Graduate School Opportunities

Graduate School Opportunities Listings will be kept for a month after being posted or until their deadline (if listed). I do not post positions that require a masters degree, as this site is aimed at undergraduates. Please send any opportunities not listed here by clicking on this link:

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Graduate positions (MS/PhD) in community ecology, resilience, and global change biology

The grassland ecology and resilience lab in the Division of Biology at Kansas State University (KSU) is looking to hire two graduate students at the masters or PhD level. The goal of the lab is to advance our understanding of grassland and forest resilience, with a current emphasis on the structure/diversity of plant communities. Work in the lab is based primarily at Konza Prairie LTER, a premier NSF-funded research site. There may also be opportunities to work at other grassland sites and Yellowstone National Park, and therefore, students interested in these other systems are also encouraged to apply.

The disciplinary focus of the lab is a mix of community ecology, plant ecology, applied ecology, and theoretical ecology. As part of a newer lab, students will have extra room to develop a research agenda, along with ample opportunities to join ongoing work on monitoring, long-term experiments, and advanced computer simulations (including individual-based models). Much of this ongoing work addresses some combination of prescribed fires, wildfires, bison reintroduction (sometimes referred to as rewilding), and climate extremes. For more information about the lab see: http://zaratajczak.wixsite.com/zak-ratajczak

The positions are fully funded, including a stipend (>$25K per year), with a preferred start date of summer/autumn of 2020. Interested students are encouraged to contact the lab leader, Zak Ratajczak (zratajczak at wisc dot edu) with a CV, a short summary of their research interests, unofficial transcript, and contact information for up to three references. The official application deadline is December 15th and the application website can be found here: https://www.k-state.edu/grad/admissions/application-process/

For more information on the position, see here: http://zaratajczak.wixsite.com/zak-ratajczak

Posted 10/18/19

Graduate position in butterfly conservation biology

We are seeking a graduate student interested in insect conservation to conduct research on an endangered butterfly. The species in question has restricted habitat and host associations, and is found exclusively with salt grass in northern Nevada and northern California. Research goals include but are not limited to: spatial mapping of habitat; surveying for extant and potentially-undiscovered populations; quantifying microhabitat use; documenting genetic structure of extant and extirpated populations; and quantifying threats to the species, including the presence of invasive plants. We are open to prospective students interested in Master's or PhD programs, and work associated with the latter (a PhD dissertation) could potentially extend to manipulative lab experiments and research on closely related species.

Research is being conducted through the Forister lab in the Biology Department at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), in collaboration with Ken Nussear in the Department of Geography, also at UNR. More information on the Forister and Nussear research programs can be found at: sites.google.com/site/greatbasinbuglab/ and www.nussear.com/. Applications are welcome from anyone interested in conservation and applied ecology, and applicants with skills in GIS and spatial analysis are particularly encouraged to apply.

UNR has a strong interdisciplinary research environment in ecology, evolution and conservation biology, and UNR is a Tier I research university located in a spectacular environment at the intersection of the Great Basin and Sierra Nevada Mountains. The faculty and graduate students at UNR are highly interactive and include an internationally known group of applied and basic ecologists. We are also located in an ideal setting for field-based science with easy access to spectacular montane and desert ecosystems. Reno is 45 minutes from Lake Tahoe, offers a high quality of living, an excellent climate, and is a large enough city to offer diverse activities and amenities. World class rock climbing, skiing, and mountain biking opportunities are in close proximity.

Those interested should contact Matt Forister via email: forister@gmail.com  . Send a description of your interests, qualifications and application materials (CV, undergrad GPA, and names and contact information for three references). Start date is the Fall semester, 2020, with possibilities to start in Spring or Summer of that year.

Posted 10/18/19

Graduate Positions on Plant-Insect-Microbe Interactions @ Utah State

The Schaeffer Lab (www.robertnschaeffer.com) in the Department of Biology at Utah State University (USU) is looking for MS/PhD students starting Fall 2020. Potential to start earlier however may be possible for the right candidate.

The lab uses experiments and field studies, coupled with chemical, molecular, and bioinformatic techniques, to examine the ecology and evolution of cross-kingdom interactions between plants, insects, and microbes in both natural and human-modified ecosystems. Many research topics can be pursued, including but not limited to, the chemical and evolutionary ecology of plant-pollinator-microbe interactions, microbial-assisted biocontrol of plant disease and invasives, among others. Students are welcome to work on systems in which research is already being pursued in the lab; however, I strongly encourage development of independent lines of research, as well as pursuit of external funding to support those efforts.

The Department of Biology and USU offer excellent opportunities for education, training, funding, and collaboration. All graduate students in the department are provided with a competitive stipend and benefits for up to 3 (MS students) or 6 (PhD students) years through a combination of fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships. Moreover, abundant opportunities for collaboration exist, given the vibrant research community that spans across the Biology department, Ecology Center, and two USDA-ARS labs focused on pollinating insects and poisonous plants respectively. Finally, being centered in the Cache Valley of northern Utah, Logan offers abundant recreation opportunities, given close proximity to the Wasatch Range, as well as National parks.

Prospective students should email me (robert.schaeffer@usu.edu) with a note expressing research interests, as well as a description of your past research experience. Please include your C.V. and contact information for three references.

Posted 10/18/19

U Tennessee: PhD and Masters opportunities in Conservation Science

University of Tennessee: We continue to expand our cross-campus activities in Conservation Science. We are looking to recruit excellent conservation-centric graduate students as part of this expansion. At this time, we seek excellent students interested in pursuing Masters or PhD study through our Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Our recruitment process is highly competitive and successful applicants will receive tuition, health care, and a stipend from guaranteed TA line support. Details: https://consci.utk.edu/seeking-phd-or-masters-students-in-conservation-science/. Applications are due 1st December 2019 for enrollment in August 2020, but applicants are strongly encouraged to contact prospective advisers now. For information about other graduate opportunities in EEB, see https://eeb.utk.edu.

Posted 10/18/19

MS and PhD Assistantships to study Plant Ecology at Miami University, Ohio

The Biology Department at Miami University has several faculty with active research programs in terrestrial plant ecology, within a broader strength in ecology.  Graduate students pursue a PhD or MS in Botany, a PhD or MS in Biology, or a PhD in Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology (EEEB).  Each student works with a mentor on thesis/dissertation research, and receives additional input guidance from faculty members with expertise in complementary disciplines.  Research foci within our program include mycorrhizal interactions, nutrient dynamics in forest ecosystems, forest community dynamics, and invasive species ecology.

Graduate students have access to facilities including the Miami University Ecology Research Center, Willard Sherman Turrell Herbarium, the Miami University Natural Areas, Hueston Woods State Park and State Nature Preserve,  the Geospatial Analysis Center, the Center for Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics, and the Center for Advanced Microscopy and Imaging

Plant Ecology faculty

Jonathan Bauer plant interactions with bacteria and fungi, including applications to ecological restoration of tallgrass prairie and to sustainable agriculture.  513-529-4261, bauerjt@MiamiOH.edu, https://jonathantbauer.com/

Melany Fisk nutrient dynamics in forest ecosystems; interactions and feedbacks with the plant-microbe-soil system. (513) 529-3181, fiskmc@MiamiOH.edu    http://www.units.miamioh.edu/melanyfisklab/  and https://hubbardbrook.org/people/melany-fisk

David L. Gorchov ecology of invasive plants; interactions between abundant deer and plant populations. (513) 529-4205, GorchoDL@miamioh.edu, https://davidgorchov.weebly.com/

Hank Stevens population and community dynamics, including forest community dynamics; quantitative methods.  513-529-4206, hank.stevens@MiamiOH.edu  https://blogs.miamioh.edu/stevens-lab/

Graduate students are supported by teaching or research assistantships that include a stipend and tuition waiver.   If you are interested, please contact one of the faculty members listed above.  Applications are due January 1 and include a personal statement, CV, contact information for 3 references, transcripts, GRE (General) scores, and, for international applicants, recent TOEFL scores.

Posted 10/18/19

Graduate Research Assistantship at University of Nebraska Lincoln

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) invites applications for an MS or PhD graduate research assistantship. The candidate in this assistantship will support work to improve an understanding of spatial variability underlying crop yields and associated producer profitability. Specifically the student will investigate the relationship of the National Commodity Crop Productivity Index (NCCPI), an index in the SSURGO database, to crop yields in Nebraska. These efforts will provide a research-based assessment of the ability of the NCCPI to predict crop yields in Nebraska. The selected candidate will join a collaborative research team involving faculty in Spatial Sciences (Dr. Yi Qi; https://www.qispatial.com/), Cropping Systems (Dr. Andrea Basche; https://agronomy.unl.edu/basche-research), and Applied Wildlife Ecology (Dr. Andrew Little; https://wildlifeecologylab.unl.edu/).

Responsibilities for the student will include:
Data collection, organization, and analysis of relevant field-scale yield data
Evaluate the spatial relationship of crop yields to the National Commodity Crop Productivity Index (NCCPI)
Conduct spatial analysis and quantitative data analysis to identify hotspots of marginal or less productive regions and mapping their relationship to the NCCPI
Develop map products to allow for visualization and interpretation of results

Qualifications: Applicants must have completed a minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree in a field related Geographical Information Systems, Remote Sensing, and Data Analytics. Applicants should have a GPA ≥ 3.0. Applicants also should have strong quantitative skills (e.g., correlation analysis, regression analysis) and organizational skills, attention to detail, and excellent oral and written communication skills. Preference will be given to applicants with prior experience or training with GIS (e.g. Esri ArcGIS develop and ArcGIS online), Remote Sensing (e.g., ENVI) or similar software.

GRA Stipend: Starting salary $22,000 for M.S. or $24,000 for Ph.D.
Tuition Waiver: A tuition waiver of up to 12 credit hours per semester and 6-12 credit hours during summer sessions (depending on previous enrollment) is provided with the GRA.
Health Insurance: Students on assistantships are provided health insurance at a reduced rate.
GRA Availability: Summer or Fall 2020

Application: To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter outlining your interests, research background, and career aspirations as they pertain to this position; a resume or curriculum vitae; copies of transcripts (unofficial); unofficial copies of GRE scores; and contact information for 3 professional references (name, email, phone, address) combined in a single PDF file with the file name formatted as lastname_firstname to Dr. Yi Qi (yi.qi@unl.edu). Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled.

Posted 10/17/19

Ph.D./M.S. positions in Evolutionary Ecology at UMass-Dartmouth

Graduate student positions (Ph.D. and/or M.S.) available in Dr. Genevieve Kozak's lab at UMass-Dartmouth. The Kozak lab studies speciation and sexual selection in changing environments. The lab's research combines behavioral experiments with field collection and genomics, primarily in insects. Current projects in the lab include how reproductive isolation changes in stressful environments and genetic/epigenetic basis underlying mate preference divergence.

Prospective students should email a short description of their research interests along with a CV to gkozak@umassd.edu.

Applications for the Integrative Biology graduate program are due January 15th.
For more information visit:
https://kozaklab.weebly.com/
https://www.umassd.edu/cas/biology/graduate-programs/

Posted 10/17/19

Fully-funded Masters opportunities in Ecology and Conservation at William & Mary

The Biology Department at William & Mary is recruiting new research Masters students in behavioral, community, plant, wetlands, viral, functional, spatial, physiological, evolutionary, mathematical and conservation ecology, to start in Fall 2020.

We offer a two-year research-intensive Masters program where students are supported by teaching assistantships and full tuition waivers. For many students, getting a Masters in two years and writing publications and grants before applying to highly competitive Ph.D. programs or jobs is a very attractive option. We have a great track record of our recent MS students going on to excellent PhD programs and professional positions.

With a low student-to-faculty ratio (approximately 7 - 8 new students each year with 25 full-time faculty), we offer an intimate and highly personalized research and education experience. Also, our graduate students often work closely with and mentor undergraduates, offering numerous informal teaching and personal development opportunities to go along with teaching assistantship experience in formal classes.

Importantly, we have real strengths in many aspects of ecology and conservation. We have a diverse and active group, including: Harmony Dalgleish and Will Soto (community ecology), John Swaddle and Dan Cristol (behavioral ecology/ecotoxicology), Martha Case (pollination ecology and plant conservation), Laurie Sanderson (functional ecology), Joshua Puzey (molecular ecology), Kurt Williamson (viral ecology), Randy Chambers (conservation, wetland, and landscape ecology), Helen Murphy and Jon Allen (evolutionary ecology), Drew LaMar (mathematical ecology), and Paul Heideman (physiological ecology and pedagogy in biology). We have fully equipped labs to conduct behavioral and evolutionary studies in captivity with vertebrates and invertebrates, perform ecological experiments in a greenhouse and lab setting, analyze molecular data using core facilities, and analyze spatial data in state-of-the-art GIS labs, including our Center for Geospatial Analyses. The proximity of William and Mary to county, state, and federal parks as well as the Chesapeake Bay allows for extensive field research opportunities.

Please visit us at: http://www.wm.edu/as/biology/graduate/index.php and more specific information at the following to explore faculty research lab web pages:

Jon Allen: http://wmpeople.wm.edu/jdallen
Martha Case: http://wmpeople.wm.edu/macase
Randy Chambers: http://rmcham.people.wm.edu/
Dan Cristol: http://wmpeople.wm.edu/dacris
Harmony Dalgleish: http://wmpeople.wm.edu/hjdalgleish
Paul Heideman: http://pdheid.people.wm.edu/
Drew LaMar: http://www.people.wm.edu/~mdlama/
Helen Murphy: http://www.helenmurphy.net
Joshua Puzey: http://puzeylab.weebly.com
Laurie Sanderson: http://slsand.people.wm.edu/
John Swaddle: http://jpswad.people.wm.edu/
Kurt Williamson: http://wmpeople.wm.edu/kewilliamson
Will Soto: http://www.wm.edu/as/biology/people/faculty/soto-w.php

Posted 10/17/19

1-2 Ph.D. or M.S. positions in Freshwater Ecosystem Ecology at the University of Nevada, Reno

The Blaszczak Watershed Biogeochemistry and Stream Ecosystem Ecology Lab at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) is hiring 1-2 graduate students (Ph.D. or M.S.) to join the lab beginning the fall of 2020!

The Blaszczak Lab studies the transport and transformation of nutrients, carbon, and contaminants through watersheds and the streams that drain them. We use a combination of field, laboratory, and modeling approaches to understand controls on water quality, ecosystem function, and greenhouse gas emissions from aquatic ecosystems draining human-dominated landscapes.

Potential research topics include (but are not limited to):
(1) Effects of freshwater salinization on the capacity of rivers to retain and transform nutrients, carbon, and contaminants
(2) Impacts of watershed urbanization on aquatic ecosystem function (specifically in drylands)
(3) Spatial and temporal dynamics of microplastic delivery to freshwater ecosystems
(4) Development of process-based models of aquatic ecosystem energetics

Please follow the link to read more about the position(s): https://blaszczaklab.weebly.com/current-openings.html

Prospective students should contact Dr. Joanna Blaszczak at jblaszczak@unr.edu by November 15th, 2019 with the following as attachments: (1) A one-page cover letter briefly describing your interest in the position and your program and degree of choice, (2) your resume/CV including contact information for at least two professional references, and (3) unofficial transcripts. Complete applications to graduate programs must be received by UNR by December 15th.

Posted 10/16/19

PhD position in multi-sensory integration during search behavior

My lab at the University of Nevada, Reno is hiring a PhD student for Fall 2020 to work on multi-sensory integration in insects during search behavior (flies/mosquitoes). The lab is very interdisciplinary and you will have opportunities that include field work, wind tunnel experiments, 2-D and 3-D real-time tracking, high speed video, flow visualization, virtual reality, high speed imaging, neurogenetics experiments, data driven modeling, and robotics. More information about the lab can be found here: https://www.florisvanbreugel.com/.

The position is fully funded through a combination of RA and TA appointments.

The Reno area is a diverse and growing hub for technology, the arts, science, and the outdoors. We have riverside parks, lots of summer festivals, skiing is only 30 min away, and it's almost always sunny, but rarely gets uncomfortably hot or cold.

Students can apply through Ecology/Evolution, Neuroscience, or Mechanical Engineering. Ideal applicants will have some experience with programming (python preferred), an interest in tinkering and building things, and a fascination with how animals work, but any combination of those skills and interests will be considered.

For more information, please contact me at fvanbreugel@unr.edu (after taking a look at my website).

Posted 10/16/19

PhD Fellowships/Assistantships

Fellowships/assistantships are available for self-motivated PhD students to conduct innovative and high-impact research at the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS) at Michigan State University (http://csis.msu.edu).

Research topics may include telecoupling (socioeconomic- environmental interactions over distances, through means such as flows of ecosystem services, trade of goods and services, globalization, migration, species invasion, disease spread, and tourism, telecoupling.org),  sustainability science, UN Sustainable Development Goals, 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), 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., spring, summer or fall of 2020), successful candidates can build on previous studies and explore new frontiers.

Application materials include: (1) letter of application, (2) CV or resume, (3) academic statement, (4) personal statement, (5) transcripts, (6) GRE scores, (7) TOEFL scores (for non-native English speakers only), (8) list of 3-4 references (names and contact information), and (9) up to three representative publications if any. Unofficial copies of GRE, TOEFL and transcripts are OK initially.  Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible.  Applications and questions about these opportunities should be emailed to:

Professor Jianguo (Jack) Liu
Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability
Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48823-5243, USA
liuji@msu.edu (email)
http://csis.msu.edu/people/jianguo-jack-liu

Posted 10/16/19

MS program in geospatial data analysis at University of Wisconsin-Madison

Now accepting applications for the Environmental Observation and Informatics (EOI) Master of Science program. The EOI program is offered through The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Priority application deadline is December 1, 2019
Informational webinars start October 15

More info at www.nelson.wisc.edu/observation

WHAT IS EOI?
Environmental observation and informatics (EOI) is a graduate program that provides training in using earth observation data and information science to make informed decisions to address our most pressing environmental challenges. It is rooted in 1) earth observation/remote sensing - the gathering of information about the earths chemical, physical, and biological environment; and 2) informatics - how to use data information and knowledge.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
Digital image analysis and interpretation classification, change detection, and atmospheric correction of remotely sensed data
Geospatial data science data management, spatial statistics, machine learning algorithms, data visualization and storytelling
Programming R, Python, Javascript
Policy and ethics of observational data

AREAS OF FOCUS:
Land use change and urbanization
International and sustainable development
Forest resources and management
Sustainable agriculture
Wildlife ecology and habitat conservation

REASONS STUDENTS JOIN THE PROGRAM:
Accelerated and focused - earn a MS in 15 months
Cohort-based have built-in personal and professional support
Practical - explore career options while learning in-demand technical skills and building a professional network
Pioneering - learn cutting-edge tools and technologies and how they can be used to address environmental issues

Please contact me, Sarah Graves (sjgraves@wisc.edu, or via the website), if you want more information and are interested in applying. Visit the website for more information on the curriculum, how to apply, and program costs and funding: http://www.nelson.wisc.edu/observation

Posted 10/16/19

MSc Opportunity in Pinniped Predation on Salmon

The Marine Mammal Ecology Lab at Western Washington University and the Makah Tribe are looking for a MSc student to assist in a project funded by Washington Sea Grant. The student will conduct a study on predation by harbor seals and Steller sea lions on Chinook salmon along the Pacific coast of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. The student will help collect scat in the field, process scat in the laboratory, determine sex-biased predation using molecular techniques, analyze diet data generated by collaborators, determine prey consumption by sex, model predation impact on Chinook salmon, mentor students, and give presentations to scientists and public alike. At least one peer-reviewed publication is expected from this work.

The successful applicant will begin Fall quarter of 2020 and will be funded for two years, including summers, entirely through RAships. The student will work with Adrianne Akmajian (Marine Ecologist of the Makah Tribe), Dr. Dietmar Schwarz (Professor in Biology), and Dr. Alejandro Acevedo-Gutierrez (Professor in Biology and Science Education). You can learn more about the Makah Tribe at https://makah.com/makah-tribal-info/ and about the Marine Mammal Ecology Lab at http://myweb.facstaff.wwu.edu/aceveda/.

We are looking for students who are extremely motivated, responsible, congenial, experienced in the field and top-notch academically, willing to publish their thesis in a scientific journal, and that will ultimately use the skills and knowledge that they acquire at Western in research, education, or conservation. We also are looking for students who know how to write well, are meticulous and organized, have experience working with scat, molecular techniques, and/or models, and have strong statistical skills. This opportunity is open to U.S. citizens or residents.

If you are interested in being part of this project, please email Dr. Alejandro Acevedo-Gutierrez at aceveda@wwu.edu with the following information before Nov 28th of 2019:

- Unofficial copy of undergraduate transcript (a scanned copy or a photocopy is fine)

- Copy of either a curriculum vitae or a resume summarizing your work and academic experience

- A 1-2 page statement of purpose outlining a) your short- and long-term career goals, b) why you want to be part of this project, and c) how your experience and qualifications make you a good fit to work with us.

- Unofficial copy of general GRE results (a write-up of the scores AND percentiles is all we want) and, if you took the exam, biology GRE scores

- Names, addresses, telephone, and email of three references, whom we will contact if needed

Posted 10/16/19

Ph.D. student in watershed biogeochemistry and ecosystem resilience at University of Alaska Fairbanks

The laboratory of Dr. Tamara Harms (harmslab.org) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is recruiting a Ph.D. student to study resilience of boreal catchments to changes in fire and permafrost regimes. The researcher would join a team using stream sensors to evaluate temporal patterns in carbon and nitrogen cycles as potential indicators of ecosystem resilience and impending regime change.

Prospective students should contact Dr. Harms (tamara.harms@alaska.edu) with a brief description of research interests, experience, and academic preparation, as well as a CV. The application deadline for the graduate program in the Department of Biology & Wildlife (http://www.bw.uaf.edu/graduates/index.php) is Jan 15. Applicants should have strong academic backgrounds in natural science, prior research experience, and demonstrated interests in ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, and/or catchment hydrology. Applicants with an M.S. or significant work experience following a bachelors degree will receive priority. UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination.

Tamara Harms
Associate Professor
University of Alaska
902 N Koyukuk Dr
PO Box 757000
Fairbanks, AK 99775
ph: 907-474-6117

Posted 10/16/19

Two MSc Positions: Seascape genetics of coastal marine species

The D'Aloia Lab at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John, Canada, invites applications for two graduate positions in seascape genetics. Our lab integrates field studies with molecular ecology and modeling approaches to address questions about the patterns, causes, and consequences of marine larval dispersal. For more information about our ongoing research, please see: www.cassidydaloia.com. We are seeking to fill the following two positions:

MSc 1: This position will explore the intrinsic and extrinsic factors affecting the demography and dispersal of Caribbean coral reef fishes. Quantifying the direct and indirect effects of seascape degradation will be a focal point. The student will receive extensive training in subtidal field work, high throughput genotyping, and seascape genetic analyses. This position begins May 2020 and requires SCUBA diving experience (please detail your experience in your cover letter).

MSc 2: This position will quantify a local connectivity network of waved whelk in the Bay of Fundy using genetic population assignment methods. This position can begin May or September 2020. Students without diving experience may elect to focus more on the genetic lab work and data analysis portions of this project. Students can also participate in cold-water scientific diving during one or both years (if so, please indicate your experience with or interest in learning more about cold-water SCUBA diving in your cover letter).

All applicants must have a BSc by the start date. Full stipends are guaranteed for two years.

Lab Info: The D'Aloia Lab is committed to building a diverse and supportive team of marine ecologists. We are looking for students who are self-motivated and have a strong work ethic. The nature of marine field work means that being a team player is essential, so we also strongly value collaboration. Because we collect large observational data sets, quantitative skills will be considered an asset.

Department Info: The Department of Biological Sciences at UNBSJ is a productive and collaborative group with a strength in marine biology. Saint John is a wonderful place to live with great access to the outdoors, a low cost of living, and all the perks of a small but vibrant port city.

To Apply: Please send the following to Dr. Cassidy D'Aloia (cdaloia@unb.ca), preferably as a single PDF: (1) a cover letter identifying the position(s) you would like to be considered for and a brief description of how your research experience and interests relate to these positions; (2) your CV; (3) transcripts (unofficial is ok); and (4) contact information for 2-3 references. A writing sample is also welcome, but optional. Applications are due: November 1 2019.

Posted 10/16/19

Funded Masters Project in Restored Prairie Plant Sampling: Wisconsin

The University of Wisconsin - Madison Arboretum (https://arboretum.wisc.edu/) and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies (Professor Paul Zedler, https://paulzedler.weebly.com/) are jointly seeking an experienced and motivated graduate student to complete a funded resampling of the plant community of the famed Curtis Prairie (more information can be found here: http://arboretum.wisc.edu/content/uploads/2015/04/16_ArbLeaflet.pdf).

As the word'ss oldest ecologically restored prairie, this site has a rich history and significance for the science and practice of restoration. With regular sampling since 1951, research at the site has generated a long-term dataset that yields insights into plant community composition and diversity, ecosystem succession, invasive species, carbon storage, prescribed fire management, and more. As the prairie was last resampled in 2002, there is need for a current resample upon which to assess the vegetation dynamics of this restoration project.

We seek a student to enter the M.S. program in Environment & Resources at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at UW-Madison (https://www.nelson.wisc.edu/graduate/environment-and-resources/index.php). There exists a possibility for continuing into the Ph.D program, depending on the interest of all parties. The resample of the 73 acre prairie and the follow up summary and analysis of the resulting data would be an essential part of the master’s thesis work. The existence of past data offers other opportunities for analysis on any number of themes of interest to the student.

This is a fully-funded opportunity, including one academic year of funding through a Cottam-Loucks Fellowship, one academic year of funding from a Nelson Institute Teaching Assistantship, and two field seasons of summer funding support provided by the Arboretum. We hope to have the successful candidate appointed by summer or fall 2020.

The most qualified applicants will have experience and demonstrated interest in prairie plant ecology and restoration. They must be physically able to put in long field days. Native prairie plant identification skills are essential, as is the ability to work well in teams. Experience with collecting and using GPS data and other aspects of Geographical Information Systems would be a plus.

To apply, prospective students must complete both of the following by December 1, 2019:
1.) submit a letter of interest, C.V., and contact information for three references in an e-mail sent jointly to Paul Zedler (phzedler@wisc.edu) and Brad Herrick (bradley.herrick@wisc.edu); and
2.) apply directly to the Environment & Resources M.S. program at UW-Madison (instructions on the process and required elements can be found here: https://www.nelson.wisc.edu/graduate/application.php)

The University of Wisconsin - Madison graduate programs are dedicated to equal opportunity and to recruiting a diverse student community.

Questions about this opportunity can be directed to  Paul Zedler (phzedler@wisc.edu) or Brad Herrick (bradley.herrick@wisc.edu).

Posted 10/16/19

M.Sc. Assistantships: Urban Social-ecological Dynamics

We are seeking two graduate students (M.Sc. level) to understand social-ecological dynamics in urban systems. To date, most research in urban systems aims to understand ecological responses (tangentially in relation to anthropogenic disturbances). The successful applicants will therefore focus on coupled social-ecological responses and feedbacks, with a greater emphasis on human behavior. For example, how does a diverse human population respond to ecological diversity? Our research labs use recreational fisheries as a model social-ecological system to understand spatial and temporal dynamics among angler populations and aquatic systems. We expect students to develop research questions that interest them and that will address current social-ecological problems and challenges within urban environments. As such, this is an exciting opportunity for cross-disciplinary research that will directly improve conservation and management efforts of an understudied system. Students are expected to work closely with agency, academic, and general public entities. Individuals are encouraged to leverage large and diverse existing data sets to complement their efforts. These positions will be co-advised by Mark Kaemingk and Kevin Pope at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln within the School of Natural Resources (http://snr.unl.edu/) and Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (https://necoopunit.unl.edu/). The anticipated start date will be either January 2020 or May 2020.

Productive and creative individuals are encouraged to apply. This project would especially suit individuals with interests in human ecology, fisheries, metapopulation dynamics, dispersal, geographic information systems, modeling, human dimensions, and other subject areas within a social-ecological framework. Applicants must hold a valid driver's license, pass a university drivers background check, and meet minimum GRE requirements (Verbal: 153; Quantitative: 149; Written: 4.0).

Please create a single document containing a 1) brief letter of interest, 2) CV, 3) unofficial transcripts, 4) unofficial GRE scores, and 5) a list of three references and their contact information. The file name should include the first and last name of the applicant. Send the file electronically to Dr. Mark Kaemingk (mkaemingk2@unl.edu) and Dr. Kevin Pope (kpope2@unl.edu) with "MSc Assistantship" in the subject line. Positions are open until filled but initial screening will begin November 4, 2019.

Posted 10/16/19

2 PhD positions in Dendroecology, Dendroclimatology and Ecophysiology at SUNY-ESF

Two PhD positions are available at SUNY-ESF that address the intersecting fields of Forest Ecology, Dendroecology, Dendroclimatology and Ecophysiology. The two research projects are independent, but will have overlapping and complementary interests that will provide prospective students with a supportive network while pursuing their degrees.

Position 1: The Stella Lab seeks a motivated graduate student with interests in riparian forest ecology, ecophysiology, and dendroecology for a project investigating drought and its impact on riparian ecosystems in the Southwestern USA (Arizona and California). The research project will assess the impacts of water limitation on riparian trees using tree-ring analysis, stable isotope methods, field surveys, and geospatial approaches. The position is part of an interdisciplinary collaboration with University of California at Santa Barbara and University of Cardiff, and is funded by the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) of the US Department of Defense.

Position 2: The Voelker Lab seeks a motivated graduate student with interests in dendroclimatology and dendroecology for a project investigating past winter atmospheric circulation variability (i.e. Jet Stream Waviness) across North America based on tree-ring data collection adjacent to Lake Superior and in conjunction with parallel data collection in California. Near Lake Superior, the research project will primarily sample live white pine trees and logs/driftwood preserved in lakes and will emphasize tree-ring isotope methods. The position is part of an interdisciplinary collaboration with Utah State University and the University of Minnesota, and is funded by the National Science Foundation Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change Program (P2C2).

Both positions, will be based at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) in Syracuse, New York. Prospective students can plan to take part in the Graduate Program in Environmental Science (https://www.esf.edu/environmentalscience/graduate/) and will include a full tuition waiver, stipend and benefits for a minimum of three years. We welcome applications from motivated, curious students with ecological research experience. Ideal candidates will have a MS in ecology, environmental science, or a related field; strong quantitative and writing skills; the ability to work in remote field settings; and interests in forest ecology, climate science and tree ecophysiology. Both positions start in Spring or Summer 2020.

Applications should include a brief statement of interest and experience, CV, transcripts, GRE scores, a research writing sample, if available and English proficiency scores for non-native language speakers. Send email inquiries to one or both of John Stella (stella@esf.edu) or Steve Voelker (slvoelke@esf.edu).

ESF was established as a college of forestry in 1911 and is one of the oldest and most prestigious forestry schools in the United States. ESF operates four field facilities and >25,000 acres of mostly forested land, providing excellent opportunities for field research. Students at ESF enjoy the benefits of a small institution, but can also access the resources and facilities of Syracuse University, an adjacent large University. The Princeton Review ranked ESF as the #2 Green College, and the Sierra Club listed ESF among the nations top Cool Schools.

Located in central New York State, Syracuse is a lively city (http://www.syrgov.net/) within a half-day drive of major urban centers (New York, Boston, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal), as well as abundant natural beauty (Adirondacks, Thousand Islands, Finger Lakes, Niagara Falls).

Posted 10/16/19

PhD position in Sustainable Agroecosystems at West Virginia University

Summary: The Freedman Lab (http://freedman.davis.wvu.edu) at West Virginia University (WVU) is seeking applications for a PhD-level Graduate Research Assistantship in Sustainable Agroecosystems. The successful applicant will work with a collaborative group of researchers on a USDA-AFRI sponsored project to investigate the impact of land management strategies on the soil food web and its implications for sustainable bioproduct agroecosystems on poor quality agricultural land.

Competitive applicants will be highly motivated, enthusiastic and will have a strong background in ecology, microbiology, soil science or a related field. Experience with assessments of soil fauna (including microbes), biogeochemical assays and computational analysis (e.g., bioinformatics, coding, modeling) is preferred. The expected start date is August 15, 2020 or sooner.

Tuition Waiver and Stipend: The assistantship includes full tuition coverage, benefits, and a renewable 12-month stipend of $24,632.

To Apply: Prior to submitting a formal application to the WVU Graduate School (https://graduateadmissions.wvu.edu), prospective students should e-mail the following documents to Zac Freedman (zachary.freedman@mail.wvu.edu): 1) a cover letter describing your research experience, interests and goals, 2) a current CV, 3) unofficial transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate education and 4) contact information for three academic references. Review of e-mail applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries received before October 31 will receive full consideration.

University and Community: WVU is located in Morgantown and lies in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. We are a comprehensive land grant university enrolling about 30,000 students in over 100 degree programs. Our Carnegie Classification is "Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity". The Division's faculty and graduate students conduct cutting-edge research in a wide range of natural resource disciplines and have ready access to West Virginia's forests and working lands for natural laboratories and recreational activities. Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation. WVU is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

Posted 10/16/19

Ph.D. Assistantships in Geospatial Analytics at NC State University

The cutting-edge Ph.D. program in Geospatial Analytics (go.ncsu.edu/geospatial-phd) at the Center for Geospatial Analytics (geospatial.ncsu.edu) at North Carolina State University is now accepting applications for Fall 2020 enrollment. This rapidly growing program is recruiting its third cohort of new students, with twelve fully funded graduate assistantships with $25,000 salary, benefits, and tuition support available to start Fall 2020.

The application deadline is February 1, 2020.

The Center for Geospatial Analytics at NC State is an internationally recognized hub for interdisciplinary data scientists pushing the boundaries of spatial data science to advance discovery and inform real-world decision-making. Ph.D. students receive multidisciplinary advising and the opportunity to work with over thirty faculty fellows with diverse expertise from a dozen departments across NC State.

Faculty at the center develop and apply innovative techniques to advance new research frontiers (geospatial.ncsu.edu/research). We amass robust datasets using emerging technologies and use that information to simulate "what-if" scenarios of change to evaluate potential risks and trade-offs. We put these forecasts into the hands of the people who need them most by developing easy-to-use, interactive decision analytics driven by sophisticated computer models. These tools use the latest geovisualization techniques to provide meaningful spatial information in accessible and intuitive formats. Our work also involves deep collaboration with government, industry, and community partners to address environmental and societal challenges important to them.

Students with quantitative and computational backgrounds in geography, informatics, or remote sensing are strongly encouraged to apply. We welcome students interested in pushing the boundaries of geospatial analytics and technology from a variety of perspectives, including design, cognitive science, natural resources and the environment, computer science, engineering, and more.

NC State's unique graduate program in Geospatial Analytics includes an off-campus professional externship within government (local, state, federal), industry, nonprofit, private, or academic research organizations. Additional details and complete application instructions are available at go.ncsu.edu/geospatial-phd. Interested students are encouraged to contact Rachel Kasten, Graduate Services Coordinator (rachelkasten@ncsu.edu or 919-515-2800), with any questions.

Posted 10/16/19

Three NSF-funded Ph.D. positions in grassland ecology

Three Ph.D. positions are available (starting summer/fall 2020) for a new grassland ecology project funded by the National Science Foundation with Dr. Jesse Nippert (Kansas State University), Dr. Brent Helliker (University of Pennsylvania), and Dr. Stephanie Pau (Florida State University).

This NSF Macrosystems project will apply an evolutionary approach to advance understanding and predictability of grass-dominated ecosystems by filling critical gaps in grass species traits. This project will enhance fundamental understanding of grassy ecosystems, with many applications in agriculture and natural resource management. The research team will develop an integrative framework that reorganizes grass vegetation types around phylogeny-driven functional diversity. Lineage-based trait coordination and distribution will be investigated along environmental gradients in North America at select NEON and LTER sites by collecting novel trait and leaf spectral data and integrating with existing databases. Developing and implementing lineage-based functional traits will increase the accuracy of site-, regional-, and Earth-System-Model-scale predictions, and provide a synthesis of grass functional ecology that is critical for forecasting how grassy biomes will respond to increasing CO2, climate change, and disturbance.

For full details: https://www.k-state.edu/ecophyslab/PhD_positions.html

Posted 10/16/19

Graduate Student Opportunities University of Alaska Fairbanks Jones Ecosystem Lab

I am seeking to recruit 2 to 3 graduate students to start summer 2020 (M.S. or Ph.D.) to study carbon and nutrient cycling in streams of the boreal forest of Alaska.  My research interests focus on two general themes: 1) carbon and nutrient cycling in streams and rivers (especially in the context of land-water interactions), and 2) watershed-scale carbon cycling and climate change.  Students research support will by either from the Bonanza Creek LTER, or our new MacroSystems project, Linking land-to-water transport and stream carbon cycling to inform meta-ecosystem carbon balance.  Successful applications will have interests in ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, and/or ecohydrology.  Students will be supported by research and teaching assistantships, which include tuition and summary salary.  For more information please see https://sites.google.com/alaska.edu/jeremyjones.  If you are interested in learning more about research projects in my lab and the Department of Biology and Wildlife at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, please send me an email (Jay.Jones@alaska.edu) introducing yourself and your potential research interests.

Posted 10/16/19

Funded Graduate Opportunities in Reptile and Amphibian Ecology; Southern Illinois University

Funded graduate opportunities exploring hydrological impacts on population and community ecology of reptiles and amphibians

We are seeking 2 graduate students (PhD students preferred, but experienced and qualified applicants for MS degrees may be considered) to conduct a study exploring the effects of water elevation dynamics on community structure, abundance, habitat use, reproduction, and recruitment of reptiles, and amphibians in the Buttonland Swamp section of the Cache River State Natural Area in Illinois. The students will work with Dr. Warne of the School of Biological Sciences at Southern Illinois University, and collaborate with students studying the fish community under the supervision of Dr. Whitledge and Dr. Garvey of the SIU Center for Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences.

More information can be found at http://warnelab.weebly.com/ For inquiries please send a cover letter and CV to Dr. Robin Warne (rwarne@siu.edu).

About SIU, Carbondale, and the Region:
Southern Illinois University Carbondale is a high research activity university. The School of Biological Sciences has 34 full-time faculty in allied Zoology, Plant Biology, and Microbiology programs, along with Wildlife and Fisheries labs, as well as the Center for Ecology.

Carbondale is a mid-sized, affordable, diverse, and culturally rich university town. Southern Illinois is a beautiful landscape that includes the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, and hardwood forests of the Shawnee National Forest, Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, as well as numerous state parks, natural areas, and many lakes that are all accessible to the public.

Posted 10/11/19

Culturing Truffles-Graduate Research Assistantship

An MS Graduate Research Assistantship is available to study truffle culture with University of Idaho and the Idaho Truffle Growers Association.  ITGA is a non-profit that promotes Idahos truffle industry and conducts research to improve truffle production with funding through an Idaho State Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant. This project focuses on Treasure Valley orchards yielding Tuber borchii and Tuber melanosporum.  Research includes monitoring the response of fungal biomass to soil environment and cultural treatments.  Biomass of target truffle fungi will be measured using real-time quantitative PCR (qPCR). To qualify, candidates should have a background in forest ecology, agronomy, soils, biology, microbial ecology, or ecosystem science.  Those with knowledge of molecular genomics, mycorrhizal associations, mycology, and soil water relations are preferred. Students may select from graduate programs in Natural Resources or Environmental Science at University of Idaho.  Graduate program begins spring semester 2020; however, earlier start dates are encouraged to join with field research.  For inquiries, email Mark Coleman (mcoleman@uidaho.edu).  Submit applications to graduate admissions (www.uidaho.edu/admissions/graduate) before 15 November 2019.

Posted 10/11/19

Ph.D. on mycorrhizal networks and symbiotic partner selection

Species do not live nor evolve separately in nature. Rather, they form complex networks of interactions. It is believed that some properties of these ecological networks can inform us about community-level dynamics processes such as propensity to local extinction, community productivity or even network collapse. However, these postulates are rarely (if ever) tested experimentally.

The Chagnon lab is recruiting a Ph.D. student to pursue a degree on experimental network ecology, using the arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis as a model system. This symbiosis is ecologically and phylogenetically widespread, and believed to be of prime importance for plant net primary productivity and soil carbon storage. Thus, there is a strong incentive to better understand how resistant and resilient will mycorrhizal networks be to any form of disturbance or environmental pressure/insult. Better understanding how networks assemble along ecological gradients is also key to eventually predict how networks may respond to global climate change.

The position is at Universit de Montral (UdeM), in Southern Qubec, Canada. UdeM is ranked 3rd in Canada, and 85th in the world (Times higher education). It is located in the vibrant city of Montreal, and our research labs are located at the Montreal Botanical Garden, an incredibly stimulating research environment!

Interested candidates should :

- Hold a B.Sc., and ideally a M.Sc. in Biology or Ecology;
- Be comfortable with R programming;
- Be autonomous to perform molecular work in the lab (basic work with nucleic acids);
- Have a valid driving license;
- Be highly motivated to perform a myriad of parallel, exciting projects!
- Send a motivation letter and unofficial transcripts to: pierre-luc.chagnon@umontreal.ca

Position is to be filled as soon as possible.

Pierre-Luc Chagnon
Professeur adjoint
Universit de Montral
Institut de Recherche en Biologie Vgtale
4101 Sherbrooke Est, Montral (QC)
H1X 2B2 CANADA
514-343-2078
pierre-luc.chagnon@umontreal.ca

Posted 10/11/19

Graduate Fellowships in Urban Sustainability Available for Fall 2020

Wayne State University is recruiting outstanding applicants for a new, interdisciplinary NSF-funded graduate training program in Urban Sustainability (T-RUST). Foundational support for graduate study will be provided with additional support likely available through other programs.

Students will pursue a Ph.D. or M.S. in Anthropology, Biology, Civil Engineering, Communication, Economics, Education, Environmental Health Sciences, Geology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacology, Physiology, Public Health, Sociology, or Urban Planning with a focus in Urban Sustainability.

Competitive 1-year fellowships are available to support students committed to integrating perspectives from multiple disciplines to address emerging ecological, social, economic, and technological challenges in urban sustainability. We seek to build a diverse cohort of incoming fellows and strongly encourage applicants from groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields including American Indians/Alaska natives, African Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders (such as natives of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa), persons with disabilities, veterans, and/or women.

The program will provide innovative graduate-level training that integrates social and physical science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Our vision is to train students to work with local communities, businesses, industries, scientists, and policy-makers to understand and address sustainability challenges faced in urban settings.

Specific research themes include:
Urban Ecological Systems - The evaluation and maintenance of ecosystem services requires the integration of natural science, social science, and engineering-based environmental studies with community and education outreach research projects to sustain the urban ecological systems upon which human quality of life depends.
Urban Redevelopment and the Blue Economy - From land use and urban re-design, to global supply-chain and behavioral economics, and sociological and natural systems that make cities healthy and vital places, this research track unites social and physical sciences with engineering and design for spatially and socially integrated solutions. Studies of the "Blue Economy" are particularly relevant for cities with waterfronts that are reinventing themselves.
Sustainable Urban Water Infrastructure - Analysis of the natural, engineered, and societal systems that have formed the current water infrastructure of Detroit will provide trainees the foundation for understanding the complex inter-relationships and progressive solutions for sustainable urban infrastructure. Specialties within this track will include drinking water treatment and distribution, wastewater management, and the use of big data and sensor technologies in decision-making for improved infrastructure sustainability.

Successful applicants will participate in an interdisciplinary training program that includes:
Cutting-edge research methods to address complex, multidisciplinary environmental problems.
Thesis/dissertation development with an interdisciplinary team and internationally-recognized faculty advisors.
Network and communication skill building through interaction with policymakers, practitioners, industry representatives, and the broader public.
Paid internships, professional development, community service opportunities, and leadership training.
Student exchange programs in Puerto Rico.
Attendance at local, regional, national, and international conferences, expenses paid.

Wayne State University is a large, comprehensive, nationally-ranked research institution with state-of-the-art research facilities. The metropolitan Detroit area offers a rich cultural and educational environment, an excellent standard of living, and easy proximity to Michigan's lakes, forests, and recreational sites.

Acceptance into the T-RUST program is contingent upon successful admission in to a partnering graduate program at WSU. For more information and application instructions, please visit our website at https://trust.wayne.edu/ or contact us at trust@wayne.edu.

Posted10/11/19

2 Postdoc and 1 PhD position for statistical trend analyses with satellite data at UW-Madison

Overview: As remote sensing has matured, there is a growing number of datasets that have both broad spatial extent and repeated observations over decades. These datasets provide unprecedented ability to detect broad-scale changes in the world through time, and to forecast changes into the future. However, rigorously testing for patterns in these datasets, and confidently making forecasts, require a solid statistical foundation that is currently missing.

Our project will develop new statistical tools to analyze large, remotely sensed datasets that will give rigor to conclusions about patterns of past changes, and confidence to forecasts of future change. We will test our statistical methods with AVHRR/GIMMS3g, MODIS, AMSR-E, JAXA/JASMES, and Landsat data at global and regional scales to demonstrate the feasibility and highlight the value of our approach to the remote sensing community at large.

Positions: The project involves four faculty: Tony Ives (Integrative Biology, UW-Madison, https://ives.labs.wisc.edu/) is a theoretical ecologist; Volker Radeloff (Forest and Wildlife Ecology, UW-Madison, http://silvis.forest.wisc.edu/) uses remote sensing to address broad-scale ecological questions; Jun Zhu (Statistics, UW-Madison) specializes in spatial statistics; and Fangfang Wang (Mathematical Sciences, Worcester Polytechnic Institute) specializes in time-series analyses. Of the positions in this announcement, one postdoc and the PhD student will focus on remote sensing analyses and be supervised by V. Radeloff. The other postdoc will focus on applied statistical analyses and be supervised by T. Ives.

UW-Madison is a major research university in the United States ranking consistently among the top twenty universities in research in the USA. It has a long history of excellence in remote sensing, statistics, and ecology. It is an exciting place to learn and conduct research. The city of Madison ranks as one of the top places in the U.S. to live and work. For information about campus and city, please see http://www.wisc.edu/about/

We are offering the postdoctoral positions for two years. The appointment will be as a research associate. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience, and health benefits are included.

We are offering the PhD graduate assistantship for three years. The student will be appointed as a research assistant with a stipend of $24,816 per year plus health benefits and tuition remission.

We seek to fill all positions by 1 January, 2020, but a later start date is negotiable.

Qualifications: We are looking candidates who work well in an interdisciplinary, collaborative setting and have excellent communication and writing skills in English. Candidates for the remote-sensing postdoc and graduate student should have demonstrated skills in the processing and handling of large datasets, satellite image processing, statistical modeling, and GIS; knowledge of R, Python, and Google Earth Engine, and experience with the above-mentioned satellite dataset are advantages. Candidates for the applied statistics postdoc should have broad experience designing and using statistics to solve biological problems; experience developing R packages is a plus.

Applicants for the post-doc positions must have completed their PhD at the time of appointment and have published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Applicants for the PhD student position must have a completed a BS. A MS by the time of appointment is desired, but candidates with equivalent experience will be considered.

To apply: Please submit your application here: https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6zG4HPC3M3x4EBL

Submitting an application includes filling out a small survey which takes approximately 15 minutes. It requires contact information for three references and an upload in PDF format including:

- a 2-page cover letter summarizing research interests and experiences
- a Curriculum Vitae
- for PhD applicants: unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts

After reviewing applicants, reference letters and official transcripts (PhD candidate) will be required for shortlisted candidates.

The position is open to both U.S. citizens and citizens of other countries. UW-Madison will assist with visa applications as necessary. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

Review and interviews of applicants will begin immediately, and we encourage early applications, but the positions will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Applications received by 31 October, 2019, are guaranteed consideration.

Posted 10/11/19

PhD/Masters in Landscape Ecology and Remote Sensing at the University of Nevada, Reno

Dr. Jonathan Greenberg and the Global Environmental Analysis and Remote Sensing (GEARS) Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno are now inviting applications for Doctoral or Master's work that will start in Fall of 2020 for students interested in the following topics:

*Remote Sensing Science*: Students should be interested in developing advanced remote sensing algorithms, particularly those that leverage high performance computing and machine learning algorithms. GEARS is interested in the following general topics:
- Computer vision techniques applied to high spatial resolution airborne and terrestrial LiDAR and optical remote sensing imagery including data collected from airborne and terrestrial laser scanners, as well as unmanned aerial vehicles.
- Change detection and time series analysis of multitemporal remote sensing image datasets, particularly as it applies to multitemporal LiDAR, hyperspatial optical, and "hypertemporal" datasets such as Landsat and MODIS.
Previous programming experience and a background in remote sensing, GIS, and/or computer vision is highly recommended.

*Landscape Level Plant-Climate Interactions*: Students should be interested in applying remote sensing, GIS, and modeling to the following questions at local to global scales:
- How do plants respond to their climate at regional to global scales scales?
- What will be the future state of vegetated ecosystems under climate change?
- How do non-climate factors such as natural and anthropogenic disturbance impact the past, present, and future distribution of plants?
A degree or background in biogeography, environmental science, ecology, and/or biology is encouraged for applicants, as well as previous experience in remote sensing and GIS and/or ecosystem modeling.

Prospective graduate students will be expected to develop their own research goals, and should have curiosity, motivation, and independence. Prospective students should email a short summary of their research interests as well as a CV to Dr. Greenberg (jgreenberg@unr.edu) before applying to the program. Funding will be available from a variety of sources, including fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships.

Prospective PhD students should apply to the Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology graduate program (http://www.unr.edu/eecb) and prospective Master's students should apply to the Natural Resources and Environmental Science program (https://www.unr.edu/nres).

Posted 10/11/19

Ph.D. - Graduate Assistantship in Waterfowl & Waterbird Spatial Ecology
Department of Natural Resources Science, University of Rhode Island

Project title: Spatial ecology of waterfowl and waterbirds in relation to aquaculture development and key habitats in southern New England.

A graduate assistantship is available at the Ph.D. level to study the distribution, abundance, and movement patterns of selected waterfowl in coastal saltponds and bays in southern New England. Satellite radiotelemetry will be combined with extensive land-based and Unoccupied Aerial Systems (drones) surveys to determine (a) current distribution and movement patterns of waterfowl and waterbirds in coastal waters of southern New England, (b) the temporal pattern of these movements in relation to aquaculture development and key habitats, (c) the route and destination of waterfowl departing New England and migrating to their breeding areas, and (d) how daily movement patterns and habitat use of waterfowl and waterbirds are affected by aquaculture development. This study is part of a larger university-state agency-federal agency collaborative effort to designate areas suitable for aquaculture development while attempting to minimize or avoid impacts to key natural resources.

Qualifications: Only hard-working, motivated, intelligent, good-natured persons interested in waterfowl and waterbird ecology and movements need apply. Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in animal/wildlife biology or ecology, earned at least a 3.2 GPA, and must have excellent oral and written communication skills. Field experience with waterfowl capture and handling, censusing waterfowl or waterbirds, satellite telemetry, and GIS is highly desirable. Experience with quantitative analysis and field research is required. Applicants who have successfully completed a relevant M.Sc. are preferred. Ability to work collaboratively and to supervise research assistants and undergraduates working in the field is also required. Stipends are approx. $25,000/academic year, tuition is paid, and an additional summer stipend of approx. $10,000 is provided. Starting date is either September 2020 or January 2021.

To apply submit the following: a letter stating your qualifications and research interests, a resume or CV, college transcripts, and 3 letters of reference by no later than 10 December 2019 (early application is encouraged) to:

Dr. Dr. Peter Paton & Scott R. McWilliams
Dept. Natural Resources Science, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881
401-874-7531; ppaton@uri.edu

Graduate students will choose to be trained in the Ecology & Ecosystem Science graduate program (http://web.uri.edu/cels-gradprograms/ees/) or the Integrative & Evolutionary Biology graduate program (http://web.uri.edu/cels-gradprograms/ieb/) at URI. These are interdepartmental graduate groups within our College of the Environment and Life Sciences (http://web.uri.edu/cels/) that are designed to provide students with a strong, interdisciplinary and integrative learning environment.

Selected candidates will be asked to apply to the Graduate School of University of Rhode Island.

Posted 10/10/19

Graduate students in population/ community ecology

The Louthan lab in the Division of Biology at Kansas State University is looking for 1-2 graduate students in population and community ecology. These positions are fully funded and, ideally, will begin in the spring or fall of 2020. Our lab focuses on how species interactions and climate change jointly influence population dynamics and distribution patterns. We use a combination of observational fieldwork, field- and greenhouse- based experiments, and modeling to explore how species interactions might impact future biodiversity patterns in a changing climate. Read more about our lab here: http://louthanlab.weebly.com/.

We are particularly interested in graduate students who are open to working at the Konza Prairie Long-Term Ecological Research site, which is very close to Kansas State University (http://lter.konza.ksu.edu/konza-prairie-long-term-ecological-research-lter). Konza has extensive experimental and logistical infrastructure already in place and also conducts ongoing monitoring, which will facilitate graduate student projects conducted there. However, working at Konza is not strictly necessary, and interested candidates who want to work in other places should also apply.

If interested, please email Allison Louthan (amlouthan at ksu.edu) with a brief statement detailing your research interests, as well as contact information for three references and a current CV that includes previous research experience, relevant coursework, and your GPA.

Posted 10/10/19

Ph.D. Positions in Desert Ecology and Carbon Cycling Available

The Darrouzet-Nardi lab is recruiting Ph.D. students for Fall 2020 to continue existing projects and for a newly funded study on carbon fluxes in dryland agricultural systems. We also have a new instrument grant with which we will acquire a cutting edge CO2 isotopic analyzer. There will be opportunities to use this instrument in field settings at desert and Arctic field sites, and, for all projects, to perform cutting edge research in plant and soil biogeochemistry. The ideal candidate would have some research experience, a published paper or well developed honors thesis from work in any discipline as an undergraduate or M.S. student, strong performance in science courses, and a desire to do field work. Potential students should apply to the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Ph.D. program at UTEP. The application deadline for Fall 2020 admissions is February 1, 2020. Please visit http://anthony.darrouzet-nardi.net/students.html for more information or email me at ajdarrouzetnardi@utep.edu to express interest or ask any questions.

Posted 10/9/19

Graduate positions in Conservation Behavior at UMASS Dartmouth

Three funded graduate positions are available in the Gegear Lab for Pollinator Neuroecology and Conservation at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Two positions will involve integrative research on how anthropogenic stressors influence the structure and dynamics of wild pollinator communities. The third position will involve field research and outreach activities related to our NSF funded project, " Building Educational Bridges Between Computer Science and Biology Through Transdisciplinary Teamwork and Modular Curriculum Design." For more information on our research in these areas, please visit the Gegear Lab website (gegearlab.weebly.com). Highly motivated candidates with any previous experience in animal behavior, field ecology, chemical ecology, molecular biology, or related fields are encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates would also have previous experience working with insect pollinators under field and laboratory conditions.

Interested applicants should contact Dr. Robert J. Gegear (rgegear@umassd.edu). Please include your CV, unofficial transcripts, and a brief description of your research interests and goals. For questions related to the application process, or the Biology graduate program at UMASS Dartmouth in general, please contact Dr. Whitney Hable (whable(at)umassd.edu).

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is located in the beautiful ocean side community of Dartmouth, about an hour south of Boston, half-hour east of Providence, and half-hour west of Cape Cod. It offers a world-class education to more than 9,300 undergraduate and graduate students each year in over 40 undergraduate and 23 graduate programs. The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has transformed the lives of more than 40,000 alumni and distinguishes itself as a vibrant, public research university dedicated to engaged learning and innovative research. It is the only Massachusetts Tier 1 national research university south of Boston and serves as a catalyst for the development of marine science and technology industries along the south coast.

Posted 10/9/19

Graduate Position: UKentucky Urban Entomology

Graduate Assistantships in Urban Entomology

Location:
Department of Entomology
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Contact:
Zachary DeVries
Email: zdevries@uky.edu
Office: 919-515-1820
Web: https://devrieslab.weebly.com/

Position Description: The DeVries Lab (https://devrieslab.weebly.com/) at the University of Kentucky is recruiting both M.S. and Ph.D. students with a focus in urban entomology. Defined broadly, urban entomology encompasses a multitude of topics relating to pests found indoors and around structures. Potential research topics could include (but are not limited to) urban pest management (IPM, baiting, novel strategies), urban pest behavior (cockroach foraging, bed bug host attraction), physiology (metabolism, respiration, insecticide resistance), and health risks associated with urban pests (cockroach allergens, bed bug histamines). Successful applicants will be highly-motivated individuals who can work independently while also benefiting from working as part of a collaborative team. Successful applicants will have good organizational skills (communication, planning, etc.), research experience (project design, data collection, data analysis, reporting results), and a passion for improving urban pest management and mitigating associated health risks.

UK Department of Entomology: The UK Entomology Department (https://entomology.ca.uky.edu/) is comprised of over 20 faculty with expertise in numerous disciplines. The faculty, staff, and students are extremely energetic and passionate about their work, which is reflected in our department being consistently ranked as one of the most productive programs at the University of Kentucky. Students from our department have gone on to have successful careers in a variety of sectors, including academia, industry, and the government.

Life in Lexington: Lexington is a vibrant city that maintains a collegiate atmosphere. Ranked #29 in the US News and World Report Best Places to Live (https://realestate.usnews.com/places/rankings/best-places-to-live), Lexington boasts a wide variety of restaurants and shopping, and is close to some wonderful hiking trails (1 hour to the Red River Gorge). Also, due to its central location, travel (driving and flying) to and from Lexington is both easy and convenient.

Start Date and Compensation: The successful applicant will start any time between January and August 2020, as mutually agreed upon. The assistantship includes a competitive stipend, tuition waiver, and health coverage.

Application Procedure: Interested applicants should submit the following to Zachary DeVries via email (zdevries@uky.edu):
1. Cover letter describing your research experience, interests, and career goals
2. CV (including GPA and GRE scores, if taken)
3. Unofficial transcript(s)
4. Name and contact information for three references
Successful applicants will also be required to apply to the University of Kentucky Graduate School, but this can be delayed until a later date.

Posted 10/9/19

Ph.D./M.S. research assistantships - Auburn University (AL) - aquatic ecology/limnology/meta-analysis

Ph.D. and M.S. research assistantships: Aquatic Ecology/Limnology/Meta-analysis
Auburn University, School of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences
Auburn, Alabama, USA

Description: Three graduate research assistantships (Ph.D. or M.S.) in aquatic ecology/limnology/meta-analysis are available in Alan Wilsons lab at Auburn University (http://www.wilsonlab.com).  Current lab research projects, including USDA-NIFA Aquaculture and NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity grants, take advantage of our field station that includes hundreds of aquaculture ponds and nearby recreational and drinking water reservoirs.  Here, 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, modeling, and meta-analysis, 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, and inclusive lab and 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.  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, but not required.  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: Competitive graduate research assistantships include 12-month stipend and full tuition waivers.  Highly qualified PhD candidates will be considered for an AU Presidential Graduate Research Fellowship, which can last 3 years and include an annual stipend of $30,000 (http://graduate.auburn.edu/au-presidential-graduate-research-fellowships/).

Start date: Flexible but early to mid-2020 would be ideal considering current projects.

How to apply: Interested students are encouraged to email Alan Wilson (wilson@auburn.edu) describing why the lab is a good fit for you by 1 December 2019 for full consideration.  In addition, please include your CV, GRE scores, copies of transcripts, and contact information for three references.

Lastly, I will be attending the 10th US Harmful Algal Bloom Symposium (http://ushabs.com/) in Orange Beach, AL, November 3-8, and would be happy to meet with interested students during that time.

Alan Wilson - Professor & Graduate Program Officer
School of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences
Auburn University - www.wilsonlab.com - 334-246-1120

Posted 10/9/19

PhD assistantship in remote sensing of coral reef health

Position summary: the Department of Geography, University of Georgia, Athens, invites applications for a Ph.D. level research assistantship (RA) in remote sensing beginning Spring 2020. The student will participate in a project studying the impacts of sediment runoff and nutrients from Belize's watersheds on the health of the coral reefs of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System in light of potential changes in precipitation as a consequence of climate change. The project is funded by the NASA A.8 Program "Sustaining Living System in a Time of Climate Variability and Change."

Responsibilities: The student will be working with a large interdisciplinary team from the University of Georgia (UGA), University of Alabama- Huntsville, Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)- Belize. The research will involve working with NASA Earth Observations (EO) products, atmospheric correction, and water quality algorithms developed for the region of interest, and in situ measurements of water optical properties along with data on coral reef extent. The ultimate purpose is to develop sustained local capacities on the use of NASA EO and hydrological modeling for decision-making in Belize. It will involve multiple field trips to Belize and partnering with the local team for field data collection.

Required qualifications: Candidate must have proven abilities to conduct independent research and to work as part of a large scientific team. Experience in data analysis and modeling, water remote sensing background, and the ability to work in a nearshore coral reef environment are also required. Experience in or an interest in learning R, GEE, or Python also are required. Additional skills in the interpretation and synthesis of multi-platform remote sensing data, water quality or hydrological modeling also would be helpful. A strong background in statistics and coastal ecology also are suggested, but the drive and willingness to learn these skills is acceptable.

Initial RA offer includes 2 years of support through the project and the possibility of renewal for 2 more years from other sources. The assistantship will include a salary commensurate with education and level of experience, tuition waiver, and health benefits. Students will join the Mishra Lab in the Department of Geography at the University of Georgia. Interested candidates should send an email describing their past experience and their motivation for pursuing a graduate degree in the above research topic, along with a CV, GRE scores, and the names and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Deepak Mishra (dmishra@uga.edu), Professor, Department of Geography, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602 by November 15, 2019. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is January 02, 2020.

The University of Georgia values diversity and all qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. UGA is in Athens, GA, a vibrant mid-sized city with abundant shopping, restaurants, and cultural experiences. Interested candidates must apply online at http://grad.uga.edu/index.php/prospective-students/domestic-application-information/requirements/application-forms/ by November 15, 2019. In case of any questions, please contact Dr. Deepak Mishra (dmishra@uga.edu) (Tel: 706-542-8927), Department of Geography, UGA.

Posted 10/9/19

PhD position in Plant Ecology and Genetics-University of California Riverside

A graduate research assistantship is available in the area of plant ecology and genetics in the Nabity lab at University of California-Riverside beginning 2020. There is flexibility in the project but the successful applicant will advance lab projects that range from the evolution of herbivory to plant parasite ecology using molecular and genomic tools. More information is available at www.nabitylab.org. Funding is available for up to four years with one additional year on teaching assistantship per program requirements.

Travel, field and greenhouse experiments, and molecular lab work will all be part of the successful projects. Students will also have opportunities to conduct fieldwork in the University of California Natural Reserves (www.ucnrs.org). Students will be able to join through one of multiple departments, including Botany and Plant Sciences (www.plantbiology.ucr.edu), Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology (EEOB: http://eeob.ucr.edu) or Entomology (www.entomology.ucr.edu) and participate in interdisciplinary programs as appropriate.

UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body located in the historic city of Riverside, California. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. The campus is located within one hour of downtown Los Angeles, a city that provides world-class cultural opportunities. Riverside also provides easy access to numerous outdoor recreational areas, including forest, alpine, ocean, and desert environments. UCR is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity.

To apply, please contact Dr. Nabity (pauln@ucr.edu) with your CV, GRE scores, and a brief description of current interests. Full applications to the individual programs are due by November 29 but please inquire earlier.

Posted 10/9/19

PhD position in behavioral ecology

I am looking for a PhD student to work with our long-term mountain chickadee field system in beautiful Sierra Nevada starting Fall 2020. Please see more about the lab here: https://chickadeecognition.com/positions

If interested, please email me a statement of your research interests, CV and undergraduate transcripts (vpravosu@unr.edu).

Posted 10/9/19

Graduate Assistantships at Washington State University Vancouver

Graduate student positions are currently available for the MS and PhD programs in Environmental Science, Biology, Plant Biology, Molecular Biosciences, Mathematics, and Statistics at Washington State University's Vancouver campus. Positions are funded with teaching and/or research assistantships that include tuition waivers. WSU offers fellowship opportunities for diverse scholars and we highly encourage members of under-represented groups to apply. In addition, the program awards one incoming PhD student a Research Fellowship for their first academic year based on academic excellence.

Faculty research areas include

Animal Behavior
Aquatic Ecology
Biological Oceanography
Butterfly Ecology
Cell and Developmental Biology
Climate Change and Climate Impacts
Climate Science
Community Ecology
Conservation Biology
Disease Ecology
Disturbance Ecology
Ecohydrology
Ecosystem Ecology
Environmental Chemistry
Environmental Hydrology
Environmental Geophysics
Evolutionary Ecology
Global Change Biology
Landscape Ecology
Marine & Freshwater Plankton Ecology
Microbial Ecology
Mathematical Biology
Neuroscience
Physical Oceanography
Plant-insect interactions
Plant-herbivore interactions
Plant Ecology
Restoration Ecology
Statistical Ecology
Successional Dynamics
Watershed Biogeochemistry

We expect to recruit 4-8 new graduate students into our programs next year supported on a combination of teaching and research assistantships.

Please see our website for more information about our graduate programs: https://cas.vancouver.wsu.edu/science-graduate-programs/

Because graduate students work closely with faculty in pursuing their research, you must line up a mentor before applying. Explore our Faculty Research pages to find someone whose research interests fit with your own, then contact that person to discuss applying to graduate school at WSU Vancouver: https://cas.vancouver.wsu.edu/science-graduate-programs/faculty-research-directory

Faculty members can be most helpful if they know a little about you. At a minimum, please provide a resume or CV, educational transcripts and information about your research background and interests.

WSU Vancouver is just across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon, and is close to the Cascade Mountains, Puget Sound and the Pacific Ocean. In addition to its celebrated quality of life, the Pacific Northwest boasts a fruitful climate for scientific collaboration, with opportunities at numerous medical, environmental, research and teaching institutions throughout the region.

Washington State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action educator and employer.

Priority applications are due January 10, 2020

Please contact Cheryl Schultz for additional information.

Cheryl Schultz, Professor
Program Leader for Natural Sciences Graduate Programs
Washington State University Vancouver
14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98686
360.546.9525
schultzc@wsu.edu 

Posted 10/8/19

PhD students in community ecology, species interactions, and global change

The Prior Lab at Binghamton University (SUNY) is seeking graduate students to work on projects related to species interactions and global change. See www.priorecologylab.com for more details.

My lab is currently working in two systems: 1) host-parasitoid communities in western oak savannas, 2) ant-seed mutualisms in eastern deciduous forests, and I'm looking for graduate students to work in either of these systems. In general, we work on questions related to how anthropogenic change alters functionally important species interactions, and we use a variety of approaches - including fieldwork, experimental work, and genetic techniques to address questions. Our field sites are located in the Pacific Northwest, and in the Southern-Tier of New York.

We are seeking highly-motivated student(s) who are interested in global change, the ecology and evolution of species interactions, plant-insect interactions, interaction networks, field ecology, and using genetic techniques to address research questions. Students with a BS or MS in Biology, Entomology (or other relevant discipline), with experience in field research, benchwork (experience with genetic techniques), entomology, statistics, and have proven writing and communication skills are encouraged to apply. Students should also be self-motivated and independent.

Ph.D. positions will be funded via Teaching Assistantships, and Research Assistantships (for the host-parasitoid work). The student will be based at Binghamton University (State University of New York), in Vestal. The student will be part of the Biological Sciences Department, in the EEB (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior) group (https://www.binghamton.edu/biology/). BU is located in the beautiful Southern Tier of NY and is one of the four major R1 University Centers in the SUNY system.

If you are interested in a position, please email me a cover letter stating your research interests and highlighting your relevant skills, your CV, GPA and (unofficial) transcript). Please put "Graduate Assistantship" in the subject line of the email. Formal applications to the Graduate School are due on January 15th, 2020 but please contact me well in advance (by November 2019) if you are interested.

Posted 10/8/19

Graduate Assistantship in Soil Biogeochemistry

Assistantship Description: A graduate assistantship for an exceptional doctoral and/or masters student is available at the Abney Soil Biogeochemistry Lab at the University of Georgias Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. The incoming student(s) will pursue research on the role of prescribed fire and forestry management techniques in driving shifts in soil biogeochemical cycles. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Qualifications: Candidates with related educational background and work experience are encouraged to apply. Preferred candidates will have experience with some of the following: fieldwork; soils; chemistry; ecosystem ecology approaches; and writing and presenting scientific work in publications and/or at conferences.

Stipend and Benefits: This assistantship is based on a 40% stipend (16 hours/week) for a PhD student - $22,645/yr; or 40% stipend for MS - $20,951/yr. The student will receive a full-tuition waiver; however, is expected to pay a matriculation fee of $25 and mandated student and activity fees totaling approximately $1,145/semester. All students on assistantship are required to have health insurance, and half of the premium for the University Systems health insurance plan is paid by the University of Georgia. Assistance with mandated student fees and application fees may be available for competitive applicants.

Application: Please contact Dr. Abney through an email before submitting the application. Please attach your CV, a short (<1 page) statement of interest, and publications (if available). Rebecca.Abney@uga.edu lab webpage at:  https://rebeccaabney.weebly.com

Rebecca Abney
Assistant Professor
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources  |  University of Georgia
email: rebecca.abney@uga.edu
website: https://rebeccaabney.weebly.com

Posted 10/8/19

Funded Masters Position in Urban Coastal Restoration
Center for Earth and Environmental Science, State University of New York (SUNY) Plattsburgh

Research opportunity: Dr. Mary Alldred (http://malldred.github.io) is seeking a student to conduct research on the value of mutualistic interactions between ribbed mussels (Geukensia demissa) and smooth cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora) for the success of coastal marsh restorations within an urban, eutrophic estuary. The student will be primarily responsible for statistical and spatial analysis of existing data and will have the opportunity to participate in manipulative field experiments in coastal marshes of New York City.

Start date: January 1, 2020

Location: Summer field research will be conducted in urban salt marsh restorations in New York City in collaboration with research partners at CUNY Baruch College, Loyola University Chicago, Colby College, and the Randalls Island Park Alliance. The primary location of study will be the campus of SUNY Plattsburgh, which offers training in a variety of field, laboratory, and analytical techniques among many environmental science subdisciplines. Our courses take full advantage of our close proximity to Lake Champlain, the Saranac River, and the Adirondack Park.

Minimum Qualifications: The successful applicant must have a Bachelors degree in a science discipline from an accredited higher education institution, a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 grading scale), and a satisfactory score on the general portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The student must also demonstrate satisfactory writing and communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated potential in the areas of experimental design and analysis, environmental field research, GIS, and/or proficiency in one or more programming languages.

Funding: The student will be paid $15/hr with annual pay estimated at $19,059 in Year 1 and $18,999 in Year 2, for a total of $38,058.

To Apply: Application review will begin on November 8, with applications accepted until the position is filled. If interested, please email Dr. Mary Alldred (malld001@plattsburgh.edu) a single document containing: 1) a letter of interest describing previous educational and research experience, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) an unofficial copy of transcripts, and 4) contact information for at least three professional references. The successful candidate will apply online to the MS Natural Science program at SUNY Plattsburgh (https://www.plattsburgh.edu/programs/natural-science-masters.html).

Posted 10/8/19

Graduate position in marine ecology and genomics at Purdue University

One PhD position is available in the Christie Lab (http://christielab.bio.purdue.edu) at Purdue University to work on a recently-funded NSF project entitled: "Combined spatial and temporal analyses of population connectivity during a northern range expansion." This multi-institution, collaborative project will use multiple genetic approaches (genomics; RNA-seq) to identify range-wide patterns of population connectivity in the Kellet's Whelk (Kelletia kelletii) throughout California (see project abstract here: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1924537&HistoricalAwards=false).

This position will be held in the Department of Biological Sciences at Purdue University, and the student will be advised by Dr. Mark Christie (http://christielab.bio.purdue.edu/). The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to work closely with Drs. Crow White at Cal Poly (http://www.marine.calpoly.edu/faculty/crow-white) and Rob Toonen at the University of Hawai'i (http://tobolab.org/). Previous research experience with molecular techniques, computational work, statistics, bioinformatics, gene expression, and assisting with the design and implementation of experiments will be highly regarded.

If you are interested in joining the lab, please contact me directly at markchristie1500@gmail.com or christ99@purdue.edu with a CV and a brief description of your research interests and experience. Formal applications are due in December and on-campus interviews typically occur at the end of January.

Posted 10/6/19

MS/PhD Position Announcement - Spatial Population Ecology at UVA

I anticipate having an opening in my lab for a new MS or PhD student (PhD preferred) starting in the Fall of 2020.

Major areas of research in my lab (https://uva.theopenscholar.com/haynes-lab) are understanding 1) the causes of spatial and temporal variation in forest insect outbreaks, 2) factors leading to geographic variation in rates of invasive spread by forest pests, and 3) effects of artificial light at night (or "light pollution") on ecological processes from the population to ecosystem level. Work in my lab often includes a combination of analysis of spatial datasets, field observations and experiments, and/or computer modeling.

Applicants primarily interested in conducting research on spatial population dynamics (for example, see areas 1 and 2 above) are preferred. In addition, applicants interested in learning (or who have prior experience with) remote sensing, GIS, statistics, and/or writing computer code (for example, R, Matlab, Python) are preferred.

Funding for the position would most likely come from a research assistantship funded by Blandy Experimental Farm as well as a half-time teaching assistantship from the Department of Environmental Sciences. However, exceptional applicants are considered for a departmental fellowship or other available fellowships, which free the graduate student from teaching assistant duties during part of their time at UVA.

During summer semesters, the student would be based at Blandy Experimental Farm, a field station for environmental research and education located in the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

To inquire about the position, send a statement of your interests and a CV to haynes@virginia.edu.

Kyle Haynes
Research Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences
Associate Director, Blandy Experimental Farm
University of Virginia

Posted 10/6/19

MS Assistantships in Exurban Forest Ecosystem Management at UConn

We are now accepting applications for 6 MS Assistantships in Exurban Forest Ecosystem Management at the University of Connecticut starting August 2020:

Exurban development impacts ecological functioning and creates myriad challenges for land management practitioners such as small parcel management, changing landowner attitudes and objectives, and increased importance of non-traditional land management entities. The next generation of land management professionals will require intensive interdisciplinary training and knowledge, skills, and abilities that match these novel landscapes and stakeholder needs.

We offer a total of 6 MS positions beginning in August 2020 for a new Exurban Forest Ecosystem Management Fellowship program in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Connecticut. The positions are for graduate research assistantships and are fully funded for two academic years with full tuition remission. The overall focus of the fellowship program is on training students to effectively navigate the land management profession in our increasingly exurban world. Specific research topics could focus on one or more of the following areas: 1) carbon and nutrient cycling, 2) managing for ecosystem resiliency, 3) synanthropic wildlife, 4) ecosystem toxicology, 5) human dimensions and landowner decision-making, 6) land-use planning and parcelization, and 7) specialty wood products and non-timber forest products. As part of the Fellowship experience, each student will receive training in exurban forest management and planning, socio-ecological systems theory and application, ecosystem science and management, and communication and engagement through project-based service learning. Fellows will conduct engaged scholarship through cooperator-based research and gain direct experience working with categories of potential employers in novel and expanding sectors of land management stakeholders.

Qualifications:
An undergraduate degree in forestry, natural resources, environmental studies, or related degree program; an interest in collaborative, multi-disciplinary approaches to research and problem-solving; evidence of effective technical writing and a commitment to publishing peer-reviewed articles; applicants must be US citizens or native residents of U.S. territories.

Application procedures:
Please submit the following information as a single pdf document to robert.fahey@uconn.edu with a subject line "Exurban Forest Ecosystem Management Graduate Assistantship"
1) Letter detailing your interest in this opportunity (including preference for focus area/s)
2) CV
3) Transcripts and GRE scores (unofficial acceptable initially)
4) Contact information (name, affiliation, phone, email) for 3 references

Review of application materials will begin December 15, 2019 and continue until positions are filled.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Posted 10/4/19

Graduate student (M.S. or Ph.D.) position in Insect Ecology at The Ohio State University

A M.S. or Ph.D. graduate student position is available for Fall 2020 in the Sivakoff Lab at The Ohio State University, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology in Columbus, OH (https://eeob.osu.edu/). Research in the Sivakoff lab addresses questions related to insect ecology in managed systems and the importance of habitat quality on insect population dynamics. Recent foci include the impacts of historic mining reclamation on soil quality and plant-pollinator interactions and the impacts of heavy metal contamination on pollinator health and ecosystem services (see http://u.osu.edu/sivakofflab/). An ideal candidate will have interest in insect ecology, species interactions, or ecosystems services, and strong quantitative skills (or a desire to improve these skills). To apply, please send a single pdf file including your (i) CV, (ii) informal transcript showing classes taken and GPA, (iii) a brief statement (<500 words) describing your research interests, qualifications, and fit for this opportunity, and (iv) contact information for two academic references to Dr. Frances Sivakoff (sivakoff.3@osu.edu).

Review of applications will being October 21, 2019, and top candidates will be invited to apply to the EEOB graduate program, with a deadline of November 15, 2019. Preliminary field work may begin as early as Summer 2019.

The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment. We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

Posted 10/4/19

PhD Assistantship in Community Ecology at the University of Florida

Help us figure out what drives continental patterns of biodiversity across the National Ecological Observatory Network!

The Baiser lab of community ecology in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida (http://www.baiserlab.com/) is now accepting applications for a PhD Graduate Assistantship position for a newly funded project, NSF Macrosystems Biology: Local- to continental-scale drivers of biodiversity in NEON.

Project description: The project will explore diversity in mammal, fish, and beetle communities across North America by connecting fine-grained measurements of individual organism traits, like body size, to cross-scale drivers of biodiversity from plot to continental scales. The graduate position involves collecting and analyzing community and trait data. This project is in collaboration with co-PIs: Sydne Record (Bryn Mawr College), Phoebe Zarnetske (Michigan State University), and Angela Strecker (Western Washington University)

Position details: The assistantship includes full tuition coverage, Gator Grad Care health insurance, and a yearly stipend for up to five years. The position will be located at the UF campus in Gainesville, FL. Ideal start date is between January 1st and August 17th, 2020.

Qualifications: Qualified applicants will be highly motivated, enthusiastic, and will ideally have a strong undergraduate research background and/or an MS in ecology, biology, or a closely related field. Qualified applicants will also have a strong quantitative background with experience using the programming language R.

The application deadline is November 1, 2019

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Prospective students should send the following information with the subject line "PhD Position" to bbaiser@ufl.edu:

- One-page cover letter describing your research experience, interests, and goals
- CV
- Transcripts (unofficial) from undergraduate and graduate education
- Contact information for three academic references

Publications related to the project:

Read, Q. D., Grady, J. M., Zarnetske, P. L., Record, S., Baiser, B., Belmaker, J., ... & Thibault, K. M. (2018). Among‐species overlap in rodent body size distributions predicts species richness along a temperature gradient. Ecography, 41(10), 1718-1727.

Read, Q. D., Baiser, B., Grady, J. M., Zarnetske, P. L., Record, S., & Belmaker, J. (2018). Tropical bird species have less variable body sizes. Biology letters, 14(1), 20170453.

Posted 10/4/19

Two (2) funded PhD positions at the University of Delaware

The EArth observation for Sustainable Ecosystem and Livelihood (EASEL) group in the Department of Geography at the University of Delaware is seeking two motivated PhD students interested in smallholder agricultural systems in developing countries to join our program in Fall 2020. Funding is available through the department as research assistant (RA) or teaching assistant (TA). Candidates might also be eligible for university-wide fellowships.

Both positions offer competitive stipend, a tuition waiver, and subsidized health insurance. The students will directly work with Dr. Pinki Mondal (mondalp@udel.edu), and will interact with collaborators across the US and other countries (depending on the study area). Please check out the lab website for selected projects. However, the ideal candidates will develop their own research ideas.

Interested applicants should send a brief letter of interest and a copy of their CV (including GPA and GRE scores) via email to Dr. Pinki Mondal (mondalp@udel.edu) by October 31 prior to formally applying to UD Graduate School. The deadline for priority consideration for admission and funding is January 5, 2020. Women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The ideal candidate is passionate about and has expertise in geospatial (remote sensing/GIS) applications in environmental sciences. Prior experience in spatial modeling, Google Earth Engine (GEE) and/or R/Python is a plus. We are looking for a candidate who has (i) an interest in interdisciplinary research, (ii) good oral communication and writing skills, (iii) attention to detail, and (iv) willingness and ability to work independently.

Specific RA responsibilities will include (but are not limited to): (1) processing and interpreting satellite images, (2) collecting quantitative data in rural regions, (3) analyzing quantitative data, (4) assisting investigators with other research-related project activities, and (5) presenting findings at scientific meeting and submitting journal articles. While the RAs will assist with the project objectives, they will be encouraged to develop their own dissertation research questions to pursue within the context of the broader project.

The geography department is a nationally and internationally recognized department that offers a Masters degree in Geography, Ph.D. degrees in both Climatology and Geography, and a graduate-level certificate program in Geographic Information Science. Our students are also given the opportunity to pursue a Masters degree in Data Science. We have a diverse group of faculty with research expertise in GIS and remote sensing, climatology, political ecology and ecohydrology among others.

The University of Delaware is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer. Recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of Americas best universities to work for in 2012, the University of Delaware is located midway between Philadelphia and Baltimore, and is a Sea Grant, Space Grant, and Land Grant institution.   

Dr. Pinki Mondal
Assistant Professor, Department of Geography & Spatial Sciences
Joint appointment: Department of Plant & Soil Sciences
Resident Faculty, Data Science Institute
University of Delaware
Newark, Delaware 19716

Posted 10/4/19

Graduate student opportunities in the King lab at the University of Central Florida

The King lab at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL has openings for graduate students (MS and PhD) seeking to enroll in the 2020-21 academic year. The King lab is an insect ecology lab with a focus on social insects (ants and termites) and ecosystem service provisioning by insects (https://sciences.ucf.edu/biology/king/).

Current lab topics include fire ant ecology, spider predator-ant prey interactions, subterranean ant ecology, the ecology of social insects in the dead wood and soil environments, dung beetle ecology in southeastern US grasslands, ants as seed dispersers in eastern temperate forests, and applied conservation science with an emphasis on mitigating negative invasive ant-ground nesting vertebrate interactions.

Students in the lab are encouraged to develop and pursue projects under the broad subject of insect ecology. Students are also encouraged to pursue field- or lab-based manipulative experiments grounded in improving our understanding of both the natural history and ecology of the species of interest.

To apply, first contact Dr. Joshua King (joshua.king@ucf.edu) with a brief description of your interests and/or potential projects and your CV.

Second, the official application process and deadlines can be found here: https://sciences.ucf.edu/biology/graduate-program/applying/

Posted 10/3/19

Graduate student in cross-ecosystem, food-web ecology - UMaine

I am looking for a PhD student to join the Klemmer lab starting September 2020 at the University of Maine, Orono to study cross-ecosystem food webs and the implications of losses and additions of taxa for food-web stability. Stipend for the position will be funded through a combination of RA and TA positions in the Ecology and Environmental Science Program and School of Biology and Ecology.

The successful candidate will possess a strong academic record, field experience, the ability to identify bugs (freshwater, marine, or terrestrial invertebrates/insects), and love all things food web and cross-ecosystem subsidies. Interest/experience with predators in different food webs (fish, birds, etc.) preferred. We will be studying whole food webs, so must be interested in the top to the bottom. There will be lab work with this position (invertebrate ID, chlorophyll a analysis, isotope and/or fecal DNA prep). The work will consist of field surveys in Maine and potentially CO Rocky Mountains, and lots and lots of experiments, big and small. A bachelor's degree will be required by start of position, with additional work experience or graduate research experience preferred. Also required is an enthusiasm for wet feet, cold temperatures, moving back and forth from sea-level to 10,000 ft elevation, beautiful ecosystems, mosquito bites, and all the other awesome things that come with field work.

Interested candidates should email amanda.klemmer@maine.edu: a curriculum vitae, unofficial transcript from all relevant degrees, a scientific writing sample, and contact information for three references. Consideration of candidates will begin on November 1st, until the position is filled.

Posted 10/3/19

Doctoral student opportunities on integrative, multidisciplinary team studying rattlesnake and kangaroo rat predator-prey dynamics

We are recruiting PhD students to join a team carrying out an exciting multi-disciplinary project funded by the National Science Foundation. We will use laboratory, field, and computational work to connect the dots between muscle mechanics and biomechanics, landscape-level rattlesnake and kangaroo rat behavior, as well as population dynamics under different climatic regimes. Our team spans multiple institutions and labs:

Dr. Rulon Clark (San Diego State University): behavioral and evolutionary ecology of animals, with a focus on predator-prey interactions (rclark@sdsu.edu)
Dr. Tim Higham (University of California, Riverside): muscle physiology and biomechanics (thigham@ucr.edu)
Dr. Jeet Sukumaran (San Diego State University): computational and statistical modeling, bioinformatics, and machine learning (jsukumaran@sdsu.edu)

We will integrate approaches to understand not only how predator-prey interactions change under different temperature regimes, but also how changes in these dynamics influence population and ecosystem ecology. To this end, we are seeking applicants for three funded PhD's, one in each of the following areas:

1) Muscle physiology and biomechanics: focus on strike mechanics, three-dimensional predator-prey interactions, and skeletal muscle mechanics. The latter will involve both in vivo and in vitro experiments, with a focus on rattlesnake strikes.

2) Behavioral and population ecology of vertebrates: quantifying spatial ecology, activity cycles, predator and antipredator behaviors, and population demography of both rattlesnakes and kangaroo rats using animal-borne accelerometry, radio telemetry, spatial capture-recapture, and other field tools.

3) Computational modeling: focus on developing computational spatially-explicit simulations of rattlesnake and kangaroo rate interactions, machine learning approaches to infer and predict behavior and population cycles.

Team members will collaborate with graduate and undergraduate students, as well as post-doctoral researchers toward our common goal. However, our goal is not only to answer the research questions of this project, but to help YOU develop YOUR career as a scientist with both a broad multidisciplinary competency as well as a particular specialization. Thus while you will be exposed to and gain experience in multidisciplinary laboratory, field biology, as well as computational modeling skills, you will also develop a specialization of your own to contribute to the project AND build your career in your own specialized capacity.

For more information, please see the project recruitment website: https://sukumaranlab.org/join/rattlesnakes-and-rats/

Posted 10/3/19

Ph.D. Assistantship: Reproductive Performance and Migratory Connectivity of Long-billed Curlews Numenius americanus; Boise State University, Idaho

GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP (Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior) - at Boise State University. A position is potentially available for a motivated Ph.D. student to study (1) how well Long-billed Curlews reproduce along a gradient of human disturbance and (2) the movement ecology, migratory connectivity, and genetic connectivity of Long-billed Curlews, particularly using an extensive satellite telemetry dataset. This project would involve experimental field work and modeling to examine hypotheses surrounding (1) how human recreation in grassland and desert landscapes affects the reproductive fitness of Long-billed Curlews and (2) how breeding region, genetic structure, and other variables might interact with the movement ecology and migratory connectivity of curlews. The Ph.D. student will work in collaboration with faculty, scientists, land managers, students, and field technicians. This position includes support in the form of research and/or teaching assistantships (renewable, 12-month at $25,000), tuition and fee waiver, and health insurance and will provide opportunities to travel for field work, conferences, and/or training.

Qualifications of applicants should include: 1) experience with standardized surveys for birds, ideally including nest-searching and monitoring, 2) excellent communication skills and ability to work well as part of a team, 3) analytical skills, and 4) a passion for ecology. A Master's degree and experience with fieldwork, genetics techniques, modeling, and GIS/remote-sensing are preferred but not absolutely necessary. Please address your qualifications for each of these points in your cover letter. The potential position starts Fall (Aug) 2020.

The Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Ph.D. is a new and modern graduate program at Boise State University. This program brings together faculty from across multiple academic departments including biological sciences, geosciences, anthropology, and the human-environment systems group to offer relevant courses and provide unique mentorship and training opportunities. Further, we have created a network of valuable connections in academia, local relationships with federal and state agencies, nonprofits and NGOs, as well as partnerships with international organizations all dedicated to providing students with transformative research and educational experiences for diverse career opportunities. Additional resources at Boise State include the Biomolecular Research Center (https://brc.boisestate.edu/) and a Research Computing cluster. Students in this program enjoy living in the beautiful city of Boise, which strikes a perfect balance with close-by outdoor recreational activities as well as a vibrant downtown life. To learn more, please visit: https://www.boisestate.edu/eeb/prospective-students/.

Boise State University embraces and welcomes diversity in its faculty, student body, and staff. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Specifically, students from underrepresented ethnic or racial groups who have participated in LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation) programs in their undergraduate institutions are encouraged to co-apply for the Boise State Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship. This fellowship includes an excellent funding package with a $32,000 stipend annually for the first 2 years, a tuition and fee supplement, community building among fellows, individual faculty mentors provided to fellows, enriched academic and research opportunities, and participation in annual PNW LSAMP Alliance Conference and Graduate Showcase. More details can be found here: https://www.boisestate.edu/stem/lsamp/bridge-to-doctorate-fellowship/.

To Apply: send via email in a single file attachment (include your last name in the file name): a cover letter that states qualifications and career goals, a CV with the names and contacts for 3 references, copies of transcripts (unofficial are O.K.), and GRE scores and percentiles (not combined) to Jay Carlisle (EM: jaycarlisle@boisestate.edu  ). Please put "Long-billed Curlew Ph.D. application" in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received until December 1, 2019. If you do not have GRE scores by the deadline, your application cannot be considered. Top candidates will be interviewed by late December 2019 and asked to formally apply to Boise State's EEB program by the 15th of January 2020. All admission decisions must be approved by the Graduate Dean.

Posted 10/2/19

Opportunity for graduate student in Aquatic Ecology

The Department of Biology at University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science (MS) in Biology and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Environmental Health Science degrees. Terui lab at UNCG (https://aterui0111.wordpress.com/) seeks to understand spatial processes that support biodiversity in freshwater ecosystems. Our current research includes, but not limited to, the causes and consequences of plastic dispersal, the role of ecosystem complexity in driving population/community dynamics in rivers, and energy flows across aquatic-terrestrial food webs. We use theoretical, statistical, and field-based approaches to address fundamental and applied questions in spatial ecology.

We are currently looking for PhD students starting Fall 2020. Students who are interested in spatial/dispersal ecology in freshwater ecosystems are encouraged to apply. Our research involves fieldwork, quantitative analysis of existing datasets (e.g., Bayesian statistical models), and mathematical modeling. Therefore, we welcome diverse applicants with different experiences and strengths. Previous experience in fieldwork in aquatic environments and/or programming in R is a plus.

If interested, please contact me (a_terui@uncg.edu) with (1) your CV, (2) a one-page research statement describing your previous research experiences and interests, and (3) the names and contacts of three referees by the end of October. The departmental deadline for submitting the application to the graduate studies is December 15, 2019. If the student is accepted into the graduate program, there is the possibility for financial and tuition support in the form of teaching or research assistantships. For details, please see: https://biology.uncg.edu/graduate/apply/

TERUI, Akira
Department of Biology
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Research HP: https://aterui0111.wordpress.com/

Posted 10/2/19

PhD training program in Sustainable Oceans

UC Davis is accepting applications to a graduate Research Traineeship (NRT) program "Sustainable Oceans: From Policy to Science to Decisions" supported by a $3M award from the National Science Foundation. Our Sustainable Oceans NRT trains the next generation of PhD marine scientists under a new paradigm that puts the policy focus on the front-end of the research and training enterprise as a means of building more effective links between the science and decisions on sustainable use of living marine resources. The basis of the new interdisciplinary paradigm is combining traditional graduate training in core disciplines and interdisciplinary courses on marine science and policy with immersion into the policy process and politics surrounding ecosystem-based fishery management.

Starting in 2018, over 5 years, we anticipate training 60 PhD students, including 30 funded trainees, from the fields of ecology, conservation biology, economics, environmental policy, geology, physiology, biogeochemistry, and oceanography.

If you would like to learn more about this program, please visit https://sustainableoceans.ucdavis.edu

Posted 10/2/19

PhD opportunity in population/community ecology at Rice

The Miller Lab at Rice University is recruiting a PhD student to start in Fall 2020. We are broadly interested in demography, population biology, and species interactions, with a strong emphasis on bridging theoretical and empirical approaches. Current projects focus on stochastic population dynamics of plants and microbial symbionts, process-based modeling of species' range limits, rapid evolution during range expansion, and the spatial dynamics of habitat ecotones under climate change. We do empirical work in field, greenhouse, and laboratory settings and conduct theoretical work using analytical and computational models. The student will be expected to develop independent dissertation research that fits within the themes of the lab and will have opportunities to collaborate on ongoing projects, including our work at the Sevilleta LTER (https://lternet.edu/site/sevilleta-lter/). Learn more about the lab and our science here: http://www.owlnet.rice.edu/~tm9/

A bachelor's degree in Ecology, Biology, or related fields is required. Preferred applicants will have strong communication skills, field experience, and some quantitative training (mathematics, statistics, or computer science).

Our application is FREE. Learn more about the application process here: https://biosciences.rice.edu/graduate-studies/eeb-grad-program
Applications are due no later than December 31 but prospective applicants are encouraged contact Tom Miller (tom.miller@rice.edu) before then with their CV and a statement of research interests and relevant background.

The Rice EEB graduate program, based in the Department of BioSciences, is home to a vibrant community of faculty, postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate scholars in ecology and evolution. Our program has particular strengths in population and community ecology, behavioral ecology, conservation biology, evolutionary ecology, speciation, and evolutionary genetics and genomics. We are located in Houston, Texas, a diverse and dynamic city with world-class opportunities for dining, arts, and entertainment and access to diverse terrestrial and aquatic environments.

Posted 10/2/19

Graduate Research Opportunities in the Kominoski Ecosystem Ecology Lab at FIU

Research opportunities (MS and PhD) are available in the Kominoski Ecosystem Ecology Lab (https://kominoskilab.com) in the Institute of Water and Environment at Florida International University (https://inwe.fiu.edu/) beginning fall 2020.

The Kominoski Lab studies how organic matter processing and biogeochemical cycling in ecosystems change in response to human and climatic drivers. Projects could include: (1) plant species shifts in riparian and coastal ecosystems, (2) freshwater restoration of marsh wetlands of the Florida Everglades, (3) hurricane impacts to coastal wetlands, (4) saltwater intrusion effects on coastal wetlands, (5) fire and hydroperiod effects on nutrient cycling and plant productivity, (6) characterizing microbial communities and functional traits in dissolved and particulate organic matter, (7) quantifying relationships among dissolved organic matter properties, nutrient loading, and metabolism in urban aquatic ecosystems.

Applicants should be highly self-motivated, demonstrate quantitative and writing skills, have a desire to work in the field, have experience with data analysis, and be a collaborative team member.

To apply, please contact Dr. John Kominoski (jkominos@fiu.edu) with (1) cover letter describing interest in potential projects, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts, (4) contact information for three professional references.

Information about the Biology Graduate Program and University Graduate School at FIU:
Biology Department: https://biology.fiu.edu/
FIU Graduate School: http://gradschool.fiu.edu/

FIU is a public research university in Miami with a highly diverse, vibrant, and growing student body located near the eastern boundary of the Everglades. The Institute of Water and Environment is an FIU Preeminent Program in the College of Arts, Sciences & Education. It supports interdisciplinary research, interactive education, and public engagement by linking top scientists with thought-leaders and business professionals, as well as local, state, and federal collaborators to foster environmental sustainability.

FIU is also home to the Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research program (https://fcelter.fiu.edu/) and the CREST Center for Aquatic Chemistry and Environment (https://crestcache.fiu.edu/), which provide excellent resources and support for graduate students.

Posted 10/2/19

MS positions available @ Texas State University PCB Program

Texas State University Department of Biology

Faculty in the Population and Conservation Biology (PCB) M.S. program at Texas State University are actively recruiting new students for Fall 2020. The PCB program promotes strong mentor-student relationships and student-led research utilizing a variety of study systems. The program offers coursework in core areas of ecology, evolutionary biology, population genetics and animal behavior, and provides training in genomic analyses, GIS and dynamical systems modeling. Our graduates are employed in government agencies, environmental consulting firms, and nonprofit organizations, and many alumni have gone on to enroll in in a multitude of Ph.D. programs nation-wide.

In order to apply, first review the research interests of Texas State Biology professors (https://www.bio.txstate.edu/about/Faculty---Staff.html) and then contact a faculty member with whom you might be interested in working. Graduate students in the program are supported as Instructional (Teaching) Assistants and/or from research grants obtained by the faculty members. A number of in-house academic scholarships and research grants are also available for students as well.

https://www.bio.txstate.edu/Student-Resources/Department-Scholarships.html

Texas State University is located in San Marcos, a fun friendly college town not too far from San Antonio (50 miles) and Austin (30 miles). This part of Texas is rich in biodiversity, habitat types, outdoor recreational opportunities, and boasts unique arts and culture scene. For more information on admissions see:

For more information on the Population and Conservation Biology program and how to apply, see https://www.bio.txstate.edu/Graduate-Programs/M.S.PopulationConservationBiology.html, or contact the program director Dr. Noland Martin (nm14@txtate.edu).

Posted 10/1/19

Graduate Research Opportunities in the Malone Disturbance Ecology Lab

Research opportunities (MS and PhD) are available in the Malone Disturbance Ecology Lab (http://malonelab.fiu.edu/) at Florida International University in Miami, FL.

Potential project topics include: (1) Fire regimes and community change in the Florida Everglades (GIS and Remote Sensing). (2) Hurricane induced greenhouse gas hotspots in wetland ecosystems (Carbon Fluxes; Remote Sensing). (3) Megafires and landscape patterns (GIS and Remote Sensing). (4) Hydrology and the greenhouse carbon balance of Everglade wetlands (Carbon Fluxes). (5) Disease risk in Great Basin five-needle pines (GIS and Remote Sensing). (6) Maximizing carbon sequestration in crop production.

I welcome inquiries from prospective students interested in disturbance ecology, ecosystem ecology, data science, simulation modeling, or uncertainty analysis. Applicants should be self-motivated, excited to work as part of a multi-investigator project, and be comfortable working in a diverse collaborative setting.

To apply, please contact Dr. Sparkle Malone (smalone@fiu.edu) and include the following information:

Interest in potential projects
Resume or curriculum vitae
Transcripts (unofficial)

Applicants are encouraged to review the following information:
Biology Department: https://biology.fiu.edu/
FIU Graduate School: http://gradschool.fiu.edu/

Posted 10/1/19

Graduate student opportunities

Know anyone who wants to earn an environmental masters as a residential student in the heart of the Rockies? Know anyone who wants to earn a masters as a distance student from their regional environmental commitment or job anywhere in the world, and use those regional commitments as the basis of a master's project?

Western Colorado University's Master of Science in Ecology, Master in Environmental Management (MEM), and Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing programs are accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school-year.

The MS in Ecology residential program is looking for candidates who are intellectually curious about the natural world and who are keen to discover more about how it works. Students will receive rigorous scientific training needed to answer pressing questions in the ecology, conservation, and management of the Earth's biota, landscapes, and ecosystems. Contact Dr. Matthew Benoit for more information (mbenoit@western.edu). https://www.western.edu/academics/school-graduate-studies/master-science-ecology

The MEM program is looking for candidates who balance academic excellence with leadership experience. Western's MEM offers interdisciplinary training for building environmental and community resilience in three tracks: Integrative and Public Land Management, Sustainable and Resilient Communities, and Global Sustainability. See this video for more information. Contact Dr. John Hausdoerffer for more information (mem@western.edu). https://www.western.edu/academics/school-graduate-studies/master-environmental-management-mem

The Nature Writing MFA explores natural and built landscapes through many genres of writing, from essaying about Colorado's Fossil Ridge Wilderness to crafting poems about urban environments to reportage pieces exploring climate change issues. The MFA program works closely with national environmental organizations and magazines such as the Center for Humans and Nature and High Country News. Application deadline is June 1, 2020. Please contact Dr. Tyson Hausdoerffer for more information (thausdoerffer@western.edu). https://www.western.edu/academics/school-graduate-studies/graduate-program-creative-writing/nature-writing-0

To apply to any of these graduate programs go here: https://www.western.edu/admissions-office/graduate-admissions

Posted 9/30/19

Two funded PhD positions in trophic/quantitative ecology

The Lemoine Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Marquette University (www.marquette.edu/biology, www.natelemoine.com) recruiting up to two PhD students starting Fall 2020. The Lemoine Lab specializes in Trophic and Quantitative Ecology, using theoretical models, physiological and organismal lab experiments, and field experiments to understand how species interactions shape ecosystem function. Currently, the lab emphasizes predicting how climate change will alter community composition and ecosystem function via altered species interactions. Both students will be supported on an NSF-funded project quantifying the role of insect herbivores in nutrient cycling, decomposition, soil microbial communities, and primary production in grasslands ranging from western South Dakota to eastern Wisconsin. The project will examine how drought modifies ecosystem function using field- and lab-based drought experiments. Students might be expected to spend the summer research season living near the Black Hills, South Dakota to maintain the western experimental sites. Students will contribute to the NSF project while developing their own dissertations related to plant community ecology, trophic ecology, insect ecology, or quantitative ecology.

The Department of Biological Sciences at MU offers students the opportunity to gain a broad, interdisciplinary understanding of biology. The department has recently expanded its EEB program with four new faculty, and also houses large research programs in biochemistry, cellular biology, and animal physiology. In addition, the department has close connections with the Milwaukee Public Museum of Natural History. Several department faculty (including Lemoine) serve as adjunct curators at the museum, and graduate students will have access to a large collection of lepidopteran and coleopteran research collections at MPM, as well as plant growth, insect rearing, and genetic research infrastructure at MPM.

Wisconsin is home to a significant number of ecosystems, including tallgrass prairie, northern forests, wetlands, and western coulee and ridges in the Driftless Area. The diverse number of habitats, coupled with the significant amount of public lands, makes Wisconsin an excellent location for ecological research. Milwaukee is known for its festivals occurring every weekend throughout the summer, often multiple festivals on a single day, including the worlds largest music festival SummerFest.

How to apply: Those interested in applying are encourage to contact Dr. Nathan Lemoine (nathan.lemoine@marquette.edu) with a 1-2 page cover letter and CV. Suitable candidates will be encourage to apply online at www.marquette.edu/grad/programs-biological-sciences.php. Applicants will need official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a statement of professional goals and aspirations. I will also be at the ESA Meeting in Louisville, interested students are encourage to contact me to set up an informal meeting at ESA.

Stipend: Students receive a $23,000 9-month salary, and both students will receive summer support of an additional $7,000.

Qualifications: Students must hold a Bachelors degree in ecology, biology, or a related discipline (math/stats also acceptable). A MSc degree is preferred, but not required. Experience with statistics programming (R, Python, Matlab) is desirable, but not required. The most qualified applications will have good written skills, be independent, exhibit strong critical thinking and problem solving skills, and be able to work outdoors in sometimes adverse conditions. The candidates must meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States a the time of hiring.

Nathan Lemoine
Assistant Professor
Marquette University
Department of Biological Sciences

Posted 9/28/19

M.S. Level Graduate Research Assistantships available at TSU

M.S. level graduate research assistantships (approximately fifteen) are available at the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences within the College of Agriculture, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN for the Spring Semester of 2020.  Highly motivated students are encouraged to apply to work on a wide range of research projects with a research focus on Food and Animal Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Biotechnology, Applied Geospatial Information System, or Agribusiness, Agricultural Education, Leadership and Communication. Graduate research assistantship positions are awarded on a competitive basis. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to interact with scientists from academia, industry and government agencies.  These are fully funded 12 month M.S. research assistantship positions in agricultural sciences that include a competitive monthly stipend for two years. Interested students who have earned a bachelor degree in agricultural sciences, biological sciences, forestry, environmental science, geography or any other related fields should apply. Applicants may visit www.tnstate.edu/applynow and apply online for admission into the program by submitting: 1) CV/Resume, 2) statement of research interest and experience, 3) GRE scores (TOEFL scores are required for international applicants), 4) university transcripts (international transcripts must be evaluated by the foreign educational credential evaluation agency such as World Education Service https://www.wes.org/); and 5) three recommendation letters from professional referees. Standardized test scores and transcripts (including evaluated transcripts) must be sent directly by the agency.

The graduate programs at the College of Agriculture provide ample opportunities to enhance professional development and also engage with researchers and extension educators working on various multidisciplinary projects http://www.tnstate.edu/agriculture/. The graduate programs in agricultural sciences are designed to prepare graduates for the ever-demanding job market by developing the necessary set of skills and competency through interactions in a classroom setting, experiential hands-on learning, and network building opportunities. The college has three state-of-the-art experimental research facilities the main campus research and education center and two off-campus facilities, and 35 research laboratories for advanced microbiological, biotechnology, environmental sciences, food science, and animal science research using the latest instruments and technology.

Review of applications will start on the second week of November and will continue until suitable candidates are chosen. All applications that are received and completed by the priority deadlines (November 15, 2019) will receive full consideration for the assistantship; however, we will still review applications received before the regular deadline (January 6, 2020). Assistantship will be awarded on a space-available basis, therefore, we encourage submitting a complete Application Package as early as possible.

All inquiries should be directed to Dr. Bharat Pokharel, Graduate Coordinator by email at bpokhare@tnstate.edu or by telephone at +1-615-963-6054. Tennessee State University is a public university located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. Tennessee State University is an AA/EEO (affirmative action and equal employment opportunity) employer.

Posted 9/28/19

M.S. RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIP
PLANT SCIENCE

College of Agriculture
Department of Agricultural and
Environmental Sciences
3500 John A. Merritt Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37209

OBJECTIVE
Tennessee State University has a research assistantship available beginning in Spring 2020 in the area of Plant Science. Specific interests/experience include agronomy, soil science, plant biology, and/or plant physiology.

RESPONSIBILITIES
Establishment and maintenance of field sites
Sample collection and analysis of plant and soil samples
Harvest and processing of field collections
Statistical analysis and data management
Extension activities related to research

CONTACT
Dr. Jason de Koff
jdekoff@tnstate.edu
www.tnstate.edu/faculty/jdekoff/
615‐963‐4929

PROJECT SUMMARY
Winter canola is a crop that has a number of advantages including its use as a cover crop, forage, pollinator habitat, crop rotation, bioenergy feedstock and grain commodity. Our lab works to identify varieties that produce the highest yields in Tennessee, however, there is little information related to optimal fertilizer rates or insect pollinators of winter canola. This project will help identify the effects of different rates of nitrogen fertilizer and harvest date on winter canola yield, oil content, protein content, pollination, and other plant properties. This will provide farmers with additional information so that they can make the best decisions for their agribusiness.

Posted 9/28/19

Ph.D. Position Indigenous Mapping
Human-Environment Systems, Boise State University, Idaho, USA

We are accepting applications from highly talented students from domestic underrepresented minority backgrounds, who want to pursue a graduate degree (MS or PhD) focused on indigenous mapping. The student will conduct research that integrates indigenous and local ecological knowledge with remote sensing, GIS, and spatial analysis, to help guide the management of lands and natural resources that are important to tribal nations and communities. The student has the opportunity to engage with NASA scientists and a network of indigenous groups who are using geospatial mapping techniques.

Dr. Jodi Brandt (Story Map and Website) will be the students major advisor, and Dr. Cynthia Schmidt from NASA will help facilitate interactions with NASA scientists and indigenous mapping projects. The student will be co-advised by other faculty and collaborate with other students in the Human-Environment Systems community, a group of faculty, post-docs and students committed to trans-disciplinary, team-based, actionable research that addresses real-world environmental challenges. The student can work with the team to develop her/his own research project, or can integrate into ongoing indigenous mapping projects. The student will pursue a MS or PhD in Geosciences, Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, or Computing.
Qualifications

We are seeking students who have interest in natural resource management, indigenous and local ecological knowledge, spatial analysis, land use, remote sensing, modeling, and social-ecological systems. Competitive students will have research or job experience related to the topics above.

Stipend and tuition and fees
This position is part of Boise States recruitment for the NSF Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship. Boise State is recruiting 12 highly talented students from domestic underrepresented minority backgrounds, who are pursuing graduate studies in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs at Boise State University. The fellowship provides an excellent funding package, community, and additional research and professional development programming. Application is now live!

Here are some of the benefits to the Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship:
$32,000 stipend annually for the first 2 years.
Tuition and fee supplement, up to $12,000 annually.
Continued funding support at unit level.
Community building among BD Fellows.

Here is the link to our website for additional information and program eligibility: https://www.boisestate.edu/stem/lsamp/bridge-to-doctorate-fellowship/

To Apply
Please send via email in a single file attachment (include your last name in the file name): a cover letter that states qualifications and career goals, a CV with the names and contacts for 3 references, and copies of transcripts (unofficial are O.K.) to Jodi Brandt (email: jodibrandt@boisestate.edu). Please put Indigenous Mapping in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received until November 1, 2019. Top candidates will be asked to formally apply to a Boise State graduate program and the Bridge to Doctorate fellowship. All admission decisions must be approved by the Graduate Dean. Boise State University embraces and welcomes diversity in its faculty, student body, and staff. Accordingly, applicants who would add to the diversity and excellence of our academic community are encouraged to apply.

About Boise
Boise State is in the beautiful city of Boise, which strikes a perfect balance with close-by outdoor recreational activities as well as a vibrant downtown life. Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and the capital of the State of Idaho, Boise is frequently featured as a top-ranked metropolis. The city has ample opportunities for world-class outdoor activities year round and a thriving arts and entertainment culture. In 2017, US News and World report ranked Boise the 12th best city to live in the United States. To learn more, please view Visit Boise link at: https://www.cityofboise.org/

Posted 9/28/19

Graduate Research Assistantships in Soil Health at WSU

Two research assistantship positions (possibility for M.S. or Ph.D.) are available with Dr. Deirdre Griffin LaHues Soil Health & Sustainable Soil Management program at WSUs Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center (NWREC) in Mount Vernon, WA.

The successful applicants will conduct soil health surveys of major specialty crops in Washington Statepotatoes, onions, pulses, sweet corn, hops, wine grapes, tree fruitwith on-farm soil sampling, in-field and lab measurements of key soil health indicators, and collection and analysis of management meta-data. Students will engage directly with growers, land managers, regional Extension specialists, Conservation Districts, and other WSU faculty. This WSDA Specialty Crop Block Grant-funded project will improve our understanding of the current state of soil health in Washington and will be a key part of road-mapping for the states Soil Health Initiative.

The students will be based at the NWREC in Mount Vernon with an option to spend a semester on the main campus in Pullman, WA. The research project will entail frequent travel to the Columbia Basin and Yakima Valley of Washington.

Please contact Deirdre Griffin LaHue, d.griffin@wsu.edu.

Deirdre Griffin LaHue
Assistant Professor
Soil Quality & Sustainable Soil Management
WSU Mount Vernon
Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences
16650 State Route 536
Mount Vernon, WA
Office phone: (360) 848-6127
Twitter:@deirdregriff

Posted 9/28/19

Grad student positions in disturbance ecology at Boise State

Two positions are available for highly motivated PhD students to study disturbance ecology and ecosystem recovery, restoration, and conservation at Boise State University beginning Summer or Fall 2020. Potential topics include mapping, modeling, and predicting:

Extreme and interacting natural hazards

Biophysical and anthropogenic factors shaping fire probability and fire regime change

Heterogeneity of fire effects with applications for landscape connectivity and fire refugia

Human exposure and vulnerability to wildfire

Evaluating the efficacy of post-fire restoration efforts

Social-ecological recovery following wildfire, including of ecosystem function and services

Wildfire management and suppression strategies on private and public land

Local ecological knowledge related to fire management and implications for current fire regimes

The ideal students will develop their own research projects within these or related themes. Wildfire is emphasized above, but a focus on other ecological disturbances would be completely acceptable. The projects will include a variety of innovative and integrative aspects to identify and assess social and ecological drivers of disturbances and their consequences, including working with diverse stakeholders and integrating various types of field and multi-source remote sensing data (e.g., drones) into social-ecological modeling frameworks. Projects will be directly relevant to land management, policy, and planning in the American West, with the possibility of national-scale or international applications.

About the program

The PhD students will be advised by Dr. Megan Cattau and will be active members of the Human Environment Systems (HES) group at Boise State University. HES is a group of faculty and students committed to transdisciplinary, team-based, actionable research that addresses real- world environmental challenges. Additionally, these positions provide the opportunity to engage with the Idaho-wide Genes to Environment: Modeling, Mechanisms, and Mapping (GEM3) project.

Megan E. Cattau
Assistant Professor
Human-Environment Systems
Boise State University
ERB 4153 | Office: 208.426.2958
Pronouns: she / her / hers

Posted 9/28/19

Ph.D. student opportunity in eco-evo dynamics of range expansions - University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Williams Lab, Department of Geography & Biodiversity Research Centre

The Williams Lab at UBC is looking for a Ph.D. student to start in Fall 2020. Ongoing research includes projects on (1) eco-evolutionary dynamics of range expansions (including invasive species), (2) plant life history strategies in changing climates, and (3) variation in plant-herbivore interactions across space and time. We take a variety of approaches including experiments in the field and greenhouse and quantitative modeling. The PhD student will have the opportunity to develop his or her own research goals related to the broader lab objectives. I am particularly interested in prospective students who would like to use an empirical approach in the greenhouse or field to evaluate new theory about variability in range expansions.

Competitive applicants will have independent research experience; be motivated to develop or expand on their quantitative skills (statistical or modeling); and will bring curiosity and independence to their research. Ph.D. applicants should have or be working toward an M.Sc. (or have completed independent research that is moving toward publication) and a valid driver's license.

Students in the group benefit from interacting both with a diverse group of geographers interested in the environment, and with ecologists and evolutionary biologists from across UBC, who are brought together by the Biodiversity Research Centre for classes, seminars and discussion groups. We have ties with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, and land managers at native prairie sites across the Pacific Northwest that can facilitate locating field sites and developing applied angles of research projects.

Applications for Ph.D. students in early January 2020, but I encourage interested students to contact me by November 15. Please send an email (jennifer.williams@geog.ubc.ca) including a brief statement that describes your research interests, past research experience, and why you are interested in this position, and attach your CV and an unofficial transcript.

Please see the lab website for more information: http://williamslabubc.weebly.com/ and find information about applying to UBC Geography here: http://www.geog.ubc.ca/graduate/. All students admitted to Geography are guaranteed a stable minimum income that comes from a combination of teaching assistantships and UBC fellowships. Outstanding students will be competitive for a UBC Four Year Fellowship or UBC International Doctoral Fellowship and I would be happy to assist Canadian students with their NSERC applications.

Posted 9/27/19

PhD Assistantship in Sustainable Agroecosystems at West Virginia University

Summary:

The Freedman Lab (http://freedman.davis.wvu.edu) at West Virginia University (WVU) is seeking applications for a PhD-level Graduate Research Assistantship in Sustainable Agroecosystems. The successful applicant will work with a collaborative group of researchers on a USDA-AFRI sponsored project to investigate the impact of land management strategies on the soil food web and its implications for sustainable bioproduct agroecosystems on poor quality agricultural land.

Competitive applicants will be highly motivated, enthusiastic and will have a strong background in ecology, microbiology, soil science or a related field. Experience with assessments of soil fauna (including microbes), biogeochemical assays and computational analysis (e.g., bioinformatics, coding, modeling) is preferred. The expected start date is flexible and can be as early as January 2020.

Tuition Waiver and Stipend:

The assistantship includes full tuition coverage, benefits, and a renewable 12-month stipend of $24,632.

To Apply:

Prior to submitting a formal application to the WVU Graduate School (https://graduateadmissions.wvu.edu), prospective students should e-mail the following documents to Zac Freedman (zachary.freedman@mail.wvu.edu): 1) a cover letter describing your research experience, interests and goals, 2) a current CV, 3) unofficial transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate education and 4) contact information for three academic references. Review of e-mail applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries received before October 25 will receive full consideration.

University and Community:

WVU is located in Morgantown and lies in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. We are a comprehensive land grant university enrolling about 30,000 students in over 100 degree programs. Our Carnegie Classification is "Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity". The Division's faculty and graduate students conduct cutting-edge research in a wide range of natural resource disciplines and have ready access to West Virginia's forests and working lands for natural laboratories and recreational activities. Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation. WVU is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

Posted 9/27/19

Graduate student position in evolutionary ecology

Mark Urban's lab in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department at the University of Connecticut is looking for Ph.D. candidates to begin in Fall 2020.

We address questions at the interface of ecology and evolution with a focus on understanding the creation and maintenance of biodiversity and resilience of natural systems to disturbances such as climate change. Current projects include whole-pond manipulations of amphibian communities, understanding the effects of climate change on Arctic fish, eco-evolutionary dynamics in aquatic microcosms, the genomics of adaptation, and improving predicted extinction risks from climate change. We are looking for independent thinkers who will complement our research team. See our website for more information: http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/people/urban/

Come join a highly collaborative lab group situated in a top EEB program. The UConn EEB Department offers a highly collaborative environment at a leading public research university that is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic community. More information about the Department can be found at http://www.eeb.uconn.edu. The University of Connecticut (UConn) is in the midst of a transformational period of growth supported by the $1.7B Next Generation Connecticut (http://nextgenct.uconn.edu/) and the $1B Bioscience Connecticut (http://biosciencect.uchc.edu/) investments.

Candidates should have at least a Bachelor's degree, an excellent GPA (>3.5), above average GRE scores, and applicable research experience. Preference is given to students with proven research records, published scientific articles, external funding, Master's degree, or substantial research experience (e.g., as a research technician). Applications from groups historically underrepresented in STEM fields are encouraged to apply. A number of University scholarships are available to top candidates.

To apply, first send Mark Urban (mark.urban@uconn.edu) a cover letter detailing your research interests and experience as well as a resume or curriculum vita. Include current GPA and GRE scores. After reviewing applicants, I will select a shortlist of candidates to apply more formally to our graduate program. Application period is rolling; review of applications will begin in October.

Posted 9/27/19

Graduate Student Positions in Aquatic/Fisheries Ecology

Aquatic Ecology Laboratory
Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH

Research opportunities:  Dr. Stuart Ludsin (www.ludsinlab.com/) has openings available for M.S. and/or Ph.D. students to conduct basic and applied research in aquatic ecology. Research topics include: 1) impacts of harmful algal blooms and bottom hypoxia on Lake Eries food webs and fisheries; 2) ecology and fishery dynamics of Lake Erie walleye and yellow perch; and 3) the ecology of food webs and sport fishes in Ohio reservoirs.

Location: Successful candidates will join a dynamic, interactive group of students, post-docs, and faculty at The Ohio State Universitys Aquatic Ecology Laboratory (http://ael.osu.edu/) within the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology (http://eeob.osu.edu/).

Qualifications: Successful applicants will be creative, motivated, and capable of working effectively both independently and in collaborative groups. A Bachelors degree and/or M.S. degree in biology, ecology, fisheries, general aquatic sciences, or a related field is required. Strong writing, quantitative, and people-management skills are essential.

Stipend: ~$2,389/month plus full tuition waiver and health benefits. 

Start date: Fall 2020.

How to apply: Application review will begin on Nov. 15, with applications accepted until suitable candidates are found. If interested, please email Dr. Stuart Ludsin (apps.AEL@gmail.com): 1) a letter of interest that briefly describes your educational and research background, as well as  your research interests/goals; 2) a curriculum vitae (or resume); 3) an unofficial copy of your transcript(s); 4) contact information for at least three professional references; and 5) your GRE scores (although they are not mandatory for admission) and (if applicable) TOEFL/TSE scores. Please put Ludsin Graduate Positions in the subject line.

Additional information: For additional information about application procedures and requirements, visit https://eeob.osu.edu/grad/program-admissions. For more information about the Aquatic Ecology Laboratory or Dr. Ludsin, please visit the websites above or contact me at apps.AEL@gmail.com.

The Ohio State University
Stuart A. Ludsin
Professor, Department of Evolution,  Ecology, and Organismal Biology
Director, Fish Management in Ohio Partnership (with Ohio Division of Wildlife)
Co-Director, Aquatic Ecology Laboratory
Aquatic Ecology Laboratory, 222 Research Center, 1314 Kinnear Road, Columbus, OH 43212
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology
614-292-1613 Office / 614-795-7044 Mobile / 614-292-0181 Fax
ludsin.1@osu.eduemail / http://ael.osu.edu & http://www.ludsinlab.com / web

Posted 9/26/19

Translational Plant Sciences PhD Program at The Ohio State University Now Accepting Applications

The Translational Plant Sciences Graduate Program (TPSGP) at The Ohio State University is accepting applications for the 2019-2020 academic year. This Ph.D. program offers full remission of tuition and fees, as well as a competitive stipend and additional support funds. TPSGP leverages the strengths of an interdisciplinary group of participating faculty to create a dynamic program which prepares students to become the next-generation of leaders in global agricultural biotechnology.

TPSGP differs from traditional graduate programs in that there are no prescribed courses required by the program. Instead, a compact and rigorous academic plan is tailored to the needs to each individual. In addition to an in-depth research experience, TPS fellows gain practical experience outside of academia through internships in settings tailored to their individual career goals. Internship opportunities include biotechnology industry, international research, science policy, science writing, agricultural extension, and teaching enhancement.

This program is designed for highly motivated students from a variety of undergraduate and masters level programs including chemistry, engineering, entomology, molecular genetics, microbiology, ecology, evolution, crop sciences and plant pathology. The application deadline is December 1st, 2019. For additional information please visit our website at https://tpsgp.osu.edu/home

Posted 9/25/19

M.S. in EVS - recruiting students

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is currently recruiting for the spring 2020 cohort in the Master of Science in Environmental Studies program. The M.S. in EVS is an exciting, interdisciplinary curriculum with a focus on applied learning, and culminating in a semester-long internship with an environmentally related organization or a research experience (no thesis required). Our program is both challenging and rewarding, with a high degree of collegiality among students and faculty. Students will also select an area of concentration within which to focus their studies. M.S. concentrations are available in Coastal Management, Environmental Conservation and Management, Marine and Coastal Education, and Environmental Education and Interpretation. An Individualized Concentration is also available for those who wish to design their own curriculum in conjunction with faculty.

For more information, as well as a link to application materials: http://uncw.edu/evs/graduate_programs.html
For more information about UNCW please see: www.uncw.edu.
The priority application deadline for spring 2020 is October 1, 2019 and the regular deadline is November 1, 2019.
For other questions or additional information, please feel free to contact the Graduate Program Coordinator via email below.

Dr. Devon Eulie, eulied@uncw.edu 

Posted 9/25/19

Dual Degree M.S. in EVS/M.P.A - recruiting students

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is currently recruiting for the spring 2020 cohort for our NEW DUAL DEGREE PROGRAM - Master of Science in Environmental Studies and Master of Public Administration program. This is the first Dual Degree Program at UNCW where successful candidates can earn two degrees in three years as opposed to four years if enrolled separately.

This degree option is specifically for students who want to bridge the communication gap between environmental science and public policy. Potential post-graduation opportunities associated with the program include: career tracks in coastal planning and management and other environmental programs at the federal, state, or local level; careers in nonprofit organizations focused on environmental issues; and private sector jobs focused on consulting or regulatory compliance. Our program is both challenging and rewarding, with a high degree of collegiality among students and faculty between both departments.

Students seeking admission to the dual M.S. EVS/M.P.A. degree program must complete an application for admission to both programs. Students must be successfully admitted to both degree programs, in accordance with their individual standards and requirements.

For more information, as well as a link to application materials: http://uncw.edu/evs/graduate_programs.html
For more information about UNCW please see: www.uncw.edu.
For the M.S. EVS: the priority application deadline for spring 2020 is October 1, 2019 and the regular deadline is November 1, 2019.
For M.P.A.: the deadline for spring 2020 is December 1, 2019.
For other questions or additional information, please feel free to contact the Graduate Program Coordinators via email below.
For the M.S. EVS: Dr. Devon Eulie, eulied@uncw.edu 
For M.P.A.: Dr. Christopher Prentice, prenticec@uncw.edu

Posted 9/25/19

Graduate Assistantship in Phytoplankton Ecology @ UL Lafayette

The Stauffer Lab in the Dept. of Biology at University of Louisiana at Lafayette (www.staufferlab.com) is recruiting for one graduate student (Ph.D.-level preferred) to begin in Summer 2020. Interested applicants should have research interests in the areas of phytoplankton community dynamics, plankton and marine food webs, and coastal biological oceanography. Current projects in the lab focus on bottom-up and top-down controls on phytoplankton communities in nearshore, coastal, and oceanic environments. Our lab uses a variety of techniques including the classical (microscopy, etc.) and the modern (flow cytometry, etc.) both in the lab and in the field and works heavily in the Gulf of Mexico. Students should have relevant previous research experience and/or a Masters degree in a relevant field.

Please email Dr. Stauffer (beth.stauffer@louisiana.edu) directly if you're interested in this opportunity, including a brief description of your research interests, relevant experience, and current CV or resume. Graduate student funding for up to 2 years will be through a research assistantship on a collaborative project with oyster biologists funded by Louisiana Sea Grant. Additional years will be funded through a combination of research and teaching assistantships, and there are several competitive fellowships for which well-qualified students can be considered. The selected student will also be expected to participate in the Louisiana Sea Grant Graduate Research Scholars program (https://www.laseagrant.org/outreach/ladia/scholars/). Students from underrepresented groups in science and first-generation graduate students are encouraged to apply.

The Department of Biology has approximately 75 graduate students and 25 graduate faculty members conducting research on a wide variety of topics. Find out more about the department (www.biology.louisiana.edu), graduate school (www.gradschool.louisiana.edu), and Stauffer Lab (www.staufferlab.com). The deadline to apply to the graduate program is 1 Feb 2020; however, earlier applications are highly encouraged and applicants must be in contact with Dr. Stauffer to be competitive.

Posted 9/24/19

Graduate Research opportunities in fish ecology, Ohio State University

Dr. Elizabeth Marschall (https://ael.osu.edu/people/marschall.2) has up to two openings for M.S. or Ph.D. students in two research areas: 1) To study how yellow perch (Perca flavescens) response to spatial and temporal changes in habitat (e.g., dissolved oxygen and temperature) lead to shifts in their spatial and temporal distributions in Lake Erie. This project will combine habitat and fish-behavior modeling with field tests and refinements of the models. 2) To study the interaction between life histories, local adaptations, and climate change via development of eco-evolutionary models.

Start date: Summer or fall 2020.

How to apply: The EEOB deadline for graduate admissions applications is November 15, 2019. EEOB graduate application procedures and forms can be found at http://eeob.osu.edu/grad/program-admissions and OSU Graduate School requirements at http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/.

All official applications must be submitted online through the "gradadmissions" link above by the deadline. To expedite my ability to review your application, however, you should also submit your application materials directly to me (marschall.2@osu.edu). In a single PDF, submit: a statement of interest, a CV, an unofficial copy of your transcripts, and contact information for at least three professional references.

See https://ael.osu.edu/opportunities#Grad-opportunities for additional details.

Posted 9/24/19

Funded Graduate Research Assistantship (MS or PhD) on Mangrove Structure and Function at the University of Florida/USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center

A fully funded Graduate Research Assistantship (MS or PHD) is available as part of a collaborative project between Dr. David Kaplan at the University of Florida (https://www.watershedecology.org) and Dr. Michael Osland at the USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center (https://www.usgs.gov/staff-profiles/michael-johannes-osland). We are seeking a highly motivated student to investigate coastal wetland structure and function across a latitudinal gradient beginning in fall 2020.

While several studies have documented or modeled the expansion of mangroves in response to warming winter temperatures, few have directly quantified how ecosystem properties and functions vary across latitudes. Given projections of accelerated climate-induced ecosystem change, this information is critical for helping coastal resource managers better prepare for the ecological consequences of a changing climate.

Preferred applicants will be highly motivated and have field experience, strong quantitative skills, an interest in both field work and statistical analyses, and excellent written and oral communication skills. Students with strong initiative to develop their own research questions alongside the project's overarching objective are particularly encouraged to apply. Experience or interest in science communication is a plus. The selected student will enroll in the UF School of Natural Resources and the Environment (http://snre.ifas.ufl.edu) and be a member of Dr. Kaplan's Watershed Ecology Lab (https://www.watershedecology.org). More information on the degree program and application process can be found here: http://snre.ifas.ufl.edu/academics/graduate/how-to-apply/.

Assistantships include stipend, tuition, and health insurance. If you are interested in applying, email Dr. Kaplan (dkaplan@ufl.edu) with a copy of your CV, GRE scores and GPA, contact information for three references, and a brief statement (<500 words) outlining your research interests, career goals, and why you would like to pursue a graduate degree.

Contact information:
Dr. David Kaplan, Associate Professor, UF Environmental Engineering Sciences
(dkaplan@ufl.edu; http://www.watershedecology.org; https://cfw.essie.ufl.edu)

Dr. Michael Osland, Research Ecologist, US Geological Survey Wetland and Aquatic Research Center
(mosland@usgs.gov; https://www.usgs.gov/staff-profiles/michael-johannes-osland)

Posted 9/24/19

M.Sc. student positions in Plant Ecophysiology and Global Change Biology

We offer two M.Sc. student opportunities at the University of Alberta in the Department of Renewable Resources. Start date: May 1, 2020.

The first position is in Plant Ecophysiology. The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr. Uwe Hacke and co-supervised by Dr. Joan Laur. The student will study the uptake of water and other elements via plant roots. For more information see here: https://tinyurl.com/y38gtcej

The 2nd position is in Global Change Biology. The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr. Uwe Hacke and co-supervised by Dr. Andreas Hamann. The student will study how forest trees cope with environmental changes. For more information see here: https://tinyurl.com/y473beka

Posted 9/24/19

M.S. or Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship in Biological Invasions

The Howeth Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama invites applications for a M.S. or Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship in community ecology and invasion biology beginning Spring (January, preferred) or Fall (August) 2020. A highly motivated student is sought to perform novel ecological research addressing the interaction of invasions of non-native species and metacommunity dynamics in freshwater ecosystems. There is opportunity for the development of independent projects building upon the lab's recent research in model systems, including zebra mussels and zooplankton, to test ecological theory. Facilities for experimental mesocosm research are available on campus at the Indoor Mesocosm Glasshouse and outdoors at the University of Alabama Tanglewood Biological Station. Observational studies may be conducted in local or out-of-state pond and reservoir ecosystems.

Interested students should send an e-mail to Dr. Jennifer Howeth (jghoweth@ua.edu) with "2020 Graduate Assistantship" in the title and include a (1) cover letter, (2) CV, (3) statement of research interests and experience, (4) scientific writing sample (e.g., laboratory report, thesis, manuscript), (5) GRE scores (if available), (6) unofficial copies of transcripts, and (7) contact information for three references in biology/ecology.

Application review will begin immediately. Qualified applicants will be invited to apply to the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama no later than the December 5, 2019 departmental deadline. The Department of Biological Sciences offers Graduate Teaching Assistantships and competitive fellowships to support admitted students.

Relevant Links:
Howeth Lab: http://howethlab.ua.edu/
Tanglewood Biological Station: https://tanglewood.ua.edu/
Department of Biological Sciences: http://bsc.ua.edu/
University of Alabama: www.ua.edu

Tuscaloosa, Alabama (https://visittuscaloosa.com/) is a vibrant university community with numerous cultural and recreational opportunities available. The Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, located on the banks of the Black Warrior River and just minutes from the UA campus, brings a variety of shows and musicians to the city. Recreational activities such as canoeing and hiking are quite popular in the nearby Black Warrior and Sipsey River natural protected areas, and the Talladega National Forest. The major city of Birmingham, Alabama is only a 45 minute drive.

The University of Alabama complies with applicable laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of genetic information, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability or veteran status in employment or in any program or activity offered by the University.

Posted 9/24/19

Funded graduate student position in urban ecology at Univ. of Pittsburgh

The Carson Lab at the University of Pittsburgh in close collaboration with Dr. Tim Nuttle from Civil and Environmental Consultants (CEC) is seeking a doctoral student in the area of Urban Ecology. The position is fully funded for 4-5 years. The University of Pittsburgh has formed a dynamic group of ecologists and evolutionary biologist by recently hiring six new faculty, and CEC is one of the premier ecological consulting firms in the country with 24 offices nationwide. We seek an enthusiastic and committed young scholar who would work at the interface of basic and applied ecology encompassing the fields of restoration ecology, riparian ecology, and invasive species ecology. The research would hone in on solving environmental challenges of an ecological nature inherent to urban ecosystems. Additional research outside of urban areas would also be possible. The successful applicant will have significant flexibility to carve out a dissertation within the broad domain of the goals of the project. Note that Dr. Nuttle has full adjunct status in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. At the end of the degree, it is expected that the applicant would be well qualified for either a position in academics or the private sector. For more information please see our respective websites (https://www.biology.pitt.edu/ and https://www.cecinc.com/). Interested students should simultaneously contact both Dr. Carson and Dr. Nuttle and attach a CV or Resume to the email (walt@pitt.edu, tnuttle@cecin.com).

Posted 9/24/19

Graduate Position: Forest Ecosystem Ecology

Graduate positions (prefer PhD) are available to study how shifting the nutrient economy influences forest productivity & ecosystem processes for summer/fall 2020. The project will utilize a ten-year field fertilization experiment that has increased the growth of arbuscular mycorrhizal associated tree species, but has suppressed the growth of ectomycorrhizal associated tree species. The main area of novel study is investigating the mechanisms that can explain this response and to understand the consequences on ecosystem function. An ideal candidate will be broadly trained in terrestrial ecology, but should have a background in plant ecology, plant-soil interactions, forestry, or a related field.  If interested, please contact Dr. Jared DeForest (deforest@ohio.edu) in the Department of Environmental and Plant Biology at Ohio University for details on applying or the project.

Posted 9/24/19

Graduate Positions Open - University of Vermont, Biology

The Department of Biology, University of Vermont, seeks qualified PhD and MS applicants for the Fall of 2020 to join our interdisciplinary research program in ecology and evolution.

We are a medium-sized, integrative biology department (most labs typically have 3 to 5 graduate students) with a passion for our research and our teaching. We will work with you to design a successful research program that will prepare you for your career in academic, medical or private sector research; government work; or teaching at the baccalaureate level.

Our department has recently been awarded a major NSF-funded National Research Training grant in Quantitative and Evolutionary STEM training (QuEST). The QuEST grant provides doctoral students with foundational training in quantitative data analysis and modeling, fellowship support, and internship placements to apply evolutionary principles toward solving real-world problems.

Potential faculty mentors in the Department of Biology include: Ingi Agnarsson (systematics), Alison K. Brody (plant-animal interactions), Charles J. Goodnight (evolutionary theory), Nicholas J. Gotelli (community ecology), Sara Helms Cahan (sociobiology), Brent L. Lockwood (physiological ecology), Melissa Pespeni (ecological genomics), Lori Stevens (population genetics).

The department and campus have excellent facilities for research, and there are opportunities for collaboration with faculty and graduate students in other units on campus, including Complex Systems, Plant Biology, The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, and The Gund Institute for the Environment. Our faculty conduct their field research at sites around the globe, but there are also exciting projects ongoing in Lake Champlain and the nearby Green Mountains and Adirondacks.

Founded in 1791, UVM is consistently ranked as one of the top public universities in the United States. The University is located in Burlington, Vermont, a vibrant and environmentally-minded small city rich in cultural and recreational activities for graduate students and their families.

We only admit students for whom we have secured financial support through graduate teaching fellowships, QuEST fellowships, or external grants. Before you apply, you should directly contact individual faculty members to explore mutual research interests and projects.

This link will give you an overview of graduate life in the Biology Department: https://www.uvm.edu/cas/biology/graduate-programs-overview

This link will let you explore the web pages and research interests of individual faculty: https://www.uvm.edu/cas/biology/faculty-staff

This link will give you information about the QuEST program: https://www.uvm.edu/quest

This link will let you begin the application process: https://www.applyweb.com/uvmg/index.ftl

If you have any additional questions, please contact the Chair of Graduate Affairs, Dr. Nicholas J. Gotelli (ngotelli@uvm.edu).

We hope to see your application for Fall 2020!

Posted 9/21/19

Graduate positions in Evolutionary Ecology at the University of Hong Kong

The Integrative Biology and Evolutionary Ecology Research group (iBEER Lab) at the University of Hong Kong is seeking applications for highly motivated Master & PhD students interested in studying eco-evolutionary dynamics in changing environments. The research will involve fieldwork in tropical and sub-tropical regions in Asia as well as manipulative laboratory experiments in Hong Kong. The research projects aim to gain a better understanding of phenotypic and molecular mechanisms of adaptive evolution in extreme environments and along geographic/climatic clines. Our research group follows the Krogh's Principle (i.e., for every biological problem, there is an organism ideally suited as an experimental model). Based on this concept, we have worked in different ecological systems (e.g., Antarctic waters, tropical coasts, upwelling regions, deserts), using different organisms, from unicellular fungi and phytoplankton to bigger eukaryotes such as molluscs, crustaceans, elasmobranchs, seaweeds amphibians and marsupials. In our work, we address transversal questions in evolutionary biology using the interaction of different approaches from comparative physiology to quantitative genetics, genomics and transcriptomics.

More info: https://sites.google.com/site/jdgecv/  or https://www.ibeerlab.com

Potential areas of research are:
Genetic basis of phenotypic plasticity & physiological adaptations in marine organisms.
Functional Phylogeography: understanding local adaptation & geographic gradients of selection
The adaptive role of host-microbiome interactions in changing oceans
Seaweed & seagrasses functional genomics and evolution.

Qualifications and requirement:
BSc degree in biology or related fields (or will have completed a BSc before the position start);
High motivation & strong interest in evolutionary biology;
Proficiency in English;
Evidence of strong academic record (good GPA and ideally publications)
Background in eco-physiology, population genetics, functional genomics, quantitative genetics, molecular ecology, bioinformatics, evolutionary biology, or related disciplines is desirable;
Strong and collaborative communication skills
Willingness to learn new skills and theoretical frameworks in evolutionary biology.

Study Environment: The University of Hong Kong is an English-speaking institute and one of the most international universities in Asia. HKU was ranked 35th according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019. https://www.gradsch.hku.hk/gradsch/prospective-students/why-choose-hku

A Postgraduate Scholarship will be available to graduates with good quality degrees (1st class honours or equivalent, GPA >3.5), in addition to annual leave and medical benefits. Applicants who have a Bachelor's degree with honours will be considered for admission to a 4-year PhD programme, whereas those who have already hold a research master's degree (e.g., MPhil) will only be considered for admission to a 3-year PhD programme. Information about the programme, including requirements for admission can be found here: https://www.gradsch.hku.hk/gradsch/web/apply/guide1920/

Application deadline for 2020: 1st of December 2019. Applicants are encouraged to contact me at least 2 months prior to the deadline.

Start Date: any time in 2020 or early-2021.

How to apply: Please send (1) a CV, (2) motivation letter describing research interests, skills and career goals, and (3) contact details for 2-3 references to Juan Diego Gaitan-Espitia (juadiegaitan at gmail.com). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Thank you!

Juan Diego Gaitan-Espitia
Assistant Professor
Integrative Biology & Evolutionary Ecology Research (iBEER)
School of Biological Sciences
University of Hong Kong
website: https://sites.google.com/site/jdgecv https://www.ibeerlab.com

Posted 9/21/19

Two PhD student Positions in Marine Ecology

The Nelson lab at the University of Louisiana Lafayette (https://www.nelsonecolab.net/) and the Roberts Lab at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) (https://lumcon.edu/broberts/) are seeking two highly motivated, enthusiastic, and organized individuals to study the relationship of human disturbance to ecosystem services in offshore sand shoal habitats in coastal Louisiana. The Nelson and Roberts labs conduct interdisciplinary research in coastal ecosystems to understand how marine organisms respond to changing environmental conditions. We use a variety of techniques in our work including field surveys, experimental approaches, stable isotope analysis, biogeochemical analysis, mathematical modeling, and remote sensing. One candidate will work primarily with Dr. Nelson on the faunal response of shoal organisms to dredging, the other candidate will work primarily with Dr. Roberts on the response of sediment biogeochemistry and primary production to dredging. Additional information about the project can be found HERE.

Interested candidates should email a C.V. and brief statement of interest with the subject "Shoal Project PhD" to nelson@louisiana.edu and broberts@lumcon.edu.

Posted 9/21/19

M.Sc. Graduate Position - Wetland Restoration/Nutrient Dynamics Murray State University

Graduate Research Assistant (M.Sc.), Wetland restoration and nutrient cycling, Watershed Studies Institute and Murray State University.

One full-time position to begin when filled. Qualifications: B.S. in biology, ecology, or related discipline. Previous experience with aquatic ecosystems, field experiments, strenuous field conditions, and experience with nutrient cycling, hydrology and biogeochemistry is highly desirable. Responsibilities: To conduct research on the effects of bottomland hardwood restoration on nutrient cycling while completing a M.Sc. degree in Watershed Science. This project is fully funded, including tuition waiver. Salary: $16,500 per year. Other benefits include potential for free housing at the Hancock Biological Station (Murray, KY).

The successful applicant will join a team of faculty and graduate students quantifying macroinvertebrates, fish and riparian consumers. To Apply: Email a letter of application, curriculum vitae including undergraduate GPA and GRE scores, and the names and email addresses of three references to Dr. Michael Flinn (mflinn@murraystate.edu). Deadline: October 20, 2019 or until the position is filled. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Murray State University is an equal education and employment opportunity, M/F/D, AA employer.

Posted 9/21/19

Multiple PhD positions in Ecological and Environmental Informatics (Northern Arizona University)

Do you have a passion for ecology and an interest in data science?

 The Informatics PhD program with an emphasis in Ecological and Environmental Informatics at Northern Arizona University (https://nau.edu/) integrates informatics (data science, computing, statistical analysis, synthesis, modeling) ecology, climate science, and other environmental science disciplines to address pressing environmental issues. Students in this program can opt to participate in the T3 option (https://ecoinfo.nau.edu/index.php/nrt/), which aims to train students in team science and communication as they gain expertise in Ecological and Environmental Informatics. Our goal is to prepare students for a diverse range of career paths.

The T3 option is funded through a prestigious National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) award, and is supported by world-class faculty (https://ecoinfo.nau.edu/index.php/who-we-are/) whose research interests and expertise span a broad range of fields (https://ecoinfo.nau.edu/index.php/what/). Exceptional applicants will receive 1- to 2-year fellowships ($30,000/year stipend, tuition benefits, health insurance); further funding is available via faculty grants (https://ecoinfo.nau.edu/index.php/openings/) and/or teaching assistantships. Early applicants may be eligible for additional funding through NAU's Presidential Fellowship (https://ecoinfo.nau.edu/index.php/presidential-fellowship/), which provides supplemental funding for exceptional candidates. Applications are due January 1, 2020; prospective students should apply to the Informatics and Computing (INF) program through NAUs graduate school (https://www.applyweb.com/northazg/index.ftl), and explicitly indicate interest in the EEI T3 program within the personal statement.

We strongly encourage interested students to contact prospective faculty mentors (https://ecoinfo.nau.edu/index.php/who-we-are/) or the T3 Program Director (Dr. Kiona Ogle, Kiona.Ogle@nau.edu).

Posted 9/21/19

PHD POSITION: Spotted Lanternfly, Temple University, Philadelphia, USA

Is spotted lanternfly the worst invasive species ever? Apply to iEcoLab to find out: https://www.iecolab.org/

Spotted lanternfly is an invasive Asian planthopper that was discovered in 2014 near Philadelphia USA. It has since spread to five states. It hitchhikes on cars and it lays eggs on anything flat kept outdoors like lawn furniture and landscaping stone. It has a voracious appetite for maple trees, apples, hops, and grapes. Invaded vineyards have lost entire crops, affecting wine production. We are just beginning to understand its potential to disrupt agricultural and natural ecosystems. Billions of dollars are under threat. You can be at the forefront of research on this emerging invasion.

The Ph.D. graduate student position on spotted lanternfly is with Dr. Matthew Helmus at the Temple University Center for Biodiversity for Fall 2020. Dr. Helmus jointly runs the Integrative Ecology Lab (iEcoLab) with the mission to integrate biodiversity science with human ecology to understand contemporary patterns of biodiversity and its functioning within ecosystems. To read more about the spotted lanternfly research see https://www.iecolab.org/projects/spotted-lanternfly/

The student will able to pursue their own interests when researching spotted lanternfly. Dissertation topics could include rapid evolution in response to enemy release and biocontrol, density-dependent plant-host switching, the dynamics of economic impacts, and predictive modeling of spread. The student will learn cutting-edge computation and field/lab skills while working within an interdisciplinary team of academics, government agencies, and public stakeholders. Potential skills provided by this position include:

- Data science expertise
- Fieldwork in forested and agricultural ecosystems
- Lab and field experimentation
- Statistical programming
- GIS analyses
- Public outreach and press communication

Applicants must have prior research experience and a bachelors and/or masters degree in biology, environmental science, or other related fields. Ideal applicants are those with experience in entomology, ecology, and statistics; but 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.

Interested applicants should email Dr. Helmus before November 4th (mrhelmus@temple.edu).

Include in the email:
- Statement of interest that outlines your qualifications and why you are interested in the position
- Questions and ideas you have about spotted lanternfly research
- Curriculum vitae
- Unofficial transcripts (both undergraduate and graduate)

iEcolLab is in a new LEED-Gold certified building on in historic Philadelphia. The Center provides state-of-the-art biodiversity research facilities along with support staff with expertise in media development, GIS technology, high-performance computing, and genetics. Temple University, founded in 1884, is a public R1 university with a diverse student body of ca. 40,000 students. It is the sixth-largest provider of graduate school education in the U.S.A., is within the top 4% of research institutions in the U.S.A., and is in the top ten of the fastest gainers in ranking by the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges.

Philadelphia is the birthplace of the U.S.A., filled with numerous attractions (e.g., Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Zoo, Academy of Natural Sciences), amazing food, and a quick train ride to New York City and Washington DC. Philadelphia is nestled within an extensive national/state trail and park system and is very close to Valley Forge National Park, the Pocono Mountains, the unique Pine Barren ecosystem, and the beaches of the Atlantic shore.

Temple University is an equal opportunity, equal access, affirmative action employer committed to achieving a diverse community. iEcoLab believes the crisis in biological diversity can only be addressed by scientists from diverse backgrounds and with diverse viewpoints. iEcoLab strongly encourages applications from students with diverse backgrounds.

For more information see:
https://www.iecolab.org/
https://bulletin.temple.edu/graduate/scd/cst/biology-phd/
http://www.biodiversitycenter.org

Posted 9/21/19

Graduate positions in plant ecological and evolutionary genetics/genomics at Purdue University

The Oakley lab at Purdue University (https://btny.purdue.edu/labs/oakley/) is looking to recruit 1-2 graduate (PhD or MS) students for Fall 2020.

 Our lab is broadly interested in questions related to plant ecological genetic. Based on current research strengths in the lab there are two potential topics for PhD projects. 1) The genetic basis of local adaptation and adaptive traits, and 2) Using heterosis and inbreeding depression as tools to investigate the balance between mutation, drift, and selection in natural populations. Both projects could include some combination of field and growth chamber/greenhouse experiments with wet lab and -omic approaches in our well-developed system of natural populations of Arabidopsis thaliana. I am also open to discussing projects using these and other approaches in other well-established systems. Graduate courses offered by members of the Purdue Center for Plant Biology (https://ag.purdue.edu/cpb/faculty/) will help to provide training in developing the interdisciplinary skillset needed to address these big questions in evolutionary ecology.

I am also interested in recruiting a highly motivated MS student interested in plant mating system evolution, particularly the ecological and genetic factors maintaining outcrossing in highly selfing species.

PhD and MS students can apply to the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology (https://ag.purdue.edu/btny/Pages/default.aspx).

PhD students also have the option of applying to the Interdisciplinary Program in Plant Biology (https://www.purdue.edu/gradschool/pulse/groups/plant-biology.html).

Please contact me prior to applying to discuss which option might be best for you. These positions will be funded (including stipend, health insurance, and tuition waiver) by some combination of research and teaching assistantships. Some internal fellowships are available for applications submitted before Nov. 15.

To inquire about graduate research in my lab please contact me by email (oakleyc@purdue.edu). Please include a copy of your CV and a brief description of your research interests and experience, and how these interests/experience fits with current research in the lab. Please contact me by Nov. 1, 2019.

Chris Oakley
Assistant Professor
Department of Botany and Plant Pathology and the Purdue Center for Plant Biology
Purdue University
https://btny.purdue.edu/labs/oakley/
oakleyc@purdue.edu

Posted 9/20/19

Insect ecology grad assistantships

The Blubaugh lab at Clemson University and the Snyder lab at the University of Georgia are recruiting graduate students (MS or PhD) to work as a team on USDA-funded research examining soil fertility and plant-insect interactions across the SE United States. Both labs work at the interface of basic and applied ecology, with a strong emphasis on biodiversity and ecosystem services. See our lab websites for more information.

https://carmenblubaugh.com
https://site.caes.uga.edu/agroecology/

To apply, please prepare a cover letter detailing your qualifications and career goals, as well as a separate research statement that describes and justifies some research objectives you might pursue. Please email a CV and these two requested documents in a single pdf to wesnyder@uga.edu and cblubau@clemson.edu, and type "prospective insect ecology student" in the subject line.

Posted 9/20/19

PhD and MS Students in Environment and Natural Resources
University of Alabama

The Forest Dynamics Lab in the Department of Geography and Program in Environmental Science at the University of Alabama is seeking a PhD or MS student to investigate forest disturbance and development in mixed oak-pine stands. The primary mission of our lab is to provide science-based solutions to pressing forest management issues. Our research projects in applied forest ecology are wide ranging and include work on trees, herbs, forest fuels, soils, deadwood, and macrofungi. We place special emphasis on forest stand dynamics and forest disturbance ecology. The PhD or MS student will work on a project conducted jointly with the Northern Research Station, USDA Forest Service to investigate disturbance and regeneration patterns, the results of which will be used to refine silvicultural prescriptions to promote mixed species stands and ecosystem resiliency. We seek a student with a background in forestry, environmental science, geography, ecology, or a related field that preferably has research experience in field and lab settings.

Applicants will be evaluated based on their undergraduate record, GRE scores, recommendation letters, and prior experiences. Funding during the academic year will be provided from a Graduate Teaching Assistantship through the Department of Geography and during the summer from a Research Assistantship with funds from the USDA Forest Service. The position carries a full tuition waiver, a stipend, and health insurance. Additional funding for conference presentations and workshops will also be provided. Fellowships through the University of Alabama Graduate School are available for exceptional applicants.

Interested students should contact Justin Hart (hart013(at)ua.edu) and should provide a statement of interest, unofficial transcripts, and test scores. Additional information is available from the following links:
Forest Dynamics Lab: http://fdl.ua.edu
Department of Geography: http://geography.ua.edu
Graduate School: http://graduate.ua.edu
University of Alabama: www.ua.edu

Posted 9/20/19

Graduate positions in population and community ecology

The Louthan lab in the Division of Biology at Kansas State University is looking for 1-2 graduate students in population and community ecology. These positions are fully funded and, ideally, will begin in the spring or fall of 2020. Our lab focuses on how species interactions and climate change jointly influence population dynamics and distribution patterns. We use a combination of observational fieldwork, field- and greenhouse- based experiments, and modeling to explore how species interactions might impact future biodiversity patterns in a changing climate. Read more about our lab here: http://louthanlab.weebly.com/.

We are particularly interested in graduate students who are open to working at the Konza Prairie Long-Term Ecological Research site, which is very close to Kansas State University (http://lter.konza.ksu.edu/konza-prairie-long-term-ecological-research-lter). Konza has extensive experimental and logistical infrastructure already in place and also conducts ongoing monitoring, which will facilitate graduate student projects conducted there. However, working at Konza is not strictly necessary, and interested candidates who want to work in other places should also apply.

If interested, please email Allison Louthan (amlouthan at ksu dot edu) with a brief statement detailing your research interests, as well as contact information for three references and a current CV that includes previous research experience, relevant coursework, and your GPA.

Posted 9/20/19

Graduate Positions

The Frank Lab at the Louis Calder Center of Fordham University (www.fordham.edu/calder_center) invites applications for funded M.S./Ph.D. student positions to conduct research on host/pathogen interactions with respect to White-nose Syndrome in bats. The successful applicants will work on field projects with hibernating bats, and laboratory studies involving Pseudogymnoascus destructans, the fungus that causes White-nose Syndrome.  The Graduate Ecology program at Fordham University has new assistantships available for well-qualified students interested in pursuing a M.S. or Ph.D. starting in the Fall 2020 semester. Research opportunities through our graduate program link scientists at the Louis Calder Center (our biological field station), with our main campus in New York. Accepted M.S. and Ph.D. students are eligible to receive competitive stipends, plus full tuition remission.  Graduate housing is also available at the Louis Calder Center.  The minimum qualifications for these positions are a B.S. in biology or a closely related scientific field, with 2 semesters of organic chemistry. Interested applicants should contact Dr. Craig L. Frank (Frank@Fordham.edu) by email and submit: 1) a letter of research interests and career goals, 2) a current CV, and 3) unofficial undergraduate transcripts. A formal application package must also be submitted to the Graduate School of Arts and Science at Fordham University by January 2020 for full consideration.

Craig L. Frank, Ph.D., Associate Professor &
Environmental Science Co-Director
Dept. of Biological Sciences
Fordham University
Louis Calder Center
31 Whippoorwill Road
Armonk, NY 10504
Telephone: 914-273-3078

Posted 9/19/19

Graduate Positions in Aquatic Ecology

Hood Lab, Aquatic Ecology Laboratory, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, The Ohio State University

 The Hood Lab (www.hoodaquaticslab.wordpress.com) is recruiting up to two MS or PhD students to work on two projects focused on: (1) how interactions between harmful algal blooms and hypoxia shape zooplankton communities and food web dynamics in Lake Erie and (2) the role stream nutrient cycles and metabolism play in shaping phosphorus exports from agricultural landscapes to Lake Erie.

 The ideal candidates will be highly motivated and honest, with strong quantitative skills, an interest in ecosystem ecology, and a background in ecology and/or aquatic science. I seek to maintain a productive, diverse, and team-orientated lab group and especially encourage students from under-represented groups to consider joining the lab. A Masters degree is preferred for Ph.D. students, but not required. Financial support is available through a combination of research assistantships, competitive fellowships, and teaching assistantships.

 If interested, please email Jim Hood (hood.211@osu.edu) a single PDF containing (1) a statement of interest, (2) a CV, and (3) contact information for your three references. On 21 October, I will begin reviewing candidate applications and ultimately invite selected applicants to apply to the department. The department's application deadline is 15 Nov 2019.

Jim Hood
Assistant Professor
Aquatic Ecology Laboratory
Dept. of Evolution, Ecology, & Organismal Biology
The Ohio State University
230 Research Center
1314 Kinnear Rd.
Columbus, OH. 43212
(614)-292-5383
AEL: https://ael.osu.edu
Hood Lab: https://hoodaquaticslab.wordpress.com
Iceland blog: http://icelandstreams.blogspot.com

Posted 9/19/19

PhD Position in small mammal personality and seed dispersal, University of Maine, Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Conservation Biology

A PhD position is available to work in Alessio Mortellitis lab (alessiomortelliti.weebly.com) focusing on the interaction between individual personality, seed dispersal and land-use change. The PhD student will design and implement a series of experiments to study seed dispersal and personality in the context of a large scale capture-mark-recapture study. An example of the type of experiments we are conducting is available here: Brehm et al. 2019 Ecology Letters 22: 13871395.

The ideal candidate would have a strong passion for field work as well as strong quantitative and writing skills. Previous experience working with small mammals is not mandatory. The position is at the University of Maine flagship institution in Orono, with an active and diverse wildlife graduate department. It includes a stipend (through RA and TA), full tuition waiver and 50% of the health insurance. Expected start of the position: June 2020.

Informal enquiries are welcome. To apply please send (as one unique PDF file):

1) a statement describing research experience and career goals, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) an unofficial transcript (undergraduate and MS), 4) GRE scores (if available) to:

Dr. Alessio Mortelliti (alessio.mortelliti@maine.edu)

Application review will begin on October 27, 2019.

Dr. Alessio Mortelliti
Assistant Professor of Wildlife Habitat Conservation
Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology
University of Maine
5755 Nutting Hall, Room 228
Orono, ME 04469
Office: 207-581-2915
http://alessiomortelliti.weebly.com

Posted 9/19/19

Clemson's Online Master's in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology

Clemson University is currently accepting applications for Spring 2020 for the Online Non-thesis, Masters in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology Program. Admissions guidelines and a link to graduate admissions can be found on our website (http://www.clemson.edu/online/programs/wildlife-fisheries-biology.html). If you need to take the GRE please plan to do so at least 2 weeks prior to the application deadline (October 31st) so official scores can be received in time.

The Master of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology degree (non-thesis option) has an online delivery option for students with experience in natural resources who wish to enhance their professional degree skills. Students potentially include Federal and State Agency wildlife and fisheries employees, educators who wish to increase their knowledge about wildlife and fisheries biology, private industry professionals, and individuals with a variety of other natural resource backgrounds. The program is in a fully online format, allowing lectures to be available 24/7.

Students who enroll in 2 courses a semester can complete the degree in as little as 2 years (3.5 years if 1 course is taken per semester). New enrollees are accepted in Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters as space permits.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Alexis Jennings at award7@clemson.edu or 864-656-1645.

Posted 9/19/19

Humboldt State University Masters student, plant population modeling

We are seeking a Masters student to work on a population viability analysis for a rare plant (Lupinus constancei) in northern California. The thesis will involve developing a model based on long-term demographic data to inform management of the plant, and the model will update one built previously before a wildfire that significantly impacted the population (see Kurkjian et al. 2017, J. Applied Ecol.). The ideal applicant will have interest and/or experience with matrix modeling and demography. Funding includes research assistantships for one semester in each of two years, plus teaching assistantships for the other semesters, as well as some limited field work in the summer of 2020. The student will work with Erik Jules in the Department of Biology at Humboldt State University (HSU) as well as Dan Barton in the HSU Wildlife Department. Please contact Erik with questions (erik.jules@humboldt.edu); applications are due February 1, 2020.

Posted 9/19/19

Graduate Position in Thereoretical or Quantitative Ecology

The Tenhumberg lab has an opening for a PhD student interested in research on the interface between mathematics and ecology starting in fall 2020. We synergistically combine theoretical and empirical work to get a deeper understanding of key drivers of population dynamics and life history evolution (https://www.unl.edu/btenhumberg/research). Current Research Projects include (1) quantifying environmental drivers of plant demography using long term monitoring data, (2) effect of climate change on insect communities, and (3) evolution of pesticide resistance in insect pests and weed populations.

Students are encouraged to develop their own projects, which is an essential part of their advancement as independent and creative researchers. Dr. Tenhumberg expects students to have previous research experience and a strong interest in ecology, mathematics, or statistics. The student would become part of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (https://biosci.unl.edu). The admitted student will be initially funded through an NSF funded graduate research assistantship (GRA) for up to one year. Up to four additional years will be funded with Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA; see https://biosci.unl.edu/financial-aid-incoming-graduate-students). See why Lincoln is a great place to live: https://www.unl.edu/lincoln/home.

Interested students should contact Dr. Brigitte Tenhumberg (btenhumberg2 at unl dot edu) as early as possible with the following information: (1) research experience, ideas, and questions; (2) motivations to pursue a PhD and long-term career goals; (3) current CV, academic transcript, GRE score, and TOEFL score (if English is not the first language). On November 1st, I will begin reviewing candidate applications and invite selected applicants to apply to the department. The department's application deadline is December 1, 2019. (https://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/prospective/programs/BiologicalSciences#apply)

Posted 9/19/19

MS Forestry Assistantship - SIU

Funding is available for a M.S. Research Assistantship in Forest Management and Ecology in the Department of Forestry at Southern Illinois University. Current research focuses on the response of forest communities to management and natural disturbance. The assistantship carries a competitive stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance for 2 years. Anticipated start date for assistantship is January 2020. Minimum qualifications include a B.S. degree in forestry, ecology, biology, or related field, 3.0 GPA, demonstrated writing ability, and a strong GRE scores. Coursework in Central Hardwood silviculture/ ecology and experience with GIS is preferred. For more information, please contact: Dr. Eric Holzmueller at eholzmue@siu.edu.

About SIU

Southern Illinois University is an ideal sized university with approximately 12,000 students (http://www.siu.edu/). The Department of Forestry (http://www.forestry.siu.edu) is one the top ranked accredited forestry programs in the United States and graduates of the program work throughout the United States. SIU is located in Carbondale, IL, a college town with a population of 25,000, and is a two hour drive from St. Louis, MO. It is surrounded by the Shawnee National Forest, Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge, and several state parks and offers many other cultural and social activities.

Posted 9/19/19

PhD Assistantship in Forest Carbon and Global Change at the University of Vermont

*Project*: The University of Vermont, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources is seeking a PhD-level graduate student to help discover how climate, management, and disturbance impact forest soil carbon across multiple spatial scales in northern New England. The student will join collaborators at the University of Vermont to develop and conduct research exploring what drives variation in soil carbon across scales and with management. The position is available for Spring/Summer/Fall 2020 and includes four guaranteed years of funding (stipend, tuition waiver, health insurance).

*Qualifications*: Experience working in the field or the laboratory and interest in biogeochemistry and ecosystem ecology.

Applicants should be able to provide examples of where they have successfully worked independently, but also cooperatively with others on a project. This position will require long ours in the field and the ability to drive to field sites. Applicants should have a strong work ethic, ability to problem solve, demonstrated writing and quantitative capabilities, and a record of leadership. Training will be provided, but experience with modeling/quantitative skills and working with large datasets (e.g., in R) is desirable.

*Application*: Interested applicants should supply all application materials to the UVM Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (RSENR) Program (https://www.uvm.edu/rsenr/phd_natural_resources) by February 1, 2020 when applying, please state your interest in this position in the "Statement of Purpose."

*Contact*: Dr. Carol Adair (Carol.Adair@uvm.edu); http://adairlab.weebly.com/ Dr. Aimee Classen (Aimee.Classen@uvm.edu); https://classenlab.com/
Dr. Anthony D'Amato (awdamato@uvm.edu); https://www.uvm.edu/rsenr/tonydamato/

The University of Vermont is situated near Montreal and Boston and is located in Burlington -- consistently voted one of the best small cities in the US. Burlington has an increasingly ethnically and culturally diverse population and is situated on Lake Champlain in close proximity to the Green, White, and Adirondack Mountains.

The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We encourage a diversity of applicants to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other category legally protected by federal or state law. The University encourages applications from all individuals who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the institution.

Posted 9/18/19

Graduate assistantship - Occupancy Modeling

We are seeking a PhD student or highly qualified MS student to begin in Fall 2020.  The student will be supervised by Dr. Paige Ferguson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama.

Research will focus on optimal study design for estimating occupancy. Occupancy models are extremely popular in wildlife ecology. They were first developed to estimate the probability of a species occurring at a location accounting for incomplete observation (false negatives where the species is present but not detected). Recent advances include models that account for false positives (saying the species is present when it is not). We seek a student to use existing data (avian point counts) and simulations to investigate sampling designs and models that make inference about occupancy when there is imperfect detection, variation in detectability depending on the time of day and the day of the year, and heterogeneity among sites.

This is a great opportunity for a student to be trained in occupancy modeling and Bayesian statistics and to produce research that will contribute to how other scientists use occupancy models.

Applicants should have a background in many of the following: wildlife ecology, ornithology, GIS, ecological modeling, statistics, computer programming, and clear communication. Applicants should be highly motivated and prepared to conduct independent research.

To apply, please email Dr. Ferguson (pfferguson@ua.edu) the following:

1. a cover letter describing your interest in the project and prior experiences that have prepared you for graduate work in Dr. Fergusons lab
2. your transcript(s) (an unofficial copy is fine),
3. GRE scores,
4. a sample of your scientific writing (for example a manuscript or lab report), and
5. contact information for 3 references.

Application are due November 15. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The position comes with a full tuition waiver, a competitive stipend, and health insurance. Funding is available as a Graduate Teaching Assistant through the Department of Biological Sciences. Highly qualified applicants may be considered for Graduate School Fellowships, which offer a Research Assistantship during the students first year and a Teaching Assistant in subsequent years.

Additional information is available from the following links:

Dr. Fergusons Research: http://bsc.ua.edu/paige-ferguson/
Department of Biological Sciences: http://bsc.ua.edu/
Graduate School: http://graduate.ua.edu
University of Alabama: http://www.ua.edu
Tuscaloosa: http://www.tuscaloosa.com/visitor-services
Outdoor opportunities in Alabama: http://www.outdooralabama.com

Dr. Paige Ferguson
Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
The University of Alabama
Shelby 2019A
Tuscaloosa, AL 35405
Phone 205-348-1787
pfferguson@ua.edu | https://bsc.ua.edu/paige-ferguson/

Posted 9/17/19

Agroecology PhD Fellowship: Dartmouth College

The Agroecology lab at Dartmouth College is offering a Ph.D. graduate student fellowship in Dartmouth's Graduate Program in Ecology, Evolution, Environment and Society (EEES) to begin as soon as summer 2020. The EEES Graduate Program at Dartmouth College program fosters interdisciplinary research at the cross-section of natural and social sciences in the environment, and is top tier in terms of intellectual environment, support for graduate students (5 years guaranteed), and success of alumni.

The successful candidate will join the Ong lab, which utilizes techniques from theoretical, urban, spatial and political ecology to understand how agricultural systems, and the ecological communities within them, are maintained under social and environmental stress. We are also interested in the complexity of coupled human-natural systems broadly, including cities and fisheries. Current research projects in the lab range from the irreversible characteristics of soils/ plant-insect communities under transition to the spatio-temporal synchrony of organisms across fragmented space and still others more focused on the socio-political dimensions of urban and rural food. Students are encouraged to develop an independent project within these general themes. Those interested in developing empirical and field tests of complex systems theory are especially encouraged to apply. There will be opportunities to develop research projects on Dartmouth's Organic Farm, which borders the Connecticut River and Dartmouth-owned forest, including an active sugar-maple bush. Possible topics include, but are not limited to population & community ecology, critical transition theory and land-use change dynamics.

Requirements include a bachelor's or master's degree in an environmental studies or related field, ability to conceive and conduct original independent research; enthusiasm for agroecology, theory and collaborative research; and an interest in linkages among ecology, evolution, environment, and society.

To initiate an application, email a CV and statement of interest to Theresa Ong (Theresa.W.Ong at Dartmouth.edu) as soon as possible. Applications should be completed by 1 December 2019 using the online application portal, but interested applicants are encouraged to reach out to the PI well before this deadline. Candidates will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The EEES program loves diversity of all kinds. We strongly encourage applications from students who are minorities and / or come from backgrounds that are under-represented in our field. Please forward this to anyone who might be interested.

Theresa W. Ong
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
http://sites.dartmouth.edu/ong

Highly qualified candidates may be eligible for a McCulloch Fellowship with a stipend of $34,000 and a research budget of $5,000 in year one. https://sites.dartmouth.edu/EEES/

Posted 9/15/19

Graduate position in Forest Ecology available at the University of Nevada, Reno

A funded graduate position in forest ecology is available in Hall Cushman's lab in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science at the University of Nevada, Reno (https://www.unr.edu/nres/people/cushman-hall). The lab focuses on wide range of basic and applied research questions in plant ecology at the population, community and landscape levels, with current projects emphasizing the prevalence of tree decline in the arid west and across North America, as well as the influence of mammalian herbivores on terrestrial ecosystems.

The chosen graduate student will work on a project that uses satellite imagery over the past 35 years to explore the health of forests on sky islands - isolated high-elevation environments that differ greatly from the surrounding arid landscapes - during a period of unprecedented climate change. The student will work on this project with Hall Cushman and his UNR colleague and collaborator, Jonathan Greenberg (https://naes.unr.edu/gears/). Individuals interested in this position should have strong background in ecology and experience with remote sensing, GIS, and ideally programming skills in R or Python.

The hope is that the graduate student will start on this project in the M.S. program in NRES (https://www.unr.edu/nres/graduates/natural-resources-ms) this coming spring semester (January 2020). The application deadline for spring admissions is October 1st, so interested individuals will have to move quickly. Starting in the fall 2020 semester will also be considered, and the application deadline for this later start date in December 15th.

The Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Science at the University of Nevada Reno (https://www.unr.edu/nres) is a dynamic, collaborative and productive department that has research strengths in numerous areas: biogeochemistry & soil processes; climate change; conservation biology; ecohydrology; fire ecology; forest ecology & management; landscape ecology; restoration ecology; and wildlife ecology & management.

Reno is a vibrant community at the intersection of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Great Basin Desert. Both Outside Magazine and the U.S. News & World Report have ranked Reno as one of the top metro areas to live in the United States. The surrounding area offers superb opportunities for outdoor activities, with Lake Tahoe, various ski resorts and spectacular wilderness are only minutes away.

If you are interested in this position, please send Hall Cushman (jhcushman@unr.edu) and include as much information as possible about your experience and interests, including a current CV as well as your GPA and GRE scores.

Posted 9/13/19

Graduate Program in Ecology, Evolution, and the Environment at the University of Notre Dame

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame offers a wide range of research opportunities and graduate coursework in ecology and evolutionary biology, allowing students to excel in field, laboratory, and mathematical biology. Strengths of the program include: research on the dynamics and divergence of populations, evolutionary and ecological genomics, terrestrial and aquatic community and ecosystem ecology, epidemiology and disease ecology, experimental biology, and the impacts of global changes, including climate change, invasive species, and land use change. Our close-knit faculty provides interdisciplinary research opportunities and excellent research mentorship.

Our students take advantage of many resources at Notre Dame, including excellent laboratory facilities in the Hank Family Center for Environmental Studies and state-of-the-art instrumentation in our Center for Environmental Science and Technology (CEST; https://cest.nd.edu), the Genomics & Bioinformatics Core Facility (http://genomics.nd.edu), the Center for Research Computing (http://CRC.nd.edu), and the Notre Dame Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility (ND-LEEF). Other hubs of EEE research include the University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center (UNDERC; http://underc.nd.edu/) with sites located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and western Montana and the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative (http://environmentalchange.nd.edu/). Numerous opportunities for interdisciplinary interactions among research areas are available, including our GLOBES graduate training program (http://reilly.nd.edu/globes/) and the REACT program, which provides funding to support student training in computational techniques.

The following faculty members have vigorous graduate programs in:

Beth Archie - behavioral ecology, population biology, microbiome dynamics
Gary Belovsky - terrestrial ecology and modeling, conservation biology
Nora Besansky - evolutionary, ecological and functional genomics of malaria vectors
Sunny Boyd - behavioral ecology, neuroendocrinology and behavioral neuroscience
Jeff Feder - ecological and evolutionary genetics, speciation
Mike Ferdig - systems genetics of malaria parasite drug resistance
Hope Hollocher - population genetics, disease ecology, and microbiome interactions
Stuart Jones - aquatic microbial and ecosystem ecology
Cristian Koepfli - molecular epidemiology of infectious disease
Gary Lamberti - stream and wetland ecology, ecotoxicology, and plant-animal interactions
Jason McLachlan - global change ecology, ecological forecasting
David Medvigy - terrestrial ecosystem modeling, ecosystem-climate interactions
Alex Perkins - disease ecology, epidemiological modeling, population biology of disease vectors
Mike Pfrender - ecological and evolutionary genomics, adaptation, phenotypic plasticity
Matt Ravosa - evolution and pathobiology of the mammalian skull and musculoskeletal system
Adrian Rocha - arctic terrestrial ecology
Jason Rohr - ecology and public health
Jeanne Romero-Severson - genomics of adaptive variation in natural populations of forest trees
Jennifer Tank - stream ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry

All graduate students are funded with competitive stipends. A variety of fellowship opportunities are open to top applicants. For more information regarding the Biology Graduate Program see http://biology.nd.edu/ and http://graduateschool.nd.edu/. The deadline for receipt of all application materials for the Ph.D. program is December 1st, 2019, although earlier submission is encouraged to ensure full consideration for available fellowships. Please begin your application by directly contacting faculty of interest.

Posted 9/13/19

U Tennessee: PhD and Masters opportunities in Conservation Science

University of Tennessee: We continue to expand our cross-campus activities in Conservation Science. We are looking to recruit excellent conservation-centric graduate students as part of this expansion. At this time, we seek excellent students interested in pursuing Masters or PhD study through our Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Our recruitment process is highly competitive and successful applicants will receive tuition, health care, and a stipend from guaranteed TA line support. Details: https://consci.utk.edu/seeking-phd-or-masters-students-in-conservation-science/. Applications are due 1st December 2019 for enrollment in August 2020, but applicants are strongly encouraged to contact prospective advisers now. For information about other graduate opportunities in EEB, see https://eeb.utk.edu.

Posted 9/13/19

Graduate positions in Evolutionary Ecology at Purdue University

Two PhD positions are available in the Christie Lab at Purdue University. The positions are available for candidates interested in rapid evolution, the intersection between ecology and evolution, population genetics, and conservation in general. For more information about our research please visit: http://christielab.bio.purdue.edu

Potential projects include: (1) Examining the rapid genetic adaptation of introduced species, (2) Identifying the genetic and evolutionary consequences of domestication, captive breeding, and supplementation of wild populations, and (3) Using existing and novel approaches to determine patterns of dispersal, gene flow, and local adaptation within a metapopulation context. These are the main research themes in our lab, and research often focuses on fishes, but graduate students are encouraged to explore independent lines of inquiry in any system. Previous research experience with molecular techniques, computational work, statistics, bioinformatics, and assisting with the design and implementation of experiments will be highly regarded.

If you are interested in joining the lab, please contact me directly at markchristie1500@gmail.com or christ99@purdue.edu with a CV and a brief description of your research interests and experience. Formal applications are due in December and on-campus interviews typically occur at the end of January.

Posted 9/13/19

Ph.D. graduate fellowship at Dartmouth College to study forest ecology of the Hubbard Brook ecosystem

We have a Ph.D. graduate fellowship available to begin as soon as summer 2020 in Dartmouths Graduate Program in Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems and Society (EEES). The successful candidate will design and conduct original research on biota of the Hubbard Brook Forest as part of the NSF-sponsored Long Term Ecological Research project. Possible study organisms include insects, bats, and other heterotrophs. Possible topic areas include phenology, population dynamics, species interactions, connections between green and brown food webs, connections between biogeochemistry and heterotrophs, and more. Requirements include ability to conceive and conduct original research within the umbrella of a larger project; enthusiasm for field biology and collaborative research; and an interest in linkages among ecology, evolution, ecosystems, and society. The EEES Graduate Program at Dartmouth College is top tier in terms of intellectual environment, support for graduate students, and success of alumni. To initiate an application, email a CV and statement of interest to Hannah ter Hofstede and Matt Ayres. Applications should be completed by 1 December 2019 using the online application portal. International applications are welcome. Please forward this to anyone who might be interested.

Hannah ter Hofstede
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences.
https://biology.dartmouth.edu/people/hannah-ter-hofstede

Matt Ayres
Professor of Biological Sciences
http://www.dartmouth.edu/~mpayres/

Highly qualified candidates may be eligible for a McCulloch Fellowship with a stipend of $34,000 and a research budget of $5,000 in year one.

https://sites.dartmouth.edu/EEES/

Posted 9/12/19

Graduate Study in Urban Forest Ecology

We are looking for capable students to join our Urban Forest research team at the Masters or PhD level. Students will work on population dynamics of the urban forest. Remote sensing and ground truthing will be used to characterize change in urban tree communities through decades and centuries, comparing demography across gradients of urban development and land ownership. In addition to research commitments, students will take courses and serve as teaching assistants in the Department of Environmental and Plant Biology. Both positions are fully funded including tuition waivers.

Applicants should have a GPA of at least 3.2 and GREs above the 60th percentile. A strong work ethic, quantitative skills, and the ability work independently are essential. Applicants should be physically fit and capable of field work under less-than-ideal conditions. Previous field experience is desirable.

The Department of Environmental and Plant Biology (http://www.plantbio.ohiou.edu/) is a community of mutually supportive faculty and students at Ohio University. The University is situated in the small city of Athens, nestled in the forested hills of the Allegheny Plateau. The positions will begin in Summer or Fall of 2020; applications must be received by January 15. Application procedures are described at http://www.plantbio.ohiou.edu/index.php/grad/admission_app. If you are interested please contact Glenn Matlack at Matlack@ohio.edu. See my web page at http://www.plantbio.ohiou.edu/index.php/directory/faculty_page/glenn_matlack/.

Posted 9/12/19

Spatial dynamics of deciduous forest wildflowers

We are looking for a capable student to join our Forest Ecology research team at the Masters or PhD level. The student will use radio-labeling methods to explore seed dispersal and the spatial ecology of herbaceous species across a range of scales. Demographic models will be paired with micro-environmental heterogeneity to compare the roles of disturbance history, animal behavior, physical gradients, and plant life history in shaping species distributions at the population and landscape scale. In addition to research commitments, students take courses and serve as teaching assistants in the Department of Environmental and Plant Biology. The position is fully funded including tuition waivers.

Applicants should have a GPA of at least 3.2 and an average GRE score above the 60th percentile. A strong work ethic, quantitative skills, and the ability work independently are essential. Applicants should be physically fit and capable of field work under less-than-ideal conditions. Previous field experience is desirable.

The Department of Environmental and Plant Biology (http://www.plantbio.ohiou.edu/) is a community of mutually supportive faculty and students at Ohio University. The University is situated in the small city of Athens, nestled in the forested hills of the Allegheny Plateau. The positions will begin in Summer or Fall of 2020; applications must be received by January 15. Application procedures are described at http://www.plantbio.ohiou.edu/index.php/grad/admission_app. If you are interested please contact Glenn Matlack at Matlack@ohio.edu. See my web page at http://www.plantbio.ohiou.edu/index.php/directory/faculty_page/glenn_matlack/.

Posted 9/12/19

Graduate Positions at Northern Illinois University

The Ecology, Evolution, Behavior, and Conservation faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Illinois University are seeking applicants to the M.S. and Ph.D. graduate programs starting fall 2020.

Research interests among the faculty are diverse and include community ecology, restoration ecology, conservation genetics, vertebrate and invertebrate evolution, plant phylogenetics, behavioral ecology, microbial ecology, and bioinformatics.

EEBC faculty that are taking graduate students for fall 2020 are:

-Neil W. Blackstone, ecophysiology of corals and their relatives, evolutionary conflict and conflict mediation: https://niu.edu/biology/about/faculty/blackstone/index.shtml

-Melvin Duvall (only accepting MSc students), plant evolution, grass phylogenetics and phylogenomics, botany: https://mel-duvall.wixsite.com/labsite

-Holly P. Jones, restoration ecology and conservation biology: https://hjones82.wixsite.com/website

-Bethia H. King, entomology (basic biology, especially behavior, and applied), behavioral ecology: http://niu.edu/biology/about/faculty/bking/index.shtml

-Jennifer A.H. Koop, ecology and evolution of host-parasite interactions; invasion biology: https://jenniferkoop.weebly.com/people.html

-Karen E. Samonds, paleontology, skeletal biology and paleobiogeography: http://www.sadabe.org/Samonds/Index.html

-Wesley D. Swingley, environmental microbiology, extreme ecosystems, and astrobiology: https://wswingley.wixsite.com/labsite

Details of the graduate program and application process are available at http://niu.edu/biology/academics/graduate-studies/index.shtml. The department offers teaching assistantships including stipend and tuition waiver, on a competitive basis. The deadline for application materials is January 1, 2020. However, prospective students should contact potential faculty advisors well in advance of applying to discuss research interests and relevant qualifications.

Northern Illinois University is a 17,000-student research university situated an hour from downtown Chicago in DeKalb, Illinois, a diverse community of 50,000 with a low cost of living. Regional research resources include The Field Museum, Burpee Museum of Natural History, Nachusa Grasslands, Morton Arboretum, Fermilab, Argonne National Laboratory, the NIU Lorado Taft campus, and numerous local county forest preserves and state parks.

Posted 9/12/19

PhD Assistantship in Forest Ecosystem Ecology and Global Change at the University of Vermont

Project: The University of Vermont, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources is seeking a PhD-level graduate student to participate in research quantifying forest carbon dynamics in response to climate and disturbance drivers across multiple spatial scales in northern New England. The student will join a large team of collaborators from the Universities of Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire, Dartmouth College, and U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station in developing and applying sensoring technology to quantify forest dynamics in response to global change impacts and associated adaptation strategies. The position is available for Summer/Fall 2020 and includes four guaranteed years of funding (stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance).

Qualifications: M.S. (or equivalent experience) in ecology, forestry, biology, environmental science or a closely related field. Applicants should be able to work independently, but also cooperatively with other researchers and managers on the larger project. Applicants should also have a strong work ethic, ability to problem solve, demonstrated writing and quantitative capabilities, and a record of leadership. Although training will be provided, experience with in-situ sensors and large environmental datasets (e.g., in R or MATLAB) is desirable.

Application: Interested applicants should supply all application materials to the UVM Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (RSENR) Program (PhD in Natural Resources) by February 1, 2020 - when applying, please state your interest in this position in the "Statement of Purpose."

Contact: Dr. Anthony D'Amato (awdamato@uvm.edu); Dr. Aime Classen (Aimee.Classen@uvm.edu); Dr. Carol Adair (Carol.Adair@uvm.edu)

The University of Vermont is situated near Montreal and Boston and is located in Burlington - consistently voted one of the best small cities in the US. Burlington has an increasingly ethnically and culturally diverse population and is situated on Lake Champlain in close proximity to the Green, White, and Adirondack Mountains.

The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We encourage a diversity of applicants to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other category legally protected by federal or state law. The University encourages applications from all individuals who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the institution.

Posted 9/12/19

Graduate assistantships in evolutionary ecology

Graduate assistantships are available for Ph.D. or Masters students in the Siepielski Lab (https://asiepielski.wordpress.com) in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology group (https://eeob.uark.edu) at the University of Arkansas (https://fulbright.uark.edu/departments/biology/).

Our lab focuses on questions at the intersection of ecology and evolutionary biology. Current projects include: the contribution of evolution in shaping the demographic processes regulating populations and structuring species coexistence, how species evolve in response to multiple-species interactions such as competition, predation, and parasitism, how extreme ecological events drive eco-evolutionary change, and determining the major features characterizing natural selection in the wild. To explore these topics, we use a combination of observational, experimental, meta-analytical, and theoretical approaches. Most of our work is with damselflies, a voracious and awesome predatory insect.

Graduate research fellowships (~$25,000 - 40,000, plus health insurance and tuition waiver) are also available for highly competitive candidates. Please see https://graduate-and-international.uark.edu/graduate/costs-and-funding/doctoral-fellowships.php for additional information on fellowship funding opportunities.

Prospective students should check out our lab website https://asiepielski.wordpress.com for additional information. If interested in considering joining our lab group, please contact me via email (amsiepie@uark.edu). In your email, please include the following: 1) a brief description of your overall research interests, career goals, and why you think our lab would be a good fit for you, and 2) your CV. If you have any questions, please ask.

Please note that the deadline for Fall 2020 admission into our program is January 15, 2019. All materials should be submitted well before then.

The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, is a Tier I research university located in the Ozark Mountains. The faculty and graduate students at UARK are highly interactive and include an internationally known group of evolutionary biologists and ecologists. We are located in an ideal setting for field-based projects in aquatic systems (AR has more than 2,300 lakes and thousands of smaller ponds, and equally impressive numbers of rivers, streams and creeks). Fayetteville, located in northwest Arkansas, offers a high quality of living at a low cost, an excellent climate, and is a large enough city to offer diverse activities and amenities. Rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, and especially mountain biking opportunities are in close proximity.

Adam M. Siepielski
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville AR, 72701

Posted 9/11/19

PhD Assistantship Community Ecology University of Florida

The Baiser lab of community ecology in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida (http://www.baiserlab.com/) is now accepting applications for a PhD Graduate Assistantship position for a newly funded project, NSF Macrosystems Biology: Local- to continental-scale drivers of biodiversity in NEON.

Project description: The project will explore diversity in mammal, fish, and beetle communities across North America by connecting fine-grained measurements of individual organism traits, like body size, to cross-scale drivers of biodiversity from plot to continental scales. The graduate position involves collecting and analyzing community and trait data. This project is in collaboration with co-PIs: Sydne Record (Bryn Mawr College), Phoebe Zarnetske (Michigan State University), and Angela Strecker (Western Washington University)

Position details: The assistantship includes full tuition coverage, Gator Grad Care health insurance, and a yearly stipend for up to five years. The position will be located at the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, FL. Ideal start date is between January 1st and August 17th, 2020.

Qualifications: Qualified applicants will be highly motivated, enthusiastic, and will ideally have a strong undergraduate research background and/or an MS in ecology, biology, or a closely related field. Qualified applicants will also have a strong quantitative background with experience using the programming language R.

The application deadline is November 1, 2019

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Prospective students should send the following information with the subject line "PhD Position" to bbaiser@ufl.edu:

- One-page cover letter describing your research experience, interests, and goals

- CV

- Transcripts (unofficial) from undergraduate and graduate education

- Contact information for three academic references

Publications related to the project:

Read, Q. D., Grady, J. M., Zarnetske, P. L., Record, S., Baiser, B., Belmaker, J., ... & Thibault, K. M. (2018). Among-species overlap in rodent body size distributions predicts species richness along a temperature gradient. Ecography, 41(10), 1718-1727.

Read, Q. D., Baiser, B., Grady, J. M., Zarnetske, P. L., Record, S., & Belmaker, J. (2018). Tropical bird species have less variable body sizes. Biology letters, 14(1), 20170453.

Posted 9/10/19

Graduate Positions in Wetlands Ecology at the University of Alabama

Graduate assistantships in coastal wetland ecology are available in the Cherry Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama beginning in August 2020. Highly motivated students with experience in field ecology, environmental science or related fields are invited to apply to participate in research projects examining responses of Gulf Coast tidal marshes to sea-level rise and other environmental changes. Visit http://cherrylab.ua.edu/ for more information on current research projects in the Wetland Ecology Lab. Students pursuing a Ph.D. are preferred, although opportunities are available for M.S. students as well.

Interested students should contact Dr. Julia Cherry via email (julia.cherry@ua.edu) and include copies of their CV, GRE scores, unofficial transcript(s), and a scientific writing sample. Qualified applicants will be invited to apply to the Department of Biological Sciences by the December 15th deadline for Fall 2020 admission.

The Department of Biological Sciences offers Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) that provide tuition waivers, stipends, and health benefits to support selected students. Depending on the project and qualifications of the applicant, Graduate Research Assistantships or Fellowships may be available in lieu of, or in addition to, GTA support.

Posted 9/9/19

PhD opportunity - Macrosystems Ecology Laboratory at UC Berkeley

The Macrosystems Ecology Laboratory (PI Benjamin Blonder) is recruiting a PhD student to begin for fall semester 2020. The student would become part of the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM) at the University of California Berkeley (https://ourenvironment.berkeley.edu/).

The labs goal is to advance a more predictive ecological science to better meet societal needs in coming decades. We focus on delineating the limits to predictability, and developing novel concepts to improve predictability, at scales ranging from communities to continents. Our focus is primarily on understanding plant biodiversity from the interplay of ecophysiological, historical, and anthropogenic processes. We use a combination of fieldwork, informatics, and modeling approaches to address these focus areas. We carry out fieldwork and monitoring programs in forests in the Neotropics and southeast Asia, and in alpine environments in North America. We also develop a range of software tools to support research efforts of others, and lead education and capacity-building efforts to work towards a more inclusive and relevant science. Current research themes are described at https://benjaminblonder.org/research/.

Possible PhD topic areas and a description of the labs mentoring style are available at https://benjaminblonder.org/join/. Projects of particular interest include a) analytic or simulation modeling of community assembly dynamics, b) eco-informatics analyses of biogeographical patterns, c) machine learning analyses of forest dynamics, and d) field/lab-based plant ecophysiology. Applicants with a demonstrated interest in community outreach and education are encouraged.

Admitted students are guaranteed five years of financial support (annually, two semesters stipend + tuition). Students can also find further independent funding; the lab will cover conference + summer costs as grant resources allow. We are also strongly interested in supporting applications from students who are eligible for independent funding through, e.g., an NSF graduate research fellowship or DOE graduate fellowship.

The lab provides a supportive and inclusive environment for members of all life experiences to develop independence as scientists and as engaged citizens. We build teams with people who have the capacity to succeed, rather than those who have always succeeded before. The lab provides close mentoring support via regular meetings, an open-door policy, 360 feedback sessions, and a strong learning community bringing together undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers.

The ESPM program offers a chance to work with award-winning faculty in climate science, biodiversity, environmental policy, land use, and community outreach. The program also provides opportunities to interact with other parts of the university, e.g. the Energy and Resources Group, Agricultural and Resource Economics, the Goldman School of Public Policy, the Department of Integrative Biology, and the University of California Museum of Paleontology, as well as to access the University of Californias Natural Reserve system. More information on the graduate program can be found at https://ourenvironment.berkeley.edu/graduate-programs/degrees/the-phd-program. The GRE is not required for admission.

Interested students should contact Dr. Blonder by email (bblonder@gmail.com) before applying to the program. Please include a CV and a brief description of research and career interests to start a conversation before the December 1st application deadline.

Benjamin Blonder
Macrosystems Ecology Laboratory
Website: http://www.benjaminblonder.org
Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=l3FNoE8AAAAJ
University of Arizona Sky School: https://skyschool.arizona.edu/

Posted 9/9/19

Graduate Student Positions (MS or PhD) in Insect Ecology at the University of Florida

I will be accepting ~2 graduate students (MS or PhD, fully funded via research assistantships) to begin Fall 2020. Graduate students should expect to conduct research along the major themes of the lab, although there is flexibility for grad students to design projects that best suit their interests. Potential study topics may include evolution of plant defense across climate gradients, influence of neighboring plants on herbivory rates and population dynamics, variation in the effectiveness of biocontrol insects on invasive plants, plant-soil-insect interactions, among others. Please visit https://plant-herbivore-interactions.net/ for more info on our research.

Prior to applying, please send an inquiry email and CV to Dr. Phil Hahn at hahnp@ufl.edu. For best consideration, please inquire by early October. In the body of the email or a separate attachment, please describe your research interests and experience, career goals, and three potential study topics you may be interested in pursuing. Graduate students should apply through the Department of Entomology and Nematology at the University of Florida by 15 January 2020. Applicants for an MS degree should hold a BS in biology, ecology, entomology, or closely related field. Applicants for a PhD degree should have a MS or equivalent experience. (Note that my position begins in January 2020, so I may not be listed on the faculty page until then).

Posted 9/7/19

Global Change Ecology & Evolution Ph.D. positions at Rutgers

Rutgers' Global Change Ecology & Evolution Lab is seeking outstanding PhD students to join in fall 2020. Our research utilizes biodiversity data, population genetics, and field research to explore how large-scale anthropogenic drivers of change (e.g., climate change, harvesting, habitat transformation) affect population dynamics, geographic distributions, and community composition. Much of our research focuses on marine fishes and invertebrates, but we have a strong interest in cross-realm comparisons as well.

Potential research areas include: 1) the impact of climate variability and change through shifts in species distributions or community composition; 2) temporal population genomics and the potential for evolutionary rescue; 3) dispersal and its role in population persistence and dynamics; 4) dynamics of coupled natural-human systems facing climate change. Research projects will have opportunities to draw from extensive existing databases, collect new field data at coral reef or temperate coastal field sites, use a modern population genomics lab, and collaborate across disciplines. Enthusiasm, excellent written and oral communication abilities, and strong quantitative skills are necessary. Backgrounds in ecology, population genomics, math, and/or statistics are desired.

Application process
Interested and qualified candidates should read through the lab website (http://pinsky.marine.rutgers.edu) and send an email describing their motivation and research interests with a CV, transcript, contact information for references, and GRE scores to Malin Pinsky (malin.pinsky@rutgers.edu). Qualified candidates will be contacted and encouraged to apply to the graduate program in either Ecology & Evolution (http://ecoevo.rutgers.edu/) or Oceanography (https://marine.rutgers.edu/main/academics/graduate), depending on student interests. Ph.D. applications are due in December. Financial support for Ph.D. students is available from research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and university fellowships, but applications to outside funding sources are strongly encouraged.

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Rutgers is situated in New Jersey at a crossroads of American enterprise, commerce, and culture and with a history entwined with that of the nation. Chartered in 1766, the university is the only one in the United States that is, at once, a colonial college, a land-grant institution, and a state university. Located within an easy drive of New York City, there are nonetheless an exceptionally wide array of marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems nearby, from the continental shelf and estuaries to barrier islands, coastal plains, the piedmont, Precambrian highlands, and ridge and valley geological provinces. Ecology & evolution at Rutgers consists of approximately 60 faculty and 50 graduate students pursuing research and training in conservation biology, ecosystem ecology, evolutionary biology, marine biology, microbial ecology, population and community ecology, population genetics, and restoration ecology.

Posted 9/4/19

University of Washington, Department of Biology: PhD student positions

I am recruiting PhD students to join my starting lab at UW, Seattle (http://www.alejorico.com/Ecophysics_Lab.html). If any of the following research fronts resonates with your interests, please contact me at colibri@uw.edu

1) Nectar-feeding animals as a study model to bridge the gap between our knowledge of ecological and coevolutionary patterns and their underlying mechanisms.

2) Studying plant-pollinator biomechanics, morphology, and related physiological and natural history traits, to link coevolutionary and speciation patterns to ecological and genetic variation.

3) Understanding the selective pressures acting on sexually dimorphic traits, for instance in particular cases of bill dimorphism (trade-offs between fighting and nectar extraction abilities), and more generally in the evolution of intrasexually selected weapons across animals.

4) Deciphering the causal mechanisms for social dominance and intra- plus inter-specific competition outcomes, and how variation in behavioral strategies (e.g., interference vs. exploitative competition) maximizes net energy gain.

5) Performing comparative studies along gradients from trait development (e.g., weapons achieved only until adulthood) and interindividual variation (e.g., polymorphisms), to parallel (e.g. independent appearances of weapons in hummingbirds) and convergent (e.g., in other nectar-feeding birds) evolution.

6) Quantifying the physiological and biomechanical trade-offs among hummingbird feeding, breathing, and locomotion, that constrain the highest mass-specific metabolic rates in vertebrates.

7) Technology and software development employing mechanical engineering, electronics, and computer vision, among others, in order to pioneer methods to push the current limits of the field.

When you contact me, please describe why you would like to join the Behavioral Ecophysics lab and attach your CV (including contact info of up to 3 references). The deadline for submitting the admission materials is December 1st 2019 (so establishing contact is time-sensitive), to start the program in September 2020. Looking forward to your message!

Alejandro Rico-Guevara

Posted 8/30/19

MSc Position on Black bear analysis of population structure and connectivity (UW-Madison)

The Pauli Lab is seeking an outstanding student to advance our research program studying the population ecology of black bears on the Apostle Island archipelago and neighboring mainland in northern Wisconsin. The student's thesis will involve collecting non-invasive samples in the field, and genetically analyzing these samples to estimate demographic characteristics of these populations and their overall connectivity. The assistantship will begin in the spring of 2020. The student will be advised by Dr. Jonathan Pauli (http://labs.russell.wisc.edu/pauli/) and work closely with the National Park Service and the Red Cliff Band of Ojibwe. The project includes an annual stipend, plus tuition remission and health care benefits.

Applicants must have a BS degree in biology, ecology, forestry, wildlife, or another related discipline. A working knowledge of population ecology, statistics and genetics are sought, and experience in the field and laboratory, are required. Excellent English writing and verbal communication skills are essential.

UW-Madison has a long history of excellence in ecology, conservation biology, and population genetics. 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. 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/.

To apply, please submit your application here: https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_54HOGnjeWkqdwO1

If you have any problems with the application, please email jmarchman@wisc.edu.

Please note that submitting an application includes filling out a small survey (< 15 minutes), uploading a cover letter summarizing research interests and experiences, curriculum vitae, and unofficial transcripts or summary of relevant coursework (both undergraduate and graduate).

Review of applicants will begin immediately, but the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Applications received by October 31, 2019 are guaranteed full consideration. Finalists will be notified by and instructed to submit a formal application, including reference letters, to the UW-Madison Graduate School. We will not be able to respond to queries about the status of applications, but general questions about the Wildlife Ecology graduate program can be directly to the Forest and Wildlife Ecology Student Services Coordinator.

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. Contact and program information is available on the UW-Madison Forest & Wildlife Ecology website: https://forestandwildlifeecology.wisc.edu/academics/21417982244_4e0823cb05_k/

Posted 8/30/19

New PhD graduate students for fall 2020

Dr. Grottoli at the Ohio State University is accepting applications for new PhD graduate students for fall 2020. Application deadline is 15 December 2019. Grottoli's research currently focuses on identifying resilience and acclimation potential in corals in the face of climate change. Research tools include physiological methods, isotope analyses, and multivariate statistics. Applicants must have significant research experience at the undergraduate level or an MS in a relevant field. Find out more about Dr. Grottoli's research at https://u.osu.edu/grottoli.1/. Applications can be submitted via the graduate student application portal at http://gpadmissions.osu.edu/. Applicants are encouraged to also submit as a single .pdf the following documents directly to Dr. Grottoli at grottoli.1@osu.edu: statement of interest, CV, transcript(s).

Andra G Grottoli, PhD
Professor
Director of the Coral Bleaching Research Coordination Network
President of the International Coral Reef Society
Chair of the SES Promotion and Tenure Committee
The Ohio State University
College of Arts and Sciences School of Earth Sciences
329 Mendenhall Laboratory, 125 South Oval Mall, Columbus, OH 43210
614-292-5782 Office / 215-990-9736 Mobile / 614-292-7688 Fax
grottoli.1@osu.edu
Webpage: u.osu.edu/grottoli.1
Fieldwork Micro-blog: twitter.com/CoralResearch
Coral Bleaching Research Coordination Network: u.osu.edu/grottoli.1/coral-bleaching-rcn

Posted 8/28/19

Ph.D positions available in Global Change Ecology at UCLA

The Tingley Lab in Global Change Ecology is joining the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles and seeking creative and motivated PhD students to join the lab in the Fall of 2020. Our research utilizes field and biodiversity data to explore how large-scale anthropogenic drivers of change (e.g., climate change, land-use change, fire regimes) affect geographic distributions and community interactions over short to long timespans, from years to centuries. Most of our research explores these topics using birds as the primary study organism.

Potential research areas include: 1) the impact of climate change on birds through shifts in distributions or phenology; 2) the mechanisms that define range limits; 3) the role of wildfire in structuring biodiversity; 4) statistical modeling of distributions and assemblages; and/or 5) using historical data to understand processes of change. Research projects will have opportunities to draw from extensive existing databases as well as collect new field data at current field sites in temperate mountain systems. Enthusiasm, excellent written and oral communication abilities, and strong quantitative skills are necessary. Backgrounds in ornithology, modeling, and statistics are desired.

Application process
Interested and qualified candidates should read through the labs Frequently Asked Questions (http://www.morgantingley.com/join/) and send an email describing their motivation and research interests along with, at minimum, a CV, GPA, and GRE scores to morgan.tingley@lifesci.ucla.edu. Strong applicants will be contacted for scheduling an informal interview over Skype. Applications to UCLA are due December 1st. Financial support for Ph.D. students is available from research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and university fellowships, but applications to outside funding sources are strongly encouraged.

About UCLA
Founded in 1919, UCLA is a world-renowned institution with a longstanding record of impactful, collaborative research. With roughly 100 graduate students, 30 faculty members, and 25 postdoctoral scholars, the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department offers ample opportunities for productive in-house interactions as well as collaboration with other departments and UC campuses. The Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica Mountains are both a short drive away from the UCLA campus, providing tremendous opportunities for local field research and recreation. Los Angeles is ethnically diverse and culturally rich, and a global destination for travel, entertainment, and outdoor adventure.

Posted 8/26/19

PHD POSITION

A Ph.D. Graduate student position with Dr. Matthew Helmus is available at Temple University for Fall 2020. Dr. Helmus jointly runs the integrative ecology lab, which is focused on integrating biodiversity science with human ecology to understand contemporary patterns of biodiversity and its functioning within ecosystems (https://www.iecolab.org/).

The Ph.D. student will research the drivers of invasive species spread at global, regional and local scales in general and with a focus on the invasive spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula). Activities performed may include:

- Data mining and data science
- Modeling in collaboration with applied mathematicians
- Fieldwork in forested and agricultural ecosystems
- Lab and field experimentation
- Mentoring undergraduate research assistants
- Quantitative method development

Applicants must have prior research experience and a bachelors and/or masters degree in biology, environmental science, or other quantitative fields. Ideal applicants are those with experience in ecology, statistics, or entomology; but 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 the Temple University Graduate School on December 15, 2019 (November 15 for international applicants). However, interested applicants should initially email Dr. Helmus well in advance of the deadline (mrhelmus@temple.edu).

Include in the email:
- Cover letter outlining qualifications, experience, and why you are interested in the position
- Curriculum vitae
- Unofficial transcript
- Questions you have about the research, etc.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to first peruse the lab website prior to contact.

The Ph.D. student will be housed in the Integrative Ecology Lab in the Center for Biodiversity (http://www.biodiversitycenter.org/) at Temple University, located in a new LEED-Gold certified building in historic Philadelphia. The Center provides state-of-the-art biodiversity research facilities along with support staff with expertise in media development, GIS technology, high-performance computing, and genetics. Temple University, founded in 1884, is a public R1 university with a diverse student body of ca. 40,000 students. It is the sixth-largest provider of graduate school education in the U.S.A., is within the top 4% of research institutions in the U.S.A., and is in the top ten of the fastest gainers in ranking by the U.S. News & World Report list of Best Colleges.

Philadelphia is the birthplace of the U.S.A., filled with numerous attractions (e.g., Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Zoo, Academy of Natural Sciences), amazing food, and a quick train ride to New York City and Washington DC. Philadelphia is nestled within an extensive national/state trail and park system and is very close to Valley Forge National Park, the Pocono Mountains, the unique Pine Barren ecosystem, and the beaches of the Atlantic shore.

Temple University is an equal opportunity, equal access, affirmative action employer committed to achieving a diverse community. iEcoLab believes the crisis in biological diversity can only be addressed by scientists from diverse backgrounds and with diverse viewpoints. I strongly encourage applications from students with diverse backgrounds.

For more information see:
https://www.iecolab.org/
http://www.biodiversitycenter.org/
https://bulletin.temple.edu/graduate/scd/cst/biology-phd/

Posted 8/26/19

Graduate student opportunities: evolutionary ecology

I am seeking potential graduate students (masters and PhD) to join my lab (http://www.evolutioninthetropics.com) at the University of Nevada, Reno, starting in the fall semester of 2020. We are an evolutionary ecology lab that studies a broad range of topics, including:

1. Contemporary (rapid) evolution and eco-evolutionary dynamics

2. Adaptation to climate change

3. Behavior and sexual signal evolution

4. Evolution of microbiomes

5. Genomics and quantitative genetics of adaptation to rapid environmental change

6. Biophysical ecology

7. Tropical ecology and evolution

I am looking for enthusiastic, self-motivated students who are interested in exploring these or similar topics. I am particularly interested in students who would like to work in one of our experimental island systems in Panama and/or The Bahamas. In these locations, we have transplanted thousands of lizards to small islands that vary in key environmental variables, and we track local adaptation in real time from the level of the genome to the level of the population. Ample research funding is currently available in the lab for students to conduct fieldwork in these locations. In Panama, students will have the opportunity to live and work at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (https://stri.si.edu).

Potential PhD students will apply to the interdisciplinary Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology (EECB) program (https://www.unr.edu/eecb), whereas potential masters students will apply to the Department of Biology, but both will be based in the Logan Lab. The institutional application deadline for potential PhD students is December 1st, 2019, whereas the application deadline for masters students is February 1st, 2020 (both for a Fall 2020 start date). Thus, PhD students must contact me by November 1st, 2019, and potential masters students must contact me by December 15th, 2019, so that we have time to communicate and establish compatibility prior to the respective application deadlines.

UNR is Nevadas flagship, land-grant institution. It is an R1 university with world-class facilities. The Biology Department at UNR (https://www.unr.edu/biology/people) has a number of cutting-edge research laboratories working at the interface of ecology and evolution, across a diversity of vertebrate and invertebrate systems. Reno itself is a wonderful place to live. It is sandwiched between the Sierra Nevada mountains to the west and the Great Basin Desert to the east, providing ample opportunity for hiking, camping, biking, skiing, and mountain climbing. Reno is only a 30-minute drive from Lake Tahoe, and only a few hours drive from San Francisco.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send me an email at mike.logan1983@gmail.com. Please write a brief paragraph explaining why you are interested in joining the lab, whether you would like to earn a PhD or masters degree, and attach a CV with contact information for at least two references. If you are a potential fit for the lab, I will set up a Skype interview.

Posted 8/11/19

PHD POSITION: Quantitative Invasion Biology, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

A Ph.D. Graduate student position with Dr. Matthew Helmus is available at Temple University's Center for Biodiversity for Fall 2020. Dr. Helmus jointly runs the integrative ecology lab, which is focused on integrating biodiversity science with human ecology to understand contemporary patterns of biodiversity and its functioning within ecosystems (https://www.iecolab.org/).

The Ph.D. student will research the drivers of invasive species spread at global, regional and local scales in general and with a focus on the invasive spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula). Activities performed may include:

- Data mining and data science
- Modeling in collaboration with applied mathematicians
- Fieldwork in forested and agricultural ecosystems
- Lab and field experimentation
- 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 fields. Ideal applicants are those with experience in ecology, statistics, or entomology; but 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, 2019 (November 15 for international applicants). However, interested applicants should initially email Dr. Helmus well in advance of the deadline (mrhelmus@temple.edu).

Include in the email:
- Cover letter outlining qualifications, experience, and why you are interested in the position
- Curriculum vitae
- Unofficial transcript
- Questions you have about the research, etc.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to first peruse the lab website prior to contact.

The Center for Biodiversity is in a new LEED-Gold certified building on Temple's main campus in historic Philadelphia. The Center provides state-of-the-art biodiversity research facilities along with support staff with expertise in media development, GIS technology, high-performance computing, and genetics. Temple University, founded in 1884, is a public R1 university with a diverse student body of ca. 40,000 students. It is the sixth-largest provider of graduate school education in the U.S.A., is within the top 4% of research institutions in the U.S.A., and is in the top ten of the fastest gainers in ranking by the U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges.

Philadelphia is the birthplace of the U.S.A., filled with numerous attractions (e.g., Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Zoo, Academy of Natural Sciences), amazing food, and a quick train ride to New York City and Washington DC. Philadelphia is nestled within an extensive national/state trail and park system and is very close to Valley Forge National Park, the Pocono Mountains, the unique Pine Barren ecosystem, and the beaches of the Atlantic shore.

Temple University is an equal opportunity, equal access, affirmative action employer committed to achieving a diverse community. iEcoLab believes the crisis in biological diversity can only be addressed by scientists from diverse backgrounds and with diverse viewpoints. I strongly encourage applications from students with diverse backgrounds.

For more information see:
https://www.iecolab.org/
http://www.biodiversitycenter.org/
https://bulletin.temple.edu/graduate/scd/cst/biology-phd/

Posted 8/10/19

Recruiting Graduate Student in Quantitative Ecology

I am currently recruiting a PhD student to start in fall 2020 at Texas A&M University. My current research interests are in finding species interactions using co-occupancy analysis of incidence data along with functional traits of marine organisms (statistical ecology) and determining the emergent properties of community models with many interacting structured populations (theoretical ecology). I expect prospective students to have a research interest in related topics. If you are interested, please apply to Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Program at Texas A&M University (https://eeb.tamu.edu/). The deadline for application is around December 15, 2019. You can find more about me at https://wfsc.tamu.edu/people/fujiwara-masami/. I will be at annual ESA meeting in Kentucky.

Masami Fujiwara

Posted 8/9/19

Ph.D student position - community dynamics of range expansions in natural host-parasitoid communities

Ph.D. student position in species interactions and global change. The Prior lab (http://www.priorecologylab.com) at Binghamton University (SUNY) works on questions related to how species interactions are altered under global change and what the outcome of altered interactions are in ecosystems. The lab is seeking Ph.D. student(s) to work on an NSF-funded project examining the community dynamics of range expansions in host-parasitoid systems. Research is on cynipid gall wasps in western North American oak savannah ecosystems, examining how host cynipid wasp and parasitoid interactions are altered as a host species expands its range, and how altered interactions contribute to its outbreak in its expanded range. Students will conduct field work in the Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington, and Vancouver Island), and be based out of Binghamton University in Upstate New York.

We are seeking highly-motivated student(s) who are interested in global change, species interactions, plant-insect interactions, interaction networks, field ecology, and in using molecular techniques to address ecological research questions. Students with a BS or MS in Biology, Entomology (or other relevant discipline), with experience in field research, benchwork (experience with genetic techniques), entomology, statistics, and have proven writing and communication skills are encouraged to apply. Students should also be self-motivated and independent. Ideal students would be able to go into the field for all or a part of next summer (2020).

This Ph.D. position will be funded via Teaching Assistantships, with summer field funding provided as a Research Assistantship. The student will be based at Binghamton University (State University of New York). The student will be part of the Biological Sciences Department, in the EEB (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior) group (https://www.binghamton.edu/biology/). BU is located in the beautiful Southern Tier of NY and is one of the four major research Universities in the SUNY system.

If you are interested in the position, please email me (kprior@binghamton.edu) a cover letter stating your research interests and highlighting your relevant skills, your CV, GPA and (unofficial) transcript. Please put "Graduate Assistantship" in the subject line of the email. Formal applications to the Graduate School are due on January 15th, 2020 but please contact me well in advance (by November 2019) if you are interested. I'll be at ESA in Louisvilleplease contact me if you would like to meet up to talk about the position and the lab!

Posted 8/7/19

Graduate assistantships (MS/PhD) Evolution of gall wasps

We are looking for graduate students (Ms or PhD) to work on a newly funded project on evolution of gall wasps (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae). The full posting is here: https://sites.psu.edu/frost/graduate-student-opportunities/

Gall wasps (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae) comprise thousands of species that manipulate host plant development to create tumor-like structures, called galls, in which wasp larvae feed while being protected from predators and the outside environment. These galls exhibit diverse architectures and develop in specific locations on host-plant species depending on the wasp species that initiated the gall. While wasps are likely using molecular signals to alter plant development to generate these novel structures, the mechanisms are unknown. Through our NSF-funded project (grant number 1856626), we aim to shed light on the evolution of gall wasps and their galls, collect baseline data for understanding molecular mechanisms of gall induction, and to develop new tools for research on these wasps in North America. Opportunities are available for graduate students to pursue a combination of phylogenomics, taxonomy, informatics, genomics, transcriptomics, and chemical ecology with project PIs.

Qualifications: Interested students should have a passion for discovery, interest in biodiversity, strong background in biology, prior research experience, and, given the large scale of this project, good organization skills and attention to detail.

How to apply: Students will be based in University Park, PA and work with a team of project investigators including Drs. Andrew Deans, Heather Hines, John Tooker (all PSU), Sen Brady (Smithsonian), and Matt Buffington (USDA SEL). Prospective students should email a statement of interest and CV to Andrew Deans (ard19@psu.edu) or Heather Hines (hmh19@psu.edu). Full application details can be found on the departmental website: https://ento.psu.edu/graduateprograms

Students who submit applications before December 15 will be given priority and will have a chance to be invited in an on-campus recruitment event in early February.

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. You can find our departmental diversity statement on our website: https://ento.psu.edu/diversity-statement

Posted 7/20/19

PhD positions VCU: Tropical and Temperate Forest Dynamics

The Biodiversity Research Lab (led by Dr. Hulshof) at Virginia Commonwealth University is recruiting two PhD students starting Fall 2020. We study the causes of biodiversity across space and time, especially as it relates to community assembly across elevation, latitude and climate.

We are recruiting two PhD students interested in studying forest communities across elevation. One position will focus on the dynamics of eastern temperate forests and the second position will emphasize montane tropical forests. A few examples of the types of questions we are interested in:

How do the effects of disturbance (bark beetles, flooding, deer overpopulation) on temperate forest structure and composition vary across elevation and latitude?

How does dispersal influence the expansion or contraction of tropical dry and wet forest species ranges at local, regional, and latitudinal scales?

Part of our research group is based in Puerto Rico and Costa Rica and collaboration between temperate and tropical regions is encouraged and supported. Funding is available for travel, field supplies, summer research stipends, and through teaching assistantships during the academic year. Visit our website (https://catherinehulshof.wordpress.com/) for information about our team, ongoing projects, and work philosophy.

We are an international and diverse group and I encourage underrepresented minorities to contact me. Because we work closely with international partners, Spanish fluency (or willingness to learn basic conversational Spanish) is a strength, but not a requirement.

The Biodiversity Research Lab is located in the Department of Biology at Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, Virginia. VCU is located on the historic James River within easy reach of the Appalachian Mountains, the Virginia LTER and NEON sites, and other resources in the D.C. area like the Smithsonian Institute National Museum of Natural History. Richmond is rated as a top place to live and is known for its history, local food scene, booming job market, and its easy access to outdoor activities like hiking, biking and kayaking.

Students should apply to the PhD Program in Integrative Life Sciences by 10 January. https://lifesciences.vcu.edu/academic-programs/phd-in-integrative-life-sciences/

Those who are interested should contact Dr. Hulshof (cmhulshof@vcu.edu) with a CV and description of career/research interests to discuss the position before applying. Please specify if you prefer working in temperate and/or tropical forests.

Posted 6/18/19

Ph.D. position in Plant Evolutionary Ecology
Department of Plant and Microbial Biology
North Carolina State University

The Sheth evolutionary ecology lab invites applications for a Ph.D. position beginning in Fall 2020. We study the ecological and evolutionary processes underlying species climatic niches and geographic ranges, with the aim of understanding evolutionary and plastic responses to climatic changes. Primarily using monkeyflowers as a model system, we combine field, greenhouse, and growth chamber experiments, quantitative genetics, and comparative analyses to examine constraints to adaptation in plant populations, species, and clades.

NC State's Department of Plant and Microbial Biology offers a highly-rated research environment and is situated in a collaborative and scientifically stimulating atmosphere in the Research Triangle, with both UNC Chapel Hill and Duke University nearby. There is a vibrant and growing community of ecologists and evolutionary biologists spread across multiple departments on campus, including Applied Ecology, Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology, Forestry and Environmental Resources, Soil and Crop Sciences, and Biochemistry, among others. Raleigh is a lively yet affordable city with a high standard of living, and its surroundings offer numerous recreational activities.

We are looking for a highly motivated student with a keen interest in plant evolutionary ecology. Thesis projects can be tied into ongoing research in the lab or developed according to mutual interests. Interested students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with our research and publications at www.seemasheth.weebly.com.

TO APPLY: Graduate students have the option of applying to the Plant Biology Graduate Program or the Biology Graduate Program with a concentration in Ecology and Evolution, and are typically funded through a combination of teaching and research assistantships. Before submitting a formal application (due January 15), please send the following information to Dr. Sheth at Seema_Sheth@ncsu.edu no later than November 1: 1) CV; and 2) a statement of your academic background and previous research experience, current research interests, and why you want to join the lab.

Posted 6/11/19

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