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University of Florida Effects of residential development and landscaping practices on wetlands (MS)  7/17/17 7/17/17

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Southern Oregon University Environmental Education (MS) 1/16/18 6/28/17
Boston University Land use change & biogeochemistry (PhD) 12/19/17 8/15/17
Ohio State University Mosquito Seasonal Physiology 12/1/17 8/8/17
Auburn University Aquatic Ecology/Limnology (2 positions) 11/1/17 8/7/17
University of Louisiana at Lafayette Coastal Plant Ecology 9/1/17 8/7/17
University of Louisiana Environmental and Evolutionary Biology, coastal avian ecology (PhD) 8/30/17 6/28/17
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 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 8/11/17
University of Pittsburgh Evolutionary Ecology (PhD)  8/8/17 8/8/17
Colorado State University Post-fire regeneration of herbaceous plants (PhD)  8/8/17 8/8/17
Binghamton University Invasion ecology & species interactions (PhD)  8/8/17 8/8/17
Michigan State University Socioeconomic-environmental interactions (PhD)  8/8/17 8/8/17
University of Alaska Fairbanks and Southeast Boreal fire ecology, permafrost, and carbon dynamics (PhD)  8/8/17 8/8/17
University of Alaska Fairbanks and Southeast Forest Carbon and Natural Disasters (MS)  8/8/17 8/8/17
Wright State University Plant–insect interactions (PhD)  8/7/17 8/7/17
Temple University Biodiversity and ecosystem services (PhD)  8/7/17 8/7/17
Utah State University Plant populations, ecosystem functions, and global change (PhD)  8/4/17 8/4/17
Utah State University Macroevolutionary patterns of plant traits in Panama using metabolomics (PhD)  8/4/17 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 7/28/17
Michigan State University Plant-Insect Ecology  7/28/17 7/28/17
Texas A&M University Wildlife Science  7/25/17 7/25/17
Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada) Effects of permafrost degradation on vegetation and water cycling in the Northwest Territories (PhD)  7/25/17 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 7/17/17
University of Florida Effects of residential development and landscaping practices on wetlands (MS)  7/17/17 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 6/28/17
University of Memphis Fungal and Microbial Ecology (PhD)  6/9/17 6/9/17
North Dakota State University Restoration of Highly Degraded Landscapes  6/7/17 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 ( 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 Application requirements can be found at Preferred start date is January (spring semester) or May (summer semester) 2018. Posted: 8/15/17.

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 ( 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.

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 ( 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.

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 ( if you are interested in this opportunity. Posted: 8/8/17.

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.

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: 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,, 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). 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 ( 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 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 ( 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.

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 (, Institutt for matematiske fag, NTNU, 7491 Trondheim, Norway. Posted: 7/28/17.

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 ( 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.

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 ( by August 4 with any questions. Posted: 7/27/17.

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 Posted: 6/28/17.

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 ( 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 ( (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.

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 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 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 ( 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 ( 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 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 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 (, phone +45 35320097) for further enquiries and obtain more information and apply via Deadline 15 August 2017. Posted: 7/25/17.

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 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 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 ( 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 ( 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 ( 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 the Department of Biology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. 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 will also be considered for a University Doctoral Fellowship in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology. For further information, please contact Dr. Mark W. Hester, Director of Research, Institute for Coastal and Water Research, Department of Biology, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA 70504 Please attach resume/CV, as well as GPA and GRE percentile score information with all inquiries by September 1. All application materials need to arrive no later than September 8, 2017 to receive full consideration for spring 2018 admission and funding opportunities. Posted: 8/7/17.

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 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 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 See the link above for more details about the lab and applying. Posted: 8/8/17.

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 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 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.

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, 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: 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 ( for more information about projects in the lab and the program prior to submitting an application. Posted: 8/7/17.

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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: Tropical Biology: An Ecological Approach (6 weeks, 22 May – 2 July 2017) Deadline: February 3, 2017 Website link: 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: Tropical Ferns and Lycophytes (2 weeks, 6 – 22 January 2017) Deadline: October 10, 2017 Website link: Biology of Neotropical Social Insects (2 weeks, 12 – 24 March 2017) Deadline: November 15, 2017 Website link: Tropícal Butterfly Ecology (2 weeks, 28 May – 10 June 2017) Deadline: March 1, 2017 Website link: Ecology and Evolution of Coleoptera (Beetles) (3 weeks, 5 – 24 June 2017) Deadline: March 1, 2017 Website link: Posted: 9/21/16.

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