY 42071. Email applications to Everett.weber(at)murraystate.edu . Posted: 12/3/09.
New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University-Newark: The Ecology and Evolution Graduate Program at NJIT/Rutgers-Newark is currently recruiting graduate students for Fall 2010. Our graduate program is offered jointly by the Federated Department of Biological Sciences, which has particular strengths in global change biology, spatial ecology, conservation biology, and invasion ecology. In addition to the Program in Ecology and Evolution, the Federated Department of Biology has programs in Cell and Molecular Biology and Computational Biology. Adding to the strength of the Federated Department are its collaborative interactions with the other academic units at Rutgers-Newark and NJIT, including the Departments of Chemistry, Physics, and Earth and Environmental Sciences; the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience at Rutgers; and the Departments of Mathematical Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry and Environmental Sciences, and Computer Sciences at NJIT. We are also affiliated with the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources at Rutgers-New Brunswick. Students in our graduate program can cross register for courses at all three campuses. Faculty that are actively seeking students include: Dr. Daniel Bunker, Dr. Claus Holzapfel, Dr. Gareth Russell, and Dr. Karina Schäfer. Prospective students should contact directly the faculty members whose interests best match their own. Additional information can be found here: Graduate Programs in Biological Sciences | Ecology & Evolution Program Requirements. The deadline for application to the Ph.D. Program is January 15 (NJIT) or February 15 (Rutgers-Newark). The deadline for application to the M.S. Program is July 15. Posted: 12/16/09.
New Mexico State University: The Mabry lab invites applications from motivated and independent students to begin graduate work in fall 2010. I anticipate accepting 2 students to pursue either PhD or MS work in behavioral ecology. Research in the lab focuses on the causes and consequences of individual behavioral variation, with a current emphasis on dispersal and habitat selection behavior in complex landscapes, using small mammals as a study system. Students with interests in animal movement, habitat selection, animal behavior in a landscape context, the population-level consequences of individual behavior, and/or landscape genetics are especially encouraged to apply. Graduate students will be supported by a combination of research and teaching assistantships. Prospective students should contact Karen Mabry (firstname.lastname@example.org), and provide a brief description of your research interests and experience, CV (including GPA and GRE scores, if available), and contact information for three references. Suitable candidates will then be contacted for an interview. Departmental review of applications begins January 15, 2010, but interested students should contact me well before that date. Posted: 11/17/09.
[Position Filled] North Carolina State University: Assistantship in Insect Ecology and Ornamental Pest Management available in the Department of Entomology. Sustainable pest management relies on a sound understanding of the top-down and bottom-up factors that regulate pest abundance in managed ecosystems. Research in my lab focuses on management of arthropod pests in ornamental greenhouse and nursery production systems. I am seeking a highly motivated and productive M.S. student who is broadly interested in applying ecological research to real-world problems such as improving biological control by native or augmented natural enemies. Undergraduate degree in entomology, ecology, or related field is required. Qualified candidate can start ASAP but no later than fall 2010. Inquiry emails are welcomed. Please send to Steve Frank (email@example.com) and include current CV, GRE scores, GPA, and brief statement of interests and experience. Posted: 4/27/10.
North Carolina State University: The Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources seeks a highly qualified graduate student for work serving as a foundation for urban long-term research in the "Triangle" region of North Carolina. Research will be conducted in the context of a larger effort to influence the policies that allow for the sustainable and equitable provisioning of ecosystem services. Urban research in the Triangle involves scientists from NC State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Duke University. It will provide rich opportunities for interaction among scientists and students from other urban research sites around the nation. Graduate research at either MS or PhD level will focus on demographic comparisons of populations both consuming and producing ecosystem services provided by Jordan Lake in the Triangle. Support includes stipend, tuition and fees, and health insurance for at least two years. Preferred start date: January 2010. Applicants should: •Have a strong academic background that will support socio-ecological research; •Possess strong quantitative skills; •Have excellent scores in all three components of the GRE (verbal, quantitative, critical thinking/analytic writing) and a high undergraduate/graduate GPA; •Be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. Prospective applicants should: First, address a letter of interest to Dr. Melissa McHale at firstname.lastname@example.org, ASAP. Second, potential candidates should also prepare to submit an application (including personal statement, CV, three letters of recommendation, transcripts, GRE scores) through the NCSU Graduate School on-line application process. Posted: 10/20/09.
North Carolina State University: PhD Student in Biogeography, Societies, Climate Change, or Species Interactions. Positions are available in the laboratory of Rob Dunn at North Carolina State University, with funding through a mix of research assistantships and TAs to work on any of a wide range of topics. Student should be curious, driven and excited enough about science that it is what they might choose to do were they to win the lottery. Opportunities exist to work on societies (be they insect or otherwise), climate change, biogeography, or some combination thereof. Within this context, students interested in the biology of parasites, infectious diseases, mutualists (be they butterflies, plants, microbes or anything else) or commensals of social insects and other societies are particularly encouraged to apply. Research projects that span more than one lab within our conservation ecology lab group, social insect group or with existing collaborators associated with global projects on ants are also encouraged. Students who are interested in applying to the lab should send a CV, a list of reference writers, and a writing sample to Rob_Dunn “at” ncsu.edu. The CV should include information about existing skill sets such as languages spoken, molecular techniques, natural history knowledge, databasing abilities, GIS, or taxonomic knowledge. If you can identify, for example, every ant, fungus, springtail, carnivore tick, or mammal species in New Mexico, Alberta or anywhere else, let me know. Current student projects in the lab include work on the biogeography of carnivores and their parasites, the behavior of male ants, the consequences of the cryptic invasion of a termite specialist ant, and modeling of the interactions between seed dispersers and seeds. Lab projects include global analysis of the biogeography of ants, modeling consequences of climate change for insects, pests and diseases, and an effort to work with NASA to highlight areas where discovery of new species is most likely. Inquires from individuals of diverse backgrounds and underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged. Posted: 10/14/09.
North Carolina State University: The Langerhans Lab in the Department of Biology is looking for exceptional and enthusiastic Ph.D. students in Evolutionary Ecology, and anticipates accepting approximately two new students starting fall 2010. While the lab primarily accepts Ph.D. students, exceptional students wishing to pursue a M.S. will also be considered. Additional information. Research in the Langerhans Lab investigates a wide range of questions in evolutionary ecology, with empirical work focusing on aquatic systems (e.g., fishes, amphibians) and lizards. Due to this breadth of interests, graduate students can pursue a variety of research trajectories. Examples of ongoing research interests in the lab include: evolutionary consequences of anthropogenic impacts, ecological speciation, morphological and locomotor evolution, predictability of phenotypic evolution, functional morphology of locomotion, predator-prey coevolution, genital evolution in livebearing fishes, phylogeography, phenotypic plasticity, adaptive constraints of gene flow, sensory bias, evolution of sexual dimorphism, and links between locomotor, feeding, and life history evolution. If you are interested in joining the lab, please contact Dr. Brian Langerhans (langerhans-at-ncsu.edu) and provide a short description of your research interests and accomplishments, CV (including GPA and GRE scores), and contact information for three references. For those subsequently encouraged to apply, information on the application process can be found here. Posted: 10/13/09.
North Dakota State University: One graduate research assistantship is available in the area of weed biology and ecology to pursue an M.S. or Ph.D. in Plant Sciences. Possible topics of study include biology and ecology of weed seed predation in agricultural systems, biological control of invasive weeds in rangeland and wild lands, effects of management and cropping systems on weed population dynamics, and crop variety effects on crop-weed competition in organically-managed cropping systems. The graduate research assistant will conduct field/lab studies, collect data, analyze research results, prepare reports, write journal articles, and prepare a thesis/dissertation. This assistantship will provide a monthly stipend and a full tuition waiver. Prospective students should hold a Bachelor’s degree in plant sciences, agronomy, biology, ecology, or other related field. Desired qualifications include a strong quantitative/ statistical background, excellent oral and written communication skills, field research experience, and an interest in ecologically-based weed management. Candidates must also meet the admission requirements of NDSU's Graduate School and the Department of Plant Sciences. Applications must be made on-line through the NDSU Graduate School. Inquiries should be addressed to: Dr. Greta Gramig, Assistant Professor, NDSU Plant Sciences, 166 Loftsgard Hall, North Bolley Drive, Fargo, ND 58102. Office phone: 701-231-8149, email@example.com. Please include a recent CV and research interests with any inquiries. Posted: 12/10/09.
Northern Arizona University: announces a new Master’s of Science program in Climate Science and Solutions, scheduled to begin fall semester, 2010. With funding from the NSF, the program will award 6 full fellowships. This interdisciplinary program provides training in addressing the climate challenge by enhancing understanding of climate science, biological and technological approaches to mitigation and adaptation, and the regulatory and market contexts for developing workable climate solutions. A key feature of the program is a summer internship in private industry, government, or the non-profit sector in positions working directly on the climate challenge. Applications are welcome from graduates of natural science, business, and engineering programs as well as from professionals seeking to enhance their skills in the climate solutions industry. Inquiries are welcome now, with full applications accepted beginning July 1. Further details and application instructions are available at http://climatesciencesolutions.nau.edu/. Posted: 5/25/10.
Northern Arizona University: Funding for a Graduate Research Assistantship will be available for a masters level student starting in the fall of 2010. Summer funding may also become available. The student will be expected to assist on a research project funded through the USGS to study the effects of climate warming on plant species. Applications will be due Feb. 15 but encouraged as soon as Feb. 1 if possible. This project requires an interest in plant species, climate change, and geospatial modeling within a GIS environment. Background or interest in any of these areas will be beneficial. The research is likely to incorporate both field and computer research aspects. The degree may be pursued in the Biology, Environmental Science, Geology, or Quaternary Science departments and programs. Contact Ken.Cole@nau.edu for information. Posted: 1/26/10.
Northwestern University/Chicago Botanic Garden: jointly offer a graduate program in Plant Biology and Conservation and seek excellent applicants for both Master's and Doctoral degrees. The program offers exciting opportunities for graduate student research in plant ecology, restoration ecology, soil ecology, climate change, invasive biology, paleobotany, mycology, population biology, demography, plant-animal interactions, conservation genetics, evolution, and systematics. For more information about the program and faculty research interests visit our website: http://www.plantbiology.northwestern.edu. For more information see Plant Conservation Science Center or contact the director of the Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation: Nyree Zerega (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 11/5/09.
Oakland University: The Department of Biological Sciences invites applications for Master’s Student Assistantships in Stream Ecology. Students will have a fair amount of leeway in designing his/her thesis research, but those with interests in invasive species, biomonitoring, organic-matter decomposition, urbanization, restoration and terrestrial-aquatic linkages are particularly encouraged to apply. Teaching assistantships and stipends are available for 4 semesters. Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, environmental science or a related field, and an aptitude for science shown through GRE scores (above the 50th percentile), GPA (above a 3.0), and letters of recommendation. Preliminary Application: Mail or email a cover letter and CV by March 15, 2010: Scott Tiegs, Stream Ecology Lab, Department of Biological Sciences, Oakland University, Rochester, MI 48309. email@example.com. Posted: 12/21/09.
Ohio State University: Graduate Assistantship in the Agricultural Landscape Ecology Lab – Dr. Mary Gardiner. Widespread occurrence of the exotic invasive shrub common buckthorn, Rhamnus cathartica, has resulted in cascading ecosystem disservices across the north central U.S. A landscape approach to understanding and managing these effects is required to enhance agricultural production and protect the natural resource base. Common buckthorn invades natural areas where it directly reduces native biodiversity. In addition, it serves as the primary overwintering host of the exotic soybean aphid, Aphis glycines, allowing it to successfully overwinter in the north central U.S. Soybean aphid negatively impacts the production of soybean and vegetable crops by direct feeding and vectoring plant viruses. Moreover, the presence of soybean aphid has facilitated an increase in the exotic multi-colored Asian lady beetle Harmonia axyridis, leading to the decline of several native lady beetle species. Harmonia adults also invade homes where they cause human allergies. The goal of this project is to develop a fundamental quantitative understanding of the cascading impacts of this keystone invader on ecosystem function and services, and to develop economically and ecologically rational strategies for its management at landscape-scales. This USDA-funded project is regional in scope and includes a citizen science component. Both PhD and MS will be considered. Student could begin program in Fall 2010 or Spring 2011. For more information contact Mary Gardiner: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 5/12/10.
Ohio State University: Dept. of Entomology. Invasive species permeate both the natural and managed landscapes. These exotic species often have profound negative impacts on native biodiversity by influencing abiotic conditions, or increasing competition for food or other resources. Increasingly, invaders also interact with one another in ways that exacerbate their impacts on ecological communities and environments. The success of an invasive species depends not only on the biology of the invader itself, but the ecological community and environment that is being invaded. Often these lead to invasion meltdowns, where the introduction of one species facilitates the invasion of additional species. The soybean aphid plays a key role in a recent ecological invasion meltdown involving its invasive primary host plant, buckthorn, and its key predator, the multi-colored Asian lady beetle. This USDA-funded position will specifically focus on soybean aphid population and landscape genetics, with emphasis on the role of buckthorn during secondary and primary host colonization. The project will combine field work (including soybean aphid collecting at various sites across the Midwestern US), as well as molecular data generation (microsatellites and single nucleotide polymorphisms). Ph.D. students are preferred, but Master's students are strongly urged to apply. The ideal start time would be summer of 2010, but start date is flexible. For more information, please contact Dr. Andy Michel (email@example.com). Posted: 2/3/10.
Ohio University: Funding for a PhD RA position is available in the Department of Environmental and Plant Biology. OU is located in Athens, OH, a progressive small city in southeast Ohio surrounded by forests. The NSF funded project involves investigating the influence of soil acidity on the soil microbial community and its ability to cycle P in several eastern Ohio forests. Candidates seeking the position must have a MS before starting the position and should have a background in biogeochemistry, soil/ecosystem ecology, or a related field. A successful candidate should demonstrate a strong work ethic, good communication skills, and the ability to work well with undergraduate and high school students. Experience in extracellular enzyme assays, PLFA analysis, soil chemical analysis, and multivariate statistics would be beneficial. The position can start Winter (1/2010), Spring (3/2010), or Summer (5/2010) quarter. Stipend includes yearly salary ($20k), tuition, and benefits. Applicants should email, as a PDF, a statement of research interests, list of references, and CV, including GPA and GRE scores to: Jared DeForest (firstname.lastname@example.org). Email requests for more information on project specifics are welcomed. Posted: 8/10/09.
Oklahoma State University: Two M.S. or Ph.D. Entomology teaching/research assistantships are available starting Fall 2010. Research will focus on soil-dwelling arthropod ecology and/or entomopathogenic nematodes or medical entomology. If interested in applying for the soil dwelling or entomopathogenic nematode position, contact Dr. Carmen Greenwood, Dept. of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Oklahoma State University (email@example.com). If you are interested in applying for the medical entomology position, contact Dr. Michael Reiskind, Dept. of Entomology and Plant Pathology (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 4/7/10.
Oklahoma State University: Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantship - Human Dimensions of Rangeland Ecology and Management - Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management. Traditional management of rangelands has predominantly focused on maintaining a few dominant forage grasses and reducing variability across the landscape. The result is homogenization of rangelands and loss of biodiversity. Application of the fire-grazing interaction is an alternative that mimics disturbance processes responsible for shaping grasslands that developed under grazing by large ungulates and frequent fire. Therefore, the goal of this project is to optimize multifunctionality (biodiversity, agricultural productivity, and riparian stability) of rangeland by focusing on heterogeneity achieved through the fire-grazing interaction. The human dimensions portion of the project will employ survey methodology to evaluate landowner, resource professional, and general public perceptions and attitudes toward heterogeneity. We expect that landowners will prefer an homogenous landscape dominated by a few key forage grasses. The general public might favor some yet unknown degree of variation. The results of this study will be combined with related studies to assess response of livestock productivity, grazing distribution, and the avian community to increasing levels of heterogeneity. This project will have a strong applied component and results will be used to direct future outreach efforts on rangelands. Further, there will be opportunities to explore more fundamental questions regarding human behavior with implications toward the social sciences. The Ph.D. candidate will have significant latitude to create project objectives that fit within the overall project framework. GRA Position is ½-time (0.50 FTE), and carries a $17,500/year stipend, non-resident tuition waiver; 15 hour per year tuition remission, and OSU insurance provided. Duration: 3 years beginning in Summer or Fall Semester 2010 or when suitable candidate is found. Requirements: B.S. or M.S. in a field closely related to rangeland ecology with demonstrated experience in social science research; GPA > 3.3, competitive GRE scores; fluency in English and valid driver's license. Desired: Experience with survey techniques and quantitative analyses of survey data. Project Leaders: David Engle, Dwayne Elmore, and Samuel Fuhlendorf. Contact Information: Dr. David Engle (405-744-5615 or email@example.com). Posted: 1/27/10.
Oklahoma State University: Research Assistantship in Quantitative Floristics. The LIBRA group is seeking a PhD student to assist with the FloraS of North America Project as part of an NSF-EPSCoR funded collaborative proposal on Ecological Forecasting. This position is funded for 2 years, after which teaching or other assistantships will be available. The student is expected to qualify for and enroll in the OSU Plant Sciences PhD program, and to develop a dissertation project related to the funded research. A start date of 2 June 2010 is desirable but negotiable. The ideal candidate would have strong scientific writing skills in English, experience with GIS, and familiarity with North American floristics - although applicants with a subset of such experience will be considered. The student will be expected to collaborate with a diversity of scholars with expertise in computer science, statistics, geography, botany, ecosystem science, and global change. For full consideration, send a statement of interest, contact information for three references, and a current CV by 8 February 2010 to Michael Palmer (firstname.lastname@example.org). Informal inquiries by email are welcome. Posted: 9/15/09, revised: 11/10/09.
Oklahoma State University: Two graduate research assistantships (one at M.S. level and the other at Ph.D. level) are available to highly motivated students to conduct research in ecohydrology/ecophysiology/watershed management within a USGS/NWRI funded project. This project investigates the ecohydrological processes, alternation of hydrological function and water cycles associated with land cover change (i.e. woody plant encroachment) in a mesic grassland. Experience with sapflow techniques, E/T measurement or watershed modeling is highly desirable but not required. Graduate assistantships are $17,500 for a Ph.D. and $15,500 a M.S. annually. Both in-state and out-of-state tuition are waived and the health insurance of the candidate will be provided. The expected starting date is Spring 2010 but we are evaluating and filling the position now. Please contact: Chris Zou (email@example.com), Rod Will (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Don Turton (email@example.com) at Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Oklahoma State University for more information. In your initial contact please send a Letter of Intent stating interests and professional goals, a C.V., Unofficial Transcripts, and copies of GRE/TOEFL scores. Posted: 8/20/09.
Oregon State University: I have one graduate assistantship available for an individual interested in pursuing graduate study in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society beginning summer (June) 2010. The assistantship is related to a multidisciplinary project focused on fuels management effects on wildlife habitat and timber production. This project is funded by the USDA Forest Service in cooperation with the OSU College of Forestry and the OR Institute of Natural Resources. Applicants should have a solid background in wildlife ecology, landscape ecology, or a related field, an interest in modeling wildlife-habitat relationships, and the ability to work both independently and as a part of a research team. Students will be expected to present research results at professional conferences, publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific outlets, and pursue extramural funding to supplement their assistantships, as appropriate. For a potential MS student, a working knowledge of GIS is preferred, but not required. For a potential PhD student, a working knowledge of GIS and an interest in evaluating and modeling wildlife-habitat relationships is required. PhD applicants also are expected to have a completed MS degree with thesis, or several years of work experience comparable to a MS degree with thesis. GRE scores must be less than five years old. Potential MS students must have received a GPA equivalent to a 3.0/4.0 on their last 90 term (or 60 semester) hours. I encourage interested students to send 1) a cover letter describing your professional background, relevant research experience and interests, career goals, and reasons for seeking a MS or PhD degree, 2) names and contact information for three references, 3) a current curriculum vitae, and 4) copies of transcripts and GRE scores (unofficial copies are fine for initial contact; official copies will be required for admittance to graduate program) directly to me (Anita Morzillo; firstname.lastname@example.org) as a single .pdf document. Do not submit materials to the OSU Graduate School at this time. I will begin reviewing application materials as soon as I receive them, but materials must be received by me on or before 30 April 2010. I encourage interested individuals to contact me initially by email or phone (541-737-8433) to learn more about my research program and this particular project prior to sending their application materials. Posted: 4/12/10.
Oregon State University: M.S. Graduate Student Assistantship (forest ecology) for Fall 2010 in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society to study forest landscape vegetation, fire, forest management, and climate change dynamics and potential effects on carbon, wildlife habitat, and other ecosystem services. The study will include field measurements and spatial ecological modeling and landscape analysis. The GRA position includes a stipend of about $23k/year, tuition waiver, and support for research activities. For more information about the Department and application procedures, please go to: http://fes.forestry.oregonstate.edu/ and click on the link for Prospective Students. For more information about the position please contact Dr. Rebecca S.H. Kennedy, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, College of Forestry, Oregon State University; Rebecca.email@example.com ; 541-750-7262. Posted: 4/1/10.
Oregon State University: A Ph.D. assistantship is available for Fall 2010 in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society. The student would conduct research on forest and landscape dynamics associated with the cumulative effects of large wildfires, other disturbances, and forest growth in the Pacific Northwest. The work would be associated with a regional monitoring program of the U.S. Forest Service. The Pacific Northwest has experienced a number of large wildfires over the last 25 years. These wildfires have had numerous ecological and socio-economic effects, both desirable and undesirable. With increasing emphasis on managing wildfire to both reduce fire suppression costs and better realize ecological benefits (e.g. biodiversity, restoration) there is a growing need to better understand the tradeoffs associated with large wildfires. In addition, there is a need to better understand how the forest dynamics and structure of key forest types and habitats (e.g. old growth and diverse early successional vegetation) are changing as a result of the cumulative effects of large fires, logging, fire suppression, and fuel reduction activity. The project would integrate of multi-date satellite imagery, FIA inventory plots and targeted field sampling to characterize recent historical dynamics and estimate effects at stand and landscape scales. The work will require use of fire, succession, and wildlife habitat models to characterize ecological effects and future trends. The student should have a M.S. degree with experience and skills in several of the following areas: GIS, remote sensing, landscape ecology, forest ecology, fire ecology and ecological modeling. The GRA position includes a stipend of about $22k/yr, tuition waver, and support for research activities. For application procedures please go to the Department website (link above) and click on the link for Prospective Students. For more information about the position please contact Dr. Thomas A. Spies, (firstname.lastname@example.org; 541-750-7354). Posted: 2/8/10.
Oregon State University: We are looking for Ph-D student (ecology/silviculture) to start in fall quarter of 2010. The envisioned project utilizes data from the Density Management Study to investigate whether thinning practices, especially buffer treatments, have an impact on moisture status of remaining trees, understory vegetation, and habitat suitability for amphibians. The study is likely to include field measurements, isotope analyses, and modeling efforts, including how the above described relationships vary with climate. The position is covered by an assistantship, including tuition and health insurance. Requirements are an Ms in ecology with special interest/focus in forest ecology. For more information, please contact Klaus J. Puettmann Klaus.Puettmann@oregonstate.edu or Dede Olson (DedeOlson@fs.fed.us). Posted: 1/22/10.
Oregon State University: I seek two individuals interested in pursuing graduate study in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society beginning January 2010. Graduate assistantships are related to a multidisciplinary project focused on evaluating management tradeoffs between wildlife habitat, fuel conditions, economic potential, and natural disturbances. This project is funded by the USDA Forest Service in cooperation with the OSU College of Forestry and the Institute of Natural Resources. Applicants should have a solid background in wildlife ecology, landscape ecology, or a related field, an interest in applied research focused on modeling wildlife-habitat relationships, and the ability to work both independently and as a part of a research team. Students will be expected to present research results at professional conferences, publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific outlets, and pursue extramural funding to supplement their assistantships, as appropriate. For potential MS students, a working knowledge of GIS and simple wildlife habitat models is preferred, but not required. For potential PhD students, a working knowledge of GIS and an interest in pursuing dissertation research focused on evaluating and modeling wildlife-habitat relationships is required. PhD applicants also are expected to have a completed MS degree with thesis, or several years of work experience comparable to a MS degree with thesis. GRE scores must be less than five years old. Potential MS students must have received a GPA equivalent to a 3.0/4.0 on their last 90 term (or 60 semester) hours. I encourage interested students to send 1) a cover letter describing your professional background, relevant research experience and interests, career goals, and reasons for seeking a MS or PhD degree, 2) names and contact information for three references, 3) a current curriculum vitae, and 4) copies of transcripts and GRE scores (unofficial copies are fine for initial contact; official copies will be required for admittance to graduate program) *directly to me (Anita Morzillo; email@example.com) as a single *.pdf document.* Please do not submit materials to the OSU Graduate School at this time. I will begin reviewing application materials as soon as I receive them, but materials must be received by me before 20 October 2009. I encourage interested individuals to contact me (Anita T. Morzillo) either by the email or phone (firstname.lastname@example.org, 541-737-8433) to learn more about my research program and this particular project prior to sending their application materials. Posted: 9/17/09.
Oregon State University: The Lytle Lab at seeks a highly motivated PhD student to pursue doctoral research as part of a collaborative project that aims to understand how flow intermittence and landscape connectivity govern the population dynamics of aquatic invertebrates and amphibians in southern Arizona streams. The student will use fieldwork (population surveys, habitat measurements) and laboratory methods (mtDNA and microsatellites) to understand how hydrologic connectivity influences the population dynamics of aquatic organisms. The successful applicant will be advised by Dr. Dave Lytle (Department of Zoology, Oregon State University, Corvallis), and will work closely with researchers from University of Washington, State University of New York, and partners in Arizona including AZ Game and Fish Department and The Nature Conservancy. Qualifications: BS or MS in ecology, zoology, or related field with competitive GPA and GRE scores. Priority will be given to applicants with previous experience studying aquatic invertebrates (biology, ecology, and sampling techniques), quantitative skills, and/or a background in molecular methods such as mtDNA or microsatellite analysis. A demonstrated ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals and experience conducting research in arid and semi-arid ecosystems is preferred, but not required. Location: The position will be located within the Department of Zoology, Oregon State University. Zoology houses expertise in ecology, evolution, physiology, and genomics of aquatic and terrestrial organisms. Corvallis is home to a productive community of aquatic biologists, distributed across the OSU campus and at regional research labs for the EPA, USGS, and USFS. OSU maintains the largest insect collection in the Pacific Northwest and is among the top-ranked North American universities for conservation biology and ecology /evolutionary biology. Funding: The position will be funded primarily by graduate research assistantships (GRAs), with the opportunity to hold a teaching assistantship (GTA) during some academic quarters. The Department of Zoology guarantees 5 years of support for PhD students. Start date: Fall 2010 (Summer 2010 preferred). To apply email a cover letter that addresses your interest and experience, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for at least three references to: Dr. Dave Lytle, email@example.com. Screening of applicants will occur prior to the Zoology application deadline on January 15, 2010. Posted: 9/3/09.
Pennsylvania State University: Graduate Research Assistantship (Ph.D.) in Crop and Soil Sciences, Entomology, or Ecology. Seeking a Ph.D. student to participate in a project on reduced tillage organic cropping systems, Improving Weed and Insect Management in Organic Reduced-Tillage Cropping Systems. Our overall goal is to develop sustainable reduced-tillage organic feed grain production systems that integrate pest (weed and insect) and soil management practices to overcome production constraints associated with high residue, reduced-tillage environments. There will be a soil quality component to the experiments. The project activities will include on-station and on-farm research and extension. In addition to field-based research, there will be opportunities to develop and deliver extension programs on organic agriculture. Available: Summer/Fall, 2010. Qualifications: B.S. or M.S. degree in plant or soil science, entomology, biological sciences, environmental sciences, ecology, or other agriculture-related discipline. Strong written and oral communication skills necessary. Minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA. GRE test scores are required. For additional information contact: Dr. Bill Curran (firstname.lastname@example.org, 814-863-1014 or Dr. Mary Barbercheck (email@example.com, 814-863-2982). Application: Send letter of interest, resume, and transcripts to: Dr. William S. Curran, Professor of Weed Science, 210 ASI, Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences, University Park, PA 16802. (814)863-7043 (Fax) and Dr. Mary Barbercheck, Professor of Entomology, 501 ASI, Dept. of Entomology, University Park, PA 16802. (814) 865 - 3048 (Fax). Posted: 10/15/09.
Pennsylvania State University: The Penn State Intercollege Graduate Degree program in Ecology is a highly interdisciplinary cross-college program with over 60 faculty studying ecology at molecular to global scales in a wide range of disciplines. The Penn State Campus is nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of central Pennsylvania where it is ideally located for ecological research as well as outdoor recreation. The program has a number of fellowship opportunities for outstanding students in a wide range of fields of Ecology, including agroecology, infectious diseases, root and mycorrhizal ecology, microbial ecology, invasive ecology, paleoecology, climate-change ecology, plant physiological ecology, marine animal behavioral ecology, evolutionary ecology and landscape ecology. Preapplications can be found at the above website. Examples of some of the projects are listed below: Invasive Ecology-Tomas Carlo is seeking a student to study bird-plant interactions in relation to invasive Honeysuckle species in Pennsylvania. The study will examine how native bird populations propagate invasives, and at the same time examine if native birds are developing a dependency on the alien species. The project will also examine what are the community-wide consequences of these interactions. Students with interests in spatial ecology, ornithology, plant community ecology, and conservation would be considered. Agroecology-Mary Barbercheck and Bill Curran. Assistantships (2, PhD) available for research on organic reduced-tillage feed grain production systems that integrate pest and soil management practices to overcome production constraints associated with high residue, reduced-tillage environments. This field-based research project will examine the effects of soil and crop management on weed and arthropod populations and soil quality. The project will also provide opportunities for the development and delivery of outreach programs and materials to a broad audience. Mycorrhizal ecology/agroecology- Roger Koide is seeking a student to study sustainable cropping systems based on ecological principles with special emphasis on mycorrhizal fungi. The student will have the opportunity to interact with a diversity of researchers, a postdoc, and other graduate students in Ecology, Horticulture, Crop and Soil Sciences, Entomology, The Rodale Institute, and the US Department of Agriculture. Cropping-system practices are being designed to minimize pest populations, conserve nutrients, soil, energy, and off-farm inputs. Paleoecology - Peter Wilf is a paleobotanist with broad interests in past environmental change, plant evolution and extinction, and the evolution of plant-insect associations. He seeks students who will bring an ecological approach to paleobiology or to modern analog studies. Questions: Contact the Ecology Program Assistant (Jean Pierce, firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Ecology Program Chair (David Eissenstat, email@example.com). Posted: 10/1/09.
Pennsylvania State University: An assistantship for a Masters student in Horticulture or Ecology is available for 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 to study sustainable cropping systems based on ecological principles with special emphasis on mycorrhizal fungi. The degree can be awarded in either Horticulture or Ecology, and the student will have the opportunity to interact with a diversity of researchers, a postdoc, and other graduate students in Horticulture, Crop and Soil Sciences, Entomology, The Rodale Institute, and the US Department of Agriculture. Cropping-system practices are being designed to minimize pest populations, conserve nutrients, soil, energy, and off-farm inputs. For more information, contact: Dr. Roger Koide (firstname.lastname@example.org), Department of Horticulture. Assistantships for an MS or PhD Graduate degrees are available in Agronomy and Soil Science at The Pennsylvania State University to study sustainable cropping systems based on ecological principles. Cropping-system practices are being designed to minimize pest populations, conserve nutrients, soil, energy, and off-farm inputs. A recently funded 3-year project with a team of Penn State and USDA-ARS scientists, is seeking graduate applicants for 2009/2010 (even though it is late in the application process) and for 2010/2011. For more information, contact: Dr. Heather Karsten or Dr. Douglas Beegle, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences (email@example.com; 814-863-3179; firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 9/15/09.
Plymouth State University: The Center for the Environment invites applications for M.S. graduate research assistantships in the areas of ecohydrology, forest ecology, landscape ecology, environmental social sciences, or any combination of these topics in the White Mountains and Lakes Region of New Hampshire or in the broader Central and/or Northern New England regions. Students will conduct field sampling, analytical, and/or theoretical work on projects related to CFE’s mission, and have opportunities to collaborate with trans-disciplinary teams of faculty and students, and scientists from other institutions working at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest and other academic, governmental, and non-governmental organizations. Research topics for the assistantships are flexible, but must address controls on, or societal relevance of, key environmental processes (physical, biogeochemical, ecological, or socio-economic). Individuals from all relevant disciplinary backgrounds (physical, biogeochemical, ecological, or environmental socio-economic) will be considered, however applicants with an interest in field research and who possess strong quantitative analysis skills are preferred. These GRAs provide an excellent opportunity to work with a broader cohort of students (and their mentors) focused on the intersection of plant ecology, biogeochemistry, hydrology, and environmental social sciences. A signature of the program is that graduate research must involve a substantive outreach contribution, above and beyond publication of a thesis or project report. The GRAs will have responsibilities to work on CFE activities, including but not limited to: (1) Serve as GIS Laboratory administrator, maintaining spatial databases, and/or supporting other students and faculty; (2) assist in the Environmental Research Laboratory with sample analyses and/or participate in monitoring schemes and related outreach activities; (3) Work at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in support of ongoing or new ecological and hydrology projects in collaboration with the US Forest Service; (4) contribute to CFE’s development of ecological models and methods, data visualization, and communicating results to the public. Prospective students are invited to contact Patrick Bourgeron (email@example.com) and/or Betsy Ayotte (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 4/7/10.
Plymouth State University: A M.S. graduate research assistantship is available to study hydrology in the White Mountains of New Hampshire or in the broader Northern New England region. The student will have opportunities to collaborate with faculty and students from the Center for the Environment at Plymouth State and scientists from other institutions working at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. The research topic for the assistantship is flexible, but must address controls on water transport or water transport as a control on other processes (biogeochemical, ecological, or socio-economic). Individuals from all disciplinary backgrounds will be considered, however applicants with an interest in field research and quantitative analysis are preferred. Plymouth State is located in central New Hampshire, with easy access to the White Mountains, the Lakes Region, and the urban centers of Boston, Portland, and Montreal. To apply, send a statement of interest and a current resume/CV to Mark Green (email@example.com). Posted: 1/22/10.
Purdue University: Two research assistantships are available to work on a new, interdisciplinary project that will quantify ecosystem services provided by tallgrass prairie. (1)The Department of Entomology seeks a PhD research assistant to work on the spatial modeling of soybean aphid predators. Experience with spatially explicit modeling, a valid driver's license, and ability to do field work are essential. Experience with entomological surveys and GIS are advantageous. Please contact Dr. Jeff Holland (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. (2) The Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) Department seeks a M.S. research assistant to study carbon fluxes in soils under different plant communities and land management practices in a tallgrass prairie agroecosystem. The ideal candidate should have good written and quantitative skills with a background in ecology, biology, or a related field. A valid driver's license, and ability to do field work are essential. Please contact Dr. Helen Rowe (email@example.com) for more information. This new project, entitled “Enhancing Ecosystem Services From Agricultural Lands: Management, Quantification, and Developing Decision Support Tools” will explore how ecosystem services of carbon storage and crop protection by beneficial insects are affected by land use decisions. As natural areas within agroecosystems are developed or converted to cropland, ecosystem services such as biocontrol and carbon storage may be compromised. We hypothesize that ecosystem services and landowners’ net profits can be increased by optimizing the spatial distribution and management practices of grasslands that are interspersed in agricultural landscapes. We will test this hypothesis in a representative Midwestern landscape by developing and parameterizing a spatially explicit model of crop production, soybean pest control practices, carbon storage, and grassland natural enemy abundance and dispersal. The assistantships will start in late May or early June 2010 and coursework will commence Fall semester 2010. Interested students should send cover letter, resume, GRE (and TOEFL, if applicable) and transcripts to Dr. Jeff Holland (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the spatial modeling position or Dr. Helen Rowe (email@example.com) for the soil carbon position. The application review will begin January 15, 2010 and remain open until filled. Posted: 1/7/10.
Purdue University: Four Ph.D. fellows are sought in the area of Ecological and Environmental Engineering (EEE) via the Department of Education’s Graduate Assistance in Area of National Need (GAANN) program. The Purdue EEE-GAANN provides PhD students with fellowships covering tuition as well as an annual need-based stipend of up to $30k. The Purdue EEE-GAANN focuses on four main areas: (1) water and the environment; (2) wildlife ecology; (3) restoration ecology and (4) ecosystem ecology. Students will receive instruction in GIS, remote sensing and spatial modeling as well as training in teaching and working with natural resource-based stakeholder groups and government agencies. As part of the program, GAANN faculty from the Departments of Forestry and Natural Resources, Agriculture and Biological Engineering and Civil Engineering will participate in special cross-disciplinary seminar courses in sustainability science, teaching of science and engineering, and communicating scientific research to the public. Students that are interested in the program must apply to graduate programs in one of the three sponsoring departments (Forestry and Natural Resources, Agriculture and Biological Engineering and Civil Engineering) by January 15, 2010 for consideration for Fall 2010 admission. Instructions for applying to the EEE-GAANN. Inquiries about the program can be directed to Dr. Bryan C. Pijanowski (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. Posted: 12/10/09.
Purdue University: Multiple (2-3) graduate student (PhD and MS) assistantships available to participate in research projects exploring ecological dynamics of Great Lakes fishes. These projects involve an integration of field studies, laboratory analyses, controlled experiments and quantitative modeling. Research topics include: 1) Recruitment and early life history dynamics: linking early life growth and survival of Great Lakes fishes to physical processes. 2) Intra-specific life history trait variation: inter-population variation of maturation schedules, growth rates, and egg characteristics. 3) Description and modeling of food-web connections among Great Lakes fishes. Within these general research topics students will have flexibility to develop their own thesis projects. Selected individuals will enroll in Purdue's Department of Forestry and Natural Resources in West Lafayette, IN. Qualifications: Minimum qualifications include a BS (for MS position) or MS (for PhD position) in Biology, Ecology, Fisheries Science, or related field; GPA of 3.2 or greater; and above average GRE scores (at least 50th percentile for quantitative and verbal; at least 4.0 for analytical writing). Assistantships include stipend, full tuition coverage, and insurance. Start date: negotiable (sometime between March-August 2010). For full consideration, please respond by 18-December-2009 and submit cover letter, CV, GRE scores (unofficial is fine), transcript (unofficial is fine), and names and contact numbers of three references to Tomas Höök (email@example.com; 765-496-6799). For more details please contact Tomas Höök. Posted: 10/19/09.
Purdue University: I have funding to support graduate research assistantships for at least one and potentially two students at the MS or PhD level in the Department of Entomology. My lab studies the ecology of insects in agricultural systems with a focus on tri-trophic interactions linking plants, herbivores, and natural enemies. Recent topics addressed include plant responses to herbivory, the ecology of “fear” in food webs, and aboveground-belowground interactions linking foliar and root herbivores. However, pursuing alternative topics and research directions that fall within the realm of insect population and community ecology is welcomed and encouraged. Ideal students should be highly enthusiastic and interested in working at the interface of ecology, entomology, and agriculture. Position comes with an annual stipend of $17,500, full tuition waiver, and benefits package including health insurance. Preferred start date is Summer or Fall 2010, although this may be flexible depending on the circumstances. Interested individuals should contact me (Ian Kaplan) directly via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss their background, qualifications, and research interests. Posted: 9/16/09.
Rice University: Graduate Assistantship available. My lab is broadly interested in the evolution and conservation of plants, often focusing on plant hybridization and mating patterns. My research program broadly aims to understand the evolutionary consequences of global climate change, species invasions, and species rarity. More specifically, I study (1) the mechanisms regulating genetic diversity, phenotypic evolution, and population demography in rare and invasive plants and (2) how evolutionary processes (hybridization, adaptation) and properties (mating systems, genetic diversity) affect the ecological function of plant populations (e.g., reproduction, extinction). As such, my research touches on a variety of sub-disciplines, including conservation biology, agricultural ecology, and population dynamics using a combination of field, greenhouse, and eco-informatic approaches. Students are expected to develop their own independent projects but will also have opportunities to collaborate on funded investigations of hybridization in North American agricultural and natural plant ecosystems. Ryerson’s Chemistry and Biology department program boasts an exceptionally active and growing faculty. Areas of emphasis include environmental and molecular biology. Financial support is available for graduate students. I am accepting applications from prospective MSc or PhD students to start a graduate program in September 2010. If you are interested, please email me (email@example.com) a statement of your research interests with your CV and the names and email addresses of at least 2 references. Posted: 4/16/10.
Rice University: I am looking for highly motivated PhD students in community/population ecology starting September 2010 in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Rice University in Houston, Texas. 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 include 1) influence of size-structure within populations on the diversity, dynamics, and functioning of natural communities, 2) the consequences of infectious diseases for community dynamics and biodiversity, and 3) the evolutionary dynamics resulting from the interaction of cannibalism and diseases/ parasitoids, using a variety of field and laboratory experiments in combination with modeling work. While most of my work focuses on 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. Further information on my research. The Department's research and graduate programs, and the recent addition of several outstanding new faculty complementing our strengths in community ecology and evolutionary biology. Research projects range from studies on biodiversity & ecosystem functioning, mutualistic interactions & networks, ecology & evolution of animal-plant interactions, tropical biology, conservation biology, invasive species, and genomics. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 11/9/09.
Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ): The department of Marine Ecology, which studies the structure and functioning of marine foodwebs, has a vacancy for a PhD student: "Ecological effects of predation by intertidal shorebirds on marine benthic communities". In the current biodiversity decline, predators are often the first to disappear. Predators are thought to play a positive role in biodiversity maintenance as they prevent certain prey species in achieving dominance, relaxing resource competition among prey, hence promoting prey growth rates, prey coexistence and diversity. Losses of species at the highest trophic levels in communities may therefore cause extinctions and shifts in size structure at lower trophic levels. However, this role of predators is still often underappreciated, largely because many ecosystems have already lost their top-predators and/or human-induced disturbances now blur the positive predation effects. Furthermore, the role of migrant predators structuring communities along their migratory route has mostly been neglected. For this reason, this project explores the effects of predation in one of the most pristine and undisturbed intertidal ecosystems in the world, the Banc d'Arguin (Mauritania, West Africa). Here we will study the structuring role of molluscivore shorebirds, notably the red knot (Calidris canutus), on the intertidal benthic community. The decline of wintering population of knots at Banc d'Arguin (due to habitat-destruction elsewhere along the flyway) coincides with an increase in the knot's main prey species and a decline in overall mollusc diversity. Taking an experimental approach, we will explore whether these are causal relationships. For example, by excluding knots from small-scale study plots, the PhD-student will focus on how prey competition and species coexistence are affected by predation. Modelling tools will be employed in order to explore the consequences at the ecosystem level. Requirements: We are looking for an enthusiastic young biologist interested in scaling-up from behavior to community ecology, both empirically but also theoretically. The candidate should be able to cope with the primitive and sometimes harsh field conditions when working in Mauritania. Affinity with birds is not a requirement, and neither is a command of French, but both will be seen as assets. The assignment should lead to the completion of a PhD-dissertation at the University of Groningen through Prof. T. Piersma. We offer a full-time PhD position for 4 years, a pension scheme, a health insurance allowance, a yearly 8% vacation allowance, year-end bonus and flexible employment conditions. Further information on the project and the position can be obtained from Dr Jan van Gils (Jan.van.Gils@nioz.nl or otherwise from Jolanda Evers, Human Resources (Jolanda.email@example.com, phone +31-222-369371). Applicants should sent a cover letter with motivation for this project, CV, a statement of research interest and the name and email address of two referees, to the Human Resources Department attended to Ms. Jolanda Evers, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), P.O. Box 59, 1790 AB Den Burg, Texel, The Netherlands or preferably by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing Date: 8 March 2010 or until a qualified candidate is identified. Posted: 2/4/10.
Rutgers University: I am seeking to fill two positions to work on a project investigating the role of root characteristics (morphology, growth patterns and foraging behavior, nutrient uptake abilities) in explaining competitive success of invasive species in forests. The project will involve root excavations and root system measurements, experimental studies of root growth with respect to nutrient (mainly nitrogen) availability, experimental studies of root growth as a determinant of competitive interactions, and stable isotope-based measurements of nitrogen uptake capacity. The project is being done in collaboration with Dr. Jason Grabosky, an expert on root system morphology and structural characteristics. A postdoctoral associate is sought who has experience in the analysis of root system morphology and growth. This person will handle the field-based root system excavations, morphological analyses, and implementation of the competition experiments. Experience and/or training in soil science and/or nutrient dynamics would also be desirable. A graduate student (PhD) is sought who has a background and interest in soils and/or nitrogen dynamics and its role as both a factor mediating competition and a factor mediating root growth and activity patterns (foraging 'behavior'). The student will apply to and enroll in the Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolution, a large and dynamic graduate program based on the New Brunswick (NJ) campus of Rutgers. For more information, please contact Dr. Joan Ehrenfeld, email@example.com or 732-932-1081. Posted: 10/15/09.
Rutgers University: Three Ph.D or M.S. student opportunities are available in the Winfree lab for fall 2010. The focus of our lab's work is pollination ecology, broadly defined to include insect conservation and plant reproductive biology (see http://winfreelab.rutgers.edu). 1) A 1-year fellowship is available for an outstanding applicant to the Ph.D. program in Entomology; the remainder of the Ph.D. stipend would be covered by a TA. 2) A 6-month, $17k Research Technician position is available beginning in April 2010. This is an excellent opportunity for a student who would like to continue with pollinator restoration as a thesis topic in Fall 2010. 3) In collaboration with Professor Peter Morin at Rutgers, we have funding to establish experimental plots of native and non-native plant species to investigate the effect of invasive species on pollination webs. For the last two opportunities, a graduate student stipend would need to be obtained through a TA or a merit scholarship, several of which are available through Rutgers. Interested students should email Rachael Winfree (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a brief description of your background and research interests, your undergraduate university, major and GPA, and GRE scores. Posted: 10/5/09.
Rutgers University: Graduate Assistantship in the Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolution. A student is sought to start January 2010 (spring semester) for a study of seed dispersal along urban rivers in New Jersey as part of an NSF supported Urban Long-term Research Area-Exploratory project. The project will involve inter-disciplinary work with social scientists and mathematical ecologists on a highly urban watershed in New Jersey. The student should have a strong interest in urban ecology and a background in plant ecology. The assistantship includes a competitive stipend, health benefits and tuition. A student interested in a Ph. D. degree is preferred, but I will consider a student interested in a Master’s degree. For more information, please contact Dr. Joan Ehrenfeld, email@example.com or 732-932-1081 before submitting an application to the graduate program. Posted: 9/8/09.
Saint Joseph's University: The Springer Lab in the Department of Biology at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA seeks a motivated graduate student (M.S.) to examine the growth, morphological, physiological, and reproductive responses of the important biofuel species Panicum virgatum to simulated climate change beginning the fall semester 2010. The graduate student will be expected to spend time in the field and in the laboratory to complete the assigned project. The assistantship includes a competitive stipend with two years of funding as well as a full tuition waiver. The position also includes the opportunity to gain valuable experience in science education outreach by working with urban school aged children in the Philadelphia school system. Interested applicants should email a cover letter, cv, and GRE scores to Dr. Clint Springer at firstname.lastname@example.org before July 1, 2010. Posted: 6/14/10.
Saint Louis University: A graduate student position in aquatic ecology (M.S. or Ph.D.) is available in the Department of Biology at in the lab of Dr. Jason Knouft. Current research in the lab is generally focused on the application of GIS techniques to identify the factors regulating diversity across spatial scales. The student is expected to develop independent research efforts while having the opportunity to work on several funded projects which are detailed on the lab website. GIS experience is not a requirement of the position; however, the student should have an interest in learning and applying these techniques to questions in aquatic ecology. Preference will be given to applicants interested in working on fishes, crayfishes, or mussels. The student will be primarily supported by a research assistantship which includes a 9-month salary, tuition, and health benefits. Potential applicants should email a brief statement of research interests and a CV as soon as possible to Dr. Jason Knouft (email@example.com). More information: graduate program at Saint Louis University. Posted: 1/4/10.
San Francisco State University: A new NSF-funded opportunity for two graduate research assistantships in zooplankton ecology, at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, located on San Francisco Bay: Estuarine zooplankton ecology: what do the juveniles eat? Collaborative research between labs of Wim Kimmerer and Sarah Cohen. Funding for graduate students pursuing a Master’s degree in the Biology Department begins Fall 2010. Students will work as part of a collaborative team, with one focused more on zooplankton culture assays and the other on molecular methods to determine diet. Sarah and lab members will be at the SICB meeting in Seattle in early January so let her know if you would like to meet there. For more information, email Sarah Cohen (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 12/21/09.
Simon Fraser University: The Fisheries Science and Management Research Group at the School of Resource and Environmental Management (REM) has multiple Masters-level assistantships available for highly motivated students interested in improving the understanding and management of fish populations through research on marine and freshwater systems, including fishes, marine mammals, invertebrates, and their habitats. Located just outside Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, our interdisciplinary program enables students to develop expertise in applied fisheries science and management along with related areas such as resource economics, simulation modeling and statistics, risk assessment and decision analysis, ecotoxicology, conflict resolution, and environmental law. The choice of a specific research project is extremely flexible. Past and current projects have focused on such topics as population dynamics, environmental causes of variation in survival and growth rates, habitat and resource selection modeling, dynamic response of commercial and recreations fishing fleets, direct and indirect ecosystem effects of fishing, development of new stock assessment and management simulation methods, evaluation and design of management and conservation strategies, and the development of innovative monitoring programs in the context of climate change. Research may involve field, laboratory, and/or computer modeling components. Along with state-of-the-art computing facilities, REM also has a new $1 million remote sensing laboratory which includes fisheries wet/dry labs, a 9-metre dedicated research vessel, a submersible/ROV rated to 2000 ft (600 m), and hydroacoustics and sonic tracking equipment. Interested students should visit our web page (linked above) or contact: Dr. Randall Peterman (email@example.com) Dr. Andy Cooper (firstname.lastname@example.org) Dr. Sean Cox (email@example.com). Posted: 1/7/10.
South Dakota State University: Beginning July 1, 2010, a M.S. graduate research assistantship is available to assess the occurrence of glacial relict fishes and to provide recommendations for an effective long-term monitoring plan for spring-fed headwater streams in the Sandhills of South Dakota. The student will be based at South Dakota State University and will work under the supervision of Dr. Katie Bertrand, in collaboration with Andy Burgess, aquatic ecologist with South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks. We seek a motivated, detail-oriented student with who is excited to develop and test hypotheses in fish ecology through native fish sample collection and analysis. Fish field collection (e.g., electrofishing and seining) and identification skills are preferred, but we will provide training to a bright student with a strong interest in the project. Applicants with demonstrated field and laboratory experience in fisheries are preferred as are applicants with evidence of experience in statistical data analysis and scientific writing. The student will be supported by a graduate research assistantship through the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. The assistantship is associated with a stipend of ~$17k/year plus tuition remission. To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, GRE scores, and transcripts (unofficial are fine) to: Katie N. Bertrand, Assistant Professor, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, South Dakota State University, Box 2140B, SNP 142A, Brookings, SD 57007 USA. phone: 605-690-8582, fax: 605-688-4515, firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 1/25/10.
South Dakota State University: Beginning July 1, 2010, a M.Sc. graduate research assistantship is available to quantify larval fish production and assess the contribution of juvenile Asian carps from three major tributary systems to the Missouri River in eastern South Dakota. The student will be under the supervision of Drs. Katie Bertrand and Brian Graeb, in collaboration with a doctoral student. We seek a motivated, detail-oriented student with who is excited to develop and test hypotheses in invasion biology through larval fish sample collection and analysis. Larval fish field collection and laboratory identification skills are preferred, but we will provide training to a bright student with a strong interest in the project. Applicants with demonstrated field and laboratory experience in fisheries are preferred as are applicants with evidence of experience in statistical data analysis and scientific writing. The student will be supported by a graduate research assistantship through the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. The assistantship is associated with a stipend of ~$17k/year plus tuition remission. To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, GRE scores, and transcripts (unofficial are fine) to: Katie N. Bertrand, Assistant Professor, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, South Dakota State University, Box 2140B, SNP 142A, Brookings, SD 57007 USA. phone: 605-690-8582, fax: 605-688-4515, email@example.com. Posted: 12/1/09.
South Dakota State University: Graduate Research Assistantship, MS or PhD, Biological Science or Plant Science, 0.49% time, Insect Research Collection, Plant Science Department. Qualifications: B.S. or M.S. degree in Entomology, Zoology, Biology, or related discipline. A strong background with insect taxonomy or ecology is highly desirable. Candidates must meet academic requirements of the Graduate School and the Plant Science Department. The student will be expected to work independently and collaboratively in the field and lab. Research Objectives: The research will focus on a biodiversity survey and inventory of the native bees of the Black Hills ecoregion of western South Dakota. This research will be based on extensive fieldwork and collection study, and will involve multiple state and federal agency cooperation. Data gathering will involve bee taxonomy, habitat selection, floral host preferences, nest site assessment, and land use/perturbation responses. Cybertaxonomic/ecologic work will involve databases, webpages, and collaboration with the USDA Bee Lab, and geospatial analysis in collaboration with the USGS-EROS Data Center. Stipend and Tuition Fees: Current SDSU stipend rate for an MS is $16,709, and for a PhD is $20,778 per annum. Graduate assistants receive a two-thirds tuition remission on graduate resident rates. Doctoral candidates will be expected to seek supplemental funding. Application: Send a letter of application that includes a statement of career objectives, current resumé or CV, a list of 3 personal references of a professional status (including e-mail address and telephone), and a copy of academic transcripts to: Dr. Paul J. Johnson, Insect Research Collection, Box 2207A, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD 57007. firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 11/20/09.
South Dakota State University: Ph.D. Research Assistantship, Stipend: $20,778/yr; annual increases, plus substantial tuition waiver. Responsibilities: Lake mapping and database integration that leads to a classification system and habitat restoration plan. Project will involve some physical lake mapping and truthing, but most effort will be in performing spatial computing and database manipulation. Must report results in peer-reviewed publications and oral presentations. Qualifications: Interest in landscape processes that influence lake habitat quality and fish communities. Applicants should have a B.S. or M.S. in fisheries, limnology, landscape ecology, or related interdisciplinary field and competitive GPA and GRE scores. Strong computer, analytical and writing skills, good knowledge of geographic information systems (e.g., ArcMap), and databases (e.g., STATSGO, STORET, GAP). Ability to interact and work effectively with multi-disciplinary groups is essential. Contact: Send letter of interest, resume, names, phone numbers or email addresses of three references, and copies of transcripts and GRE scores (photocopies & email attachments acceptable) to: Michael Brown, email@example.com, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007-1696. Posted: 10/13/09.
Southeastern Louisiana University: I am looking for highly motivated MS students with general interests in conservation biology, community ecology, or evolutionary ecology to start Fall semester 2010. I am fully amenable to students who want to devise projects involving specific systems. Graduate Assistants in the Biological Sciences Department are guaranteed two years of support and full tuition waivers. The University is located in Hammond, LA, about one hour from both New Orleans and Baton Rouge. A wide array of unique terrestrial, wetland, and aquatic habitats are close by. Applications must be submitted immediately to meet the deadline of February 18. Interested students should contact Dr. Janice Bossart (firstname.lastname@example.org). Graduate Degree Program details. Posted: 2/8/10.
Southern Illinois University: Funding is available for a M.S. Research Assistantship in Forest Management/Ecology in the Department of Forestry at Southern Illinois University. Current research focuses on the response of forest communities to management and natural disturbance. The assistantship carries a competitive stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance for 2 years. Anticipated start date for assistantship is August 2010. Minimum qualifications include a B.S. degree in forestry, ecology, biology, or related field, 3.0 GPA and 1000 GRE (V+Q) score. Experience with GIS is preferred. For more information please contact: Dr. Eric Holzmueller, Assistant Professor of Forest Management & Ecology, at email@example.com or (618) 453-3708. Posted: 4/23/10, revised: 5/18/10.
Southern Illinois University: A Graduate Research Assistantship in Coastal Wetland Ecology at the MS or PhD level is available starting June 2010 in the Department of Plant Biology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. My lab focuses on the ecology of coastal ecosystems experiencing sea level rise and periodic storm surge from tropical storms, and we have a network of research sites across the Gulf of Mexico from southeastern Louisiana to the panhandle of Florida. The student will be expected to develop a research project related to this main theme. The assistantship includes a tuition waiver, a monthly stipend, and research support. Applicants should be highly motivated, hard-working, and have a background in wetland ecology or a closely related field. Familiarity with statistics and field experience in coastal ecosystems are desirable. Interested applicants should contact me (Loretta Battaglia) by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss interests, potential projects, and application procedures. A cover letter describing research interests and current CV are encouraged. Although a June 2010 start date is preferred, the start date is flexible. Posted: 2/23/10.
Southern Illinois University: PhD opportunities in Great Rivers Ecology. I am seeking PhD -track students to explore the dynamics of fish assemblages in the Mississippi River System. We have assembled a large network of acoustic telemetry receivers that allow us to track long-term, spatially explicit patterns of movement of large river fishes simultaneously, including paddlefish, shovelnose sturgeon, silver carp, blue catfish, and white bass. Access to a long-term data base plus real-time telemetry data is available. Other projects in my laboratory include early life dynamics of endangered pallid sturgeon, ecosystem effects of Asian carp, and population responses of large migratory populations to harvest. Criteria for consideration: masters degree, or at least 3 years post-BS experience in aquatic sciences; interests in both field and experimental ecology; modeling experience/interest a plus. Deadline for application: 26 February 2010. Start Date: ASAP. Please send electronically: CV, copy of transcripts, GREs, contact information for at least 3 references. Contact by e-mail only: James E. Garvey (email@example.com), Director, Fisheries and Illinois Aquaculture Center Associate Professor, Department of Zoology, http://fishdata.siu.edu. Posted: 2/9/10.
Southern Illinois University: Fellowships are available for MS or PhD students to study ecology at SIUC. Must be US citizens to qualify. Contact a GK-12 project PI, David Gibson (firstname.lastname@example.org), Sedonia Sipes (email@example.com) or Karen Renzaglia (firstname.lastname@example.org), or an SIUC Center for Ecology faculty member. GK-12 Fellows follow a regular MS or PhD program in their advisor's home department, but are funded by the GK-12 program. The Heartland Ecological/Environmental Academic Research Training GK-12 program at SIUC is a National Science Foundation funded fellowship targeting primarily underrepresented minorities in science. This two-year award provides for tuition & fees, monthly stipend, and research/teaching expenses. Review of applications begins January 15, 2010 and continues until all fellowships have been awarded. For more information and fellowship applications, please visit our website, linked above. Posted: 1/6/10.
Southern Illinois University: Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship: We seek to fill a graduate research assistantship with a student having a M.S. in wildlife science, zoology, biology, or related field to study the metapopulation dynamics of the marsh rice rat, a state-threatened wetland species, in Illinois. Experience with small mammal capture and handling is essential. Successful candidate will develop a dissertation project examining dynamics of rice rats in varying wetland complexes. We seek a student with broad interests in basic and applied ecology. Results will be applied to assessment of recovery criteria for the species in Illinois. Desired Qualifications: independent but able to work well with agency personnel and landowners; great work ethic; publication history; experience with GIS, small mammals, and wetland vegetation; minimum of 1100 verbal + quantitative GRE score. Graduate stipend is $1,494/mo with complete tuition waiver and health insurance. Four full years of funding are projected. Starting date: 15 August 2010. Submit letter of interest, resume, copies of GRE scores and transcripts and names and phone numbers of 3 reference to: Dr. Eric C. Hellgren, Cooperative Wildlife Research Laboratory, Mailcode 6504, Department of Zoology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 62901-6504. 618-453-6941 (phone); 618-453-6944 (fax); E-mail: email@example.com. E-mail applications are encouraged. Application review will begin 1 February 2010 and will continue until a student is chosen. Posted: 12/17/09.
Southern Illinois University: SIU is offering PhD fellowships under NSF's Integrative Graduate Education Research and Training (IGERT) program. Fellowships are available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents in any water-, river- or watershed-related field of study, including Geology, Hydrology, Geography, Engineering, Plant Biology, Zoology, Ecology, and other areas. Applicants should have a MS-level degree at the time of enrollment (direct PhD possible in cases of exceptional merit) and should have grades, test scores, and research records commensurate with one of NSF's most coveted fellowship awards. Fellowship benefits include $30k/year stipends, $10,500/year education allowances, student laptops, annual international river basin tours, and support for research, conference travel, etc. Application deadline in Jan. 31, 2010. For more information, please see Watershed Science and Policy IGERT or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 9/29/09.
Southern Illinois University: Ph.D. Research Assistantship in the Environmental Resources and Policy program. We are looking for a highly motivated graduate student at the PhD level to join a collaborative NSF project looking at the interface between renewable energy policy and economics, agroecosystems management, and ecosystem services, with a particular focus on water quality and carbon. The research will involve economic and systems modeling of agroecosystems, and the analysis of farmer’s decisions in the bioeconomy from a variety of perspectives (economic, geographic, environmental), and will be conducted by an interdisciplinary team. Quantitative aptitude, an interest in economics and policy, and well developed verbal and written skills are necessary. Experience with multivariate or spatial statistics preferred. The project includes a good amount of research flexibility, and candidates interested in the development of student-driven research questions are welcomed. The student will enroll in the ER&P Ph.D. program. The focus of the program is addressing sustainability issues - meeting the economic needs of the present while maintaining the natural capital required to meet the economic and environmental needs of the future. To this end, the ER&P Ph.D. provides advanced inter-disciplinary training and research on physical, biological, and social processes responsible for natural resource and environmental problems facing contemporary society. The students will be expected to present the results of their research at regional and national meetings and to prepare manuscripts of these findings for publication in the peer-reviewed literature. The assistantship comes with a competitive stipend and covers the cost of tuition and fees. Start date is the Fall semester 2009. Prior to formal application to SIU, interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Silvia Secchi (email@example.com) with a letter of interest, including cumulative GPA, GRE scores if available, description of any previous research experience, and contact information for three references. Please feel free to contact Silvia with any informal inquiries. Posted: 7/1/09.
Southern Illinois University: The Cooperative Wildlife Research Laboratory, in the Zoology Department, is inviting applications for a PhD-level Graduate Research Assistantship beginning January 2010. Assistantships are on a 12-month basis, with competitive stipend plus full tuition waiver and support for research activities. This project will examine short- and long term movement patterns of white-tailed deer in Illinois, especially group cohesion and inter-group interactions, in the context of potential disease spread. The successful candidate have the opportunity to take advantage of extensive existing datasets of movement data as well as initiate new field studies. This project will also provide the successful applicants opportunities to develop and apply mathematical modeling and other quantitative skills. Degree and Qualifications: Graduate studies will lead to a Ph.D. in Zoology or Ecology. Competitive GPA and GRE scores are required. Applicants with backgrounds in wildlife biology, ecology, and/or zoology are encouraged to apply. Prior field experience and coursework or experience in mathematics, ecological modeling, statistics, or computer science are desirable. Send (electronic preferred) a CV, transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information for 3 references to: Eric Schauber, Cooperative Wildlife Research Lab, Mailcode 6504, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, 62901. firstname.lastname@example.org, (618) 453-6940, (618) 453-6944 (fax). Posted: 10/8/09.
State University of New York at Buffalo: doctoral study in ecosystem restoration. The Ecosystem Restoration through Interdisciplinary Exchange (ERIE) program provides students with the technical, professional, and personal skills necessary to become leaders in the rapidly advancing field of ecosystem restoration. The ERIE Program is innovative and interdisciplinary, combining academic training in environmental sciences, engineering, and policy with focused research on ecological restoration linked to nationally-recognized watershed and stream restoration efforts in western New York State and the lower Great Lakes watershed. Eligible ERIE students (US citizens or permanent residents only) are funded through a NSF IGERT traineeship that provides tuition, a generous stipend, and a research allowance for two years of Ph.D. graduate work, followed by additional support through departmental assistantships. ERIE Program trainees take several core courses in ecosystem restoration principles and practice, attend external professional training short courses, and have the opportunity for Canadian academic exchange activities, while also completing requirements for a doctorate in any of the eight participating science, engineering, and policy programs at the University at Buffalo or at nearby Buffalo State College. Applications are due February 1, 2010 for admission in the Fall 2010 semester. For program and application information, please visit www.erie.buffalo.edu or contact: David M. Blersch, Director, ERIE IGERT Program (716-645-4001, email@example.com). Posted: 10/7/09.
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry: I am seeking one PhD student for a collaborative project focused on the role of ectomycorrhizal fungi in Pinaceae invasion in Argentina to begin summer or Fall 2010. Collaborators are Daniel Simberloff and Martin Nuñez at the University of Tennessee. The position is funded through NSF with three years of salary and tuition waiver. The project site is on Isla Victoria on Lake Nahuel Huapi, Argentina's first National Park where a century ago 135+ exotic tree species were planted, including many that are invasive in other locations. Surprisingly, few of the species have invaded the native Nothofagus forest on Isla Victoria. The work follows previous research at the site. The current project is designed to investigate how mycorrhizal fungi support establishment of the exotic conifers at distances away from plantations. Specifically, the student will help in our efforts to quantify the role of dispersal of ectomycorrhizal fungi via wind and animal dispersed spores, and spread of hyphal networks. Students with a Master's degree in mycology, plant ecology, soil science, or related fields, and those with experience using molecular approaches are encouraged to apply. More details: Horton lab. Application: Please send (by March 30, 2010) 1) transcripts and GRE scores (unofficial copies are OK initially), 2) CV, 3) contact information for 3 references, and 4) a research statement which describes your interest in the position, your career goals, and details your work or educational experience that is most relevant to this position. Send materials (PDF preferred) to firstname.lastname@example.org or via surface mail to Tom Horton, Dept. of EFB, 1 Forestry Drive, SUNY-ESF, Syracuse, NY 13210, USA. Posted: 2/11/10.
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry: Ph.D. opportunities in Mediterranean river ecosystems. The Stella Lab at SUNY-ESF, Syracuse, NY is currently seeking a Ph.D. student to conduct research on riparian ecology in Mediterranean climate ecosystems. Riparian zones in these regions are sustained by flooding regimes and other physical factors that affect water availability to organisms. Rigorously quantifying these relationships allows us to identify where ecological processes are still functioning versus areas where processes are so impaired that more intensive interventions would be required for successful restoration. Field work for this project will focus on Fremont cottonwood populations on the Sacramento River in California. The student will start field work in the summer of 2010 and course work in the fall of 2010. I am seeking a motivated, creative and independent student interested in riparian ecology and the physical/biological linkages in stream ecosystems. M.S. degree or undergraduate honors thesis in biology, ecology, environmental science or a related field is required. Applicants should have field experience, strong quantitative skills, a good academic record, and excellent writing ability. Applicants experienced with GIS, tree coring, and/or ecological modeling are especially encouraged to apply. Interested students should contact John C. Stella directly (email@example.com, 315-470-4902) and apply to the graduate program in Forest and Natural Resources Management, preferably by March 1, 2010 (or until the position is filled). In contacting me, please send CV, sample publications (if available), reference contact information, and a brief description of your research interests and qualifications. Posted: 2/10/10.
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry: Graduate Research Assistantship in Dendroclimatology, starting either in Fall 2010 or Spring 2011. We are seeking a graduate student to join a new project investigating multi-scale interactions of forest ecosystems and climatic variability in the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York. Using high resolution spatial climate data, we will establish an extensive multi-species tree-ring network in the Adirondacks that captures the spatial and temporal variability in climatic factors influencing forest health, productivity, competitive interactions, and resilience to change. In addition to developing climate-growth functions for two climate-sensitive species in the northeast US, we will explore novel methods for evaluating coupled spatiotemporal dynamics in climate and forest growth at local and landscape scales. The graduate student will lead the collection, measurement and analysis of tree-ring data and will assist with climate-growth modeling and related efforts. Basic qualifications include a BSc degree in ecology, mathematics, statistics or a similar field, a strong quantitative background, the ability to work without supervision in both field and lab settings. Desired qualifications include one or more of the following: a MSc degree in forest ecology, dendrochronology, applied mathematics (including statistics), ecological modeling or a similar field, or equivalent amount of experience with: tree-ring measurements/analysis; wood anatomy sampling/analysis; management of large datasets; supervising technicians. The position is funded for two years and provides a competitive stipend, tuition and benefits. To apply, please send a CV, cover letter, contact information for three references to Dr. Colin Beier at firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions regarding the position are welcome. Please be sure to include the text "ADK DENDRO" in the message subject line. Posted: 1/4/10.
Stony Brook University: Position open for one Ph.D. student with Lev Ginzburg in the Department of Ecology and Evolution. I am looking for one theoretically-minded student with a bachelor's or master's background in ecology, mathematics, or physics to start in the fall of 2010. My current interests are best characterized by a recent short paper; Ginzburg and Damuth 2008. The space-lifetime hypothesis: viewing organisms in four dimensions, literally. American Naturalist 171:125-131; and my 2004 book, Ecological Orbits: How Planets Move and Populations Grow. Contact email@example.com. Posted: 12/3/09.
Stony Brook University: The Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolution in the Department of Ecology and Evolution is recruiting doctoral and master's level graduate students for Fall 2010. The program trains students in Ecology, Evolution and Biometry. The following faculty are seeking graduate students: H. Resit Akcakaya, Stephen B. Baines, Michael A. Bell, David O. Conover, Liliana M. Dávalos, Daneil Dykhuizen, Walter F. Eanes, John G. Fleagle, Lev Ginzburg, Jessica Gurevitch, Jeffrey Levinton, Steve Munch, Dianna K Padilla, Joshua Rest, F. James Rohlf, John True, John J. Wiens, Pat C. Wright. The deadline for receipt of all application materials is January 15, although earlier submission is encouraged to ensure full consideration for available fellowships. See the program website linked above for details. For additional assistance, e-mail our Graduate Program Coordinator, Iris Roth (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 11/11/09.
Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet (SLU): Two new Ph.D. studentship positions in plant, soil and ecosystem ecology are available with the Department of Forest Ecology and Management at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, at Umeå, Sweden. Both are fully financed (including salary and benefits) for a period of four years. The start date for both positions is September 1 2010, although there is some flexibility around this. These positions are: 1. Ref. nr 12/10. The ecological significance of within-species leaf trait variability: a test using an island area gradient (Supervisors: Prof. David Wardle, Prof. Marie-Charlotte Nilsson and Dr. Michael Gundale). Plant leaf characteristics or traits are important determinants of ecological processes, and while much work has focused on the ecological importance of trait differences among species, little is known about the importance of trait variability within species. This project will use a well characterized system of 30 contrasting forested lake islands in the boreal region of N Sweden to study the significance of within-species leaf trait variability relative to that across species, through a mixture of empirical and experimental field-based approaches. As such, this work will enhance our understanding about whether within-species trait variability can contribute to explaining ecological processes in a manner that cannot be achieved by focusing on only across-species trait variation. This project would be ideal for students who have a primary interest in plant or boreal forest ecology. 2. Ref. nr 13/10. The influence of wildfire-derived charcoal on ecosystem carbon storage and fluxes (Supervisors: Prof. David Wardle, Prof. Marie-Charlotte Nilsson and Dr. Michael Gundale). Charcoal produced during wildfire can persist in the soil for thousands of years. As such there is much recent interest in the contribution of charcoal (‘biochar’) to long term carbon storage in soil, and its potential to offset human-induced increases in atmospheric CO2 levels. However, our most recent data suggests that charcoal can cause large losses of soil carbon, bringing into question its supposed benefits. This project will consist of both laboratory and field-based experiments to determine whether and how charcoal addition to boreal forest ecosystems affects ecosystem carbon loss (through breakdown of soil carbon) and carbon gain (through plant productivity), and will therefore provide new information about how charcoal affects biological processes that influence ecosystem carbon balance. This project would be ideal for students with an interest in working at the interface of forest ecology, ecosystem science and climate change. Requirements for both positions include a M.Sc. (or comparable degree) in Ecology or a related discipline, with an emphasis on plants and/or soils. Having a degree (minimum 180 ECTS) with similar emphasis is also acceptable. Applications from both Sweden and elsewhere in the world are welcome. Enquiries and further information about these positions and projects can be made to Prof. David Wardle (email@example.com). Please send applications, marked with Reference Number, together with a letter motivating your interest, your CV, and the contact information for two referees whom we can approach, to the Registrar, SLU, P.O. Box 7070, SE-750 07 Uppsala, Sweden. If you are applying for both positions, you must send in two separate applications (one for each position). Applications should arrive at the latest on 31 March 2010. Posted: 1/21/10.
Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet (SLU): A four year Ph.D. position with the title “Hydrological transit time analysis: A tool to understand stream biogeochemical response to climate change” . Reference number 3610/09. For details, see the full position description. Deadline: January 26, 2010. Posted: 1/8/10.
Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL: PhD Position in Wetland Biogeochemistry. WSL focuses on the sustainable use and protection of landscapes and habitats and a responsible approach to natural hazards. WSL is part of the ETH Domain and employs approximately 500 people, some of them being based in Lausanne. The Research Unit Ecosystem Boundaries focuses on the question how the sensitive boundaries of terrestrial ecosystems respond to environmental changes. For the project CLIMABOG "Effects of climate change on plant-microbe interactions for nutrient acquisition in bogs: implications for carbon and nutrient dynamics", the Research Group Wetlands is offering a PhD Position in Wetland Biogeochemistry. You will perform field samplings (including the winter season) and laboratory analyses involving measurements on soil enzymatic activity, microbial diversity and abundance, aboveground and belowground plant productivity, water chemistry characterisation, determination of major nutrients in plants and soil and you will publish your results in an international scientific context. Your qualifications: M.Sc. in Biology, Ecology or Environmental Sciences, preferably with a thesis topic in functional plant ecology and/or soil biogeochemistry. Analytical skills, driving license, capacity of independent working as well as interacting with an interdisciplinary team. Interested? Please send your complete application (CV, letter of motivation and at least two names of referees) using reference number 633 to: Mrs. Brigitte Corboz, WSL Swiss Federal Research Institute, Site Lausanne, EPFL - Station 2, Case postale 96, CH-1015 Lausanne (Switzerland); by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Luca Bragazza (tel. +41 (0)21 693 57 50, email@example.com) will be happy to answer any questions and offer further information. Posted: 5/10/10.
Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL: part of the ETH Domain, WSL employs approximately 500 people working on the sustainable use and protection of the landscapes and habitats and a responsible approach to handling natural hazards. The Research Unit Community Ecology seeks to understand the patterns and processes that shape multispecies assemblages and their dynamics. In a project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation we will investigate the top-down effects of four herbivore groups on vegetation and soil properties in the Swiss National Park and are offering a PhD Position in Ecosystem-Herbivore Interactions. You will collect field and laboratory data on how herbivores affect plant and soil properties through top-down processes; use uni- and multivariate statistics to analyze the results; publish your results in recognized scientific journals; and assist in the supervision of students. Your qualifications: University degree (M.Sc.) in Biology/Environmental Science/Ecology, Evolution and/or Systematics, experienced in herbivore, plant and soil ecology, laboratory experience, very good written and spoken English (knowledge of a Swiss National language of advantage), able and willing to work for several months - sometimes under adverse conditions - in a highelevation area, interdisciplinary and innovative work-style, committed and persevering team player. Interested? Please send your complete, written application with photo and short summary of your M.Sc. thesis using reference number 600 to Mrs. Monika Huber, Human Resources WSL, Zuercherstrasse 111, CH-8903 Birmensdorf, Switzerland. Dr. Anita C. Risch, tel. +41 (0) 44 739 23 46, and Dr. Martin Schütz, tel. +41 (0) 44 739 25 26, will be happy to answer any questions or offer further information. Posted: 8/11/09.
Texas A&M University: Aquifer recharge and vegetation change. A graduate research assistantship is available to study the response of water movement in soil to woody vegetation removal and soil texture variation. The work will include using stable isotopes and other approaches to identify plant water sources and patterns of vertical water movement in soils to better understand how landscape manipulations affect the hydrologic cycle at a regional scale. Field work will be conducted in the recharge zone of the Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer in southwest Texas. Experience with stable isotopes and hydrological applications is preferred. Plant hydrogen and oxygen isoscapes. A graduate research assistantship is available to study plant stable isotope ratio spatial variation at large scales and its physiological and environmental controls. The focus will be primarily on understanding relationships between environmental water, plant water, and plant organic compound hydrogen and oxygen isotope ratios. Experience and interest in plant physiology, biochemistry, geochemistry, or stable isotopes is preferred. The successful candidates will join the laboratory of Dr. Jason West in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management. Interested applicants should contact Dr. West (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a description of their research/professional interests, CV, GPR and GRE scores, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for three references. Posted: 5/4/10.
Texas A&M University: Leadership fellowships in forest management and global change. The Department of Ecosystem Science and Management is launching a Ph.D. fellows program aimed at producing scientific leaders with expertise in forest and woodland ecosystems in the context of a rapidly changing global environment. These fellowships, which will be partially funded by the USDA National Needs Program, provide a $30k/yr stipend, a $10,500/yr cost-of-education allowance, and a $1,500/yr travel allowance for a three-year period. The total award value over a period of three years is $126k. Opportunities exist in a wide array of specialties, including ecology, ecosystem restoration, spatial sciences, ecohydrology and watershed management, ecological and conservation genetics, and human dimensions. The Department is seeking exceptional individuals who can excel in a challenging, interdisciplinary academic environment. Applicants should aspire to become scientific leaders whose research solves socio-ecological problems related to global change in forest and woodland ecosystems. Successful candidates will be co-advised as members of an integrative research program, and interdisciplinary research interests are highly encouraged. Applicants must have completed (or be close to completing) an M.S. degree in the life sciences, environmental sciences, or environmental engineering field. They must also be U.S. citizens. Review of applications will start March 1, 2010. Application details. Contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Posted: 1/20/10.
Texas A&M University: The Department of Geography is seeking a highly motivated student to assist with an NSF-funded project investigating the interrelations of herbivory on mountain birch establishment above the current treeline in the mountains of northern Sweden. The approach used will rely heavily on field collected data and dendroecological methods. Applicants with interests and/or experience with tree-ring research and/or quantitative vegetation community ecology who are interested in pursuing either a masters or doctoral degree are encouraged to apply. Duties associated with the position will take place both in the field and in the laboratory. The Geography Department has a strong biogeography program that focuses on plant ecology, human/environment interactions, and climate influences on vegetation. The department also has strengths in geographic information science and remote sensing. Students seeking training in biogeography and plant ecology will find an extensive network of faculty on the A&M campus is a variety of supporting programs (e.g., Ecosystem Science and Management, Entomology, Wildlife and Fisheries Science) (http://eeb.tamu.edu). Texas A&M also has a large group of faculty interested in Arctic and Antarctic issues (http://psp.tamu.edu). For further information, please contact: David Cairns (979-845-2783, email@example.com). Posted: 1/15/10.
Texas A&M University: The Department of Entomology, a growing and vibrant Department with stimulating and diverse research opportunities, is pleased to announce the availability of travel grants for prospective PhD students. These grants, which provide airfare (within the continental United States), hotel accommodations and a per diem for food, give prospective PhD students the opportunity to meet our faculty, students and staff, tour the department and campus, and explore College Station. For more information on how to apply for a PhD travel grant, please visit us at http://insects.tamu.edu/students/. Posted: 10/7/09.
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi: I am seeking a motivated student to fill a graduate assistantship at the Ph.D. level in the Coastal & Marine System Science Program. The position is available beginning in Fall, 2010. The research project will focus on the impact of hydrologic variability, especially droughts, on phytoplankton productivity and biogeochemical cycles in estuaries. My lab conducts research on estuarine/coastal phytoplankton ecology, nutrient & organic matter cycling in the coastal zone, food-web dynamics, and anthropogenic & climate change impacts on estuarine/coastal ecosystem function. Interested students should have a background in ecology, marine science/oceanography, or aquatic environmental science and possess strong quantitative skills. Candidates with experience in GIS and/or spatial ecology/spatial analysis will be viewed favorably. The assistantship will have an excellent stipend relative to the cost-of-living. The University is affiliated with the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, which is where the student in this position will be housed. It is expected that the person will collaborate with scientists at TAMU-CC, but opportunities will also exist for collaboration with scientists at the nearby University of Texas Marine Science Institute, Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve, and other regional institutes. I am looking to fill this position rather quickly, so to be considered for the position, please email me, Dr. Mike Wetz at firstname.lastname@example.org, as soon as possible. Along with a letter of interest, please include a C.V., unofficial transcripts and GRE scores. Posted: 5/17/10.
Texas State University-San Marcos: The Department of Biology invites applications for a PhD research assistantship focusing on ecological modeling of invasive species control by prescribed fire. We seek a highly qualified and motivated student to develop a model of fire-disturbed perennial grassland. The purpose is to explore the long-term success of prescribed fire strategies in which fire is timed with respect to the physiological status of the invader and native species. The student will also conduct field work to inform model development and test predictions. The project will provide excellent cross-disciplinary training in ecological modeling, plant physiology and community ecology. The student will be initially supported by a teaching scholarship. The Biology Department has strengths in organismal biology, aquatic resource management, conservation, population and evolutionary ecology, providing rich opportunities for broad scholarly development. San Marcos is an attractive student-oriented town at the edge of the Texas Hill Country, less than an hour’s drive from Austin and San Antonio. For further information contact Dr. Susan Schwinning (email@example.com, phone: 512-245-5373). Applications should be received by 15 January 2010 for the August starting date. More information about the Department and application procedures is available at www.bio.txstate.edu. Posted: 10/27/09.
Texas Tech University: I have support for a graduate student interested in how biotic and/or abiotic factors impact disease transmission. There is a good bit of flexibility within this broad description to include climate change, vector or host population dynamics, habitat structure and use, etc. Note that this is largely a modeling project but there is opportunity to also do some empirical research. Hence, some modeling experience or programming in r or Matlab (or a lower level language) is preferred but a keen interest counts as well! I'm looking for someone to start this Fall or Spring. If interested, I encourage you to check out http://www.tiehh.ttu.edu for information on our program and to email me for more information about the research and our lab. Chris Salice (chris.salice AT ttu.edu). Posted: 5/26/10.
Texas Tech University: I am soliciting an outstanding Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant for Fall 2010 to investigate plant molecular ecology, field ecology, and/or mycorrhizal molecular ecology. The research program focuses on molecular and field ecology of natural populations of orchids and their fungal associates. Requirements: 1. An M.S. degree (or equivalent) in an ecology-based discipline in Plant or Biological Sciences, or a closely related field. 2. Background or strong interest in techniques and data analysis methods in molecular biology, i.e., DNA extraction, selecting suitable markers, PCR, molecular data analyses, sequencing, constructing and interpreting phylogenies, etc., for application toward plant population genetics and mycorrhizal diversity studies. 3. Keen attention to detail, organizational and coordination skills, and ability to communicate effectively. 4. Ability to complete all admission requirements for beginning the program in Fall 2010. International students, too, can apply if all required documents are in place. Application instructions. Please submit: 1. A one-page letter of application describing interests and qualifications. The applicant should specifically address how their skills match the position description and requirements; 2. Curriculum Vitae, including names, complete address, phone, and e-mail for three references; 3. GRE scores; and 4. TOEFL scores (if applicable) to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 4/16/10.
Texas Tech University: I still have a graduate assistantship that is available for a student interested in investigating the relationship between mosquito community dynamics and risk of disease transmission. Students could start in the Fall or Spring. The position involves collaboration with an interdisciplinary team of researchers that includes ecologists, epidemiologists, mathematicians, and medical entomologists. The successful candidate will have a strong quantitative background and, due to funding limitations, must be a U.S. citizen. Programming experience (R/Matlab/etc.) also is desirable, but an openness to learning is sufficient! Interested students are encouraged to peruse the TIEHH website and contact Stephen Cox (email@example.com) for additional information. Posted: 3/5/10, revised: 5/6/10.
Texas Tech University: The Department of Environmental Toxicology and The Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) has up to four positions available for PhD students who are interested in research that lies at the interface of environmental, ecological, and human health sciences. These competitive assistantships offer generous support along with a tuition allowance, with the specific area of research to be determined based on applicant and faculty interest. TIEHH has a growing group of faculty and students who are focusing on ecological research that includes investigations of various natural and anthropogenic stressors. Interested students are encouraged to peruse the TIEHH website to find information regarding ongoing research areas. In addition, see the application process. If you have any questions - please don't hesitate to email Stephen Cox (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 2/17/10.
Texas Tech University: I am seeking motivated students to join the Bernal lab for either masters or doctoral work beginning in fall 2010 in the field of evolutionary ecology at Texas Tech University. Funding for 1-2 students will be provided either as teaching assistantships or fellowships, depending on student background and availability. Applicants should be independent, highly motivated, and some research and/or field experience would be a plus. Research in my lab generally addresses questions about behavioral ecology about signal function and evolution by performing experiments within a naturalistic context. Specific research topics have included a wide array of ecological and evolutionary questions. Such work includes studies on heterospecific eavesdropping, the evolutionary hypotheses for the role of the vocal sac in anurans, female mate choice based on genetic similarities, genetic diversity and morphology in island populations, and mating preferences at different scales of divergence. If you are interested, please send me an email including 1) a statement of research interests, 2) a brief overview of your previous academic and research experiences, and 3) how your interests might fit in with the lab. Also include a copy of your CV or resume, your GRE scores (if you have them), and an unofficial transcript. Funding may be available through research and/or teaching assistantships. In addition TTU offers fellowships for some of the most promising students. Posted: 11/16/09.
Texas Tech University: There is funding for a MS student to work in the lab of David Rogowski on a project entitled, "Native springsnails and the invasive red-rim melania snail (Melanoides tuberculata), species habitat associations and life history investigations in the San Solomon Spring complex, Texas”. The objectives of this research is to determine patterns of abundance, distribution, and habitat use of two native snails, Phantom Cave snail (Cochliopa texana), Phantom Spring tryonia (Tryonia cheatumi), and the invasive red-rim melania snail (Melanoides tuberculta) in San Solomon Springs, and potential interactions. Both native snails are State Listed Priority and Federal Candidate species. San Solomon Springs is located in Balmorhea State Park, in west Texas. Stipend: ~$15k/year, with tuition waiver. Student fees and health insurance (if you want it) come out of the stipend. Start date: January 2010. Qualifications: BS in ecology/biology, with an emphasis in aquatic ecology. Applicant should be motivated, have a strong work ethic, and play well with others. Applicants with field research experience preferred, and those with macroinvertebrate sampling/identification experience will be given a priority. Interested applicants should send a cover letter explaining their interest along with a CV and GRE scores to the e-mail address below. Our Department requires: GPA, GRE scores (>1100 favored), 3 letters of reference, C.V. Information on formal application as an MS candidate can be found at the Department of Natural Resources website. I will be accepting applications until 4 December 2009 or until a suitable candidate is selected. David Rogowski (email@example.com), Assistant Professor, Department of Natural Resources Management, Texas Tech University, Box 42125, Lubbock, Texas 79409-2125 USA. Posted: 9/18/09.
Texas Tech University: A Ph.D. student is wanted to join a collaborative physiological ecology project directed by Dr. A. Scott Holaday (TTU) and Dr. Joy Zedler, University of Wisconsin, Madison. The project’s goal is to make quantitative comparisons of an invasive wetland grass, Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass), and the native sedge, Carex stricta, it often displaces in order to predict outcomes of P. arundinacea given eutrophication and climate changes alone and in combination. Research fellowships are available on a competitive basis for United States citizens beginning January 2010 through the Department of Biological Sciences at Texas Tech. Additional fellowships are anticipated for September 2010. Fellowships include a competitive stipend, tuition and fees, and insurance. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled for either January or September 2010. For more information, contact Dr. A. Scott Holaday (firstname.lastname@example.org; 806-742-2710 ext. 260). Posted: 8/24/09.
Texas Tech University: I am recruiting graduate students into my lab to work on fire ecology and plant community ecology. There is great leeway for individual graduate projects, but the themes of my lab's research are described at www.schwilk.org. One area of current research involves plant responses to drought and temperature stress in the Sky Island mountain ranges of west Texas. Other possible areas of research include the physiology of resprouting plants and plant flammability. Research and teaching assistantships are available to support students --- early applicants face best consideration for university-wide competitive assistantships and scholarships. For more information, please attach a letter of interest and resume/CV (including contact information for 3 references) to Dr. Dylan Schwilk (email@example.com). Posted: 8/10/09, revised: 1/5/10.
Trent University: An MSc or PhD position is available in collaboration with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR) as part of a broader study to examine the impacts of invasive species on Great Lakes food webs. The project is being funded by a generous grant from the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. Thesis topics within this project can be developed according to the student’s background and interests and could include, for example, time series or comparative population analysis of lake whitefish growth and/or feeding ecology, examining the redirection of energy pathways in response to dreissenid mussels, historical reconstruction of nutrient input and productivity through the analysis of sediment core samples, and the response of benthic invertebrate communities to ecosystem change. The project can involve field and/or laboratory work depending on the thesis topic. The project provides an excellent opportunity to collaborate with agencies and researchers in the Great Lakes basin. Funding exists for travel to international conferences. The project is suited to candidates with a background in biology and a strong interest in aquatic ecology. The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr. Erin Dunlop, research scientist with OMNR and adjunct professor at Trent University and Dr. Michael Rennie of Trent University. For initial screening and to receive more information about the project, interested students should send a letter expressing their qualifications and interests, a CV, and unofficial transcripts to Erin Dunlop (firstname.lastname@example.org). More information: Environmental and Life Sciences graduate program. Posted: 4/7/10.
Trent University: Applications are invited from potential MSc graduate students interested in studying exercise endurance, energy expenditure and reproductive success in male spiders. The student will be co-supervised by Matthias Foellmer and Gary Burness, at Trent University. The project will be conducted in collaboration with Maydianne Andrade and Jeff Stoltz from U Toronto at Scarborough, and a substantial part of the lab work will likely be done in Toronto. Therefore, a willingness and ability to live temporarily in Toronto (perhaps on the Scarborough campus) is a prerequisite. Students with a background or interest in animal physiology, behavioural ecology, and/or evolution are encouraged to apply. Please send CV with names and contact information of two references and cover letter to either Matthias Foellmer or Gary Burness (via email). Projected start date: May 2010. For more information please contact: Gary Burness (email@example.com) or Matthias Foellmer (firstname.lastname@example.org), Department of Biology, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario. Posted: 1/25/10.
Trent University: A 4-year PhD Graduate Research Assistantship will be available beginning January 2011 to conduct research on the physiological and/or chemical basis of phenotypic plasticity of larval amphibians, relative to perceived predation risk. The work will consist of experimentally rearing amphibian larvae relative to predation risk and/or other treatments (e.g., food or disease manipulation), and assessing their behavioural and morphological responses. Additional work may focus on characterizing chemical cues associated with predation risk avoidance, examining metabolic or hormonal responses to such risk, or other relevant questions to be developed by the student. Our recent work indicates that adaptive responses to predation risk in larval amphibians are strong and have an underlying physiological and chemical basis; we are poised to expand our program into mechanistic explanations for observed plasticity, and the student’s work will serve as a cornerstone. The successful applicant must have an MSc degree in Biology, Ecology, or related field, and have strong experimental, laboratory, and quantitative skills. Only candidates with a demonstrated ability and desire to publish research findings will be considered. The total financial package will include graduate stipend (a minimum of $21k) and waiver of any non-Canadian tuition fees. Send cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts and names of 3 references to: Dennis Murray, Dept. Biology, Trent University, Peterborough, ON, K9J 7B8, CANADA, tel: 705-748-1011 x7078, email@example.com. The position will be offered as soon as a suitable candidate is found, or as late as October 31, 2009. Posted: 9/29/09.
Tulane University: Seeking a PhD student to work on a collaborative project studying the winter ecology, survival and migratory connectivity of Tree Swallows. The project is flexible and will be designed by the student but will involve fieldwork in the southern US and Mexico and may involve population modeling. The candidate should have strong quantitative and writing skills and be able to work for extended periods of time in the field. Support is available from a combination of research and teaching assistantships and the student will also be expected to apply for external scholarships. Previous experience with mist-netting and bird banding is strongly preferred. Fluency in Spanish would also be advantageous. The successful applicant would join the lab of Dr Caz Taylor at Tulane in New Orleans, LA. Opportunities exist to spend some time at labs of collaborators, Dr Ryan Norris at University of Guelph and Dr David Winkler at Cornell University. Interested applicants should send a letter and resume detailing interests, previous research experience, and education including GPA and GRE scores to caz AT tulane.edu before Oct 15 2009. Posted: 9/14/09.
Umeå University: Three 4-year PhD positions are available at the Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences. The topic of the thesis projects are: Position 1: 'Competitive interactions and community impacts of crustacean zooplankton - merging dynamics of structured populations with ecological stoichiometry'. Position 2: 'Environmental drivers of asymmetric interactions between benthic and pelagic producers'. Position 3: 'Consumer growth rates and nutritional constraints across latitudes'. See details at the link above. For more information, please contact: Positions 1 and 2: professor Sebastian Diehl Position 3: Dr. Antonia Liess. Deadlines: May 3, 2010 (position 3) and May 10, 2010 (positions 1 and 2). Posted: 4/26/10.
Umeå University: positions in Ecology and Environmental Chemistry with the strategic marine research program ECOCHANGE, which is a governmental strategic marine research program at Umeå University, Sweden in collaboration with the Linnaeus University in Kalmar. Ecosystem dynamics in the Baltic Sea is studied in a climate change perspective. The effect of climate related changes on lower and higher trophic levels are investigated in a north-south gradient in the Baltic Sea, as well as effects on bioavailability of pollutants and their potential to change food web function. It is an interdisciplinary project spanning from ecology and chemistry to environmental science. Within this strategic program we now announce: PhD student position in Ecology: Influence of land on marine ecosystem drivers and microbial communities. We are looking for an aquatic microbial ecologist with a keen interest to understand how variation in river run-off influences marine ecosystem drivers, e.g. bio-optics and CNP concentrations, and microbial communities and productivity. The project will involve both comparative studies as well as experimental studies along a north-south gradient in the Baltic Sea to elucidate the effect of river inflow on phytoplankton and bacterial productivity and community compositions. PhD student position in Environmental Chemistry: Sources of Baltic Sea pollution We are looking for a chemist with good competence in environmental science and mathematics/statistics.The project is focused on finding methods for tracing significant pollution sources to the Baltic Sea. Chemical analyses of Baltic air and sediment cores will be conducted, and the data will be evaluated using various multivariate modeling techniques. The aim is to identify and apportion pollution sources and to increase knowledge and understanding on spatial and temporal trends. PhD student position in Environmental Chemistry: Bioavailability of pollutants and effects on ecosystem function. We are looking for a chemist with good environmental and/or analytical chemistry competence. The project is focused on climate-induced changes on the bioavailability of pollutants and related ecosystem functions at lower trophic levels. Studied chemicals will be biologically active environmental pollutants, e.g. health drugs and biocides. Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) will be used as reference substances. PhD student position in Ecology: Environmental monitoring and sampling design We are looking for a candidate in ecology, natural geography or similar with some background in statistics. Focus will be to evaluate common sensors to estimate biomass and activity in the planktonic food web. This includes statistical evaluations of environmental data from historic time series, and extensive measurements in the lab and in contrasting environments, from estuaries to the open sea. The achieved knowledge will be used to design monitoring programs in different time scales with automatic sensors. PhD student position in Ecology: Modeling marine microbial production We are looking for a person with a mathematical, and/or microbiological alignment, who is interested in food web modeling. The long-term goal of this project is to develop a model to predict the complex effects of climate change on the production at lower trophic levels in the Baltic Sea. Work tools will, for example, be compilation of results from experiments to reveal complex mechanisms, available field data to elucidate environmental changes in the Baltic Sea, and to execute modeling simulations to make future predictions. Deadline: 5/27/10. Posted: 4/26/10.
Umeå University: three positions for PhD students within the area of stream restoration ecology: Position 1 focuses on analyzing the ecological results of restoration in stream ecosystems, as well as on potential synergies between stream and forest ecosystems. The work will involve comparisons of community responses in restored and non-restored sites and experiments evaluating habitat changes following restoration. Position 2 is about the ecological effects of ice dynamics in streams. The project focuses on ice effects on riparian and aquatic plant communities and will use hydraulic modelling to understand how temperature, stream morphology, discharge and water currents regulate ice abundance and distribution. Position 3 concerns effects of stream restoration and climate change on riparian plants. The PhD student will model relationships between stream flows and the distribution of riparian plants to predict changes in riparian plant habitat availability in response to climate change. Restored and non-restored stream reaches will be compared to develop recommendations for restoration methods sustaining the biodiversity of riparian vegetation in boreal streams. Last day for application is April 6, 2010. More information about the projects and on how to apply. Posted: 3/17/10.
U.S. Geological Survey: The USGS Southwest Biological Science Center, is seeking an outstanding Ph.D. candidate to investigate climate change impacts on big river aquatic resources in the Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC). Funding for salary and research is associated with the position. This LCC extends from central Utah to central Colorado and from southern Wyoming to central Arizona and New Mexico. The purpose of the LCC is to provide scientific and technical support to inform landscape-scale conservation using adaptive management principles. A fisheries/aquatic ecologist is needed to support the LCC with investigation of anticipated climate change impacts on the Colorado River. Research topics may include, but are not limited to: 1) evaluating potential impacts of changes in water quality/quantity on Colorado River ecosystem processes; 2) forecasting the specific effects of climate change and prolonged drought on native fish populations throughout the Colorado River Basin, and in particular those populations associated with major restoration and recovery programs for the Colorado River (i.e., Upper Basin and San Juan River Recovery Programs, the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program); 3) developing science-based adaptive strategies for managing the Colorado River ecosystem and its native fish populations in the face of climate change. Students can be at any university, though greater weight will be given to institutions and USGS Cooperative Units in the Colorado River Basin states. The selected student would be expected to begin their program as early as fall 2010. Matthew E. Andersen is the contact for questions and applications of interest (firstname.lastname@example.org, 928.556.7379). To indicate interest, send the following information electronically to Andersen by May 17, 2010: 1) A 2-page (max) C.V. including your most recent and/or relevant publications; 2) a 2-page (max) statement of interest in climate change issues and the experience you would bring to this position; and 3) the name of the university and primary faculty members with whom you are (or would be) affiliated, if available. Applicants are strongly encouraged to communicate with the primary faculty member in advance of submitting application materials, but unaffiliated applicants will also be considered. This position will be associated with the U.S. Geological Survey Southwest Biological Science Center (SBSC). With headquarters in Flagstaff, Arizona and research stations in Flagstaff, Tucson, and Moab, Utah, SBSC has a staff of approximately 60 Federal employees and more than 40 university and contract employees. The mission of the SBSC is to provide quality scientific information needed to conserve and manage natural and biological resources, with an emphasis on the species and ecosystems of the southwestern United States. SBSC research includes water use, aridland ecology and land-use, wild land fire ecology, invasive species, environmental contaminants, declining populations of native species, Colorado River ecosystem dynamics and restoration, and urban development in the Southwest region. Posted: 4/27/10.
Universidade de Coimbra: We are looking for candidates to apply for an FCT (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology) doctoral fellowship, to join us at the Centre for Functional Ecology at the University of Coimbra (Portugal). The doctoral fellow is expected to develop his/her research within the scope of the AMANITA project (a collaboration between Susana Gonçalves at the Department of Life Sciences of Coimbra University, and Anne Pringle at the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology of Harvard University), which aims at gathering baseline data on the biology and ecology of the mycorrhizal fungus Amanita phalloides in Portugal, with special emphasis on possible genetic and/or ecological controls on host associations, thus providing insight into the behavior of A. phalloides in North America, where it was introduced and is now invasive. Candidates should have a background in biology, with a good knowledge of ecology, and an interest in fungal biology. Experience with basic molecular biology techniques and computer literacy is highly desirable. The doctoral fellowship is open for all nationalities, starts at 980 euros per month (tax-free) and is renewable for up to four years. A call for fellowship applications will open in May 2010, with deadlines for submission in June and September. Earliest starting date will be October 1st, 2010. Interested candidates should send a covering letter describing their research interests, a CV, and the contact information for three professional referees to Susana Gonçalves (email@example.com) or Anne Pringle (firstname.lastname@example.org) before April 30, 2010. Informal inquiries are welcome. Posted: 3/23/10.
Universidade de Coimbra: We are looking for candidates that want to apply for an FCT (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology) doctoral fellowship to join us at the Centre for Functional Ecology of the Department of Life Sciences of the University of Coimbra (Portugal). The successful candidate will be expected to develop his/her research within the framework of the CENECOGEN project (a collaboration between Ludo Muller at the Department of Botany of the Free University of Berlin (Germany) and Susana Gonçalves at the Department of Life Sciences of the University of Coimbra), which will apply next-generation sequencing technology to study the genetic basis of the local adaptation to serpentine soil of the ectomycorrhizal ascomycete Cenococcum geophilum. Candidates should have a background in biology, with a good knowledge of evolutionary genetics and ecology, and an interest in fungal biology. Experience with basic molecular biology techniques and computer literacy is highly desirable. The doctoral fellowship is open for all nationalities, starts at 980 euros per month (tax-free) and is renewable for up to four years. A call for fellowship applications will open in May 2010, with deadlines for submission in June and September. Earliest starting date will be October 1st, 2010. Interested candidates should send a covering letter describing their research interests, a CV and the contact information for three professional referees to Ludo Muller (email@example.com) or Susana Gonçalves (firstname.lastname@example.org) before April 30, 2010. Informal inquiries are welcome. Posted: 3/1/10.
Universität Potsdam: PhD position: ecohydrological modelling of drylands. We seek candidates with a background in mathematical or dynamic, process-based computer simulation modelling preferably in the fields of ecology or/and hydrology. The candidate will continue the development of a novel eco-hydrological modelling approach and investigate (i) vegetation – hydrology feedbacks at the landscape level in dryland systems, and (ii) conduct landscape vulnerability analyses with regard to extreme climatic events. The position is part of a multidisciplinary and international research project dealing with the impact of global change on water resources in the Jordan River Basin. The project involves scientists from many disciplines from Germany, Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian Autonomy. Place of work will be Potsdam, which is well connected to Berlin (40 km). Our lab provides a beautiful location in the royal Sans Souci park and an interesting research team consisting of a mix of modellers and emipirical researchers. The position can be filled starting November 2009. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. They should be sent in English or German in pdf format via email to the address below and should include a statement of interest, CV, and names and addresses of one or two references. Contact: Florian Jeltsch (email@example.com); Research Group Plant Ecology & Nature Conservation. Posted: 9/25/09.
Université de Sherbrooke: I am looking for a Ph.D. student to work on the determinants of variability in male reproductive success in eastern grey kangaroos in Victoria, Australia. This research is part of a long-term program on kangaroo evolutionary and population ecology in collaboration with Dr. Graeme Coulson of the University of Melbourne. We are monitoring three populations of kangaroos and have marked over 300 individuals. The Ph.D. will involve behavioral observations during three breeding seasons (November to January), capture, marking and measuring of kangaroos, remote measurements of body size using parallel lasers, collection of tissue samples from pouch young and DNA analyses in the laboratory of Dr. Dany Garant in Sherbrooke to identify fathers. Preliminary analyses show a substantial amount of genetic variability. Assets for this position include a M.Sc. degree, publications, a knowledge of French (or a strong willingness to learn it), fieldwork experience, strong quantitative skills and laboratory experience in molecular ecology. Canadian candidates will be preferred, but strong foreign candidates will be seriously considered. A tax-free scholarship (Can $ 17k/year for 3.5 years), and financing for travel, fieldwork and lab expenses are available. The program can begin in either May or September 2010. Details about grad studies in my lab. Interested candidates should e-mail a CV, a statement of research interests and the e-mails of two referees to Marco Festa-Bianchet (m.festa@USherbrooke.ca). Posted: 2/4/10.
Université du Québec à Montréal: Opportunity to study cyanobacterial ecology in the beautiful lakes of southern Quebec. Both M.Sc. and Ph.D. students accepted. Current interests are in physical-biological coupling, ecophysiology, community dynamics, methods development, factors of control, and toxin dynamics. The UQAM is a French-speaking university, so M.Sc. students should know French or be willing to learn. Ph.D. students take almost no courses so they can survive with no French, but they will miss out unless they too take the plunge to learn French. We have a large group of aquatic scientists at UQAM and we are part of a larger limnological research association - the GRIL. David Bird (bird.david@UQAM.CA), Dép. sciences biologiques, Université du Québec à Montréal, CP 8888, succ. Centre-Ville, Montréal, QC, H3C 3P8. tel: 514-987-3000 ext. 7859#, fax: 514-987-4647. Posted: 9/3/09.
Université Laval: We are looking for a Ph.D. candidate to participate in a research project on the spatial dynamics of bison distribution in Prince Albert National Park, Saskatchewan. The research objective is to gain ecological information that can help to elaborate management strategies to decrease the excursion of bison in agricultural lands adjacent to the park. More specifically, this project will evaluate how habitat functional connectivity is linked to predation risk by grey wolf and to landscape structure. Based on this knowledge, the candidate will establish local habitat modifications that can influence the global distribution of bison. Bison (>30) and 3-4 wolf packs will be followed with GPS collars. The project will require several field seasons under harsh weather conditions. The candidate will be part of a research team combining researchers, graduate students, and managers from Laval University (D. Fortin), University of Saskatchewan (P. McLoughlin) and Parks Canada. The student will be registered at Laval University. Qualifications: Have completed an M.Sc. in biological sciences or forestry. Have a valid driver license. Have a strong interest in wildlife conservation, modeling, spatial ecology and statistics. Laval University is a French university and some basic French is necessary. Knowledge of GIS and field experience is an advantage. A fellowship of $17k/year is available for 3 years. Applicants for this position should forward by email a short covering letter indicating their motivation, accompanied by a current CV, unofficial transcripts and contact information of three references. We will start reviewing the applications on 31 January 2010. The successful candidate will be expected to begin in late May 2010. Daniel Fortin (Daniel.Fortin@bio.ulaval.ca), Département de biologie, Pavillon Alexandre-Vachon, 1045, av. de la Médecine, Université Laval, Québec (Qc) G1V 0A6, Canada. Posted: 9/16/09, revised: 1/12/10.
Université Laval: We are looking for a PhD candidate to participate in a research project investigating space use patterns of raccoon and striped skunk in order to orient intervention strategies aiming at reducing the risk of rabies epizootics. Individuals from each species will be equipped with GPS radio-collars to evaluate their fine-scale habitat selection. The candidate will also use analysis of animal movement to identify major corridors of rabies propagation. Fieldwork will take place in the Montérégie region of Québec. The project is a collaboration between Université Laval (D. Fortin), Université de Sherbrooke (F. Pelletier) and Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune (J. Mainguy). The student will be registered at Laval. Qualifications: Have completed an M.Sc. in biological sciences or in forestry. Have a strong interest for quantitative ecology and statistics. Knowledge of GIS is an advantage. Laval is a French university and some basic French is therefore desirable. Students admissible for NSERC and FQRNT fellowships will be favored. Documents to provide: Applicants for this position should forward a short covering letter indicating their motivation, accompanied by a current CV, unofficial transcripts and contact information of three references. We will start reviewing the applications on 23 September 2009. Daniel Fortin (Daniel.Fortin@bio.ulaval.ca), Département de biologie, Pavillon Alexandre-Vachon, 1045, av. de la Médecine, Université Laval, Québec (Qc) G1V 0A6, Canada. Posted: 9/16/09.
Université Laval: PhD research project available to study the influence of forest harvesting on source-sink dynamics of wildlife species. We are looking for a PhD candidate to participate in a research project on the changes in abundance of different wildlife groups (birds, small mammals and snowshoe hare) along a gradient of forest succession. More specifically, the objective is to understand source-sink dynamics for several species along chronosequences resulting from forest harvesting. The student will have to evaluate biodiversity patterns and identify factors influencing habitat quality along the chronosequences. Fieldwork (summer and winter) will take place in Côte-Nord region of Québec’s boreal forest. The candidate will be part of a research group comprised of researchers from Laval University and Lakehead University (D.W. Morris). The student will be registered at Laval. Qualifications: Have completed an M.Sc. in biological sciences or in forestry. Have a strong interest in biodiversity conservation, sylviculture and statistics. Laval is a French university and some basic French is therefore desirable. Knowledge of GIS and field experience is also an advantage. A fellowship of $19k/year is available for 3 years. However, students admissible for NSERC and FQRNT fellowships will be favored. Documents to provide: Applicants for this position should forward a short covering letter indicating their motivation, accompanied by a current CV, unofficial transcripts and contact information of three references. We will start reviewing the applications on 23 September 2009. Daniel Fortin (Daniel.Fortin@bio.ulaval.ca), Département de biologie, Pavillon Alexandre-Vachon, 1045, av. de la Médecine, Université Laval, Québec (Qc) G1V 0A6, Canada. Posted: 9/16/09.
Université Laval: We are looking for a PhD student to participate in a research project on caribou and wolf interactions in the boreal forest of the Côte-Nord region of Québec. The research objective is to assess the efficiency of current management plans for the conservation of woodland caribou living under wolf predation. More specifically, the PhD student will evaluate the interplay between space use patterns and the physical condition and survival of marked caribou. The research should also identify how landscape structure influences predation by wolf. Overall the project should provide information useful to anticipate the long-term persistence of caribou populations in managed forests. The project will involve little fieldwork but will require a detailed evaluation of GPS locations collected on approximately 45 caribou and 6 wolf packs. The candidate will be part of a research group combining researchers and graduate students from Laval University and the Ministère des Ressources Naturelles et de la Faune (S. Couturier). Qualifications: Have completed an M.Sc. in biological sciences or forestry. Have a strong interest in wildlife conservation, quantitative ecology and statistics. Laval is a French institution and some basic French is desirable. Knowledge of GIS is also an advantage. A fellowship of $19k/year is available for 3 years. However, students admissible for NSERC and FQRNT fellowships will be favored. Documents to provide: Applicants for this position should forward a short covering letter indicating their motivation, accompanied by a current CV, unofficial transcripts and contact information of three references. We will start reviewing the applications on 23 September 2009. Daniel Fortin (Daniel.Fortin@bio.ulaval.ca), Département de biologie, Pavillon Alexandre-Vachon, 1045, av. de la Médecine, Université Laval, Québec (Qc) G1V 0A6, Canada. Posted: 9/16/09.
University of Akron: A Ph.D. research assistantship with a full tuition waiver is available for a motivated graduate student interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in polar marine ecology. The successful candidate will join an NSF-funded research team focused on investigating the impacts of ice conditions and climate change on pelagic food webs in the Arctic. Specifically, this project will examine the composition and distribution of microzooplankton and their trophic interactions with phytoplankton and copepods. Lab work including flow-cytometry and molecular techniques will be conducted at the University of Akron, OH (Department of Biology) and the University of Tromsø in Norway. The doctoral student will also take part in the oceanographic cruises aboard the IMR research vessels in the Barents Sea. The applicant must meet the University of Akron admission requirements and have an undergraduate degree in Oceanography or Biology from an accredited institution. Applicants must submit their GRE scores, three letters of recommendation, a and statement of career goals and research interests. Prior to applying please contact Dr. Peter Lavrentyev via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information. Posted: 3/4/10.
University of Alabama: We are seeking a highly motivated Ph.D. student to work on an interdisciplinary project looking at the interactions between microbial and plant communities of Everglades' short hydroperiod marshes that drive methane dynamics. The specific project opportunities will depend on the interests and experience of the applicant, but include: leaf to ecosystem photosynthetic processes, methane release, microbial production of methane, isotopic labeling, microbial ecology and assays. The student will interact with an interdisciplinary team from University of Alabama, Florida International University and the Everglades LTER. The Ph.D. position will be filled starting either August 15, 2010 or January 1, 2011. Funding will be via a Departmental GAANN award (for students meeting eligibility requirements; August or January start), "Bridge to the Doctorate (student must meet eligibility requirements, August start)" or a Departmental GTA (January start only). Funding includes, competitive stipend, health insurance and full tuition waiver. The successful candidate could be advised (depending on their interest) by Dr. Gregory Starr (plant ecophysiology), Dr. Behzad Mortazavi (stable isotopes), Robert Findlay (microbial ecology), or Dr. Patty Sobecky (microbial ecology). Applicants should submit via email 1) a current curriculum vita, 2) a statement of research interests; and 3) unofficial copy of transcripts 4). the names, phone numbers and email addresses of three references to Dr. Gregory Starr (email@example.com or 205-348-0556). For more information contact Dr. Starr, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alabama. Initial review of applications will begin on July 1, 2010 and will remain open until candidate is identified. Posted: 6/11/10.
University of Alabama: Ph.D. opportunity in benthic nitrogen cycling for Fall 2010. Application deadline is April 26, 2010. We have space available in the Biogeochemistry Lab that currently has active projects in Weeks Bay Alabama, and Toolik Lake Alaska. Our work focuses on effects of climate change on trace gas fluxes, and how eutrophication affects coastal regions. The successful applicant will work on elucidating spatial and temporal patterns in nitrogen cycling in coastal waters located within the vicinity of Dauphin Island, a barrier island in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. The initial work will focus on using membrane inlet mass spectrometry to detect rates of denitrification. Future work may involve tracing sources and utilization of nitrogen in coastal waters. The assistantship will include (1) a tuition waiver, (2) an annual stipend and (3) health insurance. For additional information, contact Dr. Behzad Mortazavi, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa AL 35487, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, ph: 251-861-2189. Application information and forms are available at http://bsc.ua.edu/gradstudies.htm. Funding is primarily in the form of research assistantships. Posted: 1/11/10, revised: 1/21/10, 2/24/10.
University of Alabama: A graduate research assistantship (M.S. or Ph.D.) is available in the Department of Biological Sciences for a student to conduct research on coastal marsh responses to climate change and rising sea levels. The project will involve fieldwork and greenhouse experimentation examining interactive effects of elevated CO2, sedimentation and flooding on vegetation responses and elevation change. This project is being conducted as part of a larger research program investigating the persistence of coastal marshes to global climate change and is funded by the USGS Climate Change Program. The student will work with researchers at the University of Alabama and the USGS National Wetlands Research Center. The successful applicant will be able to propose additional research to meet his or her specific interests, provided it fits within the broader goals of the program. Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in wetlands, ecosystem ecology, or climate change. Preference will be given to those with experience conducting field or greenhouse research. In addition to stipend and health benefits, this position includes funds for fieldwork, sample processing, and some travel. Applicants able to begin work in January 2010 are especially encouraged to apply, although start dates in summer or fall 2010 are also possible. For further information, contact Dr. Julia Cherry (email@example.com). Posted: 8/13/09.
University of Alabama: A Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship is available in the Department of Biological Sciences to work on an interdisciplinary project at Toolik Lake Arctic Research Station. The student’s research interests should focus on application of stable isotopes to plant ecophysiology, ecosystem physiology, or plant ecology. The project will focus on developing a comprehensive understanding of winter physiological processes for two tundra ecosystems. The student will have the opportunity to interact with scientists from the University of Alabama, Florida International University and the Arctic LTER. Working knowledge of stable isotope ratio mass spectrometry is required and familiarity with LI-COR photosynthetic and Campbell Scientific equipments is a plus. Northern latitudes are thought to be sequestering CO2 emitted from anthropogenic activities. However, the status of these ecosystems as a global sink of C in the future hinges upon the physiological responses of ecosystem components to changes in climate. There is overwhelming evidence for rapid climate change in the Arctic. Changes include the physical environment, changes in carbon balance, vegetation change. Furthermore, warming in the high latitudes is predicted to predominantly occur in the winter, and climate data support that prediction. However, the vast majority of research on tundra vegetation has focused on physiological processes during the short 2-3 month growing season, with only a handful of studies of physiological processes during the 9-10 month cold season. Although the rates of these processes are low, summed over the long cold season they are extremely important. A comprehensive understanding of cold-season physiological processes of tundra vegetation is critically needed given the large potential for further climate changes in the Arctic. This is a fully funded assistantship that includes: stipend, health insurance, travel and living accommodations during the research season at Toolik Lake. Interested students should email pdfs of 1) a current Curriculum Vita, 2) statement of research interest, 3) names, phone number and email addresses of three references as well as 4) an unofficial copy of transcripts to Dr. Behzad Mortazavi (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 8/12/09.
University of Alaska Anchorage: MS Assistantships in Physiological Ecology. Two research assistantships are available to study the interactions between climate and vegetation in northern Alaska. The first position will be based during the summer months at the Toolik Lake Field Station in the northern foothills of the Brooks Range. The successful candidate will work with collaborators from the University of Toledo, Colorado State University, the Marine Biological Laboratory and UC Santa Barbara on a study designed to reveal the seasonal controls on nutrient availability in arctic tussock tundra. The student’s primary responsibility will be to use a minirhizotron camera system to monitor patterns and magnitudes of fine root production across a range of experimental treatments. The Toolik Field Station is accessed via the haulroad to Prudhoe Bay and has well-developed housing, dining and laboratory facilities. Excellent hiking opportunities are available within a 15-20 minute drive of camp. The second position will be based at a remote site near the Arctic treeline in Noatak National Preserve, northwest AK. The study sites are approximately 20 miles ESE of Noatak and 40 miles NNE of Kotzebue, AK. Access is via bush plane during the summer months and snowmachine during the wintertime. The successful candidate will contribute to a study of the seasonal patterns of canopy gas exchange and growth in all major organs of white spruce (branch, root, etc.) in three contrasting habitats. There are no permanent facilities at the Noatak site and applicants should be prepared to spend long periods of time in the field (e.g., 3 weeks) with one carefully selected field assistant between re-supply trips to Kotzebue. Outdoor recreational opportunities (hiking, rafting, fly fishing) are outstanding at the Noatak site. Both students will be based in Anchorage during the off-season (mid-September- late May). Laboratory and desk/office space is available in the Ecosystems Laboratory on the UAA campus and affordable housing can be found within a bike ride of campus. Anchorage is a surprisingly diverse city with outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities, including more than 130 km of groomed Nordic ski trails within the city limits. To apply for one or both of the positions, please send a resume and cover letter to Dr. Paddy Sullivan (email@example.com). Applicants interested in the Noatak position should be sure to describe the extent of their outdoor experience in the cover letter. Posted: 10/7/09.
University of Alaska Fairbanks: We are currently seeking one PhD candidate in the Department of Biology and Wildlife for studies of the influence of wetland characteristics and climate change on current and future biodiversity in sub-arctic boreal forest wetlands in Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. Field work to begin no later than mid-May 2010. Persons with interest/experience in vegetative communities are particularly encouraged to apply. M.S. degree with a field-research-based thesis and substantial progress toward publication is required; preference will be given to demonstrated self-starters; demonstrated analytical, computational, and GIS skills; demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and productively as members and leaders of interdisciplinary field teams in remote field settings under sometimes extreme conditions, strong quantitative skills in order to model vegetation with a dynamic vegetation model and, ability to formulate and successfully resolve original research questions within the overall area of investigation. Support will consist of ~80% Research Assistantship and ~20% Teaching Assistantship, including tuition waivers and necessary field logistic support, subject to continued USGS funding, for persons who maintain satisfactory progress. The University of Alaska Fairbanks is an equal opportunity employer. Contact: Dr. Eugénie Euskirchen, University of Fairbanks, Institute of Arctic Biology by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 907-474-1958, or Dr. Brad Griffith, USGS, Alaska Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit, University of Alaska Fairbanks by email: email@example.com or phone: 907-474-5067 for further information and application instructions. Posted: 2/24/10.
University of Alberta: The opportunity: An M.Sc./Ph.D. student position is available with the forest soils group within the Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta. This project is funded by the oilsands industry and the Alberta government. Funding for research costs and stipend (at the NSERC or a competitive rate) is available. A postdoctoral fellow could be considered instead of a graduate student. The project aims to gain a better understanding of soil-plant relationships in the oilsands, particularly the relationship between soil nitrogen availability indices, nutrient status, and growth performance of major boreal forest species in the oilsands region of northern Alberta. We also aim to identify abiotic and biotic patterns and processes regulating initial ecosystem development in the reclaimed landscape in the oilsands. Required qualifications: Students with training/experience in soil science, ecology, botany, forestry, environmental sciences are encouraged to apply. Those with a degree in areas other than soil science should at least have taken a couple of courses in soil science. The applicant should have a solid undergraduate academic achievement (GPA), strong organizational and writing skills, and be highly motivated, creative, self-directed and independent. Experience with datalogging techniques, soil fertility/chemistry, and forest ecology is a plus but training will be provided. Students with a valid driver's license are preferred as field work is required for this position. Starting date: summer 2010 or as soon as possible. How to apply: Please submit CV (including a statement of research interests and names of references) and transcripts (scanned is fine) to: Scott Chang, (780-492-6375, firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 5/11/10.
University of Alberta: I am seeking one outstanding PhD student in entomology at the University of Alberta, Edmonton. Current research in the Erbilgin lab explores questions of broad relevance to invasion biology and ecology, emphasizing chemical ecology of forest insects. By doing so, my group integrates multiple disciplines, such as forestry, entomology, pathology, and tree chemistry to characterize interactions among multiple organisms such as trees, insects, and phytopathogens, and determine effects of the environment such as nutrients and water on the tripartite interactions. The PhD candidate will focus on an Alberta Ingenuity-funded project emphasizing the roles of native biotic agents, such as insects and diseases, in range and host expansion of mountain pine beetle in western Canada. The goal of this project is to lay out a blueprint of how interactions among trees, insects and microorganisms can be used as a proactive method to understand the risk potential of species invasion. Depending on the interest and quality of the applicant, the project offers considerable flexibility in designing a research program that investigates areas of personal interest within the overall framework of the project. Background in ecology, entomology, chemical ecology, or a related field is required, as is an interest in the linkages between trees and insects. Experience with any of the following will be an asset, but is not required: plant-insect interactions, chemical ecology, and forest ecology. Proficiency in spoken and written English is a necessity. Selection of a student will be based on academic achievements, reference letters and previous research experience. Strong verbal, written, and computational skills are essential. Tuition and fees and a standard Graduate Assistantship can be offered. Students are also eligible for Tri-Council graduate scholarships (e.g. NSERC) in their first year. The position is available for January 2011. The applicant must meet the PhD program entrance requirements. Interested candidates should e-mail (1) their transcript, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a letter describing their research experience and interests (2 page limit), (4) recent TOEFL scores (if appropriate), and (5) the names and contact information of three references to Dr. Nadir Erbilgin (email@example.com), Department of Renewable Resources, 230-A Earth Science Building, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E3, CANADA. Phone: (780)-492-8693; Fax: (780)-492-1767. Posted: 5/25/10.
University of Arizona: Graduate Assistantship available leading to an MS or PhD in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment. Qualifications include a B.S. or B.A. degree in a biology-related field (e.g., Biology, Ecology, Zoology, Wildlife Biology, etc.), and minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and combined GRE score of 1200. Ideal candidates would have excellent written and interpersonal skills, an excellent work ethic, willingness to travel and conduct field research under rigorous conditions, and at least 1 year of prior field experience. Students will be provided funding from a combination of Research Assistantships and Teaching Assistantships (stipend is $16-20k/yr). Potential topics of study for thesis/dissertation research include questions related to migration, behavioral ecology, and conservation biology of birds. Specific questions will be developed during the first year via meetings between student and advisor. To apply, please send the following materials (via email attachment) to Dr. Courtney Conway (firstname.lastname@example.org): (1) Cover letter explaining career goals, academic interests, and preferred sub-disciplines of study, highlighting relevant experience, (2) a resume, (3) names/addresses/email for three references, and (4) GPA and GRE scores (unofficial ok). Posted: 5/6/10.
University of Arizona: Ph.D position in southwestern riparian wildlife ecology and ecohydrology. A Ph.D position is available to study the influence of small surface waters on terrestrial wildlife in the southwest under changing climates. The position will be located at the University of Arizona, in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, and funded by the U.S. Geological Survey. This graduate position is being established to help meet science priorities regarding climate change and riparian resources within the newly-established Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC). The Desert LCC encompasses the three major deserts of the Southwest: the Mojave, Sonoran, and Chihuahuan, and the purpose of the LCC is to provide scientific and technical support to inform landscape-scale conservation using adaptive management principles. A riparian wildlife ecologist or ecohydrologist is needed to focus on integrated studies of hydrology and wildlife ecology associated with small waters (springs, seeps, intermittent and ephemeral streams). Topics may include, but are not limited to: 1) how changes in distribution, persistence and water quality of springs, seeps, and pools would affect wildlife habitat and obligate wildlife species; 2) the effects of predicted hydrologic changes on small water restoration efforts of LCC land managers in the desert southwest. The student may begin as early as fall semester 2010 and would need to go through the enrollment process for the University of Arizona. Christina Vojta is the contact for questions and applications of interest, email@example.com, (928) 556-7197. To indicate interest, send Vojta the following information by May 10, 2010: 1) A 2-page C.V. including your most recent or relevant publications; 2) a one-page statement of interest in climate change issues and the experience you would bring to this position; and 3) two references. This position will be associated with the U.S. Geological Survey Southwest Biological Science Center (SBSC). With headquarters in Flagstaff, Arizona and research stations in Flagstaff, Tucson, and Moab, Utah, SBSC has a staff of approximately 60 Federal employees and more than 40 university and contract employees. The mission of the SBSC is to provide quality scientific information needed to conserve and manage natural and biological resources, with an emphasis on the species and ecosystems of the southwestern United States. SBSC research includes water use, aridland ecology and land-use, wild land fire ecology, invasive species, environmental contaminants, declining populations of native species, Colorado River ecosystem dynamics and restoration, and urban development in the Southwest region. Posted: 4/27/10.
University of Arizona: NSF fellowships for research on vegetation-climate interactions in the Amazon. National Science Foundation (NSF) graduate fellowships ($30k per year, for up to two years) are available starting in the 2010-2011 academic year for Amazon-PIRE (Partnership for International Research and Education) for ecology and earth-system science students to study vegetation-climate interactions in the Amazon basin (Brazil). Amazon-PIRE fellows must be admitted to a participating Ph.D. program at the University of Arizona or Harvard University. Fellowships support United States citizens or permanent residents, and include an annual stipend, tuition, health insurance, and travel to Brazilian field sites and collaborating institutions. Amazon-PIRE is a U.S.-Brazilian partnership addressing the question, “What is the future of Amazon forests under climate change?" and promoting international education, collaboration, and exchange. Research focii include long term observations (via eddy flux measurements, forest plot surveys, physiological measurements, remote sensing, and aircraft sampling), experimental manipulations (in the Tropical Forest Biome of Biosphere 2), and modeling. Application deadline for funding of graduate fellowships - February 5, 2010. See the program website for more information, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadlines for relevant graduate programs start December 8, 2009. Posted: 10/29/09, revised: 11/16/09.
University of Arizona: Graduate Research Assistantship Decomposition in Drylands: Soil erosion - UV interactions. We invite applications for a graduate research assistantship (GRA; Ph. D. level preferred; 3 years funding) from students interested in decomposition processes in desert ecosystems. Most of what is known about decomposition is from studies in high rainfall areas, but this knowledge does not translate well to dryland ecosystems. Recent studies suggest solar ultra-violet radiation is a major driver of decomposition in drylands; however, other studies indicate the level of mixing of wind/water-transported soils with litter is a key factor. This project seeks to resolve these competing explanations via a series of laboratory studies and field experiments in Arizona designed to measure light energy-soil movement-decomposition interactions. These linkages will be assessed in the context of woody plant encroachment into grasslands, a globally extensive vegetation change in drylands. The graduate research assistant will be based at the University of Arizona with Steve Archer and Dave Breshears. The GRA will participate in an interdisciplinary investigation seeking new insights into processes affecting desert soil fertility and carbon storage by combining the disciplines of plant community ecology, ecosystem science and earth science in a novel framework. The GRA’s project will be field-oriented and will quantify spatial patterns of litter input and its translocation by wind and water and litter mass loss in contrasting plant community configurations. The GRA will work closely with collaborators at New Mexico State University (Heather Throop; litter chemistry), the University of Kentucky (Rebecca McCulley; microbial communities) and Loyola University (Paul Barnes, photobiology). For additional details on the project see . Starting date negotiable, but Summer 2009 is preferred. The assistantship includes an annual salary of $14,677 (MS) or $15,990 (PhD); waiver of out-of-state tuition; full remission of in-state tuition; and health insurance. Applications will be accepted until 31 May 2009 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. General admission requirements. 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: 8/11/09.
University of Arkansas: I seek a M.S. student for a project examining population genetics and factors affecting distribution and decline of the imperiled coldwater crayfish (Orconectes eupunctus) in the Missouri and Arkansas Ozarks. The student will work with a multidisciplinary team of faculty members, agency personnel and museum staff. This project will involve field work in the Ozark Mountains, experiments and observations in the lab, and ecological modelling. Qualifications: Applicants should have a B.S. in fisheries, ecology, biology, or a related field and; 3.0 GPA (minimum); 1100 (V+Q) minimum GRE. Previous research experience with crayfish and/or streams is preferred, but not essential. Strong quantitative skills and knowledge of GIS are preferred. Applicants must be responsible, motivated, and able to work independently in remote field locations. Salary: Stipend will be $15k plus full tuition waiver. Closing Date: April 15, 2010. August 15, 2010 starting date is negotiable. Contact me for information or send (email preferred) 1) a letter describing your interests and career goals, 2) your resume (including GPA and GRE scores), 3) names and telephone numbers of three references, and 4) transcripts to: Dan Magoulick, Arkansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701. email@example.com, 479-575-5449. Posted: 3/26/10.
University of Arkansas: I seek a Ph.D. student for a project pending funding to develop regional ecological-flow relationships that will form the scientific framework for setting environmental flow standards and understanding impacts of global climate change. These ecological-flow response relationships will help determine environmental flow needs in the Ozark Highland and Boston Mountain ecoregions and will provide the basis for conservation of at least 9 fish species, 11 crayfish species, and 11 insect species of greatest conservation need. The student will work with a multidisciplinary team of faculty members, state and federal agency personnel, and NGO staff. This project will involve field work in the Ozark Mountains and may also involve experiments and observations in the lab. Qualifications: Applicants should have a M.S. in fisheries, ecology, biology, or a related field and; 3.0 GPA (minimum); 1100 (V+Q) minimum GRE. Previous research experience with fish and/or streams is preferred, but not essential. Strong quantitative skills and knowledge of GIS are preferred. Applicants must be responsible, motivated, and able to work independently in remote field locations. Salary: Stipend will be $18k plus full tuition waiver. Closing Date: April 15, 2010. August 15, 2010 starting date is negotiable. Contact: Contact me for information or send (email preferred) 1) a letter describing your interests and career goals, 2) your resume (including GPA and GRE scores), 3) names and telephone numbers of three references, and 4) transcripts to: Dan Magoulick, Arkansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701. firstname.lastname@example.org, 479-575-5449. Posted: 3/26/10.
University of Arkansas: The Department of Biological Sciences is actively recruiting Distinguished Doctoral Fellows (DDF) and Doctoral Academy Fellows (DAF) to begin graduate work in August 2010. The Distinguished Fellowships have a range of $30-$40k for a 12-month stipend, and the DAFs have a range of $20-30k for a 12-month stipend. 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, health care benefits, and most fees. Outstanding students from all biological disciplines are encouraged to apply. Selection will be based on undergraduate GPA, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and undergraduate (B.S.) research experience or graduate (M.S.) research experience. Applicants should contact faculty members in the Department of Biological Sciences whose research they may be interested in directly. For more information see departmental requirements and fellowships for general requirements. DAF applications can be made at any time and will be reviewed as received. Review of DDF applications will begin on 16 January 2010 with decisions made by the end of February. Those qualified applicants not chosen for a DDF will be offered a DAF. Contact Dr. David McNabb (email@example.com, 479-575-3251), Chair, Graduate Studies Committee, Department of Biological Sciences, for any further information or questions. Posted: 10/29/09.
University of Arkansas at Little Rock: Graduate student positions are currently available in the MS degree program in the Department of Biology and the PhD program in Applied Biosciences. Most positions are funded with teaching and/or research assistantships that include tuition waivers. UALR faculty research topics include conservation ecology, physiological ecology, entomology, herpetology, tropical ecology, plant biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, animal behavior, and microbiology. Please see the Department website for more information about faculty interests and graduate programs. UALR's central location provides easy access to research and outdoor recreational opportunities in the five major ecoregions of Arkansas, as well as to local government agencies, NGO's, and medical centers. Several faculty in biology maintain collaborations, committee appointments and adjunct positions at other campuses in the University of Arkansas system. Application deadlines for fall admission: PhD program = 31 January 2010; MS program = 15 April 2010. Interested students are encouraged to contact individual UALR faculty. General inquires should be directed to the graduate coordinator, Dr. Stephen Grace, Department of Biology, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2801 S. University Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72204. scgrace at ualr.edu. Posted: 1/22/10.
University of Arkansas at Little Rock: Thermal physiology of salamanders in contrasting environments Graduate opportunity in the newly established Gifford lab. Research in the Gifford lab is focused on how ectotherms (salamanders and lizards) deal with variation in environmental conditions (temperature) and the ecological and evolutionary consequences of these strategies. The lab has an opening for a Master's student to start in the Fall of 2010. This opportunity is available to undertake studies on the thermal physiology and life history of salamanders in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. Three potential research topics are: 1. Sources of variation in growth rates between salamanders from stable versus variable thermal environments. 2. Thermodynamic constraints on performance curves in salamanders from stable versus variable environments. 3. Pattern of natural selection on phenotypic traits in salamander populations from stable versus variable thermal environments. The topics listed above are of particular interest; however, the prospective student will have some opportunity expand upon these themes for their thesis research. Research will involve both field and lab components. Fieldwork will occur during most months of the year and occasionally under adverse conditions. Field sites are in fairly close proximity to UALR (maximum ~3 hr drive) and include some of the most beautiful natural areas in the state (Buffalo National River). The student will be supported by a teaching assistantship (TA) through the Department of Biology, which includes a full tuition waiver. Research support (travel to field sites, lodging, and field equipment) will be provided in part by current funding. In addition to animal care facilities available in the Department of Biology, the Gifford lab is well equipped for physiological studies on a variety of ectotherms (environmental chambers, respirometry system, high-speed video, and calorimetry). Preferred qualifications include some record of prior research experience, and an interest in physiology, ecology, or evolution; and a herpetological interest. Minimum admission requirements to the Master's program at UALR include a B.S. degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale), upper level coursework in four of the following six areas (cell/molecular biology, ecology, evolution, genetics, physiology, organismal biology), two lecture courses in physics, four lecture courses in chemistry (organic and inorganic), and a minimum combined score of 950 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE General test. Program application deadline is April 1 for Fall semester entry. Please send initial inquiries via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include contact information for two references; a brief statement of your research experience, goals, and why our lab would be a good fit; and a CV. Posted: 1/11/10.
University of Arkansas, Monticello: The School of Forest Resources is seeking a highly motivated M.S. student interested in natural and plantation origin southern pine stands in terms of traditional forest commodities, carbon offset credits and bio-feedstock production potential. The 2-yr graduate assistantship includes a $15k/yr stipend and a tuition waiver. Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in forestry, ecology, natural resources management, or related fields, and a minimum 2.7 GPA (or 3.0 GPA for the last 60 hours) is required. GRE scores should exceed 1000 for verbal + quantitative. Individuals need to be self-starters, able to work outdoors during inclement conditions, and have a valid driver license. Start date for this assistantship is flexible. Applications are being accepted for the Summer or Fall 2010 semester. For additional information or to apply, please contact: Dr. Jamie Schuler, University of Arkansas-Monticello, School of Forest Resources, P.O. Box 3468, Monticello, AR 71656. E-mail: email@example.com; Phone: 870-460-1448. Posted: 2/8/10.
University of Arkansas, Monticello: The School of Forest Resources is seeking a highly motivated M.S. student interested in intensively managed short rotation plantations. The 2-yr graduate assistantship includes a $15k/yr stipend and a tuition waiver. Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in forestry, ecology, natural resources management, or related fields, and a minimum 2.7 GPA (or 3.0 GPA for the last 60 hours) is required. GRE scores should exceed 1000 for verbal + quantitative. Individuals need to be self-starters, able to work outdoors during inclement conditions, and have a valid driver license. Applications are being accepted for the Fall 2010 semester. For additional information or to apply, please contact: Dr. Jamie Schuler, University of Arkansas-Monticello, School of Forest Resources, P.O. Box 3468, Monticello, AR 71656. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: 870-460-1448. Posted: 2/8/10.
University of Arkansas, Monticello: M.S. Assistantship: Carbon and Nitrogen Dynamics in Developing Bioenergy Agroforest Plantations. A half-time M.S. assistantship is available in the School of Forest Resources. The assistantship will work on a project developing cottonwood/switchgrass agroforest systems for supplying cellulosic bioenergy feedstocks in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley (Agroforest LMAV). The intent of this project is to develop a range of agroforest systems on marginal agriculture lands that can produce cellulosic feedstocks as well as ecosystems services such as wildlife habitat, carbon sequestration, nutrient retention, and soil sustainability. The project is a coordinated effort between scientists in Arkansas and Louisiana. The assistantship will focus on soil carbon and nitrogen dynamics in these developing agroforests compared to that in traditional agriculture ecosystems that commonly grow on LMAV marginal soils. The student will investigate these dynamics in relation to carbon sequestration and nitrogen retention. A B.S. degree in environmental science, biology, soils, agriculture, forestry or a related field is a required. This assistantship carries a $15k+tuition stipend. Contact Dr. Hal O. Liechty, SFR-UAM, PO Box 3468, Monticello, AR 71656. (870-460-1452); Liechty@uamont.edu. For more information: graduate programs at School of Forest Resources. Posted: 12/3/09, revised: 12/10/09.
University of Arkansas-Monticello: The School of Forest Resources is seeking a highly motivated M.S. student interested in natural and plantation origin southern pine stands in terms of traditional forest commodities, carbon offset credits and bio-feedstock production potential. The 2-yr graduate assistantship includes $15k/yr stipend and a tuition + fee waiver. Qualifications: Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in forestry, ecology, natural resources management, or related fields, and a minimum 2.7 GPA (or 3.0 GPA for the last 60 hours) is required. GRE scores should exceed 1000 for verbal + quantitative. Individuals need to be self-starters, able to work outdoors during inclement conditions, and have a valid driver license. Applications: Start date for this assistantship is flexible. Applications are being accepted for the Spring, Summer or Fall 2010 semester. For additional information or to apply, please contact: Dr. Jamie Schuler, University of Arkansas-Monticello, School of Forest Resources, P.O. Box 3468, Monticello, AR 71656. E-mail: email@example.com; Phone: 870-460-1448. Posted: 12/1/09.
University of Arkansas-Monticello: The School of Forest Resources is seeking a highly motivated M.S. student interested in the productivity and eco-physiology of intensively managed short rotation plantations. The actual project is flexible, but can include topics describing C allocation patterns, nutrient use efficiency, or root dynamics relative to varying levels of nutrient availability. The 2-yr graduate assistantship includes $15,000/yr stipend and a tuition + fee waiver. Qualifications: Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in forestry, ecology, natural resources management, or related fields, and a minimum 2.7 GPA (or 3.0 GPA for the last 60 hours) is required. GRE scores should exceed 1000 for verbal + quantitative. Individuals need to be self-starters, able to work outdoors during inclement conditions, and have a valid driver license. Applications are being accepted for the Fall 2010 semester. For additional information or to apply, please contact: Dr. Jamie Schuler, University of Arkansas-Monticello, School of Forest Resources, P.O. Box 3468, Monticello, AR 71656. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: 870-460-1448. Posted: 12/1/09.
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff: M.S. Graduate Assistantship Salary: Year 1 $ 17,800; Year 2+ $18,800. Responsibilities: 1. Field investigation of point and non point pollution sources in the coastal watersheds (Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida); 2. Biotic (e.g., fish, oyster, SAV, marshes) and abiotic (e.g., water quality) monitoring in coastal ecosystems; 3. Watershed nutrient budget estimation; 4. Quantitative links from watershed human stress and aquatic ecosystem indicators; 5. Modeling ecosystem health to future urban development. Qualifications: B.S. in aquatic ecology, marine sciences, fisheries/aquaculture, environmental sciences or related field. Contact: Interested students should send a current resume with GPA, GRE, and TOEFL (international students) scores, research interest, and name and email contact information of at least three references to Dr. Yushun Chen (email@example.com). See also: UAPB Aquaculture/Fisheries Center. Posted: 12/3/09.
University of Bayreuth: The Department of Plant Ecology (AG Ecology and Ecophysiology of Tropical Plants, Prof. Dr. Engelbrecht) offers two Doctoral positions (TV-L E13/2). Tropical forests are among the most diverse systems on earth. The mechanisms shaping the distribution of tropical plant species and therefore the diversity of tropical forests remain poorly understood. However, their understanding is essential for evaluating the consequences of climate change on the diversity and function of tropical forests. The successful applicants will participate in a research program examining the mechanisms determining plant distribution patterns and the composition and diversity of tropical forests. Various aspects of how abiotic and biotic factors influence species’ performance, distribution patterns and forest diversity are investigated, and considered in the context of global climate change. A pronounced rainfall gradient at the Isthmus of Panama will serve as a model system. A strong background in ecology and an interest to work in tropical forests are required. Further qualifications and experience: (1) Diploma or Master (or outstanding Bachelor) degree in one of the following areas: Ecology, Biology, Botany, (2) experience in experimental field research or a strong interest to acquire the necessary skills, (3) physical fitness to reach remote field sites, and a driving license, (4) strong statistical background, (5) good oral and written communication (English is required, Spanish a plus), (6) skills and desire to communicate and interact with other scientists. The position is initially limited to one year with an option for extension for another two years. Please send your CV, a statement of research interests and contact information for two referees (preferable by email) before January 8th 2010 to: University of Bayreuth, Prof. Dr. Bettina Engelbrecht, Department of Plant Ecology, 95440 Bayreuth, Germany. e-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 12/21/09.
University of California, Berkeley: The Suding Lab is looking for highly enthusiastic and exceptional PhD students to join our group. Funding for these positions are related to projects examining 1) links between microbial community structure and plant community response to environmental change and 2) restoration frameworks addressing exotic plant legacies and threshold dynamics. The exact projects will be developed collaboratively based on student interests and project needs. If you are interesting in joining the lab, email me (Katharine Suding) a description of your research interests, a curriculum vitae (including GPA and GRE scores), and names of two references to email@example.com. If encouraged to apply, initial applications are due December 1st, with supporting documentation December 20th. See: ESPM graduate program at UCB. Posted: 11/18/09.
University of California, Davis: The Eviner lab is looking for an enthusiastic and exceptional PhD student to begin Summer 2010 (highly qualified Masters candidates may also be considered). Funding for this student is related to a large interdisciplinary project-looking at impacts of climate change on alpine and subalpine ecosystems in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California. In particular, the project focuses on understanding how interactions among vegetation types and a suite of mammals (e.g. pika, marmot, bighorn sheep, squirrels) will drive changes in both the plant and mammal communities in response to warming. The exact nature of the student's project will be determined according to student interests and project needs, but requires an emphasis on plant ecology. If you are interested in joining the lab, please contact Dr. Valerie Eviner (firstname.lastname@example.org) and provide: - a description of your research interests - a summary of your research experiences - a CV, including GPA and GRE scores - Contacts for 3 references. For those encouraged to apply to the graduate program, information on the application process is at UCD's Graduate Group in Ecology. Application deadline to UCD is December 15, 2009. Posted: 11/10/09.
University of California Los Angeles: Enrollment deadline extended to 15 December. There have been exciting changes that have been going on in the last few years in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCLA. Our graduate program offers excellent guaranteed support packages of $26k per year and research seed money. New applicants are also eligible for our need-based GAANN fellowships, which can provide up to $30k per year, and, once advanced to candidacy, Ph.D. candidates are eligible to apply for the UCLA GK-12 program. We have hired dynamic senior and junior faculty, including Steve Hubbell, Patty Gowaty, Lawren Sack (plant physiological ecology, post-doc Harvard), John Novembre (theoretical population genomics, post-doc University of Chicago), Michael Alfaro (a functional evolutionary biologist and pioneer in developing comparative methods, most recently at Washington State University), Paul Barber (evolutionary biologist and conservation biologist working with Indonesian marine systems, most recently at Boston University), and Jamie Lloyd-Smith (theoretical ecologist working with infectious diseases, post-doc Penn State). The hiring of Novembre, Lloyd-Smith, and Hubbell strengthens UCLA's theoretical biology group, the arrival of Gowaty strengthens our interdisciplinary animal behavior group, and the addition of Novembre, Alfaro, and Barber to existing faculty make UCLA one of the best places to study phylogeography and quantitative evolution. In sum, we now have established new depth and strength in ecological/evolutionary theory, animal behavior, marine biology, and evolutionary conservation science. Apply on-line. Posted: 12/1/09.
University of California Riverside: The Regan Lab has an opening for a PhD student with interests in Quantitative Conservation Ecology, Ecological Modeling and Decision Making. Active areas of research in the Regan lab include population viability analysis of plants under habitat fragmentation, altered fire regimes and climate change, and decision making under uncertainty for conservation. We are particularly interested in students who wish to work on projects linking ecological and fire models with formal decision making models to address population, habitat and community objectives in fire management and land-use plans. 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. While a background in these quantitative techniques is desirable it is not absolutely necessary, however an interest in learning and applying them is essential. While students interested in one of the general areas listed above are preferred, students are encouraged to develop their own research projects depending upon their interests. Graduate students in the Regan lab are funded through a combination of research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and fellowships. The Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology Graduate Program at the University of California Riverside has a diverse faculty and supports many graduate students in departments across campus. For further details about the graduate program please consult http://www.biology.ucr.edu/academic_programs/. If you are still interested after checking out the lab website you should contact me directly at email@example.com. Please send a CV, GPA, GRE scores (if available), and a brief description of your general research interests. While full consideration is given to formal applications submitted by January 5th, applications submitted after this date will also be considered for funding. Posted: 12/14/09.
University of California-San Diego: The Ecology, Behavior & Evolution (EBE) Section at UCSD seeks outstanding applicants to the PhD graduate program for the fall of 2010. EBE is one of four sections within the Division of Biological Sciences at UCSD which sits at the center of the large, vibrant, and varied biological research community in San Diego. This diverse group of researchers provides a stimulating intellectual environment for graduate training and research with a wide range of opportunities for interactions with local institutions such as Scripps Oceanographic Institute. Faculty within the EBE Section have focused interests in experimental and genetic evolution, community and ecosystems ecology, and insect ecology, behavior and evolution. The graduate program is committed to a supportive environment for research and learning and provides five years of funding for graduate student stipends and benefits. More information and application instructions for the UCSD Division of Biological Sciences Graduate Program. Posted: 11/3/09.
University of California-Santa Barbara: Two graduate assistantships are available on an NSF-funded project using remote sensing, GIS, and computer models to study land use and coupled urban systems. Students with a strong background in a relevant field of science or engineering and an interest in interdisciplinary research are encouraged to apply. Application deadline is Dec. 15, 2009. Interested students should contact Dr. Joe McFadden (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Jennifer King (email@example.com). Posted: 10/13/09.
University of California-Santa Barbara: A graduate research assistantship (M.S. or Ph.D.) is available for a student to work on a project that examines how the diversity of freshwater species influences the transport and fate of nanoparticles through a food web. The project is part of the new NSF/EPA funded Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanomaterials (CEIN), which brings together a team of engineers, medical doctors, and environmental scientists from several University of California campuses to study the biological impacts of nanomaterials from cells to ecosystems. The student will help set-up and manage the proposed experiments, as well as develop their own thesis or dissertation topic to compliment the broader goals of the project. A background in ecology, environmental science, limnology, toxicology, or a related field is required. Experience working with freshwater organisms is preferred, but not required. Top-notch research facilities are available at UCSB, and interaction with faculty in the Institute for Computational Earth System Science, the Bren School of Environment, the Marine Science Institute, and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis offers unparalleled opportunity for training that spans multiple disciplines and ecosystems. The assistantship offers a competitive stipend plus tuition and health insurance. Applications are due to the Graduate Division by December 15th. Pre-inquiries should be directed to Dr. Bradley J. Cardinale (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 10/7/09.
University of California-Santa Barbara: A graduate research assistantship (M.S. or Ph.D.) is available for a student to work on a newly funded NSF project that examines the relationship between species diversity and the productivity of aquatic ecosystems. The goal of this project is to resolve two contrasting perspectives - one that suggests species diversity is a primary determinant of the productivity of ecosystems, and a second that suggests species diversity is simply a consequence of ecosystem production. The project will use stream ecosystems as a model, focusing on the diversity of both primary producers (freshwater algae) and consumers (invertebrate herbivores). The work includes field and laboratory experiments, as well as a theoretical component through collaboration with Dr. Kevin Gross at North Carolina State University. The student will help set-up and manage the proposed experiments, as well as develop their own thesis or dissertation topic to compliment the broader goals of the project. A background in ecology, environmental science, limnology, or a related field is required. Experience working with freshwater organisms is preferred, but not required. Top-notch research facilities are available at UCSB, and interaction with faculty in the Institute for Computational Earth System Science, the Bren School of Environment, the Marine Science Institute, and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis offers unparalleled opportunity for a graduate training that spans multiple disciplines and ecosystems. The assistantship offers a competitive stipend plus tuition and health insurance. Applications are due to the Graduate Division by December 15th. Pre-inquiries should be directed to Dr. Bradley J. Cardinale (email@example.com). Posted: 10/7/09.
University of Central Florida: I am looking for a highly motivated Masters student interested in restoration ecology to start in August 2010 in the UCF Department of Biology. The project is a demographic study and experimental restoration of the rare shrub, Corema conradii, at Cape Cod National Seashore (CCNS), Massachusetts. The student will spend three summers at CCNS (starting in June 2010) and the school years at UCF, in Orlando. For further information on my research please visit: http://biology.ucf.edu/~vonholle/. 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 $15k per year for graduate teaching assistants. 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, 2010. Posted: 12/3/09.
University of Colorado, Boulder: Lab of Brett Melbourne, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EBIO). I am seeking students with a strong quantitative background to work on fundamental questions related to extinction, invasion, and climate change. I have NSF funding for PhD students on three projects: 1) range limits and climate change, 2) demography versus genetics in colonizing populations, 3) extinction and experimental forest fragmentation (Australia). If you have a deep interest in mathematical ecology, would enjoy the attention of the young and vibrant EBIO faculty, and enjoy mostly sunny days in the mountains, then join the fabulous grad student population at CU Boulder. Applications are due 31 December. email@example.com EBIO Graduate Program. Posted: 12/22/09.
University of Dayton: An opportunity exists at the for graduate-level training in deciduous forest ecology. The student will be based at UD and will work in the laboratory of Dr. Ryan McEwan. I am seeking a motivated student who is eager to perform the arduous tasks associated with ecology field research, the careful work of experimentation and who has an eagerness to learn and implement complex statistical analyses. Evidence of scientific writing experience would be beneficial to the application process. I will consider applicants at both the MS and PhD-level; however, the qualifications for acceptance at the PhD-level are quantitatively, and qualitatively, different than those of MS-level applicants. The student will be supported by a teaching assistantship through the Department of Biology. The assistantship is associated with a stipend of ~$19k/year; however, ~$5k of this comes in the form of a University summer fellowship which is awarded through a competitive process. The assistantship also comes with 100% tuition remission. To being the application process, please send a CV and both GPA and GRE scores to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 5/17/10.
University of Dayton: An opportunity exists for a MS-Level student to work on a project that will use tree-ring analysis to study the link between forest dynamics and a complex of ecosystem drivers in forests of southwestern Ohio. The student will work in the laboratory of Dr. Ryan McEwan. I am seeking a motivated student who is eager to perform the arduous tasks associated with tree-ring sample collection in steep, forested, terrain in all weather conditions. Field dendrology skills are required and must be balanced by an eagerness to learn and implement complex statistical analyses. Demonstrated research experience with tree-ring samples would be beneficial to the application process as would evidence of scientific writing. The student will be supported by a teaching assistantship through the Department of Biology. The assistantship is associated with a stipend of ~$14k/year AND students have the opportunity to apply for summer fellowships which provide an additional ~$5,000 each year. The assistantship also comes with 100% tuition remission. To being the application process, please send a CV and both GPA and GRE scores to: email@example.com. Posted: 11/18/09.
University of Florida: Opening for PhD student or an exceptional MS student to conduct research in central Florida on Sherman's fox squirrel starting in the fall semester of 2010. Sherman's fox squirrel is considered a species of concern in Florida. This research project will consider but is not limited to, species distribution, habitat associations, response to forest management practices, competition with gray squirrels, and response to urbanization and fragmentation. Additionally, the student will be expected to expand this study to accommodate their interests. A stipend, ($16k) insurance and a tuition waiver will be provided for 4 years. I am looking for a self-motivated, independent student with a previous record of academic achievement and field experience. Applicants should have a master's degree, a minimum 3.2 grade point average, greater than 1200 on the GRE, and considerable field experience. In addition to research efforts, responsibilities might include a teaching assistantship assignment. To apply, send a resume including GRE scores and GPA, a brief explanation how you are prepared for Ph.D. program and rigorous field research, and a list of 3 references to Dr. Robert McCleery at ramleery AT ufl.edu by June 18. Posted: 6/2/10.
University of Florida: M.S. Graduate Assistantships in Invasive Species Biology and Management are available for Fall 2010, at 0.5 FTE with competitive graduate stipend, health benefits, and tuition remission. We are seeking qualified applicants to work on an interdisciplinary research project involving the biology, ecology, and control of Japanese climbing fern (Lygodium japonicum). The project will investigate the reproductive physiology of Japanese climbing fern, determine environmental factors triggering germination and development, and devise eradication methods for all life stages of this invasive species. The research will be primarily conducted in controlled environments including growth chambers and greenhouses, but some field work may also be incorporated. The graduate student will interact with faculty with expertise in ecology, vegetation management, and horticulture. Professional development and interaction with the stakeholders will be strongly encouraged. Applicants have the option to apply through the School of Forest Resources and Conservation, the School for Natural Resources and the Environment, or the Environmental Horticulture department, depending on their particular interests. Minimum Requirements: BS in ecology, horticulture, natural resources or a related field, GPA of at least 3.0; GRE: 1000. For more information please contact: Dr. Kimberly Bohn, Assistant Professor, Forest Ecology and Silviculture, 5988 Hwy 90 Bldg 4900, Milton, FL, 32583. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: 850-983-5216 x 107; Fax: 850-983-5774. Posted: 3/31/10.
University of Florida: A graduate research assistantship (PhD. Level) is available in production ecology/physiological ecology at the School of Forest Resources and Conservation. The project’s focus is on the effects of individual tree crown structure and function on inter-tree competition in clonal pine stands. Students with a background in forestry, biology, botany, or environmental science with strong analytical skills are encouraged to apply. Three years of funding (stipend, tuition waver and health insurance) are available for this position. Application: Please send 1) transcripts and GRE scores (unofficial copies OK for initial inquiry), 2) curriculum vitae, 3) contact information for 3 references, and 4) letter of application which (i) describes your interest in the position, (ii) describes your career goals, and (iii) details your work or educational experience that is most relevant to this position. Starting Date: July 2010 (Application Deadline: May 1, 2010). Interested students can contact: Dr. Tim Martin, (352) 846-0866, email@example.com. Posted: 2/19/10.
University of Florida: Ph.D. Alumni Assistantship / Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship - Carbon Modeling - Soil and Water Science Department. Applications are invited for the position of a Ph.D. student to investigate spatially-explicit relationships between human-induced stressors (such as land use and climate change) and environmental landscape factors (soil, climate, land use / land cover, terrain, geology, and hydrology). A goal of this research is to gain insight into biophysical feedbacks (soil-vegetation-water-atmosphere interactions) and carbon dynamics modulating sequestration and/or losses of carbon in a mixed upland/aquatic ecosystem. Simulation models and/or mixed deterministic/stochastic methods will be used to conduct this research. Desired skills: Ecosystem modeling, carbon science, geostatistics, statistics, GIS, and environmental sciences or related discipline. When: Fall semester 2010 (mid Aug. 2010). Contact: Sabine Grunwald, Associate Professor, firstname.lastname@example.org (352-392-1951 x204) and submit a curriculum vitae and letter of intend to apply (pre-screening). For admission into the Ph.D. Program offered by the Soil and Water Science Department, a complete application must be submitted following the guidelines provided. Application deadline: March 30, 2010. Posted: 1/4/10.
University of Florida: Climate change and landscape ecology. I (Robert Fletcher) currently have 1-2 graduate positions available in my lab in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation (WEC). I anticipate potentially taking on 1 master’s student and 1 Ph.D. student starting Fall 2010. These positions will focus issues of climate change and landscape ecology, including adaptive monitoring of species and habitat change with ongoing climate change, species distribution/climate envelope modeling, and climate/biodiversity related decision support tools for adaptation strategies. The Ph.D. student will be co-advised by Dr. Frank Mazotti (UF Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center), while a second position is in collaboration with the Statistics Department and the Program in Fisheries (contingent on funding approval). Preferred applicants will be highly motivated, have strong quantitative skills, background in GIS, and competitive GPA/GRE scores. Students will be expected to not only work as part of a larger team to address objectives for funding agencies, but also develop their own research directions under the broad veil of landscape ecology, climate change, and conservation. If you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree with me as your advisor, please send me a 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 January 10 (email to: email@example.com). 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: 12/21/09.
University of Florida: Two Ph.D. graduate fellowships are available through the School of Forest Resources and Conservation to conduct research on aspects of adaptive forest management. This prestigious fellowship, granted by the Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship Grants Program, will provide students with academic training in interdisciplinary aspects of adaptive forest management, build communication skills through structured leadership training, and provide mentoring opportunities with natural resource managers outside of academia. Candidates will emerge from the degree program well-positioned for high-ranking employment in the field of natural resource management. Candidates will be expected to develop a research project within broadly established project guidelines, on topics identified as priorities by natural resource mangers within the state of Florida. These research priorities include, but are not limited to, assessing the effects of mechanical vegetation treatment on scrub habitats, investigating ground cover restoration in flatwoods, evaluating biomass harvesting on nutrient cycling, and investigating the long-term sustainability of any uneven-aged management regimes. Interested applicants will be directed towards prospective faculty advisors with corresponding interests and expertise. Candidates are also expected to complete leadership training courses in the Florida Natural Resources Leadership Institute and develop professional relationships with a diversity of faculty, students, and resource managers involved in the fellowship program. Requirements: MS in forestry, ecology, wildlife science, natural resource conservation, environmental studies, botany, or a related field; strong quantitative skills and demonstrated writing ability; competitive GPA and GRE scores. Stipend for the Ph.D. assistantships: $24,500 annually for three years plus full tuition waiver and health insurance. Interested applicants should send the following: o cover letter indicating primary areas of interest within the broad field of forest resource management (i.e., silviculture, economics, fire, wildlife, biostatistics) o CV o A statement of interest, outlining their reasons for desiring a graduate degree in the area of adaptive forest management and intended future employment. o copies of GRE scores and academic transcripts o one letter of recommendation from a previous employer o name, phone number, and email addressed of two additional references. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented groups in the forestry profession are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates must be citizens or nationals of the US. Review of applications will begin immediately. Final candidates will be identified no later than May 2010 for a start date in August 2010. For more information, contact Melissa Kreye, P.O. Box 110410, 136 Newins-Ziegler Hall, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-0410; 352-846-0848; firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 12/14/09.
University of Florida: A graduate research assistantship (Masters Level) is available in forest soil ecology. The project’s focus is on belowground carbon (C) allocation in loblolly pine, and how variation in C cycling affects soil C cycling. The student will be using a radiocarbon isotopic method, and other techniques, to partition soil CO2 efflux to determine how belowground allocation responds to family level genetic selection and different levels of fertilization. The student will be co-advised by Drs. Eric Jokela and Edward Schuur. Overview: Bi-monthly field visits will be required to sample for soil CO2 efflux, and thrice yearly visits to estimate the radiocarbon signatures of soil CO2 efflux. Radiocarbon estimates of root and microbial respiration will be made two times over the course of the project. The student will also assist in the collection of aboveground productivity and litterfall estimates, and the installation of root exclusions. The student will be responsible for analyzing data, preparing technical reports, presenting results at national conferences, and developing at least one peer-reviewed publication. Students with a background in forestry, soil science, biology, botany, or environmental science with strong analytical skills are encouraged to apply. Two years of funding (stipend, tuition waver and health insurance) are available for this position with at least one semester of student teaching. Starting Date: May 2010 (Application Deadline: April 1, 2010). The student will be part of two larger research groups: The Forest Biology Research Cooperative and the Ecosystem Dynamics Lab at the University of Florida. As a result, she/he will interact closely with colleagues having a wide range of research interests, including forest genetics, silviculture, and boreal and arctic ecology. Application: Please send 1) transcripts and GRE scores (unofficial copies OK for initial inquiry), 2) curriculum vitae, 3) contact information for 3 references, and 4) letter of application which (i) describes your interest in the position, (ii) describes your career goals, and (iii) details your work or educational experience that is most relevant to this position. For more information contact: Dr. Eric Jokela, 353 Newins-Ziegler Hall, P.O. Box 110410, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-0410. Phone: (352) 846-0890, e-mail: email@example.com. Posted: 12/10/09.
University of Florida: Two Ph.D. and one M.S. graduate fellowships are available through the School of Forest Resources and Conservation to conduct research on aspects of adaptive forest management. This prestigious fellowship, granted by the Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship Grants Program, will provide students with academic training in interdisciplinary aspects of adaptive forest management, build communication skills through structured leadership training, and provide mentoring opportunities with natural resource managers outside of academia. Candidates will emerge from the degree program well-positioned for high-ranking employment in the field of natural resource management. Candidates will be expected to develop a research project within broadly established project guidelines, on topics identified as priorities by natural resource mangers within the state of Florida. These research priorities include, but are not limited to, assessing the effects of mechanical vegetation treatment on scrub habitats, investigating ground cover restoration in flatwoods, evaluating biomass harvesting on nutrient cycling, and investigating the long-term sustainability of any uneven-aged management regimes. Interested applicants will be directed towards prospective faculty advisors with corresponding interests and expertise. Candidates are also expected to complete leadership training courses in the Florida Natural Resources Leadership Institute and develop professional relationships with a diversity of faculty, students, and resource managers involved in the fellowship program. Requirements for the Ph.D. assistantship: MS in forestry, ecology, wildlife science, natural resource conservation, environmental studies, botany, or a related field; strong quantitative skills and demonstrated writing ability; competitive GPA and GRE scores. Requirements for the M.S. assistantship: BS in forestry, ecology, wildlife science, natural resource conservation, environmental studies, botany, or a related field; strong quantitative skills and demonstrated writing ability; competitive GPA and GRE scores. Stipend for the Ph.D. assistantships: $ 24,500 annually for three years plus full tuition waiver and health insurance. Stipend for the M.S. assistantships: $ 18,500 annually for two years plus full tuition waiver and health insurance. Interested applicants should send the following: o cover letter indicating primary areas of interest within the broad field of forest resource management (i.e., silviculture, economics, fire, wildlife, biostatistics); o CV; o A statement of interest, outlining their reasons for desiring a graduate degree in the area of adaptive forest management and intended future employment; o copies of GRE scores and academic transcripts; o one letter of recommendation from a previous employer; o name, phone number, and email addressed of two additional references. Candidates must be citizens or nationals of the US. Review of applications will begin immediately. Positions are available to start in spring, summer, or fall 2010. Final candidates will be identified no later than 1 December 2009 for a start date in January 2010. For more information, contact Melissa Kreye, P.O. Box 110410, 136 Newins-Ziegler Hall, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-0410; 352-846-0848; firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 9/17/09.
University of Florida: A M.S. position is available under the supervision of Dr. Christine W. Miller in the Entomology and Nematology Department. The position is funded by the NSF for two years and will begin in June of 2010. The focus of the larger NSF-funded project is the influence of natural environmental variation on the expression and evolution of ornaments, weapons, and behaviors of sexual selection. The M.S. thesis work will include one or two summertime field seasons in New Mexico and some year-round field work in Florida. The student will also conduct extensive greenhouse breeding of the insects in Florida for behavioral and morphological study. The focal research organism is a cactus bug, Narnia femorata (Hemiptera: Coreidae). Males in this species compete over territories on the fruit of prickly-pear cactus and have enlarged hind legs used in these competitions. Applicants should possess a B.A. or B.S. in Biology or a closely related field and have a strong background in evolutionary biology and behavior. Selection will be based largely on interest and enthusiasm for the research topic, academic achievements, reference letters, and previous research experience. To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter outlining your interests and research background, a curriculum vitae (including GPA and GRE scores), and contact information for three professional references (name, email, phone, address) as either a PDF or MS Word file to email@example.com with “Sexual selection M.S. position” in the subject line. Informal inquiries are welcome. Review of applications will begin September 15, 2009 and will continue until September 25th, or until an outstanding candidate is found. Posted: 9/2/09.
University of Georgia: An assistantship is available for a M.S. degree in ecology through the Odum School of Ecology. The project will build upon information about the ecological condition and functions of isolated depressional wetlands in the Dougherty Plain of southwestern Georgia. The objective is to validate the historical and current land-use models developed from a prior study. It will also be used to further refine floristic quality indices for biotic assessment of depressional wetland condition in the Dougherty Plain of southwestern Georgia. The project will be co-advised by Dr. K. Kirkman (J. W. Jones Ecological Research Center), Dr. J. Hepinstall (UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources)and Dr. Alan Covich (UGA Odum School of Ecology). If feasible, the proposed project will be developed in collaboration with investigations of mosquito assemblages in which models predicting wetland condition and vector-borne diseases will be assessed by Dr. Stephen Golladay and Dr. Alan Covich. Student background requirements: B.S. in ecology or natural resource management, with interest in plant ecology. Coursework and experience in landscape ecology, GIS skills, and plant identification are desirable. Willingness to conduct field studies and application-oriented ecological research is essential. For more information, contact: Dr. Katherine Kirkman (229-734-4706, firstname.lastname@example.org), Dr. Jeffrey Hepinstall-Cymerman (706-583-8097, email@example.com), Dr. Alan Covich (706-542-2968). Posted: 2/17/10.
University of Georgia: Graduate Student Fellowships (PhD) are available starting in Fall 2010 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. The University of Georgia has received a Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) grant from NSF 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 will 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/ and contact Dr. Rodney Mauricio, UGA-PIRE Program Director, via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). General inquiries can be directed at Dr. Mauricio as well. Posted: 12/10/09.
University of Georgia/University of Alabama/Coastal Carolina University: Five graduate student assistantships (3 Ph.D. and 2 M.S.) are available as part of a newly funded project examining the responses of detritus-based stream food webs to concentrations and ratios of dissolved nitrogen and phosphorus. Two Ph.D. positions will be based at the University of Georgia and will focus on detrital carbon dynamics and responses of predatory salamanders, respectively. A third Ph.D. position will be based at the University of Alabama and will examine macroinvertebrate food web responses. Both M.S. positions will be based at Coastal Carolina University and will focus on microbial responses to N:P gradients using field and laboratory experiments. All fieldwork will be based at the Coweeta Long term Ecological Research site in Otto, North Carolina. We are looking for students with a holistic view of ecological ramifications of nutrient enrichment, strong interest in integrating a stoichiometric perspective across taxonomic groups, significant research experience and demonstrated communication skills. The positions will start in Summer or Fall 2010, with microbial positions starting as early as January 2010. The successful candidates will receive full tuition waivers and competitive stipends. For more information, contact Amy Rosemond (email@example.com) or John Maerz (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the UGA positions, Jon Benstead (email@example.com) for the UA position, or Vlad Gulis (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the two CCU positions. Posted: 10/13/09.
University of Hawaii at Manoa: The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management is seeking applications from outstanding students interested in pursuing a doctorate in sustainability, conservation, and natural resources. We will be selecting two Ph.D. fellows, fully funded by a recently awarded USDA Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate Fellowship (NNF) grant. Fellows will be generously supported for up to four years (three years as a fellow and one as a Teaching Assistant) at $24,500/year, with additional funds available for research. In addition, selected students will receive complete tuition remission. The overall goal of the project is to create an interdisciplinary cohort of graduate fellows to work in the interrelated areas of: (i) ecosystem services, (ii) sustainable ecosystem management, (iii) community watershed management, and (iv) environmental valuation and policy, using the Hawai‘i 2050 Sustainability Plan as an overarching framework. This Fellowship program will be a model of interdisciplinary research and analysis of sustainable sciences for students and faculty in NREM, and to similar programs worldwide. We are particularly interested in students who have interdisciplinary skills and interests. In addition, students who have statistical training, are computer literate, team players, self-motivated, and have had success in publishing and presenting are highly desired. Finally, as the selected fellows will work together with several faculty members (Drs. Catherine Chan-Halbrendt, Carl Evensen, Christopher Lepcyzk and Creighton M. Litton), it is critical that they have strong communication and interpersonal skills. Students must have a M.S. degree prior to enrolling in the program, and be citizens of the US. Reviewing of applications will begin on April 1, 2010 and remain open until the positions are filled. We anticipate that students will begin as early as August 2010. Detailed information on submitting an application to our graduate program. Please indicate in your application materials, specifically in the objective statement, that you are applying for the NNF Fellowship. Applications are encouraged from underrepresented groups and women. If you have any questions, you can contact the faculty members listed above by calling 808-956-7530, or emailing email@example.com with “NNF Ph.D. Fellowship” in the subject line. Support for this student training project is provided by USDA National Needs Graduate Fellowship Competitive Grant No. 2010-38420-20381 from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Posted: 2/23/10.
University of Hawaii at Manoa: The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa is pleased to announce the establishment of a new, course-driven professional M.S. degree (M.S. Plan B) for students seeking advanced training in natural resource and environmental management. Currently, we offer four different focal areas in the professional M.S. Plan B track: Geospatial Analysis & Modeling; Natural Resources Economics and Environmental Planning; Land & Water Resource Management; and Applied Terrestrial Ecology (please see http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/nrem/students/masters.html for more information). NREM is an interdisciplinary department that offers unique training in both the natural and social sciences, with emphasis on both tropical island systems and globally relevant issues. In addition to the NREM professional M.S. Plan B degree, we also offer research-based M.S. (M.S. Plan A) and doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees. Other unique aspects of our program include certificate programs in urban and regional planning, ocean policy, and participation in a University-wide specialization in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology. Please see http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/nrem/ for complete details on the department and degree offerings. The application deadline to begin study in the Fall 2010 semester is March 1 (more info). Posted: 12/17/09.
University of Hawaii at Manoa: Graduate Research Assistantship (Ph.D.) position (50% appointment) in molecular ecology/plant sciences. Funding for Ph.D. project is available through the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) in the Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences. This project will address potential hybridization and gene flow between agricultural crops and native species in Hawaii. The Hawaiian Islands are home to a unique and diverse assemblage of endemic plant species. Much of the native flora is either threatened or endangered, which has made the conservation of these species a priority. Due to the sensitivity of Hawaii’s botanical resources, concern has been voiced that hybridization and gene flow between agricultural crops and native species may exacerbate the precarious position of rare endemic species. Molecular markers (AFLP’s), seed viability and back-crossing will be used to quantify outcrossing compatibility and fitness of hybrids. This project primarily includes cross pollination and pollen drift assessment, therefore, experience with plant biology and cross pollination is essential. A Masters degree in a biological field and knowledge of risk assessment procedures, and interpretation of risk models is desirable but not essential. Experience with molecular genetic methods and analyses (e.g. AFLP, PCR, gel electrophoresis, automated sequencing/genotyping) is desirable but not essential. The candidate will work under the supervision of Dr. Ania Wieczorek and Dr. Cliff Morden. Starting date is in August 2010, and the salary ($25k/year) is for a 50% GRA , plus a tuition waiver and benefits. This appointment is renewable for up to three years, depending on performance and availability of funds. Applicants should provide a full CV, including previous experience, a list of undergraduate courses and grades, a maximum 1-page description of research interests, three letters of reference, and desired start date. There is no fixed application deadline, but position will be filled once a suitable candidate is found. Potential applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. Applications should be sent (preferably by e-mail) to Dr. Ania Wieczorek (firstname.lastname@example.org). In your initial contact, please send the following information: 1) a cover letter outlining your research interests and experience, 2) a detailed CV, 3) contact information for at least 2 academic referees, 4) GPAs, GRE score, and TOFEL scores (for foreign students). Posted: 9/22/09.
University of Hawaii at Manoa: Graduate Resarch Assistantship (Ph.D.) position (50% appointment) in molecular ecology / plant sciences. Funding for Ph.D. project is available through the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) in the Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences. This project will address potential hybridization and gene flow between agricultural crops and native species in Hawaii. The Hawaiian Islands are home to a unique and diverse assemblage of endemic plant species. Much of the native flora is either threatened or endangered, which has made the conservation of these species a priority. Due to the sensitivity of Hawaii?s botanical resources, concern has been voiced that hybridization and gene flow between agricultural crops and native species may exacerbate the precarious position of rare endemic species. Molecular markers (AFLP?s), seed viability and back-crossing will be used to quantify outcrossing compatibility and fitness of hybrids. This project primarily includes cross pollination and pollen drift assessment, therefore, experience with plant biology and cross pollination is essential. A Masters degree in a biological field and knowledge of risk assessment procedures, and interpretation of risk models is desirable but not essential. Experience with molecular genetic methods and analyses (e.g. AFLP, PCR, gel electrophoresis, automated sequencing/genotyping) is desirable but not essential. The candidate will work under the supervision of Dr. Ania Wieczorek and Dr. Cliff Morden. Starting date is flexible, preferably in January 2010, and the salary is for a 50% GRA, and includes a tuition waiver and benefits. This appointment is renewable for up to three years, depending on performance and availability of funds. Applicants should provide a full CV, including previous experience, a list of undergraduate courses and grades, a maximum 1-page description of research interests, three letters of reference, and desired start date. There is no fixed application deadline, but position will be filled once a suitable candidate is found. Potential applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. Applications should be sent (preferably by e-mail) to Dr. Ania Wieczorek (email@example.com). Posted: 8/10/09.
University of Houston: The Department of Biology and Biochemistry welcomes applications for its graduate program in Evolutionary Biology and Ecology for Fall 2010. 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, Gregg Roman (firstname.lastname@example.org) - Evolution of behavior, Rebecca Zufall (email@example.com) - Genome and molecular evolution, Ricardo Azevedo (firstname.lastname@example.org) - Evolution, Steve Pennings (email@example.com) - Community ecology, Tim Cooper (firstname.lastname@example.org) - Experimental evolution, Tony Frankino (email@example.com) - Evolution of complex traits, Yuriy Fofanov (firstname.lastname@example.org) - Evolutionary bioinformatics. For more information, see: Evolutionary Biology and Ecology graduate program. The deadline for application of prospective students is April 1st, 2010, but students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Posted: 1/21/10.
University of Idaho: Interdisciplinary PhD Research Assistantships in Forest Landscape Dynamics and Ecosystem Resilience. Up to five Ph.D. research assistantships are available to join a collaborative team working on a NSF-IGERT funded project to evaluate the resiliency of social and ecological systems in the complex forested landscapes of the US northern Rockies. Forest ecosystems here are experiencing climate-induced increases in size and severity of wildfires and insect outbreaks, altered snowmelt and streamflow, and drought in concert with ongoing, rapid socioeconomic changes. Apply by 4 Jan 2010. Potential projects and faculty to contact with questions: (1) Landscape Disturbance & Climate Change in forest ecosystems of US northern Rockies. Thresholds of resilience; interactions of climate, fire, bark beetles, vegetation and land use; modeling landscape dynamics. Contact Penny Morgan (email@example.com), Philip Higuera (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jeff Hicke (email@example.com). (2) Ecosystem Response to Disturbance. Nature, magnitude, and distinguishing attributes of large, severe ecosystem disturbances and the associated biophysical recovery processes under different physical, political and social contexts. Contact Alistair Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Eva Strand (email@example.com). (3) Social Perceptions of Landscape Disturbance & Management Policies. Role of adaptive capacity, stakeholder knowledge, and sense of place in effectively responding to climate change, fires, bark beetle and other disturbances; how perceptions and attitudes of ecosystem change and management are shaped by scientific information, personal values, and prior experiences; effect of social perceptions on management. Contact Troy Hall (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Jo Ellen Force (email@example.com). (4) Ecohydrological impacts of climate change. Modeling cascading effects on ecosystem processes and distribution and abundance of plant species. Implications for forest ecosystems in the US northern Rockies. Contact Katy Kavanagh (firstname.lastname@example.org), Tim Link (email@example.com) and Jodi Johnson Maynard (firstname.lastname@example.org). (5) Plant-Soil-Disturbance Interactions & Carbon. How plant-soil interactions vary with fire severity across a range of spatial and temporal scales, and implications for soil carbon dynamics. Contact Jodi Johnson-Maynard (email@example.com), Katy Kavanagh (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Alistair Smith (email@example.com). Posted: 12/10/09.
University of Idaho: We seek a highly motivated graduate student to examine the effects of prescribed fire as habitat restoration for the northern Idaho ground squirrel. The northern Idaho ground squirrel is a threatened mammal endemic to Idaho, which prefers meadows or open forested habitat. Reductions in habitat, presumably from fire suppression, are likely contributors to the decline in northern Idaho ground squirrel populations. This study aims at understanding post-fire nutrient dynamics in soils and plants, which affect both quantity and quality of ground squirrel food. Investigating changes in plant community composition, as well as chemical composition of soils and plants, are important aspects of this study. Research will be conducted in conjunction with Idaho Fish and Game, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the US Forest Service. Funding: The competitive stipend for the research assistantship is $16,744 per year for two years, which includes a tuition and fee waiver. Additional years of funding are possible; thus, students potentially interested in a PhD are encouraged to apply as funding may become available. Qualifications: • BS degree in biology, ecology, or related field • Familiarity with plant, soil, wildlife and/or fire ecology • Interest in linking changes in soil and plant nutrient availability to wildlife habitat • Desire to interact with land managers and help improve land management decisions • Previous research experience and good experimental and field skills are desired • Strong verbal and written communication skills • Evidence of statistical knowledge, laboratory analytic skills, and ability to publish research results in refereed journals is highly desired. The candidate should be self-motivated, focused, and able to work independently and as part of a team. You should be capable of driving to remote sites on 4WD roads, hiking several kilometers, withstanding harsh field conditions, and willing to camp in primitive areas. Field work will be located near McCall in central Idaho. How to Apply: Please email the following to Beth Newingham at firstname.lastname@example.org: (1) your resume or CV (including GRE scores and percentiles); (2) a letter of interest, including research interests, professional goals and prior experience, and (3) contact information for three references. Students must also apply to the College of Graduate Studies. Further questions can be directed to Dr. Newingham at 208-885-6538 or via e-mail at email@example.com. See also: College of Natural Resources. Applications will be considered starting December 5, 2009 and will continue until the position is filled. The preferred start date is Spring 2010 to assure sampling for the spring and summer of 2010. Posted: 12/1/09.
University of Idaho: We are seeking an MS student to evaluate the impacts of biochar amendments on forest soil microbial processes. The graduate student will work on a collaborative USDA Forest Service funded study evaluating impacts of removing bioenergy feedstocks from hazard fuel reduction projects for the production of bio-oil and biochar through mobile pyrolysis units. The primary focus is on the impact of biochar amendments on forest soil physical, chemical and microbial processes. The MS student should be familiar with forest soil science, as well as above and belowground processes controlling variation in forest productivity throughout the Inland Northwest. Desirable background includes experience with forest bioenergy production systems, forest soils, and assessing forest nutrition. For inquiries contact Mark Coleman (firstname.lastname@example.org, 208-885-7604). Applications deadline is 30 October 2009. Also see the full announcement. Posted: 9/21/09.
University of Idaho: Nine IGERT PhD Fellowships for work in Costa Rica and Idaho. Four Ph.D. research assistantships will be available to join a collaborative team working on aspects of conservation and sustainable rural livelihoods in the San Juan – La Selva Biological Corridor, a crucially important human-dominated landscape managed to provide ecological connectivity between the protected areas of southeastern Nicaragua and those of Costa Rica´s Central Volcanic Cordillera. Up to five Ph.D. research assistantships will be available to join a collaborative team working to evaluate the resiliency of social and ecological systems in the complex forested landscapes of the US northern Rockies. IGERT fellowships are only available to US Citizens and Permanent Residents. For more details and application information visit http://www.students.uidaho.edu/gradadmissions/IGERT. Application deadline: December 1st, 2009 (earlier applications are encouraged). Posted: 10/15/09.
University of Idaho: Interdisciplinary PhD Research Assistantships in Conservation Biology, Sustainable Production and Resilience of the Palouse Prairie Ecosystem. Up to five Ph.D. research assistantships will be available to join a collaborative team working on aspects of conservation of the endangered Palouse Prairie ecosystem in the context of bioregional planning in southeastern Washington State and Northern Idaho. The linked dissertation projects will work in the context of expected exurban development and sustainable agricultural production in the region. With funding from the National Science Foundation’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship program (IGERT), the individual fellows will pursue disciplinary research important for the overall theme, and work together to identify and address interdisciplinary issues critical for development of effective planning and policy. The team will interact with members of five other IGERT-sponsored student/faculty teams pursuing similar objectives in other ecosystems in which sustainability and conservation in the face of changing conditions and pressures is desired. Soil Biogeochemistry. Seeking a highly motivated and qualified student to pursue the study of soil-plant relations and feedbacks in the endangered Palouse Prairie. The student will contribute to our understanding of resiliency in this unique ecosystem that is increasingly threatened by invasive weed species and urban sprawl. Research will focus on: 1) the importance of soil and site properties in determining the likelihood of invasion, and 2) the impact of invasive species on processes that control carbon storage and nutrient availability. In addition, the student will conduct collaborative research to examine interdisciplinary aspects of conservation of Palouse Prairie within a dynamic, human dominated landscape with team members in fields such as entomology, conservation/restoration plant ecology, virus ecology, and rural and community economics. Contact Jodi Johnson-Maynard (email@example.com). Entomology and Landscape Genetics. Seeking a highly motivated and qualified student to pursue the study of populations of native insects linked to the ecological communities specific to the Palouse Prairie, now existing exclusively as widely distributed small remnants. Target populations will be key pollinators, specialist herbivores affecting predominant plant species and other indicator species. Research will focus on: 1) determining the genetic diversity and structure of arthropod populations, 2) examining how behavioral and ecological correlates of genetic structure influence level of landscape connectivity, and 3) assessing elements required to sustain connectivity as part of conservation plans. In addition, the student will conduct collaborative research to examine interdisciplinary aspects of conservation of Palouse Prairie within a dynamic, human dominated landscape with team members in fields such as soil science, conservation/restoration plant ecology, virus ecology, and rural and community economics. Contact Sanford D. Eigenbrode (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Lisette Waits (email@example.com). Conservation/Restoration Plant Ecology. Seeking a highly motivated and qualified student to pursue restoration ecology research within the Palouse Prairie and related canyon grassland systems of Northern Idaho. The field research will develop restoration methods appropriate for a range of plant communities at various stages of secondary succession to enhance resilience of those plant communities. The outcome of the research will include development of a decision tool to assist those actively involved in restoration. Research may include: 1) sequence of introduction of native species, 2) seeding techniques, 3) invasive plant management, 3) species selection for seed mixes that may incorporate native annuals, and 4) feasibility of establishment of biological soil crust. In addition, the student will conduct collaborative research to examine interdisciplinary aspects of conservation of Palouse Prairie within a dynamic, human dominated landscape with team members in fields such as soil science, entomology, virus ecology, and rural and community economics. The student must have a strong desire for collaboration with other students within or attached to the IGERT program. Contact Tim Prather (firstname.lastname@example.org). Rural and Community Economics. Seeking a highly motivated and qualified student to pursue the study of rural community economics and social dynamics found in the Palouse Prairie region, including both patterns of decline and revitalization. The student will contribute to our understanding of patterns and perceptions affecting rural community opportunities and constraints related to the surrounding environment. Research will focus on: 1) determining the economic and social factors that contribute to forming vibrant communities, 2) examining the economic relationships embedded in community-based uses and values attached to natural resources and natural amenities, and 3) assessing social networks and forms of capitals needed to ensure community vitality and well-being. Methods that may be employed include regional general equilibrium economic modeling, social accounts modeling, capitals framework analysis, nonmarket valuation, and behavioral modeling. In addition, the student will conduct collaborative research to examine interdisciplinary aspects of conservation of Palouse Prairie within a dynamic, human dominated landscape with team members in fields such as soil science, entomology, virus ecology, and conservation/restoration plant ecology. Contact Philip Watson (email@example.com) and J.D. Wulfhorst (firstname.lastname@example.org). Virus Ecology and Virology. Seeking a highly motivated and qualified student to pursue the study of plant viruses and virus ecology in the endangered Palouse Prairie and surrounding agricultural landscape. Research will focus on studies to: 1) reveal the breadth of viruses in native plants and invasive species in the Palouse Prairie, 2) assess vector transmission and virus spread and their role on dynamics of virus populations in the landscape, and 3) examine the role of viruses on plant and vector fitness. The student will use a variety of sequencing and bioinformatics methods applied to field-collected material, and conduct controlled field and greenhouse experiments. In addition, the student will conduct collaborative research to examine interdisciplinary aspects of conservation of Palouse Prairie within a dynamic, human dominated landscape with team members in fields such as soil science, entomology, conservation/restoration plant ecology, and rural and community economics. Contact Nilsa Bosque-Pérez (email@example.com) and Alexander Karasev (firstname.lastname@example.org). This unique graduate education program will provide students: · Team-based interdisciplinary education, · International perspective, · Broad geographic and ecological exposure, · Participation in integrated interdisciplinary teams, · Cross-cultural experience. Requirements: Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents of the USA. Successful applicants must have obtained an M.S. degree in a discipline of relevance to the project and will join the program to begin course work at the end of July 2010. Interviews of top applicants will be conducted on campus in Spring 2010. For more information: UI College of Graduate Studies. Posted: 9/3/09.
University of Idaho: Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE); Turrialba, Costa Rica/ Volcánica Central-Talamanca Biological Corridor Team. Interdisciplinary PhD Research Assistantships in Sustainable Production, Sustainable Rural Livelihoods, and Resilience of the Volcánica Central-Talamanca Biological Corridor, a crucially important Mesoamerican landscape. Up to five Ph.D. research assistantships will be available to join a collaborative team working on aspects of sustainable production, conservation, and sustainable rural livelihoods within the Volcánica Central-Talamanca Biological Corridor, in Turrialba, Costa Rica. The linked dissertation projects will work in a region that faces a variety of natural resource management problems and where regional social and economic needs create pressure to increase ecosystem services. With funding from NSF’s IGERT program, fellows will pursue disciplinary research important for the overall theme, and work together to identify and address interdisciplinary issues critical for effective policy development, management planning, and implementation. The team will interact with members of five other IGERT-sponsored student/faculty teams pursuing similar objectives in other ecosystems in which sustainability and conservation in the face of changing conditions and pressures is desired. PhD Assistantship in Entomology and Landscape Ecology. Seeking a highly motivated and qualified student to pursue studies on communities of introduced pests and native insects in coffee agroforestry systems (CAFS). Research will focus on determining 1) how coffee management practices influence the colonization, persistence, and movement of key invasive pests in the landscape, 2) how the spatial arrangement of CAFS and forest fragments within the landscape impact the movement of agricultural pests and beneficial organisms, and 3) how trends in changing landuse patterns affect movement of pests and beneficial organisms. In addition, the student will conduct collaborative research to examine interdisciplinary aspects of conservation in the dynamic, human-dominated landscape that constitutes the corridor with team members in fields such as rural sociology, natural resource economics, soil science, and hydrology and watershed management. Contact Nilsa Bosque-Pérez (email@example.com), Sanford Eigenbrode (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Fabrice De Clerk (email@example.com). PhD Assistantship in Hydrology and Watershed Management. Seeking a highly motivated and qualified student to pursue the study of hydrological sciences in mixed landuse watersheds. The broader research focus will be on impacts of landuse and climate change on ecosystem services and environmental quality. As a component of the work the student will assess water infiltration and storage in tropical soils. In addition, the student will conduct collaborative research to examine interdisciplinary aspects of conservation in the dynamic, human-dominated landscape that constitutes the corridor with team members in fields such as entomology, landscape ecology, soil science, rural sociology, and natural resource economics. Contact Jan Boll (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Jeff Jones (email@example.com). PhD Assistantship in Sustainable Rural Livelihoods. Seeking a highly motivated and qualified student to pursue the study of 1) rural livelihood dynamics of smallholders, and 2) to determine the extent to which livelihood dynamics may influence landuse change decisions and are shaped by market forces and the overall political-legal and institutional framework. A mix of quantitative and qualitative methods will be used to determine livelihood security and potential trade-offs between conservation and development goals, and to identify viable options for minimizing the trade-offs. As a component of the work the student will identify reactive or proactive adjustments to the livelihood strategies in response to perceived or anticipated effects of climate change. In addition, the student will conduct collaborative research to examine interdisciplinary aspects of conservation in the dynamic, human-dominated landscape that constitutes the corridor with team members in fields such as entomology, landscape ecology, hydrology and watershed management, soil science, and natural resource economics. Contact J.D. Wulfhorst (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dietmar Stoian (email@example.com). PhD Assistantship in Natural Resource Economics. Seeking a highly motivated student with strong quantitative skills to pursue the study of 1) conflicts and rights-development for ecosystem services and production goods originating from forestry and other competing landuses in the biological corridor, 2) the role of civil society and communities in addressing forest tenure and other use rights in policy processes, and 3) agreement costs for achieving good governance and landscape relevance of riparian protection areas in private lands within the corridor. Other potential areas of research include 4) valuation of ecosystem’s services and natural resources, and 5) incentive compatibility of natural resource management alternatives. The research will be conducted using a variety of empirical approaches including but not limited to econometric analysis and optimization frameworks. In addition, the student will conduct collaborative research to examine interdisciplinary aspects of conservation in the dynamic, human-dominated landscape that constitutes the corridor with team members in fields such as entomology, landscape ecology, rural sociology, soil science, and hydrology and watershed management. Contact Guillermo Navarro (firstname.lastname@example.org), Levan Elbakidze (email@example.com), and Francisco Alpizar (firstname.lastname@example.org). PhD Assistantship in Soil Science. Seeking a highly motivated and qualified student to pursue the study of soil science. Research will focus on soil properties and processes within the context of landuse and management practices in the biological corridor. As a component of the work the student will also help develop remote soil mapping techniques for the tropics. In addition, the student will conduct collaborative research to examine interdisciplinary aspects of conservation in the dynamic, human-dominated landscape that constitutes the corridor with team members in fields such as entomology, landscape ecology, rural sociology, natural resource economics, and hydrology and watershed management. Contact Paul McDaniel (email@example.com) and Eduardo Somarriba (firstname.lastname@example.org). This unique graduate education program will provide students: · Team-based interdisciplinary education, · International perspective, · Broad geographic and ecological exposure, · Participation in integrated interdisciplinary teams, · Cross-cultural experience. Requirements: Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents of the USA. Successful applicants must have obtained an M.S. degree in a discipline of relevance to the project and will join the program to begin course work at the end of July 2010. Interviews of top applicants will be conducted at the University of Idaho campus in Spring 2010. For more information, see UI College of Graduate Studies on the Joint Doctoral Program between UI and CATIE. Posted: 9/1/09.
University of Illinois: An M.S. Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) is available for Fall 2010 in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences in the areas of remote sensing, landscape ecology, and ecosystem biogeochemistry. The student will join an interdisciplinary team working to understand the temporal and spatial dynamics of terrestrial carbon loss to aquatic systems using satellite images and a unique, long-term record of aquatic DOC. The specific goals of the project are to extrapolate historical aquatic DOC and assess the contribution of broad-scale drivers for explaining DOC patterns. Motivated individuals from relevant backgrounds will be considered, however, applicants with skills and experience in remote sensing, GIS, soil science, and biogeochemistry are preferred. The GRA will provide an excellent opportunity to interact with scientists from diverse fields and apply cutting-edge technology to appreciate global environmental issues. To find out more information, please contact Dr. Jennifer Fraterrigo (email@example.com), Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL 61801. Posted: 4/12/10.
University of Illinois: A graduate research assistantship (M.S. or Ph.D.) will be available starting in Fall 2010 in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences or the Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology. The student will participate in multidisciplinary research at the interface of landscape ecology, natural resources management and non-native invasive plant species (NIS) biology to advance basic understanding of invasion dynamics within the biologically diverse longleaf pine - wiregrass ecosystem. Research efforts will focus on designing and implementing microsite- and landscape-scale studies in the North Carolina Sandhills to investigate edaphic, biological and anthropogenic factors influencing NIS germination, establishment and distribution and determine the relative importance of biotic and abiotic factors on NIS ecology at multiple scales. The successful candidate will be based in the lab of Dr. Jennifer Fraterrigo, and will work collaboratively with research partners at the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC). Contingent upon satisfactory performance, a stipend and tuition waiver will be provided with a mix of graduate teaching and research assistantships. Applicants are expected to be available to start in June of 2010. Qualifications: A B.S. degree in ecology, botany, geospatial science, or related fields, and/or equivalent experience, 2) expertise in the application of GIS to research questions, 3) significant interest in invasive plant management, 4) capacity to quickly develop new skills, 5) demonstrated ability to work both independently and cooperatively with resource managers and other researchers, 6) strong organizational and interpersonal abilities, and 7) excellent written and oral communication skills. To Apply: Please send cover letter, full CV, pdf(s) of relevant publications and the names of 3 references (with phone numbers and email addresses) to the contacts listed below. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate has been found. Once a suitable candidate is identified, they will formally apply for admission to the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences or the Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology. For specific questions or more information, please contact: Dr. Jennifer Fraterrigo, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana, IL 61801. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Telephone: 217-333-9428. or Matthew Hohmann, ERDC-CERL, P.O. Box 9005, Champaign, IL 61826-9005. Email: email@example.com, Telephone: 800-872-2375, ext. 5863. Posted: 1/4/10.
University of Illinois: Graduate assistantship in forest ecology. The Dietze lab seeks qualified applicants for a graduate assistantship at the Ph.D. or Masters level starting in the summer or fall of 2010 in the Department of Plant Biology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (summer preferred). The lab seeks to understand and predict the dynamics of ecosystems and plant communities by integrating field research with modeling. Current projects focus on two themes, assessing the potential global change impacts on eastern temperate forests and assessing the potential impacts of biofuel crops on ecosystem services. Our research spans scales from plots to landscapes to regions, with a focus on scaling and environmental heterogeneity. All students in the lab are expected to develop a focused field research project that falls within these broad themes. Students that are also interested in modeling and/or statistics are especially encouraged to apply. At Illinois the Dietze lab is also affiliated with the Program in Ecology Evolution and Conservation Biology, the Institute for Genomic Biology, the Energy Biosciences Institute, and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science. Outside Illinois the lab is involved in the North American Carbon Program and works at over a dozen field sites across the eastern US including sites within the the National Ecological Observatory Network, the Ameriflux network, the LTER network, and the FACE (Free Air CO2 Enrichment) experiments. Interested parties should contact Mike Dietze (firstname.lastname@example.org). Further information about the department and how to apply can be found at http://www.life.illinois.edu/plantbio/ Interested students are encouraged to apply by January 15th to receive top priority. Posted: 1/4/10.
University of Illinois: One Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) is available to study avian response to a fire-grazing interaction in the Grand River Grasslands of southern Iowa and northern Missouri. This project is part of an ongoing multi-disciplinary effort involving scientists at the University of Illinois, Iowa State University, and Oklahoma State University. The successful candidate will work as part of a team including other faculty, research associates, graduate students, resource managers, technicians, and undergraduates. This is an excellent opportunity for integrative research at the PhD level, but I will consider a highly qualified MS student. The ideal candidate will have a degree in ecology, conservation biology, wildlife ecology, natural resource management, zoology, or a related discipline. Previous experience in avian field studies, a strong quantitative background, and excellent writing skills are essential. Prairie plant identification skills and experience with GIS are preferred. The preferred start date is summer 2010. Potential applicants should send a cover letter outlining their research interests, a CV detailing their academic and professional backgrounds, GRE percentile scores (need not be an official copy at this point), and the names and contact information (including email) for three references to Dr. James Miller (email@example.com). Information will be reviewed upon receipt and the position will remain open until a suitable candidate has been found. Once a suitable candidate is identified, they will formally apply for admission to either the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences or the interdisciplinary Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology. Posted: 12/16/09.
University of Illinois at Chicago: Two-year NSF IGERT Fellowships in the Ecology, Management and Restoration of Integrated Human-Natural Landscapes in the LEAP ("Landscape, Ecological and Anthropogenic Processes") doctoral training program. Next year will be the fith year of the LEAP Program, a broadly interdisciplinary program with the goal of training future researchers and leaders in the ecology, management and restoration of integrated human/natural landscapes. Students earn a Ph.D. in a participating department after completing a rigorous two-year interdisciplinary training program that includes a substantial outreach component. The LEAP training program focuses on the health and vitality of ecosystems in which nature and people interact closely, and concentrates heavily on research, restoration and management programs in the greater metropolitan Chicago area. The LEAP Program involves faculty and doctoral students from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Urban Planning and Public Affairs at UIC. A major innovation of the UIC IGERT is the active participation of numerous cooperating partners in the Chicago region (Chicago Wilderness, Chicago Botanic Garden, Morton Arboretum, Field Museum, US Forest Service, US Army Corps of Engineers and the Illinois Natural History Survey). For more information about the program and how to apply, please visit our website at http://www.leap.uic.edu. Posted: 11/2/09.
University of Illinois/University of Maryland: A graduate student assistantship (MS or PhD) is available beginning in Spring or Fall 2010 as part of an NSF project that aims at understanding the influences of fire, atmospheric CO2, and climate on C4-grass abundance on the basis of paleoecological and stable-isotope analyses. The successful applicant will investigate grassland responses to environmental change at sites in East Africa and Australia, interact with scientists from several countries (US, UK, Belgium, Australia), and participate in educating the general public concerning climate change and grassland ecosystems. The student will be encouraged to design his/her research project within the overall objectives of the project. Funding is available through research and teaching assistantships. This is a collaborative research project among Dr. Feng Sheng Hu (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign), Dr. David Nelson (University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Appalachian Laboratory) and Dr. Ann Pearson (Harvard University). Students may choose to apply through the University of Illinois (Department of Plant Biology, Department of Geology, or the Program in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology) or the Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. Please contact Dr. Hu (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Nelson (email@example.com) for more information. Posted: 10/7/09.
University of Kansas: A funded position for a highly qualified graduate student is available starting in fall semester 2010 to work on a Medicinal Plant Research Program. A position is available to study the ecological, spatial, and phylogenetic characteristics of medicinal plants in relation to secondary compound concentrations (medicinal constituents, with data supplied by another lab). The potential student will have skills and interests in the above topics and in a combination of the following: botany, GIS, databases, mapping, phylogenetics, and ethnobotany. The student can seek a graduate degree in either Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Geography, Or Global Indigenous Nations Studies. The student will also need to meet the entrance requirements and standards for that program. More information on the research program is available here (MS Word file). Kelly Kindscher (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 12/7/09.
University of Kansas: The Ballantyne Lab at the University of Kansas is looking to recruit up to two graduate students for the fall of 2010. Current research is focused on modeling ecosystem stoichiometry, nutrient dynamics, microbial decomposition of soil carbon, systems-level regulation of metabolism, spatially explicit populations and the trophic structure of communities. Although most of our experiments are performed with phytoplankton and bacteria in the lab, the KU field station, 20 minutes from campus, is a great resource that is home to long-term studies of community assembly. Please direct inquiries to Ford Ballantyne (fb4 [at] ku [dot] edu). For more information, see graduate study in the EEB and KU Ecosystem Research Group. The application deadline is January 15. Posted: 12/1/09.
University of Kansas: Opportunities for Graduate Study in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (KU-EEB) seeks applications from highly qualified and motivated graduate students. KU-EEB includes 43 faculty members and about 70 graduate students whose research focuses on three broad topical domains: Biodiversity and Macro-evolution, Ecology and Global Change Biology, and Evolutionary Mechanisms. Facilities to support graduate education and research include world-class collections in our museums, equipment and expertise in molecular biology including DNA sequencing, growth chambers and greenhouses, and extensive field station land holds for establishing controlled experimental plots or for investigating non-manipulated systems. Successful applicants to our graduate program receive a financial support package that includes a stipend and tuition sponsorship. Doctoral students receive a five-year package, and master's students receive a two-year package. The department provides support for travel to present results at national and international professional meetings. Funds to support graduate student research are also available through departmental endowment funds. Applications from all qualified students will be given serious consideration; however, we specifically seek students whose interests match the following descriptions. Students who wish to pursue research in these areas are encouraged to contact prospective faculty mentors to introduce themselves and describe their academic goals and research experiences and interests. Please contact Jaime Keeler (email@example.com) if you are interested in any of these projects or if you require additional information on our program. Faculty members currently seeking new graduates students include: Ford Ballantyne, Sharon Billings, Justin Blumenstiel, Rafe Brown, Paulyn Cartwright, Bryan Foster, Jennifer Gleason, Lena Hileman, Mark Holder, Rudolf Jander, Kirsten Jensen, Kelly Kindscher, Maria Orive, Town Peterson, Val Smith, Edith Taylor, Thomas N. Taylor, James Thorp, and Joy Ward. See the link above for details on faculty interests. Posted: 11/11/09.
University of Kansas: Graduate Assistantships (M.A. or Ph.D. level) are available in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. I am seeking highly motivated students interested in experimental community ecology, grassland biodiversity and restoration. Research opportunities exist within the context of an NSF-funded study testing alternative models of plant community assembly and using grasslands as a model study system. Students will be encouraged to develop research projects related to one or more of the following related themes: community assembly, ecological succession, species coexistence and biodiversity, metacommunity dynamics, disturbance ecology, biological invasions, community and ecosystem restoration, impacts of climate change. Successful applicants are guaranteed financial support (2 years for M.A., 5 years for Ph.D). The department also provides support for travel to attend and present results at national and international meetings. Additional funds to support graduate student research are available through the departmental endowment. Positions are available for an August 2010 start date. For more information please contact: Bryan Foster, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas 66045-2106. 785-864-4361, firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 10/13/09.
University of Liverpool: NERC UK Ocean Acidification fully-funded PhD studentship: Evolutionary responses to ocean acidification in free-living protists. Supervisors: Dr Mike Brockhurst, Dr Phill Watts, Dr David Montagnes. It is now widely accepted that anthropogenic climate change is occurring, and at a faster rate in the world’s oceans than anywhere else. An important open question is to what extent organisms will be able to evolve in response to climate change. Some of the gross consequences for survival in an increasingly acidified ocean have attracted much attention, with particular focus on survival of calcifying species for example. However, the effects of acidification will extend more widely than the immediate physiological consequences of calcification. In particular, we have failed to appreciate the long-term evolutionary response to this selective pressure and the concomitant effect on intraspecific biodiversity, which can have a critical impact on persistence and thus ecosystem function. To address the issue of pH-shift on evolution, we propose an experimental approach on a model system: we will use long-term selection experiments on standing genetic variation to determine the evolutionary response to acidification by the model marine protist Oxyrrhis marina – a common flagellate that demonstrates high levels of genetic, morphological and ecophysiological variation (Lowe et al. 2005, 2010). These experiments will reveal not simply the immediate impact of ocean acidification (i.e. the focus previous studies) but the potential consequences of this well accepted climate-change pressure on the evolution of life in the oceans, and thus the adaptability of our oceans to inevitable change. This multidisciplinary PhD studentship will run alongside a larger NERC funded project, and the student will benefit from training in: experimental evolution, molecular-genetic and genomic techniques, experimental design, statistics, and bioinformatics. Informal enquiries to: Mike Brockhurst (email@example.com) or to Phill Watts (firstname.lastname@example.org). Positions available to UK citizens and EU nationals that have been resident in the UK for at least 3-years, and have at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or EU equivalent). Application details and further details on department and staff are available at: http://www.liv.ac.uk/biolsci. Enquiries about application procedure to: email@example.com. Posted: 2/22/10.
University of Louisiana: 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 University of Louisiana Fellowships and Board of Regents Fellowships to Ph.D. students entering Fall 2010. UL Fellows are funded for 3-4 years and have limited teaching responsibilities, while BoR Fellows are funded for 4 years and have no formal teaching duties. Stipends are as high as $26,000 per year (with tuition waiver). 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 as well. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to directly contact prospective advisors. The Department of Biology has approximately 70 graduate students and 25 graduate faculty members conducting research on a wide variety of topics. My research involves understanding the population ecology of a wide range of taxa (e.g. insects, birds, plants) through a combination of empirical and theoretical analyses. Anyone interested in more information about applying to work in my lab can contact me, Derek Johnson, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact information and research interests of all faculty can be found at our departmental web site. Our graduate program brochure is also posted at our Ecology Center's site. Anyone interested in applying to work with faculty other than myself can contact that faculty member directly. Posted: 9/9/09, revised: 1/11/10.
University of Louisiana at Monroe: I am looking to recruit one M.S. student for Fall 2010 to work on population-level genetic diversity in freshwater snails. The student will screen ISSR primers for use with the pleurocerid snail Elimia potosiensis as part of a larger project examining the genetic and environmental components of shell shape. Pending available funds, the student will receive an $8,000 teaching assistantship plus full tuition waiver for at least two years. Assistantships are available on a competitive basis. More information on my lab can be found at http://www.ulm.edu/~minton. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA and 1000 M+V GRE score. Since assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis, the higher the GPA and GRE the better. Note that these values are higher than ULM's minimum graduate admissions standards. Applicants must also have experience with standard DNA methods including extraction, PCR amplification, and agarose gel electrophoresis. At least one reference/recommendation must speak to the student's ability in the lab. Interested students can contact me directly at email@example.com and browse to our departmental website http://www.ulm.edu/biology. Dr. Russ Minton (318-342-1795, firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 3/11/10.
University of Maine: Graduate Research in Industrial Ecology and Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment of Complex Systems. Graduate Research Supervision is available at the School of Forest Resources/Forest Bioproducts Research Initiative for any student of any academic background (e.g. engineering systems, industrial and systems engineering, computer science, mathematics, agriculture, chemical, civil, environmental engineering or computational economics, mathematical/computational biology, bioinformatics) with good academic standing. The applicant should be interested to pursue graduate studies at masters or PhD level in the area of life cycle sustainability modeling and assessment of complex systems (e.g. built environment, ecosystems, biorefinery, etc.). A background in LCA, materials flow analysis (MFA) or industrial ecology is not required, but applicant should be willing to learn the concepts/principles to pursue the challenging research in sustainability science and engineering. Applicant should have or develop good analytical and database skills, knowledge of basic statistics and probability and be willing to learn new software packages (e.g.OPENLCA, CMLCA, STELLA, POWERSIM, Netlogo, Starlogo, MATLAB). It is also desirable that he/she has taken or will take a course in system dynamics, agent based modeling, genetic algorithm, evolutionary programming and other complexity science methods and tools. This interdisciplinary research investigates the economic, social and environmental ramifications of building engineered complex systems in view of sustainability pursuit. We are interested to investigate and understand the coupling of human and natural systems to solve our pressing societal concerns. This research involves close collaboration with industries, government agencies, and the other departments (e.g. chemical and biological engineering, civil and environmental engineering, economics, environmental science and biology) at the University of Maine. Further information regarding research interests or topics and admission information can be accessed at http://ielcass.tripod.com/ilss/. If you are an international student, in addition to GRE results, you should also have TOEFL results for admission purposes. To apply for this research position or for further information, contact Dr. Anthony Halog at email@example.com. Posted: 2/24/10.
University of Maine/University of Southern Maine: Maine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative (SSI), a partnership between the University of Maine and the University of Southern Maine, offers unprecedented opportunities for graduate students to experience a truly interdisciplinary learning experience through a $20 million, 5-year program funded by the National Science Foundation’s EPSCoR program. The SSI’s mission is to create an integrative research program and strong stakeholder partnerships to generate improved solutions to intersecting ecological, social, and economic challenges in and beyond Maine. Graduate students will participate in collaborative research experiences with interdisciplinary faculty teams focused on urbanization, forest ecosystem management, and climate change. These efforts address the dynamics of social-ecological systems with an emphasis on moving from knowledge to action. Students with backgrounds in a wide range of disciplines are encouraged to apply: e.g. social sciences, biological, earth, and chemical sciences, natural resource management, communication, engineering, education, mathematics, and more. Up to 25 Ph.D. fellowships will be awarded at the University of Maine with a substantial portion of these beginning in fall 2010. Each fellowship will include a stipend of $20-25k/yr for up to five years, a tuition waiver, subsidy for health insurance, and some funds to support thesis research. Masters degrees opportunities will be offered at the University of Southern Maine. For more information on SSI and fellowship applications, visit the website linked above. Posted: 11/2/09.
University of Maryland, College Park: Doctoral Program in Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, & Systematics (BEES). For many years the University of Maryland, College Park has provided outstanding graduate training in animal behavior, ecology, evolutionary biology, and systematics. In the last decade the BEES program has been the center of this activity. We are delighted to announce the first application cycle for BEES in its new form as a concentration area within the new Biological Sciences umbrella program. This change preserves BEES' historical rigor and disciplinary focus, while enabling trainees to create a customized curriculum, develop research projects extending beyond its traditional disciplines, and participate in optional lab rotations. The overall goals of the BEES concentration area remain to conduct cutting-edge research on all aspects of biodiversity, facilitate communication and collaboration among faculty and students, and provide an incomparable environment for training the next generation of ecological and evolutionary biologists. BEES consists of over 60 distinguished faculty from ten departments in five Colleges at the University of Maryland, as well as adjuncts from nearby research institutions, such as the Smithsonian Institution, United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Institutes of Health. Together these individuals have expertise in behavioral ecology, community ecology, comparative and functional genomics, conservation biology, evolutionary developmental biology, evolutionary ecology, evolutionary genetics, molecular evolution,neuroethology, paleobiology, physiological ecology, population ecology, population genetics, quantitative genetics, and systematics. To learn more about BEES and to initiate the application process, please see Biological Sciences Graduate Program (BISI) or BEES. Please note that applications for enrollment in Fall, 2010 must be received by January 6, 2010 to receive full consideration for financial assistance. Posted: 12/11/09.
University of Maryland, College Park: PhD Graduate Research position: Stream amphibian ecology. Department of Biological Sciences. A graduate research assistantship (Ph.D.) is available for a student to conduct research on the spatial population ecology of stream salamanders. The student will be co-advised by Evan Grant at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and Bill Fagan at the University of Maryland, College Park. The successful applicant will be able to propose additional research to meet his or her specific interests, provided it fits within the broader goals of the program. Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in stream ecosystems, population biology, and amphibians. Preference will be given to those with experience conducting field research on amphibians and applicants with a strong mathematical background are encouraged to apply. The project will involve fieldwork, estimation of demographic parameters from mark-recapture data and computer modeling. Applicants must possess a valid US driver's license and are expected to work both independently and collaboratively. Strong verbal, written, and computational skills are essential. Funding is available for 2 years including stipend, benefits and tuition. If interested, please forward by email your transcript, curriculum vitae, recent GRE scores, cover letter describing your research interests and career goals (2 page limit), and the names and contact information of three references to Evan Grant (firstname.lastname@example.org). Evan H. Campbell Grant, PhD, NE Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, 12100 Beech Forest Rd., Laurel, MD 20708. phone: 301.497.5842 fax: 301.497.5784. Posted: 9/15/09.
University of Massachusetts - Amherst: PhD assistantship: Ecology and population genetics of brook trout in the Delaware Gap National Recreation Area The status of brook trout populations in the Delaware Gap National Recreation Area is unclear. This specific goal of this project is to provide scientific support for a brook trout management plan in the Park. The broader goal is to use information collected in the Park to contribute to a larger effort to develop hierarchical models of brook trout population persistence. Field work in the Park will include an extensive survey to identify population structure based on microsatellites and an intensive 1-year PIT tag study to estimate seasonal body growth, survival and movement. Responsibilities will include participation in the extensive field study, leading the intensive PIT tag study, and genotyping sampled fish. Beyond these responibilities, the student will have opportunities to define dissertation topics. Qualifications: MS (preferred) or BS in ecology, fisheries or genetics. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Strong quantitative skills, including familiarity with linear mixed models and hierarchical Bayesian modeling. Interest in applying scientific results to natural resources management. Stipend: Full time, $20K/year plus benefits and tuition waiver. Additional funds are available for travel and research expenses. To apply: Please send CV, transcripts (unofficial OK), and names, phone numbers and email addresses of 3 references to Ben Letcher at email@example.com. Specify intererest in either the Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Program or the Natural Resources Conservation Department. Closing date: November 13, 2009. Posted: 10/19/09.
University of Minnesota: The Department of Forest Resources is seeking a Ph.D. student or postdoctoral scientist to contribute to research assessing the impact of changing climatic conditions on primary productivity in forested ecosystems of Northern Minnesota. This work is part of a larger project assessing the impact of climate change on forest productivity and carbon cycling in the Superior National Forest and is a part of a joint effort between the USFS Northern Research Station, Superior National Forest, and Department of Forest Resources at the University of Minnesota. Research will involve ecological simulation modeling and data synthesis, and may incorporate field measurements of plant traits and/or ecophysiological processes. This position will work closely with scientists at the University of Minnesota and the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station. The position is available starting Spring, Summer, or Fall 2010. The ideal candidate will have a M.S. or Ph.D. in ecology, forestry, geography, or a closely related field, experience with ecophysiology and ecological simulation models, as well as a strong work ethic, demonstrated quantitative capabilities, a record of scientific productivity, and a proven ability to work independently. Interested candidates should contact: Dr. John Bradford (firstname.lastname@example.org, 218-326-7105) or Dr. Peter Reich (email@example.com, 612-624-4270). Posted: 12/1/09.
University of Minnesota: The Department of Forest Resources is seeking a Ph.D. student to contribute to research assessing the impact of changing climatic conditions on primary productivity in forested ecosystems of Northern Minnesota. This work is part of a larger project assessing the impact of climate change on forest productivity and carbon cycling in the Superior National Forest and is a part of a joint effort between the USFS Northern Research Station, Superior National Forest, and Department of Forest Resources at the University of Minnesota. Research will involve ecological simulation modeling and data synthesis, and may incorporate field measurements of plant traits and/or ecophysiological processes. This position will work closely with scientists at the University of Minnesota and the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station. The position is available starting Spring, Summer, or Fall 2010. The ideal candidate will have a M.S. or demonstrated interest and experience in ecology, forestry, geography, or a closely related field, experience with ecophysiology and ecological simulation models, as well as a strong work ethic, quantitative capabilities, and a proven ability to work independently. Interested candidates should contact: Dr. John Bradford (firstname.lastname@example.org, 218-326-7105) or Dr. Peter Reich (email@example.com, 612-624-4270). Posted: 11/20/09.
University of Minnesota: Graduate Research Assistantships in Silviculture and Applied Forest Ecology. The Department of Forest Resources, is seeking two Ph.D.-level graduate students examine the impacts of forest biomass harvesting on primary productivity and carbon and nutrient dynamics in regionally important forest types (aspen and northern hardwoods) within the Lake States. The students will work on one of two specific projects: 1) an assessment of the impact of biomass removal on short-and medium-term forest regeneration dynamics and stand-level biomass production or (2) quantification of the immediate impact of biomass removal on carbon cycling and nutrient availability with the incorporation of results into ecological simulation models to assess the long-term sustainability of repeated biomass harvests. For both projects, research will involve extensive field work across the northern Lake States and the student will be responsible for conducting field and lab work in support of project goals, supervising field and lab assistants, analyzing data and preparing peer-reviewed publications. In addition, students pursuing project 2 should have experience with and/or interest in ecological simulation models. The start date is somewhat flexible, but preferably the student will begin classes in Spring 2010. Each position is funded for four years from DOE/USDA. Qualifications: M.S. in ecology, forestry, silviculture, biology or a closely related field. Applicants should be able to work independently, but also cooperatively with other researchers in the lab and on the larger project. Application materials: Please send a statement of interests and goals, CV, and names and contact information for at least 3 references to Dr. Anthony D’Amato (firstname.lastname@example.org) and/or Dr. John Bradford (email@example.com) or hard copies to 1530 Cleveland Avenue North, 115 Green Hall, St. Paul, MN 55108. Deadline for receiving applications is December 1, 2009. Posted: 10/29/09.
University of Missouri: We are looking for a PhD graduate research assistant in the School of Natural Resources to work on a multi-faceted project, Assessing Potentials of Aboveground Forest Biomass using Historical Records and Modern Forest Management for Missouri Private and Public Forests. The objectives of the project are to 1) determine departures and prioritize areas with high potentials to increase aboveground forest biomass, and 2) investigate how existing knowledge of forest management practices such as prescribed burn, thinning, and planting can be used to improve aboveground forest biomass. In our existing projects, we have developed statistical and GIS-based methodologies that map statewide aboveground forest biomass from General Land Office witness tree data (~1830) and forest inventory and analysis data (~2000). Results from these methods can be used to study objectives 1. Over the past years, we have also developed LANDIS PRO, a spatially explicit forest landscape model. LANDIS PRO can be used to study objective 2 to conduct simulation experiments and evaluate effects of harvest, planting, prescribed burn, and thinning on aboveground forest biomass. Qualified applicants should to have a M.S. in forestry, ecology, biology, or a closely related discipline, a GPA > 3.2, and combined verbal and quantitative GRE scores > 1100. Applicants will have knowledge and skills in at least some of the following: GIS; computer programming (i.e. R, SAS, Python); dynamic landscape models such as LANDIS; landscape and forest ecology in Midwestern, oak and oak-pine forests. Position is available May 2010. Please submit applications including a cover letter describing your interest and experience in these areas, a resume, and names and contact information of three references, copies of transcripts and GRE scores (unofficial at this time are acceptable). All applications should be sent to: Drs. Hong S. He (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Shibu Jose (email@example.com), Department of Forestry, University of Missouri, 203 Natural Resources Building, Columbia, MO 65211. Posted: 3/8/10.
University of Missouri: A highly motivated graduate student is sought to investigate water yield, peak flow, and/or suspended sediment in an intensively instrumented central Missouri (USA) forested, agricultural and urban watershed. The project is a multi-agency collaborative effort to better understand hydrologic processes and causal mechanisms governing water flow regimes (timing and quantity), and water quality regimes in multi-use urbanizing watersheds. The successful applicant will be required to work collaboratively, conduct field work and aid in installation and maintenance of instruments and monitoring sites. Other duties will include data collection, processing, analysis, modeling and a quality Thesis/Dissertation including published manuscript(s). Start date is on or before January 15th, 2010. Qualifications: Applicants must have completed at least one degree in natural resources, environmental sciences, hydrology, watershed hydrology, water quality, or a related field. Applicants must possess a valid US driver's license and are expected to work both independently and collaboratively. Experience in stream measurements, hydroclimate data processing, analysis and modeling, water quality monitoring, soil physics, GIS and computer programming is desirable. Strong verbal, written, and computational skills are essential. Applicants must be able to lift and carry equipment, pipes, instruments and tools. Application: A highly competitive stipend is offered plus tuition and health insurance. If interested, please forward by email your transcript, curriculum vitae, recent GRE scores, recent TOEFL scores (if appropriate), cover letter, a letter describing your research interests (2 page limit), a letter describing your career goals (2 page limit), and the names and contact information of three references 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: HubbartJ@Missouri.edu. Posted: 12/1/09.
University of Missouri: The successful applicant will assist in monitoring and conduct data analysis to quantify water yield and peak flows in an intensively instrumented central Missouri (USA) forested, agricultural and urban watershed. The project is a focused effort to identify hydrologic mechanisms and quantify hydrologic processes governing observed water flow regimes in a multi-use urbanizing watershed. The successful applicant will be required to work collaboratively, conduct field work and aid in installation and maintenance of instruments and monitoring sites. Other duties will include data collection, processing, analysis, modeling and a quality Dissertation with subsequent manuscripts. Start date is on or before January 15th, 2010. Applicants must have completed at least one degree in natural resources, environmental sciences, hydrology, watershed hydrology, water quality, or a related field. Applicants must possess a valid US driver's license and are expected to work both independently and collaboratively. Experience in stream measurements, hydroclimatic data processing, hydrologic analysis and modeling, water quality monitoring, soil physics, GIS and computer programming are a plus. Strong verbal, written, and computational skills are essential. Applicants must be able to lift and carry equipment, pipes, instruments and tools. A highly competitive stipend is offered plus tuition and health insurance. If interested, please forward by email your transcript, curriculum vitae, recent GRE scores, recent TOEFL scores (if appropriate), cover letter, a letter describing your research interests (2 page limit), a letter describing your career goals (2 page limit), and the names and contact information of three references 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: HubbartJ@Missouri.edu. Posted: 8/13/09.
University of Missouri: A MS graduate research assistant position is available in the Department of Forestry beginning January 2010 with Drs. Michael Stambaugh and Richard Guyette (Missouri Tree-Ring Laboratory) in the Department of Forestry. Research will involve developing multi-century reconstructions of fire events and analysis of vegetation dynamics in the Cross Timbers forest region of Oklahoma. The project will incorporate methodological techniques from the discipline of tree-ring research (dendrochronology). The successful applicant is expected to explore relationships among historic fires, climate, and vegetation dynamics; particularly the expansion and growth of eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana). This research will result in scientifically-based information in support of fire management programs. Applicants interested in this position should have an undergraduate degree in forestry, natural resources, biology, ecology, environmental sciences, or a similar field. Applicants should be capable of conducting extensive and strenuous fieldwork. Dendrochronology experience is desirable, although not required. This position includes tuition, health benefits, and stipend for 2 years that is renewable annually based on satisfactory performance. Please submit an application package that includes a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts, GRE scores, and two letters of recommendation. Applications will be considered immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants will also apply to the Department of Forestry by 15 Oct in order to be considered for Jan 2010. See graduate admissions. Criteria for graduate admission acceptance to the Department can be found here For more information contact: Dr. Michael Stambaugh, Research Associate, 203 ABNR Building, Department of Forestry, University of Missouri - Columbia, Columbia, MO 65211. Tel: (573) 882-8841, Fax: (573) 882-1977, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 8/11/09.
University of Montana: Graduate student funding (Master's or PhD) available: Stream ecology, invasive species and ecosystem subsidies. I have openings for two new graduate students in my Stream and Riparian Ecology Lab in the College of Forestry and Conservation. Current research directions in our lab include investigations of the ecology of New Zealand Mud Snails; the landscape level consequences of aquatic subsidies; climate change implications for stream ecosystem function (organic matter dynamics); and quantitative data investigations of the effects of omnivory on food web structure. Funding is available in the form of teaching-assistant stipends for approximately half of the student's tenure (1 yr for MS, 2 yrs for PhD); research assistant stipends may be available for the second half of the degree program, and I will work with successful applicants to develop proposals for additional funding. I am looking for candidates who: - have both the ability and an interest in working independently; - have significant prior experience with ecological field work, preferably in aquatic systems; - have either significant quantitative skills or a strong interest in acquiring these; and - find ecological research engaging and (most of the time) fun. Please send a cover letter describing your research interests, a CV and the contact information (name, affiliation, email address) for three professional or academic references to Laurie Marczak (email@example.com) by February 18th. I will contact a shortlist of candidates to schedule a telephone interview. Posted: 1/21/10.
University of Montana: One new graduate assistantship (MS or PhD) is available to prospective students interested in soil biogeochemical and microbial community dynamics in recently deglaciated landscapes. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an independent project in one of the following areas: soil biogeochemistry, soil microbial ecology; or plant-microbe interactions. Motivated 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, a demonstrated interest in soils or ecosystems research, and be willing to work in mountain environments. Student support will include a 12-month stipend and a tuition waiver (per year). Preference will be given to candidates willing to begin in summer 2010 (summer salary included), and academic positions will begin in the fall of 2010. For more information, please contact Cory Cleveland (firstname.lastname@example.org). Students interested in applying should email the following application materials (as a single PDF or Word document): 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 15, 2009 will be given preference, but the position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified. Posted: 11/30/09.
University of Montana: Graduate Student Opportunity – Riparian Ecology. We seek applications for an MS student to investigate site requirements of late-seral woody riparian plants along the upper Missouri River in central Montana. The primary objective is to assess how multiple factors (e.g., water availability, soil texture and stratigraphy, livestock herbivory) affect plant species composition. In addition, successful applicants will be encouraged to develop and pursue their own, related study questions. Preferred qualifications include: a record of strong academic achievement as an undergraduate; previous coursework and interest in terrestrial plant ecology and soil science; a desire to conduct independent fieldwork in remote settings. Site access and fieldwork may require multi-day canoe trips. Funding is expected for a January 2010 start, and will include a stipend of ~$16k per year, an in-state tuition waiver (for Montana residents), and research expenses including travel and per diem. The successful candidate will be co-advised by Drs. Michael Merigliano and Cory Cleveland (College of Forestry and Conservation) at the University of Montana in Missoula. To apply: Please email the following application materials (as one document) to Dr. Cory Cleveland at email@example.com: 1) a current resume or CV, including GPA and GRE 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. Posted: 10/29/09.
University of Montana: One graduate assistantship (MS or PhD) is available to prospective students interested in soil biogeochemical and microbial community dynamics in recently deglaciated landscapes. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an independent project in one of the following areas: soil biogeochemistry; soil microbial ecology; or plant-microbe interactions. Motivated 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, a demonstrated interest in soils or ecosystems research, and be willing to work in cold, harsh environments. Student support will include a combination of teaching/research assistantships, a stipend and a tuition waiver. Preference will be given to candidates willing to begin in summer 2020 (summer salary included), and academic positions will begin in the fall of 2010. For more information, please contact Cory Cleveland (firstname.lastname@example.org), Department of Ecosystems & Conservation Sciences. Students interested in applying should email the following application materials (as a single PDF or Word document): 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 15, 2009 will be given preference, but the position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified. Posted: 10/12/09.
University of Nebraska: I am looking for a MS or Ph D student interested in vegetation dynamics in prairie remnants and prairie restorations. The Nature Conservancy has restored 1,500 acres of grassland and manages 2,000 acres of remnant prairies and uses prescribed fire and grazing to increase habitat quality around Grand Island, Nebraska. However, it is increasingly clear that environmental factors such as soil composition and fertility, drought susceptibility, site history and species pools significant influence the vegetation composition. For instance, observationally, we see that remnant prairies are often dominated by invasive grasses and are low in forb diversity. Even when subjected to years of management to suppress invasive grasses and repeated over-seeding attempts, forb diversity fails to increase. Conversely, cropland restorations planted with 150-230 species successfully establish diverse plant communities. However, these restorations are threatened by the same invasive grass species and we see large variation among sites. There seems to be environmental variability, presently unaccounted for, that is hindering successful efforts to rehabilitate remnant prairies and restored prairies. A student working on this project would examine remnants and restored prairies to determine how management (including fire and grazing), site history and site environmental factors correlate with vegetation composition, diversity, and the abundance of at-risk and invasive species. Our goal is to gain a better understanding of the factors that control diversity, and develop control and management strategies that increase diversity, decrease the prevalence of invasive species, and increase the abundance of at-risk species. For this permanently marked plots will be set up and an annual monitoring program will be started. Longer term we want to examine temporal vegetation changes in relation to climate and succession and determine the trajectory of vegetation changes within these permanent plots and develop experiment to test what environmental factors drive these patterns. This project will start in May 2010 and the permanent plot setup and the initiation of the monitoring program are funded by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. If you are interested in this project please contact: Johannes (Jean) M H Knops (402 310 3904, email@example.com). Posted: 12/10/09.
University of Nevada Las Vegas: An assistantship towards a Master degree of Public Health (MPH) is available in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. The candidate will work with federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as other research teams to monitor the life histories of quagga mussel (Dreissena bugensis) adults and veligers in Lake Mead and address the key environmental factors affecting these invasive mussels in this largest reservoir in the US (by volume). Invasive quagga mussels were discovered in Lake Mead on January 6, 2007. It is the first known occurrence of the dreissenid species in the western United States. Now it has been found in many ecosystems in the arid southwest region. The final candidate needs to do field work to collect water and sediment samples in Lake Mead, summarize water quality data, enumerate quagga mussel veligers and adults, identify and count benthic samples, present research results in interagency meetings, and draft report to funding agencies. The funding is available for 2 years. Minimum requirements include 1) a Bachelor’s degree in Ecology, Biology, Limnology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, or related field; 2) good physical condition; 3) safe driving history; 4) self-motivated personality; 5) working independently and interactively with a multidisciplinary team. The position starts January 2010, depending on the availability of qualified applicant. Interested students should send CV, letter describing their qualifications, contact list of three references, and unofficial transcripts to Dr. David Wong (David.Wong@unlv.edu), Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, 4505 Maryland Parkway Box 453064, Las Vegas NV 89154 (Tel: 702-895-2446/Fax: 702-895-5166). Electronic submission is preferred. The due date for application is December 7, 2009. More information: graduate studies at UNLV. Posted: 10/12/09.
University of Nevada, Reno: Applications are invited for a M.S. or Ph.D.-level student to fill a graduate research position that is currently available with Dr. Laurel Saito and Dr. Franco Biondi in the Graduate Program of Hydrologic Science. Financial support includes a monthly stipend and covers tuition and health insurance. The position will begin January 2011 and is guaranteed for one year, with a possibility of renewal for additional years. The deadline for applications is September 1, 2010. The successful applicant will work on an NSF-funded project that involves combining dendrochronology (i.e., tree-ring analysis) with mechanistic watershed modeling to reconstruct past streamflows and examine model sensitivities and applications. This new technique is an effort to quantify the effect of watershed topography, vegetation dynamics, natural disturbance, and land use changes on proxy-augmented streamflow records. The premise of the research is that dendrohydrologists have employed sophisticated regression techniques to extend runoff records, but this empirical approach cannot directly test the influence of watershed factors that alter streamflow independently of climate. The proposed approach employs tree-ring records to generate long time series of precipitation and possibly temperature, which can be used as input to a process-based watershed model to calculate streamflow. The analysis will be conducted with data from the upper reaches of the Walker River on the boundary between the Sierra Nevada of California and the Great Basin of Nevada. Multiple tree-ring records, up to 2,300-year long, have been generated from the region and will be used as a basis for analysis. Applicants should have a B.S. in engineering, hydrology, applied statistics, applied mathematics, computer science, or a related field. The ideal candidate should have a strong quantitative background and interest in interdisciplinary surface water issues. Programming experience is particularly welcomed. Information on the application process is available at www.hydro.unr.edu. Candidates should also check the UNR Graduate School website, which includes information for international applicants. If you are interested in the position, please contact Dr. Saito (firstname.lastname@example.org) and/or Dr. Biondi (email@example.com). Posted: 4/23/10.
University of Nevada, Reno: We are searching for a graduate student to take on a multi-faceted project studying invertebrate communities responding to different fuels-management techniques in the Tahoe basin of the Sierra Nevada. The student would be a part of the Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology graduate program at the University of Nevada, Reno, and would be advised by Matt Forister (Biology Dept.), also working closely with Pat Manley (USFS, Sierra Nevada Research Center) and Dennis Murphy (Biology Dept.). Specific questions to be addressed by the student would include the following: (1) How do insect communities (particularly ants, but also butterflies) respond to different forest-management techniques? and (2) What are the relative responses of ants and butterflies to the experimental treatments? Other questions to be pursued could be crafted by the student in collaboration with advisors. These questions will be answered with a combination of previously collected data and data to be collected by the student. Funding is available in the form of research-assistant stipends for approximately half of the student's tenure (1 yr for MS, 2 yrs for PhD); TAships are available for the remaining time, and we expect opportunities to apply for additional funding. The student would start the graduate program in the Fall of 2010. However, it is essential that field work start this coming summer. The timing and extent of that field work (for the 2010 season) is flexible, and could be a few weeks or a few months, depending on the availability of the candidate. The ideal candidate will have some or all of the following qualities: 1) Experience with multivariate, community analyses. 2) An ability and a desire to work independently both in the field and in the lab. 3) Either experience with invertebrates (particularly ants) or the ability to learn species-level identification of insect taxa. 4) Good data management skills. Please send a cover letter and CV, as well contact information (names, affiliations, and email addresses) for three professional references by email to Matt Forister (firstname.lastname@example.org). In the cover letter, please comment on the qualities mentioned above for the ideal candidate. Also state availability for field work this coming summer. For more details on the study system see: Sanford et al. (2008) Effects of Urban Development on Ant Communities: Implications for Ecosystem Services and Management. Conservation Biology 23:131-141; and Heckmann et al. (2008) Ecological integrity of remnant montane forests along an urban gradient in the Sierra Nevada. Forest Ecology & Management 255:2453-2466. See also: Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Ph.D. program. Posted: 12/22/09, revised: 1/13/10.
University of Nevada, Reno: We expect to be able to fund a graduate student for three years on an applied project working collaboratively with USGS scientists on multiple species of rare butterflies in southern Nevada. The student would be a part of the Biology Department and the Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology graduate program. The student would be coadvised by Matt Forister and Lee Dyer. The ideal candidate will have the following: (1) experience with butterflies or at least general field experience and an ability to quickly learn to identify species in the field; (2) the drive to work independently and under difficult field conditions. Depending on the experience and interests of the student, funding could be used for either a Master's or a Ph.D. In either case, this position will be a perfect starting point for a career in either academic or applied conservation biology. The successful applicant would start graduate school in the Fall of 2010. However, field work will begin this coming spring, possibly as early as March of 2010. Participation in this early round of field work is not essential, but very desirable. To apply, please send (1) a cover letter explaining why you would like to be considered for this graduate position; (2) a CV; and (3) names, email addresses and telephone numbers for three references. In your cover letter, please state whether or not you could participate in field work this coming spring. Send to Matt Forister, email@example.com. Posted: 12/17/09.
University of Nevada, Reno: A Graduate Research Assistantship is immediately available for a M.S.-level graduate student who is interested in biogeography. The project’s goal is to reconstruct the historical distribution of pinyon-juniper woodlands in the Great Basin ecosystem of central Nevada. Three sources of information will be used to reconstruct pinyon-juniper distribution: (a) classification of vegetation from aerial photographs; (b) point-based observations from 19th Century Government Land Office (GLO) records; and (c) presence / absence of diagnostic phytoliths. The successful candidate should have: (1) a strong interest in plant geography and ecology, especially of Great Basin ecosystems; (2) background or experience in GIS, databases, or mapping; (3) background or experience in plant identification and in general laboratory techniques; and (4) a B.S. in Natural Resources, Forest or Rangeland Ecology and Management, Botany, or closely related field. Starting stipend is $21,000 per year, with additional benefits of a partial tuition waiver and health insurance for the student (health insurance for the student’s spouse and dependents are also available at an additional cost to the student). To apply, send: (i) a letter of application that details your qualifications for the Assistantship that addresses the 4 characteristics above; (ii) a copy of transcripts and GRE scores (unofficial copies are acceptable for evaluation purposes); and (iii) arrange for 3 letters of reference to be sent to: Dr. Robert S. Nowak, Professor, Dept. Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences / MailStop 370, University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, NV 89557. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Voice: 775-784-1656, Fax: 775-784-4789. Materials can be submitted electronically (preferred). Applications will be reviewed beginning January 15, 2010 and will continue until the position is filled. Contact Dr. Nowak for more information. Posted: 12/1/09.
University of New Mexico: Physiological Ecology Postdoctoral and PhD Fellowships. We seek two motivated individuals interested in employing empirical or process modeling approaches to investigate mechanisms of vegetation survival and mortality during drought. These DOE-Program for Ecosystem Research funded positions are within the Biology Department at UNM. The postdoc position can start March 2010, and the PhD position can start June 2010. The project is multi-disciplinary and multi-institution, and utilizes replicated, ecosystem-scale manipulations of precipitation in a piñon-juniper woodland at the Sevilleta Long Term Ecological Research site. As of 2009, the treatments are in their second year and micromet, water use, and carbon balance measurements are in their third year. We utilize field, laboratory and model-based techniques on plant water relations, carbon balance and stable isotopes. Candidates with interests in any of the above research foci are invited to apply. Results from this work will be valuable to fundamental understanding of plant biology and climate as well as for application to climate change simulations. Necessary Skills: Postdoc Applicants should have strengths in any of the above-mentioned research foci with demonstrated ability to publish peer-reviewed papers; effective written and oral communication skills; willingness to work in a team environment; and a Ph.D. pending or received within the last five years. Desired skills include experience modeling; measuring plant hydraulics, gas exchange, carbohydrates, or stable isotopes; field experience and knowledge of ecology. Necessary Skills: PhD Student: Similar to postdoc but with lowered requirements, e.g. less proof of publication capability is needed. Knowledge of biology, ecology, physics, or related fields is desirable. For more information please see the project webpage (below) and contact Will Pockman (email@example.com) and Nate McDowell (firstname.lastname@example.org). To be considered for the position, please send a resume and a very short statement of your future research goals to Dr.'s Pockman and McDowell. Posted: 8/12/09.
University of North Carolina at Charlotte: A research assistantship is available at the MS or Ph.D. level beginning June 2010. This position is ideal for a motivated student interested in studying the interactions between ecology and biogeochemistry in aquatic ecosystems. The student will be involved in funded research investigating the impacts of urban stream restoration on nitrogen transformations. Field and laboratory experiments will focus on reach-scale nutrient retention, biogeochemistry (i.e. denitrification and nitrification) and microbial diversity. The student will have the option of enrolling in the Environmental Engineering, Geography/Earth Sciences or Biology Departments based on individual career goals and research interests. If entering as a PhD student, the applicant will have the option of joining the interdisciplinary INES (Infrastructure and Environmental Systems) program. Qualifications: A degree in biology, ecology, environmental engineering, hydrology or related field is required. The successful applicant will be creative, motivated and capable of working well both independently and cooperatively and possess strong communication and quantitative skills. Funding is available for 1 year with opportunities for future funding through a combination of research and teaching assistantships. For further information or to apply for the position, contact Dr. Sara McMillan via email (email@example.com). Please submit (via email) a statement of career goals and research interests, unofficial transcripts and GRE scores, and contact information for three potential references. Application deadline to UNC Charlotte Graduate School is April 1. Interested students must apply for this position by March 29. Posted: 3/15/10.
University of North Carolina Wilmington: Graduate Research Assistantship in Tropical Forest Management Ecological Sustainability Indicators. Department of Environmental Studies. We are looking for a highly motivated Graduate student to help us conduct research on the relations existing between remote sensing derived data on forest structural trends, current biodiversity present in managed and natural tropical forest areas and management practices in Costa Rica. The student will work on the biodiversity component of the project. She or He will spend 2 summers in Costa Rica doing field work in the Sarapiqui region. Biodiversity surveys will include vegetation structure, dung beetles, butterflies and Birds. Previous birding experience is highly desired as well as knowledge of Spanish. This is a joint project with the Geographic Information Science Center of Excellence (GIScCE) of South Dakota State University. Funding from NASA goes until 2012. Other partner institutions include The Fundacion para el Desarrollo de la Cordillera Volcanica Central (FUNDECOR) and The Tropical Agronomic Research and Higher Education center (CATIE). Applicants should email their CV’s to Naikoa Aguilar-Amuchastegui (firstname.lastname@example.org) and fill their online applications before October 15th 2009. Posted: 9/1/09.
University of North Dakota: Graduate Research Assistantships are available at the Department of Earth System Science and Policy (ESSP). The successful candidate will work in one of the externally funded projects: - Climate change and land use change impacts on a terminal lake watershed; - Climate change impacts on food security; - Climate change risk perceptions. An ideal applicant would have an applicable background in natural science with interest in remote sensing, GIS, numerical simulations, and/or environmental modeling. Knowledge of, or a proven ability to learn computer programming is a strong plus. Applications from the students majoring in statistics, computer or physical science who exhibit interests in working with environmental applications are also strongly encouraged. The assistantship is offered at the M.S. or Ph.D. levels and includes a GRA and tuition waiver. A successful applicant will work and study within a multidisciplinary team of faculty and students on one of the ESSP projects. The ESSP academic program emphasizes teaching the components of the earth system science and policy and applying the knowledge to address environmental sustainability issues. The program includes gaining extensive practical experience in using GIS and remote sensing, and substantial part of the GRA will come from work in the spatial technology laboratory. Interested students should contact Dr. Andrei Kirilenko at the address below. Application should be sent directly to the UND Graduate School. Please feel free to contact me directly for additional information: Andrei Kirilenko, Associate Professor, Department of Earth Systems Science and Policy, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND 58202-9011. Phone: 701-777-6761, Fax: 701-777-2940, Email: Andrei.Kirilenko @ und.edu . Posted: 2/8/10, revised: 3/19/10.
University of North Dakota: MS or PhD Assistantships are available for Fall 2010 in the following projects in the Department of Earth System Science and Policy. Applications are encouraged from students with quantitative skills and a background in geography, ecology and remote sensing. An interest in learning, or existing skill with, quantitative analysis and programming with IDL or other languages is important. 1. Development of Ecosystem Services Assessments in North Dakota using Modeling coupled to Spatial Multi-Criteria Analysis. This project involves application of a range of models to capture carbon sequestration, surface water flow, and habitat change. The products of different model scenarios are combined in a spatial multi-criteria analysis shell (MCAS-S). This project requires aptitude with computer programming, and may involve substantial GIS processing. Experience working with carbon, hydrological or land use models would be an advantage. 2. Development of state and transition modeling of land surface changes in North Dakota with remote sensing data. State and Transition (S&T) models were developed in applied ecology to capture changes in vegetation and land condition, and link these to ecosystem processes. A set of land surface "states" are defined, and changes between these "states" are mediated by variables with critical thresholds for transition to a different state. The variables are affected by drivers of change such as climate, fire, herbivory, land clearing, flooding etc, etc. These S&T models are very useful for upscaling land surface processes to regions and beyond. This project will involve developing a prototype S&T framework and using multiple sources to remote sensing data to define land surface "states" and detecting changes. Interest in and experience with image processing is required. Interest or experience in programming in IDL or another language is also essential. These projects can be tailored to MS or PhD program requirements. All students entering the ESSP Program are required to take the compulsory 20 credit ESSP 501 and ESSP 502 courses in the first two semesters. These courses cover the basics of broad earth system science including the Biosphere and Biodiversity, Energy, Environment and Society, the Geosphereand Earth Observation, the Water Cycle and Hydrology, and Biogeochemical Cycles. Applications will be considered until June 1, 2010. Students must meet the requirements for GRE, GPA, TOEFL standards (appropriate to MS or PhD) and meet all the requirements of the Graduate School. A 12 - month GRA and full tuition waiver are available for each of these positions. Long term availability is subject to funding. PhD students are expected to write a grant to support their work as part of the process of proposing their dissertation topic. Interested students should contact Dr. Michael J. Hill (701.777.6071, email@example.com) to discuss the projects. Applications must be made directly to the UND Graduate School. See also: Earth System Science and Policy Graduate Program. Posted: 1/28/10.
University of North Texas: I am seeking MS and PhD students to join my lab in the Department of Biological Sciences and Institute of Applied Science beginning January 2010. Research topics are open but should closely match my own interests in aquatic community and ecosystem ecology. Potential themes of investigation include: effects of food web structure and biodiversity on ecosystem function; effects of altered hydrology/drought on aquatic food webs; responses of aquatic communities to environmental change; multiple predator effects in aquatic ecosystems. Stream and pond mesocosms are available at UNT for experimental research, and potential field sites include Great Plains streams and reservoirs (TX, USA), large tropical river systems (PR, Brazil), and coastal lagoon complexes (RS, Brazil). Successful applicants will demonstrate a solid background in ecology and related disciplines, field experience in aquatic ecosystems, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a larger research team. Students are expected to present research findings at professional conferences, and publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Support will be provided by a combination of teaching and research assistantships. I encourage you to send me an e-mail if you are interested in pursuing graduate studies in my lab. In your e-mail, please indicate what potential research topics you might like to pursue, and briefly tell me about your previous research experience. Attach any representative publications you may have, as well as a current CV that includes standardized test scores, evidence of academic achievement and relevant training/experience. Please do not apply to the graduate program at this time. I will request additional information, letters of recommendation and an interview before graduate applications are submitted. Interested students should contact me as soon as possible, but before October 15, 2009. Please be aware of additional requirements and deadlines for acceptance to the graduate program. David J. Hoeinghaus, Ph.D. (David.Hoeinghaus@unt.edu, +1 (940) 565-2228). Posted: 9/18/09.
University of Oklahoma: We seek candidates for multiple (4-6) positions as post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and computer software engineers to develop data assimilation techniques and cyber-environment to facilitate ecological forecasting in areas of biogeochemical and ecosystem sciences. The field of ecology has been rapidly transformed to a data-rich scientific endeavor due to fast development and implementation of observatory networks. There is an unprecedented demand to convert raw data from the observatory networks into ecologically meaningful information products with the aim of accelerating advances in our fundamental knowledge of ecological processes, testing ecological theory, forecasting changes in ecological services, educating teachers and students, and supporting decision making. To facilitate transformational research in the data-rich era, the NSF-funded projects are to develop software systems to assimilate massive data into process-based models toward ecological forecasting. We are recruiting post-doctoral fellows and graduate students to develop and apply data assimilation techniques to ecosystem and biogeochemical research using data collected from global change experiments, AmeriFlux sites, satellites, and other spatially distributed measurements. We are also recruiting software engineers to develop cyber environment to weave hardware, software, and collaboration and integration environment together so as to enable data assimilation with models towards ecological forecasting. Researchers will be expected to work collaboratively within a large, interdisciplinary research group. More information about our group: http://bomi.ou.edu/luo/. Requirements for the post-doctoral positions include: (1) a PhD in ecology, computer sciences, statistics, mathematics, or related areas, (2) demonstrated experience with advanced statistical analysis and/or modeling techniques, (3) strong quantitative skills together with basic ecology training, and 4) high motivation and ability to interact and collaborate with other scientists. Requirements for the graduate assistantships are consistent with those for graduate admission at the University of Oklahoma plus enthusiasm for and commitment on ecological research. Requirements for the software engineering positions include training in computer sciences, experience and knowledge on workflow and cyber-infrastructure. To apply for those positions, please contact: Dr. Yiqi Luo, Department of Botany and Microbiology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73019, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Xuhui Zhou, email: email@example.com. Posted: 8/11/09.
University of Oldenburg: PhD position treeline seedling ecophysiology. We invite applications for a 3-year PhD position (E13, 65%) in a DFG-funded project addressing ecophysiological limitations for germination and seedling performance of a range of tree species at the alpine treeline. The goal of the project is to understand the processes that determine treeline dynamics in different tree species, distinguishing generalised and species-specific responses. Approaches used include field and laboratory germination experiments, field experiments with small seedlings, and various ecophysiological measurements (growth, chemistry, chlorophyll fluorescence). The position is based in Oldenburg, northern Germany, and involves extensive fieldwork in the French Alps. The successful applicant will hold an MSc-degree or equivalent in Biology or a related discipline and have an interest and, preferably, experience in plant ecophysiology and ecology and/or seed and seedling biology. Further requirements include an analytical and critical mindset, the ability to work independently in potentially harsh field conditions, good English oral and writing skills and a willingness to learn French. Closing date for applications: July 9, 2010. Starting date: autumn/winter 2010, or a.s.a.p. For further information: maaike.bader[at]uni-oldenburg.de. Please send your application, including CV and the contact details of three references, to the email address above or to: Dr. Maaike Bader, Functional Ecology of Plants, Department of Biology and Environmental Sciences, University of Oldenburg, P.O. Box 2503, D-26111 Oldenburg, Germany. Posted: 5/28/10.
University of Oslo: Center for International Climate and Environmental Research – Oslo (CICERO) has an open position for a PhD student in the Norwegian Research Council funded project “Quantifying the global socio-economic and policy drivers for Brazil’s contribution to global warming”. The project will link a global input-output model (113 regions and 57 sectors) of the world economy to climate relevant emissions and land-use change to a simple climate model. The systematic inclusion of land-use change and regional variations in climate effects of emissions of different gases and aerosols will be core components of the project. The focus will be to quantify the global and regional socio-economic drivers linking product consumption at the global level with regional emissions and contributions to global warming. The PhD component of the project will focus on the different climate effects of regional emissions at the sector level (e.g., agriculture versus manufacturing at different geographic locations including relevant emissions in the supply chain). A global 3-D chemical transport model will be used to analyze the region and sector differences to be incorporated into a simple climate model. The regionalized simple climate model will be linked with a global input-output model to quantify the linkages between product consumption and global warming by region and sector. The PhD will focus on the chemistry and climate aspects, but will also work closely on consistently linking the system from product consumption through to global warming. The PhD project will extend CICERO’s existing expertise in chemical transport modeling, simple climate models, climate metrics, and multi-regional input-output analysis. While the project is focused on Brazil, the framework will be applicable at the global level. The PhD student should have a relevant degree and a strong background in quantitative modeling, preferably climate related. Since the project spans from simple economic models through to climate models, the student should have broad interests and the ability to quickly adjust to new fields. Knowledge of life-cycle assessment or input-output analysis is an advantage, but not essential. * Salary: Salary for PhD Students starts at wage scale (Ltr.) 45 (NOK 355 600,- per year). * Pension: The Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. * Holidays: 5 weeks (according the Annual Holiday Act) * CICERO is an equal opportunity employer (IA). Contact information: Glen Peters, firstname.lastname@example.org (only e-mail in the period December 14th – January 5th). For the period January 5th – January 15th 2010, phone: (+47) 22 85 87 80. Apply online. Please upload your CV, transcripts and cover letter. Deadline: 15 January 2009. Posted: 12/21/09.
University of Oxford: Graduate Research Assistant – Evolutionary Social Ecology. Grade 6, Starting salary £25,751 – 30,747 p.a. A Graduate Research Assistant position is available, for 2 years and 9 months, from 1 October 2010, to work on a project studying social networks in birds from an ecological and evolutionary perspective. The post is funded as part of an ERC Advanced Investigator grant of €2.5M over five years to Prof Ben Sheldon. The post will be based in the Edward Grey Institute, Department of Zoology. The main duties of the post-holder will be to carry out fieldwork around Oxford to collect data on social behaviour and social relationships in wild birds. The post-holder will participate in experiments testing a range of hypotheses about the causes and consequences of social structure with an emphasis on dispersal. This is an exceptional opportunity to participate in a major research project, for which extensive pilot data are already available, and for which funding is guaranteed at a very high level for the duration of the project. The successful candidate will have a BSc in biology or a related subject, and demonstrate skill and enthusiasm for biological research. Experience of fieldwork under arduous conditions, and of working as part of a multi-disciplinary team are desirable, as are fieldwork skills involving birds. Informal inquiries (with CV) to Prof Ben Sheldon (email@example.com); start date 1 October 2010. Further particulars and application forms can be downloaded from http://www.zoo.ox.ac.uk/jobs or are available from the Personnel Office, Department of Zoology, Tinbergen Building, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS (tel: 01865 271190); email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications, together with CV and contact details of three referees and a cover letter explaining how the candidate meets the selection criteria, as outlined in the further particulars, should be sent to the above address quoting reference number AT10017. Closes: 14th June 2010. Posted: 12/17/09, revised: 5/4/10.
University of Oxford: The form and function of dynamic sociality in a wild bird population - DPhil (PhD) project in Evolutionary Ecology/Information Engineering. Supervisors: Prof Ben Sheldon, Dr Teddy Wilkin, Prof Steve Roberts. All organisms display social behaviour of some form, but the extent and duration of this behaviour varies tremendously between species and over life cycles within species: understanding what causes variation in social behaviour has been a major research theme in biology for decades. Until recently, very little of this work has focussed on the type of social organisation that typifies many animals, where social groups are highly dynamic, with frequent changes in their composition, and where associations between individuals vary in their strength and consistency. However, there is currently great interest in applying techniques from network analysis to animal social behaviour. This project exploits a large ongoing study of a wild bird population that has been a model system in ecology and evolutionary biology (the great tit *Parus major* at Wytham Woods near Oxford), in which thousands of individuals are marked with transponders, and a grid of recording locations generates hundreds of thousands of records each winter. The main aims of the project are to use these data to generate biological insight into social behaviour in birds, in a social network context. The first aim of this project will be: (1) for the student to develop methods for identifying individual groups from the complex temporally and spatially-structured data set based on feeding associations. Having done this the next aims will be to (2) explore the stability of groups over time, and (3) quantify the structure of groups in terms of the number, individual characteristics and relatedness of their constituents. Following these steps, the project will: (4) develop social networking techniques which integrate temporal changes in the strengths of relationships between individuals, and (5) determine the consequences, in terms of foraging and breeding performance, of social structure at the individual, group and population levels. Finally, (6) the project will explore how group stability changes in response to changes in the environment, including factors such as food availability. The ideal candidate for this post is a physical scientist with a first degree in engineering, computer science, physics or mathematics, a strong quantitative background, and a desire to use these skills to understand complex biological problems, but biologists with a very strong quantitative background are also encouraged to apply. The supervisors are skilled in ecology and behaviour (Sheldon and Wilkin) and information engineering (Roberts) and the project will work very much at the interface of these fields, as part of two large, research active groups, see: Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology and Pattern Analysis & Machine Learning Research Group. The stipend is £16k per annum. This studentship is open to candidates from the UK and the EU/EEA and Switzerland (i.e, to any student who would not be classed as paying fees at the international student level). Informal inquiries, accompanied with a CV, to Prof Ben Sheldon (email@example.com). The deadline for applications is 9 November 2009, and the successful candidate would be expected to start by January 2010. Posted: 9/14/09.
University of Pennsylvania: The Department of Earth and Environmental Science of the University of Pennsylvania seeks applicants for competitive, multi-year Ph.D. fellowships to work in the Luquillo Critical Zone Observatory in the Luquillo Mountains of northeastern Puerto Rico. The multi-disciplinary team of geoscientists working at the site is addressing a set of specific hypotheses that are related to the following overarching questions: How do critical zone processes and the flow and transformations of material differ in landscapes with contrasting bedrock but similar climates, land use, and geologic histories? What are the implications of these differences for the long term sustainability of water and soil resources? One component of the project will specifically examine questions concerning soil biogeochemistry and nutrient cycling, such as how contrasting parent materials control the storage and dynamics of carbon and nitrogen. Applications must be submitted by December 15th, 2009. Applicants must apply on line using the Penn ExpressApp link of the PhD Program page of the departmental webpage. For further information, please contact: Dr. Alain Plante (firstname.lastname@example.org, 215-898-9269). Posted: 11/30/09.
University of Pennsylvania: I (Dr. Irina Marinov) am seeking a highly motivated graduate student to join my ocean biogeochemistry- climate research group in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science. Applicants must be self-motivated and hard working with good written and verbal communication skills. A strong background in physics, chemistry, engineering, oceanography or atmospheric science is ideal. Past programming experience under the Linux environment (especially programming in Fortran, matlab or python) is highly desirable. The research will combine theoretical aspects with running climate change simulations and sensitivity studies (using a general circulation model) on the new state-of-the-art computer cluster we have recently acquired for our group. Possible scientific research areas include (a) developing a theoretical understanding for what controls the oceanic sink for atmospheric CO2; (b) studying large scale trends as well as decadal trends and variability in ocean phytoplankton ecology and ocean carbon cycle; (c) combining theoretical ecology with climate modeling to understand the link between climate, nutrient supply and ocean plankton distribution; (d) the role of ocean mixing and circulation in determining the ocean carbon uptake and the global scale oceanic distribution of nutrients and carbon dioxide; (e) changes in the hydrological cycle and resulting impacts on climate on decadal to millenial time scales. Another potential thesis topic is the future of the Southern Ocean carbon sink under a warming climate and the resulting implications for ecosystem ecology. This project will quantify future changes in phytoplankton growth and ecology by simulating future global climate changes in both a global climate model and regional ocean models of the Weddell Sea, Antarctic Peninsula and Ross Sea. From a technical point of view, the project will involve incorporating and testing biogeochemistry modules in regional models of the Southern Ocean. The position starts in the summer or fall 2010. If interested please contact me at imarinovATsas.upenn.edu. Please note that applications are due in December 2009. For details see the PhD program page. Posted: 11/30/09.
University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez: The last decade has seen the arrival and rapid propagation of Asian clam (Corbicula fluminea) in reservoirs of Puerto Rico. Studies with other filter feeding zooplankton suggest that high density populations of these invasive mussels may lead to an increase in the abundance of toxic cyanobacteria strains to levels that can compromise the safety of the potable water. An assistantship towards a Masters of Science degree is available in the Department of Crops and Agroenvironmental Sciences to study phytoplankton community structure in reservoirs in Puerto Rico. The candidate will work with a multidisciplinary team to establish the effect of Asian clam populations on phytoplankton community structure and cyanotoxin production in reservoirs of Puerto Rico. This work will include field sampling, mesocosm studies, and taxonomic identification of phytoplankton. Student will be funded primarily on research assistantships including summer support. Funding is guaranteed for 2 years. Field work is required and field conditions are hot, sunny, and physically demanding. Minimum requirements include: Bachelor's degree in ecology, limnology, biology, chemistry, or related field, 3.2 GPA, good physical condition, driver's license, and preferably bilingual in Spanish and English (classes will be taught in Spanish). Students should be punctual, self motivated, and be able to work independently. US citizenship is not required, but non citizens should have or be able to obtain a student visa. Position starts in January 2010 depending on availability of quality applicants. Interested students should send CV, letter explaining their qualifications (in English), contact details for three references, and unofficial transcripts to Dr. David Sotomayor-Ramírez (email@example.com) and Dr. Stefanie Whitmire (firstname.lastname@example.org), Depto. Cultivos y Ciencias Agroambientales, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez. Electronic submission preferred. Deadline: October 15, 2009. Fax: 787-265-3851 and phone 787-832-4040 x 2092. More information: graduate studies at UPRM. Posted: 10/7/09.
University of Queensland: A PhD position in plant community ecology/restoration ecology is currently available working with Dr. Margie Mayfield, Prof. Richard Hobbs (University of Western Australia) and potentially Prof. Robert Holt (University of Florida). The successful candidate will work on plant community assembly in Western Australia’s York Gum woodlands, one of the world’s plant biodiversity hotspots. The PhD project details are flexible but the project as a whole aims to improve understanding of the mechanisms and processes involved in plant community reassemble following land use change, and how these processes differ across a natural climate gradient. Candidates interested in theoretical community assembly, the integration of ecological and evolutionary theory into restoration ecology and conservation biology and plant field ecology or evolutionary biology are all welcome to apply. For the right candidate, the position comes with an annual living stipend (~AU$25,000) and tuition fees for 3.5 years. Candidates with a Masters degree and/or publications are preferred though all excellent candidates will be considered. The start date is flexible. For more information please contact Dr. Margie Mayfield (email@example.com) and to apply e-mail Margie a CV and letter of interest. Drs. Mayfield and Hobbs will be attending ESA-Pittsburgh in August and will be available to meet with promising candidates who are also attending the meeting (phone and Skype interviews can also be arranged). Applications will be accepted through August 2010. Posted: 6/1/10.
University of Regina: PhD Studentships in Plant Ecology. We have openings for graduate students with a strong academic background to pursue a PhD in our lab (more information). Potential research projects include climate-driven phenological coupling between shoots and roots, and the long term effects of invasive species on ecosystem function. These 4-year positions start in September 2010 with salary at standard rates, and are funded by grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and limited teaching stipends. Applicants need a driver's license and an ability to work independently, especially in the field. The position is based in Regina, Canada with field work in Saskatchewan, North Dakota and northern Sweden. Please email a letter, resumé, contact information for three references, and unofficial transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org before 15 February 2010. Posted: 12/21/09.
University of Rhode Island: M.S./Ph.D. Graduate Student Assistantship. I am seeking an individual with experience in coastal habitats, benthic communities, tidal wetlands, or soil science to work on a study aimed at investigating relationships between subaqueous soil properties and the classification, use, and management of shallow-subtidal habitats. The goal of the study is to develop a soil-based interpretive tool that can be used to assess the condition of the shallow-subtidal habitats for use, management, and conservation. In our previous research, we determined that shallow-subtidal habitats can be mapped using soil and landscape analysis. In addition, we found that subaqueous soils properties can be used as determining factors for coastal management decisions such as locations for submerged aquatic vegetation restoration. In this study, we will continue to develop a soil-based coastal management and conservation tool by examining relationships between subaqueous soils and a number of uses (and associated habitats) in shallow subtidal ecosystems. Responsibilities of the graduate assistant will be to inventory the soils and habitat of a range of shallow subtidal environments, to sample and characterize the soils in these settings, to evaluate these soil properties relative to use and management of the habitats. Critical questions will include: What effect does dredging have on these habitats? Can the dredged materials be safely placed on the land surface? What subtidal soil/landscapes can be used for shellfish aquaculture? Are certain aquaculture approaches better suited for given soils? Please send résumé, college transcripts, and statement of interest to: Dr. Mark Stolt, Department of Natural Resources Science, One Greenhouse Road, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, 02881, phone 401-874-2915, fax 401-874-4561, email@example.com URI’s Department of Natural Resources Science conducts research in soil-environmental science, soil ecology, wetland and watershed science, landscape ecology, GIS, and wildlife and environmental management. Posted: 4/7/10.
University of Rhode Island: The Department of Natural Resources Science is recruiting a Ph.D. student who will conduct research in habitat suitability assessment and predictive modeling using remote sensing data and GIS analysis. The research will focus on the relationship between ecological conditions of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.) and factors such as land-use and land-cover change and climate change. The graduate student should have a background in remote sensing and GIS and an interest in biodiversity, wildlife habitats and management. The assistantship is provided by a NASA-funded project that is developing a decision support system for monitoring, reporting and forecasting the ecological conditions of the A.T. This decision support system will integrate multi-platform remote sensing data, Terrestrial Observation and Prediction System (TOPS) models, and in situ measurements for understanding the ecological conditions of the A.T. land and for conservation of biodiversity. Expected starting date: Summer or Fall 2010 semester. The graduate student will work under the supervision of Dr. Y.Q. Wang. Please submit a letter of interest, CV, transcripts and GRE scores and the names of 3 references to Professor Y.Q. Wang (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 2/19/10.
University of Rhode Island: I invite applications from motivated students for either masters or doctoral work beginning in fall 2010 in the field of terrestrial community ecology. Full funding for 1-2 students will be provided either as research or teaching assistantships, depending on student background and availability. Applicants should be independent, highly motivated, and possess some research and/or field experience. Research in my lab generally addresses predator-prey and/or herbivore-plant interactions; specific research topics have included the population-level consequences of non-lethal interactions between predators and their prey and the impact of interactions between invasive species on eastern forests. Detailed information about the lab is available at http://cels.uri.edu/preisserlab/. Prospective students should contact me (Evan Preisser, email@example.com) and provide a short description of research interests and accomplishments, a CV (including GPA and GRE scores), and contact information for three references. I will contact suitable candidates to discuss potential graduate projects and to set up an interview. Formal department review of applications will begin February 1, 2010, but interested students should contact me well before the application deadline. Posted: 10/20/09.
University of Rhode Island: Graduate Student Assistantship. I am seeking an individual with experience in soil science, wetlands, freshwater littoral habitats, or invasive species to work on a study aimed at investigating relationships between soil properties and the use and management of freshwater littoral habitats. The goal of the study is to develop a soil-based interpretive tool that can be used to assess the condition of the shallow freshwater littoral habitats for use, management, and conservation. The primary focus will be on relationships between invasive species and soil characteristics, carbon accounting, nutrient sinks, and sedimentation rates. Responsibilities of the graduate assistant will be to: inventory the soils and habitat of a range of shallow freshwater littoral environments; to sample and characterize the soils in these settings; and to evaluate these soil properties relative to invasive species, carbon storage and sequestration, nutrient levels, and sedimentation rates. Please send résumé, college transcripts, and statement of interest to: Dr. Mark Stolt, Department of Natural Resources Science, One Greenhouse Road, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, 02881, phone 401-874-2915, fax 401-874-4561, firstname.lastname@example.org URI’s Department of Natural Resources Science conducts research in pedology, soil-environmental science, soil ecology, wetland and watershed science, landscape ecology, GIS, and wildlife and environmental management. Posted: 10/2/09.
University of Rhode Island: A research assistantship is available at the M.Sc. or Ph.D. level in the Department of Natural Resources Science to study the distribution, abundance, and movement patterns of selected seaducks in offshore habitats in southern New England during the bird’s winter and staging periods. Satellite radiotelemetry will be combined with extensive boat-based and aerial-based surveys to determine (a) current distribution and movement patterns of seaducks in Rhode Island’s nearshore waters, offshore waters, and Narragansett Bay, (b) the temporal pattern of these movements in relation to key offshore habitats, (c) the route and destination of sea ducks departing Rhode Island and migrating to their breeding areas, and (d) how daily movement patterns and habitat use of seaducks affects the designation of offshore areas suitable for wind turbine placement. This study is part of a larger university-state agency collaborative effort to designate offshore areas suitable for wind turbine placement while attempting to minimize or avoid impacts to key natural resources. Qualifications: Only hard-working, motivated, intelligent, good-natured persons interested in seaducks need apply. Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in animal/wildlife biology or ecology, earned at least a 3.2 GPA, must have taken the GRE, and must have excellent oral and written communication skills. Field experience with seabird capture and handling, techniques for censusing seabirds, radiotelemetry, and GIS is highly desirable. Experience with quantitative analysis and field research is required. Ability to work collaboratively and to supervise research assistants and undergraduates working in the field is also required. Stipends are approx. $20k/yr and tuition is paid. Starting date is January 2010 (earlier employment as a research associate is possible). To apply submit the following: a letter stating your qualifications and research interests, a resume or CV, college transcripts, GRE scores, and 3 letters of reference by no later than 15 October 2009 (early application is encouraged) to: Dr. Scott R. McWilliams & Dr. Peter Paton, Dept. Natural Resources Science, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881. 401-874-7531; email@example.com. Posted: 9/23/09.
University of Rhode Island: The Department of Natural Resources Science is recruiting a Ph.D. student who will conduct research in habitat suitability assessment and predictive modeling using remote sensing data and GIS analysis. The research will focus on the relationship between ecological conditions of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.) and factors such as land-use and land-cover change and climate change. The graduate student should have a background in remote sensing and GIS and an interest in biodiversity, wildlife habitats and management. The assistantship is provided by a NASA-funded project that is developing a decision support system for monitoring, reporting and forecasting the ecological conditions of the A.T. This decision support system will integrate multi-platform remote sensing data, Terrestrial Observation and Prediction System (TOPS) models, and in situ measurements for understanding the ecological conditions of the A.T. land and for conservation of biodiversity. Expected starting date: Spring 2010 semester. The graduate student will work under the supervision of Dr. Y.Q. Wang. Please submit a letter of interest, CV, transcripts and GRE scores and the names of 3 references to Professor Y.Q. Wang (firstname.lastname@example.org). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled. Posted: 6/11/09, revised: 10/26/09.
University of Saskatchewan/Université Laval: Ph.D. or M.Sc. to Ph.D. transfer in inter-specific interactions (wild horses, seals, bird life, vegetation) on Sable Island, NS. We are currently developing a long-term, individual-based program of research into the ecology and evolution of the feral horses living on Sable Island, Nova Scotia. As part of this initiative, we are recruiting a student to ask questions of inter-species and inter-ecosystem dynamics; in particular, interactions between gray seal and sea bird populations and that of the horses, with the potential to quantify not only mediated transport of nutrients from sea to land by pupping seals and sea birds but also subsequent impacts on habitat selection of horses. This exciting project may prove to be a rewarding opportunity for a student interested in bridging aspects of population, behavioural, community, and ecosystem functioning. Research will complement a team of at least two other students working on questions of horse life history and plant community ecology on Sable Island. The student is expected to begin on or before May 1, 2010, and will be guaranteed a full 3-year fellowship if working as a Ph.D. student or 4-years if starting as a M.Sc. and transferring into the Ph.D. program. Additional funding opportunities are available; we especially encourage students with funding in hand or who will be competitive for scholarships to apply. Applications are open to international students as well as Canadians. The student will be co-supervised by Dr. Philip McLoughlin at the University of Saskatchewan (which will also be the home department for the student) and Dr. Daniel Fortin at Université Laval (during the course of study the student will be expected to make visits to the lab of Dr. Fortin). The student will also be required to work alongside members of the Bedford Institute of Oceanography (Fisheries and Oceans Canada) and the Canadian Wildlife Service, who will be research partners in the study. Field work will occur during summers, principally in late summer. Travel costs between locations and for field work on Sable Island will be covered. Candidates should have a strong background in population and community ecology, behavioural ecology, and soil and/or diet analysis (including stable isotope analysis). The degree-granting institution will be the University of Saskatchewan. Review of applications will commence in March, 2009. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV (including references), and transcript via email to both Dr. Philip McLoughlin (email@example.com) and Dr. Daniel Fortin (firstname.lastname@example.org). For more info, email. Additional information on Sable Island (the site of field work) can be found at: http://www.greenhorsesociety.com/ Open until filled, however applications will be reviewed first on Jan 20, 2010. Posted: 12/3/09.
University of South Dakota: I'm looking for a graduate student (M.S. or Ph.D.) to work on a project to map and characterize plant species composition and the physical conditions of calcareous fen habitats in eastern South Dakota. If funded, the project will cover two summers (2011 and 2012) and one semester of RA support, plus other research expenses and travel. During other semesters, the student will be supported on a Teaching Assistantship, which also includes a partial tuition waiver. Some semesters of fellowship support may be possible for a Ph.D. student. The ideal candidate will have expertise or experience in the sampling and identification of Midwestern wetland flora, particularly of some of the rare and unique species located in fen habitats. In addition, some experience in the use of Geographic Information Systems, interpretation of topographic maps and aerial photos, and familiarity with Midwestern landscapes and physical geography (e.g., glacial geology) would be a bonus. The project will require a balance of GIS work with extensive time in the field for site reconnaissance and vegetation sampling. The student would be enrolled in the graduate program of the Department of Biology, in the lab of Dr. Mark Dixon. Preferred starting date is Fall 2010 (August 15), although earlier or later starts may be possible. Interested students should contact me directly (Mark.Dixon@usd.edu) and apply to the graduate program in Biology, preferably by February 15, 2010 (although later applicants may also be considered). Posted: 2/8/10.
University of South Dakota: The Department of Biology is accepting applications from potential M.S. or Ph.D. students for Fall 2010. Excellent opportunities for research exist on the nearby Missouri River, although our faculty work in a diversity of other systems within the Great Plains and elsewhere (including Hawaii, California Channel Islands, etc.). Several faculty members conduct research in areas of aquatic and terrestrial ecology, evolution, animal behavior and conservation biology, and are potentially accepting students for Fall 2010: Dr. Daniel Soluk, Dr. Jacob Kerby, Dr. Mark Dixon, Dr. David Swanson, Dr. Molly Nepokroeff, Dr. John Swallow. All of these faculty members are potentially accepting students for Fall 2010. Please contact them individually if interested. For more information see the graduate program in Biology. Applications received by February 15, 2010 will receive first consideration for fall admission, although later applications may also be considered. Posted: 2/8/10.
University of South Dakota: I have an opening in my lab for at least one student (Ph.D. or possibly M.S.) interested in conducting research on the conservation and ecology of the Hine’s emerald dragonfly (Somatochlora hineana), a federally-listed endangered species that occurs in the Midwestern United States and Canada. The species has a number of unique ecological and behavioral attributes, and its survival is closely linked to groundwater dynamics. You can contribute to ongoing research efforts including habitat conservation, restoration and creation. Research is conducted primarily in the Chicago area and in Door County, Wisconsin. Students interested in adult dragonfly ecology and behavior are especially encouraged, however, I will also consider students with interests in larval dragonfly ecology, wetland hydrology, or crayfish ecology. I seek self-motivated students interested in working on studies that integrate basic and applied ecology. Stipends range from $19-21k/ year, depending upon experience. If you are interested in conducting research that plays a vital role in saving this rare and unusual species and other aquatic insects, contact Daniel A. Soluk (email@example.com), Dept. of Biology, for further information. You can watch a brief video about some of the problems faced by the Hine’s emerald dragonfly in Wisconsin. Consideration of applicants will begin Jan. 15, 2010. Posted: 12/17/09.
University of South Florida: The Dept. of Integrative Biology seeks applicants for a Ph.D. position to study the spatial ecohydrology of wetlands. The wetlands of west-central Florida are embedded in a landscape template of variable groundwater hydrology, land cover, and underlying geology. The student would investigate how this template regulates the distribution, structure, function, and resilience of wetlands. While the student is free to define the focus and approaches for their dissertation, one requirement will be geospatial analyses of existing data to examine spatial relationships among wetland ecohydrology variables and human activities. Thus, good geospatial analysis and GIS skills are prerequisites, as is a Masters degree in Ecology or a related field. This assistantship is partially supported by an NSF-funded ULTRA-Ex (Urban Long-Term Research Area-Exploratory) grant. The broader project examines social and ecological drivers of water policy, urbanization, and wetland change. The student will thus interact closely with faculty and students from the social and natural sciences, and can access a well-established pipeline for communicating research to management agencies. The student will be supported by a combination of grant-based research assistantships and teaching assistantships during the period of study. For more information, please contact Dr. David Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 813-974-8108. Applications are due Jan 1st to be considered for a University Graduate Fellowship, or Feb 15th to be considered for the combined RA/TA support described above. To apply, please follow the application procedures described here. Posted: 12/30/09.
University of Southern Maine: Master's position available for the project: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Defining River Herring Stock Structure in the Gulf of Maine. Responsibilities will include a combination of field work and lab work, some portion of which will be applied towards the student’s thesis. Candidate will be working in freshwater (lakes and rivers) and marine environments, at times from fishing boats offshore in the Gulf of Maine . The successful candidate will possess the ability to work independently and as a team with PIs, a permanent technician, and commercial fishermen. Some knowledge of conservation genetics and/or statistics will be a bonus. Attention to detail a must. Position will begin in January 2010. Funding for the project will end in December 2012. Graduate stipend available. For more information, visit: Aquatic Systems Group and follow the graduate position link. Or, contact: Dr. Karen Wilson (email@example.com, 207-228-1674) or Dr. Theodore Willis (firstname.lastname@example.org, 207-228-1673). Posted: 11/13/09.
University of Southern Mississippi: M.S. Graduate Research Assistantship in Coastal and Habitat Ecology. The Department of Coastal Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi is seeking highly qualified students for M.S. studies in coastal habitats and plant communities. The department is located at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, MS. The successful candidate(s) will study saltmarsh habitats, or seagrasses and seaweeds in Mississippi Sound. The ability to do field work and work off small boats is a must. SCUBA experience is a plus. Additional skills needed include good communications, strong writing and mathematical background, and ability to work well in a team. Successful candidate(s) must possess a B.S. in biology or a related science and a minimum GPA of 3.0. The GRE (verbal and quantitative) and TOEFL (for non-native English speakers) are required. Salary starts at $1,600/mo and includes a tuition waiver and medical benefits. Interested individuals should contact: Dr. Patrick Biber, 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: 8/14/09.
University of Stirling: A Ph.D. scholarship is available to study the ecology and evolution of plant reproductive strategies and the plant-pollinator's interactions at the University of Stirling, Scotland, in the laboratory of Dr. Mario Vallejo-Marin. The scholarship will cover tuition fees, and provide a monthly stipend for the duration of the PhD (3 years). My lab is broadly interested in the evolutionary and ecological processes shaping the amazing diversity of plant reproductive strategies. Specific areas of research in my lab include the evolution of flower form and its relationship to pollination success in the family Solanaceae, the evolutionary consequences of variation in sexual forms within individuals for plant fitness, and the potential for rapid evolutionary change in invasive species. Work in my lab utilizes molecular and phylogenetic analyses, as well as extensive field work and experimental studies of plant-pollinator interactions. Ongoing research projects include experimental work in the U.K., Mexico and China, and the successful candidate is expected to actively participate in the field work component of our projects. The candidate should have a good command of ecological and evolutionary principles, be familiar with statistical analysis and basic math skills, like to travel, and be comfortable with working outdoors. Previous experience in an ecology or evolution lab at either the undergraduate or Master's level will be considered a strong asset. Having an excellent grasp of statistics, basic programming skills, or experience in a molecular lab will set you apart from other candidates. The entry qualification for postgraduate studentships is a first class or upper second class honours undergraduate degree in a relevant biological subject, or an appropriate Masters degree. To apply please email Dr. Mario Vallejo-Marin (firstname.lastname@example.org) and attach a cover letter, your CV (Résumé) and the name and contact information of two references. Your cover letter should briefly explain why you are well suited for this position. The studentship will be assigned on a competitive basis following an internal selection process at the School of Biological and Environmental Sciences. Candidates will compete for one of 5 apprenticeships and 1 NERC-quota studentship available within the School. In addition, candidates will have the option to compete for one of several University-wide studentships available for the academic year starting in the Fall 2010. The call is open for students of all nationalities. Non-UK or European Union students may apply for a University ORSAS award to cover the cost of overseas fees. Deadline: 1 March 2010. Posted: 2/3/10.
University of Sydney: PhD scholarship (APAI) on ecosystem cycling of N in forest plantations. This scholarship is funded by an ARC Linkage-Project grant and will provide support for 3 years on a full-time basis for a research project leading to a PhD. The objective of the research project is to explore the significance of organic nitrogen for the nutrition of plantation Eucalyptus species. The PhD candidate will help to determine the forms of N that are taken up by plantation forest species, and identify what limits the supply of available N. To tackle these questions will involve stable isotope labelling and use of mass spectrometry to trace fluxes into bacteria, fungi and plants. There is generous support for projects costs and the PhD candidate will have access to state-of-the-art research facilities at the University of Sydney. Eligibility: Applicants should have an Honours 1 or 2A degree in biology, agriculture or biogeochemistry. Experience/background in nutrient cycling would be an advantage, but is not essential. Applicants must be Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or New Zealand citizens. Amount Awarded: The scholarship stipend is $26,669 per annum (tax exempt). For further information please contact the Principal Investigator of the project Dr Charles Warren (E-mail: email@example.com). Applications, including a curriculum vitae, copy of an academic transcript, proof of citizenship or permanent residency, the names and contact details of at least two referees should be sent by e-mail to Dr Charles Warren, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Sydney NSW 2006 Australia. Closing Date: 14 May, 2010. Posted: 4/7/10.
University of Texas at Arlington: A Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) and a Postdoctoral Scientist position (one year, possibility for renewal up to three years) are available to participate in two arctic ecology research projects with field work based at Toolik Field Station in northern Alaska, the site of the Arctic Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) project. Both positions are in the plant ecology laboratory of Dr. Laura Gough at UT-Arlington and could begin as early as January 2010. Briefly, the projects are: 1. investigating how moist acidic tundra communities above- and belowground respond to release from nutrient limitation in terms of species compositional and functional changes and how such changes affect carbon cycling (ongoing collaboration with John Moore, Colorado State University) 2. determining how migratory songbird species are affected by availability of shrub habitat across several sites on the North Slope to predict how ongoing changes in vegetation associated with climate warming may affect bird mating success and population viability [new collaboration with Natalie Boelman (Columbia University) and John Wingfield (University of California, Davis)]. Applicants must be in good physical condition, be able to hike over uneven terrain carrying heavy packs, and be available to spend most field seasons (up to three months) in a remote location. To apply for either position, please e-mail a c.v., names and contact information for three references, and a brief statement of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. GRA applicants can find information relevant to our graduate program at: http://www.uta.edu/biology/graduate/. Review of applications will begin mid-October and continue until the positions are filled. Posted: 9/15/09.
University of Texas at Austin: Opportunity for graduate training in biofuels, genomics, experimental ecology, and climate change research. The Hawkes, Juenger and Keitt Labs in the Section of Integrative Biology invite prospective students to apply for graduate studies under the nexus of a newly-funded 4-year project exploring switchgrass (Panicum) ecological and evolutionary responses to climate change, funded by NSF. The project will blend genomic, experimental and modeling approaches to address spatial and temporal variation in switchgrass biomass production across North America. Switchgrass is a biofuel candidate species already in production. The ideal student would engage in an interdisciplinary program of training and research taking advantage of the breadth of expertise available among the participating labs. Co-advising arrangements are strongly encouraged. Research assistantships will be available to qualified applicants, although it is expected that students would also gain teaching experience though teaching assistantships during part of their tenure. Students may apply through UT's graduate programs in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior (EEB), Plant Biology, Cellular & Molecular Biology (CMB), or Computational Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics (CSEM). Interested students should contact one or more of the PI's as soon as possible (see links above). Please include a PDF file with a CV, GRE scores and a statement of research interests. Posted: 9/17/09.
University of Texas at San Antonio: Highly qualified doctoral student sought for graduate position in primate nutritional ecology and conservation in the Department of Ecological Anthropology. Students with Masters degrees, laboratory training in chemistry and nutrition, and field research experience in Africa are especially encouraged to apply. Funding available. For more details, please contact: Dr. Joanna E. Lambert, Professor (email@example.com). Posted: 12/7/09.
University of Toledo: Graduate teaching and research fellowships in Biology-Ecology (M.S. and Ph.D.) and Geology (M.S.) are available for fall of 2010 in the Department of Environmental Sciences (DES). Typical annual (12 month) assistantship stipends are $15k (M.S.) and $20k (Ph.D.) plus a tuition waiver. In addition, DES has an active NSF GK-12 program that provides a $30k annual stipend to several senior graduate students each year for research at the land-lake ecological interface involving local schoolteachers. Inaugurated in July 2000, our department provides students with exciting opportunities in interdisciplinary research directed by internationally recognized faculty in ecology and geology in collaboration with colleagues in geography, environmental law, engineering and other fields of study. Information about our entrance requirements, degree programs, course offerings, faculty members, and departmental resources can be found at: http://www.eeescience.utoledo.edu and http://gradschool.utoledo.edu/. DES is an interdisciplinary department with 22 faculty specializing in ecosystems, earth surface processes, and human impacts on the environment. Detailed descriptions for each research lab. Biology research interests include terrestrial/aquatic ecosystem and landscape ecology, ecosystem sustainability, wetlands, fish ecology, invasive species, agroecology, bioremediation, global change, bioenergy and environmental microbiology. Geology research interests include glacial geology, near surface geophysics, remote sensing/GIS, coastal systems, hydrogeology, and environmental geochemistry and soil sciences. The university is recognized as a prominent academic center for environmental education and research in Ohio and the Great Lakes region, and was recently named a statewide Center of Excellence in Advanced Renewable Energy and the Environment. The nearby glacial terrains and agricultural/urban ecosystems, interacting with local rivers and Lake Erie’s productive fisheries and wetlands, combined with the remarkable diversity of Oak Openings savannas and woodlands make the Greater Toledo area an ideal natural laboratory for studies in ecology, geology, and environmental sciences. We have access to a wide array of field sites and modern research facilities, including the Lake Erie Center on Maumee Bay, the Stranahan Arboretum in Toledo, and the Plant Science Research Center on the main campus. For more information concerning the admission process, please contact Dr. Von Sigler (firstname.lastname@example.org), and for information concerning graduate curriculum and advising, please contact Dr. Scott Heckathorn (email@example.com). Applications received by March 30 will be given full consideration, but if financial assistance is also requested then applications should be received by February 1 for admission during the next academic year. Posted: 11/18/09.
University of Turku: Open Ph.D. student post in the project on "Population growth rates of owls and kestrels in spatio-temporarily varying environments" for one year (12 mo). The project is at Section of Ecology, Dept. Biol., Univ. Turku, Finland (financed by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, etc. in 2010-2011). We have >25-yr data from fecundity (clutch size, reproductive success and age of first reproduction), natal and breeding dispersal distances, juvenile and adult survival as well as diet composition of Tengmalm’s owls and Eurasian kestrels in two large study areas in western Finland. In addition, we have >20-yr data from breeding densities, reproduction rate and diet of short-eared and long-eared owls. The density estimates of main prey species of owls and kestrels have been also collected, and data from changes in habitat composition and weather conditions are also available. Therefore, these data will yield an unique possibility to comprehensively analyse effects of long-term spatio-temporal variation of the environment on numerical and functional responses of owls and kestrels. This may provide new insights for understanding ecological processes behind population dynamics. Details on the research environment, research projects and their productivity can be found in http://users.utu.fi/ekorpi/. The Ph.D. student will take part in the planning and execution of the project, as well as will analyse the existing long-term data, and write papers. The 1-yr post can be extended up to 4 years. Requirements: -MSc in Biology with specialisation in ecology -theoretical interest in ecology research and experimental skills -skills to analyse data and to write mss -motivation and ambition to obtain a Ph.D. degree within 4 years. Queries and applications (CV, list of publications, a summary of research interests and motivation for this project) to prof. Erkki Korpimäki, tel. +358-2-3335699, fax +358-2-3336550, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline for applications is 15 May 2010. Address: Section of Ecology, Department of Biology, University of Turku, FIN-20014 Turku, Finland. Posted: 4/21/10.
University of Victoria: Funding is available for a MSc or PhD student interested in pursuing graduate research in paleoecology, beginning September 2010 or January 2011. The assistantship is part of a large interdisciplinary research project focussed on improving our understanding of ecological dynamics of aspen parkland and oak savannah in Riding Mountain Nation Park (RMNP) in southwestern Manitoba. Project: Research and management actions aimed at restoring natural disturbance regimes in aspen parkland and oak savannah in RMNP dictate a need to understand the vegetation and fire history of these ecosystems as well as ecological resilience and thresholds associated with aspen and oak communities. When coupled with changes in climate and probable pre-contact land-management practices, paleoecological investigation is necessary to elucidate the long-term characteristics of ecosystem structure and function. A multi-proxy approach to understanding the vegetation, disturbance, and inferred climate history of the Park's oak and aspen ecosystems will involve the use of biological (pollen, charcoal, plant macrofossil, and phytolith analyses), and physical evidence (magnetic susceptibility, radiometric dating) from lake sediment cores. These biological and physical indicators will provide information regarding how ecosystems have changed since the last glaciation, as a result of natural and anthropogenic drivers. There are substantial research funds and student salaries for this project. Applicants should be highly-motivated with a solid background in ecology or Quaternary science, and the ability to work both independently and as a part of a research team. Interested students are encouraged to send a CV, unofficial university transcripts, and the names and contact information for two references to Terri Lacourse (email@example.com), Department of Geography. Further information: http://web.uvic.ca/gradstudies/. Posted: 4/22/10.
University of Victoria: A graduate student position (MSc/PhD) in paleoecology is available to start in the summer or fall of 2010. The main approach used in my lab is to examine ecological dynamics using the geological record and techniques such as pollen analysis that provide a long-term perspective on vegetation dynamics. Research focuses on the development and dynamics of vegetation communities since the last glaciation and the climatic and non-climatic factors that drive vegetation dynamics. The main geographical focus of the lab is the Pacific coast of Canada, a region characterized today by temperate rainforest. There are a number of specific research projects available but students are also encouraged to develop their own projects. Applicants should be highly-motivated, with a strong background in community ecology and/or Quaternary geology and excellent academic standing. Guaranteed funding is available through a combination of fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships. Interested students are encouraged to contact Terri Lacourse, Department of Geography, as soon as possible via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and to send a CV/resume, an unofficial copy of university transcripts, and a brief statement of scientific interests. Posted: 10/19/09.
University of Virginia: I expect to have two graduate student fellowships (M.S. or Ph.D. level) available starting Fall 2010 in the Department of Environmental Sciences. Successful candidates may choose their area of research; however, preference will be given to those with interests in spatial ecology, plant-insect interactions, invasion biology, global change ecology, or agroecology. Projects currently underway or under development in my laboratory include investigation of spatiotemporal patterns of gypsy moth outbreaks in the northeastern United States, effects of agricultural landscape structure on bee behavior and pollination rates, and climate-change effects on the temporal population dynamics of forest-defoliating insects. Successful candidates will be based in Charlottesville. The university has research stations throughout the state (e.g., Blandy Experimental farm, Mountain Lake Biological Station, The Virginia Coast Reserve, and The Virginia Forest Research Facility) that provide access to a diversity of ecosystems. Salary for these positions will be provided through a Blandy Experimental Farm Graduate Fellowship (50%) and a half-time teaching assistantship (50%). For more information, contact me by email: Kyle J. Haynes (email@example.com), Associate Director, The Blandy Experimental Farm, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences. Posted: 8/19/09.
University of Washington: A highly motivated PhD student is needed to pursue doctoral research as part of a collaborative project that aims to understand how flow intermittence and landscape connectivity govern the spatial and temporal dynamics of native (threatened) and non-native amphibians in intermittent and ephemeral streams of southern Arizona. The student will examine how hydrology, hydrologic connectivity and other riverine characteristics influence the demography (e.g., distribution, abundance) and population genetics (e.g. gene flow, structure, diversity) of amphibians across a gradient of flow permanence, and explore the potential impacts of climate change. The successful applicant will be advised by Dr. Julian Olden (School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington), and will work closely with researchers from Oregon State University, State University of New York, and partners in Arizona including AZ Game and Fish Department and The Nature Conservancy. Qualifications: MS in ecology, zoology, or related field with a competitive GPA and GRE scores. Priority will be given to applicants with previous experience studying amphibians (biology, ecology, and sampling techniques), quantitative skills, and/or a background in landscape genetics (no experience using molecular techniques is needed). A demonstrated ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals and experience conducting research in arid and semi-arid ecosystems is preferred, but not required. Stipend will be $21,400 annually plus benefits and tuition. Start date: Fall 2010 (Summer 2010 preferred). To apply email a cover letter that addresses your interest and experience, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for at least three references to: Dr. Julian Olden, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington at firstname.lastname@example.org. Screening of applicants will occur prior to the SAFS application deadline on December 15, 2009. UW is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks diversity among its employees. See http://www.fish.washington.edu/graduates/ for more details regarding admission. Posted: 9/3/09.
University of Washington: Opportunities are available for graduate studies at the masters and PhD levels in microbial ecology in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. Students with interests in community ecology, evolutionary 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 Horner-Devine lab website for a description of ongoing projects. Students should have some experience and background with ecology, molecular tools and statistics. A successful candidate should be hard working, independent, and creative, have a strong verbal and written communication skills, and demonstrate the ability to work well in a team. Students will be admitted through the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. The application deadline is 15 December 2009 (1 November 2009 for international applicants). More details. Interested students should send a CV/resume, brief statement of past research experience and future research interests and GRE scores (if available) to Claire Horner-Devine (email@example.com ). Posted: 8/26/09.
University of Waterloo: An MSc position in the Biology department is available to investigate temporal trends in benthic invertebrate communities in Lake Simcoe. The student will work under the supervision of Dr. Dave Barton at the University of Waterloo and Dr. Brian Ginn at the Lake Simcoe Regional Conservation Authority. A significant component of the study will examine changes in the benthic invertebrate community by designing and implementing a study this summer that replicates a survey done in the 1920'a by one of the pioneers of aquatic ecology in Canada, Dr. Donald S. Rawson (1905-1961). Additional data are available through the Conservation Authority to explore factors explaining variation in benthic invertebrate distributions in the lake. An interest in community ecology and experience with benthic invertebrate identification and multivariate statistical techniques is an asset. Work outside and on boats should be expected. Interested candidates should contact Dr. Brian Ginn (B.Ginn@lsrca.on.ca) with a resume or CV and cover letter indicating interest and experience. Posted 4/12/10.
University of Waterloo: Funding is available for a PhD student to develop general models describing the effect of engineering species on community dynamics. Minimum qualifications include a B.Sc. in ecology or mathematics. To Apply: Send via e-mail (as pdf attachments): a CV, a statement describing your analytical background along with interests in future ecological research, and the names of 3 references with their mailing addresses, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail addresses to Kim Cuddington (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Posted: 11/19/09.
Univeristy of Western Australia: We have two openings for PhD scholarships in riparian ecology. We seek outstanding students who are highly motivated, enthusiastic and interested in contributing to increasing understanding of the functioning of intermittent streams of north-west Australia. Research is cooperatively funded by the Australian Research Council, Rio Tinto Iron ore and BHP-Billiton. The student will be based in the Ecosystems Research Group in the School of Plant Biology at The University of Western Australia as part of a multidisciplinary team including ecosystem ecologists, plant physiologists, isotope biogeochemists, aquatic ecologists, hydrologists and the industry partners. (i) Biogeochemistry and microbial ecology of dryland rivers and floodplains: This project will focus on nutrient cycling and carbon and nutrient transfer/flux processes, to examine connectivity between floodplains and streams in the Pilbara region. The research will contribute to an interdisciplinary project examining ecological water requirements of riparian and floodplain ecosystems in north-west Australia. The successful applicant must have a basic understanding of ecosystem ecology, nutrient cycling processes, and the role of microbes in driving those processes. An ability to work well in a collaborative setting with industry and willingness to undertake fieldwork is essential. Knowledge of and experience with field and laboratory techniques in plant ecology, aquatic /terrestrial biogeochemistry and soil/sediment microbiology and an interest in restoration ecology and management of semi-arid ecosystems are highly desirable. (ii) Waterlogging tolerance of riparian and floodplain trees in semi-arid Australia: The research will investigate the tolerance of riparian and floodplain species to flooding and possible waterlogging. The project will focus on key eucalypt and Acacia species subject to inundation through episodic flooding and/or artificial conditions as a result of localised discharge from mining operations. The successful applicant must have a basic understanding of plant physiology and ecology. An ability to work well in a collaborative setting with industry and willingness to undertake fieldwork is essential. Some knowledge of and experience with field and laboratory techniques in plant ecology and physiology and an interest in restoration ecology and management of semi-arid ecosystems are highly desirable. Scholarships include a $27k per annum tax-free stipend and a generous operating allowance. In addition, students will be encouraged to take advantage of additional funding opportunities to travel to national and international conferences and research laboratories to interact with other scientists and students. If you are an international student, tuition fees may be applicable. Applicants should submit along with their written application a copy of their CV, an official copy of their academic transcript and names and contact details for two referees (including at least one academic referee). Send applications to: Dr Pauline Grierson School of Plant Biology, University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Hwy, CRAWLEY WA 6009. email Pauline.Grierson@uwa.edu.au, telephone (61) 8 6488 7926. Posted: 4/12/10.
Univeristy of Western Australia: PhD scholarship in landscape modeling. An exciting opportunity has arisen to undertake a PhD that will contribute towards the maintenance of vertebrate populations in one of the world's biodiversity hotspots. This PhD is part of a larger project involving staff from the University of Western Australia, Murdoch University and Alcoa World Alumina Australia. The project, funded by the Australia Research Council and Alcoa World Alumina Australia, aims to better understand successional processes caused by disturbances, such as mining, so that populations can be maintained in production landscapes. We are seeking a motivated candidate to undertake a PhD that will take site-based data and use these data to model the abundance of various species across entire production landscapes consisting of unmined forest and restored mine-pits of varying ages. While some of the data have already been collected, we would envisage that the candidate would undertake some fieldwork to, either better refine the data collected and provide a more accurate basis for modelling, or collect further data. The fieldwork would be conducted in the northern jarrah forest approximately 90km SSE of Perth. The focus of the project is on reptiles, but there is scope to include other vertebrate groups if the candidate has an interest in other taxa. To apply for the APAI scholarship ($26 669/year for 3 years) please send a cover letter outlining your suitability for the position, a CV with the names and details of two academic referees and a document addressing the following selection criteria to M.Craig@murdoch.edu.au . Enquiries about the position should be addressed to Dr. Mike Craig either by email or by phone on (08) 9360 2605. Applications close on 29th January 2010 and applicant must be available to start the position by 31st May 2010. Selection Criteria - Essential: - Completion of 1st-class of upper 2A honours or a Master of Science (MSc). - Interest in both quantitative and qualitative research design, methodology and analysis - Interest in undertaking field-based vertebrate research, including sampling vertebrate populations - Willingness to engage with external stakeholders, such as private companies and government departments - Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills - Willingness to work as part of a large interdisciplinary team - A current driver's license. Selection Criteria - Desirable: - Some background or interest in environmental restoration - Experience with both quantitative and qualitative research design, methodology and analysis, including use of statistical software programs - Experience in undertaking field-based vertebrate research, including techniques for sampling vertebrate populations - Experience in modelling animal abundance data and familiarity with modelling software. Posted: 1/22/10.
University of Wisconsin-Madison: Two Ph.D. Research Assistantships are available with Volker Radeloff in the SILVIS lab in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology: (1) Remote Sensing of Deforestation in Mexico and (2) Conservation Planning. For the full position descriptions, please contact Volker Radeloff at email@example.com. All application received by March 15th are guaranteed consideration. Posted: 3/2/10.
University of Wisconsin-Madison: A graduate Research Assistantship will potentially become available with Don Waller’s research group in Summer or Fall 2010. The RA will participate in developing a state-wide native plant monitoring program aimed at quantifying deer impacts and abundances and assessing the impacts of climate change, pervasive habitat modification, and shifts in forest and land management. She/he should be familiar with plant identification and ecological survey methods and interested in statistics. The Research Assistant will work closely with a deer impacts research consortium whose members include local, state, and federal agencies, NGOs, and researchers from multiple institutions and departments. In addition to research duties, the RA will work closely with these partners and citizen scientists to foster this collaborative effort including creating a web page to share protocols, data, maps, and results. Those interested should familiarize themselves with the group’s research and consider which UW graduate program is most attractive among Botany, Zoology, and Environment and Resources. They may also be interested in the research proposal submitted to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation that may support this position. Funding of this position is contingent on receiving grant support. To inquire about this opportunity, please send an e-mail and curriculum vitae to Don Waller (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 11/2/09.
University of Wisconsin, Madison: Evolutionary Ecology of Plant-Herbivore Interactions. A Graduate Research Assistantship (M.S. - Ph.D. or Ph.D. only) is available for work with the research groups of Rick Lindroth and Eric Kruger. Funded by a new, five-year NSF grant, this research addresses genetic, ontogenetic and environmental factors that influence aspen defense (chemical resistance, tolerance, escape) against mammalian herbivores (e.g., deer). Primary objectives of the work are to: 1) characterize aspen chemical defense traits, 2) assess costs/benefits of resistance, tolerance and escape, and 3) evaluate the selective impact of browsing on the genetic structure of defense traits in an experimental population. Applicants must be interested in investigating both the chemical and population genetics aspects of plant-herbivore interactions. Applicants should pursue admission to the graduate program in Zoology (Ecology), Forest and Wildlife Ecology, or Botany. 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 $20k (12 mo.), tuition waiver, and excellent medical/dental health plans. Position available beginning in summer or fall of 2010. Inquiries: Send preliminary e-mail letter of inquiry, describing research interests and academic qualifications, to: Dr. Rick Lindroth (Lindroth@wisc.edu). Posted: 10/21/09.
University of Wisconsin-Madison: PhD Assistantship, Forest Ecology. We invite applications for a graduate research assistantship focused on the impacts of forest biomass harvesting on soil carbon and nutrient cycling. The student will join a team of collaborators from UW-Madison, University of Minnesota, University of Missouri, and USFS to provide a regional assessment of the environmental sustainability of intensive biomass removal from regionally important forest types (aspen and northern hardwoods) within the Lake States. We have proposed to use a series of field experiments throughout the region combined with modeling to assess the effects of intensive utilization and removal of woody biomass on forest biodiversity (plant, microbe, and wood decay fungi) and productivity. The graduate research assistant will be based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dept. of Forest & Wildlife Ecology, and supervised by Dr. David Mladenoff and Dr. Jodi Forrester. For more information on the lab see: http://landscape.forest.wisc.edu. Within the larger project, the student will be responsible for developing a PhD study in the area of how biomass removal in the short- and medium-term affects soil nutrient cycling, carbon, and microbial diversity. This involves conducting both field and lab work in support of the project goals, supervising field and lab assistants, analyzing data and preparing peer-reviewed publications. The start date is somewhat flexible, but preferably the student will begin classes in Spring 2010. Position is funded for four years from DOE/USDA. Salary is $20k plus health insurance. Qualifications: M.S. Biology, Forestry, or related field. Student is expected to have strong interests in ecology, forestry, soils and biogeochemistry. Applicants should be able to work independently, but also cooperatively with other researchers in the lab and on the project. Application materials: Please send a statement of interests and goals, CV, and names and contact information for at least 3 references to: Dr. David Mladenoff, email@example.com. Apply by October 31, 2009 for full consideration, but open until filled. Posted: 10/12/09.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: Ph.D. Student Openings in Tropical Ecology. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is building a strong ecology program and offers many opportunities for motivated Ph.D. students. Right now we have opportunities to join our Tropical Community Ecology Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences. We currently have several ongoing research projects in the Republic of Panama focusing on understanding the mechanistic basis of plant distribution, plant competition (particularly between lianas and trees), and forest regeneration. Competitive candidates will have a BS or MS degree, a solid foundation in ecology (ecological field experience is a plus), superior writing ability, and should be interested in working in tropical forests in Panama. Our lab currently consists of 2 post-docs, several full-time field technicians, and 4 graduate students. Two students will graduate in 2010 and we plan to fill those positions. Students should plan to apply in Fall 2009 to begin in Fall 2010. Please contact Dr. Stefan Schnitzer (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information and prior to applying for admittance into the program. Posted: 9/16/09.
University of Wyoming: A doctoral assistantship is available in the Dept of Renewable Resources to conduct spatial analyses in shrub steppe systems. Candidates must have 1200 GRE, expertise in GIS and vegetation monitoring methods. The stipend includes tuition and fees. Student will be expected to teach a lab in the undergraduate life sciences curriculum. We expect to fill this position very quickly. Applicants should express their interests immediately via email to Ann Hild at email@example.com. Applicants should send: Transcripts (copies are fine for now) GRE scores, Resume, and contact information for 3 references to: Ann Hild, Professor, Dept. of Renewable Resources-3354, University of Wyoming, 1000 E. University Ave., Laramie, WY 82071. Office:(307) 766-5471, Fax: (307) 766-6403. Posted: 5/19/10.
University of Wyoming: Ph.D. or M.S. Assistantship in Isotope Ecology. Seeking a motivated student to conduct graduate research starting in June, 2010 on tree-ring responses to climate seasonality in boreal Alaska. Our interdisciplinary project investigates interactions between climate, tree growth and fire, as influenced by geomorphic environment. The successful candidate will study how the timing of precipitation affects tree growth and isotopic composition, and will have the opportunity to learn cutting-edge isotope techniques, conduct field work, and participate in modeling activities. Students with a background in biology, ecology, or geology, preferably with a M.S. degree, and strong quantitative and analytical skills, should apply by Janyary 15, 2010. UW is ideally situated in close proximity to varied ecosystems of the Rocky Mountains with easy access to outdoor recreation, and only 2 hours from Denver, CO. Students can apply to the PhD Program in Ecology or MS or PhD program in Botany through this website. Direct questions and application materials (resume, unofficial transcripts and GRE scores, and statement of research/career objectives) to Elise Pendall (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 11/23/09.
University of Wyoming: Ph.D. Assistantships in Physiological/Ecosystem Ecology and Soil Science/Biogeochemistry. We seek two motivated Ph.D. students to conduct graduate research starting in January or May, 2010 on Rocky Mountain forests. Our interdisciplinary project investigates the consequences of beetle-induced tree mortality on the interactions between ecosystem structure and function, successional processes, energy partitioning and water, carbon and nitrogen cycling. One student will be operating at the intersection of physiological and ecosystem ecology. This student will be given the opportunity to gain or enhance key skills including eddy covariance, energy balance, sap flux, stable isotopes and plant, soil and ecosystem gas exchange. The other student will be investigating biogeochemical consequences of the outbreak by evaluating interactions among the carbon (including methane), water and nitrogen cycles. In addition to participating in the skills above, this student will also enhance or learn key skills in soil biogeochemistry, litter decomposition, microbial processes, trace gas emissions and understory vegetation analysis. Students with a background in biology, ecology, soil science or appropriate engineering, preferably with a MS degree, and strong quantitative and analytical skills, should apply by November 30. UW is ideally situated in close proximity to varied ecosystems of the Rocky Mountains with easy access to outdoor recreation, and only 2 hours from Denver, CO. Students can apply to the PhD Program in Ecology or Botany or Soil Science. Direct questions and application materials (resume, unofficial transcripts and GRE scores, and research objectives) to Brent Ewers (email@example.com), Elise Pendall (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Urszula Norton (email@example.com). Posted: 10/21/09.
Utah State University: I seek a highly motivated Ph.D. student for a NOAA-funded study on the ecology and genetics of Phragmites invasion in Chesapeake Bay brackish wetlands. This study will be part of a larger project at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater, MD, focusing on the impacts of shoreline modification on Chesapeake Bay ecosystems. The funded student would be part of a team of researchers (Karin Kettenring, USU; Dennis Whigham and Melissa McCormick, SERC; Denice Wardrop, Penn State) looking at the role of disturbances, including shoreline modification, on Phragmites establishment and survival. There is considerable flexibility for the Ph.D. student to develop their own project while building on previous and on-going work on Phragmites invasion ecology and genetics in the Chesapeake Bay by the co-PIs. The student would enroll in the Ecology Program and the Department of Watershed Sciences at USU but would conduct field research in the Chesapeake Bay. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest (previous accomplishments, research experience and interests, and how this project fits into future career goals), a resume or C.V., transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information for three references to Karin Kettenring at firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin February 5, 2010, but the position will remain open until filled. The target start date is summer or fall 2010. Posted: 1/21/10.
Utah State University: The Baker Lab has openings for graduate students with interests in aquatic ecosystem ecology/biogeochemistry. Graduate students in the Baker lab are funded through a combination of research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and fellowships. Current research projects are funded by the National Science Foundation and the UT Division of Water Quality, and a recently funded NSF project focused on nutrient dynamics in rivers will support at least one PhD student starting in summer 2010. Utah State has excellent graduate programs in ecology and aquatic sciences with over 50 faculty with active research programs and 80+ graduate students with interests in ecology and/or water. Interested students should contact Michelle Baker at email@example.com for more details and application information. Posted: 12/1/09.
Utah State University: The White Lab 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 and body size, 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 encouraged 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 Ph.D. 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. Additional information about the position and USU. If you are still interested after checking out the website you should contact me (Dr. Ethan White) directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send a CV, GPA, GRE scores (if available), and a brief description of your general research interests. For full consideration, formal applications should be submitted by January 1st, 2009. Posted: 10/22/09.
Utah State University: The Ernest Lab has an opening for a Ph.D student in the general areas of Community Ecology or Macroecology to start fall 2010. Active areas of research in the Ernest lab include desert ecology, long-term dynamics of community properties, and the role of body size in the ecology and life-history of mammals. 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 Ernest lab are funded through a combination of research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and fellowships. Utah State 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 Dr. Morgan Ernest (email@example.com) by Dec 1st, 2009 with their CV, GRE scores, and a brief statement of research interests. Posted: 9/15/09.
Virginia Commonwealth University: Graduate studies in ecology and evolution. The Department of Biology invites applications from prospective graduate students for Fall 2010. We have an active, well-supported, and diverse Ecology and Evolution faculty engaged in research in Virginia and around the world. Graduate students may apply through our Biology Masters in Science or Integrative Life Sciences Ph.D. programs. Competitive funding and tuition waivers are available to qualified students in both programs, and may include fellowships, and research/teaching assistantships. Please visit www.has.vcu.edu/bio/ to find information about both programs. VCU is located in Richmond, within easy reach of the Virginia coastal plain, Chesapeake Bay, James River, Virginia barrier islands and Blue Ridge Mountains, providing excellent opportunities for research in diverse natural systems. On campus research facilities include the Trani Center greenhouse, aquatics facility, and IACUC approved animal facility. A satellite lab of the Nucleic Acids Core Facility provides a broad range of support for molecular approaches. The Environmental Analyses Laboratory provides state-of-the-art analytical services to support research in the environmental sciences. The Bioinformatics Computational Core Laboratory supports several supercomputing clusters and a research laboratory with access to state-of-the-art genomics and proteomics software and databases for research applications. In addition, VCU’s Rice Center for Environmental Life Sciences, located 30 minutes from campus, encompasses 342 acres of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems along the James River. It provides an outstanding resource for field-based research by both faculty and graduate students in the department. Facilities include new office and lab space, conference center, and boat house. Competitive students have GPAs >3.0 and combined GRE scores 1,100 or greater. Experience, reference letters, and rationale for applying to the program are important elements of the application. Prospective students must apply through VCU's graduate school or through the Office of International Education. For full financial consideration, applications must be received by January 15. Applicants that have identified faculty sponsors are more likely to be accepted and to receive financial support. Interested students are strongly encouraged to contact prospective mentors directly for more information, or graduate studies directors Dr. Jennifer K. Stewart (Biology MSc, firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Robert Tombes (Integrative LS PhD, email@example.com). Posted: 10/1/09.
Virginia Commonwealth University: The Vonesh lab in the Department of Biology invites applications from prospective graduate students for Fall 2010 to collaborate on our NSF-funded project at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Gamboa, Panama, "Fear, death, and life history switch points: cumulative effects of predation and phenotypic plasticity across three life stages." This project is a joint effort between the Vonesh and Karen Warkentin labs (Boston University), and focuses on the effects of sequential stage-specific predators on the survival and life history of tropical frogs. Students are expected to develop independent research projects that fit within the larger framework of the grant. The Vonesh and Warkentin lab team in Gamboa includes graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and undergraduate interns. In addition, STRI offers a diverse and intellectually rich, international scientific community in a tropical rainforest environment. VCU, located in Richmond, VA, is the largest public R1 university in Virginia and has an active and diverse Ecology and Evolution faculty that are engaged in research around the world. Prospective students should apply through the Biology Masters in Science program; however, the opportunity to continue through the PhD may also be possible via the VCU Integrative Life Sciences Ph.D. program. Competitive stipends, tuition waivers, and support for field work are available. Successful applicants to the Vonesh lab typically have had a BS in biology (or related field), GPA >3.3, GREs >1200, some prior research experience, a strong interest in developing quantitative skills, and an high level of self motivation. Some proficiency in Spanish is desirable. Interested persons should initially email a letter that summarizes their background, educational goals, and research interests, along with curriculum vitae (include GPA and GRE scores) with contact information for three references to Dr. James Vonesh (jrvoneshvcu.edu). Posted: 9/18/09, revised: 11/11/09.
Virginia Tech: Graduate Research Assistantships in Forest Soils / Biogeochemistry, The Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation is seeking applicants for multiple GRAs (4 PhD and 1 MS) expected to begin in the summer or fall of 2010. Research assistantships include a full tuition waiver, benefits, and a competitive annual stipend including summer support (~$19-21k). For more information on the graduate program, please visit the Department website, linked above. (1) Soil Biogeochemistry in Pine-Switchgrass Agroforestry Ecosystems (PhD) Investigating the linked cycles of C, nutrients and water in a Loblolly pine-switchgrass intercropping system designed to simultaneously maximize productivity for biofuels and forest products. (Strahm and Fox) (2) Abiotic Controls on Soil C and N Export in Forested Watersheds (PhD) Investigating hydrologic and soil chemical controls on C and N export in response to global change factors (e.g. N deposition, altered precipitation). Work will involve cross-site comparisons between the US Forest Service's Coweeta Hydrologic Lab and Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. (Strahm) (3) Uptake Efficiency of Applied N in Managed Forest Ecosystems (PhD) Determine the N uptake efficiency and related growth response in loblolly pine plantations following fertilization with urea and stabilized nitrogen fertilizers. The project will involve the use of 15N labeled fertilizer in both greenhouse and field experiments. This project is supported by the Forest Nutrition Cooperative (www.forestnutrition.org). (Fox) (4) Use of Enhanced Efficiency Fertilizer in Managed Forest Ecosystems (PhD) Evaluate the use of enhanced efficiency fertilizers, including slow and controlled-release fertilizers, to improve nutrient efficiency and reduce nutrient losses following fertilization of plantation forests. The goal is to increase the nutrient uptake and utilization efficiency. The work is supported by the Forest Nutrition Cooperative. (Fox) (5) Biogeochemistry of Soil C, N and P in Reclaimed Mined Lands (MS) Investigating the restoration of ecological function (carbon and nutrient cycling dynamics) in forest ecosystems following different mined land reclamation practices utilizing historic trials established as part of Virginia Tech's Powell River Project. (Strahm) Interested students should contact either: Dr. Brian D. Strahm (firstname.lastname@example.org), Assistant Professor of Forest Soils and Ecology, Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061 or Dr. Thomas R. Fox (email@example.com), Professor of Forest Soil and Silviculture, Co-Director, Forest Nutrition Cooperative, Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061. Posted: 1/19/10.
Wake Forest University: I am seeking a highly motivated person to join my lab as a doctoral graduate student, studying the ecology of African savannas. My work is conducted in the Serengeti, one of the last great “grazing ecosystems” remaining on earth and a magnificent natural laboratory to study interactions among soil, vegetation and large herbivores across a striking natural environmental gradient. Potential students from a variety of backgrounds are welcome to apply (i.e. botany, zoology, evolution, ecology, etc.), but I am especially keen to find applicants who are excited about plant-herbivore interactions and co-evolution and those with previous research experience. Wake Forest University, located in the small, friendly, affordable city of Winston-Salem NC, is a top-ranked private university with a vibrant and graduate program in biology, with a particular strength in ecology and evolution. The Biology Department currently has 35 graduate students, with approx. 2/3 doctoral students. The position includes a competitive stipend (plus benefits) and comes with a minimum of four years of guaranteed TA support with the option of research assistantships pending funding. Positions are available as early as August 2010 and applicants wishing to start in the fall are especially encouraged to apply (soon). Interested candidates should submit a brief letter of introduction, CV, and contact information for two references to Dr. T. Michael Anderson, Department of Biology, Wake Forest University, 226 Winston Hall, Winston-Salem NC 27109. Posted: 5/10/10.
Washington State University: Nitrogen Systems: Policy-oriented Integrated Research and Education (NSPIRE). Interdisciplinary research focused on nitrogen cycle processes in the environment integrated with experiential learning of public policy. Up to 5 PhD research assistantships will be available to join a collaborative team working on understanding environmental aspects of the nitrogen cycle and putting that information into context for policy development. With funding from the National Science Foundation’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship program (IGERT), the individual fellows will pursue disciplinary research important for the overall theme, and work together to identify and address interdisciplinary issues critical for development of effective public policy related to environmental nitrogen. Applicants are encouraged to apply to one of the following colleges within Washington State University: College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resources, the College of Engineering and Architecture, or the College of Sciences. Examples of areas of research include •Vadose biogeochemistry of nitrogen and hydrology of soils in shallow ground waters •Nitrogen transport in watersheds •Nitrogen dynamics in specific ecosystems involving soil, plant and microbial communities •Nitrogen cycling related to bioenergy production •Biogeochemical cycling of nitrogen under different agricultural practices and management •Emissions, transport, chemistry, and deposition of nitrogen in the atmosphere •Numerical modeling of land surface hydrology •Numerical modeling of the coupled atmosphere/land surface system Benefits of the Program • Full graduate support including two years of NSPIRE support with $30k/year stipend • Graduate courses associated with the program are: o Nitrogen Cycling in the Earth System o Systems Dynamic Modeling o Policy Studio Course o Nitrogen Methods Workshop • Capstone policy internship for 3 months with a policy-oriented agency or organization. • Collaborative, team oriented dissertation research projects focused on nitrogen in the environment. • Support for a national or international 3 month policy internship. Eligibility: Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident. Successful applicants must be entering or within their first year of a PhD program at Washington State University and join the program in the fall of 2010. Deadline for receipt of applications is January 22, 2010. For more information, visit http://igert.nspire.wsu.edu/. Posted: 12/10/09.
Washington State University Vancouver: Graduate student positions are currently available for the MS and PhD Environmental Science degree programs at WSUV. Most positions are funded with a combination of teaching and research assistantships that include tuition waivers. In addition, students enrolled in the Environmental Science graduate degree program may apply for WSUV GK-12 Graduate Teaching Fellowships. GK-12 Fellows serve as graduate teaching assistants in a middle-school science classroom for an entire academic year and stipends are very competitive ($30k/year). WSUV faculty research focuses on conservation ecology and genetics, disturbance ecology, marine ecology, molecular biology, 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. WSU Vancouver is located in Washington across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon and is close to the Cascades, Puget Sound, and the ocean, and thus offers significant opportunities for research, a variety of neighboring institutions and agencies for collaboration, and an excellent quality of life. Degree programs are offered across all WSU campuses and students in Vancouver may participate in activities in Pullman. Priority applications are due January 10. Please contact John Bishop (bishopj at vancouver.wsu.edu, 360.546.9612) for additional information. Posted: 12/1/09.
Wayne State University: MS student opportunity in aquatic ecology, Department of Biological Sciences. Support is available in the Steiner lab for a Master of Science student interested in aquatic population and community ecology. The student will take part in a research project focused on the interactive effects of environmental perturbations and dispersal on the structure and dynamics of zooplankton populations. The student will be encouraged to develop an independent research project related to the primary project. Research during the summer will be conducted at Michigan State University's Kellogg Biological Station located in southwest Michigan. Support during the academic year will be provided by departmental teaching assistantships while summer support will be provided by research assistantships. Funds are also available for housing during the summer field season. Qualifications include: a record of academic achievement as an undergraduate; previous coursework or research experience in ecology or evolutionary ecology; the ability to work independently; and the ability to work long hours in the field (enduring heat, leech, mosquito, humidity, rain, hail, thunderstorms and pond scum). Those seeking further information about the position should contact Dr. Chris Steiner (firstname.lastname@example.org). Wayne State is an urban university located in beautiful midtown Detroit. For information about the Kellogg Biological Station see: http://www.kbs.msu.edu To apply: Please email the following to Dr. Chris Steiner (email@example.com): 1) CV, including GPA and GRE scores, 2) a letter of interest describing general research interests and any prior research experience; and 3) contact information (and email addresses) of 2-3 references. Posted: 10/30/09.
Wright State University: I am seeking a Ph.D. student to join my laboratory studying the chemical ecology of plant resistance to herbivores and pathogens, and the chemical ecology of invasive plants. See Don Cipollini for a description of some current projects. At least four years of support are available through a combination of graduate research and teaching assistantships, and the student may start as early as Summer 2010. While the focus of the dissertation research is negotiable, part of the research assistantship will require contributing to a project on the mechanistic basis of ash tree resistance to the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). This project is part of a larger collaborative effort, funded by USDA-APHIS, involving Don Cipollini at Wright State, and Pierluigi Bonello, Dan Herms, and Omprakash Mittipalli at Ohio State. The student will be enrolled in Wright State’s Interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Program. Application requirements include: Bachelors degree in Biology, Ecology, Entomology, Plant Sciences, or related field; GRE scores within the last 5 y; minimum IBT TOEFL score of 100 and ability to pass a verbal English test (foreign students only). Preferred qualifications include: Masters degree or equivalent experience; a strong background in host plant resistance, with skills in insect/pathogen rearing and bioassays; experience in field and laboratory research; good communication skills. The current stipend is approx. $23k on a 12 month basis. See Environmental Sciences Ph.D. program for further information, including program requirements, application procedures and stipends. Please contact Don Cipollini (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information about the project and the program prior to submitting an application. Posted: 2/5/10.
Wright State University: Host plant resistance to wood boring insects. I am seeking a Ph.D. student to join a project to examine the mechanistic basis of host resistance of trees to wood boring insects, with a specific focus on ash tree resistance to the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). This project is part of a larger collaborative effort, funded by USDA-APHIS, involving Don Cipollini at Wright State, and Pierluigi Bonello, Dan Herms, and Omprakash Mittipalli at Ohio State. Major objectives of this part of project include the examination of various phloem metabolite fractions from different ash species, as well as specific metabolites and proteins identified through various metabolomic and proteomic screens, for their effects on EAB larval growth in vitro, as well as examinations of resistance in living trees. In addition to contributing to these objectives, the student is expected to develop an independent line of research associated with host plant resistance to wood boring insects, using the interaction of ash with native and invasive wood borers as a model. This position will be located at Wright State in Dayton, Ohio, with frequent interaction with collaborators at Ohio State and travel to various research sites. The student will be enrolled in our Interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Program. At least four years of support are available through a combination of graduate research and graduate teaching assistantships, and the student may start as early as Spring Quarter 2010 (late March). Application requirements include: Bachelors degree in Biology, Ecology, Entomology or related field; GRE scores within the last 5 y; minimum IBT TOEFL score of 100/120 and ability to pass a verbal English test (foreign students only). Preferred qualifications include: Masters degree or equivalent experience; a strong background in host plant resistance, with specific skills in insect rearing and bioassays; experience in field and laboratory research; good communication skill. See the link above for further information on the program, including program requirements, application procedures and stipends. Please contact Don Cipollini (email@example.com) for more information about the project and the program prior to submitting an application. Posted: 11/11/09, revised: 12/17/09.
Yale University: Up to two fully-funded PhD positions are available starting Fall 2010. We are interested in students with research experience who are excited about interdisciplinary work spanning a range of ecological scales. Applicants should have a strong interest in combining theory, data analysis and modeling, and potentially fieldwork to address questions in Community ecology, Community phylogenetics, Geographical ecology, Movement ecology, Biodiversity science, Biogeography, Biodiversity informatics, and Global change ecology. Our preferred study system is terrestrial vertebrates, but work on other groups (including plants) is possible. The student will be integrated in the department’s thriving graduate program in ecology and evolution and will be able to interact closely with related programs in the neighboring Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Annual stipends are ca. $27k. Research Group: In the Jetz Lab, the successful candidate will interact with two finishing PhD students, three resident and one affiliated postdoctoral fellow. Within the Jetz Lab, the EEB Department, the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies, the Peabody Museum (both physically connected to the EEB Department), and the Yale Climate & Energy Institute there are excellent training opportunities in GIS, macroecology, phylogenetics, phylogeography, macroevolution, biodiversity science, climate change science, global change ecology, and more. There is the potential to develop and co-supervise undergraduate research projects. Please note that applications are due December 4, 2009. For further information see http://www.yale.edu/eeb/grad/ and http://www.yale.edu/graduateschool/admissions/. Posted: 12/1/09.
Assistantships and Fellowships | Fellowship Program Links | Short Courses
Assistantships and Fellowships | Fellowship Program Links | Short Courses
Natural History Workshops: The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Field Station conducts a series of Natural History Workshops. These workshops offer an opportunity to study focused topics at college-level instruction under the guidance of noted authorities. We offer two-day and week-long workshops, 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 http://www4.uwm.edu/fieldstation/workshops/ for full descriptions of each course, fee information, and a downloadable Registration Form. Posted: 4/7/10.
Spatial Ecology, Geospatial Analysis, and Remote Sensing for Conservation: New Graduate and Professional Course: July 19-30, 2010 Smithsonian-Mason Global Conservation Studies Programs at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (formerly CRC), Front Royal, Virginia, USA. Our world is changing rapidly. Environmental changes occur over areas so large and time spans so long they often escape human perception, sometimes with catastrophic consequences. Geospatial analysis techniques have radically transformed our ability to detect, monitor, map, and model these changes. Advances in spatial ecology allow us to analyze these data to develop both ecological theory and conservation applications. Taught by SCBI researchers, this hands-on, 10-day intensive course is designed for anyone seeking expertise in using geospatial technologies to monitor biological systems and quantify the effects of human-induced global changes on wildlife and biodiversity conservation. Assigned their own SCBI desktop computer for all lab exercises, participants learn to use ArcMap, Spatial Analyst, ERDAS Imagine, and other programs. By the course’s end, participants will: · Perform basic geospatial analysis; · Conduct remote sensing analysis and use satellite data to make land cover and habitat maps; · Collect GIS data in the field using statistical sampling and GPS; · Conduct a basic land cover change assessment using satellite imagery; · Link species presence/absence or abundance data in a GIS; · Compare existing techniques for modeling species habitat, niche selection, and distribution; · Apply advanced spatial analysis techniques to real-world conservation and ecology problems, with case examples based on Smithsonian research. The $2,500 course fee includes instruction, lab use fees, and course materials, plus ground transportation to/from Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD) and daily local transport between lab/restaurants. We provide a free daily shuttle between the Quality Inn in Front Royal and the lab on course days; please contact us for the SCBI-Quality Inn group code to receive a reduced room rate of $60 per night plus 11% tax (includes breakfast); participants should budget about $25 per day for meals. Participants earn Continuing Education Units, or, graduate credits are available through Mason for qualified applicants, at additional cost (and after completing further course requirements). Visit www.conservationtraining.si.edu or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Flux Measurements and Advanced Modeling: Deadline for application extended to April 15, 2010. Between July 19-30, 2010 we will convene the 3rd Annual Summer Course in Flux Measurements and Advanced Modeling at the University of Colorado Mountain Research Station, near Boulder, Colorado. The two week course includes lectures and hands-on problem-solving sessions on topics including CO2, H2O and energy exchange from leaf-to-landscape, and model-data assimilation approaches for predicting exchanges across broad spatial and temporal scales. Topics include assimilating remotely-sensed data into models, eddy flux observations, Penman-Monteith modeling of surface fluxes and conductances, assimilation of flux observations into ecosystem process models, use of stable isotope observations in modeling leaf-to-ecosystem processes, biochemical modeling of photosynthesis and stomatal conductance using the Farquhar et al. models and the ‘Ball-Berry’ approach. Guest teachers include Ray Leuning, Dennis Baldocchi, Dave Bowling, Russ Monson, Dan Yakir, Dave Moore, Marcy Litvak, Kiona Ogle, Tristan Quaife, Paul Stoy, Dave Schimel, Andrew Richardson, John Zobitz, Carl Bernacchi, as well as Larry Jacobsen and Ed Swiatek from Campbell Scientific, and Shannon Loriaux and Pat Morgan from LiCor. For a schedule of topics and more information see: fluxcourse. Cost is $2,500 in fees (covers all room, meals and other expenses at the Mountain Station), and you are responsible for the cost of your travel to Boulder. To apply, please send your CV, a short paragraph explaining how you see the course contributing to your research and professional development, and a letter of support from one of your advisors, to Russell.Monson@colorado.edu. Posted: 3/23/10.
Dive GIS summer course: The 5th edition of the course will be held from the 28th of July to the 7th of August in Crotone at the Capo Rizzuto Marine Protected Area. Early bird enrollment at a reduced price is only open until March 31st! Dive GIS course is for you if you wish to: 1.Learn state of the art GIS and Remote Sensing methodologies used for marine applications 2.Learn to use the ArcGIS software 3.Become a certified diver 4.Collect scientific data in the field and underwater 5.Identify marine flora and fauna 6.Be passionate about the marine environment and the conservation of its resources 7.Network and socialize in an international environment. The course, organized by Mappamondo GIS in collaboration with the MPA, represents a unique training initiative that offers the chance to learn Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing methodologies while becoming a certified SCUBA diver. Participants learn to use state of the art technologies and to combine them with passion oriented sport and field activities in the context of marine environment management and science. The challenging objective of the organizer is to provide the bases for a multi-skill career. Participants are introduced to the underwater world through PADI Open Water Diver and specialty courses, to the digital cartography and imaging world through classes based on training material from ESRI, the world-leader in the GIS field, and to real case study applications of Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing tools for marine scientists. The course involves computer lab and field sessions and it is well suited for people novice to both GIS and diving, as well as for people that have already some knowledge and skills in both fields but that wish to gain an additional experience. During the course, the participants work on a real case study concerning the mapping of marine habitats using on-screen visual interpretation, supervised and unsupervised classification of satellite images and aerial photos. This allows identifying and quantifying vulnerable areas with high environmental value. Students also learn to identify marine flora and fauna, to collect scientific data about their distribution and to use handheld GIS and GPS units. Biodiversity and species distribution data are entered in the GIS to study their correlation with the habitat and other biotic and abiotic environmental parameters. For further information about the course and online registration for the 2010 edition visit www.mappamondogis.it/divegis.htm or email to email@example.com. Posted: 3/16/10.
Mathematical Ecology and Evolution: The Helsinki Summer School on Mathematical Ecology and Evolution 2010 invites applications from students and young researchers with appropriate background in mathematics to attend the one-week intense program of five topics at the research frontier: Evolutionary game theory (Karl Sigmund), Bifurcation analysis (Yuri Kuznetsov), Stochastic differential equations (Carlos Braumann), Population genetics (Reinhard Bürger), Stochastic models for epidemics (Tom Britton). The school will be held between 22 and 29 August 2010 in Turku, Finland, organized by the Biomathematics Group of the University of Helsinki and endorsed by EMS and ESMTB. The deadline for applications is 15 April 2010. There is no registration fee. For more details and application, see the link above. Posted: 3/16/10.
Aquatic GIS Training Workshop: GIS Applications in Aquatic Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. An NSF supported three day aquatic GIS training workshop will be offered at Saint Louis University from June 16-18, 2010. A general goal of this workshop is to train and establish an interactive group of researchers and educators applying GIS techniques in aquatic systems. Applicants with all levels of GIS experience are welcome; however, the workshop will be presented for aquatic biologists with little to no background in GIS techniques. The tentative schedule of topics includes: 1) basic acquisition and manipulation of GIS data, 2) GIS data sources for aquatic research, 3) quantification of species’ habitat use at multiple spatial scales, 4) species distribution modeling, and 5) development and application of hydrologic data to studies of aquatic systems. More details on the specific schedule will be provided in the near future. The majority of the training will be conducted using ArcGIS 9.3; however, other software options will be presented. Computer space will be provided for each attendee. The workshop is open to Faculty, Research Scientists, Postdoctoral Researchers, and Graduate Students conducting research in aquatic systems. There is no cost for the workshop; however, participants will be responsible for meals, travel, and lodging. Details and updates. To apply, please email a statement of application including a description of your research interests (maximum 1 page) and a CV to Dr. Jason Knouft at firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin on April 15. GIS experience is not a prerequisite for the workshop. A total of 20 spots are available. Posted: 3/8/10.
Distance Sampling Workshops: The Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM) is hosting two linked workshops in the summer of 2010 in our purpose-built facilities at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. The aim of these workshops is to train participants in the latest methods for design and analysis of distance sampling surveys, including line and point transects. The workshops are taught by leading researchers in the field, using industry-standard software. The first workshop (24-27 August) will run at an introductory level, and will focus on "conventional" distance sampling methods, as described in the standard reference book "Introduction to Distance Sampling." The workshop will be a blend of theory and practice and participants will learn how to use the program "Distance." Participants will gain a solid grounding in both survey design and methods of analysis for distance sampling surveys. The advanced distance sampling workshop (30 August - 1 September) will include advanced treatment of: incorporating covariates in detection function modelling, analyses in which detectability on the transect line is not assumed to be perfect (the so-called g(0) problem), automated survey design, advanced stratified survey analysis, advanced trend analysis, and adaptive survey designs. The aim of this workshop is to bring participants up to date with the latest developments in distance sampling methods and software. It is also an opportunity for those actively engaged in the design, analysis and execution of distance sampling surveys to discuss common issues and problems, and set future research directions. The workshop will be a combination of lectures and computer sessions, with considerable time for discussion. For both workshops, participants are encouraged to bring their own data sets, and can expect to do some preliminary analyses with their data. Computer sessions take place in our modern computer classroom (attached to the seminar room); participants can use our computers or bring their own laptop computers. Additional details regarding the workshops. Posted: 3/8/10.
Environmental and Ecological Education Field School in Indonesia: Sept 8th to Nov. 15th, 2010. From volcano geology to highland agriculture studies to coral reef ecology, students can look forward to a range of coursework about the environment. With the current trends in sustainable development, the main objective of this field school will be to develop students’ environmental perspectives through hands on field work in an international setting. Also, the program introduces methods for promoting environmental and ecological thinking across all grade levels and all subject areas. Although led Simon Fraser University, this field school program is partnered with Sam Ratulangi University (UNSRAT), located in the Manado region, students will be studying near an epicenter of marine biodiversity. For more information, please go to the program website or contact Carlos Ormond at email@example.com. Registration deadline is April 15th, 2010. Posted: 3/8/10.
Lepidopteran Course: We are happy to announce the 2010 Lepidoptern Course to be held at the Southwestern Research Station (SWRS) located in the Chricihahua Mountains of SE Arizona. The focus of the lep course is to train graduate students, post-docs, faculty, and serious citizen-scientists in the classification and identification of adult lepidoptera and their larvae. Topics to be covered include an extensive introduction into adult and larval morphology with a focus on taxonomically-important traits, extensive field work on both adults and larvae, collecting and curatoral techniques, genitalic dissection and preparation, larval classification, use (and abuse) of DNA bar coding, and general issues in lepidoptera systematics, ecology, and evolution. The Location: With its extensive series of Sky-Island mountain ranges, SE Arizona has the highest lepidoptera diversity in the US. With low desert scrub, oak and mixed oak-pine woodland, lush riparian, juniper, Douglas fir, and mountain meadow habitats all within a 40 minute drive from the research station, the SWRS is an ideal location from which to sample this diversity (of both habitats and species). Instructors: Jim Brock (Tucson, Arizona), John Brown (USDA, Smithsonian), P. D. Hulce (SW Research Station), Jim Miller (American Museum of Natural History) Ray Nagle (University of Arizona) Chris Schmidt (Canadian National Collection) Bruce Walsh (University of Arizona) Ian Watkinison (Arizona Western College/Northern Arizona University). Course Details: Dates: 7 - 14 August 2010. Cost: $900 for students, $1000 for non-students. Application form at www.lepcourse.org. Due by 7 June 2010. For logistics or information about the SWRS you can contact: THE LEPIDOPTERAN COURSE, Attention: P.D. Hulce, Southwestern Research Station, P.O. Box 16553, Portal, Arizona 85632. firstname.lastname@example.org; 520-558-2396. Posted: 3/1/10.
Experimental Design and Ecological Statistics: Graduate and Professional Course, August 17-27, 2010, Smithsonian-Mason Global Conservation Studies Programs at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (formerly CRC), Front Royal, VA, USA. This course provides an overview of quantitative methods for ecological research and conservation. During the 10-day intensive residential session, we review study design, statistical methods used in modern ecological research, and how best to pose research questions. Participants learn about applied monitoring and analysis techniques such as distance sampling, analysis of genetic data, niche and species distribution modeling and spatial analysis, and practice implementing statistical tools using R, a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics. Participants learn how to choose appropriate tests for different research questions, and about the assumptions underlying each test. During daily course exercises participants learn how to: design their own experiments, explore their data, perform tests, interpret outcomes, clearly explain these results orally and in writing, and increase their ability to critically evaluate current research literature. The course fee is $2,500, which includes instruction and course materials as well as all meals, lodging, and transport to/from Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD). All other travel costs and incidental expenses are the participant's responsibility. Participants earn Continuing Education Units, or graduate credits are available through Mason for qualified applicants, at additional cost (and upon completion of further course requirements). Visit www.conservationtraining.si.edu or contact email@example.com for more information. Posted: 2/26/10.
Microbial Metagenomics: Summer course directed by Drs. Thomas Schmidt and Jay Lennon at the Kellogg Biological Station (KBS), Michigan State University. This hands-on inquiry-based course exposes participants to state-of-the-art genomic methods to address questions about the structure and function of microbial communities. The nucleic acid based data generated during the course are integrated with the expansive information from the KBS Long Term Ecological Research site (LTER), which ranges from greenhouse gas fluxes to metagenome databases. The ultimate goal of the course is to uncover relationships between changes in microbial communities and ecosystem functioning. Morning lectures address pertinent ecological theories and principles underlying experiments that are conducted during the afternoon. The afternoon laboratory sessions focus on molecular and bioinformatic methods, including purification of DNA from environmental samples, PCR amplification, construction of clone libraries, sequence alignment, phylogenetic-based statistical analyses, quantitative PCR of functional genes, and mining of soil metagenomes. This is an intensive 2-week course modeled after the longer and internationally acclaimed MBL Microbial Diversity Course that Dr. Schmidt has directed. Participants will arrive on June 13th and depart June 26th. During this time, the course meets Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm. Housing and meals are available at KBS. The course is open to individuals of all academic backgrounds, but admission to the class (MMG 490/MMG 890 Section 432) is by application only with an April 1, 2010 deadline. Electronic application. Additional information about KBS summer courses. Scholarship support is available. Posted: 2/24/10.
Spatial Ecology, Geospatial Analysis, and Remote Sensing for Conservation: New Graduate and Professional Course, July 19-30, 2010, Smithsonian-Mason Global Conservation Studies Programs at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (formerly CRC), Front Royal, Virginia, USA. Visit www.conservationtraining.si.edu or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Posted: 2/11/10.
Highlands Biological Station Summer Courses and Workshops: The Highlands Biological Station, an inter-institutional research center of the University of North Carolina is offering its 2010 series of summer courses and workshops that can be taken for credit toward your academic program. The following list of field-based courses and workshops are focused on the diversity of organisms in the region with special emphasis on identification and collection techniques as well as principles of evolution, ecology and conservation. Scholarships, Grants-in-aid of research for graduate students, and summer internships also available. Highlands, North Carolina, is located in the southern Blue Ridge Mountains, at an average elevation about 3,800 feet, and situated near the Nantahala National Forest, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee Indian Reservation, Appalachian Trail, and the Blue Ridge Parkway. See the 2010 summer schedule. For more information and to apply, visit www.wcu.edu/hbs, email email@example.com or call 828-526-2602. Posted: 2/9/10.
Rainforest Ecology in Costa Rica: My name is LaRoy Brandt and I teach a 4-week, summer Rainforest Ecology Course at the LaSuerte Biological Field Station from mid june to mid-July. Application for enrollment has begun. In this course, I will do my best to accommodate as many areas of interest and backgrounds as well as differing levels of experience as I can. Although my summer 2009 course focused on Tropical Insect Ecology, we are modifying the course slightly to attract a broader audience. The course will be more of a general tropical ecology course that allows students to focus on a topic or taxonomic group of their choosing. I will do my best to customize and focus the curriculum to best meet students interests. The first two weeks of the course, with time spent mainly in thefield but with some time in the classroom, will focus on learning about the local flora and fauna, biogeography, plate tectonics, and numerous other topics related to the field study of tropical biology in Central America. We will also spend some time learning various field techniques in ecological data collection. The second two weeks will be spent conducting projects focused on individual student interests. So, although my expertise is more related to insects, I would be there to help mentor anyone in doing a project of his/her choice. This would be a great opportunity for all to study tropical ecology of any organism found in a Costa Rican rainforest. If you would like more information concerning this course, I would be happy to send a digital copy of our advertisement and answer any questions you might have via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 2/1/10.
Field Identification of Costa Rican Trees and Shrubs: Short intensive international courses on field identification of tropical plants (tropical dendrology) given in Costa Rica every year, since 1993. (two weeks): June 21st – July 3rd, 2010 (in English) April 19th – May 1st, 2010 (In Spanish). Learn while you travel over Costa Rica. Courses given in 4 different environments (Life Zones) in Costa Rica. So, this a unique opportunity to have a broad sightseing of Tropical environments. Highly efficient teaching methodology. Students are prepared to identify, down to family and important genera level, about 80% of the trees and shrubs in the Tropics. Visit our Website for you to learn about the course and read testimonies from previous students. Costs: US$ 1600.00 which covers every basis needs while you are in Costa Rica. Airfare is not included. Visit www.hjimenez.org. Direct contact: Dr. Humberto Jiménez Saa. email@example.com. Apdo. 86-1200/ San José, Costa Rica. FAX: (506) 22534963. Phones: (506) 2291-0862; 2231-1236. Posted: 2/1/10.
Ecology, Behavior & Conservation of Marine Mammals: Field Course in the Drowned Cayes, Belize. Dates: May 26 - June 8, 2010 (inclusive of travel). Location: Spanish Bay Conservation & Research Center at HP Adventure Lodge. Costs: $2595 includes, housing, meals, field trips, ground & water transfer fees, research & materials fees; DOES NOT include airfare, books, tips, or credit hours. Deadlines: Early Registration ($50 Discount) & and Deposit due March 1st, 2010. Class Size: 8-24 students. Registration and more information: http://www.sirenian.org/CourseSyllabus2010.html. Here's your chance to join our research team for two intense weeks of total immersion into the world of Animal Behavior, Antillean manatees, bottlenose dolphins in Belize! You will become totally immersed into island living, the study of ethology (animal behavior) and the biology of manatees and dolphins through lectures and learning activities, literature review, debate, projects, and field research. This unique field course combines an overview of the ecology, behavior, and conservation of sirenians and cetaceans with hands-on manatee & dolphin research in the Drowned Cayes, Belize. You'll spend 3-4 hours on the water each day learning about the environment as we explore a labyrinth of mangrove islands, seagrass beds, and coral patches searching for elusive manatees and charismatic dolphins. You'll collect behavioral and environmental data and learn about photo-id techniques; you'll develop a Fact Sheet or Activity Booklet about a related topic to be published by the Hugh Parkey Foundation for Marine Awareness & Education and/or Sirenian International. Extra-curricular activities include diving or snorkeling at Turneffe Atoll, and exploring an ancient Maya City. This unique course has a work load equivalent to 4 university credit hours and is divided into 4 major components: lectures and learning activities (~1 hour per day), independent reading and assignments (~2 hour per day), data collection in the field (~4 hours per day), project development (~1 hours per day) and debate/group discussion of reading materials (~1 hours per day). Want credit towards your degree? No problem! Sign up for independent study with an advisor at your school and pay the appropriate fees. The course has 70 contact hours and is comparable to a 4 credit university course. Just have you advisor contact Dr. Self-Sullivan (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss the requirements for credit. Remember, if you are interested in getting independent study credit for this course at your school, you must make arrangements IN ADVANCE with BOTH your advising faculty and the course instructor. Credit hour fees must be paid directly to your school and you must fulfill any Study Abroad requirements at your school. Posted: 2/1/10.
Primate Behavior and Ecology Field Course in Costa Rica: $2100 US dollars, June 15 – July 12, 2010. This month-long course is designed to teach undergraduate and graduate students the basic skills necessary to study primate behavior in the wild. Throughout this course you will learn techniques in ecological and behavioral data collection and complete an independent study on one of three primate species native to the area (Ateles geoffroyi, the black handed spider monkey; Cebus capucinus, the white-faced capuchin; Alouatta palliata, the mantled howler monkey).While our course cost may be a bit higher than some similar field courses we take pride in the fact that our students have the advantage of doing work in two forests, learn Spanish, take a few fun field trips and help educate local students. This course will take place at two field sites. The first three weeks will be held at El Zota Biological Station, an inland tropical wet forest site comprised of primary, secondary and regenerating forest. The last week will be held at Tortuguero, a fragmented coastal lowland tropical forest comprised of riverine, palm and secondary forest areas surrounded by the the canals of Rio Tortuguero and the Atlantic Ocean.To encourage cooperation and collaboration with local Costa Rican scholars and students, a Spanish language instructor will be on hand for Spanish lessons during the course. Participation in lessons is expected from all students.In addition, we believe the generosity of the Costa Rican people should be rewarded for allowing us to work and visit their country; therefore a portion of the course fee will cover the high school fees of local Costa Rican students. Our hope is that this connection will foster a relationship between the field school and local students, encouraging them to work towards conservation in their own community. Finally, we take a number of fun side trips in Costa Rica; which are hugely popular and a lot of fun. We have taken students to visit cloud forests and coffee/chocolate plantations, white water rafting, zip-lining, sea-turtle watching, and snorkeling. Space is limited so contact us soon! For more detailed information please contact email@example.com or Dr. Lorna Joachim, Adjunct Prof. of Research in Psychology, University of New Mexico (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 1/26/10.
Conservation Biology, Kenya: Applications are now being accepted for the DIMACS/MBI US - African BioMathematics Initiative: Workshop and Advanced Study Institute on Conservation Biology, Kenya, July 28th - August 13th. Applications are Requested from Interested Graduate Students. Location: Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute, Naivasha, Kenya. Dates: July 28 - August 10, 2010 with a follow-up workshop also at Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute August 11 - 13, 2010. Funding: Participants travel and local expenses will be covered through funds provided by DIMACS, SACEMA, and the US National Science Foundation. For more details, see the full description. Posted: 1/26/10.
Kellogg Biological Station Summer Classes: we offer a full summer class schedule for hands-on field experience. We have 3 special summer programs for graduate students (and advanced undergraduates) that require application for admission: *Microbial Metagenomics, *Field Aquatic Ecology, *ELME (Enhancing Linkages between Mathematics and Ecology). Please visit our summer course and ELME pages for more details, and to fill out an application! Scholarship support is available, as is on-site housing on lovely Gull Lake. More details about the programs: MICROBIAL METAGENOMICS, June 13th -- June 26th MTuWThFSat 9am - 5pm. This course offers students opportunities to use state-of-the-art genomic methods to address questions about the structure and function of microbial communities. The primary pre-requisite is a keen interest in adding molecular methods to your research. FIELD AQUATIC ECOLOGY, July 6th -- July 16th, TWF 8am-5pm. The course will include general methods in aquatic ecology and limnology and will focus on the potential effects of global change on aquatic ecosystems. Students will learn both classical and novel, cutting-edge research approaches to field aquatic ecology. ELME (Enhancing Linkages between Mathematics and Ecology). The ELME program consists of three week-long courses in mathematical ecology. Students may also choose to take the Field Aquatic Ecology course, or an advanced Ecology/Evolution field course after the program, and apply what they have learned. Introduction to Theoretical Population Biology June 14 - June 18, 2010 (MTuWThF 9 am - 5 pm). Theoretical Community and Ecosystem Ecology June 21 - June 25, 2009 (MTuWThF 9 am - 5 pm). Maximum Likelihood Analysis in Ecology June 28 - July 2, 2009 (MTuWThF 9 am - 5 pm). Questions? contact KBSsummer@kbs.msu.edu or ELMEprogram@kbs.msu.edu. Posted: 1/12/10.
Summer Institute in Human-Water systems: Third Annual Summer Synthesis Institute: The 20th Century: Relationships Linking Water and People. June 1 - July 16, 2010 City University of New York, New York. We invite you to apply to the 2010 Summer Synthesis Institute funded by the National Science Foundation and the Consortium of Universities Allied for Hydrological Sciences (CUAHSI) and hosted by the CUNY Environmental Cross-Roads Initiative and the Northeast Consortium for Hydrologic Synthesis. The Synthesis Institute is a six-week intensive research collaborative that offers advanced graduate students the opportunity to conduct interdisciplinary research on the role of humans in shaping the character of hydrologic systems across the Northeast Corridor from 1600 to 2100. The two previous Institutes focused on the colonial era and 19th century. In 2010, the Institute will address the relationship between human society and water systems in the 20th century and consider the following: What was the nature of hydro-systems across the Northeastern U.S. during the 20th century, how did hydrologic dynamics shape human decision-making and, in turn, how did human decision-making shape the hydrologic cycle during this timeframe? Summer Scholars participate in a suite of fast-paced synthesis and integration research activities, guided by faculty mentors. It is anticipated that the initial set of ideas and findings of the Institute will inspire further work by the Scholars at their home institutions, with the Consortium supporting follow-up communications and guidance to the group. More information. Deadline: February 15th, 2010. Posted: 1/4/10.
Summer Predoctoral Fellowship Program: Texas State University’s Graduate College is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for the 2010 Summer Predoctoral Fellowship Program. The predoctoral fellowship program brings doctoral candidates from other institutions that have completed their course work and are in the process of writing their dissertations (ABD), to spend June and July on the Texas State campus working with faculty and students in their field. Participants may also be considered as potential candidates for future faculty positions as appropriate. The program is only available to doctoral students who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Interested parties should visit The Department of Biology’s website to examine potential faculty advisors. Currently, we offer a strong environment in evolutionary ecology or ecology. Potential faculty includes: Caitlin Gabor (Behavioral ecologist), Noland Martin (Plant population genetics), and Chris Nice (Speciation in insects and phylogeography). Jim Ott (Insect-plant interactions and ecological genetics), Susan Schwinning (Plant ecologist), Joe Veech (Wildlife ecologist). The graduate student must secure a commitment from a Texas State faculty member to serve as their mentor for the summer program prior to submitting an application. Please start by contacting the faculty member you are interested in working with and then proceeding from there. Posted: 12/17/09.
Paradise in Peril? Exploring Madagascar's Biodiversity Crisis: Study Abroad in Madagascar, May 5-June 10, 2010. Madagascar is home to an astonishing eight plant, four bird, and five primate families that live nowhere else on Earth. Until recently, Malagasy people (comprised of 17 different ethnic groups) had limited land tenure rights and little support for alternative livelihoods. Madagascar is faced with balancing the delicate relationship between human development and environmental protection. This has had devastating consequences for both the country's natural environment and people's standard of living. This study abroad program examines the nexus of biodiversity conservation and livelihood preservation on the world's 4th largest island, Madagascar. We will visit multiple terrestrial and marine protected areas in diverse habitat types (e.g., tropical humid forest, deciduous dry forest, coastal and marine habitats, mangroves, coral reefs) to better understand the evolution and sustainability of natural resource governance in Madagascar. We will see first-hand and discuss both the challenges associated with managing and enforcing protected areas (e.g., illegal logging, lemur or tortoise poaching) and the opportunities (e.g., carbon banking, ecotourism, community policing). Students will learn about how Malagasy people react to and think about environmental enforcement and environmental degradation. Guest speakers will discuss voluntary and mandatory compliance interventions designed to foster co-conservation of culture and natural resources, educational and technological innovation interventions, and captive breeding programs for Madagascar's endemic endangered species. Students will directly interact with conservation practitioners, enforcement officials, biologists, and local people to experientially learn about Malagasy culture and natural resources. The program begins in the hilly and densely populated French-speaking capital city of Antananarivo and proceeds over land by private coach to the rural and agricultural central highlands and forested eastern coast. We'll travel by commercial air to the lowland coastal tropical forest and by private boat to a marine protected area. Students will familiarize themselves with Malagasy flora and fauna, interact with government, non-governmental, enforcement, scientific, and community managers, and will participate in hands-on learning including guided day and night hikes, snorkeling, and community-based natural resource management and enforcement. Check out photos from previous programs. To apply visit MSU's Office of Study Abroad: http://studyabroad.msu.edu/ Questions: Dr. Meredith Gore (517-432-8203 or email@example.com). Posted: 12/14/09.
Species Monitoring and Conservation: Amphibians: Offered from May 16-28, 2010, this graduate/professional course is co-sponsored by the Smithsonian's Center for Conservation Education and Sustainability and the George Mason Center for Conservation Studies and hosted at the National Zoo's 3,200-acre Conservation and Research Center in Front Royal, Virginia. This course engages graduate students and practitioners in developing skills, approaches and solutions applicable to the worldwide extinction crisis affecting amphibians. Course participants explore the many tools and techniques for in-situ and ex-situ amphibian research and conservation practice. The curriculum includes amphibian biology and ecology, habitat monitoring and management, species monitoring plans, field techniques and collection methods, lab techniques (including toxicology, pathology, specimen preparation and genetics), captive breeding and husbandry, and community outreach and education. Graduate credit may be earned through George Mason University. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Posted: 12/10/09.
Summer Soil Institute: Addressing Environmental Challenges with Current and Emerging Techniques - A summer course for graduate students, professionals, faculty, and K-12 teachers, July 12-24, 2010, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. The summer soil institute provides a unique opportunity to gain a fundamental and applied understanding of soil biology, chemistry, and physics with world-renowned faculty. Students will gain hands-on experience with lab and field techniques and will gain an enhanced appreciation for the importance of managing our soil resources sustainably. The course will be limited to a maximum of 25 students. Applications will be reviewed starting March 12. Registration fees are $2200, which includes lodging and meals. A reduced fee of $1500 is available for local students that do not need accommodations. A limited number of scholarships are available to meritorious applicants in need. Location: The course will be based on the campus of Colorado State University (CSU), which is nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains on the western edge of the Great Plains. We will take advantage of the high diversity of soils within a short drive with field trips to the Fraser experimental forest and the Shortgrass Steppe Long-Term Ecological Research Site. The institute will culminate with student presentations and a banquet at Pingree Park, where students will be able to enjoy the mountain landscape just north of Rocky Mountain National Park. Accomodations: On-campus housing and meals will be available at the state-of-the-art Academic Village at Colorado State University. The green Academic Village opened in 2008 and was built to high standards of sustainability. Instructors: Thomas Borch: Environmental Soil Chemistry Richard Conant: Soil Biogeochemistry M. Francesca Cotrufo: Soil Organic Matter and Stable Isotope Applications Eugene Kelly: Pedology and Geochemistry John Moore: Soil Ecology, Food Web Modeling Mary Stromberger: Soil Microbiology Diana Wall: Soil Sustainability, Soil Fauna Matthew Wallenstein: Soil Microbial Ecology and Molecular Techniques Funding for the institute is provided by the USDA AFRI program. For more information and to apply, please visit http://soilinstitute.nrel.colostate.edu/. Posted: 12/10/09.
Primatology, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Field School: August 3rd - 28th, 2010 in Kenya. This field school is a joint effort of Rutgers University, the National Museums of Kenya, and the Kenya Wildlife Service. The field school provides a distinctive opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience in field work methodologies and research on some of Kenya's exquisite wildlife including a variety of Old World primates. One site we will visit is the Tana River Primate National Reserve where students will conduct independent research projects and have the opportunity to observe not only the two endemic and endangered species, the Tana River mangabey and Tana River red colobus, but also yellow baboons, Sykes monkeys. and two species of galagos. We will also spend time on the Laikipia Plateau of central Kenya. At the different sites where we camp, students will receive lectures, complete readings and have discussions from the field school directors as well as a wide range of consultants to the field school including Dr. Martin Mulama of Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Dr. Paul Muoria of the African Wildlife Foundation, and Dr. Margaret Kinnaird and Dr. Daniel Rubenstein of Mpala Research Centre. In addition, we will stay on Mugie Ranch where we visit their black rhino sanctuary and data collection lab. We will observe radio-collared lions and learn about the Laikipia Predator Project from Project Biologist Alayne Cotterill. Students will also do field work all in the course of a day, making the field school worth 6 academic credits. The Administrative Directors of the Field School are Dr. Jack Harris, Professor of Anthropology, Rutgers University; Dr. Tom Kariuki, Director of the Institute of Primate Research, National Museums of Kenya; and Dr. Sam Kasiki, Deputy Director of Biodiversity Research and Monitoring, Kenya Wildlife Service. The Field Directors are Dr. Leah Domb, Science Master, Lawrenceville School and Dr. Julie Wieczkowski, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Buffalo State College. To obtain more information about this program visit our website at primate.rutgers.edu, contact Dr. Jack Harris directly at email@example.com or visit the Rutgers Study Abroad web site. Posted: 12/10/09.
Lepidoptern Course: We are happy to formally announce the 2010 Lepidoptern Course to be held at the Southwestern Research Station (SWRS) located in the Chricihahua Mountains of SE Arizona. The focus of the lep course is to train graduate students, post-docs, faculty, and serious citizen-scientists in the classification and identification of adult lepidoptera and their larvae. Topics to be covered include an extensive introduction into adult and larval morphology with a focus on taxonomically-important traits, extensive field work on both adults and larvae, collecting and curatoral techniques, genitalic dissection and preparation, larval classification, use (and abuse) of DNA bar coding, and general issues in lepidoptera systematics, ecology, and evolution. The Location: With its extensive series of Sky-Island mountain ranges, SE Arizona has the highest lepidoptera diversity in the US. With low desert scrub, oak and mixed oak-pine woodland, lush riparian, juniper, Douglas fir, and mountain meadow habitats all within a 40 minute drive from the research station, the SWRS is an ideal location from which to sample this diversity (of both habitats and species). Dates: 7 - 14 August 2010. Cost: $900 for students, $1000 for non-students. Application form on www.lepcourse.org. Due by 7 June 2010. Posted: 12/3/09.
Antarctic System Science: The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, in conjunction with the Office of Study Abroad, at Michigan State University is pleased to announce openings for our Systems Science in Antarctica Study Abroad. This program is open to students from ANY university through MSU's Lifelong education program, providing anyone an opportunity to experience this incredible continent. Further details are available at: http://studyabroad.msu.edu/programs/antarcticscience.html, but some key information is: -the on-site portion program will take place from 18 Dec 2009 to 9 Jan 2010 -openings are limited, so we encourage applications be submitted as soon as possible -total cost of participation and travel will vary with tuition, but will range from $12-14,000 in most cases -please contact Dr. Daniel Hayes (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Mary Bremigan (email@example.com) for more information. Posted: 11/11/09.
Field Course in Coral Reef Ecology: December 20th 2009 - January 9th 2010 The field courses will take place at the Bocas del Toro Biological Station, Boca del Drago, Isla Colon, Bocas del Toro, Panama. This course is designed to promote the desire for not only discovery and advanced understanding of coral reef ecosystems from an integrated ecological perspective but also an appreciation and understanding of the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) culture. In addition to learning coral reef ecosystem dynamics, organism identification, and experimental design, this course will also investigate human dimensions in coral reef ecosystems, both past and present. To compliment the course and for the pure enjoyment of learning a new language, students will be taught a “Spanish for Survival” at the beginning of the session. More information. Posted: 11/5/09.
Effective Conservation Leadership: Graduate and Professional Course: Co-sponsored by the Smithsonian's Center for Conservation Education and Sustainability and the George Mason University Center for Conservation Studies. Conservation and Research Center, Front Royal, Virginia, January 3-13, 2010. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information. Effective Conservation Leadership provides an unparalleled professional development experience. Conservation practitioners as well as students at the outset of their careers become more effective leaders and managers through case studies and hands-on exploration of the leadership skills practiced in many professional fields. The curriculum includes: -Cross-cultural learning and team building -Program planning and management -Conflict resolution and negotiation -Cross-disciplinary skills for multi-stakeholder conservation processes -Networking and communication skills -Fundraising and grant-writing techniques -Development of a personal leadership plan. The course fee is $2,500, which includes instruction and course materials as well as all meals, lodging, and transport to/from Dulles Airport (IAD). All other travel costs are the participant's responsibility. Course participants who seek credit through GMU must meet Mason graduate admissions standards and complete additional project-focused coursework. Out-of-state participants pay additional tuition to receive credit. The Smithsonian-Mason Alliance designs courses to -provide graduate credit, and continuing education for conservation professionals -meet the practical needs of the international conservation community -connect course participants with valuable conservation resources and lifelong professional networks -engage participants in dynamic learning communities reflecting global perspectives. Posted: 9/24/09.
Wildlife, Ecology, & Conservation Study Abroad in Africa: The Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences program at North Carolina State University offers a three week study abroad program to Namibia (south western Africa) from May 16 to June 04, 2010. Namibia is one of Africa’s most stable and safe countries to travel to with a good infrastructure and a well developed tourism industry. This is a unique opportunity for students to explore and experience Africa while studying and gaining valuable knowledge about African wildlife-, savanna- and desert ecology, park management, conservation, ecotourism and ecological sampling techniques. Students will visit various ecosystems, conduct field work, participate in discussions and field lectures, track desert elephants, enjoy game drives and bushwalks. The highlights of this trip are the Namib Desert, Damaraland, Etosha National Park and the Cheetah Conservation Fund. The program will be directed by Dr Dörgeloh, a wildlife ecologist with extensive knowledge and many years experience in southern Africa. Students from other colleges and universities, as well as out-of-state are encouraged to apply. For further information about the program please visit http://cnr.ncsu.edu/fer/fishwild/fwstudab.html or contact the program director. Online applications are available through the NCSU Study Abroad Office. Please note: The deadline for applications is Dec. 11, 2009.
Fundamentals of Ecosystem Ecology: The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies will again offer a short course in ecosystem ecology during the January 2010 Intersession (January 4 through January 16, 2010). This intensive course will cover the concepts, theories, approaches, utility and history of ecosystem ecology, biogeochemical cycles and budgets, ecosystem energetics and trophic structure, and the response of ecosystems to stress and disturbance. The course will include lectures by members of the Institute's scientific staff and will emphasize critical examination of ideas through extensive readings, group discussions and exercises. Class size will be limited to ~16 students. The course will be held at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, in rural Dutchess County’s Millbrook, New York. Students should plan to be in residence during the entire course and to devote their full time to this course. The cost of the course is $1,500. Included are: course fees, materials, dormitory fees, daily continental breakfast. Students will need to provide their own transportation to and from the Institute and their own meals. Kitchens are available in the dormitories. A limited number of $1,000 scholarships are available to students who can demonstrate that they do not have personal or institutional resources to pay for the course. Many universities have money available to help students pay for courses such as this one; the Cary Institute is willing to provide documentation to help applicants apply for such university funds, if necessary. The course is intended for graduate students in ecology, environmental studies, or related fields. Advanced undergraduates with appropriate background may be accepted if space permits. The course is listed by Rutgers University for 4 credit hours; students may wish to arrange to receive credit for the course through their universities under “special topics,” “seminar,” or a similar heading. For further information about the course content and eligibility, contact Dr. David Strayer at StrayerD@caryinstitute.org For other information, please contact Ms. Claudia Rosen at RosenC@caryinstitute.org To apply for the FEE course please use the online application. Application deadline is October, 30, 2009. Decisions about admission to the course will be made by November 13, 2009. Posted: 9/14/09.
Bayesian Analysis for Population Ecology: This Workshop will be held in the Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM), University of St Andrews, Scotland, from 7th-10th September 2009. Bayesian methods are making an enormous impact in the area of population ecology. In this workshop participants will be given instruction on the underlying ideas associated with Bayesian methods and computational algorithms, applied to the area of population ecology. No prior knowledge of Bayesian methods will be assumed. We will begin with an introduction to Bayesian methods before considering more advanced topics, including, for example, random effects models, dealing with missing data, model selection (including posterior model probabilities and model averaging) and the reversible jump Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithm. Theory and methods will be motivated and illustrated through a range of ecological examples. The workshop will make use of (and provide) the forthcoming book "Bayesian Analysis for Population Ecology" by King, Morgan, Gimenez and Brooks. The freely available computer packages WinBUGS and R will be demonstrated and used, making use of programs written by the course organisers. The workshop will combine both lectures with hands-on computer practical sessions using and adapting the computer programs provided by the organisers. The target audience for the workshop is statistical ecologists who wish to learn about Bayesian methods and/or apply these methods to their problems of interest. We anticipate that this may include a number of research students. Workshop participants will acquire new statistical tools for answering important questions relevant to the conservation and management of wild animal populations. Further information (including registration details etc). Posted: 8/11/09.
Ecology of plant-animal interactions in the tropics: We are proud to announce a new OTS specialty graduate course. This intensive two-week course is designed to get hands-on experience on how to effectively perform research on biotic interactions between plants and animals in the tropics (La Selva, Costa Rica). The main goal is to expose students to different types of biotic interactions, and to teach analytical skills and study methods to understand these interactions. We will put particular emphasis on teaching methods to study ecological and evolutionary principles of the chemical ecology of plant-animal interactions. This course provides a unique field-based experience for graduate students from South-, Central-, and North America and will be taught by renowned scientists in the field of plant-animal interactions including Anurag Agrawal, Rodolfo Dirzo, Andre Kessler, Robert Raguso and Jennifer Thaler. For more information please visit the Specialty Graduate Courses page of the OTS website or contact Katja Poveda (email@example.com) or Andre Kessler (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 7/8/09.
Workshop on Bayesian Analysis for Population Ecology: A Workshop on Bayesian Analysis for Population Ecology will be held in the Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM), University of St Andrews, Scotland, from 7th-10th September 2009. Overview: Bayesian methods are making an enormous impact in the area of population ecology. In this workshop participants will be given instruction on the underlying ideas associated with Bayesian methods and computational algorithms, applied to the area of population ecology. No prior knowledge of Bayesian methods will be assumed. We will begin with an introduction to Bayesian methods before considering more advanced topics, including, for example, random effects models, dealing with missing data, model selection (including posterior model probabilities and model averaging) and the reversible jump Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithm. Theory and methods will be motivated and illustrated through a range of ecological examples. The workshop will make use of (and provide) the forthcoming book "Bayesian Analysis for Population Ecology" by King, Morgan, Gimenez and Brooks. The freely available computer packages WinBUGS and R will be demonstrated and used, making use of programs written by the course organisers. The workshop will combine both lectures with hands-on computer practical sessions using and adapting the computer programs provided by the organisers. The target audience for the workshop is statistical ecologists who wish to learn about Bayesian methods and/or apply these methods to their problems of interest. We anticipate that this may include a number of research students. Workshop participants will acquire new statistical tools for answering important questions relevant to the conservation and management of wild animal populations. Further information (including registration details etc) can be found at the link above. Posted: 7/2/09.
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US Fish & Wildlife Service: Interested in Applied Statistics & Wildlife Management? Student Summer Position, Anchorage, Alaska, June–September (negotiable). Wage: GS 7: around $15.60/hour + 24% tax-free COLA. Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge has conducted multi-species waterfowl breeding and productivity surveys since the late-1980s. The intern will review the existing survey design and estimators and assess alternative designs for improved efficiency. As time permits, the intern will also assess trends in the responses of interest for each species and associations among species, help identify possible improvements to the current survey methods, and create a set of documented R scripts for future analyses. The intern will present the project results orally and in a written report. The intern will work closely with the Regional Refuge Biometrician and the Wildlife Biologist from Tetlin Refuge, predominantly in Anchorage but with some time at the refuge (Tok, Alaska). Requirements: • Undergraduate degree in biology, ecology, wildlife science, zoology, applied mathematics, mathematics, or statistics. • Current enrollment in graduate program in biology, ecology, wildlife studies, zoology, quantitative ecology, applied mathematics, statistics, or similar program. • Quantitative background should include: intermediate applied statistics, familiarity with generalized linear models, cluster sampling, familiarity with R/S-Plus or comparable statistical software and writing and documenting scripts in R/S-Plus. • Ability to work independently, communicate applied quantitative concepts and analyses, prepare written reports, and meet deadlines. • Proof of U.S. citizenship. Interested? Send letter describing data analysis experience and CV, including unofficial transcripts, to: Joel H. Reynolds (Joel_Reynolds@fws.gov, 907-786-3914), Regional Refuge Biometrician, U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 1011 E. Tudor Rd MS 221, Anchorage, AK 99503. Deadline: 15 April 2010. Posted: 3/31/10.
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