Graduate School Opportunities

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MS position in Aquatic Microbial Ecology at UTSA

Dr. Allison Veach at the University of Texas at San Antonio is recruiting a funded M.S. position in aquatic microbial ecology. The lab focuses on understanding drivers of microbial structure and function in natural environments in response to anthropogenic change. We collect observational and experimental field and laboratory data in conjunction with performing bioinformatic analyses to answer our research questions. This M.S. position will specifically be focused on microbial responses to flow return in intermittent, urban river ecosystems. Additional information regarding the lab can be found at http://www.veachlab.com.

Preferred qualifications include a B.S. degree in ecology, biology, or environmental science. Completion of relevant coursework in ecology, limnology or stream ecology, and statistics is desired. Strong communication and written skills are required.

Funding will be provided through a research assistantship ($14,000 per year for a 2-year period) with tuition reimbursement provided (~$16,000 per year) and health insurance.

To apply, please send a 1-page cover letter, CV or Resume, unofficial transcripts, and contact details for at least two professional references to Dr. Allison Veach (Allison.veach@utsa.edu). Please use the subject line header "M.S. Position in Aquatic Microbial Ecology" when emailing Dr. Veach your application materials. Review of applications will begin immediately and until the position is filled. The start date will be August, 2022.

Posted 6/30/22

GRA position at UWYO in Wyoming Water

Agency: University of Wyoming
Start Date: August 18, 2021 (or possibly January 15, 2022)
Apply By: July 22, 2022 (rolling deadline)
Job Category: Graduate Research Assistantship
Salary: $16,500/year + tuition + health insurance
Location: Laramie and statewide travel in Wyoming

Description: Dr. Corrine Noel Knapp is recruiting a MS student to join her climate adaptation group at the University of Wyoming. This student will work on an NSF EPSCoR-funded project called WY-ACT (Wyoming Anticipating Climate Transitions) project. This project seeks to help Wyoming stakeholders and communities anticipate and prepare for changing water availability. The 5-year grant will support creation of integrative models showing the cascading effects of changed water availability through socio-environmental systems with implications for hydrology, ecology, economics, and dependent human communities.

This 2-year master's project will help to conduct the stakeholder assessment for the larger project, which will require assessment of internal networks, grey literature review, and interviews with stakeholders across the state to understand water stakeholders in our three-basin region in northwest Wyoming, baseline interests in water, and informational needs. The information generated by this project will help structure ongoing engagement of the project with stakeholders and communities across the state. This is an opportunity to work with a large, interdisciplinary team on a relevant and current topic. There will be opportunities for networking across the state and across the project team with graduate students and postdocs from other disciplinary backgrounds.

Ideal candidates for this position will possess outstanding written and oral communication skills, have experience collaborating and/or working as part of a team, and have experience conducting social science field research, including semi-structured interviews. Candidates should have an interest in climate change adaptation and working with diverse stakeholder groups. Candidates should show creative and flexible thinking, be self-motivated and able to work independently with guidance and support from project collaborators.

The candidate selected will pursue their degree in Environment, Natural Resources & Society within the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources. The position is the equivalent of 20 hours/week and will cover 9 credits of tuition during the fall/spring (no summer tuition) and student health insurance.

Qualifications: Preference will be given to applicants with interest OR experience in interdisciplinary and collaborative problem solving; social science research; water issues; climate change adaptation and/or working in rural communities. Applicants will be considered who have a BA or BS in any field, with preference given to social science or interdisciplinary fields.

To apply: Please send the following materials as one PDF document to Dr. Corrine Knapp at cknapp4@uwyo.edu with the subject "Your Name_Water MS Position". This packet should include:
(1) Cover letter/narrative that explains your desire to pursue graduate education, your research interests, career goals, and highlights relevant experience;
(2) Resume or CV including degree(s) earned, GPA, and contact information for at least three references;
(3) Unofficial copy of transcripts; and
(4) An example manuscript or report you have written (if available).

Closing date and time: July 22, 2022 at 5 p.m. MST. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis after this deadline until a candidate is offered the position.

Posted 6/30/22

MS Environmental Biology program at Regis University in Denver, CO

We are still accepting applications for fall 2022 admission to the MS Environmental Biology program at Regis University in Denver, CO. The M.S. in Environmental Biology is a graduate program designed to emphasize the skills necessary for success in the environmental and ecological workforce.

TOP FEATURES:
- EARN A MASTER's DEGREE in an intensive, one-year program or up to three years as it fits with each student's needs.

-courses focused on RELEVANT SKILLS demanded by environmental employers: statistical computing (R), GIS, NEPA, grant writing, wetland delineation, & advanced ecology.

-Year-long, on-the-ground FIELD EXPERIENCE to apply coursework to management of Colorado ecosystems.

- HANDS-ON internship at local organizations to gain applicable skills and work experience OR research experience with faculty members.

- SMALL CLASS SIZES and cohort experience that allow students to build close relationships with other students and faculty members who are focused on individual student goals and career development.

Go to: REGIS.EDU/ENVIRONMENT for more information on admission and application details. Our program does not require the GRE for admission.

The application cycle will remain open through July 15th, 2022.

Posted 6/30/22

PhD research assistantship in tree ecophysiology at Louisiana State University

A PhD research assistantship in Renewable Natural Resources is available starting Spring Semester 2023. The student will work with Dr. Brett Wolfe at the School of Renewable Natural Resources at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The student's dissertation project will focus on drought responses in bottomland hardwood forest trees. These floodplain forests provide globally important ecosystem services, yet they are impacted by local hydrologic modifications and extreme whether associated with climate change. The situation puts trees in novel conditions that challenge our ability to predict species-level performance and to manage for desired site characteristics. The student will develop a project that addresses these challenges by providing insights into the physiological processes that determine tree species performance during droughts. The assistantship includes a competitive annual stipend and tuition waiver.

The School of Renewable Natural Resources has a teaching, research, and extension faculty of 30, which includes adjunct professors of the US Geological Survey's Louisiana Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Louisiana State University is a comprehensive Research I institution enrolling more than 30,000 students. The campus is in south Louisiana, 60 minutes from New Orleans, close to Louisiana's Cajun country, and in the heart of the state's abundant forestry, wildlife, and fisheries resources.

Qualifications: Applicants should be self-motivated, eager to work in the field, and have research experience. An undergraduate degree and GRE test report are required. An MS degree and experience in R is preferred. For international students with English as a second language, minimum scores are TOEFL, 550 (paper-based exam), 213 (computer-based exam), 79 (internet-based exam); IELTS, 6.5; or Pearson (PTE), 59.

Inquiries and applications should be sent to Brett Wolfe (bwolfe@agcenter.lsu.edu). Email a letter of interest, CV including two references, and unofficial transcripts.

Posted 6/29/22

Evolution and Ecology Graduate School Preview Program

UC Davis graduate students are pleased to announce our third annual Evolution and Ecology Graduate School Preview Program, a virtual three week program in August that teaches the ropes of applying and thriving in graduate school! Participants get access to weekly information and Q&A sessions led by current graduate students, community building and networking opportunities with other participants and UC Davis faculty, and a mentor that can provide a more personalized experience and will stay connected after the program ends.

This event is open to anyone considering going to graduate school in evolution and ecology. We especially encourage individuals from traditionally excluded groups in STEM to apply.

Our team has created the application (link here: https://eegradpreview.weebly.com/apply.html), which will be open until Sunday, July 17th at 11:59pm PST! For more information, please visit our website.

If you have any questions about the program, please email me (Tracie Hayes, thayes@ucdavis.edu) or Maddie Armstrong, this year’s Preview Program Chair, at mlarmstrong@ucdavis.edu.


Tracie Hayes
Communications Coordinator, E&E Graduate School Preview Program
she/her/hers
PhD Candidate, Yang Lab
Population Biology Graduate Group
University of California, Davis
traciehayes.com

Posted 6/29/22

Two PhD Research Assistantships

Clemson Silviculture/Ecology Lab is seeking two graduate Ph.D. students studying invasive plant ecology and management in southern forests. We expect the two students will work together as a team to gain a broad understanding of the topic, but each will have a different emphasis.

One student will focus on studying how invasive plants affect forest health and resilience under future climate change and climate-driven disturbances at the regional scale (southern US) using available data (FIA plots, all sources of remote sensing data, past records of disturbances, etc.) and advanced AI technologies. The student will collaborate with Dr. Christopher Oswalt of US Forest Service and Dr. Feng Luo of Clemson AI Institute at the School of Computing.

Another student will conduct a field-based study, which will focus on developing an innovative approach that controls invasive Chinse tallow (a well know invasive tree in southern forests). This approach has been suggested by our previous studies, which will use knowledge from long-term comparative growth dynamics of native trees and Chinese tallow and draw the vast successful experiences of vegetation competition management from plantation forestry. The study will be conducted at two DoD properties in SC (Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, and Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort). The student will collaborate with Dr. Lauren S. Piles Knapp of US Forest Service and work closely with local natural resources managers.

We are seeking outstanding candidates with BS and/or MS in Forestry, Natural Resources, Plant Biology, Plant/Forest Ecology, and Environmental Sciences. A past record of research experience and scientific publication is desirable. The student will be offered a full stipend of $25,000/year plus a tuition waiver. The stipend is mostly from research grants in the form of GRA but may include a minor (< 25%) GTA assignment to give students some experience in teaching. The assistantship is for three years, which is renewable annually based on satisfactory performance and funding availability. Competitive university and/or college scholarships are available for outstanding candidates, and students working in our lab have had a great track record of obtaining these scholarships. Any scholarships awarded to the students will be in addition to the offered stipend.

The assistantship will start in August 2022 or January 2023. If you are interested, contact Dr. Geoff Wang, Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation, 226 Lehotsky Hall, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634-0317 (Phone: 864-656-4864; Email: gwang@clemson.edu). In your initial contact, please send your statement of your research interest and CV (including degree earned, GPA, and test scores (e.g., GRE, TOFEL) if available). For information about Clemson University and the Silviculture/Ecology Lab, visit www.clemson.edu and https://www.clemson.edu/cafls/faculty_staff/profiles/gwang

Clemson University does not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation or veteran's status.

Posted 6/29/22

MS or PhD position in rangeland carbon processes

MS or PhD Position Available
Carbon Consequences of Precision Grazing Management
South Dakota State University

An MS or PhD student position is available to participate in a USDA-funded effort to evaluate the carbon stock and flux consequences of new precision grazing technologies for rangeland livestock in the Northern Great Plains. The project will compare traditional grazing management with virtual fencing and take a systems approach in examining the complete livestock production process. The student will be responsible for vegetation, soil carbon, and carbon flux measurements in a spatially explicit manner and will contribute to models of carbon exchange impact to the larger project. A PhD student will also develop related projects as additional components of their dissertation. Field work will take place at the Cottonwood Research Station in western South Dakota during the summer with the expectation that the student will live and work at the station during the field season. The work is a collaboration between faculty in Natural Resource Management and Animal Science departments. The position is available beginning January 2023 although an earlier start would be considered. The successful candidate will receive a tuition waiver, a 12-month stipend, and field housing in the summer.

Required Qualifications: (1) A BS/BA degree in Biology, Ecology, Rangeland Ecology, Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, or related field by December 2022; (2) strong academic record including undergraduate research experience (for MS candidates) or research leading to publication (for PhD candidates); (3) strong data manipulation, statistical and GIS skills using R and/or Python and ArcMAP; (5) excellent written and oral communication skills.

The Department of Natural Resource Management (Range, Wildlife, Fisheries, and Ecology) and the Department of Animal Science at South Dakota State University are within the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences. The graduate programs strongly emphasize conservation and appropriate use of natural resources, as well as improving livestock production. SDState is the Land Grant University for the state and has approximately 13,000 students. SDState is in Brookings, SD ca. one hour north of Sioux Falls and four hours east of the Twin Cities, and offers a friendly, small, college-town atmosphere.

To apply, send a single PDF with (1) CV; (2) a letter describing how you meet the required qualifications, your research interests, and your career goals; (3) unofficial transcripts; and (4) contact information for three professional references to Josh Leffler (joshua.leffler@sdstate.edu). Formal application to the university only needs to be made after selection of the successful candidate. Position is open until filled but please apply by 15 August 2022 for full consideration.

Posted 6/28/22

Opening for MS student acoustic ecology

All lab members must: 1) Be decent human beings (we don't work with jerks), 2) Have an interest in ecological systems and using quantitative tools (e.g., mathematical models, statistics, R) and 3) Want to change the world

Members of the lab are strongly committed to anti-racist practices, real diversity and inclusion efforts, and moving science beyond the ivory tower. One of my main commitments as a faculty member is promoting and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM. Please consider applying for a position in my lab if you are a first-generation college student, a student from a low-income background, a member of a racial or ethnic minority group, if you identify as a woman or as LGBTQ+, and/or if you have a disability.

We currently have an opening for a masters student to work on a project using acoustics to estimate dense populations of single species. This student will be co-advised between me (Easton White) and Laura Kloepper, both Biological Sciences faculty at the University of New Hampshire. This project will use stats and population modeling, so we seek students with a strong quantitative and coding background. Interested students should email Easton White (easton.white@unh.edu  ) with your CV and a brief description of how our research relates to your interests and/or career goals.

You can read more about the labs and how to apply here: https://quantmarineecolab.github.io/join/

And here: https://laurakloepper2.wixsite.com/ecological-acoustics/join-1

Posted 6/25/22

Fully funded graduate assistantship at UMaine

M.S. Graduate Assistantship in Wildlife Ecology or Ecology and Environmental Sciences

University of Maine, Orono in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Conservation Biology

The research group of Dr. Sydne Record (https://sydnerecord.blogs.brynmawr.edu/ - relocating to UMaine in Fall 2022) seeks applicants for a M.S. position in Wildlife Ecology or Ecology and Environmental Sciences at the University of Maine in Orono in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology. Our research group focuses on population and community ecology from a biogeographical perspective. We apply computational methods to data from various environmental observatory networks to explore ecological dynamics across space and time. Potential research projects will expand current research in our group such as remote sensing of vegetation structure to inform wildlife habitat use, collating land use information for the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) sites to understand the coupled-human natural systems in which they are situated, and determining abiotic and biotic drivers of biodiversity. The preferred start date for this position is Fall 2022, but Spring 2023 enrollment will be considered. This position is a fully funded 12-months for up to three years and includes tuition and health insurance. There may also be an opportunity to extend the position to a PhD.

Qualifications: B.S. in biology, ecology, statistics, or other relevant discipline, quantitative skills (e.g., R, Python, geographic information systems) or willingness to acquire such skills, interest in population and community ecology, and excellent work ethics. Successful applicants will be expected to work both independently and collaboratively, mentor undergraduates in the group, develop independent research questions related to overall project goals, embrace environmental data science, conduct field work, publish research results, and see projects from start to finish. Good oral and written communication skills and flexibility given the unexpected nature of research are highly valued. We are committed to anti-racism and value diverse identities, experiences, and skills.

Location: The University of Maine Orono campus is a community of ~12,000 undergraduate and graduate students. UMaine is in beautiful central Maine with an excellent quality of life (little traffic, reasonable cost of living, safe neighborhoods). Outdoor recreational activities abound with Mount Katahdin (Baxter State Park) and Acadia National Park within one hour drive and 15 miles of running, biking, and cross-country skiing trails on campus.

Closing date: when filled; preferred start date of Aug. 29, 2022, with potential to start in Spring '23.

Contact: Please apply at https://tinyurl.com/MSRecordUMaine

We especially encourage applicants from historically excluded groups to apply.

Posted 6/25/22


Funded MS position in Dryland Plant Ecology - Marshall University, WV

The Palmquist Lab at Marshall University is recruiting for a funded MS position in quantitative dryland plant ecology. Our research focuses on quantifying vegetation dynamics over space and time and identifying how the relative importance of ecological processes structuring plant communities changes with spatial and temporal scale. In addition, a key goal of our research is to understand how pattern and process in plant communities will be altered in the face of global environmental change. An important motivation for our work is to address ecological questions at large spatial scales to inform landscape conservation. We collect field data, use existing large observational data sets, and implement simulation modeling to address these goals in temperate shrublands, woodlands, and forests. Additional information about the lab can be found at http://www.kylepalmquist.org/.

RESEARCH FOCUS: The successful candidate will broadly explore the interacting effects of climate change and livestock grazing intensity on big sagebrush plant communities throughout their spatial extent in the western US. These water-limited ecosystems are undergoing rapid environmental change and represent some of the most threatened systems in North America. This project will utilize an individual-based plant simulation model, coupled to a process-based soil water model, to understand the impacts of climate change and livestock grazing management on plant community composition. In particular, we are interested in assessing how livestock grazing can be used as a tool to prevent the spread of cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) and decrease wildfire risk. This is a collaborative project between ecologists at Marshall University, the US Geological Survey, Yale University, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: A background, including relevant course work, in ecology and statistics, knowledge of or an interest in studying ecosystems of the western US, strong communication and written skills, and quantitative skills or an interest in learning them. Experience in ecological modeling and computer programming is highly desirable, but not required.

EXPECTATIONS: The successful candidate will be expected to conduct high-quality research, serve as a teaching assistant within the Department of Biological Sciences, present their research to the scientific community at regional and national meetings, and publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

TIMELINE: The position is available starting August 2022. Ideally, the student would join the lab no later than January 2023.

FUNDING: Funding will consist of a combination of research and teaching assistantships for two years. A 12-month competitive stipend ($19,000), and full tuition waiver will be provided.

HOW TO APPLY: Interested students should apply by submitting the following to Dr. Kyle Palmquist (palmquist@marshall.edu): 1) short statement of research interests and career goals (no longer than 1 page), 2) CV, 3) unofficial transcripts, 4) GRE scores (if available), and 5) contact information for three professional references. Please include: “quantitative dryland plant ecology” and your name in the email subject.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a candidate is selected. I will contact you to discuss your research interests and goals for graduate school to determine if you would be a good fit for the lab. If selected, a full application must be submitted to the Department of Biological Sciences at Marshall University, Huntington, WV. Faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences have expertise in a variety of biological fields, including but not limited to ecology, evolution, herpetology, and physiology. More information about the Department and its programs can be found here: https://www.marshall.edu/biology/. Application requirements for admission to the DBS graduate program can be found here: https://www.marshall.edu/biology/admission/.

Marshall University is located in Huntington, an affordable college town located on the Ohio River in the beautiful state of West Virginia. The town is small enough to get around on foot and bike, but large enough to support a variety of restaurants and other cultural activities. Huntington and the surrounding area offer ample recreational opportunities (hiking, skiing, rafting), along with proximity to larger cities, including Louisville, KY, Cincinnati, OH, and Columbus, OH. In the Palmquist Lab, we highly value and encourage work-life balance.

I strongly encourage students from diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply. Feel free to contact me with questions at any time: palmquist <at> marshall.edu

Posted 6/22/22

Two M.S. Assistantships in Plant-Soil Feedback and Forest Ecology

Tennessee State University’s Department of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences is pleased to announce graduate research assistantships to support two M.S. students in conducting research in Forest Ecology. The students will be advised by Dr. Sarah McCarthy-Neumann (sneumann@tnstate.edu) whose research lab investigates the role of plant-soil feedback (PSF) on forest community dynamics. Potential research projects include: soil biota influenced light-gradient partitioning, PSF and oak/hickory regeneration failure, and PSF and disturbance interactions. The assistantship can start as early as Fall 2022 or begin with Spring 2023 enrollment. These positions are fully funded 12-month GRA positions for 2 years that includes a competitive monthly stipend.

We seek applicants with a high level of enthusiasm for field and greenhouse research that contributes to understanding plant-soil feedback as an important mechanism underlying forest community dynamics. The students will have access to substantial existing data from past and ongoing studies, and network of unique study sites. Successful applicants will be expected to work independently as well as collaboratively as a member of the research group, develop independent research questions related to the overall project goals, conduct field work sometimes in remote locations, perform detailed laboratory analyses with a high level of precision, and publish research results.

Qualifications:
A bachelor’s degree in plant/forest ecology, forestry, environmental science, botany or related field. Previously attained and maintained exceptional academic standing
Strong communication skills (verbal and written)
Experience in report-writing or drafting research articles
A self-motivated, well-organized, adaptive to collaborative work

Preference will be given to applicants with:
Experience with running experiments and advanced statistical analysis
Peer-reviewed publications

How to Apply:
If interested, please submit the following documents in a single PDG file to Dr. Sarah McCarthy-Neumann (Assistant Professor of Forest Ecology) at sneumann@tnstate.edu
A letter of interest (maximum 2 pages);
Curriculum vitae;
Unofficial copes of transcripts (undergraduate or higher);
Unofficial GRE scores (and TOEFL scores for international students);
List of three references (name, title, affiliation, email address, and phone number);
Publication samples (optional).

Review of the applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled. To be accepted into the graduate program, potential students must also apply through the TSU Graduate School at http://go.tnstate.edu/inquiryform. When applying, please indicate an interest in the Forest Ecology Graduate Assistantship in the required Statement of Interests. Applications must be completed by July 15, 2022 for Fall 2022 or November 1, 2022 for Spring 2023 enrollment.

Please visit https://www.tnstate.edu/agriculturalprograms/degrees/environmental_sciences_ms_degree.aspx for specific information regarding the Environmental Sciences graduate program.

Tennessee State University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. The Department of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences is committed to promoting diversity in research. Members of underrepresented groups in STEM fields are highly encouraged to apply. We thank all applicants, but only those selected will be contacted

Sarah Neumann, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
College of Agriculture
Tennessee State University
Office location: 202 P Farrell-Westbrook
Office phone: 615-963-7977

Posted 6/22/22

Ph.D. Positions in Gray Treefrog Neuroendocrinology

We seek to recruit two highly motivated Ph.D. students with strong interests in neuroendocrinology to work with Christopher Leary, Lainy Day, and Susan Balenger in the Department of Biology (biology.olemiss.edu) at the University of Mississippi (https://www.olemiss.edu/). The successful candidates will be directly involved in NSF funded research aimed at understanding how changes in gene dosage associated with polyploidization in the gray treefrog species complex impact neuroendocrine regulation. Students will learn mechanisms of endocrine control, hormone manipulation procedures, radioimmunoassay, immunocytochemistry, and brain anatomy and sectioning. Research results will be integrated with steroid receptor mRNA expression levels from brain regions regulating gonadal and glucocorticoid production and steroid binding protein data. The candidates will be directly involved in extensive field data collection from populations of frogs across the eastern United States and broader impacts initiatives aimed at training high school and undergraduate students. Previous training in neuroendocrinology, radioimmunoassay procedures, immunocytochemistry, brain sectioning, or experience working with amphibians is highly desirable but not required. The candidate will be expected to present their findings at scientific conferences and prepare manuscripts for publication in high-quality peer-reviewed journals.

Required Qualifications: A strong interest in pursuing dissertation research involving amphibians, endocrinology, and neurobiology. Ability to work long hours in the field at night at various locations throughout the eastern U.S. This position is for a term of up to four years as a research assistant during the Spring and Summer and will be supplemented with departmental teaching assistantships during the Fall semester.

Please send inquiries to Christopher Leary (cjleary@olemiss.edu). Proposed Start Date: Fall semester 2022 or Spring 2023.

Posted 6/18/22

M.S. Assistantship in Plant-Pollinator Interactions in Texas Grasslands

Description: The Mitchell Lab in the Department of Wildlife and Natural Resources at Tarleton State University is seeking two highly motivated students to receive a M.S. in Agriculture and Natural Resource to explore pollinator-plant relationships in Texas grasslands for Fall 2022. This project is part of a collaborative research partnership between Tarleton, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, and Texas A&M University-Kingsville supported through USDA-NIFA-NLGCA funding. The goal of this project is to explore the use of grass pollen as supplemental feed in pollinator seed mixes. Although grasses are primarily wind-pollinated, native insects have been observed collecting grass pollen in field studies and may serve as an alternative forage during drought events or when other flowering plants are limited in season. The first student will quantify insect pollinator networks associated with native and non-native grasses through camera trapping and field collecting across Texas. The second student will assess the productivity and nutritive value of grass pollen through the field surveys and molecular analysis, as well assisting in the development of a pollen library at Tarleton.

Qualifications: B.S. in ecology, entomology, natural resources, plant science, range management, or other related fields with GPA of at least 3.0 required. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in plant and insect identification and sampling, experience with statistical software (R statistical programming or equivalent), and scientific writing. Students must be self-motivated, able to work independently in adverse field conditions (esp. hot weather and stinging insects) and in remote areas, and must have a valid driver’s license.

Salary and Benefits: Students will receive a monthly salary of $1600 for 30 month (2.5 year) commitment, including health benefits as an employee of Tarleton State University and the Texas A&M University System. Out-of-state tuition costs are waived; students are responsible for costs of in-state tuition and fees. Students will receive assistance through the hire of field technicians, compensation for travel and lab costs, and funding to present research at a professional conference of their choice.

Application: To apply, please email the following materials as a single PDF file to Adam Mitchell (abmitchell@tarleton.edu) - 1) a single-page cover letter describing interest and professional goals, 2) a resume or CV, 3) copy of academic transcript (official or unofficial), and 4) contact information for three references. Please include the subject line “YOURNAME_PollinatorMS”. Applicants who interview will be requested to provide an example of their writing skills, such as a term paper or a scientific publication/technical bulletin in which they are co-author, if applicable. For questions, contact Dr. Mitchell by email or call (254)-459-5334. The deadline to apply is July 15th with a quick turn-around for interview.

Adam Mitchell, Ph.D (He/Him/His)
Certified Wildlife Biologist ®
Assistant Professor of Entomology
Department of Wildlife and Natural Resources
Tarleton State University
Office: Autry 203B
Phone: (254)-459-5334

Posted 6/16/22

M.S. Research Assistant Position in Forest Hydrology at Oklahoma State University

Over recent decades, Oklahoma has experienced a series of water resource issues arising from climate change, woody plant encroachment, and urbanization associated with a growing human population. While Oklahoma has been in a relatively wet period, droughts imposed major threats to water availability in many watersheds. The terrestrial ecosystems are playing a critical role in affecting regional water availability and water quality.

The Ecosystem Modeling Lab in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology at Oklahoma State University is seeking applicants for a funded M.S. research assistant. Supported by NSF and USDA Forest Service programs, the successful candidate will work on scientific topics related to ecosystem hydrological processes and river water quantity/quality issues. Major duties will include: (1) Measuring Forest evapotranspiration and water consumption at a forest site in Stillwater, OK; (2) Using ecohydrological modeling to simulate surface water and groundwater availability; and (3) Preparing research results for presentations and publication.

Candidates that are creative, independent, and passionate about ecology and hydrological processes are encouraged to apply. M.S. Assistantships include a graduate stipend of $19,000 annually, resident and non-resident tuition waiver, and health insurance at $20 per month (for student only; family coverage is available for an additional fee). The start date will be August 15, 2022.

Required qualifications:
·     Bachelor’s degree in hydrology, forestry, water resources and environmental sciences, natural resource management or related field.
·     Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater (as required by the Department and Graduate College)
·     Demonstrated excellence in English (written and oral) communication skills
·     Positive Attitude
·     Reliability
·     Ability to follow instructions

Preferred qualifications:
·     Enthusiasm for problem-solving and data analysis.
·     Interest or experience in computer programming (such as C, Python, and R).

Information about the Department of Natural Resource Ecology & Management at Oklahoma State University can be found at https://agriculture.okstate.edu/departments-programs/natural-resource/index.html. Interested candidates should contact Dr. Jia Yang (jia.yang11@okstate.edu) or Dr. Chris Zou (chris.zou@okstate.edu) by emailing a letter of interest, updated CV, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Institutional Information:

Oklahoma State University is classified as an R1: Doctoral Universities, i.e., “very high research activity”, in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The university is a land grant institution with an enrollment of about 25,000 students located midway between Tulsa and Oklahoma City. The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management is part of the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and conducts interdisciplinary research, instruction, and extension education to address the sustainable management and conservation of the wildlife, forest, rangeland, and fishery resources of Oklahoma and beyond. The Department is a source of cutting-edge research, quality instruction, and effective outreach to students, landowners, managers, and public agencies.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to a criminal background check. Oklahoma State University, as an equal opportunity employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action.  Oklahoma State University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate based on race, religion, age, sex, color, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or veteran status with regard to employment, educational programs and activities, and/or admissions.

On September 9, 2021, U.S. President Biden issued an executive order requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for federal employees, contractors, and others.  It was determined that this executive order applied to Oklahoma State University and its employees.  On December 7, 2021, a federal judge temporarily blocked the implementation of the federal contractor vaccination mandate and its associated guidance.  Following the injunction, Oklahoma State University has, consistent with applicable law, paused the vaccination mandate.  Please be aware this injunction may be lifted later and will require all employees to be fully vaccinated or receive an approved accommodation as a condition of employment.

Contact Information:

Dr. Jia Yang
Assistant Professor
Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management
Oklahoma State University
E-mail: jia.yang11@okstate.edu

Dr. Chris Zou
Professor
Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management
Oklahoma State University
E-mail: chris.zou@okstate.edu

Posted 6/16/22

M.S. Assistantship in fire ecology and forest modelling

We are seeking a highly motivated graduate student (MS) with an interest in fire ecology, image processing, and forest modelling and analysis to participate in a collaborative project between Texas A&M University-Kingsville and USDA Forest Service, addressing wildfire impacts on forest resilience and sustainable management under climate change. Funding will be available through research stipend and teaching scholarships at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

Our lab has broad interests and expertise in forest landscape modeling and geo-spatial analysis. The student will be expected to make use of forest landscape models, Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) data, aerial photographs and satellite images and related geo-spatial climate and soil data.

Qualification: B.S. in Remote sensing (RS)/Geographic Information Science (GIS), Geospatial Data Science, forestry, ecology, geography biology and environmental science or a closely related fields. Excellent English writing and communication skills are essential. Self-motivated and highly organized. Ability to multitask and work cooperatively with others.

Preferred Skills:
Experience in aerial photographs and satellite images, with RS image processing & analysis software (e.g., ENVI, ERDAS IMAGINE)
Proficiency in statistical software (R statistical programming) and developing geo-data applications
Experience with Google Earth Engine

Deadline for application: July 15, 2022. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

Start Date: The successful candidate is expected to start in August 2022 or January of 2023.

For more information contact Dr. Weimin Xi (https://drxilab.netlify.com/index.html) by email (weimin.xi@tamuk.edu) with a single document containing a letter of interest describing previous educational and research experience, CV, copy of academic transcript (official or unofficial), and contact information for three references.

Posted 6/16/22

PhD position on American marten recovery and connectivity in the Great Lakes Region (UW-Madison)

In the Great Lakes region, martens have been serially introduced 23 times across 15 sites. Individual sites are vulnerable to extinction but regional connectivity and viability is unknown. Our research group has studied the ecology and recovery of American martens regionally for over a decade, and are now recruiting a new PhD student to join our team to leverage a large genetic and movement dataset to assess the connectivity and viability of this regional recovery network. This project will provide new information on the abundance, vital rates, connectivity, and the first viability analysis for this recovery network across the Great Lakes region to inform state, tribal and federal land management decisions to enhance the connectivity and viability of these populations.

The student will be advised by Dr. Jonathan Pauli (https://pauli.russell.wisc.edu/) with a start date of 1 September 2022. The research assistantship includes an annual stipend, tuition remission and health care benefits.

UW-Madison has a long history of excellence in ecology, conservation biology and wildlife management. The university ranks consistently among the top research universities in the United States. Total student enrollment is 43,000 of which approximately 12,000 are graduate and professional students, and there are over 2,000 faculty. UW-Madison is an exciting place to learn and conduct research. The city of Madison ranks as one of the most attractive places in the U.S. to live and work. For information about campus and city, please see http://www.wisc.edu/about/.

Applicants with a MS degree in ecology, wildlife biology or zoology, or other related disciplines are preferred, but we will consider exceptional applicants with a BS degree if they have relevant experience. A solid knowledge of mammalian ecology and statistics is necessary. The preferred candidate will also have previous experience with genetic datasets as well as collaborating with natural resource agencies. Excellent English writing and verbal communication skills are essential.

Review of applicants will begin immediately, but the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply. The position is open to both US citizen and international candidates.

To apply, please fill out a short survey and upload 1) a cover letter summarizing research interests and experience, 2) curriculum vitae, and 3) unofficial transcripts or summary of relevant coursework (both undergraduate and graduate) at the following site: https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b9mgnYlAyxFjq5M. If you experience problems while filling out the application, please email Renee Klann (rklann@wisc.edu). After reviewing all applicants, we will ask for reference letters from top candidates.

Posted 6/14/22


Master's Data Science Certificate Program - Western Washington University (WWU)

WWU College of the Environment is offering a 100% On-Line Master’s Certificate program (https://gradschool.wwu.edu/data-science-certificate). The Data Science for Environmental Applications Certificate is a nine-month online program geared towards those pursuing a career in data analysis and modeling. Environmental professionals need to be able to make sense of large and complex data. Learning to handle, visualize, analyze, and make predictions with big data is a prerequisite for careful decision-making in agencies, non-governmental organizations, and consulting. 

Course Prerequisites:    A bachelor’s degree with completion of a 300-level statistics course.
Applications for this program are done through the WWU Graduate School (https://gradschool.wwu.edu). Application Deadline is 1 Aug 2022, for starting in Sept 2022. 

Ed Weber
Graduate Programs & Internship Specialist
College of the Environment, MS9079
Western Washington University, ES 545
OFFICE:   (360) 650-3646
FAX:   (360) 650-2842
https://cenv.wwu.edu/graduate-programs
https://calendly.com/cenv-grad-program-advisor

Posted 4/22/22


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