Graduate School Opportunities
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post positions that require a masters degree,
as this site is aimed at
undergraduates. Please send any opportunities not listed here by
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Assistantship in Feeding Ecology of Native Freshwater Mussels in
the Columbia River to begin August 2024
Dr. Gretchen Rollwagen-Bollens and Dr. Stephen Bollens,
Co-Directors of the Aquatic Ecology Lab at Washington State
University, Vancouver, WA, USA have one paid position available
for a new master’s degree student to start in August 2024 (or
potentially earlier in the summer).
This M.S. assistantship will specifically support a student to
conduct research related to the feeding dynamics of native
freshwater mussels (i.e., grazing on phytoplankton and
microzooplankton) in the lower Columbia River. The academic
position will officially begin in August 2024, however there is an
opportunity to begin the position in summer 2024, prior to the
start of the Fall 2024 semester.
The successful graduate student will be supported on a combination
of Research Assistantships and Teaching Assistantships, and
possibly Fellowships, plus full tuition waivers and health
Please visit our website for more information about the lab and
our research (https://labs.wsu.edu/aquatic-ecology/).
Our group is committed to supporting the professional development
of diverse students in aquatic science, with a focus on equity and
inclusion in all aspects of our research, collaboration, and
mentoring. We welcome applications from students who will
contribute to this mission.
Degree program: M.S. in Environmental Science
Deadline: For admission to our graduate program, we are
currently accepting applications, with priority given to those who
apply by January 10, 2024. For further information
about the graduate programs in Environmental Science, and for
instructions on how to apply, please visit the website (https://cas.vancouver.wsu.edu/science-graduate-programs).
Fellowship opportunity: In addition, there is an exciting
new fellowship opportunity available through the National Science
Foundation's Research Traineeship (NRT) Program on "Rivers,
Watersheds & Communities: Training an Innovative, Cross-Sector
Workforce for Equitable, Multi-Scale Decision-Making Towards Human
and Ecosystem Health" (RWC NRT) at WSU. This program trains
graduate students to do research that tackles water challenges in
the Columbia River Basin hand-in-hand with the communities
impacted. For more information on how to apply, please
follow this link: https://nrt-rwc.wsu.edu/how-to-apply/.
**Please note the RWC deadline of November 8, 2023, which is
separate from the priority due date for applications to the MS
Environmental Science graduate program.
Contact: Please contact Dr. Gretchen Rollwagen-Bollens (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or Dr. Stephen Bollens (email@example.com) for further
information and before applying to either program.
Campus and Facilities: Washington State University Vancouver
is one of five campuses in the WSU system, and is located within
the greater Portland, OR-Vancouver, WA metropolitan area, near the
Columbia River, Cascade Mountains and coastal ocean. The
351-acre campus offers new, state-of-the-art classroom and
research facilities, where teaching and research are conducted in
an interdisciplinary and collaborative atmosphere. WSU
Vancouver is a welcoming campus to faculty, students and staff of
all backgrounds, is actively dedicated to equity and diversity,
and recipient of the 2019 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity
Award from Insight Into Diversity Magazine.
Student Opportunity (PhD level): Interdisciplinary PhD on the
Implementation of a Wildlife Health Program in a One Health
The Massachusetts Div. of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) is
in the process of developing a robust wildlife health program as
part of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Zoonotic Disease
Initiative. MassWildlife Health will utilize a network of
diagnostic and pathology labs to expand disease surveillance,
implement communication strategies to address disparities in
impact of zoonotic diseases, and prepare for emerging diseases
through the development of strategies for detection.
Over the last few years, MassWildlife has partnered with other
state and federal agencies on an ad hoc basis to test for
SARS-CoV-2 in wildlife, respond to Highly Pathogenic Avian
Influenza (HPAI) in domestic/wild flocks and coastal seals,
monitor for Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) in white-tailed
deer, and address rabies concerns with increasing human-wildlife
conflict. These emerging issues are in addition to already
existing wildlife disease issues of White-nose Syndrome in bats,
Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV), Eastern Equine
Encephalitis (Triple E), West Nile Virus among avian flocks,
maintaining prevention from invasion of Chronic Wasting Disease
(CWD), and regional surveillance for P. tenuis (brain
worm) in moose.
In collaboration with MassWildlife, we are seeking applications
for a PhD level graduate student position at the University of
Massachusetts, Amherst that will conduct research that will aid in
the implementation of MassWildlife Health and more broadly,
wildlife epidemiology and zoonotic disease transmission
prevention. We highly encourage people from historically
underrepresented groups or non-traditional backgrounds to apply
especially those with fluency in multiple languages (e.g., Spanish
or Portuguese). The successful candidate will enroll in the PhD
program in the Organismic & Evolutionary Biology Department (https://gpls.cns.umass.edu/oeb)
and be part of the MA Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Potential objectives, which are subject to modification based on
the successful applicant's interests, include:
1. Analyze existing disease surveillance and wildlife health
system frameworks and create optimized processes for detection,
response, and management of pathogens.
o The student would have the opportunity to explore different
configurations of One Health wildlife programs and contribute
significantly to theoretical development in this emerging area of
epidemiology and public health.
2. Address disparities in impact of zoonotic diseases with
underrepresented communities by implementing communication plans
and programming targeting these groups with strategies to overcome
language and resource barriers.
o The student will develop surveys of underrepresented groups to
gauge their knowledge, behaviors, and attitudes.
3. Conduct targeted surveillance in the field of zoonotic diseases
o The student will have the opportunity to work with MassWildlife
taxa specific biologists (Deer & Moose biologists, state
ornithologist, fish pathologist, state herpetologist, coastal
waterbird biologist, turkey & upland game biologist, waterfowl
biologist, and/or bear & furbearer biologist) to develop
disease surveillance and conduct epidemiological research.
o There are significant funds for project development in this area
depending on the interest of the graduate student and cooperating
4. In coordination with the MassWilldife Outreach and Education
section, develop communication plans for inter/intra-agency
coordination of public communication about wildlife health issues
with a holistic One Health approach and develop/implement measures
5. Develop scientific communication materials around wildlife
health topics and measure effectiveness.
6. Develop, implement, and analyze public reporting strategies for
surveillance activities similar to TickReport or NYSDEC EHD
7. Develop prevention and monitoring strategies for reducing risk
of disease transmission during translocation of wildlife,
particularly amongst herps and rehabilitated wildlife.
The successful candidate will work with a large team of
professionals on each of these objectives and will gain a
significant professional network across the Northeast.
The graduate student will be provided:
1. Research assistantship funding and teaching assistantship
funding for at 5 years through the University of Massachusetts,
Amherst, which includes graduate student stipend (~$32,000 per
year for 20 hrs/week), health benefits, and tuition waiver. More
information about benefits is available through the UMass Graduate
Employee Organization (https://www.geouaw.org/).
2. Professional development experiences relevant to federal and
state jobs but transferable to other conservation agencies.
3. Be a valued member of an integrated team that is part of a
4. Mentoring, encouragement, and autonomy to ensure that they see
and understand how they and their perspectives are vital to
achieving the goals of the project.
Qualities of preferred applicants
The following will be considered positive factors in choosing a
successful candidate. We do not expect applicants to have all of
these qualities and is not meant to discourage applicants.
• Holds a Master's degree in a wildlife/epidemiology related field
or professional degrees related to health (e.g., DVM, Mph, DPH)
• Skills in scientific communication for both professional and
• Experience with human dimensions/sociology research and/or
epidemiological/wildlife disease research.
• Fluency in multiple languages, especially Spanish and/or
• Membership in one of the following groups that have been
historically underrepresented in the wildlife field:
o Black/African American
o Hispanic/ Latinx
o Native American
o Alaska Native
o Pacific Islander
• Evidence of a strong desire to learn (as supported by evidence
of superior academic achievement, extracurricular activities, or
• Interest and/or experience conducting field work
• Interest in population ecology and conservation
• Interest in working at the nexus of OneHealth (i.e., public
health, education, and disease ecology)
• Creativity (e.g., problem solving and creative solutions to
Training & products
The graduate student will be provided training and support to
learn and accomplish the following:
• Work alongside MassWildlife, USGS, and other stakeholders to
accomplish the objectives of this project
• Collect and analyze data
• Present research findings at quarterly meetings with
• Prepare at least three manuscripts for submission to
- Minimum of a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for
- Have graduated from undergrad by May 2024 to start graduate
school in Summer or Fall 2024
Priority will be given to applications received before or by: 1 pm
EST on Oct 23, 2023
To apply, please send the following materials in a single PDF with
the following document name "YOUR LAST NAME-OneHealth app-
2023.pdf" in an email with the subject "OneHealth application" to
Dr. Graziella DiRenzo at firstname.lastname@example.org AND
Martin Feehan email@example.com:
(a) A cover letter or personal statement that describes your
interest in the position, past research experiences, interest in
conducting fieldwork, desire to pursue graduate work, and any
discrepancies in your academic record [1-2 pages in length]
(b) A curriculum vitae or resume;
(c) The contact information (name, position, relationship to
applicant, email, and phone number) for three references;
(d) Unofficial transcripts
This is optional supplemental materials to include in your
application, and if you feel that your cover letter/personal
statement addresses these questions directly, you should still
include the optional supplemental materials and just copy and
paste your responses below each prompt:
- The four prompts are an opportunity for you to describe in a
paragraph or two how you demonstrate strengths that can serve you
well in graduate school.
(i) What motivates you to apply for this position? Graduate school
is a multiyear commitment to learning and to a research project.
The decision to attend graduate school is a major step in your
career. Please tell us what motivates you to go to graduate school
and why you think the this position at UMass is where you would
like to go?
(ii) Tell us about your perseverance and maturity completing
graduate-level coursework, independent study, and research
definitely requires perseverance in handling deadlines,
challenges, and even failures along the way. Briefly describe a
challenging time (one where you did not fully succeed in achieving
a goal or completing a task) and describe how you responded to
that and what you learned from that experience. Then, briefly
describe an experience where you struggled through a challenging
time but eventually succeeded. What helped you get through that
struggle and the stress associated with it?
(iii) Tell us about how you work in teams. As a graduate student,
your research will often involve working as a team with your
advisor and other collaborators. Think about a past experience
being a part of a team (academic or extra-curricular), and please
answer the following questions: What was the purpose or goal of
your team? What role(s) did you play on the team (leader,
synthesizer, heavy-lifter, etc.) that contributed to its success?
What did you learn about successful teamwork and/or team culture
through the experience?
(iv) Tell us about your independence, curiosity and
problem-solving skills. Conducting research as a graduate student
requires curiosity in developing a question or hypothesis and
independence along with creative problem-solving in conducting
self-directed research. Please describe a time when you took
initiative on something, either academic or outside of academics,
that highlights some of these qualities.
Dr. Graziella DiRenzo (firstname.lastname@example.org), U.S.
Geological Survey, MA Coop Unit
Martin Feehan - Deer & Moose Biologist/Wildlife Health
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opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment
without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity
or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry,
disability, military status, genetic information, pregnancy or a
pregnancy-related condition, or membership in any other legally
protected class. The University of Massachusetts complies with all
applicable federal, state and local laws governing
nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the
or PhD position in plant-microbe interactions, plant population
ecology, and global change at Boise State University
Dr. Allison Simler-Williamson in the Department of Biological
Sciences at Boise State University is seeking an enthusiastic MS
or Ph.D. student to conduct NSF-funded research focusing on how
climate change may alter plant-microbe interactions in declining
The prospective graduate student will explore the role that soil
fungi and bacteria play in shaping local adaptation in big
sagebrush populations, including how populations from contrasting
abiotic environments may differ in susceptibility to disruption of
plant-microbe interactions with climate change. This work will
involve a combination of fieldwork in sagebrush steppe ecosystems,
laboratory and greenhouse experiments, and modeling. The project
involves opportunities to cultivate diverse skills in plant
population ecology, bioinformatics, microbiology and plant
pathology, soil science, statistical analysis, and mathematical
modeling. The Simler-Williamson lab (https://www.simlerwilliamsonlab.com/)
broadly studies the impacts of changing host-microbe interactions
on plant population persistence, including work focused on
climate, disturbance, and emerging plant diseases; the prospective
student would have additional opportunities to collaborate in
these research systems.
This project is supported by the NSF Broadening Research Capacity
in Biology program, and the Simler-Williamson lab is committed to
supporting mentees in a welcoming, inclusive environment. Graduate
students will receive additional mentorship from project
collaborators (Drs. Leonora Bittleston, Trevor Caughlin, and
Marie-Anne de Graaff), and they will serve as a graduate mentor
for a team of undergraduate researchers involved in this project.
Boise State University embraces and welcomes diversity, including
(but not limited to) people of any gender identity, race,
ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and neurotype.
Accordingly, applicants who would add to the diversity and
excellence of our academic community are encouraged to apply.
Preferred qualifications include:
-A B.S. or B.A. degree in ecology, biology, environmental science,
soil science, plant science, or a related field.
-Experience with (or a strong interest in cultivating skills in)
statistical analysis, programming, and bioinformatics.
-Experience with (or a strong interest in cultivating skills in)
microbial ecology or plant disease ecology.
-Past experience coordinating or completing field research in
-An ability to work independently, as well as part of a diverse
collaborative team, including an interest in undergraduate
-Strong verbal, interpersonal, and written communication skills.
Graduate students will be admitted through the Boise State
University Masters in Biology program or the PhD in Ecology,
Evolution, and Behavior program, to begin in August 2024.
Additional information about the programs can be found at: https://www.boisestate.edu/biology/graduate-programs/ms-biology
The project includes a minimum of 2 years of NSF-funded support,
with additional funding provided through a combination of research
assistantship and teaching assistantship. The position includes
coverage of tuition and health insurance, with a minimum salary of
Please contact Dr. Allison Simler-Williamson (email@example.com)
by November 29th with the following documents, to indicate
your interest in this position before officially applying:
-a 1-page cover letter summarizing how the described research
aligns with your interests and what you are hoping to gain from a
masters degree or PhD;
-a CV or resume;
-Contact details for 2-3 professional references.
Please use the email subject, "Grad position in plant-microbe
interactions". Letters of interest will be reviewed by Dr.
Simler-Williamson on a rolling basis through November 29th.
Following this review, top candidates will be asked to formally
apply to graduate programs (deadlines: January 15, 2024). All
admission decisions must be approved by the Graduate Dean.
student, postdoc, and research assistant positions in
bioacoustics and quantitative ecology at Kitzes Lab (University
The Kitzes Lab at the University of Pittsburgh (http://kitzeslab.org)
is seeking applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar, Research
Assistant, and Graduate Student to work in the areas of
bioacoustics, quantitative ecology, avian ecology, machine
learning, and/or data science. The ideal candidates will
contribute to our long-term goal of developing and applying
automated acoustic survey and machine learning methods to study
the ecology and conservation of birds, frogs, and other
sound-producing taxa. These new hires will have the opportunity to
work on a wide variety of projects, including a newly funded NSF
Global Center on AI and Biodiversity Change. More details on the
three positions and how to apply are below:
Postdoctoral Scholar - https://www.kitzeslab.org/postdoc-positions/
Research Assistant - https://www.kitzeslab.org/research-assistant-positions/
Graduate Student - https://www.kitzeslab.org/grad-student-positions/
The successful candidates will join a large research group
currently consisting of one postdoc, five graduate students, three
research assistants, and numerous undergraduate students. Our lab
strives to create a supportive and healthy workplace culture,
emphasizing collaborative work, active mentorship, effective
communication, and professional development for all of our lab
Please email Justin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
with any questions, and also please circulate to others who may be
Position Available in Aquatic Ecology at Penn State University
We are recruiting a MS/PhD student interested in restoration
ecology to work on a new project funded by the Chesapeake Bay
Trust Pooled Monitoring Initiative's Restoration Research Award
Program. Stream restoration projects do not often achieve the
desired ecological uplift of restoring benthic macroinvertebrate
biodiversity, and our project seeks to evaluate the potential of
using benthic macroinvertebrate translocations from pristine
streams to restored streams in restoring macroinvertebrate
biodiversity in a manipulative field experiment. The student would
work with faculty at Penn State and University of Maryland Center
for Environmental Science and project stakeholders at the
Chesapeake Bay Trust, the Maryland Department of Natural
Resources, and Anne Arundel County. The student would have the
opportunity to learn new techniques, or build upon existing skill
sets, in using morphological methods to identify benthic
macroinvertebrates and/or using novel methods of biodiversity
assessment with eDNA metabarcoding.
Funds are available to fully support either a MS for two years or
a PhD student for four years, including a competitive stipend and
medical, dental, and vision insurance. The graduate student would
be physically housed in the Department of Ecosystem of Science and
Management at Penn State (https://ecosystems.psu.edu/)
and be co-advised by Daniel Allen (www.allenlab.org) and Jon
Sweetman (www.jonsweetman.com). The
graduate student would begin enrollment in the Fall 2024, but we
have funds to allow the student to begin working on the project
beginning in Summer 2024, which is preferred.
Interested applicants are encouraged to complete this informal
google form (https://forms.gle/FGwWk8aQCpPmhTEX9)
to express their interest, which includes the submission of a
CV/resume and a cover letter that describes their prior academic
and professional experience, their interest in the position, and a
description of how this graduate opportunity aligns with their
career goals. Formal graduate applications to the Penn State
Intercollegiate Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (https://www.huck.psu.edu/graduate-programs/ecology/applications/apply-now)
and the Wildlife and Fisheries Science Graduate Program (https://ecosystems.psu.edu/graduate/apply)
are accepted at any time; however, to receive full consideration
for fellowships, campus interview, and financial aid, students
should formally apply through the graduate college by December
1. Please contact email@example.com
for any other questions.
Student Traineeships in Rivers | Watersheds | Communities (NSF
We invite applications for the National Science Foundation's
Research Traineeship (NRT) Program on "Rivers, Watersheds &
Communities: Training an Innovative, Cross-Sector Workforce for
Equitable, Multi-Scale Decision-Making Towards Human and Ecosystem
Health" (RWC NRT). This program trains MSc and PhD students in
science (incl. social sciences) and engineering to do research to
tackle water challenges in the Columbia River Basin hand-in-hand
with the communities impacted. By valuing Traditional Ecological
Knowledge and western science, students will learn how to find
solutions to these pressing water-related challenges via
community-engaged research. Please visit our website for more
information on how to apply: https://nrt-rwc.wsu.edu/.
Priority deadline for application is November 8, 2023.
student in Environment and Natural Resources
University of Alabama
The Forest Dynamics Lab at the University of Alabama is seeking a
PhD student to investigate disturbance and development patterns in
mixed pine-oak forests, including effects of prescribed fire,
thinning, and harvesting treatments. 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 have included work on trees, herbs, forest
fuels, soils, deadwood, and macrofungi. We place special emphasis
on forest stand dynamics and forest disturbance ecology.The PhD
student will work collaboratively with state and federal partners
to improve our understanding of stand dynamics in pine-oak
mixedwoods and to refine silvicultural prescriptions to promote
mixed species stands. We seek a student with a background in
forestry, environmental science, geography, ecology, or a related
field that has research experience in field and lab settings.
Applicants will be evaluated based on their educational record,
recommendation letters, statement of purpose, and prior
experiences. Funding during the academic year will be provided
from a Graduate Teaching Assistantship through the Department of
Geography and the Environment and during the summer from a
Research Assistantship. 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 and unofficial
transcripts. Additional information is available from the
Forest Dynamics Lab: http://fdl.ua.edu
Department of Geography and the Environment: http://geography.ua.edu
Graduate School: http://graduate.ua.edu
University of Alabama: www.ua.edu
position in spatial eco-evolutionary dynamics
The Weiss-Lehman lab at the University of Wyoming is recruiting a
PhD student to join our group in fall 2024. The PhD student will
work with laboratory microcosms, computational models, and genomic
data to test ecological and evolutionary mechanisms behind the
formation of stable range limits as part of a recently funded NSF
grant. The student will also be encouraged to develop independent
projects based on their own interests as part of their
dissertation. Research in our lab largely focuses on spatial
eco-evolutionary dynamics, using models and careful experiments to
understand how rapid evolutionary changes can impact species'
ranges. This includes factors affecting range limits, but also
understanding the dynamics of species spreading via invasions or
range shifts in response to climate change.
The Weiss-Lehman lab is a highly collaborative group and members
are encouraged to work together on group projects while also
developing independent projects based on their own interests. Our
lab is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive group of
researchers in which all lab members feel valued and supported.
For more details on the lab and our research, see our website:
The position will be fully funded for 5 years through a
combination of research and teaching assistantships and includes
tuition, a stipend, and health insurance. Applicants need a
bachelor's degree in biology, ecology, evolution, or a related
field by the fall of 2024. Additional preferred qualifications
include quantitative and/or bioinformatic skills, familiarity with
a scientific computing language (R, Matlab, Python, etc.), and
previous research experience.
To apply, please email Topher Weiss-Lehman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
with your CV, transcripts (unofficial are fine), a statement of
interest, and contact information for 2-3 professional references.
Research Assistant Position in Remote Sensing Available at the
University of Wyoming
Graduate Research Assistant Position Available at the University
of Wyoming, Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center
(WyGISC)/School of Computing
We are seeking a motivated MS student to work on an exciting
applied remote sensing research project examining land use and
land cover change in the Shoshone River watershed (near Cody, WY)
at the University of Wyoming. This project utilizes cutting-edge
uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV) and high-resolution satellite remote
sensing data to derive land cover and detect geomorphic changes
over time. The student will be involved in remote sensing data
acquisition and processing, land cover classification, change
detection analysis, accuracy assessment, and presenting results to
project partners. This is a great opportunity to gain hands-on
experience with state-of-the-art remote sensing platforms and
analytical techniques while addressing environmental issues.
The successful applicant will work under the guidance of Drs. Di
Yang and Austin Madson and collaborate with state/federal agencies
to inform best management practices in the watershed. This project
is funded through the USGS and the Wyoming Water Research Program.
Qualified applicants should have:
Background in remote sensing, Geographic Information Systems
(GIS), and/or environmental science
Experience with image classification, change detection, and
Proficiency in remote sensing software such as ENVI, ERDAS
Imagine, Google Earth Engine, or other coding-based tools (e.g.,
Strong quantitative skills
Ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively.
Competitive graduate stipend, tuition, and health insurance will
be provided. The position start date is flexible, ideally spring
or fall 2024.
Please send the following materials as a single PDF document in an
email to Dr. Di Yang (email@example.com) and Dr.
Austin Madson (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the
subject line “USGS/WRP GRA”. The PDF should contain 1) a CV
(including contact information for at least three references), 2)
a cover letter outlining your research interests and how they
align with this project, and 3) unofficial transcripts. The
submission deadline is November 15, 2023, but note that
applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
About UW and Laramie:
The University of Wyoming is located in Laramie, a town of 30,000
in the heart of the Rocky Mountain West. The state of Wyoming
continues to invest in its university, helping to make it a leader
in academics, research and outreach. The university has
state-of-the-art facilities in many areas and the community
provides the advantages of a major university. Located in a high
mountain valley near the Colorado border, Laramie offers both
outstanding recreational opportunities and close proximity to
Colorado’s Front Range, a bustling group of metropolitan cities
including Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins. This beautiful
mountain landscape offers outdoor enjoyment in all seasons, with
over 300 days of sunshine annually. For more information about the
region, please visit http://visitlaramie.org/
UW is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Educator and
Employer. WE are committed to a multicultural environment and
strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, veterans,
and persons with disabilities. The Division of Communication
Disorders’ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement can be found
Di Yang, Ph.D.
Geospatial Digital Informatics (GeoDI) Lab | University of Wyoming
Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center | School of
Adjunct Faculty, Program in Ecology and Evolution (PiEE)
Editorial Board, Nature - Scientific Reports
Science Advisor, NASA DEVELOP
(307) 766 - 2744 | email@example.com | Twitter |
Agriculture C Building, 329, Laramie, Wyoming 82071
PhD Positions in Animal-Ecosystem Interactions
My research group (Shelby Rinehart's Bio-Funk Lab) in the
Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Sciences
(BEES) at Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA) is seeking 1-2 PhD
students to start in Fall 2024.
Research topics in the lab are diverse, and include a variety of
theoretical and applied topics, such as ecosystem engineering,
consumer-resource interactions, zoogeochemistry, restoration
ecology, environmental ethics, and coastal resource management. My
group works mainly in coastal habitats (e.g., salt marshes,
seagrass beds, oyster reefs) and drylands (e.g., Negev desert),
but I am open to supervising projects outside of these systems if
the broad themes fit into my research program and we have the
resources to support such projects.
Drexel University has a formal application process, but I am
looking to connect with perspective students prior to the
If you are interested, please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) a copy of
your CV and a short (1-2 paragraphs) email introducing yourself by
discussing your research background and interests (and how these
interests fit my group's research themes). Please include
"Perspective Graduate Student 2024" in the email subject line. I
will follow up with candidates to set up a zoom/teams meeting to
discuss the program and potential projects in more depth. If we
both agree that my lab and Drexel's program is a good fit, I will
encourage candidates to submit a formal application (due December
Accepted PhD students will have guaranteed Research or Teaching
Assistantships and full Tuition Waivers.
For more information about my research group, visit our website:
Bio-Funk Lab at Drexel University (shelbyrinehartecology.com)
For more information about the BEES Department, visit: https://drexel.edu/coas/academics/departments-centers/bees/
For more information about the graduate application processes at
Drexel, visit: https://drexel.edu/academics/grad-professional-programs/coas/ecology-evolution-and-earth-systems/
Student / Post-Doctoral / Consultant Positions - Forest
Conservation and Agriculture in the Brazilian Amazon
Graduate Student / Post-Doctoral / Consultant Positions
Forest Conservation and Agriculture in the Brazilian Amazon
The Global Land Use and Environment Group (GLUE; https://gibbs-lab.wisc.edu)
at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has openings for graduate
students and post-doctoral scientists to conduct research focused
on cattle supply chains in the Brazilian Amazon and how they
impact land use, biodiversity conservation, climate, and
agricultural production. Their work will contribute to a large,
ongoing project investigating the outcomes and pathways of
zero-deforestation commitments. The projects are currently very
broad, and we welcome and encourage new ideas! Examples of
possible research topics include analysis of leather supply chains
in Brazil and internationally, forest conservation and economic
outcomes of various policies and company actions, and solutions to
reconcile agricultural production with biodiversity.
The candidate will join a thriving and interdisciplinary team that
integrates property-level and supply chain analyses, data science,
econometrics, and field surveys to better understand land use
change associated with commodity production. As part of our group,
they would work closely with policymakers, companies, media, and
environmental groups with the aim to leverage our rigorous science
to make change.
Ideal candidates will be interested in publishing papers in
scientific journals, writing policy briefs and communicating the
results of science to broader audiences, and be proficient in
speaking and writing in English, as well as in Portuguese
preferably. Experience in Brazil or with cattle production is a
plus. Students are encouraged to apply to both the Department of
Geography and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
(Applied and Agricultural Economics is also an option). The
Post-Doctoral position is flexible and could also be a
shorter-term or part-time consultancy.
Ideal qualifications include some of the following:
Experience designing farmer surveys and leading field research.
Analytical skills such as econometrics and statistics.
Expertise in GIS and remote sensing.
Knowledge of Supply Chain Sustainability Initiatives.
Practice working with stakeholders such as companies, policymakers
Portuguese language skills.
GLUE is a vibrant and energetic research group, with strong
experience working in Brazil.
Madison is widely recognized for its warm and international
community, high quality of life, culture and arts scene, and easy
access to natural areas. Costs of living are moderate, and public
transportation and bicycle paths are easy commuting options.
For more information: http://www.gibbs-lab.com/recent-publications
Department of Geography: http://www.geography.wisc.edu
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies: https://nelson.wisc.edu/graduate/
Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment: http://www.sage.wisc.edu
To apply, please submit a cover letter detailing qualifications
and interest, CV, and phone and email addresses of three
references to Holly Gibbs (email@example.com). Finalists
will be contacted by November 15, 2023.
position in plant-herbivore interactions at the University of
The Plant-Herbivore Interaction Lab at the University of Florida
seeks enthusiastic scientists to join our group. We will be
recruiting 1-2 PhD students beginning Fall 2024 (applications due
15 January 2024). We are located in the Department of
Entomology and Nematology at the University of Florida,
Gainesville, FL. The lab's research focuses on the ecology and
evolution of plant-herbivore interactions, with major themes
including the evolution of plant defense, spatial variation (both
small and large scales) in plant-herbivore interactions, and
insect community ecology. We work mainly with herbaceous plants
and insect herbivores in natural, managed, or agricultural
systems. Graduate students should expect to conduct research along
the major themes of the lab, although there is some flexibility.
For further information on Phil Hahn's lab at UF see plant-herbivore-interactions.net.
Prior to applying, please send an inquiry email and CV to Phil
Hahn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the body of the email, please describe your research interests
and experience, career goals, and potential study topics you may
be interested in pursuing. Applicants should have a B.S. in
biology, ecology, entomology, or closely related field and
previous research experience; an M.S. with experience with
statistical analysis in R and peer-reviewed publications are
Gainesville is a great place to live, with affordable cost of
living, ample outdoor recreational opportunities, and more. UF has
a very strong ecology program across many departments and recently
ranked as one of the top universities in the world for ecology.
POSITION TO STUDY JUVENILE LOBSTER BEHAVIOUR
*Interested in aquatic animal behaviour, with practical
implications for sustainable fisheries and marine conservation?
*Interested in building expertise in a range of techniques,
including field work (snorkeling or SCUBA), Remotely Operated
Vehicle use, and machine-learning-assisted video analysis of
Dr. Russell Wyeth in the Biology Department at St. Francis Xavier
University (StFX) is accepting applications for an MSc student to
start Jan or May 2024.
Our research is focused on building a more detailed understanding
of juvenile American Lobster behaviour. We have developed
tripod-mounted underwater camera systems that are effective at
recording lobster behaviours in their natural habitat. The cameras
provide unprecedented detail over durations far longer (up to 9 h
of recording time) than has been achieved in past studies via
SCUBA or other methods. To date, we have focused on foraging
behaviours of adult lobsters. Our goal now is to shift our
focus to juvenile lobsters behaviour and behavioural ecology.
Additional observations are planned using a Remotely Operated
Our primary goal is to establish a baseline data set of juvenile
lobster behaviour. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans
has recently created a series of marine protected areas in the
Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence. The Scallop Buffer Zones exclude
scallop dragging, and are designed to protect juvenile lobster
habitat. Our behavioural work will establish a baseline for
on-going monitoring of juvenile lobsters into the future.
The behavioural data will be combined with additional population
density surveys to assess the effectiveness of the marine
protected areas, to help manage the lobster fishery, and to
monitor the possible effects of climate change on the lobster
For further information or to apply, contact Dr. Russell Wyeth: email@example.com
Biology, St Francis Xavier University
P.O. Box 5000 Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5 Canada
Shipping: 2321 Notre Dame Ave. Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5 Canada
Ph: 9028673886 Fx: 9028672389
Position: Biotic interactions and biogeochemical cycling
We are looking for PhD students interested in joining our research
group at University of Miami (amyzanne.org). Students would
join an interactive lab group and develop an independent research
focus in line with ongoing lab projects. Broadly we study how
biotic interactions impact biogeochemical cycles. Many in our
group explore how plant construction influences community
structure and function (from morphology to genes) of biotic decay
agents, such as microbes and termites. Our lab also examines the
consequences of these interactions for ecosystem carbon and
nutrient cycles, especially in USA, Australia, Chile and Brazil as
climate changes. New lab projects will be based in the New World
Tropics including south Florida coastal systems, Chilean fjords
and Antarctica coastal systems in collaboration with Eduardo
Castro (University of Talca) and Brazilian savannas and wetlands
in collaboration with Rafael Oliveira and Natashi Pilon
(University of Campinas). Other lab projects include solar
radiation impacts on litter and wood decay, microbiome assembly on
leaves and fruits, and macroevolution and functional ecology of
plants, termites and microbes around the globe. The fully funded
graduate program will be completed at University of Miami.
If you are interested in working with us, send an email to me (Amy
with brief details about your research interests and experiences,
why our group is a fit for you and why you want to go to graduate
school. A TOEFL exam may be required depending on applicant
background. For information about applying to the program, go to
the University of Miami, Department of Biology website (https://biology.as.miami.edu/graduate/index.html).
For fall 2024 admission, the application deadline is 1
December 2023. Students from Brazil and Chile especially
encouraged to apply. I am happy to answer any further questions
you might have.
Opportunities in Evolutionary Ecology
The Bassar lab at Auburn University is inviting applications for
PhD students interested in evolutionary ecology starting in fall
2024. Members of the lab address diverse topics in evolutionary
ecology including eco-evolutionary feedbacks and their role life
history evolution, the evolution of species coexistence, and
host-parasite interactions. We address these questions in a
diversity of ways, including the development of theory and
empirical research. Most of the empirical research involves
studies of fish communities (guppies and killifish) on the
Caribbean Island of Trinidad. Both fish species are amenable to
experiments in the lab, in seminatural artificial streams, and
natural populations. Students working on their dissertation
research have access to each of these facilities and to a
long-term experimental evolution study of guppies in Trinidad run
by my collaborators and me.
Please visit my webpage (https://ron-bassar.squarespace.com/)
for more information about the lab group and The Guppy Project
for more information about the long-term experimental research in
The Biological Sciences Department at Auburn is a growing group
researchers interested in a diversity of questions. Graduate
students in the department receive guaranteed funding for 5 years,
typically in the form of Teaching Assistantships. I also have
funding for several Research Assistantships.
Prospective students should email Ron Bassar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include a cover letter describing your research interests,
future goals, and how doing a PhD in the group will help you to
achieve those goals. Please also include a CV and contact
information for two references.
Department of Biological Sciences
Personal Webpage: www.ron-bassar.squarespace.com
Guppy Project Webpage: www.theguppyproject.weebly.com
& soil ecology 5-yr PhD opportunity at Michigan State
Michigan State University's Department of Forestry and Plant,
Soil, and Microbial Sciences (PSM) are pleased to announce a
5-year graduate research assistantship to support a PhD student in
conducting research in Plant and Soil Ecology. The student will be
co-advised by Dr. Akihiro Koyama (MSU Forestry) and Dr.
Christopher Blackwood (MSU PSM). Other collaborators include Dr.
Brook Wilke (MSU W.K. Kellogg Biological Station), Dr. Pedro
Antunes (Algoma University, Ontario, Canada), Dr. Christopher
Fernandez (Syracuse University) and Dr. Catherine Fahey
(Smithsonian Environmental Research Center). The successful
candidate will help to lead a project investigating how crop
rotation affects crop performance and yield through plant-soil
feedbacks. This will include field, greenhouse, and
laboratory-based research, investigating plant-soil feedbacks,
focusing on the interaction between crops (canola, maize, soybean
and wheat) and root and soil microorganisms, such as mycorrhizal
fungi and pathogens. Field work will take place in W.K. Kellogg
Biological Station (Hickory Corners, MI) and greenhouse and
lab-based activities will take place on MSU campus (East Lansing,
MI). The assistantship is available for formal Spring 2024
enrollment. Funding for tuition, health and stipend is available
for 5 years.
To show interests in the position (before formal application
process), please send a one-page cover letter, CV, and the names
and contact information of three referees by email as a single pdf
file to Dr. Aki Koyama at email@example.com by October
20, 2023. The cover letter should address what are the
motivation to apply for this research assistantship and what are
the strengths as a candidate for this position.
More details here: https://www.canr.msu.edu/jobs/graduate-research-assistantship-plant-and-soil-ecology
and MS in mammalian reproduction, behavior and urban ecology
MS and PhD openings are available in my research group (Javier
delBarco-Trillo) in the School of Biological Sciences at Illinois
State University to start in the fall of 2024. My research topics
are quite diverse, including mammalian sperm competition,
olfactory communication, and urban ecology/evolution. I’m happy to
supervise projects in topics and organisms beyond what you can
read in my website (about.illinoisstate.edu/jdelbar)
as long as the project is feasible given my expertise and
available resources. I’m mostly interested in supporting
self-driven, independent, and imaginative students with high
proficiency in written and spoken English.
There is a formal application process, but I will be conducting a
preliminary selection. Please send (firstname.lastname@example.org) a copy of
your CV, and a one-page cover letter explaining your background,
any research outcomes to date, your future research interests and
expectations, and what type of research projects you would
envision developing in my lab. Please include “Graduate Student
Application 2024” in the email subject line. I will make an
initial selection of a group of candidates that I think could be a
good fit in my lab, set up short zoom conversations with those
candidates in October-November, and then I will tell a subset of
candidates to go ahead and submit an application. The application
deadline is February 1, 2024.
All accepted applicants into our program are guaranteed Teaching
Assistantships and full Tuition Waivers (you must still pay fees).
This support is 6 semesters for MS and 10 semesters for PhD
students provided sufficient progress and performance are
maintained. There is no need to apply for these until acceptance
into the program.
The application procedure including requirements is laid out here:
International admission requirements are here: https://illinoisstate.edu/admissions/international/requirements/.
You can find more information about the School of Biological
Sciences here: https://biology.illinoisstate.edu
Javier delBarco-Trillo, PhD
Assistant Professor of Evolutionary Physiology
School of Biological Sciences
Campus Box 4120
Illinois State University
Normal, IL 61790-4120
Pronouns: he, him, his
email (ISU): email@example.com
email (personal): firstname.lastname@example.org
tel: +1 (309) 438 2666
Openings in Temperate and Tropical Forest Ecology
The Swenson Lab (www.swensonlab.com) at
the University of Notre Dame is searching for 2-3 new graduate
students to begin in the fall of 2024. We are particularly
interested in recruiting students interested in the structure and
dynamics of tree populations and communities in the temperate zone
and/or tropics. Students in the lab take integrating approaches
that typically leverage information regarding the functional
biology of trees to address fundamental questions in population
and community ecology. We are interested in recruiting students in
any area of forest ecology and especially students with an
interest in the functional biology of seasonal temperate and
tropical forests, forest dynamics across latitude and/or the
quantification of forest functional diversity using trait,
transcriptomic and/or hyperspectral data.
Applicants should have previous ecological research experience, a
desire to integrate across fields and an interest in working as a
part of a diverse team. Students with experience working in Puerto
Rico and/or Costa Rica are particularly encouraged to apply as are
those that are proficient in Spanish.
Additional graduate fellowship funding is available at Notre Dame
upon a competitive basis to students of Puerto Rican descent.
Interested applicants should contact Nate Swenson (email@example.com)
with a CV and a brief description of their interests.
The Swenson Lab is housed in the Department of Biological Sciences
at Notre Dame (https://biology.nd.edu).
Answers to FAQs regarding the Department and graduate program can
be found at: https://biology.nd.edu/graduate/application-faqs/
in Avian Ecology and Migration
The Contina Lab in the School of Integrative Biological and
Chemical Sciences at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
(UTRGV) is looking for two motivated graduate students (MS) to
join our team. We study the ecological mechanisms underlying
species resilience under local and global change, with emphasis on
migratory populations. Our lab focuses on species that exhibit
quantifiable variation in response to environmental change such as
buntings, warblers, jays, and plovers. Through a combination of
cutting-edge tools including tracking devices and molecular
methods, we promote a novel framework in Movement Ecology.
Prospective students are expected to develop their own research
questions and explore new interdisciplinary approaches. The lab
offers several research opportunities with particular emphasis on
stable isotopes, modeling, and bioacoustics. An overview of the
research conducted in recent years can be found here:
Required qualifications. An undergraduate degree in Biology,
Ecology, Wildlife Conservation, or related field from an
accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent
institution abroad is required to begin a MS program. The selected
individual must meet eligibility requirements to work in the
United States at the time of appointment. Proficiency in written
and spoken English is required. UTRGV admission guidelines can be
found here: https://shorturl.at/coG04
Application description. Complete applications must include: 1) a
one-page cover letter that addresses your experiences and goals
with respect to this position as well as how you meet the required
and desired qualifications; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) contact
information for three references; and 4) copies of all
post-secondary transcripts. All materials should be compiled as a
single PDF document and submitted to Dr. Andrea Contina (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please include "Graduate Student Application" in the email subject
Application deadlines. October 15 (Spring 2024) and June 1
Location. Considered a biodiversity hotspot, Lower Rio Grande
Valley and the surrounding region lie at the confluence of the
desert, temperate, and tropical biomes, which have undergone
significant fragmentation due to agricultural expansion and
subsequent urbanization. The region boasts more than half the U.S.
bird species, 42% of all U.S. butterfly species, and 45 federal
and state threatened or endangered species. Within a 150-mile
radius, there are multiple National Wildlife Refuges, State Parks,
and private reserves, even as industrialization (e.g., SpaceX,
LNG, Port of Brownsville) continues.
About UTRGV. It is UTRGV's Vision "to be one of the nation's
leaders in higher education, its premier Hispanic-serving
institution, and a highly engaged bilingual university, with
exceptional educational, research, and creative opportunities that
serve as catalysts for transformation in the Rio Grande Valley and
beyond." As a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution
with a student population that is over 90% Hispanic, UTRGV is
committed to preparing its students to succeed, contribute and
excel in an increasingly diverse, global, and interconnected
positions in Urban Wildlife Ecology and Human-Nature Interaction
at the University of Iowa
Dr. Heather Sander’s lab in the Department of Geographical and
Sustainability Sciences at the University of Iowa has openings for
two-to-three, funded PhD students to start in the fall of
2024. Dr. Sander’s lab conducts research focused on
identifying relationships between urban wildlife communities,
landscapes, and human well-being and is an active partner in the
Urban Wildlife Information Network. Students with research
interests in urban wildlife ecology, particularly of mammals, and
urban human-nature interaction, including relationships between
wildlife and human well-being, are especially sought.
Previous field experience involving mammals (camera trapping, live
trapping) and ecological modelling experience (e.g., occupancy
modelling) or experience with ethnographic and survey techniques
Interested students should contact Dr. Heather Sander via email (email@example.com)
prior to applying. That email should include a curriculum vitae,
unofficial transcript, and a one-page statement describing
past experience and research and career interests. Information on
the department’s graduate programs and application process is
available at https://clas.uiowa.edu/geography/graduate-program.
opportunities in Environmental Sensing and Modeling
The Environmental Sensing and Modeling Group in the Department of
Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering at the University of
Minnesota, Twin Cities seeks applicants for 1-2 PhD positions
interested in using remote sensing to study terrestrial ecosystems
and/or sensing instrumentation.
Individuals with undergraduate and/or graduate degrees in
environmental science, environmental engineering, climate science,
data science, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical
engineering, or other quantitative fields are encouraged to apply.
We also strongly welcome students from underrepresented groups to
More information about the positions including potential research
topics is listed on our lab opportunities page (https://ruillercoaster.github.io/EnvironmentalSensingLab/).
For full funding consideration, please apply before Dec 15th,
2023. The program page is at https://bbe.umn.edu/graduate
Interested students may request additional information by
contacting Dr. Rui Cheng (firstname.lastname@example.org). We are
looking forward to your application.
Biology PhD Program
American Museum of Natural History
Deadline Date 15-Dec-2023
Contact Email Infoemail@example.com
Sponsor Website https://www.amnh.org/
Deadline Dates (ALL) 15-Dec-2023
The AMNH Ph.D. Program in Comparative Biology is training the next
generation of biologists through an integrative approach focused
on the history, evolutionary relationships, and interactions among
species. It builds on the Museum’s strength and experience in
research and training, educating a new generation of scientists to
become leaders in understanding the history and diversity of life
on Earth and in disseminating their work in ways that will support
advances in biological research, human health, biodiversity
conservation, and other related fields. This is an accelerated
program, designed for students to complete their degrees in four
years. The Richard Gilder Graduate School will typically provide
full financial support to students matriculating in the
Comparative Biology Ph.D. Program.
positions in Fish Physiology at the Virginia Institute of Marine
Dr. Angelina Dichiera is looking for 1-2 motivated MS or PhD
students to investigate how fishes of the Chesapeake Bay region
cope with environmental stressors. The Graduate Research Assistant
position will be fully funded for up to three years for MS and up
to five years for PhD, to start in Summer or Fall 2024. Students
will be enrolled in the graduate program through College of
William & Mary's School of Marine Science at the Virginia
Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) located in Gloucester Point,
Interested applicants can find more information on the positions
To be considered, applicants should email Dr. Dichiera (firstname.lastname@example.org)
a CV or resume, the contact information for three references, and
responses to the following questions:
1. What are your research interests and why you are pursuing
2. How will this help you achieve your long-term goals?
3. How would you contribute to an inclusive and collaborative
4. How have your personal and academic experiences prepared you
for graduate studies?
Please contact Dr. Dichiera by October 13, 2023. Virtual
interviews will be conducted in October 2023. Selected applicants
will then be invited to formally apply for admission to the
graduate program at VIMS. Applications to VIMS are due January 1,
positions on behavior and resilience in plant-animal
The Tarwater (www.tarwaterlab.com) and
Kelley (www.kelleylab.org) labs
are looking for two highly motivated, extremely hard-working, and
creative Ph.D. students to work on plant-animal interactions, with
a particular focus on how bird behavior alters seed dispersal, the
importance of abiotic factors on temporal and spatial variation in
seed dispersal, and resilience in the novel ecosystem of Hawaii.
Successful applicants will be expected to be part of a larger team
collecting data in Hawaii (Oahu) on seed dispersal. There will be
flexibility for students to develop particular foci for their
dissertation. We anticipate that two chapters will be focused on
questions that are part of a new SERDP grant, while the other two
chapters will be developed by the student. Students will be
collecting data in Hawaii for >4 months per year for the first
few years, and the remainder of their time, they will be in
Laramie, WY (location of the University of Wyoming).
The University of Wyoming has a new, exciting initiative, WYOBIRD,
that students would have an opportunity to take part in. This
initiative includes local outreach opportunities, invited seminar
speakers, hands-on experience with birds and mentoring of
students, collaborations with ornithologists locally and
regionally, and workshops.
Successful applicants will be expected to participate in a team
environment, present results at professional conferences, publish
results in a timely manner in peer-reviewed scientific outlets,
and assist with preparation of grant proposals.
Students will be funded off of a Research Assistantship for their
first 3.5 years and for the remaining time of their Ph.D.s, they
will be funded off of a combination of Teaching Assistantships and
Research Assistantships. Assistantships include a living wage,
tuition, and benefits. One student will be in the Tarwater lab and
one student will be in the Kelley lab, but they will collaborate
with a larger team.
Qualifications: Candidates must possess a B.S. or M.S. degree in
biology, wildlife ecology, natural resource management, or a
related field. Ideal candidates would have 2+ years of field
experience, including experience in the mist-netting of passerines
and plant identification, and ideally some experience with large
data sets and R, and experience in writing manuscripts. We
strongly encourage underrepresented students in STEM and
international students to apply.
Contact: Dr. Corey E. Tarwater (email@example.com)
and Dr. J. Patrick Kelley (Patrick.Kelley@uwyo.edu).
Please submit your application to https://forms.gle/dEiMs4BQAiMcm8SE7.
Include in your application a single document that includes a
cover letter outlining experience and specific research interests,
curriculum vitae, transcripts, and contact information for 3
references familiar with your experience and qualifications. If an
international student, please include your TOEFL scores. Review of
applications will begin October 23rd and continue until
filled. Successful applicants would start in July/August 2024.
student 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 2024.
Research interests among the faculty are diverse and include
community ecology, restoration ecology, conservation genetics,
vertebrate and invertebrate evolution, behavioral ecology, and
EEBC faculty that are taking graduate students for Fall 2024 are:
-Michael W. Henson: Combining lab-based experiments and -omic
approaches to explore Earth's "First Responders". Research topics:
Aquatic Microbiology; Microbial genomics; Microbial Physiology;
Molecular Biology; Microbial Ecology; Computation Biology
-Holly P. Jones, restoration ecology and conservation biology: https://hjones82.wixsite.com/website
-Jennifer A.H. Koop, ecology and evolution of host-parasite
interactions; invasion biology: https://jenniferkoop.weebly.com/
-Karen E. Samonds, paleontology, skeletal biology and
Details of the graduate program and application process are
available at https://www.niu.edu/clas/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, 2024. However,
prospective students should contact potential faculty advisors
well in advance of applying to discuss research interests and
Northern Illinois University is a ~16,000-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
position in Soil Microbial Ecology at UW-Madison
Summary: Dr. Zac Freedman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
is recruiting a PhD student to start in Summer or Fall 2024. This
student will be supported by a USDA-funded project with the goal
of improving understanding of key microbial taxa and microbial
processes disrupted by chemical fungicides that ultimately result
in the resurgence of plant disease. Competitive applicants will
have a strong interest in soil ecology, biogeochemistry,
metabolomics, or related fields. They will also have a commitment
to contributing to a collaborative, inclusive, and fun learning
environment. Some experience with assessments of soil microbial
composition and functions, metabolomics, and/or comfort with
statistical modeling using R is preferred. For more information
about the Freedman Lab, please visit the lab webpage (https://freedmanlab.soils.wisc.edu)
Tuition Waiver and Stipend: The selected applicant will be
appointed as a Graduate Research Assistant with a stipend of at
least $30,500 per year plus health benefits and tuition remission.
To Apply: Interested students should apply to the Soil Science
Graduate Program within the UW-Madison Graduate School (due January
5th; GRE not required; https://grad.wisc.edu/apply/).
Prior to applying, interested students are strongly advised to
e-mail Dr. Zac Freedman firstname.lastname@example.org with
the following information: 1) a CV, 2) a one-page personal
statement describing your scientific interests and career
objectives, 3) transcripts (unofficial is OK), and 4) contact
information for two or three references. Review of applications
will begin immediately and will continue until the position is
University and Community: UW-Madison has a strong culture of
collaboration across fields, and the selected graduate student
will interact with researchers from diverse fields, including soil
science, ecology, environmental science, microbiology, and
agronomy. The university ranks consistently among the top research
universities in the United States. Total student enrollment is
43,000 of which approximately 12,000 are graduate and professional
students, and there are over 2,000 faculty. UW-Madison is an
exciting place to learn and conduct research! The city of Madison
ranks as one of the most attractive places in the U.S. to live and
work. For information about the campus and city, please see http://www.wisc.edu/about/
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal
opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence
through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to
opportunity: Mechanisms of climatic adaptation in plants
Are you interested in the genetic and physiological mechanisms of
adaptation, the costs of plasticity, and/or understanding
potential maladaptive responses to climate change?
The Oakley lab in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at
Purdue University is recruiting a PhD student for Fall 2024 for an
NSF funded project connecting the genotype-phenotype-fitness map
for cold acclimation, an adaptive plastic response in seasonally
freezing environments. Cold acclimation is common in plants
throughout the temperate zones and involves dramatic metabolic and
physiological changes in response to cool autumn temperatures
which increase winter freezing tolerance. It is energetically
costly, particularly in cool but non-freezing environments, and
climate change may exacerbate the negative fitness consequences of
this cost. This project (in collaboration with the Dilkes lab in
Biochemistry at Purdue) is a unique opportunity to investigate the
effects of a naturally occurring sequence polymorphism in a key
regulatory gene on molecular and organismal phenotypes and fitness
in contrasting conditions that mimic the native environments in
which the ecotypes evolved. There are many opportunities for new
directions building off the main themes of the project.There is a
vibrant community of interdisciplinary plant biologists (https://ag.purdue.edu/cpb/faculty/)
at Purdue, providing ample opportunity for interaction and
A BS/BA degree in ecology & evolution, genetics, plant
biology, or related field is required (by Spring 2024), as is a
strong interest in learning to use transcriptomic and metabolomic
tools to answer evolutionary questions. No specific skills are
required, but some combination of experience in experimental
biology, molecular genetics, plant care, and
bioinformatics/quantitative analysis is strongly preferred.
If you are interested in applying, please email your CV and a
short (1-2 paragraph) email explaining your interest in graduate
school in general, and the lab and project in particular. This
should be done prior to applying, ideally no later than 4 weeks
prior to the application deadline. Applications are due by Nov.
15th, 2023 and do NOT require the GRE. This is a direct
admit program (no rotations). Students interested in doing
rotations may also apply via the interdisciplinary plant science
and Environmental Conservation - Graduate Assistantship
FEC Graduate Assistantships
One Graduate Assistantships will be awarded to support the
recruiting and training of a master's and/or a Ph.D. student in
FEC from racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in
higher education (BIPOC).
Clemson University's Department of Forestry and Environmental
Conservation has designated funding for a Graduate Assistantship
(MS and/or PhD) each academic year, for aspiring students from
groups historically underrepresented in STEM fields (e.g., BIPOC).
The assistantships are 12-month assistantships in the amount of
$21,000/year for 2 years (MS students) or $25,000/year for 3 years
(PhD students). A full university tuition waiver is included, and
full-time enrollment as a graduate student is required.
Please note that aspiring students will need to connect with a
faculty advisor and be accepted into the Department's Graduate
Program to be eligible for the assistantship. Students interested
in this award should contact potential faculty advisors as the
application requires a letter of support and should be submitted
by an FEC faculty member. Students receiving these assistantships
will be expected to TA for the Clemson Online Masters of Wildlife
and Fisheries Resources program one semester each year.
To apply, a supporting faculty member must submit a nomination
letter by January 15th, 2024. Prospective students must submit a
CV, unofficial transcripts, and a personal statement outlining the
novelty and impact of their proposed research and interest in
being a teaching assistant by January 15th, 2024. All
documents can be sent to Toni Becker (email@example.com).
position in coral resilience and growth mapping in Grottoli lab
SEEKING APPLICANTS FOR A PHD POSITION IN THE GROTTOLI LAB AT THE
OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY. The successful applicant will
participate in a recently funded project to construct
high-resolution 3-D maps of reefs to evaluate individual coral
colony growth at the reef scale. Some aspects of the project
development will take place at the Reef Systems Coral Farm in Ohio
and field testing at the Hawaii Insititute of Marine Biology. This
project is in collaboration with Dr. Ronjun Qin at Ohio State
University and Dr. James Porter at the University of Georgia. The
successful applicant will also participant in ongoing research in
the Grottoli lab on coral resilience in the face of climate
Desired (but not required) qualification of applicants:
-Masters degree in relevant field (e.g., biology, marine science,
earth science, engineering, other relevant)
- image analysis skills
-scuba certified (advanced and rescue)
-record of publication and/or presentation at international
Application deadline is 1 December 2023. Applications
details can be found at https://earthsciences.osu.edu/academics/graduate-programs/applying-our-program
Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Grottoli
directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with a
statement of interest, CV, and grade report or transcript. Learn
more about ongoing research the Grottoli Lab website https://u.osu.edu/grottoli.1/
Positions in Plant Ecology and Evolution at University of South
The Toll lab at the University of South Carolina is recruiting
graduate students (master's or PhD). Students will develop a
project on the genetic basis or ecological significance of traits
contributing to adaptation and speciation in monkeyflowers.
Monkeyflowers (Mimulus, Erythranthe, Diplacus) are an
ecological genetic model system with a wealth of natural
phenotypic, genetic, and ecological (life history, mating system,
habitat, etc.) diversity, coupled with genomic tools to address
fundamental evolutionary questions. We are currently working on
projects about the genetic basis of abiotic and biotic stress
tolerance, adaptive divergence and the coexistence of closely
related species, and ecological specialization and endemism to
harsh and unusual soils.
The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of South
Carolina has a great ecology and evolution group and a large
graduate student community. In addition to our lab, there are many
related labs including the labs of Drs. Carrie Wessinger (plant
evolution, pollination), Brian Hollis (speciation, evolutionary
genetics), and Eric LoPresti (plant-insect ecology and evolution).
Columbia is a small city with many parks within the city
boundaries and Congaree National Park less than half-hour away,
with Charleston, Charlotte, and Greenville also within a couple
hours. The cost of living is very reasonable and stipends for
graduate students are competitive ($26,000/year for master’s and
A bachelor’s degree in biology and an interest in plant ecology
and evolutionary genetics is required. Previous experience with
any of the following is preferred but not required: plant growth,
molecular biology lab work, bioinformatics, and field experience.
I encourage all interested students to reach out, nomatter your
background, GPA in college, or country of residence. We do not
require GRE scores for applicants and consider both potential
master's and doctoral students equally. In addition, the graduate
school is waiving all graduate application fees this year.
Incoming Assistant Professor (January 2024)
Department of Biological Sciences
University of South Carolina
graduate assistantship (Oklahoma State) — camera traps &
Agency: Oklahoma State University
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
Job category: Graduate assistantships
Salary: $20,004 per year + subsidized health insurance
Start date: 1/8/2024
Last date to apply: Review of applications will begin 10/15/2023
and continue until a successful candidate is identified.
Description: Dr. Anna Moeller at Oklahoma State University is
seeking one highly motivated Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) to
improve existing approaches to noninvasively estimate abundance of
multiple species using camera traps. Abundance estimates are
critical for understanding population dynamics and informing
wildlife conservation decisions. Camera traps capture
around-the-clock data that can be used to estimate abundance but
require a clearer understanding of animals' availability for
detection throughout a 24-hour period. Species-specific behaviors
influence availability (e.g., burrowing underground, roosting in
trees, migrating), which may result in underestimates of
The Moeller Lab develops analytical models to improve conservation
decisions and population monitoring (https://sites.google.com/view/moellerquantitativeecology).
This student's primary responsibility will be to develop and test
different strategies for correcting for imperfect availability in
camera trap abundance estimators. This will involve collecting
camera trap field data and performing computer simulation. The
student will be able to tailor questions to their species of
interest (e.g., elk, deer, carnivores, etc.). The successful
candidate will be fully involved in project idea development, data
collection, data analysis, and publication of results. This
position will allow the student to develop quantitative and coding
skills; although the applicant will need to have a strong interest
in developing these skills, no previous experience is required.
The successful applicant will pursue a Master of Science (MS)
degree in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and
Management at Oklahoma State University. The GRE is not required.
To apply, please send application packet PDF to Dr. Anna Moeller (email@example.com)
with the subject "Cameras MS application". Packets should include
the following in a single PDF file:
1) cover letter describing your interest in the project, relevant
skillset, and skills you want to develop during graduate school
2) CV including contact information for at least 3 references
3) writing sample (e.g. a scientific paper, grant application,
class project) that demonstrates your ability to synthesize
Candidates must have:
• A bachelor's degree in ecology, wildlife management, biology,
statistics, mathematics, or related field
• Self-motivation with a strong work ethic, organization, and time
• Demonstrated ability to complete all parts of the scientific
process (generating creative questions, searching and integrating
primary scientific literature, collecting data, performing
statistical analysis, communicating results)
• A strong interest in learning quantitative skills, including
statistical analysis and R coding
• A valid US driver license without restrictions
• Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater (as required by the
Department and Graduate College)
• TOEFL score 79, IELTS score of 6.5, or PTE Academic score of 53
(required for students from a country in which English is not a
recognized primary language)
Ideal candidates will have experience in:
• Analysis using R, Python, GIS, etc.
• Coursework in upper-level mathematics or statistics
• Working with biologists from agencies, nongovernmental
• Publishing peer-reviewed articles
Contact person: Dr. Anna Moeller
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Oklahoma State University (OSU) is located in Stillwater,
Oklahoma, which is within an hour of both Tulsa and Oklahoma City.
OSU is a land-grant institution with an enrollment of ~25,000
students, and it is located on the ancestral lands of the
Kickapoo, Osage, Kiowa, and Quapaw peoples. Indigenous people from
other Native nations also reside here, many of whom were forcibly
removed from their ancestral lands. They all contribute to the
history and current vitality of our region. The Department of
Natural Resource Ecology and Management is part of the Division of
Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and conducts
interdisciplinary research, instruction, and extension education
to address the sustainable management and conservation of the
wildlife, forest, rangeland, and fishery resources of Oklahoma and
beyond. The Department is a source of cutting-edge research,
quality instruction, and effective outreach to students,
landowners, managers, and public agencies.
Any offer of employment is contingent on the university's
verification of credentials and other information required by law
and/or university policies, including but not limited to a
criminal background check. Oklahoma State University, as an equal
opportunity employer, complies with all applicable federal and
state laws regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action.
Oklahoma State University is committed to a policy of equal
opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate based on
race, religion, age, sex, color, national origin, marital status,
sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or
veteran status with regard to employment, educational programs and
activities, and/or admissions.
opportunity in Evolutionary Ecology - - Polyploidy Univ.
The Ashman and Turcotte Labs at the University of Pittsburgh are
looking to co-advise a PhD student interested in ecological and
evolutionary impacts of whole genome duplication (polyploidy). The
student will utilize our rapidly growing experimental duckweed
system to test various hypotheses concerning the benefits and
limitations of this widespread important major evolutionary
Please visit our lab webpages for more information:
The Department of Biological Sciences is a dynamic and growing
team of enthusiastic researchers and educators. All graduate
students in the department are provided with a competitive stipend
and benefits for 5 years through a combination of fellowships,
TAships, and research assistantships.
Prospective students should email me at: both
email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
with a short paragraph stating why you are interested in our labs
and describe your past research experience. Please include your
C.V., any publications, and contact information for a few
Tia-Lynn Ashman, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor
Martin Turcotte, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Pittsburgh
Assistantship in Forest Nutrient Cycling
Ruth Yanai is seeking new graduate students (MS or PhD) to
participate in a large collaborative project investigating forest
ecology and nutrient cycling. The Multiple Element Limitation in
Northern Hardwood Ecosystems (MELNHE) project has field sites
located at Hubbard Brook, Jeffers Brook, and Bartlett Experimental
Forests in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Since 2011,
thirteen stands have received full-factorial N x P treatments
annually in 0.25-ha plots, with seven stands also including plots
treated with CaSiO2.
Previous students in the MELNHE project have studied tree diameter
growth, leaf production by species, foliar nutrient resorption,
soil respiration, soil nutrient availability, soil enzymes, litter
decomposition, beech bark disease, mycorrhizae, and snail and
arthropod communities. We are in the early stages of a series of
linked projects studying carbon and nutrient dynamics and
microbial communities involved in decomposition of leaves, wood,
fine roots, and fungal hyphal necromass; candidates with
experience in molecular ecology and bioinformatics would be
especially qualified to work on that project. We welcome other
ideas for research in the context of the MELNHE project. More
information on the project can be found at
Applicants should be self-motivated, excited to work as part of a
multi-investigator project, have laboratory and field experience,
and be comfortable living and working in a group setting. A field
crew blog from previous years is available at https://shoestringproject.wordpress.com/.
Ideally, new students join us at the start of the summer field
season at the beginning of June, so as to become familiar with the
field sites and our research activities before starting classes in
Funding will consist of a combination of research and teaching
assistantships. A stipend, full tuition waiver, health insurance,
and a summer position with the field crew in New Hampshire will be
provided. Prospective students may apply to the Department of
Sustainable Resources Management or the Graduate Program in
Environmental Science, both at the SUNY College of Environmental
Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY.
Communicating with students is part of our selection process.
Students are encouraged to review MELNHE data to begin thinking
about how they might contribute to the project. Prospective
students should begin that conversation by requesting the password
for MELNHE project materials from Mary Hagemann at email@example.com.
position available starting January 2024 in Freshwater Ecosystem
Ecology at University of New Mexico
A unique graduate training opportunity grounded in watershed
science & ecosystem ecology is available starting in January
2024 at the University of New Mexico.
The Webster Lab is currently seeking one graduate student (PhD
preferred) who is interested in exploring the response of
headwater stream networks to changing flow regimes in a warming
climate. The student will be based in the Webster Lab (alexjwebster.weebly.com)
at the Univ. of New Mexico's Dept. of Biology (biology.unm.edu)
and will conduct field work in the Upper Santa Fe River Watershed
in Northern New Mexico's high elevation forests. They will join a
multi-institutional group of graduate students and researchers
working in watersheds spanning the continental US, including at
the Univ. of Alabama, Univ. of New Hampshire, Univ. of Arkansas,
Univ. of Oklahoma, and Univ. of Nevada Reno. The project is also
in collaboration with the Watershed Dynamics & Evolution
Science Focus Area at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (wade.ornl.gov),
and opportunities to interact with the National Lab will occur.
Research activities will span stream reach to watershed scales and
use multiple water quality monitoring techniques. The student will
focus on collecting and analyzing high-frequency data from a
network of water quality sensors and interpreting results for
applications in water management and the advancement of ecological
science. Students with interests in ecosystem ecology,
biogeochemistry, hydrology, and/or data science are encouraged to
apply. Students should be interested in both conducting field work
in rugged terrain and in learning advanced data analysis
techniques. We are particularly interested in recruiting and
training students that represent and support diversity and equity
Albuquerque is is an affordable, diverse, culturally vibrant city
with excellent outdoor recreation access. UNM is New Mexico's
flagship research university and is proud to be one of only a few
Research I institutions in the nation that is also a
The strongly preferred start date is January 2024. If a later
start date is needed for an exceptional candidate, we will
consider starting the student as a technician as late as May 2024,
with a start date of graduate school in August 2024.
Interested students should contact Dr. Alex Webster (firstname.lastname@example.org)
and provide a CV, cover letter, and list of three professional
positions in coastal ecology at University of Virginia / VCR
[Full ad available at: https://castorani.evsc.virginia.edu/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Ad-for-grad-student-2023.pdf]
The Castorani Lab at the University of Virginia is recruiting 1-2
Ph.D. students to study coastal ecology at the Virginia Coast
Reserve Long Term Ecological Research project (VCR LTER; https://vcrlter.virginia.edu/).
The Virginia Coast Reserve is a temperate coastal lagoon with a
20-year legacy of seagrass and oyster reef restoration led by The
Nature Conservancy and studied by researchers at UVA and beyond (https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/where-we-work/united-states/virginia/stories-in-virginia/vcr-marine-restoration/).
Research in the Castorani Lab is diverse and focused on themes
including spatial ecology, biodiversity, population dynamics,
disturbance/recovery, and restoration. The student will conduct
independent research at VCR LTER that may include field
experiments, remote sensing, analysis of long-term data, and
modeling. Students will be advised by professor Max Castorani (https://castorani.evsc.virginia.edu/)
and join UVA's Department of Environmental Sciences (https://evsc.as.virginia.edu/).
Students will interface with a large community of VCR LTER
scientists, as well as educators and restoration practitioners at
The Nature Conservancy.
Students will join the UVA Graduate Program in Environmental
which offers interdisciplinary training and conducts research in
ecology, hydrology, geology, and atmospheric science. Graduate
students accepted into the program are typically supported through
teaching and research assistantships that provide a competitive
stipend, tuition, and health insurance.
At the time of enrollment, highly qualified applicants will have
an undergraduate or master's degree in biology, ecology,
oceanography, fisheries, or a related field. Ideal candidates will
have strong interests in coastal ecology at the scale of
populations, communities, ecosystems, or landscapes; experience in
field ecology; and demonstrated quantitative skills, such as data
analysis or scientific programming (or a strong motivation to
acquire such skills).
Those interested should send the following items, as a single PDF,
to Dr. Max Castorani (email@example.com):
(1) a brief description of their background, career goals,
motivations for pursuing a graduate degree, research ideas, and
why they are specifically interested in joining the Castorani Lab;
(2) a CV with academic and professional experience (including
GPA); (3) contact information for 3 references; and (4) a writing
sample, if available.
The application deadline is January 15, 2024 for
enrollment in Fall 2024. However, serious applicants should
express their interest by email as soon as possible.
The Castorani Lab is committed to creating an inclusive,
equitable, and diverse research environment. Qualified applicants
will receive consideration without regard to age, color,
disability, gender identity or expression, marital status,
national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion,
sex, sexual orientation, and family medical or genetic
Assistantship - Ohio University - Global Change Ecology
The Zimova Lab at Ohio University, Dept of Biological Sciences is
looking for 1 - 2 PhD students to join our group in Spring or Fall
2024. Our research focuses on quantifying consequences of climate
change for vertebrate populations and understanding the potential
for evolutionary change to facilitate adaptation to climate
change-related stressors. Our work integrates a broad range of
tools and approaches including intensive field surveys, museum
specimens, high-resolution climate and environmental data,
genetics, and advanced statistical modeling. The students would
work with Dr. Marketa Zimova on a research project related to
camouflage mismatch in seasonally molting mammals including
snowshoe hares and weasels. All students will develop strong field
ecology- and quantitative skills and additional skills based on
their research interest. Students admitted to the program are
guaranteed a teaching assistantship (min $23k/year + full tuition
waiver) and whenever possible a research assistantship (min.
$26k/year + tuition waiver). GRE scores not required for
The successful candidate will have a BS and or MS in a relevant
field and interest in conservation biology, animal ecology and/or
evolutionary biology. A valid US driver's license, strong work
ethic, ability to work independently, and excellent verbal and
written communication skills are required. Preferred
qualifications include prior research experience, record of peer
review publications, strong field or laboratory skills (e.g.,
camera trapping, live-trapping, telemetry, genetic techniques).
Highly competitive applicants will also have taken statistical
coursework and have experience with software such as R, and
The Department of Biological Sciences has a diverse intellectual
community of faculty and scientists. The University is located in
Athens, which is a small and affordable college town situated in
the Appalachian foothills of southeastern Ohio. It has a vibrant
downtown, large farmer's market, multiple breweries, and an active
music scene. It is adjacent to several state forests and offers
many opportunities for outdoor recreation.
If you are interested in this grad school opportunity, please fill
out this form (https://forms.gle/uZH3MKxPxiejdRqX7).
Students interested in starting in Spring 2024 should submit their
materials by October 9th 2023 for full consideration.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until
the position is filled. Do not hesitate to reach out to Dr. Zimova
at zimova [at] ohio.edu with any questions.
Univ. Pittsburgh - Experimental Evolution to Pollution
PhD opportunity in Evolutionary Ecology
The Turcotte Lab of Experimental Evolutionary Ecology at the
University of Pittsburgh is looking for a PhD student interested
in studying rapid evolution in response to environmental pollution
using experimental evolution. The research would utilize our rapid
and manipulatable duckweed system allowing for a combination of
field, mesocosm, and lab experiments.
Please visit the lab webpage for more information: www.martinturcotte.net
The Department of Biological Sciences is a dynamic and growing
team of enthusiastic researchers and educators. The department
also runs the Pymatuning Lab of Ecology, which is equipped with
lab space and housing to facilitate field-based research in
northwestern Pennsylvania. The City of Pittsburgh is a vibrant and
beautiful place to live. All graduate students in the department
are provided with a competitive stipend and benefits for 5 years
through a combination of fellowships, TAships, and research
Prospective students should email me at:
with a short paragraph stating why you are interested in the lab
and describe your past research experience. Please include your
C.V., any publications, and contact information for a few
Martin Turcotte, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
University of Pittsburgh
UCLA - Theoretical and Computational Ecology
PhD opportunity in Theoretical and Computational Ecology
Our lab is homed at the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary
Biology, UCLA, starting in Summer 2024. The lab aims to tackle
fundamental questions in ecological dynamics as well as applied
questions in forecasting and conservation. To this end, we develop
rigorous theory through interdisciplinary tools and devise
monitoring-applicable metrics. While our work leans towards the
theoretical and computational aspects, we widely collaborate with
field and experimental ecologists to work on a broad range of
ecosystems. Please visit the lab webpage for more information: clsong.com.
The lab has openings for 1-2 PhD students who are passionate about
ecology with a strong quantitative background. The lab accepts
students through the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary
Biology at UCLA. The deadline for application is December 1st.
More information about the program can be found on this webpage (https://www.eeb.ucla.edu/doctoral-program).
Our lab believes in fostering a space where students can chase
their research curiosities and passions. To ensure a symbiotic
mentor-mentee relationship, we hope your interests resonate with
one or more of the following: species coexistence, priority
effects/community assembly, eco-evolutionary dynamics, ecological
time series, and spatial pattern analysis.
Selecting an advisor that suits your interests and needs is
critical to being happy and successful. I'd appreciate the
opportunity to connect before applying. To start a conversation,
please drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Your CV
- An unofficial transcript
- Research interests (including why you want to work in this lab)
Thank you for your interest, and I look forward to hearing from
PhD students in Forest Ecology and Global Change, Department of
Biology at West Virginia University
Ph.D. student positions are available in the Ecosystem Physiology
and Global Change lab headed by Dr. Steve Kannenberg, located in
the Department of Biology at West Virginia University. Research in
the lab is centered around understanding the health and
functioning of plants in the face of global change, with a
particular focus on western US drylands and eastern US temperate
forests. To do so, we integrate physiological methods, tree rings,
eddy covariance, and vegetation modeling. Details about current
projects in the lab can be found at: stevekannenberg.weebly.com.
Incoming students are expected to develop their own research
projects in these areas. Importantly, we strive to promote a fun,
supportive, and enthusiastic lab environment that encourages an
atmosphere of shared intellectual development.
These positions guarantee a $32k stipend for 5 years (contingent
on satisfactory progress towards degree completion) through
research assistantships, fellowships, or teaching assistantships.
The preferred start date is August 2023 or January 2024.
Interested applicants should contact Steve (email@example.com)
prior to submitting an application, and include a CV along with
2-3 paragraphs detailing: 1) their research experiences, and 2)
why they are interested in the lab. Students are encouraged to
apply for internal and external fellowships, and Steve would be
happy to help develop proposals.
More detailed information about the WVU Biology graduate student
program is available at: biology.wvu.edu/students/graduate-students.
The GRE is not required to apply. Although we accept students on a
rolling basis there is a January 31, 2023 deadline for
university-wide fellowships (graduateeducation.wvu.edu/fellowships).
The Department of Biology at WVU has a strong core of faculty
members with expertise in forest ecology and biogeochemistry, and
is in close proximity to world-class research sites including the
WVU Research Forest and the Fernow Experimental Forest (as.wvu.edu/fernow/).
Morgantown, West Virginia is a medium-sized college town that
offers a low cost of living and bountiful access to a variety of
for 1-2 fully funded graduate positions (MS or PhD) for research
related to: Seedling ecophysiology and seed based restoration
Openings for 1-2 fully funded graduate positions (MS or PhD) for
research related to:
Seedling ecophysiology and seed-based restoration
Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, The Ohio State
University, Columbus, OH, USA
Start date: Fall semester 2024
Applications due: November 15, 2023 (please reach out to
Mandy well before submitting)
Contact: Mandy Slate at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please email: Your CV and an email introducing yourself, your
research experience and interests, and tell me why you are
interested in doing research in my lab.
The EEOB Department at The Ohio State University is a diverse,
open, inclusive, and collaborative place to explore exciting
research questions. Student projects will likely involve a
combination of field and lab-based research. Successful
applications will be working as part of a collaborative team that
includes researchers at Colorado State University and the
University of Montana. Thus in addition to looking for applicants
that are excited about plant ecophysiology and restoration, I also
seek applicants who value collaboration and teamwork.
For more information on the type of research we do, OSU, and the
grad school at OSU see: slatemandy.weebly.com
Laboratory seeking new graduate students
Come join the dark side of biology!
We are currently seeking exceptional and highly motivated graduate
students to join the Johnson laboratory (http://johnsonlaboratory.com)!
We are looking for an independent, self-motivated student who is
passionate about pursuing research in aquatic ecology and
conservation. Students in the lab can employ a diverse range of
approaches, including laboratory experiments, field research, and
modeling, to address broad questions in ecology. As a lab we are
deeply committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in
our field. Students interested in joining the Johnson Laboratory
for Ph.D.-level research are encourage to include all requested
questions in a composed letter of interest.
Please include the following in your letter of interest (PDF):
• Curriculum vitae or resume;
• Which of the two following projects you are interested in;
A. Understanding the role of disease in coral reef ecosystems:
this project aims to more deeply explore the hidden role of
parasites and pathogens within tropical ecosystem. Our system of
focus has been Black Spot Syndrome, which is emerging among
keystone fish grazers in the Caribbean. We are studying the
parasite responsible and working to ascertain what factors
influence its emergence and identify the likely consequences for
individual hosts and communities. This is a newer project focused
in parts of the Caribbean, such as Curacao and Bonaire.
B. How extreme weather events affect disease and threatened
species: A key part of this project involves understanding how
severe drought can directly and indirectly alter species
interactions, both for free-living as well as parasitic organisms,
and determine the outcomes for conservation and disease
management. We are also exploring ways to forecast disease
"hotspots" into the future and even use whole-ecosystem
manipulations to manage wildlife infections. This work will
combine large-scale analyses with collection of new empirical
data, with field work focused at our long-term study sites in
• Your general research interests, previous research experience;
• Why you are specifically interested in the work being done in
• Your contributions to inclusion and diversity;
• Post-graduate career plans.
Send your letter of interest in PDF as an attachment in your
introduction email to: Pieter.Johnson@colorado.edu
by October 15th, 2023. Please use "Prospective Graduate
Student" in the subject line.
Research Assistantship in Agro-Ecology at Pennsylvania State
We are seeking PhD applicants interested in agroecology and
sustainable agriculture to begin a PhD program in PSU's
prestigious Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Ecology. This
research will greatly contribute towards our understanding the
relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning,
specifically the student will be investigating how the composition
of cover crop mixtures influences their provisioning of ecosystem
services. The student will be co-advised by Dr. Carolyn Lowry
(Plant Science) and Dr. Jason Kaye (Ecosystem Science and
Management) and will have the opportunity to be exposed to diverse
training experiences including research methods in molecular and
plant ecology, statistics, as well as quantifying diverse
ecosystem services. Students will be a part of a large network of
diverse researchers involved in PSU's long-term cover crop
The position will be located in State College, PA. The position
includes full stipend, tuition, and health insurance.
Applicants must be highly motivated, and have: 1) bachelor's (but
masters preferred) degree with strong academic record in agronomy,
soil science, ecology, plant sciences or a related field; 2)
strong written and oral communication skills; and 3) previous
field/ greenhouse/lab research experience.
Interested students should first send a cover letter stating
research interests and experience, as well as a curriculum vitae
including references to Dr. Carolyn Lowry: email@example.com.
We will review applications as they are received.
Assistantship in Riparian Invasion Ecology - South Dakota State
Job Title: PhD Assistantship in Riparian Invasion Ecology - South
Dakota State University
The Stream Ecology Lab at South Dakota State University is seeking
applicants for a Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantship. The
student will assess the effects of hydrology on establishment and
spread of invasive riparian vegetation (Russian olive) in riparian
habitats on US Bureau of Land Management lands in Wyoming. Student
will develop remote sensing models to map current distributions
and develop risk models for riparian habitat invasion by Russian
olive. Student will have the opportunity for collaboration with
state and federal collaborators and SD State faculty including Dr.
Lora Perkins, Dr. Maitiniyaze Maimaitijiang, and Dr. John Ball.
Data collection will include field work in remote locations,
remote sensing, and geospatial data analysis. Responsibilities
include the completion of research projects (planning, analysis,
writing), sharing results via conference presentations and
publications, and the completion of coursework. The location is in
Brookings, South Dakota with travel to field sites throughout
Wyoming. Start date is August 2024.
Required: Minimum GPA of 3.0, B.S. and M.S. in Environmental
Science, Fisheries, Wildlife, Ecology, or related field (Completed
by start date), valid driver's license. Candidates should have
enthusiasm for or background with quantitative analysis and
Preferred: Experience analyzing remotely sensed data and working
with ArcGIS, Python, R, or other similar platforms. Experience
with field vegetation surveying techniques. Research experience
(from job, internship, or undergraduate research) including any of
the following - writing, experimental design, data analysis,
conference presentations, or publications. Energetic, optimistic
students that work will with people and independent under
challenging conditions are encouraged to apply. BIPOC, LGBTQ+,
women, and other underrepresented groups in STEM are encouraged to
apply. GRE not required.
To Apply: Please submit 1) unofficial transcripts, 2) resume or
CV, 3) a cover letter detailing your interest in the position, and
4) a list of three references and their contact information.
Application materials should be combined into a single pdf and
submitted to Dr. Christopher Cheek (Christopher.Cheek@sdstate.edu).
For full consideration, apply by October 15th, 2023.
Compensation: $24,000 + tuition waiver
Deadline: October 15th, 2023
Contact person - Christopher.Cheek@sdstate.edu
funded M.Sc. in Geography: Marine biodiversity and conservation
in traditional waters of Miawpukek First Nation.
We seek a student for a marine biodiversity and traditional
knowledge education project in cooperation with Miawpukek First
Nation (MFN) and DFO, beginning in May or September 2024 at
Memorial University, NL. The student will work with MFN
Marine Forestry Guardians and MUN and DFO scientists to describe
marine biodiversity in Bay d’Espoir and nearby parts of the marine
territory of Miawpukek First Nation. The student will help
Guardians to describe deep and shallow water marine biodiversity
information through a variety of sampling methods, and combine
this with multibeam sonar data to make predictive maps of
biodiversity. The student will also work with Guardians and
others at MFN to map Indigenous knowledge of marine biodiversity
in these waters. The student will spend extended periods of
time living in the community and working with Guardians, as well
as participating in a intensive ROV-based research
cruise. Required skills include a quantitative
background in marine biology or ecology, or in community-based
science with Indigenous communities. Previous experience
with GIS systems, acquiring or processing acoustic or underwater
video data and/or experience working with the public and/or with
Indigenous groups will be highly advantageous. Preference
will be given to Indigenous students, especially those from
Miawpukek or Qalipu First Nations.
For more information, please contact Evan Edinger (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or Katleen Robert (Katleen.email@example.com)
with a CV and cover letter stating your main interests in this
Closing date: Nov 15, 2023.
Prospective start date: May or September 2024.
Canada Research Chair in Ocean Mapping,
School of Ocean Technology,
Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University,
St. John’s, NL, Canada
projects in Habitat Mapping
The 4D OCEANS Lab (https://www.4d-oceans.com/)
in the School of Ocean Technology of the Marine Institute of
Memorial University, NL, is looking for MSc students with interest
in seafloor and habitat mapping. This is an inherently
multi-disciplinary field, and we are looking to recruit from a
range of backgrounds including: seafloor mapping, spatial ecology,
geology, acoustic surveying, remote sensing and geostatistics.
Projects may involve activities such as collection and processing
of acoustic or imagery datasets, biological or geological samples,
and statistical analysis. Research topics may involve
examining species-environment relationships, developing automated
classification techniques, addressing issues of scales and much
more. Students will be encouraged to develop their own line
of scientific inquiry.
A strong quantitative background, fieldwork (e.g. boat handling or
offshore) experience and prior research activities will be an
asset. If you are interested, please contact Katleen Robert
with a CV and a brief statement of your research interest.
Canada Research Chair in Ocean Mapping,
School of Ocean Technology,
Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University,
St. John’s, NL, Canada
Ecology Postdoc and PhD students wanted
Postdoctoral Researcher and PhD Students - Temperate forest
dynamics and plant-fungal interactions
The LaManna lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at
Marquette University is currently seeking a postdoctoral
researcher and 1-2 PhD students to address questions related to
population/community ecology and the maintenance of plant species
Postdoctoral Researcher: Seeking a postdoctoral researcher
interested in forest population and community ecology to start
sometime between Fall and Winter 2023 or early 2024. Looking for a
postdoc interested in addressing fundamental and applied
ecological questions by integrating continental forest datasets
(e.g., FIA) with remotely sensed datasets (including Lidar and
satellite-derived datasets). This position is part of a
federally-funded project examining impacts on tree growth and
survival at continental scales.
PhD Students: Seeking 1-2 PhD students interested in forest
population and community ecology to start in Fall 2024. Looking
for PhD students interested in examining factors influencing
forest population and community dynamics in Pacific Northwest
old-growth forests, especially involving density-dependent
interactions with fungal associates (including pathogens and
mycorrhizae). These positions are part of an NSF-funded project
examining plant-fungal interactions and their implications for
forest communities. The students will be expected to attend
Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI and conduct their field
research at the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest in Oregon. The
H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest is an NSF Long-tern Ecological
Research (LTER) site that is located roughly 45 minutes east of
Eugene, Oregon. The area is known for its recreational
opportunities including hiking and backpacking, for its scenic
volcanoes, and the Three Sisters Wilderness.
The Department of Biological Sciences at Marquette University is
expanding its strength in the areas of Ecology and Environmental
Science. Current faculty research in Ecology is centered on
investigating the processes that generate and maintain species
diversity. Marquette faculty are currently studying plant, animal,
and microbial diversity in tropical and temperate ecosystems. We
are seeking graduate students who are interested in pursuing
large-scale conceptual questions in ecology. Marquette University
offers competitive graduate stipends and benefits. Marquette is an
Equal Opportunity Employer that values excellence in scholarship
and teaching, as well as a diverse academic community. We
encourage underrepresented groups to apply. To apply, please send
a CV and letter of interest to
joseph.lamanna<at>marquette.edu. Application review will
begin on October 16, 2023, but please inquire if
interested, we are very interested in finding the best candidates
for these positions. Thank you!
Fellowships/assistantships are available for self-motivated
students to pursue PhD degrees and conduct innovative and
high-impact research in the Center for Systems Integration and
Sustainability (CSIS) at Michigan State University (http://csis.msu.edu).
Applications are welcome from students with a variety of
backgrounds and in a wide range of disciplines, such as
anthropology, artificial intelligence, behavioral science,
biology, computer science and engineering, conservation, data
science, demography, ecology, economics, environmental science and
engineering, geographic information science, geography,
geosciences, land science, remote sensing, sociology,
sustainability science, and other related fields.
Research topics may include telecoupling (telecoupling.org),
sustainability science, UN Sustainable Development Goals, coupled
human and natural systems, systems integration (e.g., integration
of natural sciences such as ecology with social sciences such as
economics, policy, and technology), biodiversity conservation,
computer modeling and simulation (e.g., agent-based modeling),
ecosystem services, food-energy-water-climate nexus, forest
ecology, human well-being, global change, land change science,
landscape ecology, nature-based climate solutions, and
wildlife ecology and conservation. Studies on these and other
related topics by faculty and students at CSIS have been published
in journals such as Science and Nature.
With flexible start dates (e.g., spring, summer or fall of 2024),
successful candidates can build on previous studies and explore
Initial application materials include: (1) CV or resume, (2)
GPA scores, (3) GRE scores (including percentile information), and
(4) TOEFL scores (for non-native English speakers only).
Unofficial copies of GRE, TOEFL and transcripts are OK
initially. Applicants are encouraged to submit their
application materials as soon as possible. Additional information
will be requested from the semi-finalists and finalists.
Applications and questions about these opportunities should be
Jianguo (Jack) Liu
Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability &
University Distinguished Professor
Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48823-5243, USA
Research Assistant Positions
We are excited to recruit self-motivated students with a wide
range of interests, such as climate change, complexity science,
computer modeling, food systems, land use and land cover change,
remote sensing, resilience, systems integration (e.g., integration
of natural sciences with social sciences, policy, and technology),
sustainability, telecoupling, and/or metacoupling.
The students will join a transdisciplinary and multi-institutional
USDA-funded research project and pursue a PhD or MS degree at
Michigan State University. This project will investigate the
complex interactions and cumulative impacts of multiple shocks
(e.g., climate change, disease outbreaks) on the resilience and
sustainability of agri-food systems in the U.S. Midwest and
beyond. One student will focus on land use and land cover change
under multiple shocks using various sources of data (e.g.,
satellite, field data), while the other will focus on the
integration of multiple shocks into a multi-agent-based model to
understand the complexity of ecological and socioeconomic changes.
Both students will lead and participate in data collection and
analysis, result interpretation, preparation of documents for
publication in different outlets, including peer-reviewed and
education/extension materials, and presentations at various
meetings and conferences.
With flexible start dates (e.g., spring, summer or fall of 2024),
the successful candidate will have opportunities to interact and
work with a large transdisciplinary team with expertise in
agricultural economics and supply chain management, artificial
intelligence and digital agriculture, food and nutritional
science, modeling, remote sensing, social network analysis, K-12
educational outreach, rural development, science communication,
system integration, sustainability, and sustainable food systems
and food security, to explore new frontiers of interdisciplinary
and transdisciplinary research.
Application materials include: (1) a letter of application, (2) CV
or resume, (3) transcripts, (4) GRE scores, (5) TOEFL scores (for
non-native English speakers only), and (6) list of 3 referees
(names and contact information). Unofficial copies of the
transcripts, GRE, and TOEFL are OK initially.
Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials as
soon as possible. Reviews of applications will continue until a
suitable candidate is identified. Please e-mail any questions and
application materials to:
Dr. Jianguo (Jack)
Dr. Andrés Viña
Rachel Carson Chair in
Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48823-5243, USA
and Postdoc opportunities Ecology Environment & Society -
Tumber-Davila Lab Dartmouth College
We are looking for 1-2 PhD students to join the lab beginning Fall
2024! Students will develop an independent research trajectory
broadly related to these research topics: 1) the size and shape of
plant root systems, plant allometry, and trait-based ecology 2)
climate change and disturbance impacts on terrestrial ecosystems
3) forest carbon offsets and policy 4) justice, diversity, equity,
and inclusion in STEM and the academy.All accepted PhD students
are guaranteed 5 years of funding including summer salary and
health insurance. No GRE or application fee is required.
Prospective students should apply to the Ecology,
Evolution, Environment & Society (EEES) Graduate Program
at Dartmouth College.
For graduate studies in EEES, we seek creative and committed
scholars who share our interests in ecology, evolution,
environments and society. New students generally enter EEES by
joining a specific lab with a pre-identified major advisor. We
encourage prospective applicants to communicate directly with one
or more individual faculty to explore shared interests and learn
about current openings. Applications can be submitted to EEES at
any time and Ph.D. programs can begin in any academic term.
However, we normally have interviews in January or February, make
offers in March, and most new students begin in summer or fall
term. For full consideration on this cycle, applicants are
encouraged to have their applications complete by 1 December.
To submit an application, please go the Dartmouth Graduate
Programs online application site.
We recognize that the graduate application process can be opaque
and difficult to navigate, presenting many barriers to prospective
students. As part of efforts to increase the diversity and
accessibility of graduate studies in ecology, evolutionary
biology, environmental studies and earth systems, we encourage
applicants to apply to the Dartmouth EEES
Scholars Program, an in-person, fully funded 3-day workshop
designed to demystify the graduate school application process.
Applications are accepted in the spring for the fall workshop.
We are looking for 1-2 postdocs to join the lab beginning in
January 2024! Prospective postdocs are encouraged to contact me by
filling out the form (preferred), or you can email me to discuss
potential projects. I encourage postdocs to explore independent
funding sources and am happy to discuss ideas for proposals.
External sources include the NSF PRFB, USDA-NIFA, Ford
Fellowships, Smith Fellows, and more. Dartmouth also funds
postdoctoral fellows through the Society of Fellows, the Provost's
Fellowship (PROF) Program, and the Neukom Fellows for
To Inquire About the Positions:
If you are interested in discussing PhD or Postdoctoral positions
in the lab, please fill out the following form: cutt.ly/JoinLabForm
To learn more about the lab: cutt.ly/JoinLab
The Tumber-Dávila lab provides individual-centered mentorship
utilizing multi-mentor models that center mentee career goals in a
collaborative, co-learning environment. Applicants who
self-identify as individuals from groups historically excluded
from ecology and/or persons excluded because of their ethnicity or
race (PEERs) are particularly encouraged to apply. All lab members
contribute to the cultivation of an equitable, inclusive, and
antiracist lab group.
My teaching and mentoring philosophy relies on three main
principles: 1) centering the trainee, 2) teaching and mentoring
for lifelong learning, and 3) cultivating inclusivity, community,
and joy. I have a continued commitment to mentoring and have had
the privilege on mentoring countless students through organized
research experiences, and through more informal mentoring
pathways. I acknowledge the value and opportunities that I have
received through mentorship and am committed to ensuring that the
next generation of scientists, especially those from
underrepresented backgrounds, receive all the opportunities,
supports, and empowerment they justly deserve.
Tumber-Dávila Lab graduate students and postdoctoral researchers
are a part of the Ecology, Evolution, Environment & Society
(EEES) Program, a highly interactive and vibrant interdisciplinary
community of over 100 faculty, graduate students, and post-docs.
Dartmouth College is a research-intensive Ivy League university
located in Hanover, New Hampshire, 2.5 hours northwest of Boston
and nestled between the picturesque Green and White Mountains.
Shersingh Joseph Tumber-Dávila (he/él)
Harvard Forest LTER Postdoctoral Fellow
Incoming Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Dartmouth
Ph.D. & M.S. Environmental Earth System Science, Stanford
Información sobre Pertenecer/YouBelong y Con
Ciencia en las Américas
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assistantship - Microbial ecology in Jamaica
Doctoral student position available (funded TA, teaching
Dr. Crystal N. Johnson is seeking 1 Ph.D. student interested in
studying biogeochemical cycling, bacterial and fungal microbiomes,
and hydrology in collaboration with Dr. Susan Koenig and
scientists in the Cockpit Country area of northwest Jamaica.
Methods will include metagenomics, real-time qPCR, bioinformatics,
agarose gel electrophoresis, kit-based DNA extractions, and
aseptic sample collections in the field. The project will include
work in a BSL-2 laboratory, field work in Jamaica, and many
computer hours. International travel between Baton Rouge, LA and
Cockpit Country, Jamaica will be required of the student.
Successful candidates will likely have a GPA of at least 3.0,
prior lab and field experiences, and prerequisite courses, such as
introductory statistics, chemistry, biology, and other natural
sciences. Applicant must be mature, responsible, capable of
thinking critically and working independently, meticulous, and
tolerant of early mornings, some evenings, warm temperatures, and
biting insects. Some field collections will occur on weekends.
The individual must strictly adhere to established laboratory
protocols. They must be meticulous, reliable, honest, trustworthy,
and attentive to detail. Prior training, prior hands-on
experience, and an interest in publishing a paper in a
peer-reviewed journal are highly valued. Students with established
connections to Jamaica are particularly invited to apply.
The stipend is US$23,000 per 9 months, and summer months will be
further funded based on the student's research productivity.
Tuition costs are covered by the department, but some fees are
The student will spend an average of 20 hours/week on dissertation
research in the Johnson Lab and 20 hours/week serving as a
departmental teaching assistant (TA) in cooperation with LSU
Online. TA duties will include assisting with existing courses,
e.g., ENVS 1126, ENVS 2126, and other large-enrollment courses. TA
duties will also include the development, administration, and
delivery of novel ENVS courses and assessments, particularly
leveling courses for new incoming students.
Standardized tests are encouraged but not required. The most
successful candidates will have GRE scores of at least 150 verbal
and 150 quantitative. Preferred TOEFL scores for international
students are at least 213 computer, 550 paper, or 80
If interested, submit application materials to Dr. Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org
and to Dr. Koenig at email@example.com
with the number 2625748 in the subject line.
Application materials may include unofficial transcripts, the
contact information for 3 references, a personal statement,
resume/CV, GRE scores, papers that include the applicant as an
author, and other products that support the application.
Successful semi-finalists will then be invited for a Zoom-based
and/or face-to-face interview with Dr. Johnson and her
collaborators on the project. More background information on Dr.
Johnson can be found at https://www.lsu.edu/cce/about/cce-directories/faculty-profiles/johnson_crystal.php.
After preliminary interviews and evaluation, the finalist will be
invited to submit a formal application to the LSU Graduate School
for the Department of Environmental Sciences. The teaching
assistantship begins in Spring, Summer, or Fall of 2024. LSU is
committed to diversity and is an equal opportunity / equal access
Positions in Forest Ecology
The Spasojevic Ecology lab is recruiting 1-2 Ph.D. students to
start in Fall of 2024. Specifically, we are seeking students to
work within our Forest Dynamics plot (https://mspaso.wixsite.com/traitecology/our-research).
We are specifically seeking people interested in linking
dispersal, demography, community assembly, and/or ecosystem
function in dry temperate forests. Academic year funding is
primarily provided through TAships and Summer Support is through
ongoing USDA funding. Information on TA funding and Salary can be
found here (https://graduate.ucr.edu/graduate-student-employment#ase-and-gsr-salary).
If you are interested, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a short
note describing why you are interested in joining the lab, which
of the above interest areas best fit you, and your CV so we can
schedule a meeting to chat. Prospective students from
traditionally excluded groups are encouraged to apply.
position in Antarctic Terrestrial Ecology
The van Gestel lab (www.nvangestel.com) and
the Johnson lab (www.mossmatters.com) at
Texas Tech University are seeking a highly motivated student
interested in studying plant responses to global change.
Prospective students should have a background and genuine interest
in plant physiology, plant ecology, polar ecology, carbon cycling,
plant genomics, gene expression or similar field, preferably
pertaining to bryophytes. Experience in lab or field work is
Application materials (combine into 1 pdf)
1) Letter of interest that should include a statement research
interests, and a statement of the student's professional goals.
Include GPA (including graduate GPA if applicable).
2) Names and contact information of 3 references.
3) Curriculum vitae.
Email the single pdf to: email@example.com
on or before: October 20, 2023
graduate Positions in Aquatic Ecology - Ohio State University
Hood Lab, Aquatic Ecology Laboratory, Department of Evolution,
Ecology, and Organismal Biology, The Ohio State University
The Hood Lab is recruiting a masters and a PhD student to conduct
research that generally examines stream and river phosphorus
cycling. The goal of this research is to improve understanding of
the role rivers play in shaping phosphorus exports in agricultural
watersheds and inform the management of phosphorus and harmful
algal blooms. Here is a brief description of both projects:
MS position: Phosphorus transformations from riverine loads to
summer cyanobacteria blooms. This project, which is a
collaboration with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA) Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR),
looks at how phosphorus cycles across a transect from the upstream
reaches of the Maumee River to the western basin of Lake Erie by
characterizing longitudinal patterns in different phosphorus
fractions (total phosphorus, dissolved phosphorus, colloidal
phosphorus, as well as phosphorus associated with specific organic
and inorganic fractions). This project can support a student on a
graduate research assistantship for 1 semester and 1 summer for
two years. The student would be supported by a GTA for the other
Ph.D. position: Pilotwatershedproject: This is part of a large,
collaborative U.S. Department of Agriculture funded project that
is using a control-impact approach to understand how
implementation of best management practices on agricultural fields
influences phosphorus exports from two pairedwatersheds. My lab’s
component of this project examines how these management
interventions influences phosphorus cycling in streams and
ditches. This project can support a student on a graduate research
assistantship for 1 semester and 1 summer for four years. The
student would be supported by a GTA for the other semester.
The ideal candidate will be highly motivated and honest, with
strong quantitative skills, an interest in applied aquatic
ecology, and a background in ecology, biogeochemistry, 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.
Both students would be supported by teaching and research
assistantships. In EEOB, graduate assistantship includes a stipend
of ~$2,400 per month, health benefits, and a tuition/fee waiver.
If interested, please email Jim Hood (firstname.lastname@example.org) a single
PDF containing (1) a statement of interest, (2) a CV, and (3)
contact information for three references. I will begin reviewing
candidate applications immediately and ultimately invite selected
applicants to apply to the department. The department's
application deadline is 15 Nov 2023.
Additional information about application procedures and
More information about the Aquatic Ecology Lab: https://ael.osu.edu
The Ohio State University
Jim Hood (he, him, his)
Associate Professor, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and
Core faculty, Translational Data Analytics Institute
Co-Director, Aquatic Ecology Laboratory
Aquatic Ecology Laboratory, 230 Research Center, 1314 Kinnear
Road, Columbus, OH 43212
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Evolution, Ecology,
and Organismal Biology
614-292-5383Office / 614-292-0181Fax
Email / http://ael.osu.edu
Assistantship in Ground Squirrel Responses to Climate Change –
Funded PhD position at Colorado State University!
Are you interested in if/how mammals adapt to climate change? Want
to gain expertise in behavioral and molecular techniques? Work in
the gorgeous Colorado Rocky Mountains?
The Wells lab in the Dept. of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation
Biology at Colorado State University is seeking a PhD student to
work on these or related topics: mammalian life-history
acceleration, thermal responses, range shifts, movement ecology,
or genomic adaptation to climate change. Our long-term research on
golden-mantled ground squirrels is based at the picturesque Rocky
Mountain Biological Laboratory, home to many multi-decadal studies
of organismal responses to climate change.
Position: PhD in either Ecology (https://ecology.colostate.edu/)
or Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology (https://warnercnr.colostate.edu/fwcb/graduate-study/graduate-program/)
starting in January 2024.
Funding: The position is funded with 2.5 years of Graduate
Research Assistantship and 1.5 years of Teaching Assistantship.
Funding includes tuition, 50% of graduate fees, student
health/dental insurance, and stipend ($2100/month).
-BS and/or MS in biology, wildlife, conservation,
ecology/evolution, or closely related field.
-Strong communication skills both in writing and orally
-Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
-Interest in mammalian conservation, life histories, climate
change, and behavior or genetics.
-The position will involve 3 months/year of small mammal trapping
and handling. Field experience or small-mammal handling is a plus
but not essential.
-The position may involve working with low-coverage whole genome
data. Lab or bioinformatic experience is a plus but not essential.
To apply, please email the following materials in a single merged
document to Dr. Caitlin Wells (Caitlin.Wells@colostate.edu)
in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology with
a subject line stating "GMGS Climate PhD Position": (1) 1-2-page
cover letter summarizing your background, fit to the project, and
career goals, (2) CV including contact information for three
professional references, and (3) unofficial transcripts [GRE
scores are not required by the department, but may be included if
you choose]. Application deadline is Friday October 6, 2023.
Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment
that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race,
age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex,
gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual
orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will
not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against
employees or applicants because they have inquired about,
discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another
employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal
opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully
committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all
Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders
regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action.
Assistantship at the University of Vermont Examining Forest
Dynamics and Restoration of Fire-Dependent Ecosystems on the
Green Mountain National Forest
Project: The University of Vermont, Rubenstein School of
Environment and Natural Resources is seeking a master’s-level
graduate student to participate in a research project focused on
the ecological characteristics, dynamics, and restoration of
fire-dependent ecosystems on the Green Mountain National Forest.
The student will join a team of collaborators from the University
of Vermont, U.S. Forest Service Forest Health Protection program,
and Green Mountain National Forest in quantifying the historical
and contemporary distribution and dynamics of fire-dependent
ecosystems on the Green Mountain National Forest. This includes
informing best adaptation practices to ensure maintenance of these
threatened forest communities into the future. The position is
available for Summer 2024 and includes two guaranteed years of
funding (stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance).
Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in forestry, biology, natural
resources, environmental sciences or a closely related
field. Applicants should be able to work independently, but
also cooperatively with project partners and other researchers in
the lab and on the larger project. Applicants should also have a
strong work ethic, demonstrated writing and quantitative
capabilities, plant identification skills, and a record of
Application: Interested applicants should supply all application
materials to the UVM Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural
Resources (RSENR) Program (MS in Natural Resources) by February
1, 2024 – when applying, please state your interest in this
position in the "Statement of Purpose." (https://www.uvm.edu/rsenr/applying_rubenstein_school_graduate_program).
Professor and Director
Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
University of Vermont
204E Aiken Center
Burlington, VT 05405
Phone: (802) 656-8030
FAX: (802) 656-8683
Coastal Plain graduate positions available
The Davis Lab in the School of Biological, Environmental and Earth
Sciences at the University of Southern Mississippi seeks Ph.D. and
M.S. students (starting January 2024) interested in studying
various projects in the diverse longleaf pine forests of the Gulf
Coastal Plain. All projects are funded by the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service.
Effects of forestry management practices (e.g., clearcutting,
herbicide site preparation, etc.) on soil microbiomes. This
will be a Ph.D. position in collaboration with the lab of Dmitri
Habitat characterization of two crayfish currently considered for
protection under the Endangered Species Act, Procambarus
fitzpatricki and Creaserinus danielae (M.S. or
Population ecology of the critically endangered frog, Lithobatus
sevosus (M.S. or Ph.D. position).
Pitcher plant bog restoration (M.S. or Ph.D. position).
All study sites are within longleaf pine forests and wetlands
within the unique Pascagoula River Watershed. Sites will
also be nested within the DeSoto National Forest, Sandhill Crane
National Wildlife Refuge, or Grand Bay National Estuarine Research
Reserve. All sites are near the epicenter of the North
American Coastal Plain Biodiversity Hotspot. Upland habitats
are dominated by the second largest cluster of biologically
diverse longleaf pine forests in the United States. Visit
the links below for more information about these ecologically
The successful applicant will be able to adapt their
thesis/dissertation to include areas such as ecology,
biogeography, physiology, or taxonomy. Students will have
the opportunity to work closely and network with staff from
multiple state and federal agencies as well as environmental
Required experience: B.S. in biological sciences, conservation
biology, ecology, or related field with coursework in botany and
Preferred experience: Previous research involving plant ecology,
microbial genomics, or crustacean biology.
Full tuition scholarships for the successful applicant are
provided. Stipends are provided by Research Assistantship
(January-mid August) and Teaching Assistantship (mid
August-December). Women and students from underrepresented
groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
The University of Southern Mississippi, a Carnegie R1 institution
with 14,000 students, is located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, near
the Gulf Coast and has abundant opportunities for outdoor
recreation. Hattiesburg is the medical, commercial and cultural
center of southern Mississippi and is ranked in the top five small
metropolitan areas in the United States. The School of Biological,
Environmental, and Earth Sciences is comprised of about thirty
faculty and offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees. Over 60 graduate
students are currently pursuing degrees. Further information about
the school may be found at: https://www.usm.edu/biological-sciences
Deadline for Spring 2024 applications is 15 October 2024,
but interested parties should contact Dr. Davis as soon as
possible prior to formal application submission. To inquire,
submit (via e-mail) a cover letter with a brief (~ one page)
review of your research experience and interests and goals and a
CV to: Mike.Davis@usm.edu.
Although the School of Biological, Environmental, and Earth
Sciences at USM does not have a minimum set of scores to be
eligible for entrance into the graduate program, potential
applicants should expect to have a minimum GPA of 3.00 and have
taken the GRE before application. For more information on
admission follow this link: https://www.usm.edu/graduate-programs/biologcal-sciences.php.
Information about Hattiesburg may be found following this link: https://www.visithburg.org
Assistant Director, School of Biological, Environmental, and Earth
Director, Lake Thoreau Environmental Center
118 College Drive, Box 5018
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
position in oyster adaptation to climate change and disease
The Gignoux-Wolfsohn lab <https://sarahgw.com> at the
University of Massachusetts Lowell <https://www.uml.edu/sciences/biology/people/gignoux-wolfsohn-sarah.aspx>
is looking for a PhD student starting Summer or Fall 2024 to work
on projects related to climate change adaptation and impacts of
the changing environment on infectious disease in the eastern
oyster. There is flexibility in terms of focus, with the
opportunity to contribute to one or multiple ongoing funded
projects. Two years of RA funding and an additional 3 years of TA
funding is guaranteed. Graduate students in our lab are enrolled
in the Applied Biology PhD program <https://www.uml.edu/sciences/biology/programs-of-study/phd-applied-biology.aspx#:~:text=Overview,and%20preparation%20for%20career%20advancement.>.
Experience in research is desired, but experience in a particular
field is not required! A love for science, interest in using
molecular techniques to answer questions about climate change and
infectious disease, and commitment to being a part of an equitable
research community are most important. Inquiries from individuals
from minoritized and/or underrepresented backgrounds are
If you are interested in applying, please email your resume or CV
to Sarah (email@example.com)
by November 1, 2023. Your email should include
1) your career goals (2-4 sentences)
2) your interest in climate and infectious disease impacts on
oysters (2-4 sentences)
3) why you are interested in our lab in particular (2-4
4) any fellowships that you are eligible for and/or interested in
1-2 PhD students and postdoctoral scholars in coupled
biogeochemical cycles at Michigan State University
The Watershed Biogeochemistry in the Anthropocene Lab (http://gersonlab.weebly.com)
at Michigan State University is recruiting motivated,
collaborative, and curious PhD students and postdoctoral scholars
in coupled biogeochemical cycles. We study how anthropogenic
activities have altered the coupled cycling of nutrients and
contaminants through watersheds. While we have historically
focused on mercury, we are expanding our focus. We examine the
fate, transport, and transformation of these elements within and
between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, including their
consequences for people and animals.
The PhD students and postdoctoral scholars will have flexibility
in their research to find a topic that excites them but could
focus on one of the following projects: the fate of mercury from
artisanal gold mining in Peru, Ghana, or Kenya; the impact of
agricultural sulfur use in California vineyards or midwestern
croplands; the potential antagonism between mercury and selenium;
or the local and global fate of trace elements from human
activities. This research will involve a combination of fieldwork,
laboratory analyses, lab experiments, and modeling. The student
will be expected to work both independently and collaboratively,
to communicate results in peer-reviewed scientific articles and
conferences presentations, and to share their work with relevant
community members and leaders.
The Gerson Lab is part of the Department of Earth and
Environmental Sciences and Kellogg Biological Station at Michigan
State University. Graduate students can also affiliate with the
Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Program. Collectively, these
communities provide great opportunities for students to work and
interact with other watershed and ecosystem scientists in a
supportive and collaborative environment. We are committed to
promoting and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM.
I encourage all students applying to graduate school to check out
this article I co-authored about demystifying the graduate school
Minimum qualifications for PhD positions: Students from a range of
academic majors are encouraged to apply, including biology,
chemistry, ecology, environmental engineering, environmental
science, geochemistry, hydrology, and other related fields.
Applicants from historically underrepresented groups in STEM are
particularly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to
students with a M.S. degree by the start date, although we will
consider all students with a B.A. or B.S.
Desired qualifications for PhD and postdoc positions: Previous
research experience and/or relevant coursework, self-motivation,
willingness to learn, positive attitude, interest in a
cross-disciplinary approach, ability to work collaboratively in
teams, and a commitment to creating an inclusive culture in the
research group and more broadly in research science and education.
Note that GRE scores are not required or considered as part of the
grad school application. FreeApp waivers for application fees are
available with priority given to those who apply by November 15,
though submissions after that date will still be considered for
Funding: The PhD positions will be funded on a combination of
teaching and research assistantships, which include a competitive
stipend for five years (including summers), tuition waiver, and
health insurance benefits. The Earth and Environmental Science
program also provides funding to support moving costs to East
Lansing and the purchase of a personal computer. The postdoctoral
position is funded for at least one year (with the potential for
an extension for an additional one to two years). For both the PhD
students and postdocs, there will also be opportunities for
professional development, including presentation of research at
I also highly encourage you to apply for competitive fellowships,
and I would be happy to work with you to develop your
applications. If you are a graduate student, applications for the
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) are due in
October. If you are a postdoc, I can work with you to compile an
application to the MSU Ecology Evolution and Behavior Postdoctoral
Fellowship, Smith Fellowship, NSF Biology Postdoctoral Fellowship,
or NSF Geoscience Postdoctoral Fellowship, among others.
Application deadlines for each of these fellowships differs.
If interested, please review our lab website for more information
and then contact Dr. Jacqueline Gerson at firstname.lastname@example.org
to arrange a zoom call. In your email, please include your CV and
briefly address the following: 1) your previous research
experience and/or relevant skills, 2) your research interests, and
3) why you are interested in joining this lab. The application
deadline for PhD students in Earth and Environmental Sciences is December
7. Initial contact is requested prior to formally applying
to the department. Postdoctoral scholar applicants will be
considered as they are received.
Location: Michigan State University is located in East Lansing,
Michigan, with Kellogg Biological Station ~1.5 hours away in
Hickory Corners, Michigan. MSU is a community of ~50,000
undergraduate and graduate students. East Lansing offers an
excellent quality of life, with a reasonable cost of living and
access to many outdoor activities (hiking, paddling, biking,
cross-country skiing). East Lansing is also ~1 hour from Detroit
and Ann Arbor, and ~4 hours from Chicago. MSU is an equal
opportunity employer. We encourage applications from women,
persons of color, veterans, persons with disabilities and other
individuals who can contribute to the intellectual diversity and
cultural richness at Michigan State University. Michigan State
University occupies the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary
Lands of the Anishinaabeg–Three Fires Confederacy of Ojibwe,
Odawa, and Potawatomi peoples. The University resides on Land
ceded in the 1819 Treaty of Saginaw.
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences & W.K. Kellogg
Michigan State University
288 Farms Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824
Michigan State University occupies the ancestral, traditional, and
contemporary Lands of the Anishinaabeg–Three Fires Confederacy of
Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi peoples. The University resides on
Land ceded in the 1819 Treaty of Saginaw.
positions in population ecology
We are looking for multiple PhD students to join our lab at Kansas
State University starting in Fall 2024. We do a mix of population
and community ecology, looking at drivers of population dynamics
as well as how individual species' population dynamics manifest
into community changes. We do a mix of field and modeling work
(with some greenhouse work), mostly focused on plants.
PhD students' work could focus on one of the following projects:
fire effects on native plant populations, effects of large
herbivore grazing on plant population or community dynamics, or
conservation of narrowly distributed plant species. All projects
include the opportunity to use long-term data already collected in
the system and include a significant modeling component (as well
as field work). Students will be expected to develop their own
research questions in their study system.
Before submitting a formal application, students should get in
touch with Dr. Louthan at email@example.com with a CV,
succinct description of previous research experience and current
research interests, and an explanation of why you want to join the
lab. A formal application is due December 15, 2023 to the
Division of Biology at Kansas State University.
assistantship – Impact of sharpshooting on white-tailed deer
Location: Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, Illinois
Salary: Range: 20,000$ to $28,000 + tuition waiver
Start date: 01/16/2024
Last date to apply: 09/30/2023
Description: The Spatial Wildlife Ecology Lab at Southern Illinois
University is seeking an outstanding MS student beginning Spring
2024. The student's project will focus on evaluating white-tailed
deer responses to sharpshooting happening in northern Illinois to
reduce chronic-wasting disease prevalence. The incoming student
will have access to data on white-tailed deer occurrence in areas
with varying levels of sharpshooting obtained using camera traps
in collaboration with the Illinois Department of Natural
Resources. The student may also assist in other ongoing work
involving capture of white-tailed deer. The academic home for the
position is at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale,
Illinois under the supervision of Dr. Guillaume Bastille-Rousseau.
• BSc in Ecology, Wildlife Ecology, or Biology, or a closely
related field, with a strong academic record.
• Excellent quantitative skills. Experience in R and ArcGIS
software. Previous experience with camera traps data is desirable.
• Ecological knowledge regarding spatial ecology.
• Ability to perform fieldwork.
• Experience in trapping mammals is beneficial.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills including a
demonstrated ability or potential to publish in peer-reviewed
• Motivated with an excellent work ethic.
To apply: Submit a single pdf that includes a cover letter
summarizing your qualifications and interest in the position,
followed by CV, unofficial transcripts, and contact information
for three references to Dr. Guillaume Bastille-Rousseau (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Assistantship Available for Graduate Student (MS) in Forest
Michigan State University's Department of Forestry is pleased to
announce a graduate research assistantship to support an MS
student in conducting research in Forest Ecology. The student will
be supervised by Dr. Akihiro Koyama, in collaboration with Dr.
Lars Brudvig in the MSU Department of Plant Biology. The
successful candidate will help to lead a project investigating how
the restoration of oak savannas through prescribed fire affects
native tree species through plant-soil feedbacks. This will
include field, greenhouse, and laboratory-based research,
investigating biotic and abiotic plant-soil feedbacks, focusing on
the interaction between native tree seedlings and root and soil
microorganisms, such as mycorrhizal fungi and pathogens. Fieldwork
will take place in an oak savanna restoration experiment at the
MSU MacCready Nature Reserve, near Jackson Michigan, and
greenhouse and lab-based activities will take place on campus. The
assistantship is available for formal Spring 2024 enrollment.
Funding for tuition, health, and stipend is available for two
The candidate should have:
• Undergraduate degree in ecology or a related field
• Previously attained and maintained exceptional academic standing
• A GRE score
• A TOEFL score of 84 iBT or higher (required for students with
non-English credentials only)
• Experience in report-writing or drafting research articles
• A self-motivated, well-organized nature, adaptive to
• A valid driver's license (by the time in spring 2024 when
Preference will be given to applicants with:
• Bachelor's degree in terrestrial ecology or closely related
• Experience conducting field and/or greenhouse-based studies
• Experience with statistical analyses
• Some background of soil microbiology
• Peer-reviewed publications
Additionally, candidates must meet the minimum requirements
outlined by Michigan State University's Graduate program, found
The successful candidate will be supported for two years.
• A bi-weekly stipend, determined by prior experience and
education levels (first year stipend will be $28,234)
• A tuition waiver of up to nine credits per semester fall and
spring and five credits during the summer with an out-of-state
tuition waiver for students who take more than the covered number
of credits each semester
• Enrollment in the University's graduate health insurance plan
Sources of graduate funding in addition to this assistantship are
available through national and MSU programs. Students will be
encouraged and assisted in seeking this funding.
To show interest in the position (before the formal application
process), please send a one-page cover letter, CV, and the names
and contact information of three referees by email as a single pdf
file to Dr. Aki Koyama at email@example.com. The cover
letter should include motivations and strengths as a candidate for
this position. Current MSU students and recent graduates may also
apply via Handshake by searching for Posting # 8127550. To be
accepted into the graduate program, potential students must also
apply through the MSU Graduate School at https://grad.msu.edu/apply.
When formally applying, please indicate an interest in the Forest
Ecology Graduate Assistantship in the required Statement of
Interests. Applications must be completed by December 10, 2023
(November 1, 2023 for international applicants) for Spring 2024
Please visit http://www.for.msu.edu/graduate/important_information_for_graduate_applicants
for specific information regarding the Forestry graduate program.
Michigan State University is an equal opportunity employer and all
qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to
race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status,
protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by
law. The Department of Forestry is committed to promoting
diversity in research. Members of underrepresented groups in STEM
fields are highly encouraged to apply. We thank all applicants,
but only those selected will be contacted.
Assistantship: Whitetail Deer Research – University Florida
The University of Florida/IFAS Forage Team is recruiting a PhD
student to work on the interface between agronomy, animal sciences
and wildlife management, focusing on forage production, nutrition
and health of whitetail deer.
This position will be housed in the University of Florida's
Agronomy department, Gainesville, FL, co-advised by Drs. Marcelo
Wallau (forages) and Diwakar Vyas (ruminant nutrition). The main
research objectives to be pursued are to evaluate the use of
different forages on the nutrition, behavior and health of
whitetail deer in pens and preserves. Work will include aspects of
forage production, diet preferences, parasite and habitat
Candidate will be expected to develop research project, review
literature, conduct field work, process and analyze samples,
analyze data and be proficient in scientific writing. Experience
in animal sciences and agronomy is desired, especially related to
forage production, animal handling and laboratory procedures.
The candidate will be expected to travel for farm visits, and have
endurance to tolerate field work during Florida's summer
conditions. Is essential for the candidate to be independent,
proactive and innovative, be curious and engaging, and have
interpersonal skills to work in the interface of the different
This position will also include extension components, such as
interaction with producers, implementation of on-farm
demonstrations, and participation on field days and other
Application deadline: October 15th, 2023
To apply, first send email to firstname.lastname@example.org (for
Assistantship: Soil microbiomes
We are recruiting a student to University of Georgia's Savannah
River Ecology Laboratory in Aiken, SC to study the agricultural
soil microbiome of Pennsylvania farms. The goal of this project is
to understand how different agricultural practices (conventional,
organic, and tillage intensity) influence the soil microbiome
composition and how their related functions influence soil health
and crop productivity. This project is part of a larger USDA-NIFA
grant to understand the soil viromes of agricultural systems. This
project includes field work such as soil sampling, laboratory work
including nucleic acid extractions and PCR, and bioinformatic
analysis. Experience in these techniques is preferred, but not
The successful applicant would join the Bier Lab (https://ravenbier.weebly.com/)
and would enroll in a 3-year MS program at the University of
Georgia's Odum School of Ecology. Typically, M.S. students spend 2
semesters on the main Athens, GA campus before moving to the
Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL; Aiken County, SC). This
position includes beginning summer research at SREL and at the
field site in Pennsylvania before starting Fall 2024 semester
coursework in Athens, GA. The 1st academic year may be supported
by a teaching assistantship before transitioning to a research
assistantship in years 2 and 3. SREL is a remote unit of the
University of Georgia and is located on the Savannah River Site,
approximately 2.5 hours away from the UGA main campus. The
selected student will be expected to publish their work as
peer-reviewed manuscripts, with manuscripts in "submission-ready"
form prior to graduation.
Applicants should submit their C.V., contact information for 3
professional references, and a one-page letter describing previous
educational and research experience, research interests, and
professional goals as they relate to the position to Dr. Raven
Please put "MS assistantship" in the subject line of the email.
Submissions will be considered as they are received but for full
consideration are due no later than 15 October 2023.
Minimum qualifications include a B.S. or B.A. degree in ecology,
biological sciences, environmental sciences, agroecology, or
related disciplines. Preferred qualifications include previous
field and laboratory experience, prior experience conducting
independent research in microbial ecology, writing skills and the
ability to work well in a team.
graduate student for fall admission
Seeking an MS and a PhD student within The Coastal Benthic Ecology
Laboratory at the University of New Orleans, Department of
Biological Sciences. Students will work in one of three related
research areas: (1) analyzing the microchemistry of reef fish
otoliths and tissues to better understand trace element pollution
(2) global climate change effects on benthic species and (3)
resilience of seagrass beds. Students would be supported on a
teaching assistantship. Deadlines are October 15th for
spring admissions. Interested applicants should email email@example.com
prior to applying https://www.cbeluno.org/, https://www.uno.edu/academics/grad/programs
Assistantship Position in plant phenology
A Master's assistantship position is available at Georgia Southern
University (GS), in the lab of plant ecologist Dr. Isaac Park. The
graduate student will develop a thesis project examining the
effects of changes in local climate on the timing of plant
flowering and bee foraging among communities throughout Georgia,
using a combination of in-situ plant observations and historically
collected plant specimens. In addition, the student will be
expected to assist in identifying sites for long-term monitoring
of plant phenology in and around the Statesboro campus, and to
lead undergraduate researchers in extracting phenological
information from historically collected plant specimens. The
preferred start date is January 2024, but an August 2024 start
date would be considered.
The assistantship includes a full tuition waiver and competitive
stipend for at least two years. The student is also expected to
assist in the field and lab activities of the Park lab. More
information about the graduate program can be found at the Biology
department's web page (http://cosm.georgiasouthern.edu/biology/graduate-program-2/).
GS is a 26,000-student comprehensive research university spread
across three campuses and located in one of the most biodiverse
regions of the southeastern U.S. (http://www.georgiasouthern.edu/).
This position will be based on the Statesboro campus.
Required qualifications include (1) a B.S. degree in Biology,
Botany, Ecology and Evolution, Geography, or a related field, (2)
good interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills, (3)
strong self-motivation and ability to work well independently and
with a team. Preferred qualifications include demonstrated
previous experience with one or more of the following: (1)
developing and executing a research project, (2) field ecology
research, and (3) data skills, which could include past
experiences managing datasets, conducting statistical analyses, or
programming. Additional admission requirements for the Biology
graduate program can be found here: https://cosm.georgiasouthern.edu/biology/masters/admissions/
To apply, please email the following as a single pdf file: (1) a
letter summarizing your background, research interests, and career
goals, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) names and contact information
for 2-3 academic or professional references, and (4) an unofficial
copy of your college transcript. Standardized testing (such as the
GRE) is no longer required for admission to the GS graduate
program. Review of applications will begin on 9/30/2023
and continue until the position is filled. Applications and
inquiries should be emailed to Dr. Isaac Park (Isaac_park@ucsb.edu).
and graduate positions in Forest dynamics and theoretical
ecology: UT Austin, Farrior group
The Farrior lab at UT Austin is happy to announce openings for one
postdoc and two graduate student positions associated with our
newly funded project: Tropical to temperate forest dynamics and
their potential influences on plant performance strategies, a
theory-data fusion approach.
The research will include data analyses, modeling, and
applications of our findings to fundamental questions in community
ecology. This project is made possible through collaborations with
several ForestGEO researchers.
Review of applications for the postdoc position will begin August
1, 2023 (flexible January 1, 2024 start).
The deadline for graduate students is December 1, 2023
(Fall 2024 start).
Please see our website for more information and application
And please reach out with any questions - Caroline Farrior - firstname.lastname@example.org
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