Graduate School Opportunities

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

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PhD Fellowships/Assistantships

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, behavioral science, biology, computer science and engineering, conservation, data science, demography, ecology, economics, environmental science and engineering, geographic information science, geography, geosciences, land science, mathematics, 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, ecosystem services, food-energy-water-climate nexus, human well-being, forest and landscape ecology, global change, wildlife ecology and conservation, land change science, and computer modeling and simulation (e.g., agent-based modeling). 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., summer or fall of 2022), successful candidates can build on previous studies and explore new frontiers.

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

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

Posted 9/23/21

PhD opening in quantitative marine ecology

The Quantitative Marine Ecology Lab (QMEL) at the University of New Hampshire is recruiting a PhD student interested in using mathematical modeling or statistical tools to address issues related to the ocean. This work could involve metapopulation modeling, sustainable seafood, or the role of extreme events in marine systems.

Please go to https://quantmarineecolab.github.io/join/ for more information on the lab and how to apply.

The lab is run by Professor Easton White. The lab is comprised of a team of scientists combining field observations with mathematical and statistical tools to address the most pressing issues in the oceans. We address questions related to population ecology, socio-ecological systems, species monitoring, fisheries, and sustainable seafood. A common thread throughout our work is the role of environmental variability, particularly rare events like heatwaves or global pandemics. We currently conduct research in Madagascar, the Eastern Tropical Pacific, and New Hampshire.

Posted 9/23/21

Ph.D. positions in Climate, Environmental and Ecological change in the American Southwest

Position Descriptions: We are seeking students interested in studying environmental change in dryland ecosystems of the American Southwest. Research in our lab seeks to elucidate the mechanisms of ecological change in deserts, woodlands and forests. Our current projects include regional climate and microclimate variability, regeneration dynamics, ecohydrology, population stress tolerance, wildfire disturbance and land use change. Our research utilizes field data collection, remote sensing, computational modeling, manipulative field experiments, and lab work. Successful candidates will develop projects in their areas of interest that build on one or more of these topics and techniques. To this end, our lab can provide considerable access to active field research sites, existing projects and datasets, a few novel research tools, and the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse group of scientists.

These positions are intended to support students with broad interests in environmental change and dryland ecosystems, and especially those that are driven to develop and answer their own unique research questions (with Advisor support). Positions include a graduate stipend, paid tuition and student fees, and health insurance. Research Assistantships are available for a few of our project topics.

Interested candidates should email me (matthew.petrie@unlv.edu) a brief letter of interest and the contact information for 3 references. A formal departmental application is due in early 2022.

Qualifications: Competitive candidates will meet most or all of the following:

• M.S. or M.A. degree in a STEM field
• At least one peer reviewed publication
• Quantitative skills and data analysis experience, including proficiency using R
• Interest in ecological research
• Excellent writing skills
• Enthusiasm for regularly bothering your collaborators with research questions and ideas, preliminary figures, that paper you just read, etc.

Candidates that wish to conduct field research should additionally have:

• Outdoor work experience in hot and dry environments
• Good decisionmaking and practical skills
• Ability to use tools, fix, and build things
• A clean driving record

Thank you for your interest in these positions. Please contact me if you have any questions!

Contact: Dr. Matthew Petrie (matthew.petrie@unlv.edu)
Start: June or August, 2022
Lab Website: https://unlv-ecohydrology.mystrikingly.com/

Posted 9/23/21

MS Assistantship - Effects of Climate Change on Walleye Recruitment in Lake Erie

Position Title:
M.S. Assistantship - the Effects of Climate Change on Harvest Management of Walleye in Lake Erie

Agency/location:
Quantitative Fisheries Center, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University

We seek an M.S. student, beginning in January 2021, to use modeling techniques (e.g., stock/recruitment models, machine learning) to evaluate the potential effects of climate change on Lake Erie walleye recruitment and subsequent management, support and participate in structured decision-making processes, and conduct related quantitative fisheries research. This project will incorporate environmental factors and management actions related to potential changes in walleye recruitment with a changing climate. The student will work directly with Dr. Kelly Robinson at the QFC, collaborate with academic and agency biologists, managers, and stakeholders to gather and analyze relevant data, and present results to the relevant management agencies and committees. The Quantitative Fisheries Center has a strong reputation for developing relationships with relevant stakeholders for the research and the management of fisheries resources. This position is an excellent opportunity to gain experience highly relevant to professional positions in harvest management, as well as engagement with agencies in the US and Canada. Please see our website (www.canr.msu.edu/qfc/) for more information about us!

Qualifications:
B.S. in fisheries, environmental science, or a related field. Interest in fish ecology / population dynamics and natural resources management problems. Strongest applicants will have high GPA / GRE scores, a record of peer-reviewed publications, strong networking and social skills, and interest / experience in working with managers and stakeholders.

Salary:
$2,000 per month ($24,000 / year) with tuition waiver.

Closing date:
Until filled

Contact:
Submit CV (including GPA and GRE scores) and a letter of application detailing background, accomplishments, skills, and career aspirations to Dr. Kelly Robinson (kfrobins@msu.edu).

Posted 9/22/21

UPDATED PhD Opportunities (fully funded) at UMiami RSMAS - Marine and Atmospheric Science

Please see below of opportunities and contact information for faculty that are accepting applications for Ph.D. opportunities (fully funded) at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science for Fall 2022 (more will be added as we move into Fall semester) The majority of Ph.D. students are supported as Graduate Research Assistants during their tenure (typically 5 years). These assistantships provide an annual salary of $30,312, and tuition and health insurance are provided for all students:

Environmental Science and Policy Ph.D. Program, Abess Center, EVR
NOAA Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center, Dr. Elizabeth Babcock, MBE
FOCUS: Florida Current and Sea Level, Dr. Lisa Beal, OCE
Examining the Causes of Trends in the Context of a Variable Subpolar North Atlantic Ocean, Dr. Amy Clement, ATM
Impacts of Atmospheric Reactions on Air Quality, Dr. Cassandra Gaston, ATM/OCE
The Role of Marine Teleost Fish in the Inorganic Carbon Cycle, Dr. Martin Grosell, MBE
Dynamics of the Agulhas Return Current, Dr. Igor Kamenkovich, OCE
Flood Risk & Climate Change Prepardness, Dr. Katharine Mach, EVR
Water Vapor ‘Lakes’ Over the Tropical Indian Ocean, Dr. Brian Mapes ATM/MPO
Ecology and Evolution of Giant Viruses, Dr. Mohammad Moniruzzaman, MBE
Investigating the Role of Metastable Carbonates in the Oceanic Carbon Cycle, Dr. Amanda Oehlert, MGS
Shallow Marine Diagenesis in 3D, Dr. Amanda Oehlert, MGS
Satellite Remote Sensing of Land-Falling Hurricanes, Dr. Roland Romeiser, OCE
Ocean-Atmosphere Interactions During Hurricanes, Dr. Nick Shay, MPO/OCE
Ocean Heat Uptake and Global Climate Sensitivity, Dr. Brian Soden, ATM/MPO
Aerosol-Cloud Interactions in Global Climate Models, Dr. Brian Soden, ATM/MPO
Radiative Influence on Tropical Cyclone Development, Dr. Brian Soden, ATM/MPO

The full list (with contact info) can be found here: https://graduate.rsmas.miami.edu/admissions/phd-assistanships/index.html

All virtual events:
Fall 2021 Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Open House (October 22ndat 2PM EST): https://miami.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_aGOBhuBbRm6wlsKzm9gQig
Atmospheric Science PhD Recruitment Café Signup (October 12that 5PM EST): https://miami.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DY9piyhETYa_L9dqSQdEpA
Ocean Sciences PhD Recruitment Café Signup (October 28that 5PM EST): https://miami.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wOlv-UTMQ7Oy3aQuGDFGuQ

Also, if you are interested in signing up for a virtual 1 on 1 session, please click the link below to schedule a virtual meeting with:

Dr. Josh Coco (myself): Executive Director of Advancement at the Rosenstiel School, works closely with graduate students but can talk about any aspect of the school. To set up a time to chat one on one virtually with me, please click here: https://calendly.com/joshcoco
Kat Grazioso: Completed her Master of Professional Science Degree (MPS) in Tropical Marine Ecology at the Rosenstiel School and now is a program coordinator at the school, and can answer general questions on all programs. To setup a time to chat one on one virtually with Kat, please click here: https://calendly.com/katgrazioso 
Emma Pontes: Completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Miami with a double major in Marine Science and Biology and a minor in Chemistry, earned her MPS degree at the UMiami in Tropica Marine Ecosystem Management, and is now getting her Ph.D. at RSMAS in the marine biology department. https://calendly.com/emmapontes

Virtual tour of campus can be found here: https://youtu.be/6l9Z029fWEk

In-person events (let me know if interested in having me on campus or meeting separately – classes, info sessions, clubs/orgs):

October 4 – Minneapolis / Duluth
October 5-6 – Eau Clair / Madison / Milwaukee
October 7-8 – Milwaukee / Chicago
October 11 – Chicago
October 12 – Chicago / South Bend
October 13-15 – Ann Arbor / Lansing / Detroit / Columbus
November 8-9 – Eugene / Corvallis (possible drive to marine labs)
November 10-11 – Seattle
November 12 – Vancouver / Victoria / Humboldt State (not sure where we are going yet)
November 15-18 – Los Angeles / Santa Barbara / Long Beach / Claremont
November 19 – San Diego
Any questions, please ask!!

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

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

Posted 9/22/21

M.S. positions in Ecology and Evolution
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The EcoEvo Lab is searching for Master’s students to start in Fall 2022 in the Biology Department at California State University, Northridge. Research in our lab generally focuses on community ecology and the factors that allow species to coexist. In particular, we’re interested in how genetic variation and/or rapid evolution on contemporary time scales alter the outcome of species interactions and affect coexistence and genetic diversity in communities. Although students are free to work in the system of their choice, most work in the lab has focused on (a) differences between invasive and native populations of a broadly distributed plant species (Medicago polymorpha) or (b) interactions between protozoa and bacteria that live inside the leaves of carnivorous pitcher plants. We try to use experimental approaches that bridge the gap between evolutionary biology and community ecology. For more information about our research, visit our webpage (www.ecoevolab.com).

We work hard to maintain an equitable environment and an inclusive lab group. Our lab meetings focus as much on issues facing marginalized groups in ecology and evolution as they do on science. Our Lab Handbook (https://tinyurl.com/yds482ck) will give you an idea of who we are and the lab environment, and prospective students should make sure they are comfortable with this atmosphere before they apply. We provide opportunities for students from historically marginalized groups to succeed and strongly encourage such students to apply.

Interested students should contact Casey terHorst (casey.terhorst@csun.edu) before applying to determine whether we would be a good match for each other. This preliminary step is very important for any graduate program in ecology and evolution that you might be interested in. Send an initial email inquiry with a description of your previous research experience and current research interests, along with a CV or resume. You do NOT need to have a specific project in mind when you apply. 

Northridge is located in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles and provides access to many different natural habitats. The location is within a short commute of Venice, Santa Monica, Hollywood, or most locations in the Valley. The Biology program at CSUN has a reputation of turning out excellent Master’s students who often continue on to top-tier Ph.D. programs or successful careers in government and non-profit groups. More information about the Biology program is available at http://www.csun.edu/biology.

Casey terHorst
he/him/his
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8303
Office Phone: (818) 677-3352
casey.terhorst@csun.edu
http://www.ecoevolab.com

Posted 9/21/22

MS Assistantship – Roost Selection by two bat species (Myotis septentrionalis and Myotis lucifugus)
Department of Ecology, Montana State University

The successful candidate will develop a research project to understand and quantify selection of day roosts by two bat species (Myotis septentrionalis and Myotis lucifugus). Myotis septentrionalis was listed as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 2015; we know little about habitat selection of this species in Montana, where they occur in riparian corridors dominated by cottonwood and ash.  The federal status of Myotis lucifugus is currently under review; although this species is currently common in Montana, very little work has focused on documenting specific roosting features in eastern Montana.

The project is a collaboration with Bureau of Land Management, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and other agencies and the research will inform management and conservation. Specific research questions will be determined jointly by the advisor and selected candidate.  The student will pursue a M.S. degree at Montana State University in the Department of Ecology (http://www.montana.edu/ecology), advised by Dr. Andrea Litt (http://www.montana.edu/litt/).  The Litt lab is committed to fostering diversity and inclusivity, as we believe these are strengths that are critical to our work.

Required Qualifications: B.S. in wildlife science, ecology, zoology, or closely related field. A strong work ethic, good verbal and written communication skills, ability to work independently and as a productive member of a research team, and ability to work under adverse field conditions are essential. Research will occur in northeastern Montana, requiring spending extended periods away from Bozeman.
Students should have an average GPA of 3.0 in biology courses; 3.0 average in courses taken during the junior and senior years; and 2.5 average in chemistry, physics and mathematics courses.  However, interested parties are encouraged to apply even if these minimums aren’t met.

Preferred Qualifications: Background or interest in mammalogy, quantitative ecology, and habitat selection. Experience capturing, handling, and identifying bats, especially the focal species.  Experience with radio telemetry, acoustic monitoring, hiking, and some experience with plant identification. Experience working and communicating with other biologists, landowners, and the public.

Stipend/Salary: The student will be supported by research assistantships ($2000/month, plus insurance) and tuition/fees also will be covered.

Start Date: January 2022

Application Deadline: We will begin reviewing applications on 8 October 2021 and will continue until a candidate is selected.

To Apply: Please send (1) a cover letter focused on the listed qualifications, as well as how the opportunity would help further career goals, (2) resume/cv, (3) unofficial copies of transcripts, and (4) contact information for 3 references to:  Dr. Andrea Litt (andrea.litt@montana.edu).

Andrea R. Litt
she | her | hers
Associate Professor
Department of Ecology
Montana State University
P.O. Box 173460
Bozeman, MT 59717
Phone: 406-994-2332
Office: 406B Lewis Hall
Web: www.montana.edu/litt
Twitter: @AndreaRLitt
Podcast: http://conservationscience.buzzsprout.com/

Posted 9/21/21

PhD Opportunity in biodiversity and ecosystem services - Temple University

A PhD Graduate student position is available for Fall 2022 with Dr. Jocelyn Behm at Temple University's Integrative Ecology Lab (iecolab) within the Center for Biodiversity. The focus of research within the iecolab is to integrate biodiversity science with human ecology to understand contemporary patterns ecosystem functioning.

The PhD student will research how natural factors and human activities influence biodiversity and ecosystem services in southeastern Pennsylvania. In particular we determine how human activities affect which species are present in ecological communities and then determine the implications for ecosystem services. The human activities we focus on the most are habitat development (mainly urbanization) and the spread of non-native species. The ecosystem services we focus on are those provided directly by plant and animal species and their interactions, such as disease regulation, seed dispersal, pest control and aesthetic provisioning, among others. The lab currently studies biodiversity with a broad taxonomic lens, with ongoing projects investigating ecosystem service provision by invertebrates, birds, mammals, and plants.

The student will be supported in developing their own research project based on their interests and selected taxonomic group within the context of the larger research theme outlined above.

PhD research activities may include:
- field biodiversity surveys ecological communities
- field and/or lab ecosystem service strength assessments
- analyses of large datasets
- genetic sequencing
- GIS
- quantitative method development
- mentoring undergraduate research assistants

Applicants must have prior research experience and a bachelor's and/or master's degree in biology, environmental science, or other related field. Ideal applicants are those with prior ecological fieldwork experience plus familiarity with GIS, statistics, and R. Because our data analyses methods are highly quantitative, strong quantitative skills are needed. Most importantly, the successful applicant will be well-organized, able to work both independently and in a team setting, and motivated to learn.

Full applications are due to Temple's Graduate School on December 15 (November 15 for international applicants). However, interested applicants should initially contact Jocelyn Behm (jebehm@temple.edu) well in advance of the deadline. Include in this initial contact your CV, unofficial transcript, and a brief statement of interest that describes your relevant background experiences, why you are interested in the position, and questions you have about the research, etc. Applicants are strongly encouraged to first peruse the lab website and publications prior to contact (http://www.iecolab.org).

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

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

Temple University is an equal opportunity, equal access, affirmative action employer committed to achieving a diverse community.

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

Posted 9/18/21

Forest Ecology MS Position @ University of Nevada, Reno – High-elevation forest persistence potential

The Bisbing Forest Ecology & Silviculture Lab at the University of Nevada - Reno (UNR) is seeking a MS student to build on an established project assessing the persistence potential of iconic Great Basin high-elevation forests. Demographic studies of forest change following disturbance as well as in situ and greenhouse experiments have been established to determine stand trajectories and to quantify the effects of soils and climate on the establishment and survival of Great Basin bristlecone, limber, and whitebark pines in an era of rapid change. The student will join a collaborative group of ecologists from UNR, the USDA Rocky Mountain Research Station, and Yosemite National Park to monitor climate and disturbance effects in support of ongoing conservation and restoration of Great Basin high-elevation forests.

Funding is available for two years ($1700/month stipend plus research funding and tuition), starting as early as January 2022. The student will be expected to serve as a teaching assistant (TA) within the Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences Department for one semester over the two-year funding period. The MS student has the option of applying to either the Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences or the Ecology, Evolution, & Conservation Biology graduate programs.

Qualifications for this position include:
• Bachelor's degree in forestry, ecology, biology, environmental science, or related field
• Capacity to work independently, but cooperatively, on this long-term research project
• Demonstrated writing and quantitative skills
• Ability to work long, strenuous field days in the backcountry and in inclement weather

Applicants should compile a single pdf file to sbisbing@unr.edu including a CV, cover letter, transcripts, representative publications, and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin October 1st, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Posted 9/17/21

Ph.D. Assistantship: Population Ecology and Conservation at San Diego State University

Dr. Rebecca Lewison and Dr. Megan Jennings in the Conservation Ecology Lab (http://www.conservationecologylab.com/) at San Diego State University (SDSU) seek a self-motivated and hardworking graduate student at the Ph.D. level to conduct research on Peninsular desert bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis nelsoni) population ecology and conservation through population, habitat/resource use, and predation modeling in partnership with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (https://wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Mammals/Bighorn-Sheep/Desert/Peninsular/Conservation).

The goal of this project is to update population information and the role of predation in the distinct population segment of desert bighorn sheep located in southern California's Peninsular Range to inform recovery planning for the species, which is listed as threatened under California's Endangered Species Act and endangered under the Federal Endangered Species Act. The research project will focus on applied conservation science, as well as wildlife, landscape, and population ecology. Potential research questions may include topics related to predation risk from pumas (Puma concolor) in a multi-prey system and factors affecting habitat or resource utilization and population persistence (e.g., drought).

Minimum qualifications:
• Overall undergraduate GPA of at least 3.2 for the last 60 semester units, and demonstrated superior performance in upper division course work in the major.
• For foreign students, a minimum score on the TOEFL exam of 550 (paper exam) or 80 (computer-based exam) is required.
• Completed courses in physics, chemistry, mathematics, and statistics. Minimum requirements include one year of general chemistry, one year of physics, a course in calculus, and a course in biostatistics.
• A demonstrated preparation and capacity for doctoral work in the field of ecology.

Preferred qualifications:
• Demonstrated interest in conservation and wildlife population ecology
• Strong quantitative skills and experience with coding and analysis in R
• Experience in independent research and development of research questions
• Experience working in rugged field conditions
• Strong writing skills

To apply, submit the following to Dr. Megan Jennings (mjennings@sdsu.edu) with the subject line "Bighorn Sheep PhD Assistantship"ť. Application review will begin October 4 and applications will be accepted through October 15, 2021:
1) Cover letter summarizing your interest in the position, qualifications, experience, and research and career goals
2) Curriculum Vitae
3) Academic transcripts (unofficial ok)
4) Names and contacts for three professional references

We're interested in applicants who are able to start before the academic year (e.g., Spring 2022). Selected applicant will also be required to apply for admission to the Joint Doctoral Program in Ecology between SDSU and the University of California, Davis (http://www.bio.sdsu.edu/eco/prog_phd.php). Applications for Fall 2022 admission to the Joint Doctoral Program are due to UC Davis on December 1, 2021. Abbreviated applications to SDSU are by request after initial review.

Posted 9/17/21

GRADUATE OPPORTUNITIES IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY AT STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY

The Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University is recruiting doctoral and master's level graduate students for Fall 2022.

The department has a long and distinguished history, being one of the first of its kind in the US. It currently has a productive and diverse faculty working on a broad array of questions involving humans and primates, microbes, plants, vertebrate and invertebrate animals and whole ecosystems. Field locales span the globe from the old and new world tropics to the Arctic and Antarctic polar regions, as well as the uplands, wetlands and coastal areas of Long Island and nearby New York City. Being within a train ride to New York City, Stony Brook is a diverse campus, and we are implementing programs to build an even more diverse program in the future.

Upon admission, PhD students are guaranteed teaching assistantships, with additional support available through fellowships and research assistantships, as they become available. The deadlines for applications are Dec. 1, 2021 for the PhD program. The preferred deadline for the MA program is January 15, 2022, but applications are considered on a rolling basis until April 15, 2022. GREs are not required for applications to Stony Brook University this year. Application fees may be forgiven for applicants that meet specific guidelines. Please contact us for more information.

Below is a listing of current local program faculty to whom questions can be directed. It is highly recommended that PhD applicants contact faculty and identify potential advisors before submitting an application. Faculty are more than willing to entertain questions about the program generally and about their own labs and research. Not all will be taking students, but they will all gladly discuss what the program and the locale. For questions or assistance with the application process please e-mail our Graduate Program Coordinator, Melissa Cohen melissa.j.cohen@stonybrook.edu. More information about applying can be found here.

https://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/ecoevo/_program/application.php

DEPARTMENTAL FACULTY

H. Resit Akcakaya - Population and conservation ecology
https://akcakaya.weebly.com/

Stephen B. Baines - Ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry
https://life2.bio.sunysb.edu/ee/baineslab/

Rafael D'Andrea - Community and Theoretical Ecology
https://sites.google.com/view/rafaeldandrea/home

Liliana M. Dávalos - Vertebrate phylogenetics, biogeography and conservation
https://lmdavalos.github.io/

Walter F. Eanes - Evolutionary genetics of Drosophila
https://life2.bio.sunysb.edu/ee/eaneslab/

Jessica Gurevitch - Research synthesis, plant population and invasion ecology
https://gurevitchlab.weebly.com/

Jeffrey S. Levinton - Marine ecology and paleobiology
https://sites.google.com/view/levintonlab/

Heather J. Lynch - Quantitative ecology and conservation biology
https://lynchlab.com/

Ross H. Nehm - Science education, evolution education, cognition
https://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/ecoevo/_people/_faculty_pages/nehm.php

Dianna K. Padilla - Marine and freshwater ecology, conservation and invasion biology
https://life2.bio.sunysb.edu/ee/padillalab/

Joshua Rest - Evolutionary genomics
https://phylogenetic.com/

Tara M. Smiley - Paleoecology and biogeography
https://www.tarasmiley.com

Pascal Title - macroevolution and spatial macroecology
https://www.pascaltitle.com

Robert W. Thacker- Systematics, phylogenetics, and ecology
https://thackerlab.weebly.com/

John R. True - Evolutionary Genetics
https://lioutrue.wixsite.com/truelab2019

Krishna R. Veeramah - Population genetics, evolutionary genomics
https://you.stonybrook.edu/veeramahlab/

Natasha Vitek - Vertebrate paleontology, evolution, scaling of variation
http://www.nsvitek.com/home

PROGRAM FACULTY IN OTHER DEPARTMENTS

Jackie Collier - Microbial ecology
https://you.stonybrook.edu/collierlab/

Christopher Gobler - Coastal Ecology and Conservation
https://you.stonybrook.edu/goblerlab/

Andreas Koenig - Behavioral ecology of primates
https://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/anthropology/faculty-and-staff/koenig-a.php

David Q. Matus - Evolution of Cell Invasion
https://you.stonybrook.edu/matuslab/

Catherine Markham - Behavioral ecology
https://catherinemarkham.com/

Bradley Petersen - Marine Community Ecology
https://you.stonybrook.edu/theawesomepeterson/

Alistair Rogers - Plant Physiology and Climate Change
https://www.bnl.gov/envsci/testgroup/

Shawn P. Serbin - Plant Physiology and Remote Sensing
https://www.bnl.gov/envsci/testgroup/

Jeroen B. Smaers - Brain Evolution, Phylogenetic Comparative Methodology,
Macroevolutionary Morphology
https://smaerslab.com/

Leslie Thorne - Ecology and Behavior of Marine Birds and Mammals
https://you.stonybrook.edu/thornelab/

Nils Volkenborn - Benthic Ecology and Sediment Biogeochemistry
https://you.stonybrook.edu/voll/

Patricia Wright - Tropical Conservation and Primatology
https://www.patwrightlab.net/pat-wright.html

Posted 9/17/21

MS/PhD Student Opportunities in Coastal Ecosystem Ecology

We are looking for independent, highly motivated and enthusiastic students who are passionate about pursuing research in community and food web ecology to join my laboratory in the Department of Biological Sciences at Michigan Tech (https://www.mtu.edu/biological/people-groups/faculty-staff/faculty/olin/). Our lab focuses on questions at the intersection of ecology and environmental change. A central goal of our lab is to understand the species- and food web-level responses to environmental change by generating empirical data that integrates across trophic ecology, population/community ecology and ecosystem ecology. To explore these topics, we use a combination of observational, experimental, ecogeochemical (e.g., stable isotopes, fatty acids, etc.) and theoretical approaches. In accordance with this goal we hope to recruit students with broad interests and/or experience in any of the following: community assembly, landscape ecology, food web interactions and energy transfer.

A BS/MS in the field of community ecology, coastal ecology, fisheries, environmental science, or other related field of study is required. Members from groups underrepresented in STEM, including first-generation college students, students from low-income backgrounds, and students who identify as gender, racial, or ethnic minorities, are encouraged to apply. Competitive stipends are provided in the format of research and teaching assistantships, with graduate fellowships also available for outstanding students. Preference will be given to candidates with a passion for ecology, dedication to long days in the field, leadership experience and strong quantitative, writing and communication skills.

Interested applicants should submit a single pdf that includes, (1) a cover letter outlining your interests in ecology, your career goals, ecological questions are you interested in pursuing for your graduate work, experience/skills as they pertain to this opportunity and why you believe my lab would be a good fit for you; (2) your curriculum vitae; (3) a copy of your unofficial transcripts; and (4) contact information for 3 references, to Jill Olin (jaolin@mtu.edu). Applications will be considered beginning 15 October 2021, with a position start date of Spring or Summer 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. Only the selected candidates will be required to formally apply through MTU's graduate school (https://www.mtu.edu/gradschool/).

We look forward to hearing from you!

Posted 9/16/21

Graduate Student Positions in Aquatic/Fisheries Ecology

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

Research opportunities:  Dr. Stuart Ludsin (https://u.osu.edu/ludsinlab/) has openings available for up to three M.S. and Ph.D. students to conduct basic and applied research in aquatic ecology. Research topics include: 1) the ecology of Lake Erie yellow perch (e.g., Are invasive species affecting yellow perch foraging, movement, and vulnerability to anglers?); and 2) the impact of harmful algal blooms (HABs) on western Lake Erie’s food web (e.g., How do HABs affect habitat use, feeding interactions, energy flow, and (or) cyanotoxin accumulation in the food web?). Students would help design their projects, with each project potentially allowing for the opportunity to do fieldwork (e.g., telemetry), modeling, and experiments.

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

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

Stipend: ~$2,389/month plus full tuition waiver and health benefits. Graduate Research Assistantship support exists for the Lake Erie yellow perch project, whereas Graduate Teaching Assistantship support exists for the Lake Erie HABs project.

Start date: Fall 2022.

How to apply: Application review will begin on November 15, 2021, with applications accepted until suitable candidates are found. If interested, please email Dr. Stuart Ludsin (ludsin.1@osu.edu): 1) a letter of interest that briefly describes your educational and research background, as well as  your research interests/goals; 2) a curriculum vitae (or resume); 3) an unofficial copy of your transcript(s); 4) contact information for at least three professional references; and 5) your GRE scores (although they are not mandatory for admission), and if applicable, TOEFL/TSE scores. Please put “Ludsin Graduate Positions” in the subject line.

Additional information: For additional information about application procedures and requirements, visit https://eeob.osu.edu/grad/program-admissions. For more information about the Aquatic Ecology Laboratory or Dr. Ludsin, please visit the websites above or contact me at ludsin.1@osu.edu.

Professor, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology
Director, Fish Management in Ohio Partnership (with Ohio Division of Wildlife)
Co-Director, Aquatic Ecology Laboratory
President Elect, Early Life History Section, American Fisheries Society
Aquatic Ecology Laboratory, 222 Research Center, 1314 Kinnear Road, Columbus, OH 43212
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology
614-292-1613 Office / 614-795-7044 Mobile / 614-292-0181 Fax
ludsin.1@osu.edu Email / http://ael.osu.edu & http://www.ludsinlab.com/ Web

Posted 9/16/21

Graduate Position in Aquatic Ecology - Ohio State University

Graduate Position 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 (www.hoodaquaticslab.wordpress.com) is recruiting one Master student to conduct research that examines phosphorus cycling during high flow events in agricultural watersheds. The goal of this research is to improve understanding the role rivers play in shaping nutrient exports.

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.

The student will be supported by teaching and research assistantships (one year of both). 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 (hood.211@osu.edu) a single PDF containing (1) a statement of interest, (2) a CV, and (3) contact information for your 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 2021.

Additional information about application procedures and requirements: https://eeob.osu.edu/grad/program-admissions
More information about the Aquatic Ecology Lab: https://ael.osu.edu

Posted 9/16/21

PhD Assistantship in Forest Ecosystems, Apply ASAP!

Ph.D. Research Assistantship Studying Climate Change Mitigation Potential of CRP Forests. We hope to select finalists by October 1st, so get your applications in pronto! This is a great opportunity to collaborate within USDA, with 11 exceptional PIs, and to get experience working on a multimillion dollar project.

The Department of Forestry in the College of Forest Resources at Mississippi State University is seeking applicants for a funded Ph.D. research assistantship. The successful candidate will be advised by Dr. Austin Himes and work closely with many other faculty members in the Department of Forestry to assess the climate change mitigation potential of afforestation practices under the USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).

The student will be working on a multi-disciplinary research project monitoring and collecting samples from CRP forest sites across the southeastern U.S. Forest inventory measurements and destructive biomass sampling will be combined with terrestrial LiDAR scans, high-resolution point dendrometers recording tree diameter growth and allometric models to improve estimates of carbon sequestration and storage by trees in these systems. Additionally, soil samples and greenhouse gas measurements will be taken at each site to account for other major carbon pools and fluxes. All field data will be used to calibrate key parameters of the DayCent model and estimate the climate change mitigation potential of the CRP tree plantings within the study region.

The successful candidate will be expected to lead a team of field technicians in data and sample collection, process soil and gas samples in the laboratory, analyze data and communicate results through multiple peer-reviewed journal articles, presentations at national and international scientific conferences and reports to project partners. The position starts January 1st, 2022. This is a 4-year position that includes an annual stipend of $20,000, tuition waiver and insurance.

Required qualifications:
• Ability to meet all admission requirements of the Department of Forestry Graduate Program
• Valid driver's license or ability to get one
• Masters degree in forestry, natural resources, environmental science or related field (exceptional students with B.S. may be considered)
• Demonstrated excellence in English (written and oral) communication
• Willingness to drive long distances for field work with multiple consecutive overnight stays
• Ability to walk long distances encumbered with 30+ pounds of gear and conduct field research in challenging conditions

Preferred qualifications:
• Experience and/or strong interest in quantification and modeling of carbon stocks and fluxes
• Experience or willingness to learn R-statistical software, python or other coding languages
• Familiarity or interest in learning USDA NRCS sampling protocol and FIA protocol
• Experience writing peer-reviewed journal publications

Information about the Department of Forestry at Mississippi State University as well as admissions criteria can be found at https://www.cfr.msstate.edu/forestry/index.asp and https://www.grad.msstate.edu/. Interested candidates should contact Dr. Austin Himes by emailing a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for the position, a resume/CV, unofficial transcripts and contact information for 3 references. If you have taken the GRE general test, please provide your unofficial results with your resume/CV.

Successful applicants will be required to apply to the Graduate School at Mississippi State University. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The application deadline for 2022 spring enrollment is December 1 (domestic) and October 1 (international).

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

Contact Information:
Austin Himes, Ph.D.
Department of Forestry
Mississippi State University
Box 9681
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Office: 353 Thompson Hall
E-mail: austin.himes@msstate.edu 
Phone: (662) 325-4249

Posted 9/16/21

Graduate Fellowships in Marine Fisheries USA/DISL

Position/Title:  Graduate Fellowships in Marine Fisheries

Agency/Location:  University of South Alabama’s School of Marine and Environmental Sciences/Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Dauphin Island, AL

The University of South Alabama’s Fisheries Ecology Lab (Dr. Sean P. Powers) has openings for up to two graduate assistants beginning Spring 2022 (January) or Fall 2022 (August). Research projects will focus on offshore reef fish species (e.g., Greater Amberjack, Red Snapper) or inshore fisheries species (e.g., Eastern Oyster, Spotted Sea Trout, Red Drum) and examine linkages between bottom habitats and productivity in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Graduate students will be in residence at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Students will be enrolled in the School of Marine and Environmental Sciences at the University of South Alabama and may have coursework at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and the main campus in Mobile, AL. All fellowships include stipend support of $20 – 21,000 for Ph.D. and $18 – 19,000 for MS students and tuition remission. Preference will be given to applicants who wish to pursue Ph.D. degrees.

Qualifications:  A baccalaureate degree in a discipline related to marine sciences (biology, chemistry, geology, physics) with competitive GPA (>3.0) and GRE scores (300+ verbal + quantitative). Students with MS degrees are particularly encouraged to apply.

Salary:  Stipend, tuition waiver.

Contact:  To apply see http://www.southalabama.edu/marinesciences. Further information can be found at https://www.disl.edu/about/faculty/spowers

Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/fisheriesecology

Contact Email Address: spowers@disl.org

Posted 9/16/21

U Tennessee: PhD and Masters opportunities in Conservation Science

University of Tennessee: We continue to expand our cross-campus activities in Conservation Science. We are looking to recruit excellent conservation-centric graduate students as part of this expansion. At this time, we seek excellent students interested in pursuing Masters or PhD study through our Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Our recruitment process is highly competitive and successful applicants will receive tuition, health care, and a stipend from guaranteed TA line support. Details: https://eeb.utk.edu/con-sci-grads/.  Applications are due 1st December 2021 for enrollment in August 2022, but applicants are strongly encouraged to contact prospective advisers now. For information about other graduate opportunities in EEB, see https://eeb.utk.edu.

Posted 9/16/21

PhD Position in Watershed Biogeochemistry  (Focus: Land use change, watershed function, and water quality)

Natural Resources and Earth Systems Science
University of New Hampshire
Posted: September 13, 2021
Application deadline: Reviewed on rolling basis until position is filled

The ECOSHEDS lab at the University of New Hampshire is recruiting a PhD student at the University of New Hampshire through the NRESS program (starting spring semester 2022). The student will be part of a project examining how changing patterns of land use, land conversion, and land abandonment influence watershed and riverine exports and biogeochemical cycles. The student will have access to multiple stream chemistry data sets including those generated via long-term hydrological observatories and high-frequency water quality sensor records including data from the Lamprey River Hydrological Observatory (Wymore et al. 2021). The project also involves collaborating with an international network of natural and social scientists to understand how land use change interacts with critical zone structure and function and societal perceptions of environmental change and sustainability. The ideal candidate will possess strong quantitative and writing skills and be proficient in computer programming languages (e.g., R or Phyton). The ideal candidate will be self-motivated and will bring a spirit of collaboration. The ECOSHEDS lab is fully committed to anti-racism and believes strongly in the power of diversity, equality, and inclusivity. Students from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. To apply please include a brief letter of introduction, CV, and three names and contact information for reference contacts to Adam Wymore (adam[dot]wymore[at]unh[dot]edu).

UNH is home to a vibrant community of productive researchers with a strong commitment to student success (see http://www.unh.edu/unhtoday/2017/03/excellence-ecology for recent accolades). Located in the town of Durham, UNH is a beautiful campus surrounded by forest and natural landscapes. Only 30 minutes from the sea and less than 2 hours from the White Mountains, outdoor and other recreational activities abound, including right on campus. UNH strives to be a welcoming and inclusive workspace. We encourage working collaboratively towards a mission of understanding how the natural world, and our interactions with it, works. We also have the goal of expanding the diversity of students and perspectives. Students that are underrepresented in the natural sciences and STEM fields are especially encouraged to apply for these graduate positions.

Adam Wymore, PhD (he/him/his)
Faculty Fellow for Post-Doctoral Affairs
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
University of New Hampshire (located on N'Dakinna)
https://ecosheds.weebly.com/

Posted 9/15/21

Recruiting PhD student in insect ecology at the University of Dayton

Dr. Chelse Prather’s Insect ecology lab at University of Dayton (UD) is recruiting for a PhD student to work on questions at the interface of community and ecosystem ecology using insect communities.  I am seeking an intellectually curious student that is excited about the often uncomfortable realities of tough field work, the careful work of experimentation, and who has an eagerness to learn and implement complex statistical analyses.

I will work with the student to come up with an exciting PhD dissertation topic suited to their interests. Some of the topics that the lab is interested are: micronutrient (e.g., Na and Ca) limitation of insects, insect effects on ecosystem functioning (we have worked on this question in grasslands in Texas and rainforests in Puerto Rico), and insect communities in urban environments (e.g., prairies underneath solar arrays, urban farms, and green roofs). We have field sites in grasslands in Texas and the local Dayton area as well as rainforests in Puerto Rico, and we have worked with a wide variety of insects (e.g., walking sticks, grasshoppers and katydids, ants, beetles, and true bugs).

The student will be initially supported by a teaching assistantship through the Department of Biology at UD.  The assistantship is associated with a stipend of ~$20,000/year; however, a portion of this comes in the form of a University summer fellowship which is awarded through a competitive process. The assistantship also comes with 100% tuition remission. Support is guaranteed for the life of the project pending satisfactory performance.

Dr. Prather’s Insect Ecology lab is committed to creating an environment that is supportive of all aspiring scientists, values the perspectives of traditional and nontraditional backgrounds, and hears the perspectives of underrepresented groups in STEM. We believe the diversity brought by students from different racial identities, gender identities, sexualities, visible and invisible disabilities, ages, socioeconomic status, ethnicities, nationalities, religions, and cultures makes our science stronger, just as a diverse array of organisms in an ecosystem strengthens its resilience. We strive to create an atmosphere that promotes the safety, well-being, and success of those that work in the lab. We seek to do science to understand basic biological processes that also will have meaningful connections to society.

UD is the largest private university in the state of Ohio, and is consistently award winning for both academic programs and scholarship http://www.udayton.edu/awards_and_rankings.php.  Enrollment is ~11,000 with approximately 3,000 graduate students.  Some benefits to being a graduate student in this department are: a small-school feel but with laboratories that do serious scientific research; small lab sizes means more tailored mentorship from your advisor; and the ability to involve excited undergrads in your graduate work. It is also an exciting time to come into our department as we are in the process of hiring two more assistant professors in ecology this year.

Interested individuals are encouraged to view the following web sites:
UD Department of Biology: http://biology.udayton.edu
University of Dayton: http://www.udayton.edu

We have field sites at:
University of Houston’s Coastal Center: http://www.eih.uh.edu
Five Rivers MetroParks sytem: https://www.metroparks.org/
Luquillo LTER: https://luq.lter.network/

To begin the application process (or if you have any questions), please send a cover letter, CV, GPA, GRE scores and any PDF reprints to: cprather1@udayton.edu. I will start reviewing applicants on October 15th but will still accept materials after that as well

Dr. Chelse Prather (she/her/hers)
Associate Professor, University of Dayton
Office: SC235A, Phone: (937) 229-2716
Lab: SC133, Phone: (937) 229-2586
Lab website: https://chelseprather.wordpress.com/

Posted 9/15/21

PhD Student in Aquatic Agro-Ecology, UC Davis

We are seeking applications for a new PhD student interested in aquatic ecology and agro-ecology to join the Graduate Group of Ecology (https://ecology.ucdavis.edu/) at UC Davis, under the joint supervision of Andrew Rypel (https://sites.google.com/view/rypel-lab/home) and Daniel Karp (https://karp.ucdavis.edu/). The successful applicant will be funded through a USDA grant and will join a collaborative and interdisciplinary team assessing combined impacts of fish and native waterfowl on rice production, ecosystem services, and greenhouse gas emissions in California's Central Valley.

Strategies for successfully promoting biodiversity and ecosystem services within large-scale, intensive farming operations remain elusive. A notable exception exists in California, where rice farmers flood their fields each winter, supporting millions of migratory waterbirds and other wildlife. Yet growers are beginning to search for alternatives to winter flooding, as climate-induced droughts increase water prices and regulators begin to scrutinize greenhouse gas emissions emanating from flooded fields. We seek to determine whether introducing fish onto rice farms represents a useful approach for incentivizing winter field flooding.

The PhD student will conduct experiments excluding waterbirds and adding fish to rice fields in a full-factorial design to achieve three objectives. First, we will unravel trophic interactions and determine whether relationships between waterbirds and introduced fish are facilitative, neutral, or antagonistic. Second, we will quantify ecosystem services and agronomic effects of waterbirds and fish, comparing metrics of weed control, nutrient cycling, straw decomposition, and crop yields between treatments. Third, we will evaluate emerging evidence that fish (and potentially waterbirds) may initiate a trophic cascade that significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions from flooded rice fields. While the student will participate in all aspects of the project, their focus will be analyzing interactions between birds and fish (i.e., objective 1) as well as the ensuing impacts on ecosystem services (i.e., objective 2).

Application Information
Candidates with experience in aquatic ecology, freshwater ecosystem ecology, and/or agro-ecology are encouraged to apply. If interested, please send a current CV and a brief (<1 page) cover letter describing your research interests to Daniel Karp (dkarp@ucdavis.edu) and Andrew Rypel (rypel@ucdavis.edu). Interested applicants would then apply to UC Davis's Graduate Group in Ecology (GGE; http://ecology.ucdavis.edu/), which is consistently ranked as one of the top ecology graduate programs in the United States. Applications to the GGE are due Dec. 1, 2021 and are evaluated via holistic review, focusing on applicants' backgrounds, experiences, character attributes to enable recruitment of promising, diverse scientists.

UC Davis
The University of California, Davis is a Research I public university located in the Central Valley of California. Easy access to the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the coast provides for a suite of recreational activities. Davis is also adjacent to Sacramento, a burgeoning metropolitan area, and close to San Francisco and Berkeley.

Posted 9/15/21

Recruiting graduate students in evolutionary demography

The Shefferson lab at the University of Tokyo is recruiting graduate students at both the MS and PhD levels. We specialize in evolutionary demography, plant/microbial evolution, and computational ecology. We are currently working on JSPS-funded projects related to the impacts of individual history on population and adaptive dynamics, the development of computing tools in population and evolutionary ecology, and symbiotic evolution in the mycorrhiza. Students applying to work in the lab should have interests broadly related to these topics. Research methods typically involve in situ monitoring and experimentation, combined with modeling and analysis based in R and/or C++.

The Shefferson lab is global in its scope, with active field sites in East Asia, North America, and Europe. Our current collaborations include projects that are global, as well as projects focused on field systems in Estonia, China, Taiwan, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Although we work with all plants and fungi, we are particularly interested in herbaceous plants and mycorrhizal fungi. Interested students may read about our projects our interests through several sources, including the Journal of Ecology blog (https://jecologyblog.com/2018/03/22/richard-shefferson/), and various media sources, such as Popular Science (https://www.popsci.com/plants-dormant-climate-change).

The Shefferson lab is located within the University of Tokyo, at the Komaba Campus. U Tokyo is home to some of the finest scientists in Japan, including ecologists and evolutionary biologists, and more Nobel laureates than you can shake a stick at. Komaba in particular has a particularly large community of ecologists and evolutionary biologists working on plants, animals, and fungi. We also offer graduate programs in both Japanese and English. Students wishing to pursue their graduate research may do so fully in English via the Graduate Program in Environmental Sciences (http://gpes.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp/), or may pursue study in Japanese via the General Systems Sciences program (http://system.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp/). Please note that there is a strict application deadline of 12 Nov 2021 for entry in Sept 2022, and that the GRE is required for consideration.

If interested, please contact me, and please also explore the Shefferson lab website:
E-mail: cdorm@g.ecc.u-tokyo.ac.jp
HTML: www.sheffersonlab.com

Posted 9/15/21

Graduate Student Wanted - Dr Alia Khan, Western Washington University

Dr Alia Khan is interested in a potential Master's Candidate interested in a NASA funded Remote Sensing of Snow Algae project at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA.  

How to Apply: Send a CV and statement of interest to Dr. Alia Khan: alia.khan@wwu.edu. Application information for the Department of Environmental Science at WWU: https://huxley.wwu.edu/graduate-application-information.

Alia L. Khan, PhD
Assistant Professor - Department of Environmental Sciences
Western Washington University
WWU Cryosphere Studies and Aquatic Biogeochemistry Lab
Office AH456, MS 9181 | 360-650-4008 | she, her, hers

Posted 9/15/21

Three (!) PhD positions in Soil Microbiology at UW-Madison

Three PhD positions are now available in Dr. Zac Freedman's lab in the Department of Soil Science at UW-Madison to start January or Summer/Fall 2022. For full position flyers, please see the lab website: https://freedmanlab.soils.wisc.edu/opportunities/

Position 1: Soil Health (Start January or Summer 2022)

Summary: Drs. Zac Freedman and Matt Ruark at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are recruiting a PhD student to start in January or Summer 2022. This student will be co-advised by Drs. Freedman and Ruark and will supported by a USDA-funded project to better understand the interactions between crop management practices and microbial communities in facilitating soil C turnover in a range of agroecosystems of the United States.  Competitive applicants will have a strong interest in soil ecology, biogeochemistry, or a related field as well as a commitment to contributing to a collaborative, inclusive and fun learning environment. Some experience with assessments of soil biogeochemical processes or soil health indicators, as well as comfort with statistical analyses using R is preferred.

Position 2: Plant-Microbe Interactions (Start January or Summer 2022)

Summary: Drs. Zac Freedman and Erin Silva at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are recruiting a PhD student to January or Summer 2022. This student will be co-advised by Drs. Freedman and Silva and will supported by a USDA-funded project to explore mechanisms that plants employ to support a resident soil microbial community, and whether these mechanisms differ across plant traits, using carrot as a model crop.  Competitive applicants will have a strong interest in soil science, microbiology, agroecology, or a related field as well as a commitment to contributing to a collaborative, inclusive and fun learning environment. Prior experience with assessments of soil microbial communities and plant root exudates, as well as comfort with statistical analyses using R is welcome.

Position 3: Soil Microbial Ecology (Start Summer or Fall 2022)

Summary: Dr. Zac Freedman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is recruiting a PhD student to start in Summer or Fall 2022. This student will be supported by the O.N. Allen Professorship in Soil Microbiology and will engage in a project to explore generalizable rules that govern the diversity and functioning of soil microbial communities across soil types, soil depth and time.  Competitive applicants will have a strong interest in soil ecology, community ecology, or a related field as well as a commitment to contributing to a collaborative, inclusive and fun learning environment. Some experience with assessments of soil microbial communities, as well as comfort with statistical modeling using R is preferred.

Additional information relevant to all three positions:

Tuition Waiver and Stipend: The selected applicant will be appointed as a Graduate Research Assistant with a stipend of $24,816 per year plus health benefits and tuition remission.

To Apply: Interested students should submit an application to the Soil Science Graduate Program (GRE not required) within the UW-Madison Graduate School (https://grad.wisc.edu/apply/). Prior to applying, interested students are strongly advised to e-mail Dr. Zac Freedman at zfreedman@wisc.edu 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 October 15th and will continue until the position is filled.

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 microbiology, ecology, agronomy and environmental studies. 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 apply.

Zac Freedman (he/him/his)
Assistant Professor
O.N. Allen Professor of Soil Microbiology
Department of Soil Science
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706
tel: 608.262.9018

Posted 9/15/21

MS/PhD Position in Urban Bee Physiological Ecology Starting January 2022

Thinking about getting a graduate degree? Have a strong interest in bees, environmental physiology, urban ecology, or climate change?

I'm looking for an MS or PhD student to start January 2022 on a USDA funded project examining climatic sensitivity of urban bees in multiple cities across the US, with collaborators Elsa Youngsteadt at NC State and Clint Penick at Kennesaw State.

Note: we encourage applications from students from diverse backgrounds. Please see our lab’s diversity, equity, and inclusion policy: https://blogs.bgsu.edu/mccluneylab/dei/.

Strong applicants will receive tuition waivers and stipends for 2 (for MS) or 4-5 (for PhD) years, guaranteed, through a combination of research and teaching assistantships.

Note, students should have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and other documentation of potential for success. International students should have a minimum of 7.0 overall IELTS score or 100 on the TOEFL, although applicants are evaluated holistically.

To apply, see details at https://blogs.bgsu.edu/mccluneylab/prospective-students/

Kevin E. McCluney, PhD • he/him • Associate Professor • Department of Biological Sciences • Bowling Green State University • Bowling Green, OH • Office: Life Sciences 451D • http://blogs.bgsu.edu/mccluneylab/

Posted 9/13/21

Assistantship Available for Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Dwivedi Forest Sustainability Lab
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources University of Georgia

An assistantship (Ph.D.) for an exceptional student is available at the Dwivedi Forest Sustainability Lab located at the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. The incoming student will focus on the impacts of COVID-19 on the operational readiness of wood-consuming mills in the Southern United States and the adaptation strategies adopted by them to mitigate the risks posed by COVID-19. Additionally, the incoming student would ascertain the response of forestry companies for providing relief to local communities under their Corporate Social Responsibility across the Southern United States. The graduate student will publish findings in refereed journals and complete their dissertation in three years from the start date (fall of 2022).

Qualifications
Candidates with related backgrounds (e.g., forestry, agriculture, tourism, sociology, human dimensions, business, and so on), work experience, or research interests (qualitative/quantitative techniques) are encouraged to apply. Applications will be reviewed on a First Come First Serve basis.

Stipend and Benefits
This position will offer $23,560/year (for three years) as an assistantship. In addition to your stipend, you will receive a full-tuition waiver; however, you will be expected to pay a matriculation fee of $25 and mandated student and activity fees of $1,145, for a total of $1,170 per semester. This charge includes services of the University Health Center and Ramsey Student Center for Physical Activities as well as transportation, athletic, institutional, green, technology, and activity fees. For further information on tuition and fees, please see http://www.bursar.uga.edu. Additionally, international students will be required to pay an International Student Compliance Fee. The updated fee amount can be found at https://globalengagement.uga.edu/immigration/fees-page.

Application
Information about the Warnell School is available at http://warnell.uga.edu/. Details about the graduate program are available at https://www.warnell.uga.edu/graduate. Details of the application process are at https://www.warnell.uga.edu/graduate/future-students/application-process. Interested candidates are encouraged to email (puneetd@uga.edu) their resume and GRE score (optional) to Dr. Dwivedi before applying online. Dr. Dwivedi will interview suitable candidates before making a final decision.

The University of Georgia is a Land and Sea Grant University located in Athens, GA – a city located about 60 miles East of Atlanta and popularly known as the Classic City due to local music, food, and recreational opportunities all year round. The Warnell School is the oldest forestry school in the Southern United States, with 212 graduate students researching various cross-cutting themes worldwide.

Contact
Dr. Puneet Dwivedi
Associate Professor (Sustainability Sciences) Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources University of Georgia
Email: puneetd@uga.edu
Twitter: @PuneetDwivedix

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution.

Posted 9/9/21

Ph.D. Position Fall 2022, Uriarte lab at Columbia University

The Uriarte lab at Columbia University in New York is seeking a doctoral student for Fall 2022 to work on questions related to tropical forest recovery after Hurricane Maria in the island of Puerto Rico. Within this general area, the topic of research is flexible. A master’s degree and strong quantitative skills are desirable. Interested parties should contact Dr. María Uriarte at mu2126@columbia.edu. Please include your CV and a brief statement about your interests. Visit the lab website at www.uriartelab.org for more information. Details about applying to graduate school at Columbia are available at https://gsas.columbia.edu/i-am/prospective-students

María Uriarte
Professor
Dept. of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology
Columbia University
www.uriartelab.org

Posted 9/8/21

MS Position: Stormwater pond ecology

Overview: The Residential Landscape Ecology Lab of Dr. Basil Iannone (https://rle-iannone.com) in the School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatic Sciences (https://ffgs.ifas.ufl.edu)at the University of Florida is seeking a creative and motivated MS student to start in August 2022. This position includes competitive stipend, tuition waiver, and benefits.

Review of applications will begin immediately

Duties: Stormwater ponds are an increasingly common engineered ecosystem (> 76,000 in Florida alone). However, they are not protecting natural water bodies from high-nutrient urban runoff as intended. Incorporating plants into stormwater ponds is proposed as a strategy to improve water quality and enhance urban biodiversity. The candidate will lead fieldwork to quantify effects of native and ornamental plants in stormwater ponds on water quality, conduct data analyses, write project reports, and communicate/report research findings. They will also work with an interdisciplinary team consisting of ecologists, biogeochemists, stormwater engineers, social scientists, and Extension professionals on educational outreach and to identify strategies to increase the willingness of stakeholders to adopt best management practice.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a bachelor's degree in a relevant field and be interested in leading interdisciplinary research, scientific outreach, and urban ecology. Experience working on urban ecology, plant ecology, and/or water quality projects is desired but not necessary.

To apply: Email the following as a single document to Dr. Basil Iannone (biannone@ufl.edu), making sure to state "stormwater pond MS position" in the subject: (1) Cover Letter stating your (a) research/career goals, (b) your experience that qualifies for this position, and (c) how you would benefit from this opportunity; (2) C.V.; (3) unofficial transcripts; and (4) contact information for three professional/academic references that can speak to your ability to succeed in a graduate program and as a project leader.

Please contact Dr. Basil Iannone with any questions at biannone@ufl.edu. The selected student will also be a member of the Center for Land Use Efficiency (https://clue.ifas.ufl.edu/).

NOTE: Formal acceptance to UF will require official transcripts and a completed application packet by January 1st, 2022. Do not send GRE scores, as they are not required for admission into the SFFGS program and will not be used for evaluation of candidates.

Posted 9/8/21

Johnson Laboratory seeking Ph.D. students for 2022

The Johnson Laboratory at the University of Colorado is actively seeking applications for a new Ph.D. student position to begin in summer (ideally) or fall 2022. We are looking for an independent, self-motivated student who is passionate about pursuing research in aquatic ecology, disease biology, and conservation. The project involves field-based investigations at our long-term study sites in California (during the summers) while the academic year is based in Boulder, Colorado. It offers a unique opportunity to develop exciting questions at the interface of disease ecology and conservation biology, including how severe drought and biodiversity losses alter patterns of parasite transmission and disease pathology. It also affords an opportunity to conduct fieldwork and experiments on a broad range of taxa (amphibians, fishes, macroinvertebrates, zooplankton, waterbirds).

If you are interested in joining our lab, please send a letter of interest to Dr. Johnson (Pieter.johnson@colorado.edu) with all of the following information by end of October for full consideration:

Curriculum vitae or Resume
If you haven't drafted a CV or resume before, see link on Johnson Laboratory website (Prospective Students).

Your general research interests, previous experience, and how you will contribute to work already being pursued in the lab.
For more information on graduate degrees, check out our departmental webpage.

Why you are specifically interested in the work being done in the Johnson Lab?
Read some of our latest papers, current projects, and grad student bios to get a feel for research areas that align with your interests.

Whether you have applied for any external fellowships?
Unlike professional training schools (medical school, veterinary school), you will not need to pay your own tuition to attend graduate school in the EBIO department. Rather, your tuition will likely be covered by a combination of external fellowships (national or statewide agencies that provide funding), internal fellowships (college-wide funding opportunities), research assistantships and teaching assistantships. In addition to covering your tuition, these forms of funding also provide you with a salary to support you financially during your time in graduate school. All students admitted to EBIO are guaranteed 5 years of funding through TAships, although we strongly encourage students to apply for external fellowships. External fellowship opportunities include: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Ford Foundation Fellowship, among others.

How you plan to contribute to efforts promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in science?

We look forward to hearing from you!

Posted 9/8/21

Online, non-thesis Master of Wildlife and Fisheries Resources

We are currently accepting applications for Spring 2022, the deadline for applications is October 31st.

The Master of Wildlife and Fisheries Resources degree (non-thesis) has a new online delivery option for students with experience in natural resources who wish to enhance their professional degree skills. Students potentially include Federal and State Agency wildlife and fisheries employees, educators who wish to increase their knowledge about wildlife and fisheries biology, private industry professionals, and individuals with a variety of other natural resource backgrounds. The program is in a fully online format, allowing lectures to be available 24/7. Students who enroll in 2 courses a semester can complete the degree in as little as 2 years (3.5 years if 1 course is taken per semester). New enrollees are accepted in Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters as space permits.

This program is available completely through online instruction with courses offered each semester: January-April, May-August, and August-December. It requires 30 credit hours of course work to graduate. To see a list of current and future semester course offerings, click here: https://www.clemson.edu/online/programs/mwfr.html

For students with a non-science background we recommend taking Bio I and II, some sort of chemistry, some sort of stats, and at least two of the following Forest, Wildlife, Wetland, Vertebrate, Fish Biology OR Ecology or a dendrology or botany course. This is what a well-prepared student would have taken already. These courses should be offered at a local community college or online.

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

Posted 9/8/21

OKState Graduate Assistantship in Tropical Community Ecology

I am recruiting 1 graduate student to join my lab beginning January 2022. This student will be supported in part by an NSF grant and will engage in a project to explore how warming influence plant-fungi interactions and negative density dependence at one of the first tropical warming experiment in the world: TRACE (https://www.forestwarming.org). Competitive applicants should have a strong interest in community ecology as well as a commitment to contributing to a collaborative, inclusive and fun learning environment. A master's degree, some experience with shade house experiments, as well as comfort with statistical modeling using R is preferred.

If your passions involve plant, insects, and fungi, the Bachelot Lab is for you! Research in the lab is focused on plant demography, species interactions, coexistence, and global change biology, with emphasis on plants, insects, and fungi. Current projects are examining:
- effects of enemies (herbivores, pathogens, etc.) and mutualists on plant communities
- effects of altered climate on species interactions and coexistence
- roles played by enemies and mutualists along succession
- coexistence theory

For more information about research in the lab and recent publications, see http://bachelotlab.com/. A major theme of the lab is combining field observations, theoretical methods, and genomic approaches to tackle ecological questions. Prospective students with strong quantitative skills and experience or interest in theoretical ecology and theory/data interface are especially encouraged to apply.
The Department of Plant Biology, Ecology and Evolution at Oklahoma State University is home to a collegial and vibrant community of scholars. We have an unusually strong concentration of faculty and students studying the plant biology from the molecular to the ecosystem scales (https://plantbio.okstate.edu/). We are located in Stillwater, OK, a diverse, affordable, and friendly city.

Applicants should contact me directly (benedicte.bachelot@okstate.edu) and provide the following: (1) a paragraph describing your academic background, including any research experience and a statement about why you want to earn a graduate degree, (2) CV, and (3) contact information (name, institution, email, and phone) for 2-3 references.Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis (open immediately). Please contact me (benedicte.bachelot@okstate.edu) if you would like additional information.

Posted 9/8/21

MS opportunity in wildlife movement at University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

The stable isotope ecology lab of Dr. David Nelson at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) Appalachian Laboratory is seeking applications for a M.S. Graduate Research Assistant. The successful applicant will join an interdisciplinary research team (including scientists from USGS and the University of Wisconsin Madison) seeking to inform management and recovery of a threatened native species (spotted owls) by understanding movement and population-expansion dynamics of an invasive competitor (barred owls) in western North America. The student will have opportunity to perform hydrogen isotope analyses and associated geospatial analyses of those data to estimate subpopulations of origin and dispersal distances of barred owls, with the goal of parameterizing range-wide demographic models to help identify the spatial extent across which management of barred owls will most benefit rapidly declining populations of spotted owls. This research will have real-world application by informing the conservation of declining spotted owls through management of barred owls, as noted in a recent study, which is providing many samples for this work.
Start Date: Summer or Fall 2022

Location: The UMCES Appalachian Laboratory provides a unique and research-focused educational experience for graduate students studying terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems throughout the world. The lab is in Frostburg, Maryland, a small college town with a low cost of living and abundant outdoor recreation opportunities. See https://www.umces.edu/al/about.

Qualifications: (1) BA or BS in biology, ecology, wildlife biology, or related field and (2) Interest in conducting interdisciplinary research related to wildlife conservation.

Dr. Nelson is enthusiastic about increasing the diversity of science and scientists and strongly encourages students from STEM-underrepresented populations, including but not limited to first generation students and veterans, to apply.

More details on the position and how to apply can be found at https://www.umces.edu/content/graduate-research-assistant-in-stable-isotope-ecology.

Posted 9/8/21

PhD position in conservation and bioacoustics

The Kitzes Lab at the University of Pittsburgh (http://kitzeslab.org is seeking a Ph.D. student to join our lab in the Summer or Fall of 2022 (applications accepted in Fall 2021). Research in our lab broadly seeks to understand how human alteration of natural habitat impacts species abundance and diversity at large spatial scales. Our ongoing projects mainly use bioacoustic methods to investigate the conservation and spatial ecology of temperate bird communities.

The research focus for this student will be somewhat flexible, but will likely focus in part on field surveys of Pennsylvania breeding birds conducted using automated acoustic recorders, with recordings analyzed using our lab's machine learning classifiers and advanced statistical models. Students with a background in field work involving birds, acoustic surveys, statistics, and/or machine learning models are particularly encouraged to apply.

Our department provides competitive financial support for graduate students that includes a stipend, full tuition remission, health insurance, and free access to public transportation (http://www.biology.pitt.edu/graduate/financial-support). We anticipate that the incoming student will receive a five year support package that includes up to 4 years of research funding.

Although applications are not due until December, interested applicants should contact Dr. Kitzes during the fall term. Please send an email (justin.kitzes@pitt.edu) that includes a few paragraphs describing the type of work that you are hoping to do for your dissertation and why you are interested in our lab in particular, as well as your CV.

Please see our lab website (http://kitzeslab.org) and the website of the Department of Biological Sciences (http://www.biology.pitt.edu/) for more information about our lab, the department, other faculty and students, the university, and the city of Pittsburgh.

Posted 9/8/21

PhD opportunities, Rebalancing the Nitrogen Cycle, at the University of Pittsburgh

The Elliott Biogeochemistry Laboratory in the Department of Geology & Environmental Science at the University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA) is hiring 1-2 graduate students at the PhD level to participate in a new NSF-funded ECO CBET grant (#2133423)

The PhD student(s) will join an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers in designing and testing new carriers that deliver nitrogen-based fertilizers to crops with minimal leaching losses. We are specifically looking for applicants interested in sustainable agriculture, plant/soil interactions, isotope tracers, and nutrient dynamics. The research team will engage with stakeholders through the Pittsburgh Water Collaboratory, housed at the University of Pittsburgh and the public through programming at the University of Pittsburgh's field station, Pymatuning Lab of Ecology.

Research in the Elliott lab is focused on understanding reactive nitrogen dynamics in Earth systems using stable isotope bio/geochemistry. More information about the Elliott lab can be found on the lab website at (http://www.pitt.edu/~eelliott/).

Candidates from diverse disciplinary backgrounds are welcome. Prior research experience with stable isotopes, plant/soil systems, or biogeochemistry is preferred but not required. Further information regarding application materials can be found using these links: https://www.geology.pitt.edu/graduate/how-apply and https://www.geology.pitt.edu.

Interested candidates should contact Dr. Elliott directly (eelliott@pitt.edu) with an email explaining educational goals, research interests and experience, and a resume or CV. The Elliott lab is motivated to maintain a diverse and inclusive lab environment; students from under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

Ideal candidates will be available for either a start date in January 2022 (rolling admissions) or September 2022 (January 15, 2022 application deadline).

Posted 9/4/21

Graduate Teaching Assistantships at the University of Northern Colorado

Description: Six Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA) are available in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) starting in the spring 2021. We are seeking highly motivated students who are interested in working on ecological and evolutionary research topics with one of the School's faculty members (https://www.unco.edu/nhs/biology/about-us/faculty.aspx); those focused more on ecology/evolution include Benedict, Fisher, Franklin, Gomez, Holt, Mackessy & McGlaughlin. More details about projects can be discussed with interested candidates. If you are qualified and interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Biological Sciences, please contact one of the faculty directly to start a conversation and the application process.

Students awarded a teaching assistantship are generally supported (during fall and spring semesters) contingent on successful teaching and progress in the program. The compensation for this position includes a stipend for 9 months and a full waiver of up to 10 credit hours of tuition per semester (GTA). In addition, summer funding opportunities are available on a competitive basis.

Qualifications: Please review the requirements for admission to UNC: https://www.unco.edu/graduate-school/, and the School of Biological Sciences: https://www.unco.edu/nhs/biology/programs/graduate/ms-thesis/

Review of applicants will begin immediately, but the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Applications received by October 15th, 2021 are guaranteed full consideration.

Posted 9/4/21

Lab Manager, Graduate Student (MS/PhD), and Postdoc Positions in Stream Ecology at Penn State

The Allen Lab (www.allenlab.org) at Penn State is recruiting a Laboratory Manager, a Graduate Student, and a Postdoctoral Researcher. Lab research projects center on understanding how natural and anthropogenic disturbances influence community structure and function in streams and rivers. Details for each position are below. To indicate your interest in one of these positions, complete this form: https://forms.gle/vPaoGhqrmQygDEndA. Questions can be sent to daniel.c.allen@gmail.com.

Laboratory Manager: Two years of funds are available for a full-time laboratory manager. The responsibilities for this position will include, helping to test and develop DNA metabarcoding protocols, field sampling of streams for benthic macroinvertebrates and environmental DNA, and assisting with general lab maintenance and upkeep. This position will require a Bachelor's or Master's degree in science. A degree in biology, ecology, microbiology, or environmental science; and experience with molecular lab techniques, is preferred. The Laboratory Manager would start in Spring 2022 (January preferred), expected salary range is $35k-50k/yr, depending on education and experience. Application review will begin October 15 and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

Graduate Student: Funds are available for MS/PhD student to start in Fall 2022. The graduate student would work on the collaborative NSF-funded StreamCLIMES project, which seeks to understand how drying influences stream biodiversity, community structure and food web dynamics in different climates across the United States. The graduate student would be expected to develop a thesis/dissertation that complements the overall goals of the research project. The student would have the opportunity to conduct team science and develop an extensive research network working with collaborators at 8 different US institutions. A wide range of research foci are available for the graduate student to pursue. Applicants interested in field research, spatial or food web modeling, DNA metabarcoding, and/or stable isotope ecology are encouraged to apply. The graduate student could apply to the Penn State Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Ecology or to the Wildlife and Fisheries Graduate Program in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management. Graduate stipends are expected to be $25k-$30k/yr, application deadlines are December 15, 2021.

Postdoctoral Researcher: Two years of funds are available for a postdoctoral researcher to work on the collaborative NSF-funded StreamCLIMES project, which seeks to understand how drying influences stream biodiversity, community structure and food web dynamics in different climates across the United States. Like the graduate student position above, the postdoc would be expected to develop research projects that complement the overall goals of the research project. The postdoc would have the opportunity to participate in team science and expand research network with collaborators at 8 different US institutions. A wide range of research foci are available for the postdoc to pursue. Applicants interested in field research, spatial or food web modeling, DNA metabarcoding, and/or stable isotope ecology are encouraged to apply. The postdoc would start in sometime during Spring 2022, expected salary is $48k-50k/yr. Application review will begin October 15 and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

Posted 9/3/21

Fire Ecology MS at San José State University

MS Assistantship in Fire Ecology and Management at SJSU

Want to help understand one of society’s wicked problems and find solutions? Research ecology and/or interdisciplinary fire science at San José State University. Improve basic understanding of fire ecology, and help managers and regulators understand tradeoffs for treatments.

MS ecology students with Dr. Kate Wilkin would be in the Biological Sciences Department and participate in the new Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center, which was recently awarded a NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC). WIRC provides potential internal research funding and interdisciplinary collaborations between ecology and social scientists, climatologists, fire weather, fire behavior modeling, combustion engineer, fire behavior monitoring, and remote sensing.

Potential projects include:

Home Ignition Zone (HIZ)
Prescribed fire
Fuel breaks and evacuation route clearance
Plant ember production and combustion
Pyrodiversity
Youth fire education

Your research interest
Funding: Funding and tuition stipends may be available through competitive Biology Department teaching positions. Research technician position for $2,000+ for first semester, and potentially for additional semesters. Total funding is dependent on the project, and students will be trained in internal and external grant writing. Competitive internal funding available through the new Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center, which is now a NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Center.

Start date: January or August 2022

Application Process: Interested applicants must apply to the graduate school at San Jose State University using their application. January 2022 applicants must apply by October 1, 2021 and additional support by October 20, 2021. Summer and Fall 2022 applicants must apply by March 1st. Applicants should also email Kate Wilkin (kate.wilkin@sjsu.edu) about their interests in a cover letter and CV well in advance. Review MS Ecology and Evolution program at https://catalog.sjsu.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=2&poid=504

Kate Wilkin, Ph.D. (she/her/hers)
Assistant Professor of Fire Ecology
Biology Department
Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center
San José State University
1 Washington Sq., San Jose, CA 95192

https://fireecology.wixsite.com/katewilkin

Posted 9/3/21

Ph.D. positions in plant biodiversity, ecology, and evolution

We are seeking 1-2 highly motivated Ph.D. students to join the Park lab at Purdue University, in Fall 2022. The lab studies plant biodiversity at the intersection of ecology and evolutionary biology. We combine experiments, observations, citizen science, big data, artificial intelligence, statistical models, and biological collections to address key hypotheses in ecology and evolution and examining how global change is affecting natural communities. Topics of interest include – but are not limited to – biological invasions, phenological responses to climates change, biogeography, and large-scale biodiversity informatics. Please see our website for more information about the lab: https://www.bio.purdue.edu/lab/park/index.html

You can apply to become a graduate student in our lab through:
Department of Biological Sciences (https://www.bio.purdue.edu/Academic/graduate/prospective.html)
Department of Botany and Plant Pathology (https://ag.purdue.edu/btny/Pages/graduate-study.aspx)
Purdue University Interdisciplinary Life Science Program (PULSe) (https://ag.purdue.edu/cpb/apply-now/)

Before applying in an official capacity, we encourage prospective students to contact us at danielpark [at] purdue [dot] edu and explain why you are interested in joining our lab and what your research interests are. Please also attach your current CV or resume. Successful candidates will have the freedom to choose their study systems and develop their own research projects during their graduate studies. Competitive stipends are provided in the format of research and teaching assistantships, and graduate fellowships. December 7 is the deadline for all applicants for FALL 2022. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Posted 9/2/21

PhD Student needed for project in moth ecology / entomology education / machine learning

A research assistantship for an incoming PhD student is available at the Department of Entomology at Michigan State University beginning in January, 2022.

Research will focus on facilitating moth ecology science investigations in elementary and middle school. This will require trapping and working with moths, working in and with k-5 school-aged children, and machine learning analysis for moth identification.

PhD will ideally possess an M.S. in entomology, ecology, education, or computer machine learning. Exceptional candidates possessing only a B.S. will also be considered. A strong interest in entomology outreach and education is desired. The ideal candidates have experience working with insects, and experience working in K-12 education.

Applicants should send a CV, cover letter describing their experience and interest in the position, unofficial transcripts and contact information for three references to Dr. Peter White (pwhite@msu.edu).

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. A spring 2022 start date is preferred but a different start date may be considered on a case-by-case basis. The position comes with a research assistant and teaching assistant support for the duration of the PhD tenure which includes a stipend, tuition waiver and health benefits. PhD applicants will have the opportunity to graduate with a dual degree in Entomology and EEB (Ecology, Evolution and Behavior).

Posted 9/2/21

PhD student opening at University of Michigan: nutrient and energy dynamics at ecosystem-scales

The Coastal Ecology and Conservation lab at the University of Michigan (PI Jake Allgeier; jacoballgeier.com) is seeking to recruit a talented and enthusiastic student interested in using empirical or quantitative approaches to quantify processes associated with large-scale ecosystem energy and nutrient dynamics. A central goal of our lab is to understand the drivers of productivity in tropical coastal ecosystems by generating empirical data and applying these data to build comprehensive ecosystem models that integrate across behavioral ecology, population/community ecology, and ecosystem ecology. The overarching goal of our research is to apply outcomes towards ecological restoration and conservation in The Bahamas and Haiti where we have on-going research and conservation efforts.

In accordance with this goal we hope to recruit a student with broad interests and/or experience in any of the following: ecosystem production and metabolism, landscape ecology, water-column dynamics and food web interactions, ecosystem-scale nutrient and energy budgets. The ideal candidate will possess, or have a strong desire to develop, the quantitative skills needed to model these processes.

The PhD student will be conducting their research in tropical coastal ecosystems, but there is no prerequisite that the applicant has previously worked in these systems. In our lab we are interested in broad ecological questions that apply to a system and welcome a diversity of intellectual backgrounds.

Minorities and underrepresented groups in STEM are encouraged to apply. Students from the Caribbean are especially encouraged to apply. The University of Michigan is a non-discriminatory/affirmative action employer.

This is position will be funded in part by the David and Lucille Packard Fellowship

Interested applicants should send an concise email to Jake Allgeier (jeallg@umich.edu) with the following:
- What are your personal interests in ecology and what are your career goals?
- What ecological questions are you interested in pursuing for your graduate work?
- Why do you believe my lab would be a good fit for you?
- Your previous experiences and a copy of your CV.

Posted 9/2/21

Kentucky Graduate Assistantship in Urban Entomology

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

UKY DEPARTMENT OF ENTOMOLOGY: The UK Entomology Department is comprised of over 20 faculty with expertise in numerous disciplines. The faculty, staff, and students are extremely energetic and passionate about their work, which is reflected in our department being consistently ranked as one of the most productive programs in the country. Students from our department have gone on to have successful careers in a variety of sectors, including academia, industry, and the government.

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

START DATE AND COMPENSATION: The successful applicant will start between January and August 2022 (as mutually agreed upon). The assistantship includes a competitive stipend, tuition, and health coverage.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Interested applicants should submit the following to Zachary DeVries via email (zdevries@uky.edu):
1. cover letter describing your research experience, interests, and career goals
2. CV (including GPA and GRE scores, if taken)
3. Unofficial transcript(s)
4. Name and contact information for three references

Evaluation of candidates will be completed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. For more information about the DeVries Lab, visit: https://devrieslab.weebly.com/

Posted 9/1/21

PhD positions in ecology of plant-microbe interactions at UGA

The Chung lab at the University of Georgia is looking for PhD students in two potential research areas to start Fall 2022: 1) Root microbiome assembly in biofuel sorghum 2) Plant-soil feedback mechanisms in dryland ecotones under climate change. Admissions will be through the Integrated Plant Sciences PhD program (ips.uga.edu). Interested students should email Dr. Anny Chung (yyachung@uga.edu) with their CV/resume as well as a statement of interest.

Please see our website for more info about the lab's research and community: research.franklin.uga.edu/chung/

The University of Georgia, a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state's oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education. Its motto, "to teach, to serve, and to inquire into the nature of things," reflects the University's integral and unique role in the conservation and enhancement of the state's and nation's intellectual, cultural, and environmental heritage. Located in the Classic City of Athens, approximately an hour northeast of Atlanta, the university thrives in a community that combines a culture-rich college town with a strong economic center. UGA's Graduate School is committed to promoting diversity by encouraging the enrollment of students from historically underrepresented groups. The Graduate School's definition of underrepresented includes race/ethnicity, gender within discipline, first generation, non-traditional age, and/or a self-identified aspect of a uniquely diverse background. Application fee waivers are available to qualifying students.

Posted 9/1/21

PhD Positions in Community Ecology and Evolutionary Ecology

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

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

Graduate research fellowships ($30,000 - 40,000, plus health insurance and tuition waiver) are also available for highly competitive candidates. Please see https://graduate-and-international.uark.edu/graduate/costs-and-funding/doctoral-fellowships.php for additional information on fellowship funding opportunities.

Prospective students should check out our lab website https://asiepielski.wordpress.com for additional information. If interested in considering joining our lab group, please contact me via email (amsiepie@uark.edu). In your email, please include the following: 1) a brief description of your overall research interests, career goals, and why you think our lab would be a good fit for you, and 2) your CV. Ideal candidates will be hard-working, highly motivated, and excited about studying questions at the interface of ecology and evolutionary biology. Please note that the deadline for Fall 2022 admission into our program is January 15, 2022. All materials should be submitted well before then.

The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, is a Tier I research university located in the beautiful Ozark Mountains. We are located in an ideal setting for field-based projects in aquatic systems (AR has more than 2,300 lakes and thousands of smaller ponds, and equally impressive numbers of rivers, streams and creeks). Fayetteville, located in northwest Arkansas, offers a high quality of living at a low cost, an excellent climate, and is a large enough city to offer diverse activities and amenities. Rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, and especially mountain biking (tons of amazing mountain bike trails, and more every year!) opportunities are in close proximity.

Posted 9/1/21

MS Assistantship Examining Pitch Pine Regeneration Dynamics across Northeastern Pine Barrens at the University of Vermont

Masters Assistantship Examining Pitch Pine Regeneration Dynamics across Northeastern Pine Barrens at the University of Vermont

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 pitch pine (Pinus rigida) regeneration dynamics across pine barren communities in New England and New York. The student will join a team of collaborators from the University of Vermont, U.S. Forest Service Forest Health Protection program, New York Department of Environmental Conservation, National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Central Pine Barrens Joint Planning and Policy Commission, and The Nature Conservancy in quantifying restoration and adaptation strategies most effective at sustaining pitch pine-dominated communities into the future. This includes informing best adaptation practices to secure pitch pine regeneration in areas impacted by the recent range expansion of southern pine beetle. The position is available for Summer 2022 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 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 leadership.

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, 2022 – when applying, please state your interest in this position in the "Statement of Purpose."

Contact: Dr. Anthony D’Amato (awdamato@uvm.edu, 802-656-8030)

Anthony D'Amato
Professor and Director
Forestry Program
Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
University of Vermont
204E Aiken Center
Burlington, VT 05405
Phone: (802) 656-8030
FAX:   (802) 656-8683
Email: awdamato@uvm.edu
Website: https://site.uvm.edu/tdamato/

Posted 8/31/21

Graduate Opportunity at Purdue University: Changes in Response to Mortality from Emerald Ash Borer in Old- and Second-Growth Forests

We are seeking a motivated MS or PhD student to become part of a collaborative project between the Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center of the USDA Forest Service and the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University. The project will use long-term data to study changes in forest structure and composition in response to tree mortality from the emerald ash borer. Past change and potential trajectories of change will be examined at the gap scale within an old-growth forest where all trees were first measured and mapped in 1926. The project will also examine change at the landscape scale across a network of plots established throughout Indiana in the mid-1990s.

The position begins in January 2022 and includes a graduate stipend, tuition waiver, and access to employer assisted health insurance.

Applicants should have a GPA of 3.2 or higher. GRE scores are not required, but may be submitted.

Desired qualifications: an undergraduate or graduate degree in forestry, botany, ecology, plant science, biology or a related field (MS degree preferred for PhD applicants, exceptional candidates with only a BS will be considered); experience conducting field research; training and/or experience in woody species identification; classwork or experience analyzing data in program R; interest in forest ecology, silviculture, and invasive insects.

To apply: Prospective applicants should send, via e-mail attachment, a brief letter of interest, CV (including GPA and contact information for three references), and unofficial transcripts to Mike Saunders (msaunder@purdue.edu) or Mike Jenkins (jenkinma@purdue.edu). Applications are being considered now and will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found.

Women and individuals from other historically under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Purdue University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action employer.

About Purdue: Purdue is a land-grant university of over 40,000 students and was ranked the 9th best public university in the U.S. by The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education. Located in West Lafayette, Indiana, Purdue is an easy drive from Indianapolis and Chicago. The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) is housed administratively in the College of Agriculture (#8 world ranking); emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches across a broad spectrum of natural-resource sciences; and offers vibrant, nationally ranked graduate programs in ecology, forestry, fisheries, and wildlife. The West Lafayette-Lafayette area is home to a diverse community with a population of 174,000, good schools, safe neighborhoods, over 40 parks and extensive trail systems, active farmers' markets, and year-round community festivals and art events.

Posted 8/31/21

NSF Funded Graduate Research Assistantship, Biology, Florida International University

NSF Funded Graduate Research Assistantship, Biology, Florida International University, Biscayne Bay Campus

Start:

Field Work: Summer 2022

Course Work: Fall 2022

Description:

We are seeking a highly motivated student for a NSF funded PhD position in marine ecology to investigate the role of ecological memory in nearshore seagrass beds affected by multiple stressors. The student will examine how the legacy of impacts from Hurricane Dorian drive the response of seagrass beds to stressors at multiple levels of biological organization (species, population, and community). Additional details can be found here: ECOMEM.

The position includes tuition, 12-month stipend support, health insurance, and research support for three years. The successful applicant will work closely with  Elizabeth Whitman at Florida International University, Betsy Stoner at Bentley University, and Stephanie Archer at Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium. Minorities and underrepresented groups in STEM are encouraged to apply. Bahamian students are especially encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to candidates with a passion for marine ecology, demonstrated field hardiness, leadership experience, and quantitative and writing skills.

Required Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree in ecology, biology, or related field. Degrees in other fields with comparable experiences and a multidisciplinary mindset will be considered.
Desire to build and maintain strong international and multi-institutional collaborations
Ability to maintain a professional and positive attitude while working independently and collaboratively with a culturally diverse team
Demonstrated quantitative, oral presentation, and written communication skills
Willingness to spend several months at a time at an international field site and maintain productivity while leading a culturally diverse team of undergraduate interns
Ability to swim and comfort working in a remote marine environment
Interest in teaching and mentoring undergraduate and high school students
Willingness to complete remote first aid training

Preferred Qualifications

Experience working with spatial and community data in R
Master’s degree in ecology, biology, or related field
Data management and analysis skills

To Apply

Send as a single PDF to ewhitman@fiu.edu

A cover letter highlighting your experience/skills, interests, and career plans as they pertain to this opportunity
Your curriculum vitae
A copy of your unofficial transcripts
A sample of scientific writing (e.g., a manuscript [published or in preparation - if you are not the first author highlight your writing contribution], a thesis, a scientific abstract, a class assignment)
Contact information for 3 references that can speak to some combination of 1) your research experience/interests, 2) your ability to work in a diverse collaborative team, 3) your interest/experience as a leader, mentor, and/or teacher, 4) your work ethic (applicant will be notified prior to any contact with references), and 5) the mentorship style you work best with

Applications will be considered beginning November 5, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Only the selected candidate will be required to formally apply through FIU’s graduate school (https://admissions.fiu.edu/how-to-apply/graduate-applicant/index.html).

Posted 8/31/21

Postdoc and PhD positions in Ecological Remote Sensing @ MSU

I'm looking for both a postdoc (four years of funding!) and a PhD student (or two) to work on my new NSF CAREER award focused on estimating forest carbon uptake using remote sensing and modeling, focused on the eastern US and sites affiliated with the National Ecological Observatory Network (https://www.neonscience.org). More info about the positions and my lab can be found here: https://www.ersamlab.com/join-us.html  - Please share widely!

Dr. Kyla M. Dahlin (she/her)
Assistant Professor
Michigan State University
Department of Geography, Environment, & Spatial Sciences
Program in Ecology, Evolution, & Behavior
tel: 517.353.9739
email: kdahlin@msu.edu
web: www.ersamlab.com
twitter: @bristleweed

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.

Posted 8/31/21

Ph.D. Research Assistantship Studying Climate Change Mitigation Potential of CRP Forests

The Department of Forestry in the College of Forest Resources at Mississippi State University is seeking applicants for a funded Ph.D. research assistantship. The successful candidate will be advised by Dr. Austin Himes and work closely with many other faculty members in the Department of Forestry to assess the climate change mitigation potential of afforestation practices under the USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).

The student will be working on a multi-disciplinary research project monitoring and collecting samples from CRP forest sites across the southeastern U.S. Forest inventory measurements and destructive biomass sampling will be combined with terrestrial LiDAR scans, high-resolution point dendrometers recording tree diameter growth and allometric models to improve estimates of carbon sequestration and storage by trees in these systems. Additionally, soil samples and greenhouse gas measurements will be taken at each site to account for other major carbon pools and fluxes. All field data will be used to calibrate key parameters of the DayCent model and estimate the climate change mitigation potential of the CRP tree plantings within the study region.

The successful candidate will be expected to lead a team of field technicians in data and sample collection, process soil and gas samples in the laboratory, analyze data and communicate results through multiple peer-reviewed journal articles, presentations at national and international scientific conferences and reports to project partners. The position starts January 1st, 2022. This is a 4-year position that includes an annual stipend of $20,000, tuition waiver and insurance.

Required qualifications:
• Ability to meet all admission requirements of the Department of Forestry Graduate Program
• Valid driver's license or ability to get one
• Masters degree in forestry, natural resources, environmental science or related field (exceptional students with B.S. may be considered)
• Demonstrated excellence in English (written and oral) communication
• Willingness to drive long distances for field work with multiple consecutive overnight stays
• Ability to walk long distances encumbered with 30+ pounds of gear and conduct field research in challenging conditions

Preferred qualifications:
• Experience and/or strong interest in quantification and modeling of carbon stocks and fluxes
• Experience or willingness to learn R-statistical software, python or other coding languages
• Familiarity or interest in learning USDA NRCS sampling protocol and FIA protocol
• Experience writing peer-reviewed journal publications

Information about the Department of Forestry at Mississippi State University as well as admissions criteria can be found at https://www.cfr.msstate.edu/forestry/index.asp and https://www.grad.msstate.edu/. Interested candidates should contact Dr. Austin Himes by emailing a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for the position, a resume/CV, unofficial transcripts and contact information for 3 references. If you have taken the GRE general test, please provide your unofficial results with your resume/CV.

Successful applicants will be required to apply to the Graduate School at Mississippi State University. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The application deadline for 2022 spring enrollment is December 1 (domestic) and October 1 (international).

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

Contact Information:
Austin Himes, Ph.D.
Department of Forestry
Mississippi State University
Box 9681
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Office: 353 Thompson Hall
E-mail: austin.himes@msstate.edu 
Phone: (662) 325-4249

Posted 8/31/21

Graduate Student: Prescribed and managed fire & ecological health and resilience of California ecosystems

The lab of Dr. Hugh Safford in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of California-Davis (https://safford.faculty.ucdavis.edu/research/) is offering a graduate student assistantship for an aspiring MS or Ph.D. candidate to focus on the utility and effectiveness of prescribed and managed fire to improve the ecological health and resilience of California ecosystems.

The main responsibility of the assistantship is to provide management and analytical support for the implementation of the California Prescribed Fire Monitoring Program (CPFMP). The CPFMP is a collaboration between UC Davis and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) designed to collect and analyze field-based data to improve the effectiveness of prescribed fire as a ecosystem management tool. We identify sites for data collection through partnerships with government (federal, state, local) and non-government (private, not-for-profit) land managers who are conducting prescribed burns for a variety of objectives (e.g., wildfire risk reduction, ecological benefit, ecosystem services, recreation, etc.). With a current network of roughly 20 sites across a range of ecosystem types with varying fire histories, the CPFMP provides data and analytical capabilities to inform management from the local to regional scales. The geographic focus of the program is California, with current monitoring sites in the Sierra Nevada, Southern Cascades, Modoc Plateau and Coast Ranges.

Specific duties include:
Working with the CPFMP coordinating scientist to identify and vet potential future field sites that reflect a range of ecosystem types, fire histories and management approaches that complement the existing network of sites sampled;
Assist in the creation of site maps, sampling layout and spatial management of data in ArcGIS;
Assist in the recruitment, hiring, training and management of field crews that collect data from field sites. This will include site visits ahead of crew deployment as well as accompanying the field crew for part or all of data collection from selected sites, depending on logistical challenges;
Assist the field crew as needed in the implementation of botanical inventories, including plant keying/identification, as well as other aspects of field protocol implementation;
Oversee data collection by the field crew, as well as quality assurance/quality control, and digital data storage/management;
Assist in creating summaries and conducting analyses of the field data for reports, presentations and publications.
Collaborate with other lab members, including graduate students, postdocs, staff scientists and Dr. Safford to address pressing research questions that examine the contexts and scales in which managed fire can reduce the risk of large, high severity wildfire and address the impacts of fire suppression and climate change on California ecosystems.

Desired Qualifications:
Strong skills in GIS, R, and statistical modeling.
Background in fire ecology or fire management
Red card (Wildland Firefighter Type 2) qualified.
Familiarity with Northern California floristics and/or strong botanical skills.
Wilderness First Aid or First Responder
Backcountry hiking/camping experience and fitness for multi-day field work in rough terrain.

The successful candidate will also have strong interpersonal skills and leadership qualities; demonstrated abilities in both teamwork and independent work; interest in science education and applying science to management-related questions. The position is designed to help the student develop a strong background in ecological science, especially in fire and vegetation ecology. The student will develop or build on existing skills in the application of geospatial analysis and complex statistics. S/he will be expected to participate in, and benefit from, the active collaborations, networking, meetings and events hosted by the lab and its affiliates in the greater fire and forest science communities.

UC Davis is one of the top ecological research institutions in the world, and there will be many opportunities for collaboration and networking with world-class scientists as well as with multiple federal and state management agencies, NGOs and industry groups. The candidate must be prepared to travel periodically, sometimes for multiple days; travel funds are provided.

Support: The assistantship provides a salary for summer field work plus two quarters of academic support. The student will be responsible for lining up one quarter of funding per year as a teaching assistant (TA) or readership equivalent through the University.

Due Date: Interested candidates must apply to the Graduate Group in Ecology at UC Davis by December 1, 2021 for Fall 2022 matriculation. The student selected will be given a stipend to support his/her participation in summer field data collection starting on or around June 1, 2022.

To apply send cover letter and statement of interest (including a summary of your skills and background), CV, and the names and contact information for three references as a single PDF document to:
Dr. Hugh Safford
Department of Environmental Science and Policy, University of California-Davis
hdsafford@ucdavis.edu

Posted 8/28/21

Postdoc and Ph.D. student opportunities in community ecology at Georgia Tech

Postdoctoral position in community ecology available at Georgia Tech

A two-year postdoctoral scientist position is available in Lin Jiang’s laboratory at the School of Biological Sciences of Georgia Institute of Technology (https://biosciences.gatech.edu/people/lin-jiang). The postdoc is expected to engage in ongoing projects in the Jiang lab, but will have much freedom to develop his/her own research program. Applicants should have earned (or will soon earn) a Ph.D. in community ecology, microbial ecology, global change ecology, or related fields. Competitive salary and benefits are provided. The position is available immediately and will be open until filled. Applicants should electronically send an application package including a statement of research interests, a CV, and contact information of three references to Lin Jiang (lin.jiang@biology.gatech.edu). Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Lin Jiang for more information.

Ph.D. student opportunities in community ecology available at Georgia Tech

I am seeking 1-2 highly motivated Ph.D. students to join my laboratory at the School of Biological Sciences of Georgia Institute of Technology, in Fall 2022. My primary research interests are in community ecology (see more information at https://biosciences.gatech.edu/people/lin-jiang), and students interested in community ecology and related fields should consider applying. The successful candidates will have the freedom to choose their study systems (laboratory, field, or theoretical) and develop their own research projects during their graduate studies. Competitive stipends are provided in the format of research and teaching assistantships, with graduate fellowships also available for outstanding students. Note that as of fall 2020, GRE is no longer required for admission to our graduate program; the application deadline is Dec 15, 2021. For more information about our graduate program and online application, please go to https://biosciences.gatech.edu/graduate/prospective-students. Potential applicants may wish to contact me (Lin Jiang; email: lin.jiang@biology.gatech.edu) prior to filing an application.

Lin Jiang
Professor
School of Biological Sciences
Georgia Institute of Technology
310 Ferst Drive, Cherry Emerson Room A112
Atlanta, GA 30332
Phone: 404-385-2514
Fax: 404-894-0519
Email: lin.jiang@biology.gatech.edu
Web: http://jiang.biology.gatech.edu/

Posted 8/28/21

PhD Assistantship in tropical ecology at NC State

Tropical Forest Ecology PhD Assistantship
PhD Opportunity at NC State University:

Seeking a motivated PhD student to conduct forest ecology research in Mexico. The project will build on existing connections with community managed forests, and could include a focus on regeneration dynamics, resprouting ecology and coppice management, biodiversity, forest restoration, and/or climate resilience. The position is funded for three years and includes a graduate stipend, tuition, and health insurance. Ideal start date in either January 2022 or September 2022. Applicants must be proficient in Spanish.

Desired qualifications: an undergraduate or graduate degree in forestry, botany, ecology, plant science, biology or a related field; experience conducting field research; classwork or experience analyzing data in program R; interest in forest ecology and silviculture.

To apply: Prospective applicants should send, via e-mail attachment, a brief letter of interest and CV (including GPA and contact information for three references) to Meredith Martin (mpmarti7@ncsu.edu). Materials should be sent by September 30th at the latest.

Women and individuals from other historically under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. North Carolina State University is an equal-opportunity

Posted 8/27/21

Two PhD positions in grassland ecology at Marquette University

The Lemoine Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Marquette University (www.marquette.edu/biology, www.natelemoine.com) is recruiting two PhD students starting Fall 2022.

One student will be supported on an NSF-funded project examining how elephant carcasses influence insect herbivory in African savannas. Research will require two research trips per year (fall, spring) to Kruger National Park, South Africa, to work with an international team of researchers to determine how elephant carcasses affect insect diversity, herbivory, and population dynamics. Experiments will consist of both field experiments in Kruger National Park, and laboratory experiments conducted in conjunction with the South African Environmental Observation Network. Students will contribute to the NSF project while developing their own dissertation related to insect ecology of African savannas. Because this work occurs abroad, students must be independent, self-motivated, and able to work in remote, adverse field conditions that lack amenities. When not in Africa, the student will also be expected to work with insect collections at the Milwaukee Public Museum. The student will have access to extensive lepidopteran and coleopteran research collections at MPM, as well as plant growth, insect rearing, and genetic research infrastructure at MPM (http://www.mpm.edu/research-collections). The student will be encouraged to use MPM collections to address pressing issues in the ecology and evolution of insects with respect to global change. The ability to pass a rigorous background check to gain access to MPM collections is required for this position.

The student will be required to advance the broader impacts of the research by working with a videography team, local students at South African institutions, and undergraduate interns at Utah State University to a) facilitate the production of a documentary video for an international audience and b) collaboratively produce several educational pieces for K-12 and college audiences (e.g., lectures and educational videos) with undergraduate interns.

The second student will be supported on an NSF-funded project examining the role of insects in grassland nutrient cycling throughout Wisconsin. Research will require extensive summer fieldwork in prairies across southern Wisconsin to answer two questions: 1) To what extent do insects contribute to belowground processes (nutrient availability, soil respiration, microbial community composition) in prairies? and 2) How does the presence of insects alter the consequences of drought on belowground processes. Experiments will consist of both summer field experiments as well as winter laboratory experiments. Because this work requires extensive travel and fieldwork, students must be independent, self-motivated, and willing to work in adverse field conditions. The student will also be expected to work with insect collections at the Milwaukee Public Museum. The student will have access to extensive lepidopteran and coleopteran research collections at MPM, as well as plant growth, insect rearing, and genetic research infrastructure at MPM (http://www.mpm.edu/research-collections). The student will be encouraged to use MPM collections to address pressing issues in the ecology and evolution of insects with respect to global change. The ability to pass a rigorous background check to gain access to MPM collections is required for this position.

The student will be required to advance the broader impacts of the research by working with MPM to develop a field guide to common moths of the Great Lakes region.

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

Stipend: A $23,000 9-month salary, and additional summer support of $7,000.

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

Posted 8/27/21

PhD Position in Agroecosystem Soil Health at UW-Madison

Summary: Drs. Zac Freedman and Matt Ruark at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are recruiting a PhD student to start in January 2022. This student will be co-advised by Drs. Freedman and Ruark and will supported by a USDA-funded project to better understand the interactions between crop management practices and microbial communities in facilitating soil C turnover in a range of cropping systems across the eastern United States. Competitive applicants will have a strong interest in soil ecology, biogeochemistry, or a related field as well as a commitment to contributing to a collaborative, inclusive and fun learning environment. A master’s degree, some experience with assessments of soil biogeochemical processes or soil health indicators, as well as comfort with statistical analyses using R is preferred.

Tuition Waiver and Stipend: The selected applicant will be appointed as a Graduate Research Assistant with a stipend of $24,816 per year plus health benefits and tuition remission.

To Apply: Interested students should submit an application to the Soil Science Graduate Program (GRE not required) within the UW-Madison Graduate School (https://grad.wisc.edu/apply/). Prior to applying, interested students are strongly advised to e-mail Dr. Zac Freedman at zfreedman@wisc.edu 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 filled.

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 microbiology, ecology, agronomy and environmental studies. 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 apply.

Zac Freedman (he/him/his)
Assistant Professor
O.N. Allen Professor of Soil Microbiology
Department of Soil Science
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706
tel: 608.262.9018

Posted 8/27/21

PhD position in Soil Microbial Ecology

Summary: Dr. Zac Freedman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is recruiting a PhD student to start as early as January 2022. This student will be supported by the O.N. Allen Professorship in Soil Microbiology and will engage in a project to explore generalizable rules that govern the diversity and functioning of soil microbial communities across soil types, soil depth and time. Competitive applicants will have a strong interest in soil ecology, community ecology, or a related field as well as a commitment to contributing to a collaborative, inclusive and fun learning environment. A master’s degree, some experience with assessments of soil microbial communities, as well as comfort with statistical modeling using R is preferred.

Tuition Waiver and Stipend: The selected applicant will be appointed as a Graduate Research Assistant with a stipend of $24,816 per year plus health benefits and tuition remission.

To Apply: Interested students should submit an application to the Soil Science Graduate Program (GRE not required) within the UW-Madison Graduate School (https://grad.wisc.edu/apply/). Prior to applying, interested students are strongly advised to e-mail Dr. Zac Freedman at zfreedman@wisc.edu 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 filled.

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 microbiology, ecology, agronomy and environmental studies. 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 apply.

Zac Freedman (he/him/his)
Assistant Professor
O.N. Allen Professor of Soil Microbiology
Department of Soil Science
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706
tel: 608.262.9018

Posted 8/27/21

Ph.D. Research Assistantship Studying Climate Change Mitigation Potential of CRP Forests

The Department of Forestry in the College of Forest Resources at Mississippi State University is seeking applicants for a funded Ph.D. research assistantship. The successful candidate will be advised by Dr. Austin Himes and work closely with many other faculty members in the Department of Forestry to assess the climate change mitigation potential of afforestation practices under the USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).

The student will be working on a multi-disciplinary research project monitoring and collecting samples from CRP forest sites across the southeastern U.S. Forest inventory measurements and destructive biomass sampling will be combined with terrestrial LiDAR scans, high-resolution point dendrometers recording tree diameter growth and allometric models to improve estimates of carbon sequestration and storage by trees in these systems. Additionally, soil samples and greenhouse gas measurements will be taken at each site to account for other major carbon pools and fluxes. All field data will be used to calibrate key parameters of the DayCent model and estimate the climate change mitigation potential of the CRP tree plantings within the study region.

The successful candidate will be expected to lead a team of field technicians in data and sample collection, process soil and gas samples in the laboratory, analyze data and communicate results through multiple peer-reviewed journal articles, presentations at national and international scientific conferences and reports to project partners. The position starts January 1st, 2022. This is a 4-year position that includes an annual stipend of $20,000, tuition waiver and insurance.

Required qualifications:
• Ability to meet all admission requirements of the Department of Forestry Graduate Program
• Valid driver's license or ability to get one
• Masters degree in forestry, natural resources, environmental science or related field (exceptional students with B.S. may be considered)
• Demonstrated excellence in English (written and oral) communication
• Willingness to drive long distances for field work with multiple consecutive overnight stays
• Ability to walk long distances encumbered with 30+ pounds of gear and conduct field research in challenging conditions

Preferred qualifications:
• Experience and/or strong interest in quantification and modeling of carbon stocks and fluxes
• Experience or willingness to learn R-statistical software, python or other coding languages
• Familiarity or interest in learning USDA NRCS sampling protocol and FIA protocol
• Experience writing peer-reviewed journal publications

Information about the Department of Forestry at Mississippi State University as well as admissions criteria can be found at https://www.cfr.msstate.edu/forestry/index.asp and https://www.grad.msstate.edu/. Interested candidates should contact Dr. Austin Himes by emailing a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for the position, a resume/CV, unofficial transcripts and contact information for 3 references. If you have taken the GRE general test, please provide your unofficial results with your resume/CV.

Successful applicants will be required to apply to the Graduate School at Mississippi State University. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The application deadline for 2022 spring enrollment is December 1 (domestic) and October 1 (international).

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

Contact Information:
Austin Himes, Ph.D.
Department of Forestry
Mississippi State University
Box 9681
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Office: 353 Thompson Hall
E-mail: austin.himes@msstate.edu 
Phone: (662) 325-4249

Posted 8/25/21

Seeking graduate students to join Penn State Ecology IGDP

The Ecology Intercollege Graduate Degree Program at The Pennsylvania State University is recruiting for students with interest in ecology as it relates to a wide variety of organisms and systems, including pollinators, wildlife, corals, microorganisms, soils, plants, managed and unmanaged ecosystems, humans, and the built environment. Current students in the program interact with several Centers at Penn State that facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration, including the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, the Microbiome Center, and the Center for Pollinator Research.

The diversity of our program is at the core of our innovation and strengthens our excellence. We seek to recruit diverse scholars from all backgrounds, including but not limited to diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, and socio-economic background. In recruiting graduate students, we value both their research potential and the potential for students to contribute to our program's diversity, equity, and inclusion through scholarship, outreach, and/or service to the institution.

Students will be fully funded throughout their program (at least 2 years funding guaranteed to M.S. students and 5 years funding guaranteed to Ph.D. students). Additional funds for travel and professional development are available on a competitive basis through several internal sources, including the Huck Institutes for the Life Sciences. An expected start date is Fall 2022, but this is flexible depending on the needs of the student and the primary advisor.

We ask that students communicate directly with potential project advisors before applying to the Ecology program in order to better assess fit.

Information about the program and how to apply can be found here: https://www.huck.psu.edu/graduate-programs/ecology/applications/apply-now

Some specific project postings will be added throughout the Fall term, but these do not cover all available opportunities. Feel free to contact any faculty affiliated with the program to discuss possibilities.

Posted 8/25/21

Openings for grad students in plant or plant-insect ecology

I have openings in my lab at Oklahoma State University in 2022 or beyond for potential graduate students interested in a master’s or PhD in plant or plant-insect ecology, evolution, or conservation, all with a healthy dose of natural history thrown in. More specific topics could include plant defense against herbivores, pollination ecology, or seed ecology, but are not limited to them! Students could work on whatever questions are most interesting to them under those very broad umbrellas, whether in my established systems or developing their own systems.

The plant bio program at OSU is a small, close-knit program within a large land grant school, with all of the research amenities that offers (extensive field sites, core facilities, a diversity of classes in life sciences, etc.). I encourage all interested students to reach out, nomatter your background, GPA in college, GRE scores, country of residence (we have many international graduate students), etc. We currently have a small but active lab and have joint lab meetings with another ecology lab.

Oklahoma has a diversity of interesting field sites, from tallgrass prairie north of Stillwater, oak woodlands and riparian areas near campus, and interesting other plant communities (i.e. gypsum barrens, etc.) a little farther afield.

It goes without saying 2021 is (still) a strange time to apply and make grad school decisions. If you are not sure about whether to apply this year or later because of this uncertainty, let’s chat about science and grad school anyway, whether or not you end up applying.

Contact me if interested: eric.lopresti@okstate.edu or lopresti.eric@gmail.com and do pass on to anyone else that might be interested!

Eric LoPresti

Posted 8/25/21

Two funded MS student positions at Utah State University

Discipline Areas: Fire and Forest Ecology

Research Topic: Fire severity as a driver of post-fire regeneration in forests

Start Date: January 2022

Compensation: 2 years of $18,000 annual stipend plus benefits (tuition, fees, and insurance)

Utah State University'’s Department of Wildland Resources seeks 2 MS students to work on projects focused on natural and planted post-fire tree regeneration.

Each student will focus on one of two main topics:
1) How well do fire severity and elevation predict post-fire vegetation trajectories? We are interested in how well fire severity predicts post-fire vegetation trajectories across forest type and elevation. We will establish plots in historical fire footprints in the Southwest and measure natural tree regeneration for this project. Advisor: Dr. Larissa Yocom (larissayocom.com).

2) How does fire severity influence survival and establishment of nursery-grown aspen seedlings? In this study we will assess (i) whether fire severity influences the success of outplanted nursery-grown aspen seedlings, and (ii) whether a nursery drought treatment is effective in increasing the survival of these seedlings. Co-advisors: Dr. Yocom and Dr. Karen Mock (https://qcnr.usu.edu/directory/mock_karen), in collaboration with Dr. Owen Burney (https://aces.nmsu.edu/academics/pes/owen-burney.html).

Students will start in January 2022, have two field seasons, and finish in December of 2023. Students are expected to work with land managers, lead efforts in the field, analyze data, and publish their work in peer-reviewed scientific journals. They will have opportunities to present their work to diverse audiences, including managers and the scientific community. Candidates should have earned a BS in a field related to forestry or ecology; highly-qualified candidates with degrees in other fields will be considered. Preferred qualifications include quantitative skills, writing skills, and field experience. We are particularly interested in recruiting students from under-represented groups.

To apply, please email the following to Larissa Yocom (larissa.yocom@usu.edu) and Karen Mock (karen.mock@usu.edu): 1) a cover letter describing your experience and interests (including which position you are applying for), 2) a CV or resume, 3) unofficial transcripts, and 4) a list of three professional references and their contact information. Review of applications will start immediately and continue until the positions are filled.

Posted 8/24/21

PHD Student Opportunity with the MU Limnology Lab

The MU Limnology Lab in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) is seeking a PhD student interested in reservoir ecology, eutrophication, land use, and cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (cyanoHABs).

Interested candidates will conduct field work, laboratory analyses, and utilize statistical techniques to analyze their data. The successful applicant will have strong skills in these areas, a collaborative nature, and a background and/or interest in limnology, aquatic ecology, and biogeochemistry. Strong writing skills are desired and candidates must have a published or submitted manuscript from their MS or undergraduate research experience.

To apply, please send: 1) cover letter outlining your background, expertise, and interests, 2) recent CV, 3) unofficial transcripts, and 4) a scientific manuscript (published/submitted/ in preparation) to Dr. Rebecca North, email: northr@missouri.edu 

Preferred start date is January 2022. For further information on the Water Resources Graduate Emphasis Area in the School of Natural Resources at Mizzou, including application requirements, please visit: https://snr.missouri.edu/graduate-studies/water-resources-graduate-program/. Applications will be considered until October 1, 2021.

Rebecca North, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Water Quality
School of Natural Resources, University of Missouri
303L Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building, Columbia, MO, 65211-7220
Phone: 573-882-2832
Website: https://cafnr.missouri.edu/person/rebecca-north/

Posted 8/23/21

Recruiting 2 PhD students: elephant seal behavior and ecology

Dr. Roxanne Beltran at the University of California Santa Cruz is recruiting 2 PhD students interested in the behavior, ecology, and physiology of pinnipeds.

All information available at https://tinyurl.com/rulesofdeath

Project overview: We are seeking 2 PhD students to work on a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project entitled "Rules of death across ontogeny in sexually dimorphic mammals". We will study elephant seals at Ańo Nuevo Reserve, a 30-minute drive from the UCSC campus, to explore the tug-of-war between natural and sexual selection. For sexually size dimorphic species, it is unknown how ecological processes such as starvation and predation act upon the disparate physiological and behavioral phenotypes of males and females. This project aims to determine how male and female body size differences throughout ontogeny lead to divergent use of the risk-reward landscape and complete niche segregation as adults. Male and female northern elephant seals will be anesthetized, measured, weighed, instrumented, and sampled from weaning through age four. The resulting data will link three biological disciplines: physiological measurements of diving development and energy demands, behavioral partitioning of 3-dimensional space use and diet due to physiological constraints, and ecological consequences of variation in physiology. A meta-analysis across all seal, sea lion, and walrus species will be used to evaluate how sex-specific mortality rates correlate with the degree of polygyny and sexual size dimorphism more broadly. Together, these aims will determine how ecological risk and reward interact with physiological constraints to drive the ontogenetic development of behavioral strategies in sexually dimorphic mammals.

The positions will begin Fall 2022. Three years of funding (stipend + tuition) are available for each student, with the remaining quarters funded by internal or external fellowships and Teaching Assistantships. Dissertation chapters will reflect project deliverables and can also be tailored to student interest and expertise. One student will lead the movement, diving, and diet components, including stable isotope analysis and 3-dimensional spatial modeling. The other student will lead the morphological and physiological components, including O2 store and body condition measurements, prey capture analysis, and bioenergetics model creation. Both will be trained in animal sedation and analytical techniques, and gain valuable experience mentoring undergraduate students in field and laboratory activities as well as outreach activities. In addition to data collected during the project, students will have access to an unparalleled 5-decade demographic and biologging elephant seal dataset led by Dan Costa.

About us: The candidates will be expected to collaborate extensively with each other and with members of the Beltran Lab. We study the ecology, physiology, behavior, and population dynamics of large marine vertebrates. The lab sits within the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department at the University of California Santa Cruz. We work closely with students, postdocs, and researchers in the Costa Lab. Our goal is to develop a supportive and respectful community that fosters curiosity and exploration, produces high-quality original science, and launches productive and passionate independent scientists. We expect members of the lab to share our values for enthusiasm, communication, and collective excellence. Lab expectations are available on our website.

UC Santa Cruz is a Hispanic-Serving Institution with a high proportion of first-in-family undergraduate students and is renowned for fostering student social mobility. Our department commits to and advocates for equity, anti-racism, and inclusion in every facet of our work. We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups in higher education, and strongly urge candidates who have engaged in teaching, research, professional and/or public service contributions that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion to apply.

Qualifications: Candidates must hold a Bachelor's degree in biology, physiology, ecology, statistics, or a related field. The successful candidates for these positions will have a strong working knowledge of wildlife and/or marine ecology, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and analytical expertise including but not limited to spatial analyses of animal location data. Extensive experience with mammal handling are strongly desired. Skills relevant to the project components will be viewed favorably. Applicants with a MSc degree and/or first-author publication are especially encouraged to apply. Fieldwork will require long hours outdoors.

Application Instructions: To apply, please fill out the Google Form with the following materials:
• A cover letter or statement of purpose highlighting what motivates your research, your short and long-term career goals, and which component of the project interests you most.
• A curriculum vitae / resume that outlines your academic and professional experience.
• A writing sample. This could be a technical report, academic paper, or class research project.
• Copies of unofficial transcripts or a list of classes taken, as well as your undergraduate GPA. Please do not send GRE scores.
• Names and email addresses of 3 references.

Application deadline is October 01, 2021. I will review applications and contact the top candidates to set up a time to chat by phone/Zoom and, if appropriate, to visit our lab in person. The selected candidates will be invited to apply through the official UCSC Admissions process.

For more information contact Roxanne Beltran (roxanne@ucsc.edu).

Posted 8/13/21

Recruiting 2 MS Students: Plant Succession at Mount St Helens

Dr. Virginia Dale is seeking two Masters students to assist with synthesizing her 38-year study of succession at Mount St Helens as described below. The research will integrate concepts about succession, disturbances, and indicators based on long-term research at Mount St. Helens.The project will produce a scientific paper, presentations, and data sets as well as a book and a serious game that will provide a means for the public to learn about the forces that affect ecological changes during succession and ongoing disturbances. Starting August 2022, the successful candidates will work under the supervision of Dr. Virginia Dale and be enrolled at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. While the project will be conducted under the auspices of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, the students may be affiliated with the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), the School of Journalism and Electronic Media, or the game design program in University of Tennessee’s College of Architecture and Design.

(1) Masters of Science opportunity to synthesize ecological data
This Masters student will focus on analyzing the vegetation data and helping explore the scientific understanding of succession. This student will help produce a scientific paper that evaluates how indicators reveal conditions under which changes in the ecological system occur. All statistical analysis will be done in R, and the models will be designed to identify spatial autocorrelations. The student will also help finalize data sets developed from long-term studies at Mount St. Helens that will be permanently archived at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. The student may contribute to the book for the general public.

(2) Masters of Science opportunity to develop a serious game
This Masters student will focus on developing a serious game (that is, a game with education as its prime objective) and will contribute to the book for the general public as well. The underlying scenario of the game will be succession at Mount St Helens with the goal to learn enough about succession that the ecosystem does not collapse while following established premises about ecosystem services.

Stipend: Funding for each Masters student is for 24 months beginning in the fall semester of 2022 and includes a graduate stipend starting at $22,000 per year, tuition waiver, and student health insurance.

Application process: Interested applicants should apply to the graduate school at the University of Tennessee by December 1, 2021, using the application at the Office of Graduate Admissions. Applicants should also communicate their interests and any questions to Virginia Dale (vdale@utk.edu) well in advance of applying. Those applying to the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology should consult the information here. Please note that the December 1 deadline is earlier than the deadlines published on the Graduate Admissions website.

Posted 8/13/21

PhD opportunities in Ecohydrology

The Ecohydrology Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is seeking a PhD-level graduate student. We invite highly motivated students with interests in using process-based modeling and geospatial technologies to study questions related to ecosystem response and feedbacks to changing hydroclimate. We will provide the candidate with plenty of opportunities to work with scientists with different expertise, including ecosystem modeling, plant physiology, hydrology, and deep learning. Students with a strong quantitative background, including environmental science, earth science, remote sensing, geography, computer science, and other related fields are encouraged to apply. Proficient programming skills (e.g., Python, R, Matlab, C, Fortran, or others) are preferred.

Financial support includes tuition coverage, benefit, and a competitive stipend, through opportunities of Teaching and Research Assistantships, and additional fellowships based on qualifications. The application procedure can be found at https://www.njit.edu/admissions/how-apply-graduate-admissions. The application deadline is Dec 15th for full consideration of financial support. Prospective students are highly encouraged to contact Dr. Xiaonan Tai (xiaonan.tai@njit.edu) to discuss potential research projects and opportunities before applying.

NJIT is classified as a Very High Research Activity institution (R1). The campus is located in the vibrant University Heights district of downtown Newark, a top spot for unique restaurants and growing arts scene with just 15 minutes from Manhattan by train. It is situated in the very academically dense New York City metro area, with universities like Columbia, NYU, CUNY, Rockefeller, and Princeton. The lab is part of the Federated Department of Biological Sciences, which spans Rutgers University–Newark and NJIT. NJIT is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer and encourages women, minorities, persons with disabilities and Vietnam era and disabled veterans to apply.

Posted 7/27/21

Ph.D. Student Position in Leaf Vein Development

The Scarpella lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta is seeking a highly motivated Ph.D. student with a strong interest in plant development. The selected student will start graduate school on September 1, 2022, and will combine molecular genetics and live imaging to understand the mechanisms controlling vein formation in the Arabidopsis leaf. A research-based M.Sc. degree is preferred but not required.

If you wish to be considered, please send the following material as a single PDF file to enrico.scarpella@ualberta.ca:

• A cover letter explaining: your motivation to pursue the project above; how you meet the department’s minimum academic requirement (please see here); and how you meet the department’s minimum English language requirement (please see here and here).
• Your CV, including unofficial transcripts.
• Contact information for two referees.

Please write “Ph.D. Student Position in Leaf Vein Development” in the subject line. Please send the material above by October 15, 2021.

Short-listed candidates will be interviewed in the second and third week of November 2021, and the selected candidate will be asked to apply to the department (deadline of application: January 2022).

For information on graduate studies in the department, including financial information, please see https://www.ualberta.ca/biological-sciences/graduate-studies/graduate-program-overview/index.html, https://www.ualberta.ca/biological-sciences/graduate-studies/program-funding.html, and https://www.ualberta.ca/biological-sciences/graduate-studies/graduate-program-overview/apply-now.html.


Enrico Scarpella
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Alberta
CW-405 Biological Sciences Building
Edmonton AB  T6G 2E9
Canada
Email: enrico.scarpella@ualberta.ca
Website: www.biology.ualberta.ca/scarpella_lab
Tel: +1-780-4922869
Fax: +1-780-4929234

Posted 7/21/21

PhD opportunities in Environmental Studies at UC Santa Cruz

Dr. Kai Zhu is recruiting 1-2 PhD student(s) starting in Fall 2022 in the Department of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
 
The Zhu Lab works on research questions at the intersection of climate change, biodiversity, and ecosystem processes, using quantitative approaches such as remote sensing, species distribution models, and Bayesian statistical methods. Current research projects include (1) phenological responses to climate change and human activity in the Northern Hemisphere; (2) the biogeography of soil fungi in North America; and (3) wildfire propagation and forest regrowth in California. More information is available at https://zhulab.ucsc.edu/.
 
Students are encouraged to develop their own projects, which is an essential part of their advancement as independent and creative researchers. Dr. Zhu expects students to have previous research experience and a strong background in ecology and environmental science, as well as math, statistics, and programming. However, in the Zhu Lab, students will learn new methods and tools by attending classes, workshops, and working on projects, so the most important quality is the willingness to learn.
 
The PhD program in Environmental Studies is explicitly interdisciplinary, with expectations to engage in both natural and social sciences coursework and research. The department guarantees five years of support for graduate students. Through working with faculty advisors, graduate students in Environmental Studies have been highly successful in obtaining external funding. UC Santa Cruz ranks among the top universities (https://news.ucsc.edu/2019/07/cwur-rankings.html) in terms of research influence (https://news.ucsc.edu/2017/09/times-higher-ed.html), research quality (https://news.ucsc.edu/2019/06/rankings.html), and social impact (https://news.ucsc.edu/2021/04/princeton-review.html) worldwide, and it is within a half-hour drive of the Silicon Valley. Located on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Santa Cruz has numerous year-round opportunities for outdoor recreation (sailing, surfing, mountain biking, hiking, etc.). For information about program requirements, funding, and admissions, please consult the graduate program coordinator Amy Profitt (envsgpc at ucsc dot edu), the department website (https://envs.ucsc.edu/graduate/prospective-grads/index.html), and the Graduate School website (https://www.gradadmissions.ucsc.edu).
 
Interested students should contact Dr. Kai Zhu (kai dot zhu at ucsc dot edu) as early as possible and no later than the application deadline in December 2021 with the following information: (1) your research experience, ideas, and questions; (2) your motivations to pursue a PhD and long-term career goals; (3) why you are interested in the Environmental Studies Department at UCSC; and (4) your current CV, academic transcript, and TOEFL score (if applicable).

Posted 7/16/21

2022 Master's research position in marine ecology / giant sea bass

University of California, Santa Barbara
Master’s position in Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology with the Spotting Giant Sea Bass Project

The McCauley Lab and the Benioff Ocean Initiative are recruiting a master’s student for fall 2022. The primary research focus will be on the analysis of data from photo-identification of giant sea bass (Stereolepis gigas) in California to develop population insights.

Project Description
Spotting Giant Sea Bass is a collaborative community science effort coordinated by marine scientists at UC Santa Barbara. Giant sea bass are the largest resident bony fish along the California coast. By matching the unique spot patterns of individual giant sea bass in images submitted by recreational scuba divers to the Spotting Giant Sea Bass website, our research team will be able to answer critically important research questions to improve our understanding of this charismatic fish and to continue to improve stewardship of this species.

The graduate student will have access to 5+ years of data to answer key research questions:
What is the spatial and temporal extent of giant sea bass movement patterns?
Where do giant sea bass aggregate? When and for how long?
What are the relationships and associations between individual giant sea bass?
To what extent are the location and frequency of diver encounters with giant sea bass driven by ecological or human factors?
The goal will be to share these research outcomes with the marine conservation community and produce peer-reviewed publication(s).

Student Profile
Qualified candidates for this position will have a strong interest in marine biology and population ecology. Candidates should have proficiency in R, ArcGIS, or other similar data analysis program(s). Candidates should be self-motivated to work independently and as an active member of the larger Spotting Giant Sea Bass research team. Research will be almost entirely data/computer-based, with opportunities for outreach and engagement with scuba divers, dive boat operators, and other stakeholders and research collaborators, although no new field data collection is anticipated. UCSB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Location
The student will work in the lab of Dr. Douglas McCauley, Associate Professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology. The student will work closely with the Spotting Giant Sea Bass team in collaboration with the Benioff Ocean Initiative. Our offices are located at the Marine Science Institute at UC Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, California.

Application Details and Contact
Apply directly to the UCSB Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology by December 1, 2021 (https://www.eemb.ucsb.edu/academics/graduate/apply). In addition, send your CV and a one-page letter of intent describing your background and research interests to spottinggiantseabass@gmail.com by December 1, 2021. Questions about this position may also be directed to spottinggiantseabass@gmail.com.

Duration and Financial Support
Two years starting from September 2022. The intent of this position will be to fully support a student in good standing for the duration of the student’s studies through a combination of graduate student research, teaching assistantships, and fellowships. (Learn more: https://www.eemb.ucsb.edu/academics/graduate/support)

Molly R. Morse
Pronouns: she/her
Project Scientist
Benioff Ocean Initiative
University of California Santa Barbara

Posted 6/30/21

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