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:


Graduate Assistantship Opportunities in aquatic ecology-MS and PhD

Graduate student opportunities for both MS and PhD levels are available at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Dr. Kunza’s research group for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022.  Currently funded projects are focused on large river biogeochemistry, range land salinization influence on water quality, and contaminant research including PFAS.  We are conveniently located in the beautiful Black Hills in SD, but travel may also be needed to the Kootenai River in MT/ID and British Columbia as early as August 2021 depending upon project fit with student experience.

Interested students may contact Dr. Kunza (, please include your CV, and a brief statement of your research interests, experiences, and professional goals. Students may apply for the MS or PhD in Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences with environmental emphasis or our new MS in Green and Sustainable Chemistry.  More information on the graduate school application process can be found here:

Posted 4/8/21

Webinar: Demystifying graduate school in ecology & evolution, April 20, 4pm EDT

The Rutgers Ecology & Evolution graduate program is hosting an online info session and Q&A for undergraduates who may be interested in graduate school in ecology and evolution but are either unaware of the opportunities or unfamiliar with the process. If you have students you think may be interested, I’d be grateful if you could forward our invitation. Or, if there is a listserv at your school to which you could post this, that would be appreciated.

The session will be a 90-minute Zoom webinar and will include faculty and grad student panels with opportunities to ask questions. We’ll focus on demystifying the graduate school experience, offer some brief descriptions of the kinds of research one can do, and give some advice on finding and applying to a lab in the field.

The session will be Tuesday, April 20th, from 4:00 - 5:30 pm EDT. Participants must register in advance here, or follow the link in this flyer.

If you have any questions about the event or our program, please feel free to reach out! Thanks so much for your help distributing this announcement.

Malin Pinsky (he/him/his)
Associate Professor
Director, Graduate Program in Ecology & Evolution
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, Rutgers University
14 College Farm Rd., New Brunswick, NJ 08901 USA | @pinskylab

Posted 4/7/21

PhD Position in salmonid epigenetics and adaptation to captivity at George Mason University

A PhD position is available to start in Fall 2021at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. We are seeking a highly motivated prospective graduate student to investigate adaptation to captivity conditions in salmonids. This project combines a wide array of skills, including field work, bioinformatics, genomics, and transcriptomics. 

The selected student will work in the lab of Dr. Ylenia Chiari (Dept. of Biology; The Chiari Lab uses integrative approaches from molecular biology to behavior to computational modeling to study vertebrate ecology and evolution. This project is in collaboration with Dr. Gordon Luikart (Flathead Lake Biological Station, University at Montana) and Dr. Matt Boyer (Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks) and includes the possibility of conducting field work sampling wild and captive fish in the Rocky Mountains of Northwest Montana with wild biologists from the University of Montana and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Successful candidates will have some previous research experience and a strong interest in ecology and evolution. Candidates interested in fisheries are encouraged to apply. Some background or experience in molecular laboratory techniques and/or bioinformatics and field work is encouraged. The Chiari Lab is committed to promoting and supporting diversity and a multicultural environment and we encourage underrepresented students to apply.

Support will be provided through a teaching assistantship. However, the successful candidate will be expected to apply for graduate fellowships during his/her PhD.

Prospective students should send a short description of their research interests, past research experience, and a description of why they are interested in this project and in joining the Chiari Lab along with a resume or CV (including the names of three people who could serve as a reference on your behalf) Selection of candidates will begin immediately. 

For information about the program, please visit

Ylenia Chiari, PhD
Assistant Professor
P(703) 993-4467
George Mason University, Department of Biology
SciTech Campus, 10900 University Blvd., Colgan Hall 407
Manassas, VA 20110

Posted 4/7/21

MS/PhD position in pollinator community & behavioral ecology

Seeking a MS or PhD trainee to begin fall 2021 or January 2022. The Lichtenberg Lab ( combines community and behavioral ecology to study plant-animal interactions, pollinator foraging and insect biodiversity. We are particularly interested in how land use change and land management practices affect these phenomena. The lab's study systems include local grasslands, agricultural fields, and lab-based experiments. The trainee will be funded through a TAship, with possibility for a summer RAship. The lab is committed to providing an inclusive and supportive environment to trainees from diverse backgrounds.

Application: Please contact Dr. Elinor Lichtenberg ( before applying. Send your CV, information on relevant experiences, the kinds of questions you are interested in, and unofficial transcripts. Dr. Lichtenberg participates in UNT's Biology ( and Environmental Science ( graduate programs.

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

Posted 4/6/21

MS position in marsh carbon storage (University of Georgia)

Interested in salt marshes? soil carbon storage? interdisciplinary research? I am recruiting a master's level student to work on a new, interdisciplinary project. This student will join the AWeSOM Sense team to evaluate current soil carbon stocks across coastal Georgia while interfacing with remote sensing and computer scientists, beginning summer 2021. The student will conduct critical field and laboratory work to the larger project that will ultimately use cutting-edge computing technologies to determine carbon stocks held in coastal marsh soils. Successful applicants will require a well-organized person with an aptitude for detail, an interest in marsh ecology, and quantitative skills/interests.

If you are interested, please send a letter of interest and CV to Dr. Lori Sutter ( before 15 April 2021.

Posted 4/5/21

PhD Position in Watershed Biogeochemistry

The ECOSHEDS ( lab at the University of New Hampshire is recruiting a PhD student at the University of New Hampshire through the NRESS ( program. The student will be part of a project examining how changing patterns of atmospheric deposition interact with climate variability to 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. Opportunities for field work will also be available. 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 (

UNH is home to a vibrant community of productive researchers with a strong commitment to student success (see 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

The University of New Hampshire is located on the traditional lands of the Abenaki, Pennacook and Wabanaki Peoples past and present, we acknowledge and honor with gratitude the land and water itself and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations.

Posted 4/3/21

Graduate Opportunity in Landscape Ecology and Conservation

The Landscape Biodiversity Lab (LBL) at Montana State University has an opening for 1 M.S. or Ph.D. student interested in the focal topics of LBL including spatial ecology, biodiversity, vulnerability to land use and climate change, ecological monitoring and assessment, and/or conservation and management. A teaching assistantship is available through the Ecology Department for four semesters that includes a stipend and a tuition waiver. The student will work with the advisor to secure additional funding. Desired qualifications include: a B.S. in ecology or closely related field; training/experience in quantitative techniques such as statistics, GIS, remote sensing, or simulation modeling; evidence of the capacity for high academic performance; interest/experience in topics under study by LBL. Email a letter of interest, C.V., G.P.A. and GRE scores, and the names and contact information for three references by April 28, 2021 or sooner to: Andrew Hansen, Ecology Department, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717,, 406 994-6046, The position is contingent upon funding and will remain open until a qualified applicant is recruited.

Posted 4/2/21

MS in Integrative Biology at Kennesaw State University

The Bretfeld PlantEcoFizz lab at Kennesaw State University (KSU) is seeking students who are interested in plant physiological research with agricultural and horticultural applications. The lab has currently one MS position available with focus on an applied research project on thermo-physiological properties of plants (e.g., tomatoes) grown at the KSU Field Station greenhouse and hydroponics facility. For more information about our lab, visit:

Graduate students are fully funded through a combination of teaching and research assistantships. Students will join the Department of Ecology, Evolution & Organismal Biology on KSU's main campus, located in Kennesaw with easy access to downtown Atlanta as well as natural areas in the southern Appalachian region. To learn more about the Master of Science in Integrative Biology program (MSIB) at KSU, visit:

If interested, please contact Dr. Bretfeld at prior to submitting an application to the MSIB program. Students with previous plant physiological research experience in a horticulture and agriculture setting are especially encouraged to apply. Please include the following in your email:

1) A brief description of your research interests and motivation for pursuing an M.S. degree (i.e., cover letter)
2) Unofficial transcripts
3) Current C.V. or resume

The deadline to apply to the KSU MSIB program is May 20th.

Posted 4/1/21

Master’s or PhD Assistantship

Job Type: Master's or PhD Assistantship

Job Description:

The University of the District Columbia (UDC) is seeking a PhD or Master's student to be appointed as a Research Assistant to conduct food,energy,water (FEW) nexus research in urban farming systems with the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Science (CAUSES), beginning Summer or Fall 2021. Having U.S. Citizenship or a Green Card is necessary for graduate students. Candidates with a Master's degree can also apply. Women or students of minority background are encouraged to apply, but students of all backgrounds will be considered.

The graduate student will work on different aspects of a multidisciplinary food,energy,water (FEW) nexus research project funded by USDA NIFA to investigate the production of specialty crops using harvested rainwater and solar energy. Student will work closely with researchers from SEAS (Dr. Hossain Azam, Environmental Engineering and Dr. JiaJun Xu, Mechanical Engineering) and CAUSES (Dr. Mamatha Hanumappa, Specialty and Ethnic Crops Program and Mr. Harris Trobman, Green Infrastructure Program). Candidates are required to hold a bachelor's degree in any of these fields: crop science; environmental science; agricultural science; water resource management; civil, environmental, mechanical, electrical, agricultural or biological engineering, or in related fields. Students with working experience in farming/growing plants will be given priority but it is not a requirement. However, candidate must show an aptitude for growing plants.

UDC is an HBCU, 1862 land grant institution, and the only public institution of higher learning in the District of Columbia (DC), with a very diverse population of students. UDC's campus is in a beautiful part of Washington, DC with easy access to public transportation. However, own transportation is a must to access the research site. SEAS faculty members and CAUSES researchers have extensive funding from NSF, DOE, NASA, NIST, USDA etc. to conduct innovative research and education.

Interested candidates should email/contact Mr. Harris Trobman ( with a cc to Dr. Hossain Azam (, Dr. Mamatha Hanumappa ( and Dr. JiaJun Xu ( immediately with a cover letter summarizing why this project interests you and how you can contribute, a CV with names and contact information of three referees and an unofficial copy of academic transcripts. The review process will continue until the Graduate Assistantship is filled and the selected student will then apply for admittance to the graduate program. The appointment will be initially for 2 years, with a potential for extension contingent upon availability of funds, good academic standing, and satisfactory research productivity.

Harris Trobman (PI)
Project Specialist in Green Infrastructure,
Center for Sustainable Development and Resilience (CSDR),
College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability& Environmental Sciences (CAUSES)
University of the District of Columbia (UDC)
Tel: 202.274.6682, Cell: 202.365.4295; Email: 

Posted 3/31/21

Graduate position in the Department of Entomology at Michigan State University

Graduate position in biological control of spotted wing drosophila

A research assistantship for a PhD or an MS student is available at the Department of Entomology at Michigan State University beginning in summer or fall 2021. Research will focus on biological control of spotted wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii) and involve rearing, lab and field evaluation of multiple parasitoid species. While most aspects of the project are applied research there will be opportunities to ask basic questions regarding parasitoid evolution, especially for PhD applicants.

PhD candidates should possess an M.S. in entomology, ecology or related field. A strong research background as an undergraduate or as a technician can substitute for an M.S. degree. The ideal candidates have experience working with insects and interest in biological control.

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. Marianna Szucs ( Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. A summer start date is preferred but applications with a fall start will be considered as well. The position comes with a generous 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 3/31/21

Graduate Student opportunity to study human disturbances in sand shoal habitats

MS Research Assistantship-Starting June 2021

The Roberts Lab at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) ( and the Nelson lab at the University of Louisiana Lafayette (ULL) ( are seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic, and organized individual to study the relationship of human disturbance to ecosystem services in offshore sand shoal habitats in coastal Louisiana. The student will join an interdisciplinary team of researchers from LUMCON, ULL, LSU, and VIMS as part of a multi-year project funded by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) that is examining the responses of ecological function of biological communities to dredging on Ship Shoal, located just off the coast of Louisiana. The graduate student will be enrolled in the Department of Biology at ULL ( where they will be co-advised by Drs. Roberts and Nelson. The Nelson and Roberts labs conduct interdisciplinary research in coastal ecosystems using a variety of techniques including field surveys, experimental approaches, biogeochemical analyses, stable isotope analysis, mathematical modeling, and remote sensing. The student will work primarily under the supervision of Dr. Roberts on the response of sediment biogeochemistry and primary production to dredging with a thesis focused on these topics and/or their linkages to other aspects of the overall project. More information on the project and the Roberts lab's role in it can be found at Additional information about the project can be found below.

Interested candidates should email a C.V., contact information for 3 references, and brief statement of interest with the subject "Ship Shoal grad student" to .

Project Abstract
Ship Shoal is a large transgressive sand shoal located approximately 10 miles off the central coast of Louisiana. Recently, Ship Shoal became an active dredging site to aid coastal restoration in Louisiana because it contains over three billion cubic meters of high quality sand. The shoal is a highly productive and dynamic benthic habitat that is utilized by a diverse and important assemblage of species, including several federally managed species. The shoal is also spawning habitat for commercially important species such as blue crabs, and other nekton as well. To properly manage dredging activity and retain the critical ecological function of the shoal it is necessary to understand the responses of the shoal ecosystem to the changes in physical and biological drivers induced by dredging. We propose to use a modified Before-After Control Impact (BACI) design to determine the biological, physical, and chemical responses of borrow areas on Ship Shoal compared to control sites. Seasonal and diel samples will be collected over the project period that will bracket the period of dredging. We will use bathymetric and side-scan sonar to map each site prior to and after dredging. During each seasonal sampling period we will use box cores, trawling, long line, gillnets and high resolution sonar imaging to quantify the abundances of benthic infauna and to estimate abundance and observe fine-scale behavior of nekton during the day and at night at both control and dredge sites. We will collect tissue samples from nekton, benthic invertebrates, and all potential primary producers to determine food web structure using stable isotope analyses. We will measure primary production rates of phytobenthos to determine effects of dredging on benthic PP. These data will provide a basis for modeling impacts of dredging on the biological function of Ship Shoal. BOEM has devoted funding through two ongoing projects toward better understanding how dredging pits evolve in Ship Shoal and the potential impacts to infrastructure and/or resources of concern located adjacent to the pits. This new proposed ecology project will build upon the data and resources from current BOEM-funded projects to increase BOEM's decision making ability regarding the safety and protection of ecological, environmental and cultural resources.

Posted 3/31/21

Multiple MS positions in ecohydrology, insect biodiversity, & systems research for agriculture

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is looking for four graduate students to pursue master's level research focused on multiple dimensions of soil health management in the arid subtropics of deep south Texas, as part of a multi-year evaluation of on-farm conservation innovation across water-limited farms. We are looking for highly qualified students interested in developing disciplinary expertise in the below areas of analysis, as well as interdisciplinary breadth through experiential training in boundary spanning, interdisciplinary systems analysis, participatory action research, and environmental leadership. In close collaboration with local area farmers, natural scientists, economists, and sustainable agriculture specialists across, students will help uncover and understand the ecological and socio-economic implications of conservation innovation in this unique region of the US. Currently, there are four main areas of interest where students can be involved:

Ecohydrology & Plant Ecophysiology: The graduate student will lead the soil moisture and plant moisture stress aspect of the project as their MS thesis, under the supervision of Brad Christoffersen. Student will work with a field technician to install and maintain a network of fully automated soil moisture sensors across 5 farms, and will lead the analysis of a continuous data stream of soil moisture data. Prior experience in processing and manipulating large datasets (preferably using R statistical software) is required. Additional training in "big data" analytics will be offered. Data will be used to assess the impact of cover crops on plant available water and its seasonal and interannual variability. The student should also have an interest in developing research questions related to understanding plant physiological responses to moisture stress. The Christoffersen lab ( is equipped with instruments for measuring plant hydraulics and gas exchange (photosynthesis, transpiration, stomatal conductance). A good driving record and ability to drive university vehicles is required. Desired start date is summer 2021. Contact 

Insect Biodiversity and Arthropod Community Dynamics: The student(s) for this position will lead the insect ecology part of the grant as their MS Thesis, either through AESS (UTRGV SEEMS) or MS Biology program, under Rupesh Kariyat. The main objective of this part of the proposal is to identify, quantify and examine how arthropod diversity is influenced by on farm conservation innovation approaches such as cover cropping in RGV. The student will set up, collect and analyze insect data from traps from the farms. Following the field assessment, a chemical ecology-based approach (e.g., plant volatiles, olfactometry) to understand the ecological interactions mediated by these insect groups. Interested students are expected to have a background in at least two of these sub-disciplines- entomology/ecology/agronomy/plant biology. A working knowledge in statistics and having a driver's license is a plus. For details about the lab and research please visit and contact at

Systems research for agriculture: This project is a case study of an intentional, multi-dimensional systems approach to agricultural research, divergent from a conventional, reductionist approach to research common in agricultural sciences. A student will help with help collect information on collaboration, decision-making, and organizational structure of this project, and develop ways to examine way how project team members collect, curate, and analyze complex data sets and how this shapes process and outcomes of systems science. Qualified students will have backgrounds and interest relevant to food systems studies, participatory action research, and food sovereignty, and must be able to communicate objectively and compassionately with all participants in this project, including farmers. Also, student will be expected to be peripherally involved in all aspects of this project, including in the implementation of the trials, so must be able work well with multiple stakeholders. Ability to drive to field sites across the region is required. Interested students will be in the Agroecology and Resilient Food Systems lab. Please connect at 

For these positions we are looking for students qualified working in team settings across a combination of field and indoor work, and who can tolerate being outside in hot and humid subtropical climates. Students are expected to start in Summer or Fall 2021, once they successfully submit their application through the UTRGV Graduate School. Selected will receive full tuition support and a monthly living stipend for two years as they complete their Masters degree. Through related project funding, additional support is available for research supplies, professional development, and travel to relevant conferences. If you are interested in joining this exciting project, please send a short introduction, a brief statement detailing your interest in these opportunities, and a CV/resume to the faculty indicated in the announcement.

More about the region: The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is in the middle of one of the fastest growing areas in the nation, the southern tip of Texas known as the Rio Grande Valley. Located along the US-Mexico Border, the region is a vibrant, bicultural and bilingual area, known for its unusual biological diversity and as a state epicenter for agricultural production. The region was recently recognized as a mecca for sustainable and organic agriculture by Morris and Maggiani (2016), and according to the Census of Agriculture has the highest concentration of Hispanic famers in the country. This subtropical region includes the vibrant cities of McAllen and Brownsville, recently ranked #3 and #4 among US cities for the best places to live for quality of life.

Posed 3/30/21

PhD position on susceptibility of ruffed grouse to past and future climate change (UW-Madison)

The Zuckerberg and Pauli labs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are currently advertising for a PhD student to investigate the effects of winter climate on ruffed grouse.

For species inhabiting temperate ecosystems, winter is a critical season punctuated by environmental unpredictability and tradeoffs in life history choices; escaping inclement weather, acquiring food, and avoiding predation are all mediated by winter conditions. Climate change is leading to the rapid shortening and alteration of the winter season. We are seeking a graduate student to join a long-term project testing the broader hypothesis that winter conditions influence the historic and future demography and population dynamics of ruffed grouse populations inhabiting forests of Wisconsin. The student would lead a multi-year field study on the impacts of winter climate on grouse overwinter survival as well as an analysis of long-term count data to assess how past and future winter climate affects range and population dynamics. The project is funded by the Wisconsin DNR and is expected to directly inform management planning and practices. The student will be co-advised by Dr. Benjamin Zuckerberg ( and Dr. Jonathan Pauli ( This position will start in the fall of 2021. The research assistantship includes an annual stipend, tuition remission and health care benefits.

UW-Madison has a long history of excellence in ecology, conservation biology, remote sensing, and geography. The university ranks consistently among the top research universities in the United States. Total student enrollment is 43,000 of which approximately 12,000 are graduate and professional students, and there are over 2,000 faculty. UW-Madison is an exciting place to learn and conduct research! The city of Madison ranks as one of the most attractive places in the U.S. to live and work. For information about campus and city, please see Program information is available on the UW-Madison Forest and Wildlife Ecology website:

Applicants with a MS degree in ecology, forestry, geography, or other related disciplines are preferred, but we will consider exceptional applicants with a BS degree if they have relevant experience. A solid knowledge of avian ecology, population dynamics, spatial modeling, and statistics is preferred. The preferred candidate will also have previous experience capturing and handling wild birds and collaborating with natural resource agencies. Excellent English writing and verbal communication skills are essential.

To apply, please fill out a short survey (<15 minutes) and upload a cover letter summarizing research interests and experience, curriculum vitae, and unofficial transcripts or summary of relevant coursework (both undergraduate and graduate) at the following site: After reviewing all applicants, we will ask for reference letters from top candidates.

Review of applicants will begin immediately, but the position will remain open until suitable candidates are found. Applications received by April 16th, 2021 will be given full consideration. Finalists will be notified and instructed to submit a formal application, including reference letters, to the UW-Madison Graduate School. We will not be able to respond to queries about the status of applications, but general questions about the Forest and Wildlife Ecology graduate program can be directed to Allee Hochmuth (, the Student Services Coordinator. If you experience problems while filling out the application, please email Renee Klann (

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply. The position is open to both US citizen and international candidates.

Posted 3/29/21

Graduate student position (Bat research) in Zoology and Physiology – University of Wyoming

Agency: University of Wyoming

Location: Laramie, WY

Job Category: Graduate Research Assistantship

Salary: ~$16,000 per year + benefits for 2.5 years

Start Date: May/June, 2021

Last Date to Apply: April 16, 2021

Website: &


Overview of the position: Bats are an integral component in many ecosystems, providing valuable services such as agricultural pest control, pollination and seed dispersal. Currently, numerous bat species in temperate North America are suffering from declining populations due to the reduction of roost sites and foraging potential from habitat loss, wind energy development, climate change and the introduction of disease. Although some information is known about critical habitats and the behavior of various bat species in the eastern region of the continent, much less is known about the general ecology and habitat needs of bats in western North America. Therefore, conservation efforts targeting bats in the West often lack the information necessary for making optimal management decisions and are typically modeled after eastern bat species.

The Bernard Lab is recruiting a graduate student to capture and radio track Myotis septentrionalis, Myotis lucifugus, and Perimyotis subflavus to answer a variety of questions that will aid in the conservation and management of three SGCN species within Wyoming. The specific goals of the project are to 1) determine if the three species use habitat on Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center (Wyoming, USA), 2) locate and characterize roosts sites used by the three focal species, and 3) characterize habitat within the Camp's boundary to determine important habitat and microclimate components that may influence roost selection in the region (i.e., habitat assessment).

The student will be conducting research on Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center in Platte County, Wyoming. Camp Guernsey is a National Guard facility and provides 78,000 acres of maneuver area and training ranges to support military readiness. The student will camp at nearby state parks or Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land while capturing and tracking bats. The project is funded by the Wyoming Military Department and the student will have opportunities to interact with biologists from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the Wyoming Military Department.

I am seeking a MSc student who has earned their undergraduate degree in biology, zoology, wildlife and fisheries science or related field. Students from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Funding includes tuition waiver, health benefits (, and a graduate assistantship stipend (~$16,000/year) for 2.5 years.

Start date: The ideal candidate would begin their field season May 2021 and start course work August 2021.

To apply: Submit a single PDF labeled as Lastname_GradApplication.pdf containing 1) a cover letter [this should include a description of your academic career thus far, why you are interested in this project/lab group/working with bats, and your career goals], 2) a CV or resume, 3) the name and contact information of three references, 4) unofficial transcripts, and 5) a writing example if available. Applications or questions about the position should be sent to Dr. Riley Bernard at

Review of applications will start immediately and will continue until filled.

Statement on Diversity:
Diverse research groups, including those that are diverse in knowledge, experiences and identities, increases productivity and creativity. The Bernard Lab is strongly committed to increasing the representation of traditionally excluded groups and fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive research lab here at the University of Wyoming.

The University of Wyoming values a wide range of cultural perspectives, experiences, and opinions that are important for educational excellence and critical for preparing students for future success ( For questions regarding diversity, please feel free to contact Dr. Bernard.

Required Qualifications:
BS/BA in biology, zoology, wildlife and fisheries science or related field.
Experience conducting field-based research
Experience working both collaboratively in teams as well as independently
A valid driver's license and ability to drive long distances on both paved and unpaved roads to field sites.

Desired Qualifications:
Experience studying bats, including radio tracking and vegetation surveys
Rabies vaccinated and federally permitted to capture and handle Myotis septentrionalis
Experience or interest in quantitative analysis
Experience or interest in habitat management and conservation of imperiled species

Posted 3/29/21

PhD positions in eco-evolutionary dynamics of global change, University of Tennessee

The Blum Lab in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EEB) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), is seeking PhD students to join research endeavors focusing on eco-evolutionary dynamics related to global change. Students will have opportunities to contribute to ongoing pursuits leveraging highly persistent soil-stored seed banks in Chesapeake Bay marshes to reconstruct century-long records of eco-evolutionary responses to climate change and corollaries thereof (e.g., sea level rise). Students also will have opportunities to become involved in a newly funded "Bridging Ecology and Evolution" project that will assess whether and how rapid evolution of an ecologically dominant plant to global change influences carbon cycling in Chesapeake Bay marshes. Joining one or both pursuit(s) will present opportunities to collaborate with partners at the University of Notre Dame, the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Bryn Mawr College, and other leading institutions.

Prospective students should have a mix of primary interests related to evolutionary biology, quantitative genetics, population genetics and genomics, transcriptomics, and epigenetics. Interests should also extend to plant physiology and functional traits, plant-microbe associations, coastal ecology, global change ecology, soil biogeochemistry as well as ecosystem processes related to carbon and nutrient cycling.

Students will be provided a competitive stipend as well as support for tuition and health insurance through a graduate research and/or teaching assistantship. Support is available for students to begin in the Fall semester of 2021 or Spring semester of 2022. Further information about the UTK EEB department can be found at Further information about work being undertaken in the Blum Lab can be found at

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Botany, Plant Sciences or a related discipline so long as relevant coursework has been completed. Preference will be given to candidates with a MS degree and with relevant work experience. Candidates should email a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for three references as a single pdf to Dr. Michael Blum ( by 1 May 2021.

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status.

For further details about this opportunity, please contact Dr. Michael Blum (

Posted 3/27/21

Graduate Research Assistant: Wetland Biogeochemistry on a Landscape Scale (Deadline Extended)

Graduate Research Assistant: Wetland Biogeochemistry on a Landscape Scale, Watershed Studies Institute and Department of Biological Sciences, Murray State University.

One full-time position to begin in August 2021. Qualifications: B.S. in ecology, soil biogeochemistry, biology, or related discipline. Previous experience performing studies in strenuous field conditions, and remote sensing and GIS experience is highly desirable. Responsibilities: The graduate student will work towards an M.S. degree in Watershed Science and conduct research related to wetland biogeochemistry in the Moon Lab. Salary: The salary is provided through the Watershed Studies Institute at $12,000 per year. The student must qualify for the SUPERB (Students United in Preserving, Exploring, and Researching Biodiversity) scholarship program, which includes $5000 per fall and spring semester for tuition (for up to 2 years). Other benefits include housing at the Murray State University Hancock Biological Station, located on Lake Kentucky, ~ 17 miles east of the main campus. To Apply: Email a letter of application, curriculum vitae including undergraduate GPA and GRE scores, and the names and email addresses of three references to Dr. J.B. Moon ( Deadline: April 15th, 2021, or until the position is filled. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Murray State University is an equal education and employment opportunity, M/F/D, AA employer.

Posted 3/27/21

Tree Physiology Graduate Student Position

The Tree Physiology Lab in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia is seeking a highly motivated person for an MS or a PhD starting in August of 2021. Possible research topics include (but are not limited to) tree water storage, drought tolerance, xylem anatomy, impacts of climate change on tree distributions or processes, young tree seedling biology, and conifer comparative physiology. There are opportunities to be involved in projects in the piedmont of Georgia, longleaf pine savannas, Rocky Mountain forest systems, and other forest ecosystems. The potential student will be funded by a research assistantship, teaching assistantship, or a combination depending on prospective project.

The University of Georgia is located in Athens, a college town with abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation where an afternoon drive can land you in the Smoky Mountains or on the Georgia Coast. Athens also boasts a thriving arts scene. More information about Warnell graduate admissions can be found at: More information about ongoing research can be found at: or our lab twitter

For more information email Dan Johnson (

Posted 3/26/21

Landscape Genomics PhD assistantship, Penn State University

Anticipated start date: Fall 2021

We are seeking an individual to pursue a Ph.D. in fish landscape genomics at The Pennsylvania State University. The student will take the lead in two projects: 1) a riverscape genetics project characterizing the population connectivity and invasion dynamics of flathead catfish, and 2) a landscape transcriptomics project connecting brook trout gill transcriptomes to landscape variables such as water temperature. Several large genomic datasets will be available at the start and there will be opportunities to participate in further field collections of tissue samples, work on DNA and RNA extractions, develop better methods for analyzing the data, and develop experiments to validate the transcriptomic results.

The student will be co-advised by Dr. Ty Wagner and Dr. Jason Keagy and be expected to contribute to an inclusive and equitable lab group.

Competitive candidates will be highly motivated to both work with fish and analyze large genomic datasets. They will possess a B.S. and/or M.S. in Biology, Ecology, Wildlife and Fisheries, Zoology, Natural Resources, or related field. Individuals with a degree in Bioinformatics, Computer Science, or similar with a strong interest in wildlife biology would also be extremely competitive. Experience with R and bioinformatics and/or computer programming is preferred, but not essential. However, because much of the research will involve bioinformatic analyses of large genomic datasets, candidates will need to demonstrate strong interest and desire to learn about this topic. We particularly welcome applications from under-represented groups in wildlife and fisheries management and ecology.

To apply: Send a single PDF that includes a brief cover letter outlining experience and research interests, curriculum vitae, unofficial university transcripts (a list of relevant coursework and grades is acceptable), and contact information for two references to Dr. Jason Keagy at Applications will be accepted until April 19th.

Posted 3/25/21

PhD and MS Graduate Research Assistantships in Forest Ecology/Productivity/Modeling


The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Oklahoma State University is seeking qualified individuals to work on the ecology and productivity of hybrid and native sweetgum stands in southeastern Oklahoma, eastern Texas, and northeastern Louisiana. The research is funded by USDA-NIFA’s SunGrant and involves collaboration with Louisiana State University and private landowners.

Research topic: The successful candidates will work as a team to 1) measure the productivity, stand structure, and canopy dynamics of novel sweetgum stands planted across southeastern Oklahoma and northern Texas, 2) use drone imagery and terrestrial LiDAR to study the relationship between canopy structure, productivity, and biodiversity, and 3) use machine learning, deep learning, and other cutting-edge modeling methods to determine the feasibility of using hybrid plantations across the region as a biofuel feedstock and its potential for carbon sequestration. We are looking for two students and specific research objectives will be partitioned based on student interest.

Stipend: The positions provide graduate research assistantship (GRA) plus benefits ($18,000 for MS and $22,000 for PhD).  Benefits include resident and non-resident tuition waiver and student health insurance at $20 per month (for student only, family coverage available for an additional fee).

Oklahoma State University requires background checks for all newly hired graduate assistants/associates.  Background checks shall be required prior to employment (post-offer, pre-employment).

TENTATIVE STARTING DATE:  June or August 2021.  Review of applications will begin immediately.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: BS (MS preferred for PhD position) in plant ecology, forestry, natural resources, or related degree.  Candidate must have minimum grade point average of 3.0 (A = 4.0) and GRE scores as required by department and the graduate school.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Interested individuals should contact:

Dr. Rodney Will                                Dr. Bryan Murray                            Dr. Lu Zhai
008C Agricultural Hall                       008C Agricultural Hal                        008C Agricultural Hal
Stillwater, OK 74078                          Stillwater, OK 74078                          Stillwater, OK 74078
Phone: 405-744-5444                         Phone: 405-744-6805                                        

LOCATION AND FACILITIES:  The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management is part of the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University (OSU). OSU is a very high research activity (R1: Doctoral University) land grant institution with an enrollment of about 25,000 students located midway between Tulsa and Oklahoma City. The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management conducts interdisciplinary research, instruction, and extension education to address the sustainable management and conservation of the fishery, forest, rangeland, and wildlife resources of Oklahoma and beyond. This department is a source of cutting-edge research, quality instruction, and effective outreach to students, landowners, managers, and public agencies.

Posted 3/25/21

MS Graduate Assistantship in Soil Microbial Ecology

One funded MS graduate assistantship in Dr. Allison Veach's lab ( at the University of Texas at San Antonio is available starting Fall 2021. We seek an enthusiastic student interested in understanding how land management practices which increase water infiltration impact soil microbial communities and carbon storage. This is a 2-year funded project through the Edwards Aquifer Authority. The applicant will receive a stipend of $18,000 for a 12-month period for up to 2 years with a full tuition waiver.

To apply for this position, submit an application as one PDF that includes: (1) a 1-page cover letter describing your interest in the position, (2) resume or CV, (3) contact information for at least two professional references, and (4) unofficial undergraduate/graduate transcripts to Dr. Allison Veach ( When submitting an application, please title your subject line as "MS UTSA Application". The review process will begin immediately and remain open until May 15, 2021.

Required Qualifications:
- A B.S. or B.A. with emphasis in biology, ecology, microbiology, environmental science, or other related discipline
- An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater

Preferred Qualifications:
- Coursework or experience in soil science, metagenomics, and bioinformatics
- Demonstrated experience or interest in bioinformatics coding, statistical analysis, and molecular microbiology laboratory techniques
-Willingness to work both in the field and in the laboratory with a diverse group of students, staff, and faculty

Posted 3/24/21

Funded PhD position in Landscape Ecology / Wildlife Conservation

We are recruiting for an RA-funded PhD position in the Charney lab at the University of Maine's flagship campus to complete a graduate program in Wildlife Ecology or Ecology & Environmental Science. The successful student would work on either: developing novel remote-sensing techniques of forests and landscape ecological metrics to understand and guide urban-planning in Nashville, TN; landscape ecology and conservation of vernal pools in New England working with unisexual salamanders and/or other vernal-pool dependent species; or another project of their choosing that links rare species conservation and landscape ecology.

This is an exciting opportunity for an outstanding student to contribute to solving real-world conservation challenges while learning and advancing cutting-edge techniques, gaining experience in the field, establishing their career, and working within a supportive and collaborative environment.

The ideal candidate would have: an independent work ethic; a strong quantitative skill set (preferably including fluency in R and GIS); passion for natural history; intense curiosity; strong written and oral communication skills; a desire to engage with collaborators and stakeholders in solving problems. A completed Master's degree is preferred but not required, as is success in publishing past work.

The University of Maine is a friendly community in the small, bike-able town of Orono, just a few minutes from the city of Bangor. The campus is surrounded by lots of forest, bogs, rivers and lakes, set in between the famous Hundred-Mile Wilderness of the Appalachian Trail and the spectacular rocky coastline of Acadia National Park.

Funding includes stipend, health insurance and tuition. To apply: please submit as a single PDF (if possible): (1) a cover letter detailing the project you are interested in and why you would be the ideal candidate; (2) a CV; (3) unofficial transcripts; (4) contact information for 3 references; and (5) a writing sample. Materials and questions may be emailed to: Application review will begin April 15th, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Anticipated start is summer/fall 2021 (TBD).

Posted 3/24/21

MS Research Assistantship and Field Assistant positions with HSU Wildland Fire Lab

The Humboldt State University's Wildland Fire Lab is recruiting two MS graduate students to examine:

1) Longevity of effectiveness following prescribed fire in the Klamath Mountains

2) Determining the stand factors associated with fire severity in second-growth redwood forests following the 2020 wildfires

Associated with this research, we are also recruiting six field assistants.

Detailed announcements and application instructions are available here:

Contact Jeff Kane ( for more information.

Posted 3/24/21

UDC Graduate Assistantship in Urban Sustainability/Tree Health

The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) is the land-grant university of the Nation's Capital. The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) embodies the land-grant tradition of UDC and offers academic programs in urban agriculture, urban sustainability, water resources management, nutrition and dietetics, urban architecture and community planning.

CAUSES seeks a Graduate Assistant to join its Professional Science Master's Program in Urban Sustainability ( The Graduate Assistant will work with a group of researchers to assess the current condition and survival of oak trees in the District of Columbia. Work will include evaluation of the presence of pests and pathogens, and measurement of abiotic factors that may negatively impact urban trees. Oak trees experiencing decline will be identified, mapped and sampled for pathogens and insect pests. Field work will be coordinated with public, private, institutional, and federal property owners across the District. The Graduate Assistant will collaborate with federal and District government agencies on the analysis, summary, and interpretation of data for publication in peer-reviewed journals, and for the general public in the form of blog posts and other publicly-available formats. The Graduate Assistant will partner with other universities, government agencies, and NGOs, and will contribute to community outreach associated with the project. The incumbent will be expected to conduct research 20 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters and 30-40 hours per week over the summer. Research conducted during the summer will focus on field work in urban and semi-natural settings across DC. The Graduate Assistantship position carries a stipend of $22,500 for 12 months. Upon successful completion of the first year, a second year of funding will be available (i.e. $45,000 over 24 months total). Non-DC area residents will also be eligible for in-District graduate tuition rates for the master's program (currently $4,100 per semester).

Primary qualifications
• Undergraduate degree related to urban ecology, sustainability, and/or land management, e.g. with a major in forestry, environmental studies, horticulture, entomology, plant pathology, botany, biological sciences, ecology, or a closely-related field.
• Strong organizational skills, ability to exhibit an attention to detail, and a self-driven curiosity for the research topic.
• Proven ability to conduct independent research and applied problem solving.
• Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, and the ability to convene and organize research groups, work as an active member of a diverse scientific team, and relay research goals and findings to a variety of audiences.
• Strong quantitative skills and a basic understanding of biostatistics are preferred.
• Physical ability to work outdoors in a range of conditions and settings.
• A valid U.S. driver's license is required.

Applicants should first apply for the Graduate Assistantship through the email address listed below. The successful applicant will then need to apply for the PSM in Urban Sustainability Program through UDC Admissions. Applicants should email:
1) a letter of interest detailing their qualifications for the position (two-page maximum);
2) a curriculum vitae;
3) unofficial undergraduate transcripts; and
4) contact information for three professional references (institution, email address, and phone number).

Application deadline: Open until filled. Priority deadline is May 1, 2021.
Starting date: Preferably July 2021. An August start date may be negotiable.
Duration: One year, renewable for a second year with successful completion of expectations.
Contact: To apply for the Graduate Assistantship or for questions, please contact

Posted 3/19/21

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

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

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

Links of interest
- Castello lab:
- Virginia Tech's Department of Fish & Wildlife Conservation:
- Virginia Tech's Graduate School:

Posted 3/17/21

MS Position in Animal Behavior and Conservation, University of Maine

A MS position is available to work in Alessio Mortelliti’s lab ( focusing on how individual variation in behavior (personality) impacts population, community, and ecosystem dynamics. The MS student will participate in a NSF Career project focusing on the ecological consequences of personality, using small mammals and seed dispersal as a model system. The MS study will be conducted in the context of an ongoing large scale field experiment focused on land-use change and will include a citizen science component. 

The ideal candidate would have a strong passion for field work as well as the potential to develop strong quantitative and writing skills. Previous experience working with small mammals is not mandatory. The position is at the University of Maine flagship institution in Orono, with an active and diverse wildlife graduate department. The position includes a stipend (through RA and TA, for up to 2.5 years), full tuition and 50% of the health insurance. Expected start of the position: summer 2021 (TBD).

To apply please send (as one unique PDF file):

1) A cover letter addressing why you want this position and what skills you would bring to the project, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) unofficial transcripts, 4) GRE scores (if available) 5) contact for 3 references, to: Dr. Alessio Mortelliti (

Application review will begin on April 12, 2021.

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

Posted 3/16/21

Two graduate positions (MS) available for Kauai forest bird research at Colorado State University and Auburn University

The Pejchar Lab in the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University and the Fantle-Lepczyk/Lepczyk lab in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University seek applicants for two MS positions to start in August 2021.

The team's research will assess the effect of invasive rat control on the demography and conservation of native forest birds on Kauai Island, Hawaii. This project is in close collaboration with the Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project. The research will be field-intensive, including many months of mistnetting, banding and resighting birds, and monitoring rat populations at a remote field site where a high proportion of the avifauna are critically endangered. In addition to field work, students will lead data analysis and publication of results in scientific journals.

Two years of funding (GRA and GTA) are available for salary, tuition, travel, and research expenses for both MS positions. One student will be enrolled in a graduate program at Colorado State University, and the other at Auburn University.

Minimum Qualifications
• Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited university in biology, ecology, conservation or wildlife biology, or some other related scientific discipline
• A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
• Demonstrated experience with mistnetting and banding passerines (e.g., able to qualify as a subpermittee on state and federal banding permits)
• Excellent communication skills (written and oral)

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience with and knowledge of Hawaii's flora and fauna
• Experience with Program R and GIS
• Demonstrated experience working independently as well as in close collaboration with diverse teams

To apply please submit an application packet as a single PDF-formatted document including: (1) one page letter of interest, which includes whether you have a preference for CSU or Auburn's graduate program (or no preference), (2) CV or resume, (3) unofficial undergraduate transcripts, and (4) contact information for three professional references to Dr. Liba Pejchar ( Include "Kauai MS Positions" in the subject line of the email. Review of applications will begin on April 15, 2021. Applicants from underrepresented groups in STEM are particularly encouraged to apply.

Please send questions about the position to Dr. Liba Pejchar (, Dr. Jean Fantle-Lepczyk (, and/or Dr. Chris Lepczyk (

Posted 3/13/21

MS, PhD, or post-doctoral positions in peatland microbiology and biogeochemistry: established climate change experiments

We seek multiple individuals to study microbiology and biogeochemical cycling in peatlands at Michigan Technological University, in collaboration with the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station.  Positions will be filled depending on experience, and we are accepting applicants at the MS, PhD, or post-doctoral level. Two years (post-doc or MS) or three years (PhD) of support are anticipated for competitive salary or tuition and stipend, with projects centered on two NSF-funded studies.  The first is entitled:  Does ectomycorrhizal tree encroachment in peatlands accelerate or suppress decomposition with altered hydrology? In this study, we leverage the Houghton Mesocosm Facility and field experiments in asking cutting-edge questions about climate change effects on carbon cycle processes in peatland ecosystems. See Positions 1 and 2, and Background for more details about the project.

We also seek individuals focused on a complementary NSF-funded study entitled: Long-term changes in peatland C fluxes and the interactive roles of soil climate, vegetation, and redox supply in governing anaerobic microbial activity.  Please see details under Position 3 below.

Position 1—biogeochemistry of peat anaerobic decomposition. This position focuses on questions related to above- and below-ground carbon balances in northern peatlands, as affected by changes in water table and plant functional groups.  A background or strong interest in understanding mechanisms constraining trace gas fluxes (CO2 and CH4 efflux) and soil decomposition dynamics is desired.  Research questions are broadly focused on linking above- and below-ground carbon fluxes in dissolved, gaseous, and solid forms.  More specifically, this position investigates constraints to decomposition via microbial communities in aerated and hypoxic (or anaerobic) wetland soils in the controlled setting of the Houghton Mesocosm Facility.

Position 2—fungal mediation of decomposition in peatlands. The second position is seeking a PhD student or post-doc to work on questions related to fungal community composition, structure and function in northern peatlands, as affected by changes in water table, peat chemistry, and tree invasion. We are exploring the role of ectomycorrhizal and saprotrophic fungi in suppressing or stimulating decomposition of litter and peat in peatlands.  A background in or familiarity with high throughput sequencing of DNA and RNA, metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, quantitative PCR, and fungal culturing, is desired.  This candidate would work in close collaboration with the position described above, with questions broadly focused on linking microbial community characteristics to carbon and nutrient dynamics.

Consideration of applications begins immediately and will continue until the positions are filled. Start date is flexible, but ideally would begin the summer or fall of 2021. Please send a cover letter that states your research interests, your curriculum vitae, and any other relevant materials, and provide the names and contact information for three references, by email to Evan Kane ( (Position 1) and Erik Lilleskov ( (Position 2).

Position 3:-Alaska Peatland Experiment. Four years of support for a qualified individual to study response of peatland ecosystems to climate change at Michigan Technological University, in collaboration with The University of Alaska (Fairbanks) and Bonanza Creek Long-Term Ecological Research site.  Four years of NSF support are anticipated for research, tuition and stipend, to work in the Alaska Peatland Experiment (APEX) (  In this experiment we are manipulating the presence of sedges and shrubs as well as water table to understand their interactive effects on peatland carbon cycling. Specific questions pertain to mechanisms of anaerobic metabolism within deep organic soils (peat), and how these processes are likely to change with altered hydrology.  The successful candidate should have a background or strong interest in biogeochemistry, ecosystems ecology, plant physiological ecology, soil science and/or wetland ecology. Demonstrated research experience, including scientific publications, is a plus.

The position involves field work in Alaska during the summer, while being enrolled as a graduate student at Michigan Technological University.  The project is interdisciplinary and collaborative in nature, and there are ample opportunities to work with collaborators at the US Forest Service, Chapman University (Dr. Jason Keller), and The University of Colorado, Boulder (Dr. Merritt Turetsky).  This allows exposure to multiple areas of expertise, depending on the student’s interest and research questions.

Consideration of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Start date is somewhat flexible, but we are ideally looking for someone in the Fall of semester, 2021. Please send a cover letter that states your research interests, your curriculum vitae, and any other relevant materials, and provide the names and contact information for three references, by email to Evan Kane ( and Jason Keller (

Additional Information

Michigan Tech is located in the snowbelt (>200” annual snowfall) of Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula on the South Shore of Lake Superior.  The region is dominated by vast areas of lakes, forests and wetlands.  Michigan Tech is in the small university town of Houghton, which was rated as one of the top 10 U.S. adrenaline outposts by National Geographic Adventure Magazine, boasting excellent skiing, hiking, kayaking and mountain biking.  Michigan Tech was ranked #5 on College Factual's most recent list of the best schools for forestry majors in the U.S.

Background for Does ectomycorrhizal tree encroachment in peatlands accelerate or suppress decomposition with altered hydrology?: Peatlands are carbon (C) dense ecosystems that store about 1/3 of soil C globally in 1/30th of the land area, yet are vulnerable to oxidation as a result of climate change or drainage. Peatland C stocks are generally protected under saturated conditions; however, many peatlands will become drier in the future climate or have been drained for agriculture or forestry. While it is generally assumed that drier conditions will increase decomposition, there are potential feedbacks that lead to major uncertainty in how long-term drying will alter the trajectory of decomposition. For example, drier conditions have been shown to favor the encroachment of woody plant communities in peatlands, which have implications for changes in decomposition strategies. Changes in fungal community associated with different plant functional groups (ectomycorrhizal trees, Ericaceae, sedges) are particularly important in mediating changes in decomposition, yet our understanding of how these different fungal groups influence decomposition in situ is rudimentary.

Our key motive is to understand the countervailing effects of woody plant encroachment and short- and long-term drainage on both aerobic and anaerobic decomposition in peatlands. Here, we propose a three-way full factorial experiment using large intact (1 m cubed) peat pedons in a climate controlled mesocosm facility, manipulating peat drainage history (peat from pristine and 80+ year drained adjacent sites), water table position, and tree presence. This will be paralleled by a field experiment in which we will manipulate tree root access over drainage gradients. We hypothesize that tree encroachment will increase decomposition in the short-term drainage treatment as a function of the extracellular enzyme suite of the ectomycorrhizal fungal (EcMF) community. Moreover, we hypothesize that divergent fungal decomposer pathways and drainage histories will generate peat with differing capacity for donating and accepting electrons under anaerobic conditions. Processes occurring over decades— changes in solid and dissolved phase organic electron donors and acceptors with changes in decomposer community—will interact with water table and plant community mediated processes driving oxidation and reduction, with a shift in decomposition processes from electron acceptor limitation to electron donor limitation. The mesocosm approach is the key to this study, allowing us to manipulate both drainage history and water tables, thus disentangling short- and long-term impacts of changing hydrology; whereas the field experiment will anchor results in the natural environment. Through this and detailed characterization of fungal community functional changes and consequent effects on oxidative enzymes, decomposition, peat chemistry, and "redox pumping" in peat, we will gain mechanistic insight into the long-term stability of peat in response to altered hydrology.

Posted 3/13/21

MS research opportunity in coastal plant-microbial ecology

The Van Bael laboratory in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University seeks applications from students who are interested in pursuing a one year master's degree (non-thesis) in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, combined with a research experience on coastal plant ecology and microbial ecology. Selected master's students will work with Dr. Van Bael and a team of Ph.D. and undergraduate students to gain research experience in plant ecology studies, sterile culture work with bacteria and fungi, and molecular techniques. This research experience is a perfect opportunity for students deciding whether or not to pursue a Ph.D., or for students that need to strengthen their graduate school applications. We welcome everyone, and we consciously strive to make our lab inclusive to underrepresented minorities in STEM fields.

Read more about our lab's research at:

Tulane University is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, a select group of the 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada with 'preeminent programs of graduate and professional education and scholarly research.' Tulane is located in the historic Gulf Coast city of New Orleans, which is known for its culture, food and music.

The program deadline is May 1 for starting in August. Applications for starting in January will be accepted until November 1.

Please read more about the one year master's program at:

For information or questions about the research experience, email Dr. Sunshine Van Bael, at Please be sure you have read the information at the link above before inquiring. No financial aid is available for this program.

For general information or questions about the one-year masters program, email Dr. Jordan Karubian, at

Posted 3/5/21

M.Sc. Global Change Ecology, University of Bayreuth, Germany – Application open until June 15th 2021

We would like to advertise the application deadline this summer for an attractive and intense international MSc study program in Global Change Ecology at the University of Bayreuth in Germany.

The program is devoted to understanding and analyzing the most important and consequential environmental concern of the 21st century; namely, the ecological consequences of Global Change, especially the effects of climate change and biodiversity loss. One of the program's focus is the linking of natural science and socio-economic perspectives. The international program is realized in close contact with research institutions, NGOs and companies and administration. Our study program has been acknowledged by the United Nations as an observer organization. During the last years, we received applications from more than 70 countries.

Teaching language is in English. There is no application fee and accepted candidates do not have to pay tuition fees.

Applicants from any academic background that is related to the scope of this study program are welcome to apply. Applications can be uploaded on the Online Application portal.

The deadline is 15th of June 2021. Please check the link below for application details.

Our coordinators will be happy to assist candidates in their application if something is unclear.

Posted 3/2/21

MS Environmental Science w Thesis and Professional tracks, DePaul Univ, Chicago, IL

Applications are being accepted now for DePaul University’s MS in Environmental Science (ENV) degree focused on urban ecological restoration and conservation land management!

This is a very student-focused program. Please see the following video which highlights several current students and their perspectives:

This graduate degree will prepare students for careers in urban forestry, green infrastructure management,ecological restoration, species and landscape conservation, biodiversity management, and ecological consultancy. Our department's expertise is in applied environmental science and this will bring exciting and useful training in the field of conservation land management. The program has both thesis (research) and professional tracks.

Additional program information is available at:

Environmental Science & Studies Department faculty have disciplinary expertise in paleontology, plant-atmosphere interactions, restoration ecology, urban forestry, urban agriculture, ecological economics, soil ecology and science, urban ecology, and related fields. Students complete 13 course equivalents, with an expectation that full-time students can complete the program in two academic years. The program is housed in the McGowan South Building (LEED certified) in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, which provides a modern research infrastructure that includes laboratories, analytical facilities, environmental growth chambers, a rooftop garden, and a greenhouse.

The program is accepting applications on a rolling basis for enrollment in Fall 2021, Winter 2022, or Spring 2022 quarters (though a Fall quarter start is encouraged) so interested prospective students should apply now! Applications received by June 1 will be considered for the Fall quarter 2021 start.

Please feel free to reach out to me ( - full contact info at the end of this email) with any questions. I’m happy to have Zoom, phone, or email convos with potential applicants.

Dr. Jess Vogt      (she, her, hers)
Program Director, M.S. in Environmental Science Program, DePaul University |

Assistant Professor, Environmental Science & Studies, DePaul University   |
Principal, LUFA: Lab for Urban Forestry in the Anthropocene   |
Chair, Science & Research Committee, International Society of Arboriculture
Mom to Noah  (b. April 7, 2019)   |

Posted 2/26/21

MS Assistantship, Ecosystem Restoration and Carbon Storage, Kennesaw State University

MS Graduate Assistantship: Forest Ecology
Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Ga.

An MS graduate assistantship is available at the Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology Department at Kennesaw State University. The candidate will evaluate changes in ecosystem carbon storage and impacts on wildlife conservation resulting from thinning, burning and planting treatments used to restore mountain longleaf ecosystems in northern Georgia. The candidate will have the opportunity to work with stakeholders including Georgia Department of Natural Resources and The Nature Conservancy. The candidate will be expected to complete an MS degree in Integrative Biology with a thesis related to the research. More information on the MSIB program can be found here:

Up to two full academic years of support are available, with additional support provided through Teaching Assistantships. Applicants should have a BS in biology, ecology, environmental science or related field. Ideal applicants will be highly motivated, have field experience including identification of southeastern forest species, and be tolerant of harsh conditions (heat, biting insects) with a field crew (1-2 people). The applicant must be able to carry up to 25lbs of equipment for extended periods of time.

The Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology Department at KSU is comprised of an interdisciplinary group of faculty providing integrative courses, well-equipped research facilities, and external and internal research funding opportunities. More information on the Department can be found here:

KSU is a comprehensive university of more than 40,000 students located in Kennesaw, Ga, a suburban area within convenient driving distance to Atlanta and abundant outdoor recreational opportunities in the north Georgia mountains.

Start date: Flexible but late summer to fall 2021 is ideal.

How to apply: Interested students are encouraged to contact Dr. Matthew Weand Please describe your interest in the project, background, and extent of qualifications, and include a resume/CV, GRE scores if available, and the contact information for three references. Please include "MSIB position"in the email subject line.

Applications can be accepted up until May 20, 2021 but earlier is better.

Posted 2/25/21

MS research opportunity in coastal plant-microbial ecology

The Van Bael laboratory in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University seeks applications from students who are interested in pursuing a one year master's degree (non-thesis) in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, combined with a research experience on coastal plant ecology and microbial ecology. Selected master's students will work with Dr. Van Bael and a team of Ph.D. and undergraduate students to gain research experience in plant ecology studies, sterile culture work with bacteria and fungi, and molecular techniques. This research experience is a perfect opportunity for students deciding whether or not to pursue a Ph.D., or for students that need to strengthen their graduate school applications.

Read more about our lab's research at:

Tulane University is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, a select group of the 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada with 'preeminent programs of graduate and professional education and scholarly research.' Tulane is located in the historic Gulf Coast city of New Orleans, which is known for its culture, food and music.

The program deadline is May 1 for starting in August. Applications for starting in January will be accepted until November 1.

Please read more about the one year master's program at:

For information or questions about the research experience, email Dr. Sunshine Van Bael, at Please be sure you have read the information at the link above before inquiring. No financial aid is available for this program.

For general information or questions about the one-year masters program, email Dr. Jordan Karubian, at

Posted 2/9/21

MS Funded Opportunity - Decomposition Ecology

The Pechal Lab is looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic candidate for a Masters of Science (MS) program in the Department of Entomology at Michigan State University. This funded graduate position will focus on the implementation of high-throughput omics, big data analytics (including machine learning), and molecular biology to evaluate and characterize decomposition dynamics. Dr. Pechal's lab values and supports racial, ethnic, cultural, and gender diversity.

Anticipated Start Date: Fall 2021

Responsibilities: The overall project goal is to better understand how microbial communities and their functions change using a survey of postmortem microbiomes. The primary goal is to analyze these postmortem microbiomes for their application during forensic investigation, including potential entomological sources. The successful candidate will be part of a project that involves a combination of molecular bench work, field work, metagenomics, bioinformatics, and statistical analysis. He/She/They will acquire highly desirable skills including the generation, curation, and analysis of high-throughput sequencing datasets.

Fundamental Requirements Include: A bachelor's degree in Entomology, Molecular Biology, Genomics, Bioinformatics, Microbiology, Ecology or relevant fields; Strong work ethic, problem solving capabilities, self-motivation, and independence; Strong organizational and time management skills; Strong teamwork and collaboration skills; Excellent writing and speaking communication; and although not required, the preferred candidate will have prior scientific research experience, programming experience (e.g., R or Python), and/or demonstrated scientific writing skills.

Interested candidates should send an email with the following information to Dr. Pechal ( and "2021 Prospective MS Student" in the subject line: 1. A one-page cover letter describing research interests, career goals, and accomplishments; 2.CV; 3.Sample of scientific writing (e.g., undergraduate thesis, research paper developed during coursework, please reach out if you need ideas on what to send); 4. Unofficial transcript(s); and 5. Names and email addresses for three references.

Please submit all application material no later than 1 May 2021.

Posted 1/30/21


The Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University is recruiting doctoral and master's level graduate students for Fall 2021.

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, 2020 for the PhD program. The preferred deadline for the MA program is January 15, 2021, but applications are considered on a rolling basis until April 15, 2021. GREs are not required for applications to Stony Brook University as of 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 More information can be found at


H. Resit Akcakaya - Population and conservation ecology

Stephen B. Baines - Ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry

Rafael D'Andrea - Community and Theoretical Ecology

Liliana M. Dávalos - Vertebrate phylogenetics, biogeography and conservation

Walter F. Eanes - Evolutionary genetics of Drosophila

Jessica Gurevitch - Research synthesis, plant population and invasion ecology

Jesse D. Hollister - Plant evolutionary genomics and epigenetics

Jeffrey S. Levinton - Marine ecology and paleobiology

Heather J. Lynch - Quantitative ecology and conservation biology

Ross H. Nehm - Science education, evolution education, cognition

Dianna K. Padilla - Marine and freshwater ecology, conservation and invasion biology

Joshua Rest - Evolutionary genomics

Tara M. Smiley - Paleoecology and biogeography

Pascal Title - macroevolution and spatial macroecology

Robert W. Thacker- Systematics, phylogenetics, and ecology

John R. True - Evolutionary developmental biology

Krishna M. Veeramah - Primate comparative genomics

Natasha Vitek-Vertebrate paleontology, evolution, scaling of variation


Jackie Collier - Microbial ecology

Christopher Gobler - Coastal Ecology and Conservation

Andreas Koenig - Behavioral ecology of primates

David Q. Matus - Evolution of Cell Invasion

Catherine Markham - Behavioral ecology

Bradley Petersen - Marine Community Ecology

Alistair Rogers - Plant Physiology and Climate Change

Shawn P. Serbin - Plant Physiology and Remote Sensing

Jeroen B. Smaers - Brain Evolution, Phylogenetic Comparative Methodology, Macroevolutionary Morphology

Leslie Thorne - Ecology and Behavior of Marine Birds and Mammals

Nils Volkenborn - Benthic Ecology and Sediment Biogeochemistry

Patricia Wright - Tropical Conservation and Primatology

Posted 9/15/20

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