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|University of Notre Dame||Ecosystem response to rapid evolution, coastal salt marshes (PhD)||12/1/17||9/26/17|
|University of Notre Dame||Ecology, Evolution, and the Environment (16 positions)||12/1/17||8/29/17|
|University of Florida||Effects of residential development and landscaping practices on wetlands (MS)||7/17/17|
|North Carolina State University||Geospatial Analytics (PhD)||2/1/18||10/10/17|
|Southern Oregon University||Environmental Education (MS)||1/16/18||6/28/17|
|East Carolina University||Community ecology, biology education, or science outreach (MS)||1/15/18||10/17/17|
|Tulane University||Plant-microbe interactions, invasive species, and global change (PhD)||1/15/18||10/17/17|
|Ohio University||Forest Ecosystem/Soil Ecology (PhD/MS)||1/15/18||10/17/17|
|University of California, Davis||Sustainable Oceans: From Policy to Science to Decisions (PhD)||1/15/18||10/13/17|
|University of Toronto||Remote sensing and forest ecology (PhD)||1/15/18||10/6/17|
|University of Utah||Evolutionary Ecology of Host-Parasite Interactions (PhD)||1/3/18||10/10/17|
|University of Utah||Physiological Ecology of Western US Mountain Forests (PhD)||1/3/18||9/25/17|
|University of Tennessee, Knoxville||Conservation Science||1/1/18||9/18/17|
|University of Georgia||Old-Growth Longleaf Pine Ecology (MS)||12/31/17||10/5/17|
|Boston University||Land use change & biogeochemistry (PhD)||12/19/17||8/15/17|
|University of Connecticut||Disease Ecology (PhD)||12/15/17||10/17/17|
|University of Texas at Arlington||Biology (PhD)||12/15/17||10/17/17|
|Boise State University||Plant Systematics (PhD)||12/15/17||10/10/17|
|Boise State University||Human Behavioral Ecology (PhD)||12/15/17||10/6/17|
|University of Pennsylvania||Terrestrial Carbon Biogeochemistry (PhD)||12/15/17||10/6/17|
|University of California, Santa Cruz||Global ecology and quantitative environmental sciences (PhD)||12/15/17||10/6/17|
|University of California, Davis||Agroecology and/or Conservation Science (PhD)||12/15/17||9/21/17|
|George Washington University||Ecology/evolution/physiology of plants/microbes/termites (PhD)||12/1/17||10/17/17|
|Concordia University (Canada)||Climate change effects on soil microbes and plant interactions in Canada and Argentina||12/1/17||10/17/17|
|University of Massachusetts Amherst||Marine Global Change Ecology (2 positions)||12/1/17||10/17/17|
|Northwestern University/Chicago Botanic Garden||Plant Biology and Conservation||12/1/17||10/17/17|
|University of Notre Dame||Disease Ecology and Epidemiology (PhD)||12/1/17||10/13/17|
|Boise State University||Plant-Soil Interactions (PhD)||12/1/17||10/13/17|
|University of Florida||Macroecology, Macrophysiology, Macroevoution||12/1/17||10/6/17|
|Boise State University||Plant-Herbivore Interactions (PhD)||12/1/17||9/30/17|
|University of Notre Dame||Ecosystem response to rapid evolution, coastal salt marshes (PhD)||12/1/17||9/26/17|
|University of Alabama/University of Georgia/Virginia Tech||Stream Ecosystems and Climate Change (3 PhD positions)||12/1/17||9/25/17|
|Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi||Molecular microbial ecology and biogeochemistry||12/1/17||9/25/17|
|University of Minnesota||Theoretical Ecology (PhD)||12/1/17||9/21/17|
|University of Notre Dame||Ecology, Evolution, and the Environment (16 positions)||12/1/17||8/29/17|
|Ohio State University||Mosquito Seasonal Physiology||12/1/17||8/8/17|
|University of British Columbia (Canada)||Future Forests Fellowship (PhD)||11/24/17||10/17/17|
|University of Tokyo (Japan)||Plant Evolutionary Ecology||11/24/17||9/24/17|
|University of North Carolina Wilmington||Environmental Studies (MS)||11/15/17||10/20/17|
|Northern Arizona University||Plant Ecology (1 MS, 1 PhD)||11/15/17||10/17/17|
|University of Louisiana at Lafayette||Coastal Plant Ecology||11/1/17||10/17/17|
|University of North Carolina||Dimensions of Biodiversity (PhD)||11/1/17||10/10/17|
|Lincoln University||Genetics of invasive species (PhD)||11/1/17||10/6/17|
|University of Louisville||Plant chemical and molecular ecology (PhD)||11/1/17||10/5/17|
|Southeast Missouri State University||Aquatic ecology (MS)||11/1/17||9/25/17|
|Iowa State University||Applied Forest Ecology and Silviculture (MS)||11/1/17||9/25/17|
|Colorado State University||Urban Ecology and Sustainability (PhD)||11/1/17||9/24/17|
|Ohio State University||Aquatic Ecology (2 PhD positions)||11/1/17||9/12/17|
|Auburn University||Aquatic Ecology/Limnology (2 positions)||11/1/17||8/7/17|
|Stony Brook University||Albatross foraging energetics (PhD)||10/31/17||9/25/17|
|Charles Sturt University (Australia)||Fish ecology and food webs (2 PhD positions)||10/24/17||10/10/17|
|University of Central Florida||Coastal Wetland Biogeochemistry (PhD)||10/20/17|
|Purdue University||Hydrology & Biogeochemistry (PhD)||10/20/17|
|University of Arkansas||Evolutionary Ecology (PhD)||10/20/17|
|University of Michigan||Sustainable food systems in the face of global environmental change (PhD)||10/20/17|
|Texas Tech University||Antarctic research: effects of warming on carbon fluxes, microbial activity, and plant growth||10/20/17||9/25/17|
|Syracuse University||Species Interactions (PhD)||10/17/17|
|University of West Georgia||Spotted Skunk Habitat Use (MS)||10/17/17|
|Texas Tech University||Plant Ecological Genetics (2 PhD positions)||10/17/17|
|Southern Illinois University||Ecology of ranaviruses among amphibian communities||10/16/17||9/24/17|
|Southern Illinois University||Animal physiology and community ecology (PhD)||10/16/17||9/21/17|
|University of Minnesota Duluth||Large lake limnology/ oceanography/ biogeochemistry||10/13/17|
|University of Toledo||Freshwater turtle recruitment and health (PhD)||10/13/17||9/21/17|
|Virginia Tech||Disease Ecology||10/11/17|
|University of California, Santa Barbara||Community Ecology (PhD)||10/11/17|
|Binghamton University||Species interactions and invasion ecology (PhD)||10/10/17|
|Michigan State University||Socioeconomic-Environmental Interactions||10/9/17|
|West Virginia University||Forest Biometrics & Modelling (MS)||10/9/17||9/19/17|
|University of Montana||Food, Energy, and Water Nexus||10/7/17|
|University of Virginia||Population Ecology||10/7/17|
|Virginia Tech||Ecosystem Forecasting (2 positions)||10/7/17|
|East Carolina University||Population/community ecology, eco-evolutionary dynamics||10/6/17|
|Utah State University||Plant-soil interactions and soil biogeochemistry||10/6/17|
|University of Wyoming||Wildlife Genomics and Disease Ecology (2 positions)||10/6/17|
|University of British Columbia (Canada)||Plant Ecology (PhD)||10/5/17|
|South Dakota School of Mines and Technology||Aquatic Ecology||10/5/17|
|University of Hong Kong (China)||Community Ecology/Entomology (PhD)||10/5/17||9/25/17|
|University of New South Wales (Australia)||Examining the role of plant physiology in the amplification of heat extremes (PhD)||10/3/17||9/25/17|
|Northern Arizona University||Ecosystem Ecology (6 positions)||10/1/17|
|Dartmouth College||Soil Carbon||9/26/17|
|University of Memphis||Fungal and Microbial Ecology (PhD)||9/26/17|
|University of Georgia||Forest Entomology, Pathology, and Ecology (PhD)||9/26/17|
|Texas Tech University||Terrestrial Ecosystem Responses and Feedbacks to Climate Change||9/25/17|
|Trent University (Canada)||Integrative Wildlife Conservation (3 positions)||9/25/17|
|Rice University||Community/Population Ecology (PhD)||9/24/17|
|Virginia Tech/University of Vermont||Critical Zone Science (1 MS, 2 PhD)||9/24/17|
|Northern Arizona University||River Conservation in China||9/24/17|
|University of North Carolina||Community Ecology (PhD)||9/22/17|
|University of Alabama||Everglades Biogeochemical Cycles (PhD)||9/22/17|
|University of South Dakota||Prairie plant community ecology||9/22/17|
|Texas State University||Plant Ecology/Global Change (MS)||9/22/17|
|Texas State University||Restoration Ecology (MS)||9/22/17|
|University of Alaska Fairbanks||Insect Ecology (MS)||9/21/17|
|North Carolina State University||Watershed Ecology (MS)||9/21/17|
|University of Nevada – Reno||Forest Community & Ecosystem Ecology (PhD)||9/21/17|
|SUNY ESF||Forest Nutrient Cycling||9/21/17|
|University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science||Ecological/conservation genomics of trees||9/21/17|
|University of Nebraska-Lincoln||Social-Ecological Systems (MS)||9/21/17|
|University of Toledo||Wetland Ecology and Management||9/19/17|
|University of Alabama||Urban Forestry (PhD)||9/19/17|
|Michigan State University||Larval Fish Behavior (PhD)||9/18/17|
|Michigan State University||Plant-Insect Ecology||9/15/17||8/29/17|
|Purdue University||Plant ecological and evolutionary genetics||9/12/17|
|California State University, Bakersfield||Plant Physiological Ecology (2 MS positions)||9/12/17|
|Louisiana State University||Aquatic Microbiology (PhD)||9/12/17|
|Clemson University||Soil Ecology (2 PhD positions)||9/5/17|
|Ohio University||Urban Forest Ecology||9/5/17|
|University of Louisiana||Environmental and Evolutionary Biology, coastal avian ecology (PhD)||8/30/17||6/28/17|
|University of Alabama||Cellulosic Biofuels Biogeochemical Cycles (PhD)||8/29/17|
|International Max Planck Research School||Ecological Interactions with Molecular and Chemical Techniques (5 PhD positions)||8/18/17||7/24/17|
|Ball State University||Aquatic Ecology in Alaskan Wetlands (MS)||8/15/17|
|University of Copenhagen (Denmark)||Host-pathogen co-evolution (PhD)||8/15/17||7/25/17|
|Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada)||Forecasting and Biogeochemistry of Bloom-Affected Lakes (2-4 positions)||8/11/17|
|University of Pittsburgh||Evolutionary Ecology (PhD)||8/8/17|
|Colorado State University||Post-fire regeneration of herbaceous plants (PhD)||8/8/17|
|Binghamton University||Invasion ecology & species interactions (PhD)||8/8/17|
|Michigan State University||Socioeconomic-environmental interactions (PhD)||8/8/17|
|University of Alaska Fairbanks and Southeast||Boreal fire ecology, permafrost, and carbon dynamics (PhD)||8/8/17|
|University of Alaska Fairbanks and Southeast||Forest Carbon and Natural Disasters (MS)||8/8/17|
|Wright State University||Plant–insect interactions (PhD)||8/7/17|
|Temple University||Biodiversity and ecosystem services (PhD)||8/7/17|
|Utah State University||Plant populations, ecosystem functions, and global change (PhD)||8/4/17|
|Utah State University||Macroevolutionary patterns of plant traits in Panama using metabolomics (PhD)||8/4/17|
|Sonoma State University||Plant ecophysiology and community ecology in the tropics (MS)||8/4/17||7/27/17|
|Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research||Statistical Ecology (PhD)||7/28/17|
|Michigan State University||Plant-Insect Ecology||7/28/17|
|Texas A&M University||Wildlife Science||7/25/17|
|Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada)||Effects of permafrost degradation on vegetation and water cycling in the Northwest Territories (PhD)||7/25/17|
|Université du Québec en Outaouais (Canada)||Entomologie et Dendroécologie (MS)||7/20/17||6/28/17|
|Lund University (Sweden)||Herbivory & ecosystem/soil science (2 PhD positions)||7/20/17||5/23/17|
|University of Idaho||Tree Physiology (PhD)||7/17/17|
|University of Florida||Effects of residential development and landscaping practices on wetlands (MS)||7/17/17|
|Universität für Bodenkultur (Austria)||Leaf ecophysiology (PhD)||7/15/17||5/31/17|
|University of California, Irvine||Conservation and Restoration Science (MS)||6/28/17|
|University of Memphis||Fungal and Microbial Ecology (PhD)||6/9/17|
|North Dakota State University||Restoration of Highly Degraded Landscapes||6/7/17|
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Auburn University: Two graduate research assistantships (Ph.D. or M.S.) in aquatic ecology/limnology are available in Alan Wilson’s lab in the School of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences. Current lab research projects take advantage of our large field station that includes hundreds of aquaculture ponds and nearby recreational and drinking water reservoirs where we pursue basic and applied questions associated with understanding the ecological, evolutionary, and limnological mechanisms controlling the structure and function of freshwater plankton communities. Harmful algal blooms are the foci for many of our projects. My students are welcome to participate on existing projects, which include large-scale field experiments and monitoring, lab-based analytical analyses, and modeling, but are strongly encouraged to develop their own projects in addition to applying for external grants and fellowships. I am motivated to maintain a productive, diverse lab and want to encourage students from under-represented groups to consider joining us. Moreover, lab members have numerous opportunities to engage students from institutions with limited research opportunities, students with disabilities, and students in financial need in their research and outreach projects through current NSF projects (REU, INCLUDES, S-STEM). Qualifications: Ideal candidates will be hard-working, honest, highly motivated, team-oriented, and excited about studying freshwater communities using lab and field-based approaches. Prior coursework in ecology and statistics, a strong interest in mentoring undergraduates and participating in outreach, and relevant research experiences (including analytical skills, such GC-MS, GC-FID, HPLC, ELISA) are desirable. Minimum qualifications include a B.S./B.A. (for M.S. position) or M.S. (for Ph.D. position) in Biology, Ecology, 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). Support: Graduate research assistantships include 12-month stipend and full tuition coverage. Start date: Flexible but early 2018 would be ideal considering current projects. How to apply: Interested students are encouraged to email Alan Wilson (email@example.com) describing why the lab is a good fit for you by 1 November 2017 for full consideration. In addition, please include your CV, GRE scores, copies of transcripts, and contact information for three references. Posted: 8/7/17.
Ball State University: The Wyatt Lab in the Department of Biology has an opening for a NSF funded MS Graduate Research Assistantship to study aquatic ecology in Alaskan wetlands. Ideally, the successful applicant will have a background in aquatic ecology and a willingness to work in both field and laboratory settings. The multidisciplinary nature of this project provides research opportunities for students with a broad range of interests (algal ecology, microbial ecology, food webs, and biogeochemistry). The field portion of the research will be conducted in partnership with the Long-term Ecological Research Program at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and the position will require travel to Alaska for summer research. If you are interested in this position please send your CV and a short statement summarizing your qualifications and research interests to Dr. Kevin Wyatt at firstname.lastname@example.org. Application requirements can be found at http://www.bsu.edu/biology/. Preferred start date is January (spring semester) or May (summer semester) 2018. Posted: 8/15/17.
Binghamton University: Ph.D. student position in species interactions and invasion ecology. The Prior lab works on questions related to the role of altered species interactions in driving invasions, the impacts of invasions, and on how to restore invaded ecosystems. The lab is seeking a Ph.D. student to work on projects related to any of these topics, but is particularly interested in a student who has interest in working on a project uncovering the role of role of tri-trophic interactions (host plants and parasitoids) in facilitating the success of an invasive insect. We work in an excellent, tractable study system in which we can make comparisons of species interactions between an invader’s native and introduced ranges. We work out in the beautiful Pacific Northwest (PNW), spending time on Vancouver Island, British Columbia and in Washington State. The lab is seeking a highly-motivated student who is interested in global change ecology, species interactions, plant-insect interactions, experimental ecology, and importantly who is excited about asking ecological questions and conducting research in the field. Students with a BS or MS in Biology (or other relevant disciplines), with field experience, research experience, have experience with statistics, have proven writing and communication skills, and who are self-motivated and independent will be the most competitive. Other desirable qualifications include having additional skills such as experience with genetic techniques, nutrient and chemical analysis, GIS/spatial statistics, or plant and insect taxonomy. The student will be based at Binghamton University (State University of New York), in Vestal, NY and if working on the project described above will travel to the PNW for fieldwork. BU also has a 600-acre Nature Preserve and an Ecological Research Facility that provides excellent opportunities for research. The student will be in the Biological Sciences Department and be a part of the EEB (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior) group. If you are interested in the position, please email me a cover letter stating your research interests and highlighting your relevant skills, your CV, and GPA and GRE scores. Please put “Graduate Assistantship” in the subject line of the email. Formal applications to the Graduate School are due on January 15th, but please contact me well in advance if you are interested (review of applications will begin immediately). Posted: 10/10/17.
Binghamton University: The Prior lab is seeking a Ph.D. student to work on projects related the role of tri-trophic interactions (host plants and parasitoids) in facilitating the success of an invasive insect. We ask questions about invasion success in an excellent, tractable study system in which we can make comparisons of species interactions between the invader’s native and introduced ranges. We work out in the beautiful Pacific Northwest (PNW), spending time on Vancouver Island, British Columbia and in Washington State. I am seeking a highly-motivated Ph.D. student who is interested in global change ecology, species interactions, plant-insect interactions, experimental ecology, and importantly who is excited about asking ecological questions and conducting research in the field. Students with field experience, who are proficient in statistics, have proven writing and communication skills, and who are self-motivated and independent will be the most competitive. Also, I am particularly interested in students who can start in the field this upcoming field season (summer 2018). The student will be based at Binghamton University (State University of New York), in Vestal, NY and will travel to the PNW for fieldwork. The student will be in the Biological Sciences Department and be a part of the EEB (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior) group. I will be at ESA in Portland, email me if you would like to meet to chat about the opportunity (email@example.com). Otherwise, please email me a cover letter stating your interests, your CV, and GPA and GRE scores. Please put “Graduate Assistantship” in the subject line of the email. Posted: 8/8/17.
Boise State University: A position is available for a Ph.D. student to study how plant root traits and biodiversity in biofuel cropping systems affect ecosystem function. This project will investigate: (1) how differences in plant traits belowground affect the microbially mediated processes of soil carbon cycling, and (2) how diversity in belowground plant traits affects soil organismal biodiversity and plant-soil feedbacks. Our research is conducted in collaboration with a team of supportive scientists from Colorado State University, and Argonne National Laboratory, which manages the long-term biodiversity manipulation experiment located at the Sustainable Bioenergy Crop Research Facility in IL. We welcome applicants who add to the diversity and excellence of our academic community. Please address these qualifications in your cover letter. Apply to Dr. Marie-Anne de Graaff before December 01 2017 by following instructions for the Ph.D. Assistantship in Plant-Soil Interactions detailed here: https://eeb.boisestate.edu/assistantship-opportunities/ Closes: December 01, 2017. Posted: 10/13/17.
Boise State University: A position is available for a Ph.D. student to study the phylogenetics and systematics of Piper section Enckea (Piperaceae). The section comprises ~60 species from the Amazon to Mexico and the Caribbean Islands, consisting of shrubs to small trees. This project will investigate the molecular phylogenetic relationships of one of the earlier branching lineages in the genus using a combination of next generation sequencing data, morphology, and biogeography. Preliminary analyses indicate that some species may not be monophyletic as currently circumscribed, and additional data may resolve cryptic or nearly cryptic species. The Ph.D. student will work as part of our collaborative team of James Smith at Boise State University and Allan Bornstein at Southeast Missouri State University. The student will conduct fieldwork to increase the number of samples, generate the molecular data using a combination of laboratory and bioinformatics procedures, as well as analyze the data using current phylogenetic methods. The student will also examine morphologies of the specimens to interpret evolution of traits within this clade and to understand species boundaries. This may include analysis via scanning electron microscopy (e.g., seed surface morphology). We are seeking someone who has a strong interest in evolutionary systematics, is capable of conducting fieldwork in remote areas of the Neotropics, has careful attention to detail, and preferably has at least sufficient Spanish language skills to communicate verbally in Latin American countries. Competitive students will have a Master’s degree, a background in botany, and experience in systematics. Please address your qualifications for each of these points in your cover letter. The position starts fall (Aug) 2018. This position includes support in the form of a graduate assistantship (renewable, 12-month at $25k), tuition and fee waiver, and health insurance. To Apply: Please send via email in a single file attachment (include your last name in the file name): a cover letter that states qualifications and career goals, a CV with the names and contacts for 3 references, copies of transcripts (unofficial are acceptable) and GRE scores and percentiles (not combined) to James Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please put “PhD application” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received until December 15 If you do not have GRE scores by the deadline your application cannot be considered. Top candidates will be asked to formally apply to Boise State’s EEB program by January 20. All admission decisions must be approved by the Graduate Dean. Posted: 10/10/17.
Boise State University: A position is available for a Ph.D. student in human behavioral ecology interested in one of the following research topics: sexual conflict, parent-offspring conflict, parental investment, reproductive-decision making, or kin cooperation and conflict. The student will propose a PhD project in their application materials. We are seeking someone who 1) possesses quantitative and statistical skills, 2) wants to conduct international fieldwork, and 3) has a passion for using behavioral ecological models to understand human behavior. Competitive students will have a Master’s degree and a background in evolutionary anthropology or behavioral ecology. Please address your qualification for each of these points in your cover letter and note any foreign language skills. The position starts Fall (Aug) 2018. This position includes support in the form of a graduate assistantship (renewable, 12-month at $25k), tuition and fee waiver, and health insurance. The Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior PhD is a new and modern graduate program at Boise State University. This program brings together faculty from across multiple academic departments including biological sciences, geosciences, anthropology, and the human-environment systems group to offer relevant courses and provide unique mentorship and training opportunities. Further, we have created a network of valuable connections in academia, local relationships with federal and state agencies, nonprofits and NGOs, as well as partnerships with international organizations all dedicated to providing students with transformative research and educational experiences for diverse career opportunities. To Apply: Please send via email in a single file attachment (include your last name in the file name): a cover letter that states qualifications, proposed PhD project, and career goals, a CV with the names and contacts for 3 references, copies of transcripts (unofficial are O.K.) and GRE scores and percentiles (not combined) to email@example.com. Please put “PhD application” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received until December 15, 2017. If you do not have GRE scores by the deadline your application cannot be considered. Top candidates will be asked to formally apply to Boise State’s EEB program by January 20. Posted: 10/6/17.
Boise State University: Graduate Assistantship (Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior). The Chemical and Physiological Ecology lab of Dr. Jennifer Forbey seeks a Ph.D. student to scale-up mechanisms and consequences of plant-herbivore interactions from genes to organisms to populations. This project will identify genetic, physiological and behavioral mechanisms of tolerance to plant phenotypes in herbivores to explain population dynamics in arctic systems. The student will participate in: 1) field work that involves remote sensing, behavioral observations of ptarmigan and reindeer, and collection of samples in established field stations in Norway, Iceland, and/or Alaska (30-40% of data collection) and 2) laboratory work that involves genetic and chemical assays and processing of remotely sensed data (60-70% of data collection) at Boise State University. The position starts Fall (August) 2018 and includes support in the form of a graduate assistantship (renewable, 12-month at $25k), tuition and fee waiver, and health insurance. Competitive students will have: 1) strong writing and quantitative skills; 2) analytical laboratory experience; 3) experience working in cold climates; 4) a Master’s degree; 5) knowledge and interest in the genetic, physiological, and behavioral mechanisms driving observed population dynamics of animals; and 7) direct experience conducting biochemical or molecular assays. We welcome applicants who add to the diversity and excellence of our academic community. Please address these qualification in your cover letter. Apply to Dr. Jennifer Forbey before December 01 2017 by following instructions for the Ph.D. Assistantship in Plant-Herbivore Interactions detailed here. Posted: 9/30/17.
Boston University: Multiple PhD and Post-doctoral positions are available in land use change & biogeochemistry in the Hutyra Lab at Boston University. We seek scholars interested in working to connect physiological, ecological, and remote sensing observations of plant productivity. Research applications will particularly focus on better characterizing impacts of land use change, urbanization, and forest fragmentation on ecosystem dynamics. The successful applicant(s) are not required to have expertise in all specified areas, but must be interested in interdisciplinary work and bridging spatial scales to improve ecosystem understand. Post-doctoral candidates should have strong quantitative skills in data analysis, numeric modeling, and programming to develop approaches. Experience working in the field (ecological or spectroscopy) strongly preferred. The successful applicants will start as soon as possible in the Department of Earth & Environment. Interested individuals should submit their CV, and a letter detailing their interest and relevant background to Professor Lucy Hutyra (firstname.lastname@example.org). Post-doctoral applications will be accepted until the position is filled; PhD student applications are due by December 19. Please include “Land use change and biogeochemistry” in the subject line of your email. Posted: 8/15/17.
California State University, Bakersfield: Graduate research assistantships (MS in Biology) in plant physiological ecology to study plant water relations and hydraulics in the context of the ongoing drought in California (2 positions are available). Work will examine plant hydraulics and water relations of key dominant woody plants along an elevation gradient in the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains. The project will involve both strenuous field sampling and lab sampling. Experience in water relations is not essential, but a plus. The successful applicant will be part of a multidisciplinary NSF funded research grant studying drought and climate change in southern California. Each awardee with receive a $28k scholarship per year guaranteed for one year, and pending satisfactory progress, can be extended to a second year. The awardees will be a fellow of our NSF funded Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) that comes with travel support to at least one meeting annually as well as other support for travel and research equipment/supplies. This is a full time position and is ideally suited to students who wish to complete an MS prior to pursuing a PhD. We are looking for students for winter 2018 or academic year 2018/2019. Interested students are encouraged to contact Dr. Brandon Pratt (email@example.com) and be sure to put CREST Fellow in the subject line. Apply at the CREST link above. Posted: 9/12/17.
Charles Sturt University: Stipend: $27k AUD (tax free) per year for 3 years. Two opportunities exist to carry out a PhD project on the topics of: 1) Trophic dynamics of native and non-native fishes of the Murray-Darling; or 2) Maternal environment and trait effects on offspring survival in freshwater fishes. Research projects that are considered within the scope of these topics, include, but are not limited to: field and lab analyses of trophic interactions between invasive common carp and native fishes; stable isotope and fatty acid analyses; statistical modelling of food web interactions; lab experiments examining variation in growth and survival of larvae; and global desktop analyses of traits using large databases. As well as an annual stipend ($27k) and operating funds (up to $5k per year) to support travel and fieldwork, successful applicants will have the opportunity to engage with natural resource managers and scientists at other research organisations. If successful, tuition and fees will be covered by the scholarship for a period of three years. Send an expression interest (including a CV and a cover letter) to Dr R. Keller Kopf, Charles Sturt University: email: firstname.lastname@example.org (phone: +61 2 6051 9294). Applicants are encouraged to contact R. Keller Kopf before applying. Successful applicants will need to apply through Charles Sturt University at: http://www.csu.edu.au/research/scholarships. Expressions of interest close 24 October 2017. Posted: 10/10/17.
Clemson University: I seek applicants for two Ph.D. positions in the Soil Ecology lab in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences. The primary emphasis of one of the USDA-NIFA supported projects is to evaluate the changes in soil carbon cycling, plant-soil feedbacks and the potential legacy effect of invasive plants at regional scales. The emphasis of the second project is on plant and microbe mediated rhizosphere interactions, and soil carbon dynamics in conventional and low input agroecosystems. The students would work as part of a multi-institutional team of research scientists and postdocs. The candidates who have an excellent background in biogeochemistry/ invasion ecology/ root biology/ microbial ecology or related fields are encouraged to apply. An MS degree in related field is preferred. The candidates should have a strong aptitude to learn analytical and molecular techniques as required by the projects. The positions are available starting January 2018. Interested applicants should email (email@example.com) a cover letter describing your research interests and prior experiences, an updated C.V (with GRE scores), unofficial transcripts, and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled. Posted: 9/5/17.
Colorado State University: PhD Student, Urban Ecology and Sustainability, Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability. Last Date to Apply: Nov 1, 2017. Start Date: January 2018. We are recruiting a motivated graduate student with a passion for studying urban ecosystems. A successful candidate will be interested in linking various social and ecological datasets to advance an interdisciplinary understanding of the urbanization process. The student’s first priority will be to explore the relationships between land cover and socio-demographics in Fort Collins, CO. We aspire to highlight research questions that address sustainability needs in Fort Collins, therefore, we are looking for a student that has enthusiasm for engaging a diverse group of stakeholders. Opportunities also exist to study drivers of land cover at a national scale. Priority will be given to applicants that have experience with remote sensing (including LiDAR and high spatial resolution image data), GIS, and spatial statistics. Although not required, preference will be given to candidates that have earned a Master’s of Science (social or natural sciences) and/or have a first-authored publication. Applicants from a minority background (e.g. ethnic, racial, gender, LGBTQ+, first generation) are encouraged to apply. The application process requires submission of the formal graduate school application pages, transcripts, GRE scores, three letters of reference, a personal essay, and, for non-native speakers of English, TOEFL or IELTS scores. If admitted to the program, financial support (TA and/or RA) will be provided for 3-4 years. Interested students should contact Drs. Melissa McHale (Melissa.firstname.lastname@example.org) and Mike Falkowski (M.Falkowski@colostate.edu) before formally applying to the graduate school. In your email, please include a CV, unofficial transcripts, and a brief paragraph explaining why you are interested a PhD in Ecology, and motivated to study urban ecosystems. More information: Graduate Degree Program in Ecology. Posted: 9/24/17.
Colorado State University: We are seeking a PhD candidate to be part of a research team investigating post-fire regeneration in sagebrush steppe and mixed-grass prairie ecosystems. Despite the important role of fire in grassland and shrubland ecosystems, little is known about the physiological effects of fire on belowground tissues of plants. The candidate will have the opportunity to work with a large team of researchers from USFS-RMRS, USDA-ARS, USGS, and University of Wyoming on a recently funded Joint Fire Science Program Grant. A major goal of the project is to quantify the physiological impact of heat from fires on resprouting tissues of plants and evaluate the demographic consequences of these disturbances. This work will involve field and lab work (including work with the USFS Fire Lab) and will utilize a range of physiological techniques, bud dissection and/or anatomy, and the development of new methods to measure and characterize bud physiology. The position will include work in South Dakota, Colorado, and Wyoming. Preference will be given to candidates with a M.S. degree in plant ecology and/or plant ecophysiology and those with strong quantitative skills. The position will begin January 2018. The PhD candidate will be co-advised by Troy Ocheltree (CSU) and Jacqueline Ott (USFS-RMRS). Please send a resume and statement of interest to Troy Ocheltree (email@example.com) if you are interested in this opportunity. Posted: 8/8/17.
Concordia University: The Lessard and Nuñez Labs are looking for graduate students to work on a newly funded project assessing how soil microbes influence the response of plants to climate change. The project is funded by a Concordia University Research Chair in Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning to JP Lessard and will consist of a suite of comparative studies conducted in the boreal forests of Canada and Argentina. The graduate students are expected to be based at Concordia University and conduct fieldwork in both Canada and Argentina. Potential applicants interested in the project should have previous experience or be willing lo learn next generation sequencing techniques in order to characterize soil microbial communities along broad-scale environmental gradients. Prior experience working in plant community ecology or ecosystem ecology more generally is a plus. Prior experience conducting field experiments and the ability to speak French and Spanish are good assets, but not obligatory. Expected starting date is August 2018, but could be as early as May 2018. The positions come with competitive stipends and cover research expenses related to traveling between Canada and Argentina. Selected applicants are expected to apply for external funding, participate in regular lab meetings, attend departmental seminars, publish results in peer reviewed journals and present their research in national and international meetings. Applicants should email Jean-Philippe Lessard (firstname.lastname@example.org). This email should include: (i) 1-2 paragraphs describing research interests and any relevant past experiences, (ii) a CV, and (iii) an unofficial transcripts pertaining to your previous or ongoing studies. For full consideration applicants should indicate their interest before December 1st, 2017. Posted: 10/17/17.
Dartmouth College: Do you wonder whether soils are becoming a source of CO2 to the atmosphere or a sink actively accumulating carbon? Curious about how interactions among plants, soils, and climate affect organic matter decomposition? Want to do research in forests or the arctic? Then consider applying to the Hicks Pries Lab within the Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems & Society Program (EEES). I am looking for two graduate students to begin in the summer/fall of 2018. My Ecosystem Ecology lab researches what factors affect the vulnerability of soil organic carbon to being lost due to global change. Successful applicants will have a degree in Biology, Geology, Soil Science or another related field and a strong background in ecosystem ecology or biogeochemistry. Experience with field work and lab analyses is preferred. For more information, please send a CV/resume to Caitlin Hicks Pries at email@example.com. Posted: 9/26/17.
East Carolina University: I am seeking a M.S. student to conduct research focused on community ecology, biology education, or science outreach beginning fall of 2018. The ideal candidate would already possess some experience working with K-12 students or the public, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and motivation to develop, conduct, and publish their research. Candidates should possess a B.S. degree in biology or a related discipline. The successful candidate will receive a graduate assistantship to work with new high school science and math teachers. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Heather Vance-Chalcraft (firstname.lastname@example.org). You will also need to submit a completed application to the ECU Graduate School prior to January 15th, 2018. Posted: 10/17/17.
East Carolina University: I am recruiting MS and PhD students to start in January or August 2018. Research in my lab addresses a wide array of questions including population, and community ecology, eco-evolutionary dynamics, adaptation to environmental change and the development of quantitative tools. In my research, I typically take a mechanistic approach aimed at understanding how variation in individual traits (e.g. size, stage or phenotype) scale up to influence population and community level processes and spatial coupling across ecosystems. However, students in my lab work on a broad variety of questions. Excellent candidates should look me up on the web (info for students) and contact me for additional information. Posted: 10/6/17.
George Washington University: We are looking for a graduate student to join our research group beginning in fall semester 2018. The student would develop an independent research focus in line with ongoing lab projects. We are exploring how plant traits relate to community structure and function of plant-associated microbes and termites using culturing and next generation sequencing techniques and the consequences of these interactions for the forest carbon cycle in the USA, France and Australia as climate changes. Additionally, we are looking at the evolution, ecology and physiology of plants across environmental gradients in various locations around the globe. The student would join an interactive lab group that broadly focuses on plant, microbe and termite structure and function (anatomy and physiological ecology), community ecology, and evolutionary ecology, both in the temperate and tropical systems. The graduate work will be completed at George Washington University. We have strong links to area institutions, including the Smithsonian. George Washington University is located in the heart of DC, with easy access to numerous science, conservation, and policy based institutions. If you are interested in working with us, please send an email to me (Amy Zanne: email@example.com) with brief details about your GPA, GRE, research interests, experience, and why you want to go to graduate school. Information about applying to the program. The application deadline is 1 December 2017. I am also happy to answer any further questions you might have. Posted: 10/17/17.
International Max Planck Research School: The IMPRS "The Exploration of Ecological Interactions with Molecular and Chemical Techniques" in Jena, Germany, invites applications for 5 PhD positions beginning in January 2018. The overarching research topic is the use of molecular, chemical and neuroethological techniques to experimentally explore ecological interactions under natural conditions. The main focus is on the relationship between plants, microbes and herbivores, and their environment, as well as the evolutionary and behavioral consequences of these interactions. We offer 15 exciting projects focusing on different organisms and approaches. See the complete list of projects offered. We are looking for enthusiastic PhD students with strong interests in the above-described central topic. Applicants should have or be about to obtain a Masters or equivalent degree in one of the following fields: ecology, evolutionary biology, bioinformatics, analytical chemistry, entomology, neurobiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, plant physiology and genetics. Exceptional candidates with a Bachelor’s degree may also be considered. All our projects are highly integrative and require willingness to closely collaborate with researchers of different backgrounds. The Research School is a joint initiative of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Friedrich Schiller University, and the Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology Jena. We offer state-of-the art equipment, an excellent research environment, supervision by a thesis committee and a structured training program including scientific courses, training in transferable skills and internal conferences. Successful candidates will receive a Max Planck support contract. There are no tuition fees and the working language is English. For detailed information, including projects offered and application requirements, see the IMPRS. Please apply online by August 18, 2017. Posted: 7/24/17.
Iowa State University: The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management (NREM) is seeking a M.S.-level graduate student to join a research project investigating the long-term impacts of harvest disturbance on aspen-dominated forests across the Upper Lake States region. The student will benefit from the opportunity to work on an established, experimental study while also having the freedom to develop and pursue questions about natural and anthropogenic disturbance, resilience, and competition tailored to the student’s specific interests. Work will involve collaboration with a team that includes scientists from ISU and the U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station. The position begins in summer 2018 and includes two guaranteed years of funding (competitive stipend, tuition, and health insurance). It is based in Ames, Iowa and will involve field work in remote areas of northern Minnesota and Michigan, USA. Qualifications: B.S. in ecology, forestry, silviculture, natural resources, conservation biology, environmental science or a closely related field. Previous field and/or extensive outdoor work experience is required. Skills in plant identification are strongly preferred. Experience or interest in dendrochronology is also preferred. Submitted materials should demonstrate effective communication through writing, an ability to work both independently and collaboratively, a passion for natural resources, and a strong work ethic. Application process: Interested applicants should submit a CV, GRE scores, contact information for three references, unofficial transcripts, and a cover letter summarizing relevant experience, research interests, and professional and academic goals to Dr. Miranda Curzon (firstname.lastname@example.org). If nominated for the position, three letters of reference, official GRE scores, and official transcripts will be required for application to ISU. See the process for admission to graduate studies in NREM. Submit materials prior to November 1, 2017 for full consideration. Please contact Miranda Curzon (email@example.com) for further information. Posted: 9/25/17.
Lincoln University: The Bio-Protection Research Centre is offering a fully funded PhD fellowship addressing the contemporary evolution of invasive weeds. This is a fantastic opportunity for a student wanting to bridge the disciplines of ecology and bioinformatics using cutting-edge molecular techniques with real world applications. The student will become a key member of a national research team undertaking an integrated project examining phenotypic variation, niche shifts and local adaptation in invasive plant species using globally-distributed weeds in the genus Rumex (dock) as a study system. The PhD aims to examine the genetic basis of performance differences in invasive plants between the native and introduced range. Applying a range of molecular and genomic technologies, the PhD will determine the extent of genotypic variation among and within populations of invasive plant species in the native (Europe) and introduced range (New Zealand) and apply experimental approaches to identify the benefits of genetic admixture in plant invasions. There is scope within the PhD to account for both the particular interests of the successful candidate and the outcome of other ongoing experiments within the larger project. The scholarships provide an annual stipend of NZD$28k a year tax- free, covers full university fees and includes up to approximately NZD$10,000 additional support a year towards operating expenses. The duration of the scholarship is three years. It is expected the successful candidates will be based at Lincoln University, Canterbury, New Zealand. Applicants for this project should hold a first class or high 2A honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant area, preferably with interest in population genetics and/or molecular ecology as well as a desire to combine both field and laboratory analyses. The ideal candidate will be independent, organized and a problem solver with some experience in lab bench work, molecular ecology/population genetics, and/or bioinformatics for genomic data analyses, and be prepared to conduct some field-based research in a collaborative environment. The position is open to applicants of any nationality, provided they are fluent in English, have suitable qualifications from an internationally recognised university, are able to obtain a student visa and eligible for admission to the PhD program at Lincoln University. Applications should include evidence of qualifications and research experience, together with a curriculum vitae and contact details of three academic referees. Applications should be supported by a cover letter that states why the candidate is interested in the PhD and how their qualifications would map onto the proposed research. Please email complete applications to firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date for applications is 1st November 2017 with an expected start date before May 2018. Posted: 10/6/17.
Louisiana State University: The lab of Dr. J. Cameron Thrash at is looking for students interested in pursuing Ph.D. research on one of a variety of topics in marine and estuarine microbiology. Possible projects involve comparative genomics, integrative (meta)genomics and physiology, synthetic ecology, integrated transcriptomics and metabolomics, high-throughput cultivation, and host-phage interactions. Both basic and applied research avenues are available, and students will have the ability to customize their project based on their interests, including field work/ship time if desired. LSU hosts an advanced high-performance computing environment, the Socolofsky Microscopy Center, and is an excellent institution for interdisciplinary research at the boundaries of microbiology, marine science, computer science, chemistry, and engineering. The ideal student will have a positive, solution-minded attitude, be enthusiastic about learning, be kind and hard working, will enjoy pursing research in a collaborative environment, and meet the minimum admissions requirements for LSU. We are currently accepting students for Fall 2018. To be considered for a position, please first send a CV and a brief description of research interests to email@example.com. J. Cameron Thrash, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Louisiana State University, 202 Life Sciences Bldg., Baton Rouge, LA 70803. office 225-578-8210, Twitter: @jcamthrash. Posted: 9/12/17.
Lund University: Two four year PhD positions with full salary and social benefits are available with Dr Daniel Metcalfe at Lund University, Sweden. Both positions will work within an exciting new international project funded by a recent ERC consolidator grant examining the causes and consequences of invertebrate herbivory in forests worldwide. 1) The first position entails extensive fieldwork at field sites around the world to the measure the biogeochemical consequences of herbivory. 2) The second position entails laboratory manipulations of herbivore deposits in soil mesocosms to assess the potential impacts of herbivory on soil processes under climate change. For further details of the positions, and to apply, visit the links above. The application deadline is 20th July 2017, the position start date is September 2017 but can be negotiated. We encourage applications from highly motivated and independent young scientists particularly with experience of ecological fieldwork and of biochemistry/microbiology laboratory work. Posted: 5/23/17.
Michigan State University: Fellowships/assistantships are available for self-motivated PhD students to conduct innovative and high-impact research at the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS). Research topics may include telecoupling (socioeconomic- environmental interactions over distances, through means such as flows of ecosystem services, trade of goods and products, globalization, migration, species invasion, disease spread, and tourism), sustainability science, coupled human and natural systems, biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services, human well-being, forest and landscape ecology, global change, systems integration (e.g., integration of ecology with social sciences and policy; food-energy-water nexus), wildlife ecology and conservation (e.g., giant pandas in China and polar bears in Alaska), land change science, and systems modeling and simulation (e.g., agent-based modeling). Studies on these topics by faculty and students at CSIS have been published in journals such as Science, Nature, and PNAS. With flexible start dates (e.g., summer or fall of 2018), successful candidates can build on previous studies and explore new frontiers. Application materials include: (1) letter of application, (2) statement of professional goals, (3) CV or resume, (4) transcripts, (5) GRE scores, (6) TOEFL scores (for non-native English speakers only), (7) list of 3-4 references (names and contact information), and (8) up to three representative publications if any. Unofficial copies of GRE, TOEFL and transcripts are OK initially. Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible. Applications and questions about these opportunities should be emailed to: Professor Jianguo (Jack) Liu, Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability, Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48823-5243, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 10/9/17.
Michigan State University: We are seeking an enthusiastic, motivated and detail-oriented PhD student to be a part of our ongoing research project looking at the sublethal impacts of contaminants on larval fish behavior. The student will work with team members at Michigan State University, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Mississippi State University and be co-advised by Drs. Cheryl Murphy (Michigan State University) and Natalia Garcia-Reyero (US Army Corp of Engineers, ERDC). The student will analyze previously developed behavioral assays that assess the impacts of methylmercury and PCBs on larval fish swimming, reactive distance and handling time to determine how such contaminants impacts these critical early life behaviors. In addition, the student can develop and analyze other behavioral assays that would provide significant insights into the effects of toxicants on larval fishes. Results from these analyses will also be incorporated into existing individual-based models, which are designed to assess how toxicant-induced changes in behavior impacts larval fish cohort survival. Primary duties will include the analysis of behavioral assay videos, statistical analysis, manuscript preparation and presentations at scientific meetings. Qualifications: Applicants should have a strong background/interests in behavioral ecology, toxicology or fisheries. The prospective student needs to exhibit independence and have strong attention to detail. A BS in Biology, Chemistry or a related field with strong academic performance is required. How to Apply: Send resume, cover letter and contact information for three references to Dr. Cheryl Murphy (email@example.com), Associate Professor, Department of Fisheries of Wildlife, Michigan State University, Posted: 9/18/17.
Michigan State University: The Wetzel Lab is seeking prospective PhD and MS students interested in studying how biological diversity or environmental variability influences insects and their interactions with plants and predators. The lab uses field experiments and quantitative tools to address fundamental ecological questions that are relevant to agricultural sustainability or climate change. There are currently two main lines of inquiry in the lab: 1) How does plant chemical diversity influence insect herbivores and their interactions with predators? 2) How does temperature variability influence interactions among plants, insect herbivores, and predators? We are interested in understanding how the increased frequency of high temperature events (heat waves) associated with climate change is changing the ecology of plants and insects. I am interested in students who would like to collaborate with me on these projects as well as students who would like to develop novel projects related to the ecology of plants and insects in a variable world. Please see http://wetzellab.com for more information. I plan to take students through the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior Program and the Department of Entomology. Qualifications: Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in ecology, biology, entomology, environmental science, or related field. Preference will be given to applicants with ecological research experience. Applicants should be interested in learning both field ecology and quantitative tools. A passion for understanding how nature works and boundless enthusiasm are key assets. The Wetzel Lab strives to be a safe space for diversity in STEM. Funding: Students in the lab receive a generous stipend, a tuition waiver, and a travel budget. This financial support comes through research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and university fellowships. Students are also encouraged to seek external fellowships through NSF, USDA, and other sources. MSU is an exciting place to study the ecology of plants and insects. The university has a large and dynamic community of scientists working on cutting-edge questions about plants and insects in natural and agricultural ecosystems. Potential collaborators and colleagues can be found in the departments of Entomology, Plant Biology, and Integrative Biology, and across the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior Program. The university has an extensive greenhouse facility and access to field sites at the MSU Kellogg Biological Station nearby. Those interested in these positions should read the lab webpage and email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the following. 0) "Prospective student” in email subject 1) Brief cover letter describing research interests and career goals 2) CV 3) Unofficial transcripts 4) Sample of scientific writing (e.g., published paper, manuscript in preparation, MS or undergraduate thesis, research paper or essay from a class) 5) Names and email addresses for 3 references. I will begin reviewing candidates on September 15th. Applications are due to the graduate school by December 1st. Posted: 8/29/17.
Michigan State University: PhD fellowships/assistantships are available for outstanding students to conduct innovative and high-impact research at the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS) Research topics may include telecoupling (socioeconomic-environmental interactions over distances, through means such as flows of ecosystem services, trade of goods and products, globalization, migration, species invasion, and tourism, telecoupling.org), sustainability science, coupled human and natural systems, biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services, human well-being, forest and landscape ecology, global change, systems integration (e.g., integration of ecology with social sciences and policy; food-energy-water nexus), wildlife ecology and conservation (e.g., giant pandas in China and polar bears in Alaska), land change science, and systems modeling and simulation (e.g., agent-based modeling). Studies on these topics by faculty and students at CSIS have been published in journals such as Science, Nature, and PNAS. With flexible start dates (e.g., summer or fall of 2018), successful candidates can build on previous studies and explore new frontiers. Application materials include: (1) letter of application, (2) statement of professional goals, (3) CV or resume, (4) transcripts, (5) GRE scores, (6) TOEFL scores (for non-native English speakers only), (7) list of 3-4 references (names and contact information), and (8) up to three representative publications if any. Unofficial copies of GRE, TOEFL and transcripts are OK initially. Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible, or until the positions are filled. Applications and questions about these opportunities should be emailed to: Professor Jianguo (Jack) Liu, Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability, Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48823-5243, USA, email@example.com (email). Professor Liu is at the ESA meeting (August 7-10) and would be happy to talk with potentially interested individuals. Posted: 8/8/17.
Michigan State University: The Wetzel Lab is seeking prospective PhD and MS students interested in studying how biological diversity or environmental variability influences insects and their interactions with plants and predators. The lab uses field experiments and quantitative tools to address fundamental ecological questions that are relevant to agricultural sustainability or climate change. There are currently two main lines of inquiry in the lab: 1) How does diversity and variability in plant defenses and plant nutrients influence insect herbivores and their interactions with predators? We are interested in how insects respond to plant diversity at the scales of individual physiology and behavior, population dynamics, and community-level interaction webs. 2) How does temperature variability influence interactions among plants, insect herbivores, and predators? We are interested in understanding how the increased frequency of high temperature events (heat waves) associated with climate change is changing the ecology of plants and insects. I am interested in students who would like to collaborate with me on these projects as well as students who would like to develop novel projects related to the ecology of plants and insects in a variable world. I plan to take students both through the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior Program and the Department of Entomology. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in ecology, biology, entomology, environmental science, or related field. Preference will be given to applicants with ecological research experience. Applicants should be interested in learning both field ecology and quantitative tools. A passion for understanding how nature works and boundless enthusiasm are key assets. The Wetzel Lab strives to be a safe space for diversity in STEM. Students in the lab receive a generous stipend, a tuition waiver, and a travel budget. This financial support comes through research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and university fellowships. Students are also encouraged to seek external fellowships through the NSF, USDA, and other sources. Those interested in these positions should read the lab webpage (linked above) and email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the following. 0) "Prospective student” in email subject 1) Brief cover letter describing research interests and career goals 2) CV 3) Unofficial transcripts 4) Sample of scientific writing (e.g., published paper, manuscript in preparation, MS or undergraduate thesis, research paper or essay from a class) 5) Names and email addresses for 3 references. Posted: 7/28/17.
North Carolina State University: The cutting-edge Ph.D. program in Geospatial Analytics at NCSU’s Center for Geospatial Analytics is now accepting applications for Fall 2018 enrollment. Twelve fully funded graduate assistantships with $25k salary, benefits, and tuition support are available. The application deadline is February 1, 2018. The Center for Geospatial Analytics at NC State is an internationally recognized collaborative hub for interdisciplinary data scientists advancing novel understanding of spatial phenomena and applying new knowledge to grand challenges. Ph.D. students will receive multidisciplinary advising and the opportunity to work with over twenty faculty fellows with diverse expertise from nearly a dozen departments across NC State. Students with backgrounds in quantitative methods in geography, geomatics, informatics, and remote sensing are strongly encouraged to apply. We welcome students interested in pushing the boundaries of geospatial analytics and technology from a variety of perspectives, including design, cognitive science, natural resources and the environment, computer science, engineering, and more. Faculty at the center develop and apply innovative techniques that include tangible user interfaces and 3D visualizations, novel remote sensing and image processing algorithms, open source software solutions, dynamic spatio-temporal modeling, participatory research with stakeholders, and citizen science. NC State’s unique graduate program in Geospatial Analytics also includes an off-campus professional internship within government (local, state, federal), industry, nonprofit, private, or academic research organizations. Additional details and complete application instructions are available at the links above. Interested students are also encouraged to contact Rachel Kasten, Graduate Services Coordinator (email@example.com or 919-515-2800), with any questions. Posted: 10/10/17.
North Carolina State University: Candidates for an MS position will be considered to begin in the Spring or Fall of 2018 in the Watershed Ecology Lab in the Dept. of Forestry and Env. Resources at NC State. Candidates should be interested in the intersection of the natural, agricultural, and built environments, particularly with respect to water resources and forests. Students should have a background in ecology, environmental science, or a related discipline, and good quantitative skills. Spatial analysis, including basic GIS are preferred. If interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and include a brief biosketch, (degree, GPA, GRE, and TOEFL scores), and an overview of your motivation for this position, including project ideas. Members of historically underrepresented identities are particularly encouraged to apply. Posted: 9/21/17.
North Dakota State University: PhD or MS Graduate Assistantship – Restoration of Highly Degraded Landscapes. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Ryan Limb, Assistant Professor – Range Science. Location: Range Program, School of Natural Resource Sciences. We are seeking multiple PhD or MS students to be part of an inter-disciplinary team investigating reclamation strategies for severely degraded landscapes in Northern Great Plains ecosystems. Energy exploration and development is a consistent disturbance on private and public grasslands throughout the Great Plains. However, within the Northern Great Plains invasive species and altered disturbance regimes that historically shaped and maintained these grasslands have been altered or completely removed. This student will have the opportunity to investigate soil and vegetation properties on reference and degraded landscapes to better understand mechanisms both facilitating and limiting successful reclamation. Research findings will be used to formulate best management practices and policy recommendations for private companies and government agencies on how to better restore their lands to promote diversity and ecosystem services. Qualifications include a desire to conduct ecological research and a strong academic background. The student will be expected to work well independently and with an interdisciplinary team. This student will interact with other graduate students on the project and will be required to supervise a minimum of one technician annually. Evidence of excellent written and analytical skills are strongly desired. Experience in vegetation sampling is necessary and the most competitive applicants will have experience working with plants and soils. Familiarity and experience with programs PC-ord, and R is preferred. The assistantship will commence in either Fall 2017 or Spring 2018. The successful candidate will be provided will be paid a competitive stipend and full tuition waiver. In order to be considered for this position, the following application materials must be submitted to Dr. Limb (email@example.com): 1. A letter of interest (1 page maximum) 2. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts 3. GRE scores 4. A curriculum vitae 5. An example of your writing 6. Names of 3 individuals who will provide you with references. Posted: 6/7/17.
Northern Arizona University: Recruiting 1 PhD student and 1 MS student to Rachel Mitchell’s Trait-Based Ecology Lab. I am seeking students for two projects: Trait-Based Grassland Restoration: This Masters project will examine the legacy effects of grazing and irrigation on native grass restoration in the House Rock Valley of Northern Arizona, and will undertake restoration of degraded grassland using a trait-based approach. This project will address both theoretical questions focused on community assembly and coexistence, and applied question on how to bolster resistance, resilience, and biodiversity in degraded and grazed grasslands. Climate Response of Disconnected Ponderosa Pine Understory Communities: This PhD project will examine differing functional and species composition of ponderosa pine understories in Arizona, and their responses to climate manipulations. Research will take place near Flagstaff and on the Kiabab Plateau. There is also the potential for work examining trait-based integral projection models of key understory species. Successful applicants will display strong communication and quantitative skills, and be able to conduct fieldwork in remote locations. Exceptional PhD applicants will be considered for the Northern Arizona Presidential Fellowship Program. PhD applicants must have a Masters degree to be considered at NAU. For more information, please contact Rachel Mitchell (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a subject line of Grad Recruitment and indicate either MS or PhD. Please attach a resume/CV and your GPA and GRE scores as well as a letter of interest by November 15th (Applications are Due January 15th, 2018 for Fall 2018 consideration). Posted: 10/17/17.
Northern Arizona University: PhD and MS positions in Ecosystem Ecology are available in the Center for Ecosystem Science in Society (Ecoss) at NAU. The Ecoss mission is to conduct high-impact, innovative research on ecosystems and how they respond to and shape environmental change, to train next-gen scientists, and to communicate discovery and its relevance to people. Research opportunities are available in the following areas linked to specific Ecoss faculty: The impact of climate change on Alaskan ecosystems, including effects of changing fire and permafrost on plants, soils, and ecosystem services. Michelle Mack, Ted Schuur / How microorganisms shape the ecology of planet Earth, from soils to rivers to hot springs to humans, pushing science at the frontiers of molecular biology and ecosystem science, quantitative ecological synthesis, and ecosystem responses to environmental change. Bruce Hungate, Paul Dijkstra, Egbert Schwartz / Freshwater ecology, including the science of river restoration and dam removal, terrestrial aquatic interactions and food web ecology. Jane Marks / Exploring the interaction of water and carbon metabolism in diverse studies ranging from the limits to height growth of the world's tallest trees to drought responses of soil microorganisms. George Koch / Data-driven modeling and forecasting carbon and nitrogen cycles to global change at ecosystem, regional and global scales. Yiqi Luo / Terrestrial ecosystems and global change: above and below ground processes, plant carbon allocation, biosphere-atmosphere interactions and feedbacks, and phenology. Mariah Carbone, Andrew Richardson. Graduate student benefits include stipend (TA or RA), tuition waiver, health insurance, support for summer fieldwork in a variety of beautiful ecosystems, and winter in the peaks of sunny Flagstaff, AZ. Candidates should explore the Ecoss website (linked above) and contact the professor whose interests align most closely. Please include a cover letter describing background, research interests, and qualifications, as well as a current resume. Program applications can be submitted to the Department of Biological Sciences, due January 15, 2018 after communicating with faculty member. Applications received by November 1 may be considered for a prestigious NAU Presidential Fellowship. Posted: 10/1/17.
Northern Arizona University: The School of Earth Science and Environmental Sustainability (SESES) at seeks a graduate research assistantship (GRA) at either the Masters or PhD level interested in investigating the intersection of natural resource management, conservation policy, and water in China. The GRA position will begin in fall 2018 and provides a stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance for two academic years at the Masters level or four years at the PhD level. The GRA will work under the direct supervision of Dr. Denielle Perry. The fall application deadline for SESES is January 15th, though earlier submissions are encouraged. Interested applicants should send a brief letter of interest and a copy of their CV (including GPA, and GRE scores as well as TOEFL if applicable) via email to Denielle.Perry@nau.edu prior to formally applying to the NAU Graduate School. This student will be involved in a project that examines the adoption of the United States Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (WSRA) policy framework in China. The study is aimed at understanding: a) Knowledge exchange between the two countries and water resources management entities b) The socio-ecological drivers, benefits, and challenges associated with WSRA adoption in China c) State restructuring regarding the environment d) The role of non-human actors in the political process e) Water resources legibility and the state Students will conduct field work in river basins found in China’s Yunnan Province, with the possibility of visiting other field sites. This project is in collaboration with Dr. Li Peng of Yunnan University in Kunming. Required qualifications: • Possession of or ability to obtain passport and visas for international travel and research • Proof of proficiency in English language (TOEFL or IELTS scores) for international applicants. Preferred: • Ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds • Proficiency in or ability to acquire Chinese language skills. Posted: 9/24/17.
Northwestern University: The Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation is a partnership between Northwestern University (NU) and the Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG). PhD, MS thesis-based, and MS internship-based degrees are offered. All degree programs offer a unique opportunity to study ecology, evolution, and environmental issues at the interface of basic and applied plant science. Students apply to the program through Northwestern University and take their courses at both NU and CBG with faculty from both institutions. The Plant Conservation and Science Center at CBG is a valuable resource for students, and the Chicago region provides a vibrant community at the forefront of research in conservation and sustainability. To learn more, contact program director, Nyree Zerega (email@example.com) or visit our website, linked above. Application deadlines: PhD: December 1, 2017; MS (thesis-based): February 15, 2018; MS (internship-based): Applications will be reviewed beginning February 15 and review will continue through April 30, 2018. Admissions are on a rolling basis. Posted: 10/17/17.
Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research: I am co-supervising a PhD project in statistical ecology, and would appreciate it if you know of any good candidates, you will pass this on to me. I'm also happy to field any enquiries, particularly about the statistical aspects or moving to Norway from abroad. The full advert is here, but in short: Formally the project is a collaboration between me in Mathematical Sciences at NTNU (the Norwegian University of Science and Technology) and Knut Anders Hovstad at NIBIO (The Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research). NIBIO has available a PhD position in statistical ecology. The objective for the PhD project is to developing methods and tools for data integration and modelling of complex ecological interactions in ecosystems. Specifically, the PhD candidate will address questions related to interactions among multiple species and the environment, and how such interactions can be represented in an integrative joint model. Spatial data and modelling will be an important part of the project, and the candidate will work with database tools that enables efficient management of spatial data and integrates well with tools used for modelling. The institute NIBIO has national responsibilities related to managing and updating land resource maps and databases and these databases constitute an important resource for this PhD project. Bob O'Hara (firstname.lastname@example.org), Institutt for matematiske fag, NTNU, 7491 Trondheim, Norway. Posted: 7/28/17.
Ohio State University: Two PhD Positions in Aquatic Ecology, Hood Lab, Aquatic Ecology Laboratory, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology. I am recruiting two Ph.D. students interested in developing dissertations focused broadly on how global change drivers (e.g., land use, nutrient loading, climate warming, etc.) influence organisms and the structure and function of aquatic ecosystems. There is considerable flexibility in developing dissertation topics; however, I am particularly interested in recruiting students interested in several new research questions focused on: (a) nutrient cycling and metabolism in rivers, (b) the influence of nutrient loading and climate change on Lake Erie plankton communities, (c) the interactive effects of temperature and nutrients on autotrophic metabolism. Interested candidates should review our website and contact Jim Hood for more information. The ideal candidates will be highly motivated and honest with a strong background in ecology and freshwater science and an interest in ecosystem ecology. I seek to maintain a productive, diverse, and team-orientated lab group and especially encourage students from under-represented groups to consider joining the lab. A Master’s degree is preferred, but not required. Financial support is available through a combination of research assistantships, competitive fellowships, and teaching assistantships. If interested, please email Jim Hood (email@example.com) a single PDF containing (1) a statement of interest, (2) a CV, and (3) contact information for your three references. On 1 November 2017, I will begin reviewing candidate applications and invite selected applicants to apply to the department. The department's application deadline is 1 December 2017. Posted: 9/12/17.
Ohio State University: A graduate assistantship for a MS or PhD candidate is available starting Fall 2018 with Dr. Megan Meuti. The successful applicant will conduct research on seasonal aspects of mosquito physiology including gene expression studies, measuring seasonal phenotypes, bioinformatics analyses and performing germline transformations of mosquito embryos. Candidates will be encouraged to develop their own experiments, particularly those with an ecological focus, within the context of the overall project. This competitive assistantship will cover tuition, stipend, and health insurance. Deadline for applications: Although this position is open until a suitable candidate is found, for full consideration applicants should have all of their materials submitted to the OSU Graduate School no later than December 1, 2017. Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences or a related discipline. A Master’s Degree or previous research experience in molecular biology and/or ecophysiology is preferred. Application materials: Interested candidates are encouraged to email Dr. Megan Meuti (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss the position in detail. Please include a concise, current CV (degrees and courses taken, GPA, GRE scores and percentiles, publications, research presentations, awards, and other information) and a short letter of introduction. Also be sure to visit the laboratory website to learn more about us and our research. Posted: 8/8/17.
Ohio University: Title: Forest Ecosystem/Soil Ecology (PhD/MS). Graduate positions are available to study how nutrient limitation influences forest ecosystem processes. The project will leverage a nine-year field fertilization experiment that has enriched ecosystem phosphorus in an otherwise low phosphorus region. The main area of novel study is understanding how phosphorus influences the stabilization of soil organic matter and its role in mediating the nitrogen cycle. Other possible research areas include, but not limited to, plant-microbial interactions, forest productivity, and litter decomposition. An ideal candidate will be broadly trained in terrestrial ecology, but should have a background in plant ecology, soil ecology, biogeochemistry, or a related field. A 2018 start date is negotiable. If interested, please contact Dr. Jared DeForest (email@example.com) in the Department of Environmental and Plant Biology at Ohio University for details on applying. Closes: 1/15/2018. Posted: 10/17/17.
Ohio University: Graduate Study in Urban Forest Ecology. We are looking for a capable student to join our Forest Ecology research group at the Masters or PhD level beginning in January 2018. Our research broadly considers the structure and dynamics of forest communities in human-shaped ecosystems. The incoming student will participate in a study examining the role of street and roadside trees in shaping the urban microclimate and the long-term effects of trees on pavement condition. In addition to research commitments, the student will take courses and occasionally serve as teaching assistant in the Department of Environmental and Plant Biology. The position is fully funded including tuition waivers. Applicants should have a GPA of at least 3.4 and GRE scores above the 65th percentile. A strong work ethic, quantitative skills, and the ability work independently are essential. Applicants should be physically fit and capable of field work in less-than-ideal conditions. Previous field experience is desirable. The Department of Environmental and Plant Biology is a community of mutually supportive faculty and students. Application procedures. If you are interested please contact Glenn Matlack at Matlack@ohio.edu. Posted: 9/5/17.
Purdue University: Dr. Sara McMillan is seeking two PhD students to study drivers of biogeochemical processes related to changing climate and hydrologic regimes at Purdue University starting Summer/Fall 2018. Our research team focuses on integrating larger scale hydrologic patterns in human-modified landscapes with fundamental, process-based measurements of biogeochemical transformations. I anticipate that student research will focus on nitrogen and phosphorus biogeochemistry in two key areas (1) restored riverine floodplains and (2) agricultural fields with tile drainage and conservation practices. Funding from the NSF and USDA will support students through two collaborative projects between USDA National Soil Erosion Research Lab (Dr. Mark Williams), US Geological Survey Hydrological-Ecological Interactions Branch (Dr. Greg Noe), and Purdue University. Ability and willingness to work in both field and laboratory settings is vital. A strong quantitative background and familiarity with computer programming is beneficial. Students should also have excellent written and oral communication skills, and an enthusiasm for research. Students will join the Agricultural & Biological Engineering (ABE) Department (https://engineering.purdue.edu/ABE), which is recognized nationally and internationally for excellence in water resources research, education, and outreach, and has been consistently ranked as a top graduate program (#1-2 by US News and World Reports for the past 10 years). I also accept students through the Ecological Science and Engineering (ESE) Program, an interdisciplinary program focused on understanding complex processes that link human activity and ecological systems to more sustainably manage our natural resources. We are committed to a productive, diverse, and inclusive lab environment and encourage students from underrepresented groups to apply. In addition, Purdue University has several initiatives to help foster a welcoming environment for all (e.g. M@P – Mentoring at Purdue, Office of Diversity and Inclusion). For more information about program requirements, please visit the ABE and ESE websites. Application deadline is December 1, 2017. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org before the application deadline with any questions and to share information on their research experiences, interests, and motivations to pursue a PhD. I am also happy to consider exceptional masters students if that is the degree program that best fits the student’s future plans. Posted: 10/20/17.
Purdue University: I (Chris Oakley) am recruiting a Ph.D. (or highly motivated and independent M.S.) student to join my lab in Autumn 2018. I am broadly interested in plant ecological and evolutionary genetics, with a main focus understanding the genetic basis of local adaptation and fitness tradeoffs across environments. Much of our work is on the genetic and physiological mechanisms underlying population level differences in cold acclimation (freezing tolerance and vernalization). I encourage students to develop independent projects within this general area of research. More information about my lab, the positions, and the graduate program at Purdue can be found here: http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~oakleyc/join-us.html. Posted: 9/12/17.
Rice University: PhD fellowship in Community/Population Ecology. I (Volker Rudolf) am looking for highly motivated graduate students in community/population ecology starting September 2018 in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Program at Rice University in Houston, Texas. I will consider applicants who wish to pursue fundamental research on any aspect of population/community. Our research examines the ecological factors that generate and determine the structure, dynamics and functioning of natural communities. Current projects focus on the consequences of climate change and phenological shifts on natural communities, ecology and evolution of multi-parasite communities, the role of intra-specific variation in natural ecosystems, temporal and spatial biodiversity patterns, and the ecology and evolution of cannibalism. While most of our work has been carried out in aquatic (freshwater) systems using organisms that range from stream salamanders to dragonfly larvae to zooplankton I am amenable to students developing projects in other study systems. For further information in my research visit Please see the links above for more information about the Graduate Program, our research and graduate programs, and the recent addition of several outstanding new faculty complementing our strengths in a variety of research areas ranging from the ecology and evolution of interspecific interactions, tropical & conservation biology, invasive species, and forest community dynamics to genomics, speciation, and the evolution of sociality. Formal application materials for graduate school can be submitted using the above website. Interested students should send me an email and attach a copy of their CV. Volker Rudolf (Volker.email@example.com), Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, Houston, TX, 77005. Posted: 9/24/17.
Sonoma State University: The Bentley Lab is looking for a Masters student to work on an NSF-funded project related to community ecology and plant ecophysiology in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Experience running and troubleshooting a Li-COR 6400 or 6800 is required. Experience working in the tropics is desired. Field work for this project would start Sept 1, 2017, but enrollment at SSU would not begin until Spring 2018. Please contact Dr. Lisa Bentley (firstname.lastname@example.org) by August 4 with any questions. Posted: 7/27/17.
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology: PhD and MS assistantship opportunities in aquatic ecology. We are currently searching for graduate students that would like to join the aquatic ecology lab to work with Dr. Lisa Kunza. Applications are being considered for Spring 2018, Fall 2018, and Spring 2019. Our projects are interdisciplinary in nature, with ongoing projects in our lab focusing on biogeochemistry, metabolism, food web dynamics, fisheries, algal ecology, biogeochemistry, and bacterial pathogenicity. Field work is commonly occurring in Northwestern Montana, Grand Teton National Park, Rapid City and on the Missouri River. Students with boating and kayaking experience preferred. Please submit CV, letter of interest, and contact information for 3 references to email@example.com. In addition, to be considered for assistantship opportunities file an official application submission to the Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences program via the graduate school. Posted: 10/5/17.
Southeast Missouri State University: A MS position is available in the Davenport lab to study the effects of predator phenology on experimental food webs. The focal aspects of the research will pertain to responses of lower trophic levels and ecosystem function within pond ecosystems. The field component of the research will be conducted in the Missouri Ozarks and the experimental work will be completed on campus. Coursework will be carried out on campus and the field season will be from early September-late June. The student will also have additional research and outreach opportunities such as participating in long-term monitoring of wetland vertebrate populations and additional food web research. The position begins in the January 2018. This position will be supported by a grant funded RA position that includes an annual stipend and full tuition waiver. Qualifications: Prospective students should have prior experience in field biology, familiarity with zooplankton sampling and identification, a working knowledge of statistics, demonstrate good communication skills and be willing to work with others in humid environments. Prior experience in surveys of pond-breeding amphibians and invertebrates is preferred but not required. Prospective students should also possess a valid U.S. passport and driver’s license. A B.S. in biology, ecology or wildlife biology is required with a GPA >3.0. Applicant must meet admittance criteria set by the Graduate School and Biology graduate program. Interested applicants should email the following items to Dr. Jon Davenport (firstname.lastname@example.org) by November 1: 1) cover letter detailing past research experience and professional goals, 2) CV or resume, 3) 2 references, and 4) unofficial transcripts. Posted: 9/25/17.
Southern Illinois University: The Warne Lab is seeking a highly motivated graduate student (M.S. or PhD) to work on a funded study exploring the ecology of ranaviruses among amphibian communities. Research in the lab focuses on animal physiological ecology with specific projects testing how environmental conditions shape resource allocation, disease processes, and ecological community interactions. The start date for the position is January 1, 2018. Apply by October 16th for full consideration. For inquiries or to apply, please send a cover letter and CV to Dr. Robin Warne (email@example.com). Posted: 9/24/17.
Southern Illinois University: The Warne Lab is seeking a highly motivated PhD student to work on a collaborative NSF funded study testing how changes in animal physiology and foraging behavior feedback to affect plant community ecology. The research will focus on kangaroo rats and their grassland communities in New Mexico, and will include the experimental manipulation of endocrine physiology along with use of digital telemetry, and stable isotopes. The student will work with both Dr. Robin Warne and Dr. Justin Boyles in the Zoology Department at SIU. The start date for the position is January 1, 2018. Apply by October 16th for full consideration. Our labs are highly research active, and we collectively maintain a strong and diverse cohort of undergraduate and graduate researchers. More information can be found at the links above. For inquiries or to apply, please send a cover letter and CV to Dr. Robin Warne (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 9/21/17.
Southern Oregon University: The Environmental Education program is proud to offer a Master of Science program, which is accredited by the North American Association for Environmental Education. This program is designed to create leaders in the field of Environmental Education. Our program offers interdisciplinary training in the natural sciences, ecology, and education, all in the diverse and spectacular Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion of southwestern Oregon and northern California. Our science-based program offers several unique elements including our culminating project. The graduate students collaborate to design and present both a day and residential program aimed at diverse audiences (grades K-12) located at a Field Station (Deer Creek Center) and on the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. The graduate academic experience can be further enriched by adding a Master of Arts in Teaching with licensure, a certificate in nonprofit management, thesis, or project that can be integrated with the Environmental Education degree. Every student will complete an exit interview and either an oral exam, project, or thesis. Financial aid may be available to students. Some students may qualify for in-state tuition through the Western Regional Graduate Program. Five graduate assistantships are offered each year to Environmental Education graduate students, four through the Siskiyou Environmental Education Center. Going into effect during the first fall quarter and continuing through the following summer, graduate assistants receive an 80% in-state tuition remission and a monthly stipend. The assistantship requires 12 hours of work per week. Positions include Siskiyou Environmental Education Center (SEEC) Office Manager, SEEC Assistant Office Manager, Outreach Coordinator/Kit Manager, and Fall in the Field Coordinator. The fifth assistantship is offered as an instructor for introductory biology labs for those with sufficient background in biology. This assistantship includes fall, winter, and spring terms. Additional assistantships are often available to environmental education graduate students depending on funding and availability. Please contact us for more information. An additional letter explaining your qualifications is required to be considered for a graduate assistantship. Applications for admission into the Environmental Education program are considered January 16, 2018 and April 16, 2018. Applications received by the January 16th deadline receive priority consideration for graduate assistantships. Application requirements. For more information about the program, contact Hope Braithwaite at email@example.com. Posted: 6/28/17.
Stony Brook University: I am looking for a highly motivated PhD student with experience in programming and statistical modeling to work in my lab on an NSF-funded study of North Pacific albatross foraging energetics in relation to wind variability. The student will lead analyses of albatross movement, behavior and energetic expenditure, and will conduct field studies at Midway Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Preferred qualifications/ skills include an MSc in Biology or a related field and experience working with movement data and statistics in R or Matlab. Experience handling birds and working at remote field sites would be advantageous but is not required. The anticipated start is in summer of 2018. Interested applicants should send a CV and cover letter outlining research interests and relevant experience to Lesley Thorne by October 31 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 9/25/17.
SUNY ESF: Ruth Yanai is seeking new graduate students (MS or PhD) to participate in a large collaborative project investigating above and belowground carbon allocation, nutrient cycling, and tradeoffs involved in multiple resource allocation. The Multiple Element Limitation in Northern Hardwood Ecosystems (MELNHE) project has field sites located at Hubbard Brook, Jeffers Brook, and Bartlett Experimental Forests in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Since 2011, thirteen stands have been receiving N, P, N&P, and control treatments in 0.25-ha plots, with six stands receiving Ca treatments. Research in the MELNHE project includes soil respiration, soil mineralization, beech bark disease, leaf production by species, foliar nutrient resorption, water use, mycorrhizae, forest productivity, and snail and arthropod diversity. We welcome inquiries from prospective students interested in forest ecology, nutrient cycling, and uncertainty analysis. Applicants should be self-motivated, excited to work as part of a multi-investigator project, have laboratory and field experience, and be comfortable living and working in a group setting. A field crew blog from previous years is available at http://shoestringproject.wordpress.com/. A January 2018 start is an option. Normally, students start in the field about June 1, so as to become familiar with the field sites and our research activities before starting classes in late August. Funding will consist of a combination of research and teaching assistantships. A stipend, full tuition waiver, health insurance, and a summer position with the field crew in New Hampshire will be provided. Prospective students may apply to the Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management or the Graduate Program in Environmental Science, both at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY. We appreciate communicating with students as part of the application process. Students are encouraged to review MELNHE related data and publications and supply their own ideas for research in relation to the project. Prospective students should begin that conversation by requesting the password for Ruth's project materials from Mary Hagemann at email@example.com. Posted: 9/21/17.
Syracuse University: Ph.D. Opportunity in Species Interactions, Althoff lab, Dept of Biology. We are seeking exceptional students interested in studying the evolutionary ecology of species interactions. The lab focuses on studies of coevolution, specialization, and speciation, and we use a combination of diverse tools including field studies, molecular phylogenetics, and population genetics. Although we primarily examine plant-insect and parasitoid-host coevolution, students interested in other taxonomic groups are strongly encouraged to apply. There are currently two funded projects, one on the role of mutualism and antagonism in yucca and yucca moth speciation and another using a synthetic yeast mutualism to study the ecology and evolution of multi-mutualist species communities. Research is question-driven rather than taxon-driven. Funding is guaranteed via teaching assistantships for 5 years and potentially research assistantships. Syracuse University offers excellent benefits, a full tuition waiver, and a generous stipend (~$25K for 2016). Furthermore, the close proximity of S.U. to the SUNY-Environmental Science and Forestry campus and Cornell makes this a strong and vibrant community that facilitates an exciting graduate experience. Prospective students are encouraged to contact Dr. David Althoff (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 10/17/17.
Temple University: A PhD Graduate student position with Dr. Jocelyn Behm is available at the Center for Biodiversity for Fall 2018. Dr. Behm runs a joint lab in the Center with Dr. Matthew Helmus that is focused on integrating biodiversity science with human ecology to understand contemporary patterns of biodiversity and its functioning within ecosystems. The PhD student will research how local and landscape-scale drivers influence biodiversity and the strength of ecosystem services along an urban to rural gradient in southeastern Pennsylvania. Activities performed may include: - field biodiversity surveys (invertebrates, amphibians, birds, plants, microbes, etc.) - field ecosystem service strength experiments - lab ecosystem service strength experiments - genetic sequencing - GIS - mentoring undergraduate research assistants - quantitative method development. Applicants must have prior research experience and a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree in biology, environmental science, or other quantitative field. Ideal applicants are those with prior ecological fieldwork experience plus familiarity with genetic lab techniques, GIS, statistics, and R. Most importantly, the successful applicant will be well-organized, able to work both independently and in a team setting, and motivated to learn. This position is ideal for those craving a career in the exciting, fast-paced world of biodiversity science. Full applications are due to Temple’s Graduate School on December 15 (November 15 for international applicants). However, interested applicants should initially contact Dr. Behm (email@example.com) well in advance of the deadline. Include in this initial contact your CV, unofficial transcript, and a brief statement of interest that describes your relevant background experiences, why you are interested in the position, and questions you have about the research, etc. Applicants are strongly encouraged to first peruse the lab website and publications prior to contact. Posted: 8/7/17.
Texas A&M University: We are seeking a graduate student to pursue a MS or PhD in Wildlife Science in cooperation with the East Foundation. The project will focus on one or more of the Foundation’s properties in south Texas, with an emphasis on investigating the interactions between land management practices (e.g., livestock grazing, prescribed fire) and productivity of animal species (likely emphasis on birds). The graduate student will, however, have wide latitude in how the study is designed and implemented. Duties will also include participating in several on-going research and monitoring programs on wildlife including quail. Baseline data has been collected since 2013. The student will be part of a research team including other graduate students from several universities, along with the Foundation’s research staff. Desired start date is spring semester (January 2018) but is negotiable. Qualifications: Competitive applicants will have already received their BS degree in wildlife and related fields, and have additional (outside the classroom) field experience; or have received their MS degree (thesis option). Experience gathering and organizing data, and working collaboratively desired. Must have a valid U.S. Driver's License. Applicants should email the following materials as a single PDF file to Dr. Michael L. Morrison (firstname.lastname@example.org): (a) one page cover letter describing relevant experience and professional goals, (b) a resume or curriculum vitae, (c) GRE scores, (d) (unofficial) transcripts from undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate education, and (e) contact information for three professional references (include current email and phone number). Posted: 7/25/17.
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi: The Reese Geomicrobiology Lab is seeking M.S. or Ph.D. students in molecular microbial ecology and biogeochemistry to study 1) interactions between methanogenesis and methanotrophy in a coastal mangrove wetland along the Texas coast; and 2) microbial succession within the sediment and water column as a result of Hurricane Harvey. These recently funded projects will combine field observations, laboratory manipulations, and molecular analysis. The results will be placed in the context of the biota including benthic ecology and faunal distribution. This is a unique opportunity to study the effects of mangrove expansion on carbon cycling in a protected area. Qualifications: - Potential students should be self-motivated and able to work both independently and as part of a collaborative research team. - B.S. or M.S. in Biology, Biochemistry, Environmental science, or related fields - Experience in fieldwork and sample collection is preferred, but not necessary. Funding: The positions will be supported by recently funded grants, but teaching assistantships are available. The student will have the option to matriculate through the Marine Biology program or the Coastal & Marine System Science program. Interested candidates should contact Dr. Brandi Kiel Reese (email@example.com) and provide 1) a brief cover letter describing their professional background, relevant research experience and interests, career goals, and reasons for seeking an M.S. degree, 2) a current curriculum vitae/resume, 3) names and contact information for three references, 4) an unofficial copy of transcripts, and 5) GRE scores. Applications will be reviewed as soon as they are received, but application deadline for the program is December 1, 2017. Posted: 9/25/17.
Texas State University: Graduate Student Research Opportunity in Plant Ecology/Global Change. The Schwinning Lab is recruiting a graduate student (M.S.) to start in January 2018. The position is in partly funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation and partly through a teaching assistantship in the Biology Department. The study is located in the pinyon-juniper woodlands of New Mexico and conducted in collaboration with Dr. Marcy Litvak and Dr. Will Pockman (University of New Mexico). The overall goal is to examine consequences of selective tree mortality on ecosystem processes and vegetation change. The student-led study will focus on the recruitment dynamics of pinyon pine and juniper on experimental plots where juniper or pinyon pine trees were killed by girdling. The student's responsibility will be to conduct tree recruitment experiments and map natural recruitment at sites where natural, drought-related mortality has occurred. The student will complete an M.S. degree in Population and Conservation Biology in the Biology Department. Minority students are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate must have a strong background in any field of plant science and the willingness and ability to do field work under challenging physical conditions. If you are interested and want to learn more, contact Dr. Susan Schwinning at firstname.lastname@example.org. To apply for the position, send (1) a cover letter expressing your research interests, relevant experience and present career goals; (2) a resume or CV; and (3) unofficial transcripts to Dr. Schwinning. Applications to The Graduate College for the Spring Semester of 2018 are due in early December. Posted: 9/22/17.
Texas State University: Graduate Student Research Opportunity in Restoration Ecology. The Schwinning Lab is recruiting a graduate student (M.S.) to start in January 2018. The position is in partly funded through a grant from the USGS and partly through a teaching assistantship in the Biology Department. The study is located Utah conducted in collaboration with Dr. Lesley DeFalco (USGS Field Office, Henderson, NV). The goal is to develop guidelines for the restoration or rehabilitation of abandoned oil/gas exploration sites within the Colorado Plateau bioregion. The student's responsibility will be to conduct restoration experiments to identify the main barriers to native shrub establishment and develop remedies for overcoming such barriers. The student will complete an M.S. degree in Population and Conservation Biology in the Biology Department. Minority students are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate must have a strong background in any field of plant science and the willingness and ability to do field work under challenging physical conditions. If you are interested and want to learn more, contact Dr. Susan Schwinning at email@example.com. To apply for the position, send (1) a cover letter expressing your research interests, relevant experience and present career goals; (2) a resume or CV; and (3) unofficial transcripts to Dr. Schwinning. Applications to The Graduate College for the Spring Semester of 2018 are due in early December. Posted: 9/22/17.
Texas Tech University: Two PhD positions are available in the Olson Lab starting in the summer or fall of 2018. Our lab works on ecological genomics of plants, with a focus on local adaptation, speciation, and the evolution of breeding systems. Students interested in any of these topics are welcome to apply. Our current funding supports research to study the ecological and genetic factors influencing sex chromosome evolution within the Salicaceae (poplars and willows). The overall project focuses on mapping sex determination regions from representatives throughout the family, understanding the genetic basis of gender dimorphism in defense and pollinator attraction chemistry, and the assessment of population genetic patterns across the sex determination and pseudo-autosomal regions of the sex chromosomes. The grant provides for a unique international multi-institutional training environment, with potential for funding to visit labs at the University of West Virginia, the University of Wisconsin, Cornell University, and Sichuan University and Nanjing Forestry University in China for cross-disciplinary training. Students will be funded through a combination of teaching assistantships, research assistant ships, and perhaps scholarships. Please contact Matt Olson directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information regarding opportunities and application information. Posted: 10/17/17.
Texas Tech University: Funded PhD and Masters Opportunities, Terrestrial Ecosystem Responses and Feedbacks to Climate Change, TTU, Department of Biological Sciences, Lubbock, TX. I (Nick Smith) am looking for motivated PhD or Masters students interested in exploring terrestrial ecosystem responses and feedbacks to climate change. In my lab, we use a combination of empirical, theoretical, and simulation studies to examine feedbacks between terrestrial plants and soils and the Earth’s climate system. You will have the opportunity to work on a variety of topics at a number of different scales, from the leaf to the globe. Topics currently being studied in the lab include: - Photosynthetic acclimation to climate change - Physiological mechanisms underlying plant biomass responses to nutrient addition - Mechanistic models of plant respiration - Land use decision - climate feedbacks - Agricultural responses to climate - Development of next generation land surface models. The lab has financial support for multiple students through a combination of research and teaching assistantships. Requirements: (1) Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, including, but not limited to Ecology, Botany, Environmental Science, Microbiology, Atmospheric Science, Geoscience, Physics, Computer Science, or Statistics; (2) interest in gaining empirical and modeling skills; (3) curiosity about how the natural world works; (4) ability to work independently and collaboratively. Interested students are encouraged to first contact Nick at email@example.com. Application details. Positions are available starting as early as Summer 2018. Posted: 9/25/17.
Texas Tech University: The van Gestel lab at the TTU department of Biological Sciences and the TTU Climate Science Center is seeking for a qualified PhD or Master’s student interested in carbon cycling. The lab is focused on microbial ecology and plant ecophysiology in the context of climate change. Specific topics include: microbial responses to temperature variability, controls of microbial community composition, and plant photosynthetic responses to climate change. The student will conduct a warming experiment in Antarctica to understand the effects of warming on carbon fluxes, microbial activity, and plant growth. This project is funded by the National Science Foundation. The trip requires a 4-month trip to the western Antarctic Peninsula (December 2018 through early April 2019) at Palmer Station, a small US research station. The student will receive a research assistantship during the spring semester in which fieldwork is conducted. Teaching assistantships for other semesters are available through the Department of Biological Sciences. Qualifications: highly motivated, independent thinker, with a genuine interest in biogeochemical cycles and climate change. Experience in lab and/or fieldwork is preferred. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. Start date: January 2018 Application material: - Letter of interest from the prospective student. That statement should include research interests, and a statement of the student’s professional goals. Include GPA (including graduate GPA if applicable). - Names and contact information of three references. - Curriculum vitae. To ensure consideration, submit application materials by October 20, 2017, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 9/25/17.
Trent University: Three positions: (1) MSc or PhD project on the design optimization for private protected areas, (2) PhD project on boreal forest responses to climate change (3) PhD project on the design and analysis of long-term ecological monitoring studies. More details on the projects. The PhD student will have the opportunity to develop specific research questions within the scope of the larger project. The funding package includes a competitive stipend, foreign tuition waiver (if the student is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident) as well coverage of all research expenses. (1) The successful candidate will have a BSc or MSc degree in Biology, Ecology, Geography, or related field, with GIS experience and an understanding of basic principles in design of protected areas. PhD candidates must demonstrate evidence of peer-reviewed publication. (2) Successful candidates will have an MSc in Ecology, Conservation Biology, or related field, demonstrated evidence of peer-reviewed publications, strong quantitative, genetics, and/or field skills, and an interest in working collaboratively as part of a larger group. (3) The successful candidate will have an MSc degree in Ecology, Mathematics, Statistics, or related field, evidence of peer-reviewed publications, and very strong quantitative skills. The students will join the Integrative Wildlife Conservation laboratory at Trent University and be part of an interdisciplinary team addressing innovative solutions to environmental change. To apply, send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial academic transcript, and contact information for 3 references, to: Dennis Murray (email@example.com). The successful candidate will begin enrolment at Trent University by January or May 2018, and we will accept applications until a suitable candidate is found, so apply early. Posted: 9/25/17.
Tulane University: The Farrer lab is recruiting Ph.D. students to study plant-microbe interactions, invasive species, and global change. Specific research projects are flexible and dependent on the student’s interest. The Farrer lab examines the interactions that structure plant and microbial communities in space and time, and how global change alters these interactions with consequences for biodiversity and ecosystem function. Current work in the lab is focused on understanding how microbes are key intermediaries in how plants respond to climate change. Climate change alters microbial communities, shifting abundances of mutualistic and parasitic microbial taxa, which can influence plant composition and diversity. The lab is starting up work in coastal wetlands, investigating how saltwater intrusion and sea level rise will influence communities in the Gulf Coast. The lab also has ongoing research in the alpine tundra in Colorado and California grasslands. Support is available from a combination of Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships, and students are encouraged to apply for their own fellowships through NSF or other agencies. The successful candidate will have a proven capacity for writing and communication, excellent interpersonal skills, and strong quantitative skills (e.g. statistics, bioinformatics). A BS or MS degree in ecology, microbiology, or a related field is also preferred. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV, GPA and GRE scores, and the names and contact info for three references to Dr. Emily Farrer (firstname.lastname@example.org) as well as apply to the degree program. Applications are due January 15, 2018. Posted: 10/17/17.
Universität für Bodenkultur: A 3-year PhD position funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) will become available at the Institute of Botany, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (Universität für Bodenkultur), Vienna, Austria. Tentative start date of the project is October 2017. Leaves have an intricate structure that is well-known to affect their ability to perform photosynthesis. It remains difficult to describe quantitatively how anatomical features, such as cell shape, chloroplast positions, etc. affect the photosynthetic process . Although three-dimensional reaction diffusion models of the leaf anatomy have been developed, they have not often been parametrized by accurate measurements of anatomy and physiology. Recent work has shown that leaf anatomy can change rapidly under drought stress, and this provides an interesting opportunity to examine the effect of anatomy on leaf photosynthesis in detail. To this end, high-resolution three-dimensional images are obtained for poplar leaves exposed to water deficits. At the same time, the photosynthetic performance of the leaves will be characterized by gas-exchange measurements. The anatomy observed during these experiments will be analysed using state-of-the-art reaction diffusion models of the leaf. Apart from visits to collaborators (France, Canada and/or Japan), work will be based in Vienna. The ideal candidate has experience electron and/or light microscopy, sample preparation (including microtome), gas-exchange, leaf hydraulic measurements and good English writing skills. Courses in various ecophysiological techniques relevant to the project will also be offered during the studies. Interested candidates can contact Danny Tholen (thalecress+p At gmail.com). Formal applications including a curriculum vitae, a letter explaining why you are interested in this research and two letters of support should be received before July 15. Posted: 5/31/17.
Université du Québec en Outaouais: A 2-year master of science scholarship (15k CDN$/yr)in entomology and dendroecology is announced at the Institute of Temperate Forest Sciences in Ripon (45.784058, -75.099255) in the beautiful region of Outaouais. A functional knowledge of French is mandatory prior to admission (TFI of 750/990. Full description of the project and contact information (in French). Apply before August 17, 2017. Posted: 6/28/17.
University of Alabama: Dr. Christina Staudhammer in the Department of Biological Sciences is now inviting applications for a PhD position starting in fall 2018, to work on a project in urban forestry. The benefits of urban forests to city-dwelling people include recreation, pollution, mitigation, energy savings, and water purification. However, fundamental questions still remain about the resistance and resilience of urban ecosystems to anthropogenic change, especially associated with projected alterations in global climate. A graduate student is sought to undertake dissertation work modeling ecosystem services provided by the urban forests of the southeastern US. The goal is to enhance our scientific understanding of the role of urban forests at local to regional scales, and how they contrast with those of natural forests. It is expected that prospective graduate students will develop their own research plans and goals, and therefore should be self-motivated and independent. Students should be interested in combining field data collection with statistical modeling. Students should have a strong background in statistics and forest ecology, geography, or environmental science. A solid working knowledge of SAS and/or R is required, and those with strong quantitative skills will be given preference. This position is primarily a Teaching Assistantship, supplemented by grant funding. However students are expected to apply for additional funding. Interested students will earn a graduate degree from the Department of Biological Sciences. The project will also offer the opportunity to interact with researchers from the USDA forest service, as well as researchers across universities across the US. To be eligible, students must meet the graduate admission requirements: an undergraduate GPA > 3.0 overall, 3.0 for the last 60 semester hours in a degree program or 3.0 for a completed graduate degree program, and a 300 on the GRE. If interested, email a short summary of your research interests, an unofficial transcript from undergraduate (and post-graduate, if applicable) work, as well as a CV to Dr. Christina Staudhammer (email@example.com). Posted: 9/19/17.
University of Alabama: The Global Change Ecology Lab is seeking a highly motivated Ph.D. student to work on a long-term project within Everglades National Park, studying alterations in freshwater inputs and salt water intrusion. The student will have the opportunity to work with a multi-institutional group, including scientists from Florida International University, the Florida Coastal Everglades Long-term Ecological Research site, Pennsylvania Stata University, and the U.S. Park Service. The student will develop their own research foci within the scope of this long-term project, such as individual plant responses to anthropogenic pressures, regional biogeochemical modeling, or other areas related to the applicant’s interest. The applicant should have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree (but a master’s degree is preferred) in ecology, atmospheric sciences, atmospheric chemistry or related field. A strong quantitative background is also required, with preference given to those with programming experience in R and/or SAS. The project is fully funded and includes: competitive stipend, tuition waiver and health insurance, with a projected start date of August 2018. Interested candidates should contact Gregory Starr (firstname.lastname@example.org) and send a CV, letter of interest, research statement, and if possible a writing sample. Posted: 9/22/17.
University of Alabama: We are seeking a highly motivated Ph.D. student to work within the Global Change Ecology Lab on a cellulosic biofuels project at Savannah River Nation Laboratory. The student will have the opportunity to work with a multi-institutional group, including scientists from University of Georgia, Oregon State University, U.S. Forest Service, Savannah River National Lab, and DePaul University, studying how cellulosic biofuel production affects stand level carbon, water, and energy dynamics. The student will also have the opportunity to compare this intensively managed crop to natural systems, and quantify how scaling this crop to viable production levels may alter regional biogeochemical cycles. The position will entail: 1. Monthly trips of 3-6 days of field work at SRNL. 2. Maintaining eddy covariance towers 3. Maintaining soil automated respiration systems 4. Monitoring canopy development 5. Processing and analysis of eddy covariance data 6. Coordination with hydrologic modeling groups. The applicant should have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree (but a master’s degree is preferred) in ecology, atmospheric sciences, atmospheric chemistry or related field. The project is fully funded and includes: competitive stipend, tuition waiver and health insurance. The start date is August 2018. Interested candidates should contact Gregory Starr (email@example.com) and send a CV, letter of interest, research statement, and if possible a writing sample. Posted: 8/29/17.
University of Alabama/University of Georgia/Virginia Tech: PhD Assistantships – Responses to Stream Warming: Food Webs (University of Alabama); Carbon Dynamics (University of Georgia); and Metabolism and Carbon Emissions (Virginia Tech), starting spring or fall 2018. We are seeking enthusiastic and qualified applicants to join our research team investigating the effects of climate warming on macroinvertebrate communities, stream carbon dynamics and ecosystem metabolism/carbon emissions in a new project funded by the National Science Foundation. The larger scope of the project includes microbial to whole-stream reach responses to temperature that will be used to predict future network-scale fates of carbon, using a multi-scale design that includes a paired-catchment whole-stream warming experiment, an array of warmed streamside channels, laboratory studies of aquatic microbes, and reach- and network-scale modeling. Fieldwork will take place in the Southern Appalachians at the USDA Forest Service Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory, North Carolina. Students will engage in multiple aspects of research and will also develop their own research questions under the overall theme of global change and thermal effects in stream ecosystems. Prospective students interested in the Food Web position should contact Dr. Jon Benstead (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the University of Alabama. Those interested in the Carbon Dynamics position should contact Dr. Amy Rosemond (email@example.com) at the University of Georgia, and prospective students interested in the Metabolism and Carbon Emissions position should contact Dr. Erin Hotchkiss (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please send an email with 1) a CV and 2) a letter of interest by December 1 for full consideration. Include a description of your education, research and work experience and perceived fit for the position. These positions are open until filled; desired start date is on or before August 1, 2018. Posted: 9/25/17.
University of Alaska Fairbanks: The Doak and Wagner labs are accepting applications for a graduate position (MS) to study the population biology and mating behavior of the aspen leaf miner (Phyllocnistis populiella). Research focuses on the role of multiple mating on reproductive success and population growth in a widespread herbivore prone to population outbreaks of extended duration. Applicants should be strongly motivated to work on insect ecology in the Alaskan boreal forest, and have competitive GPA and GRE scores. The successful applicant could start in either January or May 2018. If interested please send a letter of interest, CV, GRE scores and contact information for three references to Pat Doak, email@example.com. Posted: 9/21/17.
University of Alaska Fairbanks and Southeast: A PhD position is available starting Summer, 2018, with Dr. Brian Buma. This exciting opportunity will take the student throughout Alaska, and focus on the interaction between multiple wildfires and subsequent changes to carbon and permafrost cycling. The PhD position is part of a large, multi-institution effort (UAS, UAF, Florida, Portland State) to link vegetation resilience, permafrost changes, and carbon cycling dynamics into high spatial resolution modeling framework to forecast the effects of climate change on high latitude, boreal systems. The position will entail: Extensive fieldwork in Interior Alaska, focusing on plant regeneration after 1-3 fires; Carbon cycle accounting; Assistance with permafrost and soil measurements; Coordination with modeling researchers; Charcoal and black carbon quantification (lab based); GIS/remote sensing. Applicants should have a Bachelors and/or Masters degree in biology, environmental science, chemistry, or other quantitative field. Ideally, applicants will also have field experience and be comfortable in remote locations for up to two weeks at a time. The applicant should also be independent, self-motivated, and excited to take on a challenging project that will help shape our understanding of climate change in boreal systems world-wide. The paid position will begin with fieldwork in Summer, 2018, before progressing to graduate classes in Fall, 2018, through the School of Natural Resources and Extension at UAF. The position will be partially based in Fairbanks, Alaska (initially) and then Juneau, Alaska. Both towns offer a unique, Alaskan experience. Fairbanks is known for its research university, boreal forest setting, and cold, clear winters; Juneau for its coastal temperate rainforests, ecotourism, salmon, glaciers, and bears. Please contact Dr. Brian Buma (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. Include your CV and letter of introduction, and please check out the lab website for more information on other projects going on in the lab. Posted: 8/8/17.
University of Alaska Fairbanks and Southeast: A Masters position is available starting Fall 2018, with Dr. Brian Buma. This exciting opportunity will take the student throughout Alaska, focusing on one of the most pristine forest ecosystems in the world, the coastal temperate rainforests. The MS position, funded for two years, will focus on the role that landslides and windstorms have in shaping the distribution of carbon via extensive fieldwork and coordination with modeling scientists at Portland State University. This research project is significant not only from an ecosystem/carbon perspective, but also because landslides are a significant threat to life and property in many parts of the world, including locally, and skills learned here will transfer not only to research and academic positions but also NGO’s, governmental and natural disaster organizations, and others. Fieldwork will primarily be located in Sitka, Alaska, through the Sitka Sound Science center. Sitka, one of the oldest (non-Native) towns in Alaska, is a beautiful town on the Pacific coast, known for its old-growth forests, brown bears, and beautiful views. The position will entail: Extensive fieldwork in coastal Alaska, focusing on carbon dynamics and distributions; Soil depth and type measurements; Coordination with modeling researchers; GIS/remote sensing. Applicants should have a Bachelors degree in biology, environmental science, chemistry, or other quantitative field. Ideally, applicants will also have field experience, OK traveling by boat and float plane, and be comfortable in remote locations for up to two weeks at a time. The applicant should also be independent, self-motivated, and excited to take on a challenging project that will help shape our understanding of forest disturbance and change processes. The position will begin in Fall, 2018, through the School of Natural Resources and Extension at UAF. The academic year will be partially based in Fairbanks, Alaska (first year) and then Juneau, Alaska (second year). Both towns offer a unique, Alaskan experience. Fairbanks is known for its research university, boreal forest setting, and cold, clear winters; Juneau for its coastal temperate rainforests, ecotourism, salmon, glaciers, and bears. Please contact Dr. Brian Buma (email@example.com) for more information. Include your CV and letter of introduction, and please check out the lab website for more information on other projects going on in the lab. Posted: 8/8/17.
University of Arkansas: Graduate assistantships are available for Ph.D. positions in the Siepielski Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences and Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arkansas main campus in Fayetteville, AR. Our lab focuses on questions at the intersection of ecology and evolutionary biology. Current projects include examining spatial variation in the mechanisms that maintain species diversity in aquatic food webs, the contribution of adaptive evolution in shaping the demographic processes regulating populations, how species evolve in response to multiple-species interactions, and determining the major features characterizing natural selection in the wild. To explore these topics we use a combination of observational, experimental, meta-analytical, and theoretical approaches. I am looking for students interested in developing their own project on themes broadly related to those listed above. Ideal applicants would have prior research experience in ecology and/or evolutionary biology, previous coursework in statistics, and a genuine passion to conduct research. Graduate research fellowships are available for highly competitive candidates. Additional information on graduate funding opportunities. Prospective students should check out our lab website for additional information. If interested in joining our lab group, please contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). In your email, please include the following: 1) a brief description of your research interests, career goals, and why you think our lab would be a good fit for you, and 2) your CV. Please note that the deadline for Fall 2018 admission into our program is January 15, 2018. All materials should be submitted well before then. Posted: 10/20/17.
University of British Columbia: The Faculty of Forestry’s Future Forests Fellowship aims to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting students who demonstrate both leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies. Value: $70k CAD annually for up to four years. The fellowship is intended to cover all expenses incurred in the preparation and conduct of research. Applicants must intend to undertake doctoral research in one of the areas of excellence for the Faculty of Forestry (which include Conservation; see link for others). The research must be conducted, at least in part, in British Columbia, and should result in an outcome which has practical application in BC. In order to be considered for the Fellowship, a complete PhD program application (September 2018 intake) must also be submitted. Closing Deadline: The FFF and PhD applications, plus all required supporting documentation, must be submitted by 4pm PST, Friday, November 24, 2017. The award recipient announcement will be made in January 2018. Posted: 10/17/17.
University of British Columbia: The Williams Lab is looking for a Ph.D. student to join our growing group for Fall 2018. Ongoing research includes projects on (1) contemporary evolution and the speed at which populations move across landscapes, (2) plant life history strategies in changing climates, and (3) variation in plant-herbivore and plant-pollinator interactions across space and time. We take a variety of approaches including experiments in the field and greenhouse and quantitative modeling. The PhD student will have the opportunity to develop his or her own research goals related to the broader lab objectives. Competitive applicants will have completed an independent research project that has the potential to move toward publication; be motivated to develop or expand on their quantitative skills (statistical or modeling); and will bring curiosity and independence to their research. Students in the group benefit from interacting both with a diverse group of geographers interested in the environment, and with ecologists and evolutionary biologists from across UBC, who are brought together by the Biodiversity Research Centre for classes, seminars and discussion groups. We have ties with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, and land managers at native prairie sites across the Pacific Northwest that can facilitate locating field sites. Applications are due in early January 2018, but I encourage interested students to contact me well before this date. Please send an email (email@example.com) including a brief statement that describes your research interests and why you are interested in graduate school, and attach your CV and an unofficial transcript. Information about applying to UBC Geography. All students admitted to Geography are guaranteed a stable minimum income that comes from a combination of teaching assistantships and UBC fellowships. Outstanding students will be competitive for a UBC Four Year Fellowship, international students for the new UBC International Doctoral Fellowship, and I would be happy to assist Canadian students with their NSERC CGS-D applications. Posted: 10/5/17.
University of California, Davis: UC Davis received a $3M award from the National Science Foundation in support of a new Research Traineeship (NRT) program “Sustainable Oceans: From Policy to Science to Decisions”. Our Sustainable Oceans NRT will train the next generation of PhD marine scientists under a new paradigm that puts the policy focus on the front-end of the research and training enterprise as a means of building more effective links between the science and decisions on sustainable use of living marine resources. The basis of the new interdisciplinary paradigm is combining traditional graduate training in core disciplines and interdisciplinary courses on marine science and policy with immersion into the policy process and politics surrounding ecosystem-based fishery management. The first cohort of trainees will start in the fall of 2018 (submitting applications late 2017 - early 2018, exact date dependent on which associated UC Davis graduate program a student applies to). Over 5 years, we anticipate training 60 PhD students, including 30 funded trainees, from the fields of ecology, conservation biology, economics, geology, physiology, biogeochemistry, and oceanography. If you would like to learn more about this program, please visit sustainableoceans.ucdavis.edu. For full consideration, please apply by 15 January. Posted: 10/13/17.
University of California, Davis: We are seeking Ph.D. students interested in agro-ecology and/or conservation biology to join the Karp Lab in the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology. The Karp lab has a diversity of ongoing projects focused on (1) understanding patterns of bird biodiversity across climate and land-use gradients, (2) quantifying impacts of alternative agricultural practices on biodiversity-driven ecosystem services and disservices, and (3) identifying tradeoffs among biodiversity and ecosystem services to inform development of multi-functional landscapes. Candidates with interest and/or experience in conservation science, ecosystem services, agro-ecology, community ecology, and/or countryside biogeography are encouraged to apply. If interested, please send a current CV with GPA and GRE scores and a brief (<1 page) statement describing your research interests to Daniel Karp (firstname.lastname@example.org). Interested applicants would apply to UC Davis’s Graduate Group in Ecology, which is consistently ranked as one of the top ecology graduate programs in the US. Applications are due Dec. 15, 2017. Posted: 9/21/17.
University of California, Irvine: The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) and the Center for Environmental Biology (CEB) are excited to announce the new Masters of Conservation and Restoration Science (MCRS) graduate program providing training for students interested in careers in the research and management of natural resources. Now accepting applications for Fall 2017, sectors and potential careers for MCRS graduates include: non-profit land management sector, local and federal government agencies, and environmental consulting firms. The MCRS degree will provide students with the academic and professional skills needed to study, protect, and conserve natural resources, and to hold leadership and management positions in environmental fields related to conservation, restoration, and sustainability. Targeted at working adults and recent graduates (within the last five years), the program will begin the 2017 academic year with traditional quarter and class-based offerings. Potential applicants will need a B.A. or B.S. degree, preferably in the natural sciences (biology, conservation biology, ecology, environmental science, forestry, wildlife biology, horticulture, or similar degree title) from a fully accredited academic institution. Applicants with undergraduate degrees in other areas will be considered, but must demonstrate proficiency in the natural sciences and/or practical experience working in this professional field. The program includes two years of coursework and activities, including 18 units of core courses (e.g., ecology, conservation science), 16 units of topical electives (e.g., environmental policy, land use policy), 18 units of technical and professional skills courses (e.g., technical writing, GIS), and 8 units associated with technical and professional workshops (e.g., regional professional gatherings). A collaborative, year-long group capstone project (12 units), aligned with community partners, integrates the program's learning objectives and applies students' new skills to key environmental challenges facing society. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with a first class for Fall 2017 admitted by August 1, 2017. Posted: 6/28/17.
University of California, Santa Barbara: The Moeller Lab (part of the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology and the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Marine Science) seeks Ph.D. students interested in the study of metabolic interactions among species. The lab uses a combination of field observations, laboratory experiments, and mathematical models to understand acquired metabolism, metabolic reactions that (rather than being encoded in an organism's DNA) are obtained from other species. Mechanisms of acquisition vary from mutually beneficial exchanges of metabolites to parasitism and predation. Our goal is to connect these acquisitions to shifts in ecological niche relevant to ecosystem function, and explore the evolutionary implications of these metabolic "short-cuts". In addition to enthusiasm for ecology and evolution, applicants should have some background in mathematics (coursework including Multivariable Calculus and Differential Equations, or relevant research experience is preferred). Prospective students interested in the study systems listed here are particularly encouraged to apply; however, research in the Moeller Lab is diverse and students will be encouraged to develop and pursue independent research projects as part of their dissertation work. Interested students should contact me to discuss relevant research interests and qualifications. Please write to email@example.com and include (1) a brief description of your research interests and, in particular, how they overlap with the lab's focus; (2) a summary of your mathematical background and relevant research experience; and (3) a CV which includes your GPA, professional references, and GRE scores. Posted: 10/11/17.
University of California, Santa Cruz: Dr. Kai Zhu is recruiting 1-2 Ph.D. students starting in Fall 2018 in the Department of Environmental Studies. The Zhu Lab works on a broad range of questions in global ecology and quantitative environmental sciences, at the intersection of climate change, biodiversity, and ecosystem processes. Current research projects include large-scale responses to climate change in forests, long-term global change impacts on grasslands, land surface phenology from remote sensing, and soil fungi and trees in changing environments. Students are encouraged to develop their own projects, which is an important part of their development as independent and creative researchers. Dr. Zhu expects students to have previous research experience and some math/statistics and programming skills. However, in the Zhu Lab students will learn new methods and tools by working on projects, so the most important quality is the willingness to learn new skills. The Ph.D. program in Environmental Studies is explicitly interdisciplinary, with expectations to engage in both natural and social sciences coursework and research. The department guarantees five years of stipend and fee support for graduate students. For information about program requirements, funding, and admissions, please consult the graduate program coordinator Lisa Birney (831-459-4136 or lmbirney at ucsc dot edu), the department website, and the Graduate School website. Interested students should contact Dr. Kai Zhu (kai dot zhu at ucsc dot edu) before the admission deadline on December 15, 2017 with the following information: (1) research experience, ideas, and questions; (2) motivations to pursue a Ph.D. and ultimate career goals; (3) interests in the Environmental Studies Department at UCSC; and (4) current CV, academic transcript, GRE score, and TOEFL score (if English is not the first language). Posted: 10/6/17.
University of Central Florida: The Aquatic Biogeochemistry Lab is seeking a PhD student to begin Su or Fa 2018 who is interested in studying the interactive impacts of sea level rise and urbanization on coastal wetland soil carbon dynamics. A secondary interest or experience in the use of remote sensing for ecosystem evaluation is a plus. Financial support will be provided through a combination of teaching and research assistantships. The student must possess a M.S. degree in environmental science, biology, chemistry, or a related field by the start date and have a competitive GRE and GPA. The ideal candidate would also have experience working in wetlands and/or coastal systems and strong analytical laboratory skills. The Aquatic Biogeochemistry Lab is an energetic and passionate group of students (graduate and undergraduate) and staff (lab manager and postdoctoral scholar) under the mentorship of Dr. Lisa Chambers and housed within the UCF Biology Department. We emphasize strong mentoring, collaborative learning, peer-reviewed publishing, and timely degree completion. More information on our research foci and the application process can be found on our website, linked above. Posted: 10/20/17.
University of Connecticut: The Knutie lab in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is recruiting highly motivated applicants interested in pursuing a PhD in disease ecology and evolution. The lab uses a combination of fieldwork, molecular techniques, and bioinformatics to explore questions related to the evolutionary ecology of host defenses against parasites, particularly in response to environmental change. The PhD student will be expected to develop a novel research project in animal disease ecology and/or evolution using one of the PI’s host systems (birds or frogs) in the Galapagos Islands, Connecticut, Florida, or Minnesota. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply but preference will be given to applicants with a Master’s degree in Ecology and Evolution or a related field, at least one first-authored publication, and/or extensive experience with lab and field-based research. Although academic scores are important for admission to the program, motivation and a passion for science and nature are highly valued. Applicants from a minority background (e.g. ethnic, racial, gender, LGBTQ+, first generation college student) are encouraged to apply. The application process requires submission of the formal graduate school application pages, transcripts, GRE scores, three letters of reference, a personal essay, and, for non-native speakers of English, TOEFL or IELTS scores. If admitted to the program, full financial support (TA and/or RA) is generally provided for five years. More information for prospective EEB Graduate students. For full consideration, applications must be submitted by December 15, 2017. However, applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Sarah Knutie (firstname.lastname@example.org) before applying to the program to discuss research interests and your application. Posted: 10/17/17.
University of Copenhagen: PhD position on host-pathogen co-evolution. Transmission to new susseptible host is crucial for a pathogen, and the biological world is rife with examples of pathogens that manipulate host behavior to enhance host transmission.This mind-control can go beyound the infected host and for example exploit the mate-seeking behavior of healthy males that becomes significantly more attracted to infectious females than uninfected females. The project will use a newly established laboratory host-pathogen system of the fungal pathogen Entomophthora muscae and Dipteran insect hosts for exploring the pathogen induced alterations in host chemistry, including chemical analysis and electro-antennal responses to -volatile compounds and dual-transcriptomics of host and pathogen. The research is fundamental with considerable applied potential in attract-and-kill biological control strategies. Please contact Assistant Professor Henrik H. De Fine Licht (email@example.com, phone +45 35320097) for further enquiries and obtain more information and apply via http://employment.ku.dk/phd/?show=145518. Deadline 15 August 2017. Posted: 7/25/17.
University of Florida: Grad Student Openings in Macrophysiology, Macroecology, Macroevolution. The Gillooly Lab in the Department of Biology has openings and support for 1-2 graduate students beginning in Fall 2017. Research in the lab is diverse, but can be described as macro-scale biology (i.e., macroecology, macroevolution, macrophysiology). We seek an integrative view of how the structure and function of individuals/species are related to the structure and function of populations, communities and ecosystems.Lab members develop independent research programs using a variety of approaches, including mathematical modeling, experimentation and field studies. Above all else, we seek students that are creative, curious, collaborative, and open to combining theory with data. Prospective students should contact Dr. Jamie Gillooly by email (gillooly “at” ufl.edu) to inquire. The deadline for application is December 1. Posted: 10/6/17.
University of Florida: Effects of residential development and landscaping practices on wetlands. The lab of Dr. Basil Iannone in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation is looking for a creative and driven master’s student to start in the fall 2017 semester. The student will investigate the impacts of proposed residential development and landscaping practices on wetland plant communities, water quality, and hydrologic connectivity. Position includes two-years of competitive stipend, tuition waiver, and benefits. Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree in ecology, environmental science, water resources, engineering or other relevant field, interests in applied, interdisciplinary research, and good writing skills are required. Experience with GIS, statistical analysis, plant identification, and/or hydrological modeling are beneficial but not required. To apply: Please email: (1) Cover letter stating your career goals, why you are interested in this position, how you would benefit from this opportunity, and how you meet the above qualifications; (2) C.V./Resume; (3) unofficial transcripts for all college-level coursework; (4) copies of your GRE scores; and (5) a list of three references who are willing to write letters of recommendation on your behalf as a single PDF file to firstname.lastname@example.org. Place “Development Position” in subject line of the email. Review of applicants will begin immediately. Official transcripts and GRE scores will be required for admittance into the SFRC. Please see the SFRC graduate program for more information, including degree options, and application procedures. Posted: 7/17/17.
University of Georgia: The Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and the Tall Timbers Research Station is seeking a M.S. student to conduct research focused on the physical structure and physiological function of old-growth longleaf pine forests beginning fall of 2018. The ideal candidate would already possess some field experience, proven problem-solving skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, a basic statistical background, an ability to work both independently and as a productive member of a research team, and motivation to develop, conduct, and publish their research. Candidates should possess a B.S. degree in ecology, forestry, plant biology, or a related discipline. The successful candidate will receive a two-year graduate assistantship consisting of an annual stipend of approximately $21k and tuition waiver. The graduate assistantship will have both teaching and research responsibilities—the student will be on a teaching assistantship while completing coursework at Warnell during fall 2018 and spring 2019 and will be on a research assistantship while completing research at Tall Timbers during the summer of 2019 through the summer of 2020. There is potential for the student to begin fieldwork in residence at Tall Timbers beginning May 2018 until courses begin in August 2018. Subsidized housing is available while in residence at Tall Timbers. Student fees of approximately $1k per semester, which include the matriculation fee and activity, athletic, health, student facilities, technology, and transportation fees will be assessed. If you are interested in this opportunity, please familiarize yourself with Warnell’s admission requirements and deadlines and send a single pdf containing: (1) a 1-2 page statement of your research interests and a summary of your professional career goals that explains why you think working in the Aubrey Lab will help you realize these goals; (2) a current CV; (3) unofficial transcripts showing all previous coursework, degrees, and GPA; (4) GRE scores; and (5) contact information of three references to Dr. Doug Aubrey (email@example.com). If selected to compete for this assistantship, you will be encouraged to submit an application to the UGA Graduate School prior to December 31st 2017. Please contact Doug Aubrey (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kevin Hiers (email@example.com) with any additional questions. Posted: 10/5/17.
University of Georgia: The Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources invites applications from highly motivated and enthusiastic students for a Ph.D. Assistantship starting in Summer/Fall 2018. This collaborative work will be conducted with Dr. Kamal Gandhi (Warnell School of Forestry) and Dr. Kier Klepzig (Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center). The project focuses on bark beetle (Ips avulsus), tree (longleaf pine), and environment interactions (fire, drought, etc.) as they affect the life-cycle of the beetle and its symbionts (fungi and mites). The ideal candidate would possess both field and laboratory experience related to entomology, mycology and/ or ecology, a strong statistical background, and an independent spirit to develop, conduct, and publish research. A MS Degree in a related field, especially in forest entomology, pathology, or ecology is a prerequisite for the position. As a part of the graduate program, extensive fieldwork in longleaf pine forests in southwestern Georgia will be required. The Forest Entomology Laboratory is a dynamic group that works on a broad range of ecological issues, forest insect species, and ecosystems across the country. The mission of the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center is to provide excellence in natural resource management and conservation of southeastern coastal plain ecosystems. Further training in forest ecology, entomology, and pathology will be provided. A competitive PhD assistantship for 3-4 years along with full tuition waiver is available. Interested students should submit a statement of interest, current CV along with contact information for 3 references, and unofficial transcripts to Dr. Kamal Gandhi (firstname.lastname@example.org; 706-542-4614). Posted: 9/26/17.
University of Hong Kong: A position is open for a highly motivated student to start a PhD in January 2018 (or shortly after) within the Insect Biodiversity and Biogeography Laboratory of Dr. Benoit Guénard. This 4-years funded project will focus on the study of short and long-terms temporal variations in insect communities and their driving mechanisms along disturbance gradients in South East Asia. Based in Hong Kong, this project offers fantastic opportunities to study year-long fluctuations of insect communities and the role of various biotic and abiotic factors regulating species composition and abundance; with field sites located less than an hour from the laboratory. The geographic position and history of Hong Kong make it the perfect location for students interested in linking community ecology, conservation and biological invasions. For further inquiries, students should contact Dr. Benoit Guénard at email@example.com. Application, including CV, motivation letter and a list of 2 references, should be received by October 5th 2017. Posted: 9/25/17.
University of Idaho: Ph.D. Student opportunity: The Tree Physiology Lab, in collaboration with the US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, is seeking a highly motivated Ph.D. student to work on questions related to physiology, drought tolerance, woody plant seedling establishment and climate change. Potential projects include, but are not limited to, underlying physiology of outplanting success of native species, xylem anatomical properties that confer drought tolerance, process-based modeling of seedling physiology during drought and whole plant regulation of water loss. This position begins in January of 2018. The University of Idaho is located in Moscow, a small college town with a thriving arts scene and abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation. The University also has a >8,000 acre experimental forest where large-scale manipulative experiments can be performed, and access to a fully-controlled greenhouse. For more information email Dan Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 7/17/17.
University of Louisiana: The Department of Biology will be awarding University of Louisiana Fellowships to Ph.D. students entering the doctoral program in January 2018 . UL Fellows are funded for 3-4 years and have limited teaching responsibilities. Fellowship stipends are $18k per academic year (plus tuition waiver), with additional support as research assistants available during the summer from many labs. Eligibility requirements include US citizenship (or permanent residency) or degree from a US institution. We will also have teaching assistantships available for incoming Ph.D. students. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to directly contact prospective advisors, whose contact information and research interests can be found at our departmental web sit. Applicants interested in studying seabird ecology in relationship to coastal restoration are encouraged to contact Paul Leberg (Leberg@Louisiana.edu). The Department of Biology has approximately 70 graduate students and 25 graduate faculty members conducting research on a wide variety of topics. More information on application is available from Dr. Scott C. France (email@example.com). To receive full consideration, applications to the graduate program should be completed before 8/30/17. Posted: 6/28/17.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette: DOCTORAL (and/or MS) GRADUATE STUDENT position open in Mark Hester’s Coastal Plant Ecology Lab in the Department of Biology. This program is seeking a graduate student to conduct research on the effects of climate warming on salt marsh belowground and community dynamics in areas where mangroves are currently expanding. The research is a combination of large-scale controlled mesocosm experiments coupled with field experiments along the Florida Atlantic Coast from St. Augustine to the Keys. Although a doctoral student is preferred, exceptional, well-qualified students interested in pursuing a Masters degree in Biology are also encouraged to apply. The successful applicant must be enthusiastic and self-motivated, have a strong interest in climate change and plant ecology, be a team player able to work well both independently and interdependently, display strong oral and written communication skills, and possess both the physical and mental attributes required to work under strenuous and often adverse conditions in the field. Additional desirable skills include boat operation and a background in environmental effects on plant population and community dynamics, plant/soil sciences, plant physiological ecology and statistical ecology. Competitive graduate research assistantship funding and tuition waivers are available. Truly exceptional doctoral student applicants may also be considered for a University Doctoral Fellowship in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology. For further information, please email Dr. Mark W. Hester, Department of Biology, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA 70504 firstname.lastname@example.org. Type Grad Research Assistant Applicant in the Subject line and attach resume/CV, as well as GPA and GRE percentile score information with all inquiries, preferably by November 1, 2017 to receive full consideration for spring 2018 admission. Posted: 8/7/17, revised: 10/17/17.
University of Louisville: A Ph.D. position in plant chemical and molecular ecology is available starting Fall 2018 in the Department of Biology. The specific research topic is open, but will have direct relevance the chemical ecology of plant defense. Our NSF-funded lab group has a number of interesting lines of research, including novel directions linking plant defense with fungal symbionts and pathogens. Previous experience with molecular biology, chemical ecology, computer programming and scripting languages, and GC-MS will be helpful but not required. A Master’s degree in plant biology is favorable but not required. The successful applicant may be funded through the prestigious University Fellowships program. To apply for the initial selection, please email the following documents to Dr. Chris Frost (email@example.com): (1) a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications, (2) a resume or CV, (3) unofficial copies of transcripts, (4) and all applicable test scores (GRE should include scores and percentile ranks), and (5) names and contact information for 2-3 academic references. Review starts immediately; for full consideration, a completed application should be received by November 15, 2017. The Frost Chemical Ecology Laboratory is a diverse group of scholars and we actively encourage and promote diversity in our group; all qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. Posted: 10/5/17.
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science: The Gugger Lab at UMCES is seeking a motivated Ph.D. or M.S. student to develop a thesis project on ecological, evolutionary, or conservation genomics of trees. The lab uses next-generation sequencing approaches to understand how populations of long-lived trees respond evolutionarily to environmental change, the molecular basis of local adaptation, the factors influencing population genetic variation, the role of hybridization in adaptation and speciation, and implications for conservation under global change. The ideal applicant will have prior research experience in population genetics or plant ecology/evolution, molecular laboratory skills, strong quantitative skills, and proficiency in or interest in learning basic bioinformatics. The graduate student will matriculate through the Marine, Estuarine, and Environmental Sciences (MEES) Graduate Program at the University of Maryland, College Park but will reside at the Appalachian Laboratory in scenic Frostburg (western MD) for the duration of the degree. Three years of support are available through research assistantships, with additional support possible through teaching assistantships and fellowships. Starting date can be as soon as January 2018 and no later than Fall 2018. To apply, please first email Paul Gugger (firstname.lastname@example.org) a single PDF containing (1) a statement of interest, (2) a CV, and (3) contact information for three references. Please indicate “Genomics graduate position” in your subject line. Posted: 9/21/17.
University of Massachusetts Amherst: The Marine Global Change Ecology Lab is recruiting two graduate students (M.S. or Ph.D.) to begin spring or fall 2018. We use field observations, lab experimentation, and quantitative synthesis to address ecological problems in coastal marine systems. Our research is focused on the following areas of study: 1. Interactions between global environmental change and species interactions 2. Biophysical coupling – the interaction between organismal function and physical drivers 3. Causes and consequences of biological invasion. We encourage interested candidates to visit the lab website to learn more about our research and our lab philosophy. https://bscheng.com/opportunities/ Application deadlines for graduate programs are Dec 1/Dec 15 (varies by program) Brian Cheng Assistant Professor | Department of Environmental Conservation email@example.com. Posted: 10/17/17.
University of Memphis: I am looking for a PhD student(s) to start Fall 2018 to join the Brown Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences. In the Brown Lab, we use a cross-domain approach (Fungi, Bacteria, Archaea, Algae, etc.) to ask questions about how communities are structured, how microbe-microbe or microbe-host interactions influence assembly, and how these communities play a role in ecosystem processes. Research questions are open, but may include: snow-borne and alpine fungal and microbial community ecology, evolution of psychrophilic syntrophic associations, or urban microbial ecology. Preferences given to candidates who have a strong background or interest in the following: next-generation sequence generation and analysis – including command line based analyses, familiarity with Fungi (as well as bacteria), and a strong sense of curiosity. If interested, please contact me (Shawn Brown) at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Memphis PhD position” in the subject line. Include in the email (in PDF or .docx format) a short description of your interests, preferred study system, experience, and career goals that includes undergraduate (and graduate if applicable) GPA. Also include a CV/resume, GRE scores and unofficial transcripts. Applicants will be screened as interest is expressed and a Skype interview may be invited soon thereafter. Official U of M graduate application deadline is February 1, 2018 but materials should be in sooner. Posted: 9/26/17.
University of Memphis: Fully funded PhD assistantship in fungal and microbial ecology. I am looking for one PhD student to start January 2018 to join the Brown Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences. In the Brown Lab, we use a cross-domain approach (Fungi, Bacteria, Archaea, Algae, etc.) to ask questions about how communities are structured, how microbe-microbe or microbe-host interactions influence assembly, and how these communities play a role in ecosystem processes. Research questions are open, but may include: snow algae-microbe interactions and function, isolation and characterization snow-borne and alpine fungal and microbial communities, or microbial successional dynamics after glacier retreat. Preferences given to candidates who have a strong background or interest in the following: next-generation sequence generation and analysis – including command line based analyses, familiarity with Fungi (as well as bacteria), and a strong sense of curiosity. If interested, please contact me (Shawn Brown) at email@example.com with “Memphis PhD position” in the subject line. Include in the email (in PDF or .docx format) a short description of your interests, experience, and career goals that includes undergraduate (and graduate if applicable) GPA. Also include a CV/resume, GRE scores. Applications will be screened as received and a Skype interview may be invited soon thereafter. Posted: 3/20/17, revised: 6/9/17.
University of Michigan: The Jain Lab in the School for Environment and Sustainability is recruiting Ph.D. students to start Fall 2018. Our lab examines questions related to sustainable food systems in the face of global environmental change, including climate change and natural resource degradation. Specifically, I am interested in students who would like to (1) quantify the impacts of environmental change on agricultural production and examine sustainable ways to enhance food security, (2) identify how farmers are adapting to environmental change and the effectiveness of these adaptation strategies, and/or (3) identify and implement interventions to enhance farmers’ abilities to sustainably adapt to environmental change. We use a mixed methods approach to answer these questions, combining satellite image analysis and household surveys to understand farmer decision-making across large spatio-temporal scales. Though the lab would be best suited to students who would like to similarly combine these methods, this is not required and students who are interested in either satellite image or household survey analysis are also encouraged to apply. If you are interested in applying for the SEAS Ph.D. program in the Jain lab, please send Meha Jain (firstname.lastname@example.org) an email with a short paragraph describing your research interests and a CV. Posted: 10/20/17.
University of Minnesota: The lab of Allison Shaw in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior is recruiting a PhD student to start in Fall 2018. Research in our lab uses mathematical models to understand the ultimate factors that drive long-distance movement (migration, dispersal) as well as the consequences of movement for population viability, spread, and interspecific interactions. The specific research topic is flexible but could include developing theory to understand how migration or dispersal can interact with climate change, parasites, and infectious diseases. See the lab webpage for details on current research projects. Interested applicants should send (1) a cover letter describing their research interests, mathematical background, and training, and (2) a CV (with GPA and GRE scores) to Dr. Allison Shaw (email@example.com). Questions and possible projects can also be discussed over email as well. Students with prior research experience, and with exposure to mathematical modeling (through coursework or research) are particularly encouraged. Formal applications should be submitted to the Ecology, Evolution and Behavior (EEB) Graduate Program by December 1, 2017. Interested applicants should also consider applying for a Graduate Research Fellowship from the NSF. The EEB graduate program is a richly collaborative community that includes students with theoretical and empirical interests, spanning organismal to ecosystem scales. The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is located in the center of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area with a wide variety of cultural attractions. The campus is also home to a diverse set of researchers () and resources in the mathematical and biological sciences. These include the Bell Museum of Natural History, the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute, and the Institute on the Environment. Posted: 9/21/17.
University of Minnesota Duluth: We are looking for a motivated MSc or PhD student to join a NSF-funded research project on the role of benthic communities in coupled C-N-P dynamics in the Great Lakes. The successful applicant will work with a group of ecologists, biogeochemists and modelers to investigate how recent large-scale changes in the profundal benthic communities of the Laurentian Great Lakes have affected sediment characteristics, benthic-pelagic coupling and whole-system elemental dynamics. A primary topic of interest is linking functional characteristics of benthic species to bioturbation processes and sediment biogeochemistry. Work will combine extensive offshore fieldwork in Lakes Superior, Michigan and Erie with laboratory studies. The student will be supported through a combination of research and teaching assistantships. Preference will be given to candidates who have: - Excellent written communication skills - Research experience in limnological or oceanographical setting - Interest in large lake field research - Peer-reviewed publication record (for PhD applicants). Students will work with Drs. Ted Ozersky and Sergei Katsev at the Large Lakes Observatory (LLO). The LLO is the only institute in the country dedicated to the study of large lakes throughout the world. The LLO’s staff is made up of an interdisciplinary group of scientists committed to using oceanographic research approaches to unlock the mysteries of large lakes. Combining this oceanographic approach with a global focus makes the LLO unique among lake research institutes in the world. In addition to well-equipped laboratories, the LLO operates the only UNOLS research vessel on the Great Lakes, the R/V Blue Heron. To apply to the position or to request more information contact Dr. Ted Ozersky (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Sergei Katsev (email@example.com). Posted: 10/13/17.
University of Montana: Applicants are sought for a NSF-funded graduate traineeship (National Research Traineeship; NRT) at the University of Montana, UM BRIDGES: Bridging Divides across the Food, Energy, and Water Nexus. Fellowships are available for PhD and MS students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) disciplines, including in the Departments of Ecosystem & Conservation Sciences, Geosciences, Economics, Environmental Studies, Forest Management, and Society & Conservation. Fellows will receive a living stipend ($34K/year), tuition scholarship, and research support (travel, supplies); take coursework on the food-energy-water (FEW) nexus and workshops to develop professional and research skills; participate in other traineeship activities; be engaged with an intellectual community and cohort of other graduate students interested in the FEW nexus, and conduct disciplinary and interdisciplinary research related to the FEW nexus in consultation with their graduate advisor. Example research themes include: FEW issues and tradeoffs in river and rangeland systems; energy transitions and implications for agriculture and water; drought management in the face of climate change uncertainty; and tribal and indigenous issues at the FEW nexus. Students will apply to and be based in participating departments. Additional information, including contact information for participating faculty, eligibility requirements, and application procedures, can be found at the link above. UM BRIDGES encourages applicants from underrepresented groups in STEM fields. Posted: 10/7/17.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln: M.S. Assistantship in Social-Ecological Systems beginning in January 2018. The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary team that aims to understand spatial and temporal patterns and dynamics in a social-ecological system. The Valentine National Wildlife Refuge (VNWR), located in north-central Nebraska, represents an important social-ecological system that is managed for multiple purposes and visitors. However, it is unclear how visitors may differ in their spatial and temporal use of the VNWR. The successful candidate will 1) quantify visitor use within this tractable system, 2) identify the types of visitors and how they use the VNWR, and 3) explore spatial and temporal interactions among visitors across the VNWR landscape. Data will be collected using a suite of on- and off-site methods. Individuals interested in social-ecological systems, landscape ecology, behavioral ecology, environmental sciences, and social sciences are encouraged to apply. Collaboration with agency, academic, and general public entities will be required. Applicants must hold a valid driver’s license and pass a university drivers background check. Please email a single document including a letter of interest, CV, unofficial transcripts and GRE scores, and contact information for three references to Dr. Mark Kaemingk (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Kevin Pope (email@example.com). Posted: 9/21/17.
University of Nevada – Reno: The Bisbing Forest Ecosystem Science lab at UNR seeks highly motivated, independent candidates for PhD and post-doctoral work on Great Basin forest stand dynamics and ecosystem response to climate change. Research will investigate woody plant functional trait variation across mountain environmental gradients to identify thresholds of tolerance to climate, disturbance, and extended drought. We will evaluate relationships between species and functional diversity at within- and among-community scales to allow for identification of mechanisms of species’ establishment and success for predicting forest ecosystem dynamics and response to climate change. Long-term permanent plot sampling will be paired with common garden trials, manipulative greenhouse experiments, and predictive modeling to address these research objectives. Sampling will occur along elevational gradients in four Great Basin Mountain Ranges (Spring, Sheep, Snake, and Ruby Mountains). Research will require extensive time in the field at high elevation, across rugged terrain, and in extreme arid environments. The successful candidates must have field experience and be comfortable spending extended periods of time traveling to and from remote field sites and working in the backcountry. Ideal candidates will have experience with dendrochronology, greenhouse work, and/or biogeochemical research. Applicants should have an excellent academic record, a strong interest in forest and landscape ecology, and a desire to improve quantitative and writing skills. PhD Position: The primary responsibilities of the PhD candidate will be establishing field sites, collecting annual ecological data, and maintaining common garden and greenhouse experiments. The successful candidate must apply to the PhD program in Ecology, Evolution, & Conservation Biology. Preference will be given to applicants with a Master’s degree, evidence of success in establishing a scientific study, and strong quantitative skills. Applicants should have a BS and/or MS in ecology, biology, environmental science, or related field. This position is funded through a combination of research & teaching assistantships. Post-Doctoral Position: The post-doctoral scholar will assist in study establishment, training of graduate student researchers, and grant and manuscript writing. Ample opportunities exist for pursuit of independent research questions within the project framework. Anticipated start date of January 2018 but with flexibility up to June 2018. To apply, please send (1) a letter of interest, including: research interests, career goals, and relevant past experiences; (2) a CV; (3) GRE scores (PhD only); (4) unofficial academic transcripts; and (5) contact telephone numbers and email addresses for three references. Submit application materials as a single pdf file to Dr. Sarah Bisbing at firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 9/21/17.
University of New South Wales: “Examining the role of plant physiology in the amplification of heat extremes”. Climate models project an increase in the frequency, magnitude and intensity of future heatwaves. However, plant responses to high temperatures and drought effects on photosynthetic physiology, are poorly constrained by data in models. Evaluation of land-atmosphere feedbacks have largely ignored the role of the vegetation, limiting our capacity to project the role of plants in heat extremes. Observations point to novel responses by plants to water stress, responses not currently captured by models. Similarly, the response of vegetation-atmosphere interactions to increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is uncertain in models. This PhD will translate the latest experimental insight into the Australian climate modelling framework, examining the role of the vegetation in predictions of past and future heatwaves in Australia. It will use innovative science, woven with biophysics and high-performance computing. The project is based at the Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia, under the supervision of Dr Martin De Kauwe, Professor Andrew Pitman and Professor Belinda Medlyn at Western Sydney University (WSU). Questions may be directed to Martin De Kauwe (email@example.com). Expressions of interest including a CV, full academic transcript, and the names of up to three academic referees should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 3, 2017. Note: this is not an official application, if your expression of interest is accepted we will guide you through the application process. Posted: 9/25/17.
University of North Carolina: Dimensions of Biodiversity (PhD). A PhD research assistantship is available for an outstanding, motivated student to work in the Matute and Hurlbert Labs in the Department of Biology at UNC. The student will work on an NSF-funded Dimensions of Biodiversity project on thermal niche evolution and conservatism across the genus Drosophila. This is a multifaceted project, giving the student the opportunity to address questions related to the evolution of phenotypic diversity, adaptation to novel climates, and longstanding theories explaining the latitudinal diversity gradient. To this end, the successful applicant will learn and apply phylogenetic, genetic, genomic, and macroevolutionary methods, and be involved with ongoing components of the work including trait assays for thermal tolerance and experimental evolution. The student will also have the opportunity to participate in international field expeditions and will receive cross-disciplinary training in evolution and macroecology. Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a BA or BS in Biology or a related discipline. Research experience at the Master's level is preferred, and students who have experience with genetic or genomic data and/or qualifications in evolutionary entomology are especially encouraged to apply. We pride our research groups on being safe and inclusive environments, and members of historically underrepresented groups in STEM are encouraged to apply. Application: Submit the following materials to Dr. Daniel Matute (email@example.com): 1) A letter describing your research background and interest in the position, 2) a current CV, 3) unofficial transcripts, and 4) the names and contact information for 3 references. Materials should be sent by 21 November 2017. Posted: 10/10/17.
University of North Carolina: I'm currently recruiting 1-2 students for PhD positions in my lab (Caroline Tucker) in the Department of Biology at UNC, Chapel Hill. The Tucker lab works on a broad range of questions under the umbrella of community ecology, especially functional and phylogenetic approaches to ecology, mechanisms for multispecies coexistence, and the interaction of species traits, the environment, and coexistence. Students should be interested in developing projects using aquatic microcosms of zooplankton communities. There is flexibility in terms of projects and students are strongly encouraged to develop their own projects and research directions within the lab’s general area of work. It is desirable for students to have previous research experience, some coding experience (R, etc.), and some undergraduate level math and/or statistics training. Interested students should contact me first to discuss research interests and qualifications. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me a little about your past research experience and interests, as well as your GPA & GRE scores, CV, and any other relevant information. Posted: 9/22/17.
University of North Carolina Wilmington: We are currently recruiting for the spring 2018 cohort in the MS in Environmental Studies program. The MS EVS is an exciting, interdisciplinary curriculum focusing on linking classroom experience with hands-on fieldwork, and culminating in a semester-long internship with an environmentally-related organization (no thesis required). Our program is both challenging and rewarding, with a high degree of collegiality among students and faculty. MS concentrations are available in Coastal Management, Environmental Conservation and Management, Marine and Coastal Education, and Environmental Education and Interpretation. An Individualized Concentration is also available for those who wish to design their own curriculum in conjunction with faculty. For more information, as well as a link to application materials: http://uncw.edu/evs/graduate_programs.html The deadline for spring 2018 application is November 15. For other questions or additional information, please feel free to contact Dr. James A. Rotenberg, Graduate Program Coordinator, email@example.com. Posted: 10/20/17.
University of Notre Dame: The Perkins Lab is seeking exceptional students interested in studying diverse topics related to the epidemiology, ecology, and evolution of vector-borne pathogens. Research activities in the lab involve the use of a wide range of mathematical, statistical, and computational tools to address basic and applied research topics, including (1) forecasting spatiotemporal variability in pathogen transmission and disease incidence, (2) leveraging pathogen genetic data to make inferences about pathogen spread, (3) coupling mathematical models with empirical studies of vaccines and vector control, and (4) blending modeling and experiments to understand and mitigate the evolution of vector resistance. In addition to a collegial lab environment with members at a variety of career stages and from diverse backgrounds, students will have opportunities for mentorship from and collaboration with a number of intramural and extramural colleagues. A passion for developing and applying innovative quantitative approaches for extracting meaning from empirical data and/or elucidating new biological understanding using theoretical approaches is essential. Engaging in the collection of empirical data is encouraged, but not required. Interested applicants should email the PI, Alex Perkins, at firstname.lastname@example.org after seeking more information at http://perkinslab.weebly.com. Top applicants will have prior experience in research and a demonstrated commitment to learning new quantitative and computer programming skills. Funding is guaranteed via a mixture of research and teaching assistantships for 5 years. The University of Notre Dame offers excellent benefits, a full tuition waiver, and a generous stipend (~$29K for 2017). A variety of fellowship opportunities are open to top applicants. More information: Biology Graduate Program. The deadline for receipt of all application materials for the PhD program is December 1, 2017. Posted: 10/13/17.
University of Notre Dame: Ecosystem response to rapid evolution. We are recruiting a PhD student to work on an NSF sponsored project studying the impact of rapid evolution on the productivity and stability of coastal salt marshes. We have grown individuals from a foundational plant in this system (Schoenoplectus americanus) from seed banks dating back over 100 years. Our approach involves: measuring changes in plant physiology and growth in controlled experiments; paleoecological analysis of marsh sediments; synthesis of extensive field data; and Bayesian approaches to link evolutionary and ecosystem processes. We welcome applicants with strengths in any of these disciplines. For more information, see the McLachlan lab web page or submit a letter detailing your interest and relevant background to Jason McLachlan (email@example.com). Please CC the project manager, Jody Peters (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applications to Notre Dame Biological Sciences are due December 1. Posted: 9/26/17.
University of Notre Dame: Graduate Program in Ecology, Evolution, and the Environment. The Department of Biological Sciences offers a wide range of research opportunities and graduate coursework in ecology and evolutionary biology, allowing students to excel in field, laboratory, and mathematical biology. Strengths of the program include: studies on the dynamics and divergence of populations, evolutionary and ecological genomics, terrestrial and aquatic community and ecosystem ecology, epidemiology and disease ecology, experimental biology, and the impacts of global changes, including climate change, invasive species, and land use change. Our close-knit faculty provides interdisciplinary research opportunities and excellent research mentorship. Our students take advantage of many resources at Notre Dame, including excellent laboratory facilities in the Hank Family Center for Environmental Studies and state-of-the-art instrumentation in our Center for Environmental Science and Technology (CEST; https://cest.nd.edu), the Genomics & Bioinformatics Core Facility (http://genomics.nd.edu), and the Notre Dame Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility (ND-LEEF). Other hubs of EEE research include the University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center (UNDERC) with sites located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and western Montana and the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative. Numerous opportunities for interdisciplinary interactions among research areas are available, including our GLOBES graduate training program. The following faculty members are currently training graduate students in diverse areas of ecology and evolution: Beth Archie - behavioral ecology, disease ecology, and population biology; Gary Belovsky - terrestrial ecology and modeling, conservation biology; Sunny Boyd – behavorial ecology, neuroendocrinology and behavioral neuroscience; Jeff Feder - ecological and evolutionary genetics, speciation; Mike Ferdig - systems genetics of malaria parasite drug resistance; Hope Hollocher - population genetics, speciation, evo-devo, and landscape epidemiology; Stuart Jones - aquatic microbial and ecosystem ecology; Gary Lamberti - stream and wetland ecology, ecotoxicology, and plant-animal interactions; Jason McLachlan – ecology and evolution of plant populations, statistical modeling, paleoecology; David Medvigy – terrestrial ecosystem modeling, ecosystem-climate interactions; Alex Perkins – modeling, disease ecology, population biology of disease vectors; Mike Pfrender – ecological and evolutionary genomics, adaptation, phenotypic plasticity; Matt Ravosa – evolution and pathobiology of the mammalian skull and musculoskeletal system; Adrian Rocha – arctic terrestrial ecology; Jeanne Romero-Severson – genomics of adaptive variation in natural populations of forest trees; Jennifer Tank - stream ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry. All graduate students are funded with competitive stipends. A variety of fellowship opportunities are open to top applicants. More information: Biology and Graduate Program. The deadline for receipt of all application materials for the Ph.D. program is December 1st, 2017, although earlier submission is encouraged to ensure full consideration for available fellowships. Please begin your application by directly contacting faculty of interest. Posted: 8/29/17.
University of Pennsylvania: The Terrestrial Biogeochemistry Laboratory in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science invites applicants for competitive Ph.D. fellowships in one of two research areas: Soil carbon biogeochemistry: Projects seek to quantify and characterize the recalcitrant pools of pyrogenic and geogenic carbon in soils. We’ll examine chemical transformations and dissolution as mechanisms controlling their fate in the critical zone. Urban biogeochemistry: New and evolving research projects to study the biogeochemical functioning of urban ecosystems with emphasis on cycling and storage of carbon and nutrients. Positions are ideal for candidates who have completed an MSc in soil science, geosciences, environmental chemistry, ecosystem science or related fields, but outstanding BSc graduates in such programs will be considered. For further information, please contact Dr. Alain Plante by email (email@example.com) or consult the department website. Applications can be submitted directly online before December 15. Posted: 10/6/17.
University of Pittsburgh: The Turcotte Lab is looking for PhD students and a postdoc to experimentally test the dynamic interplay between rapid evolution and community ecology in the field. The goal is to disentangle and quantify how ecological and evolutionary processes reciprocally impact each other and understand their importance in nature using robust experiments. The University of Pittsburgh is a leading research university and the Department of Biological Sciences is a dynamic and growing team of enthusiastic researchers and educators. The department also runs the Pymatuning Lab of Ecology, which is equipped with lab space and housing to facilitate field-based research in northwestern Pennsylvania. If you are interested and you are attending ESA please contact me, Martin Turcotte, at firstname.lastname@example.org. See the link above for more details about the lab and applying. Posted: 8/8/17.
University of South Dakota: I am looking for a MS or PhD student interested in plant community ecology to begin in January 2018. The University of South Dakota is beginning a graduate (MS and PhD) program in sustainability that is expected to be fully approved this semester. The student could either major in sustainability or biology. The research would be focused on the COmparing Managed Prairie Systems (COMPS) experiment, which is a field experiment that began in 2014. The overarching research objective of this experiment is to determine how two factors, the timing of disturbance and plant functional group identity, interact to affect biomass production, plant community composition, and exotic species invasion in managed tallgrass prairie systems. Research on the COMPS experiment will include aboveground and belowground plant dynamics. Funding for the position will be through a combination of graduate assistantships and teaching assistantships. Interested applicants should e-mail me (Meghann.Jarchow@usd.edu) with any questions and the following information: · a CV or resume with GPA and GRE scores and · a brief statement of research experience, research interests, and career goals. Meghann Jarchow, Assistant Professor, Sustainability Program Coordinator, Department of Biology, University of South Dakota. Posted: 9/22/17.
University of Tennessee, Knoxville: PhD or Masters Students in Conservation Science. The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) is forming a new research unit focused on Conservation Science. We seek applications from outstanding prospective graduate students in this topic, who wish to pursue a PhD or research-based Masters. We have funding to admit a strong cohort of students. While we encourage students to pursue independent funding opportunities, EEB’s policy is to admit students only when we are confident we can provide funding for the full duration of their studies. We provide funding to both Masters and PhD students, regardless of their citizenship. Our goal is to recruit a diverse pool of students on a range of metrics, including background, career stage, and research interests. Our ecology program is among the top 10% for research impact in North America. Our recent Conservation Science graduates have an excellent record of placement, with students accepting post-doctoral positions in internationally renowned research groups and leadership positions within conservation NGOs and public agencies. Our students study globally important conservation questions, commonly working in overseas field systems alongside in-country practitioners. We anticipate having a "cohort-model" where students interact with each other and multiple faculty members. However, students typically have one lead faculty advisor. Ensuring a good match between this advisor and the student is a central feature of our recruitment process. Interested students should reach out to potential advisors by email (view advisor list and full ad at http://eeb.bio.utk.edu/con-sci-grads) to explore possibilities. Closes 1/1/18. Posted: 9/18/17.
University of Texas at Arlington: The Department of Biology invites applications for our PhD program beginning in Fall 2018. Ph.D. students are awarded competitive stipends, tuition remission, and health benefits. Research in the department includes a wide range of topics in ecology, evolution, genomics, microbiology, immunology, and cell and developmental biology. For general inquiries about the program, please contact our graduate advisors: Shawn Christensen (email@example.com) or Woo-Suk Chang (firstname.lastname@example.org). For more specific questions about research directions, please contact potential advisers directly using the contact information on their webpages. We will start reviewing applications on December 15th 2017. The on-line application process requires submission of the formal graduate school application, transcripts, GRE scores (general test required), three letters of reference, and, for non-native speakers of English, TOEFL or IELTS scores. How to apply. The Department and University have numerous resources including state-of-the-art labs, an Animal Care Facility, a Genomics Core Facility, a Center for Human Genomics, and the newly established Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies – a major partnership between UT Arlington and Shimadzu Scientific Instruments that offers extensive resources for imaging, proteomics and analytical chemistry. The Department also benefits from access to core UT-system genomics and computational resources at UT Southwestern Medical Center and the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) – one of the leading advanced computing centers in the U.S. Posted: 10/17/17.
University of Tokyo: The Shefferson lab is recruiting graduate students at both the MS and PhD levels with interests in plant evolutionary ecology, for entry into the Graduate Program in Environmental Sciences (GPES) in Sept 2018. We specialize in evolutionary demography and plant/microbial evolution, with particular interests in rapid evolution and eco-evolutionary dynamics. We are particularly hoping to recruit students to work on the following funded research projects: 1) Deep demography: Demographic patterns are strongly influenced by both evolutionary history and geography, but a mechanistic understanding of these relationships is still lacking. We hope to unravel it using a number of large-scale projects focused on herbaceous perennial plant species. 2) Evolutionary origins of plant-microbial symbiosis: We seek to understand the first steps in the evolutionary process leading to the development of widespread symbioses, such as the mycorrhiza. 3) Eco-evolutionary impacts of individual history: We hope to understand how long-term experience influences evolutionary processes, particularly at the micro-evolutionary scale. In addition to these projects, we seek students generally interested in the following topics: 1) Micro-evolutionary interactions between symbiosis and population dynamics, with a focus on the mycorrhiza. 2) The micro- and macro-evolution of senescence-related life history patterns and life history costs, with a focus on herbaceous plants and terrestrial fungi. 3) Interactions between community structure and phylogeny at differing timescales, with a focus on the mycorrhiza. 4) Eco-evolutionary impacts of conservation problems and associated management. Students applying to work in the lab may focus on these topics, or choose other research themes in plant and microbial evolutionary ecology. Research methods typically involve in situ monitoring and experimentation, combined with modeling and analysis based in R and/or C++. We typically work with plants and their symbiotic microbes, and students should generally be interested in these study organisms. The Shefferson lab has active field sites in the Japan, USA, and Estonia, and also regularly conducts field work in China, Central America, and Western and Central Europe. The Shefferson lab is located within the University of Tokyo, Komaba Campus. U Tokyo is home to some of the finest scientists in Japan, including ecologists and evolutionary biologists, and more Nobel laureates than you can shake a stick at. Komaba in particular has a particularly large community of ecologists and evolutionary biologists working on plants, animals, and fungi. The GPES program conducts all graduate education in English, although students have the opportunity to learn Japanese and take courses from throughout the U Tokyo curriculum. Applications MUST be received by 24 November 2017, and students MUST INCLUDE a current, official GRE transcript. Please note that GRE scores are only valid for 5 years, so students with transcripts older than this need to re-take the GRE. Applicants with high scores, high grades, and strong recommendations will be considered for a competitive, full-ride scholarship. If interested, please contact me (email@example.com), and please also explore the Shefferson lab website. Posted: 9/24/17.
University of Toledo: The Refsnider Lab is seeking a highly motivated PhD student to conduct research on the effects of a 2010 oil spill on population recruitment and health of freshwater turtles. Field research will be conducted in the Kalamazoo River in Michigan, and will involve extensive trapping, radio-tracking, nest-searching, and collecting blood samples from freshwater turtles. The project will require trapping and radio-tracking in hot, cold, wet, and/or buggy weather via canoe. 2-3 field crews will be operating simultaneously; therefore, the successful candidate must have experience leading and overseeing teams of field technicians. Research will also involve several laboratory assays during the academic year to quantify immune function. The student must be willing to work as part of a dynamic research team, conduct extensive fieldwork in various conditions, and work and live with a research crew at the field site over 3 summers. The successful candidate will have a Master’s degree conferred by 1 Jan. 2018, experience leading a field research crew, experience operating and transporting canoes, a demonstrated ability to complete field research activities independently, and strong written and oral communication skills. Preferred qualifications include radio-telemetry experience, previous experience with reptiles or amphibians, and laboratory experience. The student will be working toward a PhD in Ecology in the Department of Environmental Sciences. Salary includes 1 semester + 1 summer per year as a research assistant, 1 semester per year as a teaching assistant, and full tuition waiver, for 4 years. Start date is 1 January 2018. To apply, send a cover letter that explicitly addresses the candidate’s qualifications for this position as outlined above, a CV, names and contact information for 3 professional references, unofficial academic transcripts, and scanned GRE scores in a single PDF to Dr. Jeanine Refsnider (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 13 October 2017. Full job ad (pdf) Posted: 9/21/17.
University of Toledo: The Department of Environmental Sciences is offering two graduate research assistantships in environmental science and ecology to begin in January 2018. The positions are partially supported by research grants funded by NOAA and Ohio Department of Natural Resources to develop ecological indicators for measuring wetland ecosystem responses to climatic variability and management practices. The incumbent will use the funded project to develop his/her MS/PhD thesis in wetland ecology and management. The candidate should have an undergraduate degree in environmental science, biology, or related fields by the end of 2017. Depending on the interest of the incumbent, thesis/dissertation topic can vary, but will be related to quantitative (statistical) modeling of wetland services (e.g., nutrient retention, habitat) and the changes of such service in response to short-term weather fluctuation and long-term climate change. The project will also involve the use of GIS and remote sensing data. For more information please contact Drs. Song Qian (email@example.com) and Kristi Arend (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a current CV and names of three references. Posted: 9/19/17.
University of Toronto: PhD position: remote sensing and forest ecology. A fully-funded Ph.D. position is available, either in the Geography Department or in the Faculty of Forestry. The Ph.D. candidate will develop new techniques for monitoring trees using the latest remote sensing technology. In particular, the candidate will use optical imagery and/or LIDAR to delineate tree crowns, then assess tree health, branch fall, and tree mortality. Some of the data will be collected using unmanned aerial vehicles or helicopters carrying hyperspectral sensors, multispectral sensors, as well as LIDAR. Thus, the candidate will have the opportunity to work at the Koffler Scientific Reserve and Haliburton Forest. Qualifications: 1) sincere interest in remote sensing and forest ecology; 2) strong quantitative skills; 3) remote sensing skills, or the ability to learn them quickly; and 4) excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Applicants should send a letter of enquiry and curriculum vitae to Prof. Yuhong He (email@example.com) and Prof. John Caspersen (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applications will be reviewed beginning January 15th. Posted: 10/6/17.
University of Utah: Ph.D. Research: Evolutionary Ecology of Host-Parasite Interactions, Clayton-Bush Lab, Dept. of Biology. We are seeking 1-2 highly motivated Ph.D. students interested in the evolutionary ecology of host-parasite systems, including disease ecology. Projects in our lab focus on host specificity, speciation, co-speciation, competition, adaptive radiation, and reciprocal selective effects between parasites and hosts. We also conduct research on invasive parasites of Darwin’s finches and Galapagos mockingbirds. Positions are likely to be available starting Fall Semester, 2018. Students in our lab are supported by a combination of fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships. Support is guaranteed for five years, contingent upon performance. Our former PhD. students have strong track records achieving positions at academic institutions ranging from R1 universities to small colleges. Admission requirements and applications. The application deadline for Fall Semester is January 3rd, 2018. Inquiries are welcome via email to: Dr. Sarah E. Bush (email@example.com) and Dr. Dale H. Clayton (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted: 10/10/17.
University of Utah: PhD Opportunities, Physiological Ecology of Western US Mountain Forests, Dept. of Biology. We are looking for PhD students interested in studying forest physiology and forest carbon and water cycling in mountains of the western U.S. Current projects are focused on biological and physical factors influencing photosynthesis and transpiration of mountain forests in the context of climate change. You will have the opportunity to learn and use a wide variety of techniques, including leaf gas exchange, chlorophyll fluorescence, plant water transport, forest environmental and flux measurement methods, and isotope ratio mass spectrometry, and to work collaboratively with scientists using tower and satellite-based remote sensing observations and Earth system models. We'll train you in analytical field and laboratory instrumentation and research techniques, experimental design, data analysis, computer programming, ecological modeling and scientific writing. There is plenty of room to develop your own project in the context of the overall scientific focus of our group. We offer up to 5 years of financial support in the form of teaching and research assistantships. Requirements: 1) a bachelor’s or master’s degree and research experience in a field of Earth system science (ecology, geology, physics, chemistry, geography, etc.), 2) innate curiosity about the natural world and how it works, 3) interest in learning and applying cutting-edge analytical techniques to study ecology, and 4) strong motivation and ability to work both independently and collaboratively. Experience with plant physiological ecology or environmental instrumentation is highly desired. More information about our Graduate Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology and about Biogeosciences Research Group. Deadline to apply is January 3, 2018. If you’re interested, please contact Dr. Dave Bowling (email@example.com). Posted: 9/25/17.
University of Virginia: I anticipate having an opening in my lab for a new MS or PhD student (PhD preferred) starting in the Fall of 2018. Major areas of research in my lab are understanding 1) the causes of spatial and temporal variation in forest insect outbreaks, 2) factors leading to geographic variation in rates of invasive spread by forest pests, and 3) effects of light pollution on ecological processes from the population to ecosystem level. Work in my lab often includes a combination of analysis of spatial datasets, field observations and experiments, and/or computer modeling. Applicants primarily interested in conducting research on spatial population dynamics (for example, see areas 1 and 2 above) are preferred. Applicants interested in learning (or who have prior experience with) remote sensing, GIS, statistics, and/or writing computer code are also preferred. Funding for the position would most likely come from a research assistantship funded by Blandy Experimental Farm as well as a half-time teaching assistantship from the Department of Environmental Sciences. However, exceptional applicants are considered for departmental fellowships or other fellowships available to those applying for graduate positions at UVA. During summer semesters, the student would be based at Blandy Experimental Farm, a field station for environmental research and education located in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. To inquire about the position, send a statement of your interests and a CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. Kyle Haynes, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, Associate Director, Blandy Experimental Farm, University of Virginia. Posted: 10/7/17.
University of West Georgia: I am seeking a highly qualified M.S. student to conduct a funded research project on spotted skunk habitat use. The research project will involve intensive capture and tracking efforts of eastern spotted skunks in Alabama’s Conecuh National Forest and Blue Spring WMA. The graduate student will need to spend long periods of time in the field. While conducting research, the student will be housed at the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center and given access to a 4WD truck. A $12k stipend and tuition wavier will be provided the first year. The second year of funding will be contingent on grant renewal or by applying for a graduate teaching assistantship. The selected individual will enroll in the graduate program of the Biology Department at the University of West Georgia beginning January 2018. Please email a PDF application containing a letter of interest, CV, unofficial transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information for three professional references to Dr. Andrew Edelman, email@example.com. Please include “Skunk GRA” as the subject line of the email. Review of applications will begin immediately. Minimum Qualifications: B.S. in biology, wildlife ecology, or related field with at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale; Minimum GRE scores: Verbal 150, Math 150, Writing 3.0; Strong experience in ecological/wildlife research at the undergraduate or post-baccalaureate level; Excellent quantitative, writing, and oral communication skills; Willingness to spend extensive periods at a semi-remote location; Ability to hike across rough terrain under a variety of weather conditions while hauling heavy equipment; Orienteering skills; Ability to drive 4WD vehicle. Preferred Qualifications: Proficient in radio-telemetry techniques; Experience in animal handling and camera trap methods; Current rabies vaccination; Basic training in GIS and statistics. Posted: 10/17/17.
University of Wyoming: PhD/MS graduate opportunities for Fall 2018 at the Wildlife Genomics and Disease Ecology Lab. See details here. PhD and/or MS student positions are available for research and training in wildlife population genomics, conservation genetics, and disease ecology at the University of Wyoming (UW) in Laramie. The positions are primarily lab-based within the Ernest Wildlife Genomics and Disease Ecology Laboratory in the Department of Veterinary Sciences and affiliated programs. Research will use genomic and other genetic tools to study wildlife populations in the Rocky Mountain West and/or California, and with intersections with disease ecology. The Ernest Wildlife Genomics and Disease Ecology Laboratory is a dynamic and highly collaborative lab at UW with University of California affiliation and works with other academic institutions, as well as state, federal, and non-governmental agencies. There are many opportunities to work with recognized leaders who apply excellence in science toward wildlife conservation and management. There are opportunities for an added academic minor or major in Environment and Natural Resources through our Haub School affiliation. In addition to to research and course work, responsibilities will include teaching (TA-ing), lab maintenance tasks, and mentoring other students. Quality mentorship of trainees of all educational levels, including grad student positions, is a priority for the laboratory. PhD Student Opening (pdf) | MS Student Opening (pdf). Contact Dr. Holly Ernest at firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 10/6/17.
Utah State University: The Waring lab is recruiting graduate students to work on projects related to plant-soil interactions and soil biogeochemistry. Applicants should have a strong research interest in plant-soil feedbacks, mycorrhizal ecology, and/or soil carbon cycling. Research in the Waring lab takes place in a diverse array of ecosystems, from semiarid grasslands to tropical forests, and is highly interdisciplinary, spanning plant, microbial, and ecosystem ecology. Candidates with lab or field experience in any of these areas are strongly encouraged to apply. For inquiries about the position, please contact (email@example.com) with a cover letter and CV. Posted: 10/6/17.
Utah State University: Graduate positions are available in the Beckman Lab in the Department of Biology and Ecology Center. The Beckman Lab investigates interactions between plants and their environment occurring over multiple scales and examines the role of these interactions in limiting plant populations and maintaining biodiversity. Many of these interactions are disrupted by global change, and we examine the consequences of these disruptions for plant communities and ecosystem functions. The research group uses a combination of empirical and quantitative approaches to address our research questions. Examples of ongoing projects include: 1) synthesizing data with mathematical models to predict extinction risk of plant species to climate change, 2) understanding the importance of seed dispersal under global change, and 3) examining the influence of dispersal and plant consumers on plant spatial patterns. Before applying, interested candidates should contact Dr. Beckman (noelle.beckman AT usu.edu) with a letter of interest, CV, and contact information for two references. More details about the research group and applying. Posted: 8/4/17.
Utah State University: A PhD position is available in the Beckman Lab in the Biology Department & Ecology Center to investigate macroevolutionary patterns of trait variation in leaves, fruit, and seeds of trees and shrubs in Panama using a metabolomics approach. Plants experience simultaneous and often conflicting selective pressures from a diversity of antagonists and mutualists that feed on different plant parts at different stages of development. Yet, the large body of theory developed to understand plant defense has focused almost exclusively on leaves and leaf herbivores, with little integration of the important interactions in other parts, such as fruits. This project aims to extend leaf defense theory to better understand patterns of trait variation and interactions that occur across leaves, fruits, and seeds. An ideal candidate would have prior experience working with tropical plants or conducting chemical analyses; experience working with UPLC is a plus. Interested candidates should contact Dr. Beckman (noelle.beckman AT usu.edu) with a letter of interest, CV, and contact information for two references. In your letter, include a description of your research interests and why you are interested in joining the research group as well as a summary of your prior research experience and your academic background (e.g., relevant coursework). More details about the research group and applying. Posted: 8/4/17.
Virginia Tech: The Langwig lab is currently recruiting enthusiastic and motivated graduate students beginning in fall 2018. Students are expected to develop independent projects in disease ecology and evolution that complement work in the lab. Ongoing projects include both theoretical and empirical work on both human and wildlife disease systems. Potential projects include heterogeneity in host-pathogen interactions, mechanisms of host-pathogen persistence, and wildlife disease ecology and conservation. The Langwig lab in the Department of Biological Sciences is part of an expanding group of infectious disease faculty across several departments and colleges at Virginia Tech, enabling an extremely supportive cross-cutting and interdisciplinary training environment. Interested applicants should have a strong interest in disease ecology and evolution, and a passion to positively influence science, conservation, and global health. Students are expected to obtain quantitative skills, and learn some programming. Students with previous experience in math, statistics, engineering, and computer science are especially encouraged to apply. Prospective students should include a statement of research interests in the email text, a CV, and list of references to Kate Langwig (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject "Prospective Graduate Student". Posted: 10/11/17.
Virginia Tech: The Thomas Lab in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech has funding for two graduate student positions to start in either January or August 2018. We are looking for enthusiastic and highly self-motivated students at the M.S. or Ph.D. level to develop and apply innovative new techniques in model-data fusion to forecast ecosystem dynamics. Position 1: The graduate student will help integrate high-frequency sensor data with process-based models to study reservoir water quality responses to changing climate and management. This position is part of a recently-funded NSF project that will develop a water quality forecasting system for a drinking water supply reservoir and Global Lakes Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) site. Position 2: The graduate student will help integrate remote sensing with a process-based model to study forest carbon cycling in the Southeastern U.S. This position is part of a recently-funded NASA project focused on integrating managed forests into models predicting land-use and land-cover change. Both positions are highly interdisciplinary graduate projects that will combine modeling, ecosystem forecasting, and data-intensive analytical approaches from ecology, computer science, and social science. We seek conscientious and energetic students with strong quantitative and computing skills who can work independently in a collaborative environment. Students are also encouraged to apply to be a fellow in Virginia Tech’s Interfaces of Global Change graduate program and interact with other students in the Virginia Water Research Center and Center for Environmental Applications of Remote Sensing that is housed within our department. Virginia Tech, as Virginia’s leading research and land grant institution, has a strong interdisciplinary focus on the environment and natural sciences, and is located in scenic southwestern Virginia. The student position will be funded on a combination of research and teaching assistantships, which include a competitive stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance benefits. Interested students should send an email letter of inquiry containing an overview of your research interests, your C.V., an unofficial transcript, a list of past research experiences and mentors, and GRE scores (if available) to Quinn Thomas (email@example.com). Please feel free to contact me with questions about the application process, graduate school at Virginia Tech, or potential research ideas. Posted: 10/7/17.
Virginia Tech/University of Vermont: Graduate Research Assistantships in Critical Zone Science. We are seeking applicants for graduate research assistantships (one M.S. and two Ph.D.) in the study of mineral weathering and the fate of weathering products in forest ecosystems. Applicants are sought for a project supported by the NSF at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire. The study focuses on mineral weathering gradients at the hillslope and watershed scale and is aimed at improved prediction of soil and water quality in headwater catchments. Components of the project will include element fluxes, aqueous and solid phase geochemistry and mineralogy, modeling, and hydrologic characterization. The project will have a demanding field component that will require extensive travel and summer residence in New Hampshire. Students will work with faculty at Virginia Tech, the University of Vermont and scientists from the USDA Forest Service. A strong background in hydrology, forest soils, geochemistry, geology, and/or geospatial analyses is required. Competitive students should demonstrate excellent written and oral communication and analytical skills. The M.S. and one Ph.D. position will be affiliated with the Departments of Geosciences and Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech. The students may also participate in interdisciplinary programs at Virginia Tech in cross-boundary biogeosciences and global change. The other Ph.D. position will be affiliated with the Department of Plant and Soil Science at the University of Vermont. The research will be collaborative; however, the Virginia Tech students will have a greater focus on solute fluxes, while the University of Vermont student will focus predominately on solid phase characterization. At either university, graduate research assistantships provide a competitive annual stipend, full tuition waiver, and health insurance benefits. Additionally, graduate assistants are actively involved in the departmental teaching programs. Points of contact at each institution are: Dr. Kevin McGuire, Virginia Tech, Virginia Water Resources Research Center and Dept. of Forest Resources and Envr. Conservation, 540-231-6017, firstname.lastname@example.org; Dr. Don Ross, University of Vermont, Dept. of Plant and Soil Science, 802-656-0138, email@example.com. Additional collaborators and points of contact include: Dr. Brian Strahm, Virginia Tech, Dept. of Forest Resources & Envr. Conservation, 540-231-8627, firstname.lastname@example.org; Dr. Madeline Schreiber, Virginia Tech, Dept. of Geosciences, 540-231-3377, email@example.com; Dr. Scott Bailey, USDA Forest Service, 603-726-8902, firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 9/24/17.
West Virginia University: A Master’s position is available in the Quantitative Forest Management lab of Dr. Steve Chhin in the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources. The graduate student will primarily conduct field and laboratory work for a project recently funded by the USDA Forest Service. The general objective of the project is to develop new site index curves for Central Appalachian red spruce by correcting for historical growth suppression. Models will also be developed which relate red spruce site index to the site index of commonly associated species such as American beech, black cherry, red maple, and yellow birch. This will aid in restoration and resiliency efforts for red spruce by providing site quality information in areas where red spruce is absent or where new red spruce habitat is expected due to climate change. Dendroclimatic models will be developed to examine sensitivity of red spruce to past and future climate change. Qualifications: A completed Bachelor’s degree in forestry, biology, ecology, environmental sciences, or a similarly related natural resource field is acceptable. Preference will be given to applicants that are highly self-motivated, possess a strong work ethic, and have strong oral and written communication skills. Experience with statistical software packages (e.g., R) and proficiency with GIS would be assets. A background or strong interest in conducting field based research and working in a laboratory environment is desirable. Applicants must enjoy working (e.g., rigorous field work) and living outdoors (e.g., camping) and possess a valid driver’s license. A cumulative GPA greater than 3.25 in undergraduate coursework is preferred. The start date for this position is January 2018. Application materials: Please submit: 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) unofficial transcripts, 4) GRE scores, 5) contact information of two references, and 6) TOEFL scores (for international applicants). Please describe your career goals in the cover letter. To ensure full consideration, please e-mail your application material to Dr. Steve Chhin (email@example.com) by October 9, 2017. Posted: 9/19/17.
Wilfrid Laurier University: FORMBLOOM (Forecasting Tools and Mitigation Options for Diverse Bloom-Affected Lakes) seeks 2–4 graduate students (MSc and/or PhD) to research the drivers of freshwater cyanobacterial blooms and develop tools for bloom prediction and mitigation. Successful applicants will work in a co-supervised environment with Prof. Helen Baulch (School of Environment and Sustainability and Global Institute for Water Security, University of Saskatchewan), Prof. Sherry Schiff (Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo), and Prof. Jason Venkiteswaran (Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, WLU) and will enroll in the MSc or PhD program at one of those universities. Opportunities to work at multiple universities are available. Start dates: September 1, 2017 and January 1, 2018. Project: Harmful algal blooms (HABs) in lakes and reservoirs constitute a major threat to human health and, by extension, to the Canadian economy. HABs, especially those associated with cyanobacteria (cyano-HABs), have direct impacts on the safety of drinking water supplies by producing a variety of liver and nerve toxins in addition to causing taste and odour problems. Cyano-HABs have been increasing in recent years across Canada from Newfoundland to British Columbia. There is an urgent need to improve the science and to develop risk management tools for cyano-HABs. Field campaigns in Buffalo Pound, Saskatchewan, Lake 227, Ontario, and Conestogo Lake, Ontario combined with laboratory experiments and modelling exercises will evaluate the contributions of nutrients, metals, and lake structure to the timing and severity of cyano-HABs. Carefully selected samples and datasets from other lakes and reservoirs across Canada (including the 47-year dataset from IISD–ELA) will be incorporated into cyano-HAB forecasting and mitigation efforts. Graduate student research projects will (1) examine nutrient and trace metal dynamics through bloom progression; (2) assess links between physical conditions, sediment-surface redox and cyano-HAB development; and (3) perform long-term data analysis with a focus on winter conditions and bloom severity. Graduate students will benefit from working with a multi-university and multidisciplinary research team and will interact with partner organizations and ecosystem managers. Students will have opportunities to participate in enhanced training opportunities associated with the NSERC CREATE in Water Security, and the Global Water Futures program. Students will perform applied lab and field research, and require quantitative abilities, a hearty appetite for boat-based field work, and possess strong verbal and writing skills. Students with experience with sensor-based instrumentation are particularly welcomed. Applicants should send their areas of research interest in a cover letter, with CV, unofficial transcripts, and contact information of three references as a single PDF file to Prof Jason Venkiteswaran, firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted: 8/11/17.
Wilfrid Laurier University: The Northern Water Futures project, as part of the recently announced Global Water Futures program, is seeking a highly motivated and organized individual for a PhD student position to investigate the effects of permafrost degradation on vegetation and water cycling in the Northwest Territories’ subarctic Canadian Shield. Details of the position can be found here: http://forestecology.ca/opportunities/. Posted: 7/25/17.
Wright State University: I am seeking a Ph.D. student to join my laboratory studying the mechanistic basis and outcomes of novel plant–insect interactions. Funding is available through a combination of graduate research and teaching assistantships, and the student may start as early as Fall semester 2017 (August 2017), but January 2018 is more realistic. While the specific focus of the dissertation research is negotiable, current research foci include causes and consequences of host range expansion of emerald ash borer and the interaction of native insects with invasive host plants. Our work typically blends an understanding of the chemical basis of interactions with ecological outcomes. Interest in these and related topics is preferred. 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), and current driver’s license or ability to obtain one. Preferred qualifications include: Masters degree or equivalent experience; a strong background in plant sciences/ecology/entomology, with interest and/or experience in field and laboratory research; good communication and writing skills. The current stipend is approx. $23k on a 12 month basis. Please contact Don Cipollini (email@example.com) for more information about projects in the lab and the program prior to submitting an application. Posted: 8/7/17.
Organization for Tropical Studies Graduate Field Courses: I wanted to let you know about the courses we will be offering this academic year. Graduate Courses 2016-2017: Field Ecology: Skills for Science and Beyond (4 weeks, 29 Dec 2016 – 24 Jan 2017) Deadline: October 10, 2017 Website link: http://bitly.com/FieldEcology Tropical Biology: An Ecological Approach (6 weeks, 22 May – 2 July 2017) Deadline: February 3, 2017 Website link: http://bit.ly/TropBio The above two courses are our hallmark field ecology courses that immerse graduate students in hypothesis-driven research learning. The 4-weekField Ecology in late December and January allows students to fit in the course while still attending fall and spring terms at their home campus. The 6-weekTropical Biology, scheduled this year during Summer Session 1, will provide more time during and after the course to hone research skills. Both courses include a science communication workshop to share research through the production of podcasts and videos. Please take a moment to view a video about these courses (click here). Graduate Short Courses 2017: Ecology and Evolution of Arachnids (2 weeks, 3 – 17 January 2017) Deadline: October 10, 2017 Website link: bit.ly/arachid Tropical Ferns and Lycophytes (2 weeks, 6 – 22 January 2017) Deadline: October 10, 2017 Website link: bit.ly/2c5dzyk Biology of Neotropical Social Insects (2 weeks, 12 – 24 March 2017) Deadline: November 15, 2017 Website link: http://bit.ly/soc_ins Tropícal Butterfly Ecology (2 weeks, 28 May – 10 June 2017) Deadline: March 1, 2017 Website link: bit.ly/Tbe2016 Ecology and Evolution of Coleoptera (Beetles) (3 weeks, 5 – 24 June 2017) Deadline: March 1, 2017 Website link: bit.ly/eec2017. Posted: 9/21/16.