Graduate School Opportunities

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PhD Graduate position on the socio-ecological dimensions of fisheries in the Great Lakes

           A qualified and motivated candidate is sought to complete PhD studies in a project focused on the social and ecological aspects of provisioning fisheries in the Great Lakes. Provisioning fisheries are defined and distinguished from other fisheries as fulfilling personal social needs and dietary needs of poor and vulnerable people, many of whom are new migrants to North America. The project includes researchers from Virginia Tech and Cornell universities on the US side and Carleton and Dalhousie universities on the Canadian side. Using methods from the ecological, economic, sociological, and ethnographic sciences, data collection will largely be based on intercept sampling (e.g., creel surveys) and in-depth semi-structured interviews.

           Interested candidates should contact Leandro Castello (email: leandro@vt.edu). To apply, email [in one PDF document] a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, transcripts, and contact information for three references. The letter of interest must address: (i) your research interests, (ii) why you are interested in this particular position, and (iii) why you feel qualified to successfully complete a PhD in this project. Candidates with a record of involvement in research including publication of scientific articles and working knowledge of Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Vietnamese languages are encouraged to apply. Positions are for an August 2021 or January 2022 start, and are supported by a combination of Graduate Research and Teaching Assistantships, including tuition and stipend. Following a pre-selection process, candidates will have to apply for admission to Virginia Tech's Graduate School.

Links of interest
- Castello lab: https://leandrocastello.org/
- Virginia Tech's Department of Fish & Wildlife Conservation: https://fishwild.vt.edu/
- Virginia Tech's Graduate School: https://graduateschool.vt.edu/admissions/how-to-apply.html

Posted 6/15/21

Non-thesis Environmental Sciences M.S. program

The University of Southern Mississippi is offering a new non-thesis M.S. in Environmental Sciences starting this fall. This degree can be completed in three semesters and exposes students to a broad spectrum of field and laboratory techniques. The curriculum is flexible and can be tailored to suit each student's interests. Please visit the following link for specific information and a degree plan:

https://www.usm.edu/graduate-programs/environmental-sciences.php

Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an institution approved by a recognized accrediting agency. The applicant must have a grade point average equivalent to at least 3.0 (calculated on a 4.0 scale) for the last two years of undergraduate study, and a grade point average of at least 3.0 on undergraduate courses in the field of proposed graduate study. Applicants must submit official transcripts from all other institutions they attended to the Graduate School. The applicant must have at least three (3) letters of recommendation from persons qualified to assess the applicant's readiness for graduate study sent to the Graduate School or uploaded into the application. Applicants must have official GRE score (General Test only) sent to the Graduate School. International applicants must submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores, unless baccalaureate degree is from an accredited English speaking University. Because more qualified applicants are received than can be accepted, admission to the school's programs are very selective.

The target dates for receipt of applications for admission for the fall is July 15.

Posted 6/15/21

MS Research Assistantship - Wildlife Ecology - Oklahoma State University

Position: MS Graduate Research Assistantship: Wildlife Ecology

Affiliation: Oklahoma State University, Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management/U.S. Geological Survey, Oklahoma Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit

Location: Stillwater, OK

Job Category: Graduate Assistantship

Salary: $18,900/yr + tuition waiver

Start Date: 01/04/2022

Last Date to Apply: 9/1/2021

Description: We are recruiting an ambitious MS student to evaluate the status of black bears in the Oklahoma panhandle (Cimarron County) as part of a collaboration between the Lonsinger and Fairbanks Labs. Western Oklahoma has seen an increase in black bear observations and bear-human conflict reports. It is unclear if bears occurring in the Oklahoma panhandle constitute a resident population or transient individuals dispersing from neighboring states. The selected candidate will use camera trapping and hair snaring to survey black bears; field data will be used to evaluate patterns of black bear space use and genetic parameters. Funding is available for 2.5 years (January 2022-May 2024), while working towards a MS degree in Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Oklahoma State University. The selected candidate will be expected to work closely with biologists from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and neighboring states (NM and CO), private landowners, and collaborators from the University of Idaho. The MS position includes a graduate stipend of $18,900 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 Lonsinger (http://www.roblonsinger.com/) and Fairbanks (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/W-Fairbanks) labs work on a wide range of research projects in wildlife ecology and management, with an emphasis on the ecology of carnivores and large mammals. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and fostering an environment where diversity is accepted and encouraged. We encourage all interested people to apply despite preconceived notions of their own experience as it relates to this project's objectives.

Qualifications:
Minimum Qualifications:
• BS in wildlife management, natural resources, ecology, or a closely related discipline
• Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater (as required by the Department and Graduate College)
• Have taken the GRE (as required by the Department and Graduate College)
• At least 3 months of field experience conducting wildlife surveys
• Highly motivated with a strong work ethic
• A valid US driver's license (without restrictions)

Additional Desired Qualifications:
• A strong interest in mammal ecology
• Experience planning and coordinating daily field surveys and activities, or leading independent research
• Coursework or experience with GIS
• Experience using camera traps to monitor wildlife as part of an ecological study
• Experience or interest in quantitative approaches and computer programming (e.g., R programming language)
• Experience with technical writing and/or publication
• Experience or interest in genetics

To Apply: Please combine the following into a single PDF file: (1) a single-page cover letter that details why you are interested in this position, your most relevant experiences, and your professional goals/aspirations; (2) a Curriculum Vitae; (3) contact information for 3 references (i.e., name, affiliation, email, and phone number); (4) unofficial GRE scores; and (5) unofficial undergraduate transcripts. Send the PDF file as an attachment to robert.lonsinger@okstate.edu no later than 1 September 2021 with the subject titled "Black Bear MS Position". Electronic (email) submission of applications is encouraged but mail is also fine; mailed applications should be postmarked by 1 September 2021 and sent to Robert Lonsinger, 007 Agriculture Hall, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078. Please note that application review will begin 1 July and a candidate may be selected before the closing date of 1 September 2021.

Institutional Information: Oklahoma State University (OSU) is located in Stillwater, Oklahoma, which is within an hour of both Tulsa and Oklahoma City. OSU is a land-grant institution with an enrollment of ~25,000 students, and it is located on the ancestral lands of the Kickapoo, Osage, Kiowa, and Quapaw peoples. Indigenous people from other Native nations also reside here, many of whom were forcibly removed from their ancestral lands. They all contribute to the history and current vitality of our region. 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.

Posted 6/15/21

NOAA Graduate Fellowship Opportunity at Bethune-Cookman University

Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) has two new fellowship opportunities for Master’s students in the Department of Integrated Environmental Science (IES) for Fall 2021. B-CU is a partner institution of the NOAA Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems (CCME), a partnership led by Florida A&M University and funded by NOAA’s Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions (Cooperative Agreement Award #NA16SEC4810009). The NOAA CCME mission is to educate and train a new generation of scientists, particularly from underrepresented minority communities, in the NOAA-relevant STEM disciplines and social sciences needed to utilize interdisciplinary approaches to address issues confronting marine and coastal communities, with a particular focus on Coastal Intelligence, Coastal Resilience, and Place-based Conservation. The MSIES program at B-CU teaches students to integrate social, economic, and political information to develop functional approaches to address ecological and societal issues.

To be eligible, a candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university in a NOAA-related discipline (e.g., biology, chemistry, environmental science, etc. or other degree with supporting environmental coursework), have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, be admitted to the B-CU graduate studies program, and be a US citizen. Successful applicants receive competitive stipends, a tuition scholarship for up to 3 years, research supply funds, and travel funds. To be considered, a candidate must apply and be accepted to the B-CU graduate studies program in Integrated Environmental Science (https://www.cookman.edu/academics/schools/graduate/HowToApply.html). For application procedures, materials and questions concerning the NOAA-CCME fellowship, please contact Dr. Hyun Jung (“J.”) Cho, Professor of Integrated Environmental Science, Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, FL 32114; choh@cookman.edu; 386-481-2793.

Posted 6/11/21

Masters research assistantship: Using hydrologic analyses to quantify invasion risk of oxbow lakes in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley

Project overview and responsibilities: There are over 1300 oxbow lakes throughout the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley (LMAV) that provide habitat for native fishes and services for recreationists and commercial fishers. Fish assemblages within oxbow lakes are maintained by hydrologic connectivity to adjacent rivers, but these connections also provide invasion pathways for non-native species including invasive carps. This project will use hydrologic and geospatial analyses to quantify surface-water connectivity of LMAV oxbow lakes to adjacent waterbodies and explore opportunities to use existing water infrastructure to limit invasion risk.

The student will work closely and collaboratively with Drs. Steve Miranda (MS Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit), Mike Colvin (Dept. Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture), and Corey Dunn (MS CFWRU) to develop a framework for evaluating tradeoffs between limiting invasion risks and maintaining hydrologic connectivity of oxbow lakes.

Qualifications: Undergraduate degree in geography, hydrology, natural resources or related field, strong written and oral communication skills, and ability to work collaboratively with agency biologists, water managers, and university researchers. The ideal candidate will have a background working with and organizing geospatial and hydrologic datasets. The position may require site visits to oxbow lakes, and the candidate could assist ongoing field projects examining seasonal movements of fish in selected oxbow lakes.

Salary and benefits: Assistantship worth $19,500 per year + free health insurance, full tuition waiver, support for conference travel and participation (approx. $35,000 per year total value).

Start date: review will begin immediately and close when filled. The position will be readvertised June 21, 2021 if unfilled. Start date is negotiable but targeted for August 1, 2021. Fall semester begins August 18, 2021.

Contact: To apply, please email with the subject line "Graduate Application" to Dr. Steve Miranda (smiranda@usgs.gov): (1) cover letter describing experiential background, career goals, and project interest; (2) a resume or cv; (3) email addresses and phone numbers for three references; (4) GRE/TOEFL scores if available; (5) updated official or unofficial transcripts. The successful candidate will eventually submit official transcripts before admission.

Helpful links:
Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture: https://www.cfr.msstate.edu/wildlife/
USGS MS Cooperative F&W Research Unit: https://www1.usgs.gov/coopunits/unit/Mississippi

Posted 6/10/21

UMiami Grad Degree Fall 2021 start - Interest Meeting Friday - July deadline for application

We wanted to let you know that apps are still open for the Master of Professional Science degree at the University of Miami for Fall 2021 start in 14 different tracks (PhD and MS have closed for Fall 2021, but will reopen for Fall 2022 in September – check this link for a list of assistantships as they come in: https://graduate.rsmas.miami.edu/admissions/phd-assistanships/index.html).

Our Master of Professional Science degree (take the many of the same courses as Ph.D. and MS students, but instead of a thesis/dissertation, you do an internship/research in the field with organizations such as NOAA, NPS, NGOs, etc. and 94% of students have a job in the field 6 months after graduation) has rolling admission until June for international students and July for domestic. We are also waiving the GRE for Fall 2021 and beyond (tuition waivers will be based on GPA only). The 14 different tracks are below:

·     Applied Remote Sensing
·     Aquaculture
·     Broadcast Meteorology
·     Climate and Society
·     Coastal Zone Management(waitlist)
·     Exploration Science
·     Fisheries Management and Conservation
·     JD/MPS
·     Marine Conservation  (waitlist)
·     Marine Mammal Science (waitlist)
·     Natural Hazard and Catastrophe Analytics
·     Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management
·     Underwater Archaeology
·     Weather Forecasting

This Friday at 2PM EST, we are hosting an event to chat about classes/registration, housing, alumni will join, and more. If interested in MPS, sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mps-fall-2021-virtual-updates-june-11th-tickets-153038711907

Spring 2021 Open House Recording from April 9, 2021: https://miami.zoom.us/rec/share/b9s0LewHu75UDlGlCsNSBLNVxYyvudRpV7orS1SK4Bw5THRw0WBfvRDATE8NEbSI.F6JzRZUxF_9ykmBZ

1 on 1 information session sign-up for PhD, MS, MPS (with current PhD, past MPS student, or myself): https://graduate.rsmas.miami.edu/admissions/tour-request/index.html

Virtual Tour of campus: https://www.rsmas.miami.edu/about-us/virtual-tour/index.html

Applications can be found here: https://www.applyweb.com/miamigrd/index.ftl

Alumni Profiles: https://mps.rsmas.miami.edu/prospective-students/alumni-profiles/index.html

Class Schedules Spring 2021 (all degree programs): https://graduate.rsmas.miami.edu/_assets/pdf/course-schedules/spring-2021-schedul-final-11-30-2020.pdf

Class Schedules Fall 2021 (all degree programs): https://graduate.rsmas.miami.edu/_assets/pdf/course-schedules/fall-2021-schedule-final-04-20-2021.pdf

Internships/jobs of students: https://mps.rsmas.miami.edu/prospective-students/alumni-careers/index.html

In an effort to support the University's diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, the Rosenstiel School’s Master of Professional Science is offering 4 Rosenstiel Opportunity Scholarships of 24-credits each (allowing a student to earn the last 6 credits through merit-based waivers) by providing scholarships for high achieving students from historically underserved or underrepresented populations and/or socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are entering graduate school at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. The scholarship deadline has passed for Fall 2021 (March 15th), but will reopen for Fall 2022.

Any questions, please ask! I'm more than willing to facetime, Skype, Zoom, Text (561-460-1019), or just chat on the phone to help you out. Excited to chat with you all about the programs!!!

Josh Coco, Ed. D.
Executive Director, Rosenstiel School
Tel: (305) 421.4002
Fax: (305) 421.4711
Direct: jcoco@rsmas.miami.edu

University of Miami
RSMAS Campus – 105C
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149-1031

Posted 6/10/21

Masters research assistantship: Examining interactions between water infrastructure and seasonal movements of bigheaded carps in oxbow lakes

Project overview and responsibilities: Numerous ecologically and economically important oxbow lakes occur throughout the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley. Many oxbow lakes have been invaded by Bighead and Silver carps (bigheaded carps), which jeopardize recreational opportunities and native fishes within these diverse and dynamic waterbodies. This project will use telemetry to quantify seasonal movements of bigheaded carps into oxbow lakes and evaluate whether management of water infrastructure could limit invasion.

The student will work closely and collaboratively with Drs. Steve Miranda (MS Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit), Mike Colvin (Dept. Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture), and Corey Dunn (MS CFWRU) to provide on-the-water knowledge of invasion pathways within a broader strategy to limit the spread of invasive fishes in the lower Mississippi River basin.

Qualifications: Undergraduate degree in natural resources, ecology, or related field, strong written and verbal communication abilities, and excellent interpersonal skills to work collaboratively and lead a field team effectively. The ideal candidate will have interests in invasive species, fish movement, and habitat selection. This position is field intensive and will require close coordination with agency biologists and commercial fishers. The successful candidate is expected to learn to trailer and operate a boat safely.

Salary and benefits: Assistantship worth $19,500 per year + free health insurance, full tuition waiver, support for conference travel and participation (approx. $35,000 per year total value).

Start date: review will begin immediately and close when filled. The position will be readvertised June 21, 2021 if unfilled. Start date is negotiable but targeted for August 1, 2021. Fall semester begins August 18, 2021.

Contact: To apply, please email with the subject line "Graduate Application" to Dr. Corey Dunn (corey.dunn@msstate.edu): (1) cover letter describing experiential background, career goals, and project interest; (2) a resume or cv; (3) email addresses and phone numbers for three references; (4) GRE/TOEFL scores if available; (5) updated official or unofficial transcripts. The successful candidate will eventually submit official transcripts before admission.

Helpful links:
Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture: https://www.cfr.msstate.edu/wildlife/
USGS MS Cooperative F&W Research Unit: https://www1.usgs.gov/coopunits/unit/Mississippi

Posted 6/10/21

Conservation Biology in the Antioch MS Program still accepting applications for fall 2021

EARN YOUR MASTER'S IN CONSERVATION BIOLOGY
STILL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR FALL 2021!

The Conservation Biology concentration in the Environmental Studies Master's Program at Antioch University New England in Keene, NH, USA is still accepting applications for fall 2021. Antioch Conservation Biology students build strong quantitative conservation skills in an interdisciplinary program that also emphasizes leadership, community-building, and environmental and social justice.

Antioch faculty have grant funding to support student research in vertebrate ecology (e.g., birds and herps), invertebrate ecology (e.g., estuarine invertebrates and insects), forest ecology, and coastal restoration. Students who are eligible for US federal work-study can earn up to $7,000 per year in various on-campus work-study positions, including Teaching and Research Assistantships. Students may also get involved in our numerous on-campus student groups, institutes, and centers.

For more information, visit our webpage (https://www.antioch.edu/academics/environmental-studies-sustainability/environmental-studies-ms/conservation-biology-es-ms/) or contact Sarah Wilson, Admissions Counselor, at swilson(at)antioch.edu.

Posted 6/10/21

MS Position: The effectiveness of recovered nutrients on soil fertility

A graduate student (MS) position is available to start January 2022 as part of a DOE-Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy funded research project: Combined Nitrogen and Phosphorus Recovery via Electrochemical Technology Integration into Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants. The research focus will investigate the effectiveness of recovered nutrients as a fertilizer and its impact on soil quality and plant growth. The ideal candidate will be broadly trained in the natural sciences, but should have an interest in agriculture, plant biology, soil fertility, sustainability, or a related field. Application review begins August 23rd and will remain open until the position is filled.

For more details, please contact Dr. Jared DeForest (deforest@ohio.edu) in the Department of Environmental and Plant Biology at Ohio University.

Posted 6/10/21

PhD Fellowship in Avian Ecology and Conservation - Oklahoma State University

We are recruiting a PhD student to investigate drivers of avian abundance and community structure in the Great Plains. This student will be funded as part of the Dr. Fritz L. Knopf Doctoral Fellowship Program in Avian Conservation, and will be located in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management (NREM) at Oklahoma State University. The start date for this position is January 2022.

Dr. Knopf was dedicated to avian conservation, and this fellowship was endowed to continue this legacy and support promising students with a passion for tackling conservation challenges.

Appropriate research topics would fall under the broad objective of bringing together existing data to answer conservation-relevant questions related to factors that operate at landscape, regional, and/or national scales (e.g., land use practices, climate change, energy development, disturbance regimes). Potential projects include (but are not limited to) evaluating the interaction between climate and disturbance on grassland bird communities across the Great Plains, national scale assessments of bird mortality sources, the role of thermal environments in grassland bird survival, and broad-scale assessment of impacts of agricultural chemicals on birds. The fellow will work with a collaborative group including Drs. Courtney Duchardt, Scott Loss, Craig Davis, Dwayne Elmore, Sam Fuhlendorf, and Tim O'Connell. There will also be an opportunity to conduct collaborative side-projects and interact with other Knopf Fellows and to participate in, contribute to, and use data from existing field projects at OSU (examples of existing projects for the above faculty members can be seen on the NREM faculty web page: http://nrem.okstate.edu/people-1/faculty). The fellow will be expected to participate in grant applications, peer-reviewed and popular publications as first author and co-author, presentations at regional and national meetings, and professional organizations.

The funding provides a stipend for 4 years (~$21,000 per year), tuition and fees, health insurance, and a professional development allowance to present at conferences and for short-term research residencies in labs where other Knopf fellows are based. This position will be based in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Oklahoma State University. OSU is located in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on the ancestral lands of the Kickapoo, Osage, Kiowa, and Quapaw peoples. Our collaborative group is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we are committed to training students to tackle the broad array of conservation issues that arise at the interface of humans and wildlife worldwide. Those solutions require people with different backgrounds, interests, and insights.

QUALIFICATIONS: Fellowship selection will be based on academic merit as demonstrated by: (1) Academic and professional strengths articulated in letters of nomination, (2) Clarity of direction and commitment to avian ecology research articulated in student's letter of interest, (3) GPA and GRE scores, (4) Demonstration of effective oral and written communication as demonstrated by professional presentations and/or relevant research published in refereed scientific journals; and (5) Demonstrated leadership. Applicants with at least some experience using GIS and statistical analysis will be especially competitive. A master's degree is strongly preferred but may not be required for students with extensive independent research experience.

TO APPLY: send (to Courtney.duchardt@okstate.edu by August 15th) an application consisting of a single PDF that includes: (1) a statement of interest outlining general interests in avian ecology and specific potential research topics under this fellowship, (2) CV, (3) unofficial academic transcripts, (4) GRE Scores, and (5) contact information for 3 references that are able to write letters of reference upon request. Letter of reference are not required during the initial application process

For more information about Dr. Knopf: https://bioone.org/journals/the-condor/volume-118/issue-1/CONDOR-15-193.1/Fritz-L-Knopf-19452015/10.1650/CONDOR-15-193.1.full

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.

Posted 6/9/21




PhD Position in Biogeography

The Daru lab (https://barnabasdaru.com/) within the Department of Life Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is seeking a PhD student to begin in Spring 2022. The student's research will focus on a 3-year NSF funded project to develop informatics tools and methods for biogeography (http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4792835).

The position includes a stipend ($24,000/yr), health insurance, and tuition. These will be provided through a research assistantship. The Daru Lab is supportive of opportunities for professional development (e.g., workshops and conferences). For instance, the student will also have funding to participate in a biogeography-method users workshop in Laguna Madre Field Station in the Gulf of Mexico in south Texas in Years 1 and 3 of the project and Turtle Cove Field Station, Louisiana in Year 2. We strive to provide a flexible, comfortable, inclusive environment for research and professional growth. The successful student will obtain Ph.D. degree through the Marine Biology Program, an interdisciplinary degree program.

Essential qualifications:
Applicants should have: 1) A B.S. or M.S. in biology, ecology, evolution, biogeography, statistics or a related field; 2) An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Desired qualifications:
1) Experience in spatial analysis and programming in the R computing environment; 2) Prior experience with GIS/geospatial analysis, R package development, Git, and/or reproducible research would be an asset. Prospective students from traditionally under-represented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Application:
Applicants should electronically submit a single PDF file containing the following:
1) a 2-page cover letter detailing your research interests and explaining why you are a good fit for the position;
2) a CV or resume (with 3-5 references listed at the end).

Please submit applications by email to Dr. Barnabas Daru at barnabas.daru@tamucc.edu  

Applications will be considered until candidate is selected.

Posted 6/7/21

New grad school position at MSState/Grand Bay NERR


Mississippi State University and Grand Bay NERR are teaming up to work on a bacterial source-tracking project, and are looking for a student to help: M.S. or Ph.D., ideally starting this fall. Application deadline is June 27th. More information and application at this link: https://forms.gle/cCgg5PD5H1HrgWSk8

Posted 6/5/21

Recruiting graduate students in biological invasions and movement ecology at Oklahoma State University

The Zhang Lab in the Department of Integrative Biology at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, is keen to recruit two bright and highly motivated graduate students (one M.S. and one Ph.D.) to join our lab for Spring 2022. Our lab is interested in understanding and predicting how global changes and anthropogenic disturbances affect ecological dynamics at regional and global scales via scaling up individual behaviors and interactions between organisms and environments. We use a wide range of approaches, including long-term field data, greenhouse/laboratory experiments, and mathematical modeling. (http://bozhangophelia.weebly.com/index.html)

We are currently interested in two main projects: 1) How do climate and anthropogenic factors drive biological invasions? and 2) How does modeling movement project ecological dynamics at large scales? Students will also be encouraged to develop their projects under the lab's general interest.

1. Salary/Benefit: Graduate students are supported by teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or fellowships. Graduate teaching assistantship are readily available, and the 9-month stipend is $19,944 (for M.S. students) and $23,175 (for Ph.D. students).

2. Qualifications: Applicants should have: 1) A B.S. in biology, ecology, or a related field; 2) An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. Desired qualifications include: 1) Experience in greenhouse studies, especially in the soil microbiome; or 2) Laboratory experience with the nematode worm, C. elegans; and 3) Willingness to learn computer programming skills.

3. Applications: If you are interested in working with me, I strongly recommend that you reach out to me before applying for graduate study. Applicants must create a single PDF with the name containing the first and last name of applicant. Send the PDF to Dr. Bo Zhang by email to: bozhang@okstate.edu before September 15, 2021. The PDF must contain: 1) A brief research interest; 2) Curriculum Vitae or resumé; and 3) Names and contact information for three professional references. We no longer require GRE scores.

4. Location and facilities: Oklahoma State University is classified as R1: Doctoral Universities - 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 Integrative Biology takes an integrative approach to research in organismal biology, focusing on increasing our knowledge of organisms and their environments through studies ranging from the molecular to the ecosystem levels. We have a friendly and collegial department with a very active graduate student community. Our faculty work in areas of ecology, evolution, behavior, physiology, and ecotoxicology. https://integrativebiology.okstate.edu/

Posted 6/4/21

Call for applications: EEES Scholars Program @ Dartmouth

Thinking about graduate school in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Earth Systems Science, or Environmental Social Sciences? Want to help create a more diverse, equitable, and just academic environment? Not sure where to start? The EEES Scholars Program may be for you! 

The EEES Scholars Program at Dartmouth College is a workshop designed to diversify the next generation of academic leaders in the fields of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Earth Systems Science and Environmental Social Sciences. We seek motivated students who are curious about graduate careers in the Environment and are looking for support in the graduate school application process.

The graduate application process can be opaque and difficult to navigate, presenting many barriers to prospective students. As part of efforts to increase the diversity and accessibility of graduate studies in ecology, evolutionary biology, environmental studies and earth systems, Dartmouth EEES (Ecology, Evolution, Environment & Society) encourages students to apply to the EEES Scholars Program. In this program, talented students (EEES Scholars) will be invited to 3 days of virtual activities designed to provide the tools to expertly apply to graduate schools and gain a deeper understanding of the Dartmouth EEES program. The EEES Scholars Program will focus on the graduate application process, connecting with EEES faculty and students, and helping to showcase Scholars’ academic achievements. Scholars will attend CV and personal statement workshops, mock graduate school interviews, and participate in virtual research talks and poster sessions. Students with backgrounds historically underrepresented in STEM and environmental fields are particularly encouraged to apply.

*Note admission into the EEES Scholars Program is separate from admission into EEES Graduate Program, but we encourage our scholars to submit formal applications to our graduate school after the conclusion of the Scholars Program. Scholars all receive fee waivers for EEES graduate school applications and an extended deadline to submit.

Who are we looking for?
The EEES program is committed to increasing the presence and visibility of promising students who will bring a diversity of viewpoints and cultures to STEM fields (particularly ecology, evolutionary biology, and earth systems science) and the environmental social sciences. EEES hinges on graduate students who have an interest in and passion for interdisciplinary research in Ecology, Evolution, Environment, Society. Fostering a diverse, inclusive, and supportive community of scholars is critical to our mission. This EEES Scholars Program is part of a larger effort to build and support such an academic community.
Current undergraduates, recent college graduates, current Masters students, recent Masters graduates and those that are currently or have recently worked in the public or private sector interested in pursuing graduate work in Ecology, Evolution, Environment & Society are all welcome to apply! You do not need to be a U.S. citizen. Please forward this opportunity widely!

The EEES Scholars Program will be held virtually September 2-4, 2021.
EEES Scholars applications are due July 23, 2021.
Please see our website: https://sites.dartmouth.edu/eeesscholars/ for more information on how to apply! 

Posted 6/3/21

Master’s Degree in Environmental Education and Science Communication
University of Idaho

10.5 Month Program - Scholarships Available - Start in August 2021.

A University of Idaho – Environmental Education and Science Communication (EESC) graduate student earns a Master of Natural Resources while developing professional skills and expertise. Applied coursework and study in science communication, leadership, place-based education, and ecology, give our students what they need to earn a master's, change the world, and find a job. Learn more atwww.uidaho.edu/moss

EESC graduate students can expect to:
-  Take experiential coursework <https://youtu.be/fozqeyxcLp8> in ecology, science communication, place-based education, and leadership.
-  Gain professional outreach and instructional skills through our award-winning McCall Outdoor Science School <https://youtu.be/I7OBqOucgEQ>
-  Enjoy a 1:6 faculty to graduate student ratio
-  Participate in a community-based, learning experience that prepares students for a wide range of professions <https://www.uidaho.edu/cnr/mccall-outdoor-science-school/programs-and-services/graduate-program/alumni-profiles>.
-  Experience a once in a lifetime trip into the Taylor Wilderness Research Station <https://www.uidaho.edu/cnr/mccall-outdoor-science-school/programs-and-services/graduate-program/wilderness-immersion> located in the heart of the Frank Church/River of No Return Wilderness.

To inquire about application details, contact Leslie Dorsey: ldorsey@uidaho.edu or call 208-885-1085.

Posted 6/2/21

Seeking MS/PhD student to begin Jan. 2022 - pollinator ecology/behavior

The Lichtenberg Lab (https://biology.unt.edu/lichtenberg-lab) combines approaches from community and behavioral ecology to study plant-animal interactions, pollinator biodiversity and responses to anthropogenic disturbance, pollinator foraging, and social learning. The lab's study systems include local grasslands, agricultural fields, greenhouses, and lab-based experiments. The trainee will be funded through a TAship, with possibility for a summer RAship. The lab is committed to providing an inclusive and supportive environment to trainees from diverse backgrounds.

Application: Please contact Dr. Elinor Lichtenberg (elichten@unt.edu) before applying. Send your CV, information on relevant experiences, the kinds of questions you are interested in, and unofficial transcripts. Dr. Lichtenberg participates in UNT's Biology (https://biology.unt.edu/graduate-programs/graduate-degrees-biology) and Environmental Science (https://biology.unt.edu/graduate-programs/graduate-degrees-environmental-science) graduate programs.

The University of North Texas is a R1 university located in Denton, near Dallas and Fort Worth. We are a Minority Serving Institution, a Hispanic Serving Institution and a Bee Campus. Department of Biological Sciences researchers study diverse topics, including conservation, sustainable production of plant-based materials, environmental education, remote sensing and neuroscience. The Lichtenberg Lab participates in the Advanced Environmental Research Institute, an interdisciplinary team that seeks to find solutions to pressing environmental issues. Denton is a vibrant college town known for its live music, and was ranked No. 1 Best Small Town in America. North Texas offers many opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming, bird watching, wildflower viewing and horseback riding. Dallas and Fort Worth provide additional attractions, including museums, theater, restaurants and pro sports.

Posted 6/2/21

M.S. Assistantship for invasive species risk assessment Texas CRU

M.S. Assistantship - Assessing risk for westward expansion of zebra mussels to guide early detection

The Texas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Texas Tech University is seeking a master's student to assess the risk of waterbodies as hubs for the spread of zebra mussels and other invasive species with respect to habitat suitability and recreational use. The project will focus on lakes in western Texas and eastern New Mexico. Field and lab work will involve water physicochemistry sampling and analysis of lakes to assess habitat suitability. However, much of the research will rely on the student to develop computer-based risk assessment and model forecasting to facilitate monitoring efforts aimed at detecting aquatic invasive species. This project is funded by the U.S. Geological Survey Biological Threats Research Program. The student will have the ability to enhance the project creatively while also benefitting from interacting with partners in Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and other agency and academic professionals. The position includes funding for conference attendance for further professional development and networking opportunities.

Agency/location: Texas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Department of Natural Resources, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

Category: Graduate Assistantship

Salary: $21,000 annually plus tuition and benefits

Start date: 08/09/2021

Last date to apply: 07/31/2021

Qualifications: B.S. in Ecology, Aquatic and Fisheries Biology, or related field in environmental sciences. Ability to work safely and productively as a respectful and inclusive team member. Preference will be given to applicants with previous experience working in freshwater ecosystems or invasive species biology and with strong quantitative background in statistical or spatial analysis. Demonstrated science communication through professional presentations or publications is beneficial. Members of traditionally underrepresented groups in environmental science are encouraged to apply.

Closing date: Review of applications will begin immediately and remain open until filled. Selected applicants will be encouraged to formally apply for graduate school at the Department of Natural Resources (https://www.depts.ttu.edu/nrm/) for Fall 2021.

Contact: To apply email a letter of research interests and career goals, CV, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for three references to Dr. Jane Rogosch, Texas Cooperative Research Unit, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX at jrogosch@ttu.edu
p: 806-834-8414 w: https://www1.usgs.gov/coopunits/unit/Texas

Posted 4/23/21

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