Graduate School Opportunities

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MS Research Assistantship at Hofstra University: Biology or Urban Ecology (New York, USA)

The Raciti Lab at Hofstra University is looking for a master's student to assist with our environmental monitoring work. Students in this position will take classes, conduct master's research with a faculty member in Hofstra University's Biology Department, and work part time as a laboratory technician in the Raciti lab.

In exchange for their part-time work, students will receive full tuition support and a summer stipend ($5k) each year. Note: There is no stipend during the academic year and students will need to provide for their own housing and living expenses. The environmental monitoring work will require driving to field sites across Long Island, NY and working outside a few days per month throughout the year. Candidates would ideally start this summer (around June 15, 2024), so they can learn how to conduct the field and laboratory work required for the position.

Please share this opportunity with anyone who might be interested in pursuing a master's degree in either Biology or Urban Ecology.

Interested students can reach out to Dr. Steve Raciti: steve.m.raciti@hofstra.edu 

You can find information about potential faculty research mentors here, including Dr. Raciti: https://www.hofstra.edu/biology/faculty-research-publications.html

Information about Hofstra's Biology and Urban Ecology MS programs can be found here:
https://www.hofstra.edu/biology/ms-urban-ecology.html
https://www.hofstra.edu/biology/graduate-ms-biology.html

Posted 2/24/24

MSc position at Carleton University monitoring seabirds using acoustics

Many populations of albatrosses and petrels have declined dramatically, primarily due to bycatch in commercial fisheries or predation at nesting sites by invasive species. Understanding the outcomes of management actions is challenging because most petrels are nocturnal at colonies and nest in burrows. Advances in passive acoustic recording could offer the opportunity for cost-effective population monitoring even at remote archipelagos.
We are looking for a MSc student to join our team at Carleton University in collaboration with the British Antarctic Survey. The student will lead a study funded by the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP), analyzing 8 years of white-chinned petrel audio recordings and burrow surveys at Bird Island, South Georgia. The project will involve the development of tools to help determine the ability of acoustic monitoring to detect changes in attendance patterns and numbers of nonbreeding and breeding white-chinned petrels. The results will help inform development of methods for measuring recovery and recolonization of petrels after rodent eradications, including on the main island of South Georgia. The position start date is September 2024. The student will be supervised by Dr. Rachel Buxton (https://www.biodiversityconservationsolutions.com/) in collaboration with Prof. Richard Phillips.

Essential Skills and Qualifications: BSc degree in ecology, conservation science, data science, geography, applied statistics, or a related field; strong research, leadership, and communication skills; enthusiasm and kindness; experience managing and analyzing data. Desirable Skills: GIS/mapping; coding in R; bird identification; experience of analyzing acoustic recordings

Application details: Applicants should send the following to Rachel Buxton (Rachel.Buxton@carleton.ca) and Richard Phillips (raphil@bas.ac.uk) by March 15, 2024: 1) Letter of interest summarizing your experience; 2) Curriculum Vitae; 3) Contact details for three references; and 4) University transcripts (unofficial are fine). Note that existing funding is only sufficient to cover Canadian citizens. Please use the subject line: Seabirds and acoustics application.

Posted 2/23/24

One PhD position about disease epidemiology or biological conservation available at Texas Christian University
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The Quantitative Ecology Lab from Dr. Jiao at Texas Christian University (TCU) has one PhD position available, starting 2024 fall. Prospective student would choose to work on one of the following two research questions: 1) how do different opinions of human populations to vector control influence the prevalence of vector-borne disease? or 2) How does movement of marine organisms influence the disease epidemics and biological conservation? Dr. Jiao's lab focuses on applying quantitative tools (e.g., coding and dynamic models) to understand disease epidemiology and biological conservation across space and time. Details see: https://cse.tcu.edu/faculty-staff/view/jing-jiao.

The Department of Biology at TCU offers five-year PhD program. Students seeking a PhD degree in Biology are required to complete and defend a dissertation based on research conducted at TCU. For more information about the graduate program in Biology, visit https://cse.tcu.edu/biology/graduate-programs/index.php.

TCU Biology Department receive financial support through a competitive Teaching Assistantship (TA) program. Those positions provide an annual $25,000 stipend or more, as well as a full tuition waiver. Graduate students in the Jiao Lab are also expected to submit externally-funded grant applications to support their research. Additionally, the Department of Biology provides up to $1,300 of travel support for graduate students presenting their research at regional, national or international scientific meetings. Travel support is also available (on a competitive basis) through the Graduate Studies Office.

Qualified applicants must have: 1) obtained a BS degree in Biology or a related discipline, 2) a GPA of 3.0 or better, and 3) basic knowledge in ecology (e.g., theoretical & disease ecology) and mathematical analyses (e.g., calculus, differential equations). A background in computer programming (e.g., R language, Matlab, or python) is highly preferred. Enthusiasm for interdisciplinary research, a strong desire to learn, resilience, and a dedicated work ethic are a must! Interested students should send: 1) a statement of interest, 2) CV/resume that includes the applicant's GPA, TOFEL and GRE score (if available), 3) unofficial transcripts, and 4) the names and email addresses of 3 references to Dr. Jing Jiao (jing.jiao@tcu.edu). This job position is open until filled.

Posed 2/23/24

Ph.D. Student Wanted: Genomics of mammals, Oregon State University

The Epps Conservation Genetics lab in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences at Oregon State University seeks a Ph.D. student to generate and analyze mammalian genomic data sets from ongoing research projects on species such as bighorn sheep, blacktailed deer, aardvarks, and pikas.

Requirements: We seek a candidate with an undergraduate degree in a (broadly) relevant field, and demonstrated experience with bioinformatics, laboratory research (DNA based in particular, e.g., library prep), and genetic or genomic data.

Preferred criteria: We prefer candidates with some field experience or interest in field work, as this graduate position could include some field work in the western United States or sub-Saharan Africa, but this is not required. Additionally, we prefer candidates with a research-based Master’s degree in a relevant field. For Master’s level students, evidence of prior publication in peer reviewed journals is strongly preferred.

Applications will be considered as they are received until a suitable candidate is identified, but we suggest applying by April 1 if a fall start is desired.

Expected Start Date: September 16, 2024 or later

Expected End Date: Completion of Ph.D.

Funding status: Partly funded, will incorporate a mix of Graduate Research Assistantships and Graduate Teaching Assistantships, will seek additional funding depending on project

To apply, please email Prof. Clinton W. Epps at Clinton.epps@oregonstate.edu, and include “genomics Ph.D.” in subject line.

The Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences has just approved shifting to a holistic graduate admissions process, in part out of a desire to attract a broader range of applicants. We are still working out the details! But, at this time, in your application email please include:
(1) a cover letter detailing how you meet the required and preferred qualifications, and outlining your existing research interests, personal background, and career goals. If you have completed a Master’s degree, please include specifics about that research, and PDFs of any publications that you have authored or co-authored.
(2) a CV
(3) an unofficial copy of all transcripts from completed or ongoing degrees
(4) a sample of your professional writing
(5) GRE scores are not required but you are welcome to report them (report verbal, quantitative, and written scores separately, and report percentiles)

Posted 2/21/24

Graduate Student Positions in Algal Ecology and Biotechnology

The Corcoran Lab (corcoranalgaelab.com) is currently recruiting graduate students to start in August 2024 in the NMSU Biology Department. Research in the lab focuses on the structure and function of aquatic ecosystems, with an emphasis on microalgal biology and ecology. A strong focus is algal-bacterial interactions, including both beneficial and parasitic relationships. At present, there are very few algal-bacterial model systems. We seek to develop new model systems in a variety of platform algae to better understand these interactions at all levels: from molecular to population. Day-to-day work in the lab can be conducted in the lab or field. The Corcoran Lab maintains over twenty 300L outdoor cultivation ponds at the nearby Fabian Garcia Science Center, offering a unique opportunity to ask cultivation-relevant questions. Exact research topics are flexible but should build on the group's resources and or previous work.

Earning a biology degree with a focus on algal biology, ecology, and biotechnology provides graduates with a diverse skill set and a broad understanding of microorganisms, ecological systems, and biotechnological applications. This skill set is relevant to addressing current challenges in health, the environment, and sustainability. Additionally, the emphasis on algal ecology offers opportunities to explore sustainability and the potential for sustainable practices, such as the development of algae-based biofuels. A graduate degree in the Corcoran Lab will equip you with comprehensive training in laboratory techniques, experimental design, data collection and analysis, manuscript preparation, and scientific communication, preparing graduates for their careers ahead.

The minimum qualifications for the position include:
(1) a B.S. or M.S. in biology, marine science, microbiology, or related field
(2) basic knowledge of algal or plant biology, molecular biology, and microbiology
(3) a minimum GPA of 3.25
(4) laboratory experience (experience with algal and bacterial cultures is a plus)
(5) the ability to work independently as well as with a diverse research group

For consideration, please email (1) a one-page cover letter describing your research interests and career goals, (2) your CV, (3) unofficial transcripts, and (4) contact information for three professional references (all compiled into a single PDF) to Dr. Corcoran at acor@nmsu.edu.  If there is a good fit, applicants will be required to apply to the Graduate School (deadline: April 15, 2024).  At this point, we are only considering applicants with work authorization in the US. For more information on the application process in the Biology Department, please see the department's webpage.

Alina Corcoran, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology
New Mexico State University
Office: (575) 646-3228; Cell: (207) 465-6116

corcoranalgaelab.com

Posted 2/21/24

Graduate Assistantship: Interdisciplinary Research on Seedling Establishment in Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Lands Under Climate Change

Position Description

We're seeking a passionate student to investigate the success of new Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) seedings under diverse climate conditions at the USDA-ARS stations near Mandan and Streeter, ND, and Sidney, MN. The CRP plays a crucial role in protecting soil health, reducing erosion, and enhancing wildlife habitat. This research will help develop vital tools that aid the USDA-FSA and NRCS better implement CRP plantings, ensuring their continued success in a changing climate. The project will involve fairly extensive fieldwork during the summers and may include greenhouse work during all seasons. Summer housing will be provided, though this position will still involve travel to and from different field sites.

Pay: $21,000/yr + Tuituion Waiver

Start Date: Early to Late May 2024

Responsibilities:

- Design and conduct field and greenhouse experiments.
- Collect and analyze data using advanced statistical methods.
- Contribute to the development of decision-support tools for USDA-FSA and NRCS.
- Present research findings at conferences and prepare manuscripts for publication.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Bachelor's degree in range science, ecology, biology, agronomy, or a related field (preferred).
- Strong academic record and a demonstrated interest in field research.
- Evidence of excellent written and analytical skills.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Valid driver's license and willingness to travel and work outdoors in various weather conditions.

The accepted applicant will be part of an interdisciplinary team and have the opportunity to collaborate with other graduate students and faculty. The successful student will be based out of Fargo, North Dakota during the school year and near Streeter and Mandan, North Dakota, and Sidney, Montana during the field season. Nestled on the Red River Valley plains, the Fargo, North Dakota and Moorhead, Minnesota metro area boasts a vibrant campus of North Dakota State University (NDSU), a top-ranked R1 research university serving over 13,000 students. Despite its urban setting in a city of over 250,000 people, adventure awaits just beyond the city limits. Rolling prairies and diverse ecosystems, including the iconic Sheyenne National Grasslands, are a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Fargo itself offers a surprising cultural scene, with thriving art galleries, local breweries, and a renowned symphony orchestra. The cost of living remains comfortably low, making Fargo an attractive option for budget-conscious students.

NDSU's School of Natural Resource Sciences houses state-of-the-art facilities, including the Dalrymple Research Greenhouses and Central Grasslands Research Extension CenterDalrymple Research Greenhouse. Our esteemed faculty, whose research interests span diverse areas within Range Management, Plant Ecology, Soil Science, Entomology, and Natural Resource Management, guide and mentor graduate students toward successful careers. Alumni have secured positions in prestigious Ph.D. programs, state and federal agencies, and various industries. Explore our department website at https://www.ndsu.edu/snrs/ and learn more about graduate studies at NDSU at https://www.ndsu.edu/gradschool.

To Apply:

Email Kevin Sedivec (kevin.sedivec@ndsu.edu) with the following:

1) A cover letter describing your background, qualifications, research interests, and available start date
2) A CV
3) Academic transcripts (unofficial are fine)
4) Contact information for 3 professional references

Posted 2/17/24

Graduate Student Opportunity (MS or PhD level): Freshwater turtle ecology
Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (MA Coop Unit)
University of Massachusetts, Department of Environmental Conservation, Amherst, MA

Applications due: Sunday, 03 March 2024 by 11:59 pm
Position start date: Summer/Fall 2024

Position description
North American freshwater turtles are facing several significant threats and stressors, with a notable number of species listed as endangered, threatened, or of concern. Unfortunately, it is not always clear what types of habitats should be protected to help conserve freshwater turtles because we lack information about their habitat use (nesting, foraging, and overwintering grounds), as well as population status. Therefore, in partnership with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), the U.S. Department of Defense, and the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, we are seeking a MS or PhD level graduate student interested in evaluating habitat use and conducting population surveys of at-risk freshwater turtles in eastern Massachusetts. Specifically, the student will likely be working in and around Fort Devens RFTA and/or Hanscom Air Force Base. This is a heavily field-based project, with the student expected to drive to study site locations and collect data on tagged turtles throughout the year. We highly encourage people from historically underrepresented groups or non-traditional backgrounds to apply. The purpose of this position is to support access to higher education for students who might otherwise find it difficult or impossible to successfully pursue graduate study. The student will work closely with collaborators from the USFWS to design and carry out the study; the project will likely involve trapping, telemetry, GPS, and/or PIT tagging turtles. Focal species of interest include Blanding's turtle, Wood Turtle, and Spotted Turtle. The successful candidate will enroll in the MS or PhD program in the Department of Environmental Conservation (https://eco.umass.edu/degree-programs/graduate-programs/) and be part of the MA Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (https://www1.usgs.gov/coopunits/unit/Massachusetts).

Salary/Benefits
The graduate student will be provided:
1. Research assistantship funding for several years through the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, which includes graduate student stipend (~$35,000 per year for 20 hrs/week), health benefits, tuition waiver, travel to conferences and field sites, and field supplies. More information about benefits is available through the UMass Graduate Employee Organization (https://www.geouaw.org/).
2. Professional development experiences that are specific to a career with the USFWS but transferable to other conservation agencies.
3. There will be an opportunity to apply for a USFWS Pathways Position, which would provide non-competitive hiring status at the USFWS following graduation.
4. Mentoring, encouragement, and autonomy to ensure that they see and understand how they and their perspectives are vital to achieving the mission of the USFWS.

Expectations
The graduate student will be provided training and support to learn and accomplish the following:
•Collect and analyze spatial data to evaluate population status and habitat use of freshwater turtles - including Blanding's turtle, which may involve working in deep marshes
•Use regional protocols to sample for freshwater turtles to maximize the value of the sampling effort and minimize risk to the turtles
•Work with GIS data and analyze spatial data using appropriate spatial models
•Perform field work on public and military lands - this is a heavily field based project, and previous field work is highly desirable but not required
•Present research findings to USFWS and at scientific conferences
•Prepare at least one manuscript (for MS level) or three manuscripts (for PhD level) for submission to a peer-review journal(s)
•Work with state agencies, private landowners, federal agencies, and other stakeholders to identify field locations
•Apply for and obtain state permits and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approval

Eligibility
•Minimum of a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for undergraduate students
•U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident to be eligible for conversion to a USFWS position (https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/us-citizens/)

Qualities of preferred applicants
The following will be considered positive factors in choosing a successful candidate. We do not expect applicants to have all of these qualities and do not mean to discourage applicants.
•Evidence of a strong desire to learn (as supported by evidence of superior academic achievement, extracurricular activities, or life experiences)
•Membership in one of the following groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in the USFWS:
o Women
o Black/African American
o Hispanic/ Latinx
o Asian
o Native American
o Alaska Native
o Pacific Islander
o LGBTQIA
o Disabled (https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/reference-materials/#url=Glossary)
•Interest and/or experience conducting field work (experience in wetland habitats, with turtles, or tracking animals with telemetry preferred)
•Interest in population ecology, spatial ecology, habitat use, GIS, and/or conservation of imperiled species
•Previous experience working with Blanding's turtles or sampling wildlife in deep marshes
•If applying for the PhD level position, an MS degree is highly desirable

Application
To apply, please send the following materials in a single PDF with the following document name "YOUR LAST NAME-turtle app-2024.pdf" in an email with the subject "Turtle application" to Dr. Graziella DiRenzo at gdirenzo@umass.edu by Sunday March 03, 2024, 11:59 pm:
(1) Cover letter (300-600 words) describing your interest in the position, past research experiences, interest in conducting fieldwork, desire to pursue graduate work, which degree you are interested in pursuing (MS or PhD), any discrepancies in your academic record, and/or aspects of your background that speaks to a unique perspective (e.g., membership of an underrepresented group in STEM, first person or generation in family to achieve college degree or seek advanced degree);
(2) Curriculum vitae or resume;
(3) Contact information (name, position, relationship to applicant, email, and phone number) for three references;
(4) Transcripts (unofficial).
Please send questions to any of the project investigators listed below.

Project investigators
Dr. Lisabeth Willey (lisabeth_willey@fws.gov), U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Dr. Katherine Ineson (katherine_ineson@fws.gov), U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Dr. Allison Roy (aroy@eco.umass.edu), U.S. Geological Survey, MA Coop Unit
Dr. Graziella DiRenzo (gdirenzo@umass.edu), U.S. Geological Survey, MA Coop Unit

Nondiscriminatory AA/EEO statement
The University of Massachusetts provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, genetic information, pregnancy or a pregnancy-related condition, or membership in any other legally protected class. The University of Massachusetts complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the university operates.

Posted 2/17/24

PhD Position(s) on Vertebrate Ecology at the University of Rhode Island

I am seeking two Ph.D. students to address research questions on vertebrate ecology in the Northeast. At least one project will be in collaboration with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. Research questions and focal species will depend on student interest and collaborator needs. Students should expect some field work in Rhode Island or surrounding states. Possible research areas include (but are not limited to):

1. Occupancy, abundance, or distribution modeling for terrestrial species

2. Connectivity and human land use analyses

3. GIS data layer development and protected area prioritization

For more details please review the job advertisement posted at https://connectivityandconservation.com/prospective-members

Send your application or any questions to Dr. Kathleen Carroll (kathleen.carroll @ uri.edu) by 10 March 2024 with the subject line "Ph.D. Student Application" and the materials listed (incomplete applications will not be considered). Please also review the URI Ph.D. program requirements and the Ecology and Ecosystems (EES) program. https://web.uri.edu/cels/academics/bes/ecology-and-ecosystem-sciences/

1. A CV that highlights your current skills (4 pages max)

2. The names, email, and phone numbers of three references (you will be notified first)

3. A short description of your interests and tentative career goals (300 words max)

Posted 2/16/24

MS and PhD Assistantship in Silviculture at UMaine

Graduate Assistantship in Mixed Species Silviculture

Position Type: M.S. or Ph.D.

Where: University of Maine School of Forest Resources

Start Date: Fall or Summer 2024

Position Description: This assistantship is funded through the University of Maine's School of Forest Resources and the Maine Agriculture and Experiment Station. The selected candidate will be part of a collaborative team evaluating the outcomes of ecological silviculture in the context of changing climate and economic conditions. This position will be advised by Dr. Nicole Rogers. You can learn more about ongoing research in the Silviculture Lab at UMaine here.

Research Assistantship: This position provides 2 (M.S.) or 3 (Ph.D.) years of funding for a 20-hour/week assistantship, 50% of health insurance paid, and a tuition waiver for the University of Maine. Office space and operating support (e.g., use of a laptop, travel funds) are also included. The M.S. assistantship includes a stipend of $22,666 annually, the Ph.D. assistantship includes a stipend of $26,666 annually.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have forest inventory skills, familiarity with northeastern US forests, a demonstrated ability to conduct independent research, and strong written and verbal communication skills. Experience with R is desired. The start date is September 2024 with the possibility of preliminary experiments in Summer 2024. For prospective Doctoral students, a Master's degree is strongly encouraged.

About the University of Maine School of Forest Resources: (SFR, http://forest.umaine.edu): With almost 90% of the state covered by forest, forest resources are central to Maine's quality of life and economy. The SFR provides essential forestry education and research and is a signature area of the University of Maine. Approximately 60 graduate students are currently enrolled in M.F., M.S., and Ph.D. programs within the SFR. The University has over 11,000 students and is the state's flagship research institution.

To Apply: The position will remain open until filled. Interested applicants should contact Nicole Rogers, Nicole.s.rogers@maine.edu with a copy of their CV and transcripts.

The University of Maine does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status and gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, 207.581.1226.

Posted 2/16/24

Multiple Research Positions in Forest Soil and Ecological Site at UMaine

Research Opportunities in Silviculture, Forest Soils, & Site Productivity

Position Type: M.S., Ph.D., Postdoctoral researcher

Where: University of Maine School of Forest Resources
(https://forest.umaine.edu/)

Start Date: Fall or Summer 2024

Position Descriptions: Multiple research positions are available with funding from the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the University of Maine's School of Forest Resources. The selected candidate(s) will be part of a collaborative team working to improve available soil data and tools for use in silviculture and forest management decision-making. Specific research questions will be guided by the interests and experience of the final candidate but should relate to one or more of the following topics: the creation of digital soil maps, ecological site classification, field and lab analysis of forest soils, calibration and validation of existing soil mapping models, and/or creation of metrics for evaluating forest site productivity. Positions will be jointly advised by Dr. Nicole Rogers and Dr. Michael Premer. You can learn more about ongoing research in the Silviculture and Forest Management Labs at UMaine here and here.

Research assistantship: This position provides 2 (M.S.) or 3 (Ph.D.) years of funding for a 20 hour/week assistantship, 50% of health insurance paid, and a tuition waiver for the University of Maine. Office space and operating support (e.g., use of a laptop, travel funds) are also included. The M.S. assistantship includes a stipend of $22,666 annually, the Ph.D. assistantship includes a stipend of $26, 666 annually. Postdoctoral salary commensurate with experience.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have field and lab skills, experience with soil and tree measurements, familiarity with northeastern US forests, a demonstrated ability to conduct independent research, and strong written and verbal communication skills. Experience with R is desired. The start date is September 2024 with the possibility of preliminary experiments in Summer 2024. For prospective Doctoral students, a Master's degree is strongly encouraged. For Postdoctoral researchers, a Ph.D. in forest science or related field is required.

About the University of Maine School of Forest Resources: (SFR, http://forest.umaine.edu): With almost 90% of the state covered by forest, forest resources are central to Maine's quality of life and economy. The SFR provides essential forestry education and research and is a signature area of the University of Maine. Approximately 60 graduate students are currently enrolled in M.F., M.S., and Ph.D. programs within the SFR. The University has over 11,000 students and is the state's flagship research institution.

To Apply: The position will remain open until filled. Interested applicants should contact Nicole Rogers, nicole.s.rogers@maine.edu, with a copy of their CV and transcripts.

Posted 2/16/24

MS in Radiological Contamination of Forests at University of Georgia

The University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources (http://www.warnell.uga.edu/) & Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL; https://srel.uga.edu/) are seeking a M.S. student to conduct research focused on assessing radiological contamination of southeastern forests beginning fall of 2024. The project will: (1) assess the state of knowledge regarding radiologically contaminated forests and protocols for release of forest products; (2) determine volumetric radiocesium (Cs-137) contamination across a gradient of known radioactively contaminated forests; and (3) determine volumetric organically bound tritium (OBT) contamination within a forest irrigated with tritiated water (i.e., a phytoremediation system).

The ideal candidate would already possess some field experience, proven problem-solving skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, a basic statistical background, an ability to work both independently and as a productive member of a research team, and motivation to develop, conduct, and publish their research. Candidates should possess a B.S. degree in ecology, forestry, plant biology, biogeochemistry, radiochemistry, or a related discipline. The successful candidate will receive a two-year graduate research assistantship consisting of an annual stipend of approximately $24.5k and tuition waiver. The initial fall and spring semesters will be spent on the UGA campus in Athens, GA completing coursework, and the remainder of the time will be spent in residence at SREL conducting research.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please familiarize yourself with Warnell’s admission requirements and deadlines (https://warnell.uga.edu/graduate/future-students) and send a single pdf containing: (1) a 1-2 page statement of your research interests and a summary of your professional career goals that explains why you think working in the Aubrey Lab (http://aubreylab.weebly.com/) will help you realize these goals; (2) a current CV; (3) unofficial transcripts showing all previous coursework, degrees, and GPA; and (4) contact information of three references to Dr. Doug Aubrey (daubrey@srel.uga.edu). If selected to compete for this assistantship, you will be encouraged to submit an application to the UGA Graduate School. Please contact Dr. Doug Aubrey (
daubrey@srel.uga.edu) with any additional questions.

Posted 2/15/24

2 PhD Positions on post-fire boreal forest recovery

There are two funded PhD positions available through Wilfrid Laurier University's Forest Ecology Research Group (https://forestecology.ca) as part of a new collaboration with the Yukon Government, Wildlife Conservation Society Canada, and the Canadian Forest Service. Candidates will join dynamic collaborations focused on the resilience of Yukon forests following wildfire and biotic disturbance. We will begin evaluating applicants on February 26, 2024 and continue until positions have been filled.

PhD 1: Recovery of caribou lichen biomass post-fire

Field Locations: Central Yukon

Details: Caribou lichen is essential winter and summer forage comprising up to 75% of caribou diet. Wildfire consumes most or all lichen biomass and subsequent recovery is slow. We demonstrated in the NWT that it typically takes 50-75 years for lichen to recover following fire. This creates a challenge for land use decision-making – current conservation guidance for another woodland caribou ecotype (Boreal caribou) suggests that at least 65% of the landscape must remain undisturbed to support Boreal caribou populations. With increasing fire activity and long habitat recovery times, conflicts between caribou conservation and development goals are increasing. Estimates of caribou lichen recovery following disturbance are thus important for understanding habitat recovery to an “undisturbed state”. The successful candidate will lead the collection of lichen biomass data and development of associated allometries and statistical models of lichen biomass recovery necessary to achieve this goal. The successful applicant will also work closely with team members to support the translation of these models to ecological forecasting tools.

Funding includes a competitive stipend for one PhD student and funds for field assistants, travel expenses, field supplies, and conference travel. The ideal candidate will be interested in boreal plant and lichen identification and have strong writing and organizational skills. The ability to lead and implement field-sampling logistics is important. Fieldwork will involve extended periods in remote field locations in the Yukon Territory.

PhD 2: Evaluating forest stand resilience using dendroecological methods

Field Location: Central Yukon

Details: This project will employ dendroecological approaches to evaluate disturbance history of a new network of sites across the Central Yukon’s “fire belt”. This will involve dendroecological determination of the timing of the most recent stand replacing fire as well as the frequency of low severity fires. These data will anchor many other parts of the program so there will be substantial opportunity for collaboration. A second major focus of this position will be on the determination of vulnerability of aspen trees to aspen running canker, a novel fungal pathogen that is leading to widespread aspen mortality in Alaska and the Yukon. Following recent fires, we are observing frequent conversion of spruce-dominated forests to aspen dominance; the emergent aspen running canker, in conjunction with other pests and climate pressures could result in changes to these recent forest recovery trajectories that could benefit conifers and allow lichen biomass recovery. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to explore determinants of stand vulnerability to aspen running canker to facilitate forecasting of the impact of this new pathogen.

Funding includes a competitive stipend for the graduate student and funds for field assistants, travel expenses, and field supplies. The ideal candidate will have interest or experience in tree growth and/or tree ring studies. Further, the candidate should have strong writing and organizational skills. The ability to lead and implement field-sampling logistics is important. Fieldwork will involve extended periods in remote field locations in the Yukon.

Students will enroll in the graduate program of the Department of Biology at the Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON (https://students.wlu.ca/programs/science/biology/index.html) in Dr. Jennifer Baltzer’s research group (https://forestecology.ca). Ideally, students would take part in field campaigns during summer 2024 and enroll in the graduate program for the Fall 2024 semester.

Interested students should contact me directly (jbaltzer@wlu.ca) with a resume, transcript (unofficial is fine) and, if possible, a piece of your own written work. In your cover letter, please indicate your motivation for pursuing this position and highlight any barriers, career interruptions, or other life events that may have modified your path.

Posted 2/14/24

Postdoc and graduate student opportunities (UW-Madison)

The Zuckerberg Lab (https://zuckerberg.russell.wisc.edu/) has 2 available positions (post-doc and graduate student) working on The Role of Protected Areas in Climate-Induced Bird Range Shifts.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Protected areas are an essential conservation strategy given the diversity of threats impacting species and natural communities throughout the world. Rising temperatures and extreme weather are forcing birds to move and adapt across a complex landscape of public and private lands. Conservation agencies and organizations invest significant time and resources in identifying, establishing, and managing protected lands to serve as refugia for threatened and declining species. An assumption is that these protected areas lower the risk of extinction and offer a path by which vulnerable species track a changing climate. Our goal is to work with private organizations and government agencies to evaluate the efficacy of their protected area approaches for reducing the vulnerability of birds to modern climate change. To do so, we will combine climate models with data from long-term avian monitoring data sets to analyze over two decades of bird range shifts and project future changes in bird communities across the Upper Great Lakes region. This project will be supported in the in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology and under the supervision of Dr. Benjamin Zuckerberg.

Please find the specific requirements for both positions below:

POSITION 1: Postdoctoral Associate

REQUIREMENTS

Minimum requirements include: 1) a Ph.D. in ecology, conservation biology, biostatistics, or related field; 2) knowledge of principles and methods of animal range shifts; 3) demonstrated proficiency in R statistical programming and spatial analysis; 4) demonstrated desire and proficiency to publish in scientific journals; 5) demonstrated ability to collaborate with multiple stakeholders. The successful candidate should have excellent written and personal communication skills and be able to work collaboratively in a group setting. Preferred skills include experience in working with climate projections, database management, skills in species distribution modeling and integrated modeling, and proven success working with project partners.

SALARY AND CONDITIONS

The duration of the appointment is 24 months, and the position can start on September 1, 2024. The salary is $55,000 per year plus benefits. Reimbursement for relocation expenses is not available.

POSITION 2: Graduate Student (MS/PhD)

REQUIREMENTS

This position is open at the M.S. Level, but a Ph.D. track is possible. Minimum requirements include: 1) background in ecology, conservation biology, or related field; 2) knowledge of avian and community ecology; 3) proficiency in R statistical programming; 4) demonstrated desire and proficiency to publish in scientific journals; 5) ability to collaborate with multiple stakeholders. The successful candidate should have excellent written and personal communication skills and be able to work collaboratively in a group setting. Preferred skills include experience in working with climate data, analyzing geographic data, skills in species distribution modeling, and proven success working with agency personnel.

SALARY AND CONDITIONS

The graduate student assistantship rate is set by the department and includes an annual stipend, plus tuition remission and health care benefits.

UNIVERSITY: The University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of the major research universities in the United States. UW-Madison has a long history of excellence in ecology, conservation biology, zoology, and remote sensing science. Madison, Wisconsin consistently ranks as one of the best places in the United States to live, work, and study. It is Wisconsin's capital city, with a vibrant population of approximately 270,000 that combines small town charm with a nice variety of leisure and cultural opportunities.

APPLICATION/CONTACT INFORMATION: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will begin immediately. Applications received before March 1, 2024, will be given full consideration. 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 citizens and international candidates. Candidates should send a well-crafted cover letter summarizing their research interests and reason for applying, CV, and contact information for three references. All applications (e-mailed as a single PDF file) should be sent to bzuckerberg@wisc.edu with the subject heading of "PostdocApplication" if applying to the postdoc position and "GradApplication" if applying to the graduate student position.

Posted 2/13/24

PhD Opportunity Rocky Mountain Forest Dynamics

I am seeking a motivated student interested in pursuing a PhD focused on Rocky Mountain forest dynamics at University of Northern Colorado. We will be resampling several plots within and around Rocky Mountain National Park to examine changes over approximately 50 years. This will be a fully funded PhD, complete with tuition waiver and stipend and guaranteed for four years. I am looking for students with some skills in multivariate analyses, GIS, and/or R programming. Additionally, I would prefer someone with knowledge of local plant identification and/or plant trait data collection.

The Department of Biological Sciences (https://www.unco.edu/nhs/biology/) has approximately 50 graduate students and 300 undergraduate students. The PhD is in Biological Education. Most PhDs are not actually performing education research, but are required to take a few pedagogy courses.

If you are interested, please contact Scott Franklin (scott.franklin@unco.edu). For more about me, please see my web page (https://www.unco.edu/nhs/biology/about-us/franklin-scott/lab/).

About UNC
The University of Northern Colorado is a public doctoral/research institution located in Greeley, Colorado. UNC's commitment to education began in 1889 and continues to be a transformational force for our students. According to CollegeNet's Social Mobility Index, UNC ranked #1 in social mobility (2022). UNC is also committed to providing our faculty and staff with the support they need to succeed as professionals, educators, and in life. Please visit UNC's Career Hub,to learn more about UNC's strategic plan, school programs, and employee benefits. Go Bears!

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
The University of Northern Colorado believes diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging is the pathway to achieving an inclusive community and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. UNC supports the growth of individuals who care about race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, lifestyle, age, educational background, national origin, religion, or physical ability to honor the intersectionality of our campus. Please visit UNC's Career Hub to learn more about UNC's commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

AAEO Employer
The University of Northern Colorado is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer that is committed to a culturally diverse staff, faculty, and student body.

The University will not engage in unlawful discrimination in employment or educational services against any person because of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Veteran status and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. It is the University's policy to prohibit discrimination in employment or educational services on the basis of sexual orientation or political affiliation. The University will likewise take affirmative action to ensure that student applicants and enrolled students are treated during the enrollment at the University without regard to race, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. Such affirmative action shall include, but not be limited to the following: employment, upgrading, demotion or transfer, recruitment or recruitment advertising; layoff, retirement, or termination; rates of pay or other forms of compensation; and selection for training, including apprenticeship. Furthermore, the University will post in conspicuous places, notice setting forth the provisions of this University's Equal Opportunity Policy.

Federal regulations require that the University of Northern Colorado retain all documents submitted by applicants. Materials will not be returned or copied for applicants.

Posted 2/9/24

Fish Ecophysiology MS position - Auburn University

We are seeking interested and qualified applicants for a graduate student (GRA) position at the MS level to work on a project studying the ecophysiology of nongame riverine fishes in the US southeast.  Recent work in our lab has combined respirometry, swimming performance, critical temperature limits, and cellular thermal effects within a species.  We continue to build on this research by investigating a spectrum of species to more broadly study the effects of dams on fishes, and the abilities of fishes to navigate potential passage structures.  At a broader level, our lab is involved in a large-scale, comprehensive study of the influence of dams on riverine fish populations, and the work of this new graduate student will represent an important and integral aspect of that work.

For further information, see http://aub.ie/DeVries-GRA, or contact Dennis DeVries (devridr@auburn.edu).

Posted 2/9/24

M.S. Research Assistant Position in Applied Ecology Oklahoma State University

M.S. Research Assistant Position in Applied Ecology
Oklahoma State University

The Department of Natural Ecology and Management at Oklahoma State University is seeking highly motivated MS students to join our research group to study the impacts of vegetation change and land management on ecosystem biogeochemical processes. The successful candidate will be an integral part of a multidisciplinary workgroup that spans expertise in forest and rangeland ecology, ecohydrology, remote sensing, and ecosystem modeling.

We welcome applications from candidates who are creative, independent, and passionate about climate change, ecosystem dynamics, and natural resource management. The assistantship includes a graduate stipend of $24,000 annually, along with a tuition waiver for both resident and non-resident students and health insurance. The students have the flexibility to commence their studies in either the summer or fall of 2024.

Required qualifications:
·         BS degree in ecology and environment science, soil science, forestry and range science, or related field.
·         GPA of 3.0 or greater (as required by the Department and Graduate College)
·         Demonstrated excellence in English communication skills. While the GRE is preferred, exceptions may be considered on a case-by-case basis
·         Capacity to complete research projects independently
·         Passion for field work and data analysis.

Information about the Department of Natural Resource Ecology & Management at Oklahoma State University can be found at https://agriculture.okstate.edu/departments-programs/natural-resource/index.html. Interested candidates should contact Dr. Chris Zou (chris.zou@okstate.edu) or Dr. Jia Yang (jia.yang11@okstate.edu) by emailing a letter of interest, updated CV, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Institutional Information:
Oklahoma State University is classified as an R1: Doctoral Universities, i.e., “very high research activity”, in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The university is a land grant institution with an enrollment of about 25,000 students located midway between Tulsa and Oklahoma City. The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management is part of the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and conducts interdisciplinary research, instruction, and extension education to address the sustainable management and conservation of the wildlife, forest, rangeland, and fishery resources of Oklahoma and beyond. The Department is a source of cutting-edge research, quality instruction, and effective outreach to students, landowners, managers, and public agencies.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to a criminal background check. Oklahoma State University, as an equal opportunity employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action.  Oklahoma State University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate based on race, religion, age, sex, color, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or veteran status with regard to employment, educational programs and activities, and/or admissions.

Contact Information:
Dr. Chris Zou
Professor of Ecohydrology
Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management
Oklahoma State University
E-mail:
chris.zou@okstate.edu

Dr. Jia Yang
Assistant Professor of Ecosystem Modeling and Fire Ecology
Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management
Oklahoma State University
E-mail:
jia.yang11@okstate.edu

Posted 2/8/24

Graduate Assistantships: mussel ecology - Texas A&M University

1 PhD graduate assistantship and 2 MS graduate assistantship are available under the supervision of Dr. Charles Randklev and Dr. Roel Lopez in the Texas A&M Natural Resource Institute and Department of Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management. The PhD assistantship will focus on evaluating population dynamics for rare species to inform recovery efforts. The first MS assistantship will focus on evaluating growth using lab and field-based methods. The second MS assistantship will focus on testing lethal and sublethal temperature assays to inform environmental flow efforts.

Funding for this project is from state and federal natural resource agencies

For the PhD assistantship a full stipend (grant funded Research Assistantship) for 3 years will be provided: ~$35,000/yr (tuition + salary).

For the MS assistantships a full stipend (grant funded Research Assistantship) for 2 years will be provided: ~$32,000/yr (tuition + salary).

Start date: flexible but ideally Summer of 2024

Last Date to apply: May 15, 2024

More information about the graduate program in the Department of Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management - https://rwfm.tamu.edu.

More information about the mussel research program at NRI-TAMU: https://dallas.tamu.edu/research/mussels/

Qualifications:
Required: For MS assistantship - BS in Biology or related field; previous research experience in aquatic ecology, community ecology, or ecotoxicology. For PHD assistantship - MS in Biology or related field; previous research experience in environmental modeling and statistics. Applicants should have strong analytical, oral, and written communication skills, plus detail oriented and the ability to work independently; valid drivers license is required; must be comfortable in the water and outdoors. GPA >3.0; GRE scores > 60th percentile (153 verbal and 156 quantitative).

Preferred: For MS assistantship - research experience with freshwater mussels (unionids); publications in ecotoxicology, stream ecology, or community ecology; For PHD assistantship - publications using species distribution models, strong statistical background, and ability to code; GPA >3.5; GRE scores >70th percentile (156 verbal and 159 quantitative).

Before applying, please email a single PDF document to BOTH Dr. Randklev (crandklev@ag.tamu.edu) AND Dr. Lopez (roel.lopez@ag.tamu.edu) that contains: (1) a letter of interest describing your qualifications, experience and background, (2) your CV, (3) GRE scores, (4) GPA and unofficial transcripts, and (5) contact information for 3 academic/research references. Feel free to contact us for more information about the graduate program, our research, and more specifics about the project.

Posted 2/8/24

MS Position in Stream/Ecosystem Ecology for Fall 2024

The Speir Lab at the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR) is recruiting a master's student to work on the QuEST project (Quantifying Ecosystem transport across Space and Time) for Fall 2024. The selected student's thesis will focus on high-frequency water quality sensor data from nested deployments within a local watershed. The goal will be to capture how stream network expansion and contraction dynamics change carbon, nutrient, and material export.

Students in the Speir Lab receive extensive training in water chemistry analysis, foundational stream ecology methods, and scicomm. We also conduct regular year-round field work (~1x per week - even when it's cold, snowing, raining, etc!). Students will attend conferences to present their work.

We are looking for someone who is an excellent team player/collaborator, is willing to dig into the nitty gritty of sensors (deployments, electronics, managing LOTS of data, etc.), has experience with water quality research (especially if at the watershed-scale), and has a positive attitude even when faced with challenges.

If you're interested in joining the lab, email Dr. Speir prior to applying. Include a detailed description of your past research experience (if applicable), why you'd like to join the lab, and your curriculum vitae/resume. For more info, visit https://speirlab.weebly.com/.

Posted 2/6/24


MSc position at Carleton University working to minimize the spread of HPAI

A Eurasian strain of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) emerged in North America in December 2021. This strain of HPAI is highly infectious and often fatal in domestic poultry and can also cause mortality in wild birds and mammals. The virus infected numerous commercial flocks in 2022 and 2023 with high risk periods for commercial flocks occurring during the spring and fall coinciding with wild bird migration periods. During these outbreaks, it became clear that more work was needed to understand wildlife and domestic poultry interactions and the internal commercial interactions leading to these HPAI infected premises.

We are looking for an MSc student to join an exciting, collaborative team of scientists at Carleton University and Environment and Climate Change Canada. The student will lead a study exploring wild bird communities and their habitats on poultry farms that were infected with H5N1 during the 2022 and 2023 outbreaks. The project will involve examining geospatial data on bird and land use across a large number farms, as well as acoustic recordings and transect count data collected in collaboration with partner farms in southern Ontario. Some field work in southern Ontario may be a part of the study. The study will help understand how wild birds may contribute to the movement of HPAI onto farms and inform a set of recommendations to minimise wild bird-poultry farm interactions, and thus the spread of the virus to agricultural lands. The position start date is flexible but September 2024 would be ideal. The student will be supervised by Dr. Rachel Buxton (https://www.biodiversityconservationsolutions.com/) and Dr. Jennifer Provencher.

Essential Skills and Qualifications: BSc degree in ecology, conservation science, environmental science, geography, applied statistics, or a related field; strong research, leadership, and communication skills; enthusiasm and kindness; a desire to make the world a better place for people and nature.

Desirable Skills: GIS/mapping; coding in R; bird identification; experience analyzing acoustic recordings

Application details: Applicants should send the following to Rachel Buxton (Rachel.Buxton@carleton.ca) and Jennifer Provencher (jennifer.provencher@ec.gc.ca) by March 15: 1) Letter of interest summarizing your experience; 2) Curriculum Vitae; 3) Contact details for three references; and 4) University transcripts (unofficial are fine). Please use the subject line Birds and farms application.

About Carleton University: Carleton University is committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our university including, but not limited to: First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; women; visible minorities; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression. Carleton understands that career paths vary. Legitimate career interruptions will in no way prejudice the assessment process and their impact will be taken into careful consideration.

Carleton University is a dynamic and innovative research and teaching institution with a national and international reputation as a leader in collaborative teaching and learning, research and governance. With over 29,000 students, 950 academic faculty, and 2,000 staff and more than 100 programs of study, we encourage creative risk-taking enabling minds to connect, discover and generate transformative knowledge. Carleton University is located in Ottawa, Canada's capital city, which has a population of almost one million and reflects the country's bilingual and multicultural character.

Posted 2/3/24


Graduate student opportunity in biogeography/ecology at the University of Idaho

Three years of research funding is available for a PhD student to work on a project investigating outbreaks of flatheaded fir borer (FFB), an insect causing significant mortality of Douglas-firs in Oregon and California.  Project goals include developing two statistical models of FFB, one at more local and one at more regional scales, to increase understanding of climate and tree/stand drivers of outbreaks and inform management decisions.  The project begins Fall 2024; an earlier start date (e.g., in summer) is possible.  Funding includes $30,000 in salary, tuition/fees, and health insurance each year, and is contingent on final approval.  The successful candidate will have a background in geography, ecology, forestry, biology, or a related field.  Desirable qualifications include a background in biogeography or ecology; familiarity with statistical methods, computer programming (e.g., R), and spatial data sets; excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to work independently and collaboratively and meet deadlines; and an enthusiasm for research.  The student has the opportunity to receive a degree in either Geography (www.uidaho.edu/sci/ess/graduate-programs) or Environmental Science (www.uidaho.edu/cnr/grad-programs).  Interested persons should apply to University of Idaho Graduate Admissions (www.uidaho.edu/admissions/graduate).  The supervisor will be Dr. Jeffrey Hicke, Department of Earth and Spatial Sciences.  Inquiries welcome (jhicke@uidaho.edu, 208-885-6240).

Posted 2/2/24

MS Position: Assessing Multitrophic Impact of Microplastic Pollution on Macroinvertebrate Communities

The Mitchell Lab in the Department of Wildlife and Natural Resources at Tarleton State University is seeking a highly motivated student to receive a M.S. in Agriculture and Natural Resource to explore the relationship in microplastic pollutants in macroinvertebrate food webs for Summer 2024. The student will conduct field surveys in Matagorda Bay and adjacent wetland ecosystems to obtain tissue samples of invertebrates and plants for analysis alongside developing a baseline macroinvertebrate community in impacted wetland systems. Travel and multi-day fieldwork is expected. Students will also develop a microcosm study under laboratory conditions exploring the transfer of candidate microplastic and nanoplastic materials through sediment, plant tissues, and to invertebrates at higher trophic levels.

Qualifications: B.S. in ecology, fisheries, entomology, marine sciences, or other related fields with GPA of at least 3.0 required. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in freshwater or coastal systems, piloting single-engine watercraft, experience with statistical software (R statistical programming or equivalent), and scientific writing. Students must be self-motivated, able to work independently in adverse field conditions (esp. hot weather and stinging insects) and in remote areas, and must have a valid driver’s license. 

Salary and Benefits: Students will receive a monthly salary of $1600 for 24 month (2 year) commitment, including health benefits as an employee of Tarleton State University and the Texas A&M University System. Out-of-state tuition costs are waived; students are responsible for costs of in-state tuition and fees. Students will receive assistance through the hire of field technicians, compensation for travel and lab costs, and funding to present research at a professional conference of their choice.

Application: To apply, please email the following materials as a single PDF file to Adam Mitchell (abmitchell@tarleton.edu) 1) a single-page cover letter describing professional goals, 2) a resume or CV, 3) copy of academic transcript (official or unofficial), and 4) contact information for three references. Please include the subject line “YOURNAME_InvertebrateMS”.

The deadline to apply is March 1st with a quick turn-around for interview. Applicants who interview will be requested to provide an example of their writing skills, such as a term paper or a scientific publication/technical bulletin in which they are co-author, if applicable. For questions, contact Dr. Mitchell by email or call (254)-459-5334.

Adam Mitchell, Ph.D (He/Him/His)
Certified Wildlife Biologist ®
Assistant Professor of Entomology
Department of Wildlife and Natural Resources
Tarleton State University
Office: Autry 203B
Phone: (254)-459-5334

Posted 2/1/24

Ph.D. Opportunities in Carbon and Water Dynamics

We are seeking two highly motivated students Ph.D. students to work within the Global Change Ecology Group at the University of Alabama. We have multiple projects studying:

1. The role disturbance regimes play in altering the metabolic energy density of longleaf pine ecosystems.

2. "Trading water for carbon", Understanding water use in a rapidly developed cellulosic biofuels feedstock crop.

3. Natural Climate Change Solutions project engineering a novel forest to sequester carbon

The position will entail:
1. Monthly trips of 3-6 days for fieldwork
2. Maintaining eddy covariance tower operations
3. Processing and analyzing eddy covariance data.

The work involves walking, hiking, prolonged standing, bending, and kneeling. Heavy items, equipment, and packs up to 40 pounds must be lifted and carried on a routine basis. Field work includes exposure to extreme temperatures, inclement weather, rough and variable terrain, toxic plants (e.g., poison ivy), stinging and biting insects, and wildlife hazards. Instrument maintenance involves performing work on instrument towers ranging in height from 24 feet to 120 feet, which includes ascending and descending using climbing equipment.

The applicant should be self-motivated and have a minimum of a bachelor's degree, but a master's degree is preferred, in ecology, atmospheric sciences, atmospheric chemistry, or related field. R programming skills and a good quantitative background are needed for this project. Experience with eddy covariance techniques and Campbell Scientific loggers is a plus. Funding consists of an annual stipend of ~$28K per year plus a tuition waiver. During the fall and spring semesters, the student will receive a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (0.5 FTE). During the summer, the student will receive a Graduate Research Assistantship.

Interested candidates should contact Gregory Starr (gstarr@ua.edu; http://starrlab.ua.edu/) and/or Christina Staudhammer (cstaudhammer@ua.edu; http://cstaudhammer.people.ua.edu/) and send a CV, letter of interest, research statement, and a scientific writing sample. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Posted 2/1/24


M.S. Graduate Project – Desert Tortoise and Solar Development

Description

We are seeking a hard working, highly motivated, and detail-oriented Master's student to begin graduate work at Arizona State University starting in June 2024 (pending final approval of funding). The student will join the research lab of Dr. Jesse Lewis at ASU (jslewi10@asu.edu), and be working in collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management and Arizona Game and Fish Department. Start date is expected to be June 1, 2024. Salary: $20.00 per hour plus health benefits and tuition reduction. This is a grant-funded position and is contingent upon funding.

Renewable energy development is critical for long-term climate goals; however, landscape change from this activity can influence habitat and sensitive wildlife species, such as Sonoran desert tortoise. The overall objective of this master's project is to evaluate desert tortoise populations in relation to current and proposed solar development projects in the southwestern United States. Using both GPS telemetry on tortoises and specialized wildlife cameras, the objectives of this project are to evaluate: (1) habitat selection and movement patterns of tortoise, (2) landscape connectivity of tortoise habitat, and (3) effectiveness of mitigation strategies for wildlife at solar facilities. The MS student will work closely with BLM and AZGFD collaborators to conduct field work and collect data using GPS telemetry and wildlife cameras across broad regions in hot and arid environments. The MS student will also conduct rigorous statistical analyses (e.g., resource selection functions, home range estimation, occupancy analyses, etc) and write high quality research papers to complete project objectives. This position is an excellent opportunity to join a team of diverse agencies and stakeholders, produce research results that will be applied to on-the-ground management, and publish novel research findings.

Essential Duties

• Design a Masters research project to answer project objectives
• Conduct intensive field work activities in hot and arid environments; this role may require extended periods of data collection in remote, primitive field conditions
• Hike long distances carrying necessary field equipment
• Safely drive on unmaintained dirt roads
• Analyze data using spatial and statistical methods
• Write peer-reviewed manuscripts to publish results and conclusions
• Present findings at conferences and in public forums
• Work in a team environment, as well as independently

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment (i.e., wildlife biology, ecology, natural resources, etc); OR, Four years research experience appropriate to the area of assignment; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

1. Field experience in natural resources
2. Own a vehicle for the duration of the project that can be used for field work and driving on dirt roads
3. Have a valid US driver's license
4. Use of remote wildlife cameras
5. Experience with conducting GPS and VHF telemetry
6. Strong quantitative skills
7. Familiarity with using program R to conduct statistical analyses
8. Experience using GIS to work with spatial data
9. Strong writing skills
10. Strong academic record and grades
11. Experience with research, writing papers, giving poster and oral presentations
12. Knowledge of federal, state, and agency laws, rules, and regulations

Working Environment

• Field work in desert of Arizona under varying weather conditions.
• Have the ability to safely drive on unmaintained dirt roads and hike long distance carrying necessary field equipment.

Instructions To Apply

Application deadline is 3:00 PM Arizona Time on Friday, March 8, 2024.

To apply to this position please submit your application materials through the following link: https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/Home/Home?partnerid=25620&siteid=5494#jobDetails=4882120_5494

For your application, please include:
(1) A cover letter explaining in detail: (a) how you meet the required and desired qualifications of this position, (b) your research interests, (c) career goals, and (d) what makes you a good fit to work on this project
(2) Your resume/CV
(3) A document that you wrote that demonstrates your independent writing ability
(4) Unofficial copies of academic transcripts
(5) Information for 3 professional references, including name, title, phone number, and email address

Posted 1/31/24

PhD position on behavior and resilience in plant-bird interactions

The Tarwater (www.tarwaterlab.com) and Kelley (www.kelleylab.org) labs are looking for a highly motivated, hard-working, and creative Ph.D. student to work on plant-animal interactions, with a particular focus on how bird behavior alters seed dispersal, the importance of abiotic factors on temporal and spatial variation in seed dispersal, and resilience in the novel ecosystem of Hawai`i.

Successful applicants will be expected to be part of a larger team (the Hawai`i VINE project) collecting data in Hawai`i (O`ahu) on seed dispersal. VINE has been working together on O`ahu for 10 years addressing questions about the role of invasive birds in the dispersal of native and non-native plants.

There will be flexibility for students to develop particular foci for their dissertation. We anticipate that two chapters will be focused on questions that are part of a new SERDP grant, while the other two chapters will be developed by the student. Students will be collecting data in Hawai`i for >4 months per year for the first few years, and the remainder of their time, they will be in Laramie, WY (location of the University of Wyoming).

The University of Wyoming has a new, exciting initiative, WYOBIRD, that students would have an opportunity to take part in. This initiative includes local outreach opportunities, invited seminar speakers, hands-on experience with birds and mentoring of students, collaborations with ornithologists locally and regionally, and workshops.

Successful applicants will be expected to participate in a team environment, present results at professional conferences, publish results in a timely manner in peer-reviewed scientific outlets, and assist with preparation of grant proposals.

Students will be funded off of a Research Assistantship for their first 3.5 years and for the remaining time of their Ph.D.s, they will be funded off of a combination of Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships. Assistantships include a living wage, tuition, and benefits.

Qualifications: Candidates must possess a B.S. or M.S. degree in biology, wildlife ecology, natural resource management, or a related field. Ideal candidates would have 2+ years of field experience, including experience in the mist-netting of passerines and plant identification, and ideally some experience with large data sets and R, and experience in writing manuscripts. We strongly encourage underrepresented students in STEM and international students to apply.

Contact: Dr. Corey E. Tarwater (corey.tarwater@uwyo.edu) and Dr. J. Patrick Kelley (Patrick.Kelley@uwyo.edu). Please submit your application to https://forms.gle/zsCmsEzhtcg2LfpNA. Include in your application a single document that includes a cover letter outlining experience and specific research interests, curriculum vitae, transcripts, and contact information for 3 references familiar with your experience and qualifications. If an international student, please include your TOEFL scores. Review of applications will begin February 27th and continue until filled. Successful applicants would start in July/August 2024.

Posted 1/30/24

MS Position: Assessing Multitrophic Impact of Microplastic Pollution on Macroinvertebrate Communities

The Mitchell Lab in the Department of Wildlife and Natural Resources at Tarleton State University is seeking a highly motivated student to receive a M.S. in Agriculture and Natural Resource to explore the relationship in microplastic pollutants in macroinvertebrate food webs for Summer 2024. The student will conduct field surveys in MatagordaBay and adjacent wetland ecosystems to obtain tissue samples of invertebrates and plants for analysis alongside developing a baseline macroinvertebrate community in impacted wetland systems. Travel and multi-day fieldwork is expected. Students will also develop a microcosm study under laboratory conditions exploring the transfer of candidate microplastic and nanoplastic materials through sediment, plant tissues, and to invertebrates at higher trophic levels.

Qualifications: B.S. in ecology, fisheries, entomology, marine sciences, or other related fields with GPA of at least 3.0 required. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in freshwater or coastal systems, piloting single-engine watercraft, experience with statistical software (R statistical programming or equivalent), and scientific writing. Students must be self-motivated, able to work independently in adverse field conditions (esp. hot weather and stinging insects) and in remote areas, and must have a valid driver’s license. 

Salary and Benefits: Students will receive a monthly salary of $1600 for 24 month (2 year) commitment, including health benefits as an employee of Tarleton State University and the Texas A&M University System. Out-of-state tuition costs are waived; students are responsible for costs of in-state tuition and fees. Students will receive assistance through the hire of field technicians, compensation for travel and lab costs, and funding to present research at a professional conference of their choice.

Application: To apply, please email the following materials as a single PDF file to Adam Mitchell (abmitchell@tarleton.edu) 1) a single-page cover letter describing professional goals, 2) a resume or CV, 3) copy of academic transcript (official or unofficial), and 4) contact information for three references. Please include the subject line “YOURNAME_InvertebrateMS”.

The deadline to apply is March 1st with a quick turn-around for interview. Applicants who interview will be requested to provide an example of their writing skills, such as a term paper or a scientific publication/technical bulletin in which they are co-author, if applicable. For questions, contact Dr. Mitchell by email or call (254)-459-5334.

Adam Mitchell, Ph.D (He/Him/His)
Certified Wildlife Biologist ®
Assistant Professor of Entomology
Department of Wildlife and Natural Resources
Tarleton State University
Office: Autry 203B
Phone: (254)-459-5334

Posted 1/30/24

PhD Position(s) on Vertebrate Ecology at the University of Rhode Island

I am seeking two Ph.D. students to address research questions on vertebrate ecology in the Northeast. At least one project will be in collaboration with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. Research questions and focal species will depend on student interest and collaborator needs. Students should expect some field work in Rhode Island or surrounding states. Possible research areas include (but are not limited to):

1. Occupancy, abundance, or distribution modeling for terrestrial species
2. Connectivity and human land use analyses
3. GIS data layer development and protected area prioritization

For more details please review the job advertisement posted at https://connectivityandconservation.com/prospective-members

Send your application or any questions to Dr. Kathleen Carroll (kathleen.carroll@uri.edu) by 10 March 2024 with the subject line "Ph.D. Student Application" and the materials listed (incomplete applications will not be considered). Please also review the URI Ph.D. program requirements and the Ecology and Ecosystems (EES) program. https://web.uri.edu/cels/academics/bes/ecology-and-ecosystem-sciences/

1. A CV that highlights your current skills (4 pages max)
2. The names, email, and phone numbers of three references (you will be notified first)
3. A short description of your interests and tentative career goals (300 words max)

Posted 1/30/24

GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIP

ELECTRIC VEHICLES IN THE ARCTIC (EVITA)–INTERACTIONS WITH COLD WEATHER, MICROGRIDS, PEOPLE, AND POLICY

Start date: Fall 2024, 2-year position
$21/hour
20 hours/week during academic year
40 hours/week during summer
Tuition & other benefits included

Electric vehicles in the Arctic (EVITA) is looking for a graduate student to work with rural communities in Alaska regarding use of vehicles and potential pathways towards EVs. This person would participate in workshops, surveys, and interviews. The goal is to increase our understanding of vehicle use, determine the feasibility of EVs, and identify policies that might help facilitate the integration of EVs. Desired candidates should have an interest in qualitative and quantitative skills, live in Anchorage, AK for the two years of the research assistantship, and be willing to travel. This will be a research assistantship position so it will be for two years and include tuition, medical coverage, and pay $21/hr with 20 hours a week during the academic year and 40 hours/week during the summer. Students ideally would enroll in a masters of public policy at the University of Alaska Anchorage, but other programs at the University of Alaska could be acceptable.

EVITA brings together researchers, tribal community partners, electric utilities, and vocational programs in Kotzebue and Galena, Alaska, to understand how EVs can be integrated in remote Arctic communities to improve resilience and promote energy justice. This position will evaluate pre- and post-questionnaires of study participants and contribute to data analysis.

An ideal candidate would be a master in public policy (MPP) graduate student at UAA and have a passion for community-driven research. Based in Anchorage, AK.

Reach out to PI Jennifer Schmidt at jischmidt@alaska.edu to apply.

UA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, educational institution and provider and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination.

Posted 1/27/24


Graduate Student Positions in Algal Ecology and Biotechnology

The Corcoran Lab (corcoranalgaelab.com) is currently recruiting graduate students to start in August 2024 in the NMSU Biology Department. Research in the lab focuses on the structure and function of aquatic ecosystems, with an emphasis on microalgal biology and ecology. A strong focus is algal-bacterial interactions, including both beneficial and parasitic relationships. At present, there are very few algal-bacterial model systems. We seek to develop new model systems in a variety of platform algae to better understand these interactions at all levels: from molecular to population. Day-to-day work in the lab can be conducted in the lab or field. The Corcoran Lab maintains over twenty 300L outdoor cultivation ponds at the nearby Fabian Garcia Science Center, offering a unique opportunity to ask cultivation-relevant questions. Exact research topics are flexible but should build on the group's resources and or previous work.

Earning a biology degree with a focus on algal biology, ecology, and biotechnology provides graduates with a diverse skill set and a broad understanding of microorganisms, ecological systems, and biotechnological applications. This skill set is relevant to addressing current challenges in health, the environment, and sustainability. Additionally, the emphasis on algal ecology offers opportunities to explore sustainability and the potential for sustainable practices, such as the development of algae-based biofuels. A graduate degree in the Corcoran Lab will equip you with comprehensive training in laboratory techniques, experimental design, data collection and analysis, manuscript preparation, and scientific communication, preparing graduates for their careers ahead.

The minimum qualifications for the position include:
(1) a B.S. or M.S. in biology, marine science, microbiology, or related field
(2) basic knowledge of algal or plant biology, molecular biology, and microbiology
(3) a minimum GPA of 3.25
(4) laboratory experience (experience with algal and bacterial cultures is a plus)
(5) the ability to work independently as well as with a diverse research group

For consideration, please email (1) a one-page cover letter describing your research interests and career goals, (2) your CV, (3) unofficial transcripts, and (4) contact information for three professional references (all compiled into a single PDF) to Dr. Corcoran at acor@nmsu.edu.  If there is a good fit, applicants will be required to apply to the Graduate School (deadline: April 15, 2024).  At this point, we are only considering applicants with work authorization in the US. For more information on the application process in the Biology Department, please see the department's webpage.

Alina Corcoran, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology
New Mexico State University
Office: (575) 646-3228; Cell: (207) 465-6116
corcoranalgaelab.com

Posted 1/27/24

MS Position in Plant Conservation Genetics - University of Northern Colorado

The McGlaughlin Lab at the University of Northern Colorado is currently recruiting 1 Masters of Science student to conduct conservation genetic research on rare plants. The position will start in the summer or fall of 2024. Research in our lab is focused on using modern genetic tools to enhance the conservation and management of rare and endangered plants. Specifically, the selected student will use Restriction Associated DNA (RAD) sequencing to examine the taxonomic status, genetic/geographic structure, and genetic health of a focal plant. Our lab works very closely with federal land management agencies (Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, and US Fish and Wildlife Service) to support preservation of native plant diversity. Any student joining the lab will be involved in long-term demographic monitoring of rare and endangered plants in addition to their genetic research. We have multiple new projects beginning in the summer of 2024, with potential projects focused on Penstemon, Astragalus, and Potentilla. Although prior experience with genetic data collection is beneficial, the primary qualification for this position is a passion for plants and conservation, and a willingness to learn. Applicants should have as BS/BA in Botany, Biology, Ecology or related field with an undergraduate GPA >3.0. Formal applicants are required to submit undergraduate transcripts, a letter of intent/interest, CV, and three letters of recommendation through the UNC application system.

The selected student will be supported by a mix of grant funded research assistantships, UNC herbarium research assistantships, and graduate teaching assistantships. The selected student will receive an academic year living stipend, a tuition waiver, and summer funding support. Students need to be legal US residents, capable of establishing residency in Colorado within 1 year of beginning the program. Students will ideally start in May or June 2024 in order to allow for participation in summer fieldwork. For full consideration for funding applications to UNC need to be submitted by March 15, 2024.

More information about the department can be found at: https://www.unco.edu/nhs/biology/
Interested applicants should contact Dr. Mit McGlaughlin, Mitchell.mcglaughlin@unco.edu, for more details.

Posted 1/27/24


Graduate Research Assistantship - Disturbance interactions in pine savannas

The Forest Disturbance and Resilience lab at Auburn University (forestresilience.auburn.edu) and the Forest Landscape Ecology lab at the Jones Center at Ichauway (lab.jonesctr.org/cannon/) are looking to recruit a Master's student to study disturbance interactions in pine savannas. Research projects will utilize existing data and newly collected data from the Jones Center at Ichauway (www.jonesctr.org). This is a joint funded graduate project between the Jones Center and Auburn University. The successful student will have the unique opportunity to work and collaborate with top scientists and land managers in the field of fire ecology. This project will utilize long-term data on canopy scorch combined with tree mortality from a 2018 hurricane, to assess impacts of scorch on tree growth and whether repeated scorch enhances wind resistance.

Minimum Qualifications: M.S. applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in natural resources management, forestry, ecology, biology, environmental science, geography, computer science, or related field. Strong communication skills in oral and written English are necessary. Applicants must possess a current and valid driver license and be able to drive a state vehicle. The ability to work outside in sometimes strenuous conditions (hot, humid weather, biting insects, possible venomous snake encounters, etc.) is required. A good work ethic and positive attitude is preferred.

Desired Qualifications: Preference will be given to applicants with experience with (or a desire to learn) statistical analyses, software (R, ArcMap, etc.), and scientific writing.

Application Instructions: If interested, please email the following to Dr. Tim Shearman (timothy.shearman@auburn.edu ) and Dr. Jeffery Cannon (Jeffery.cannon@jonesctr.org) by March 1st 2024: (1) a cover letter discussing interest in the research, qualifications, and applicable background experience; (2) a resume/CV; (3) Unofficial transcripts; and (4) contact information for three professional references. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Review of applications will begin immediately.

Compensation: Financial support is available annually based on performance for 2 years, starting in fall 2024, and includes an annual stipend of $22,000/year plus a tuition remission and health insurance.

Auburn University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

Posted 1/19/24


Multiple MS Graduate Assistantships in Biology, APSU - apply by March 1!

The Department of Biology at Austin Peay State University (APSU) invites applications for admission to our M.S. program for Fall 2024. We offer both thesis-track and non-thesis track degrees. The program comprises approximately 30 graduate students supported by research and teaching assistantships. APSU (10,000 students) is located in Clarksville, TN, 45 minutes northwest of Nashville and is in close proximity to remnant prairies, numerous parks and public lands, and diverse aquatic ecosystems. For more information about the Biology Department and resources for research, please visit www.apsu.edu/biology/index.php.

The application deadline for Fall 2024 admission is March 1. For more information on application and admission requirements, see https://catalog.apsu.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=46&poid=11709. Successful applicants pursuing the thesis track will receive support from teaching or research assistantships and receive a full tuition waiver. Non-thesis track applicants will also be eligible for a full tuition waiver and teaching assistantship support, when available. Please contact the Deptarment Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Mollie F. Cashner for additional information about the program (cashnerm@apsu.edu)

Because support of a faculty advisor is necessary for admission to the M.S. thesis-track plan of study, and strongly recommended for admission to the M.S. non-thesis track, interested students should communicate with potential faculty research mentors as part of the application process. The following faculty are recruiting students for the upcoming Fall 2024-2025 academic year:

Rebecca Blanton Johansen (johansenr@apsu.edu)
Evolution, phylogeography, and conservation of freshwater fishes and crayfishes. For more information visit: https://sites.google.com/site/thejohansenfishlab/

Sergei Markov (markovs@apsu.edu)
Research interests include: a) molecular hydrogen production by microorganisms; b) microalgae for biofuels and chemicals; c) bioreactors/photobioreactors and bioprocess engineering, and d) wastewater clean-up by microorganisms.

Gilbert Pitts (pittsg@apsu.edu)
Reproductive neuroendocrinology. Particularly, control of gonadotropin-releasing hormone.

Cindy L. Taylor (taylorc@apsu.edu)
Available major advisor for non-thesis graduate students. I have experience in advising Pre-Professional Health students including those wanting to gain admission to programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine (M.D., O.D., and PA). I am also interested in mentoring M.S. non-thesis graduate students that want to go into teaching.

Stefan Woltmann (woltmanns@apsu.edu)
Research focus is on behavior and ecology of wintering migrant passerines in Tennessee; ecology of imperiled grassland/prairie birds in the region. For more information, see the Woltmann Lab webpage: https://stefanwoltmann.wordpress.com/

Austin Peay State University embraces diversity as a core value and as essential for our effective participation in the global community. Therefore, Austin Peay State University (APSU) does not discriminate against students, employees, or applicants for admission or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, age, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or any other legally protected class with respect to all employment, programs and activities sponsored by APSU.

Posted 1/13/24


Two PhD Positions Available in Climate Change AI at Michigan Technological University

Assistantship Description: Two PhD positions are available with Dr. Tao Liu at Michigan Technological University. The student will use machine learning\deep learning methods with remote sensing data to solve problems relevant to climate change. Specifically, the student will choose one of the following three areas:

1.      Phenotyping Individual Trees with Drone and Handheld Remote Sensing Systems
·         Utilize LiDAR data to precisely map the individual trees in natural forests.
·         Employ LiDAR data for detailed analysis of morphological traits at the individual tree level, including measurements of height, stem form, diameter at breast height (DBH), and leaf characteristics such as leaf area index (LAI), leaf area density (LAD), color, distribution, and angle, along with canopy features like volume, coverage, structure, and phenological aspects (e.g., flowering periods, leaf coloration timing, leaf expansion, and leaf fall).
·         Process optical remote sensing data to assess biochemical traits, including chlorophyll and lignin content, and water use efficiency at the individual tree level.

2.      Forest Health Mapping and Understanding Mechanisms
·         Utilize aerial and satellite remote sensing platforms combined with deep learning techniques to conduct large-scale forest health mapping at the national level.
·         Employ AI technologies for predicting forest health trends.
·         Investigate the influence of various factors on forest health, particularly the role of climate change, using AI technologies.

3.      Wildfire Mapping and Forecasting
·         Integrate Sentinel and Landsat imagery to accurately identify the ignition points of wildfires.
·         Use the Pytorch forecasting package, integrating multiple data types, to predict wildfire probabilities.

Qualifications:
·         U.S. citizens, nationals and permanent residents
·         MS or BS degree in environmental science, forestry, geography, computer science, data science or other related fields.
·         Programming skills using Python.
·         Remote sensing research or image processing experience
·         Strong communication skills, both in terms of formal written reports/manuscripts and oral presentations.

Funding: The selected candidate will be funded with NSF Research Traineeship program.

Timing: The start date is Fall 2024. Please send your materials by April 1st 2024.The position is available immediately and open until filled.

Application Procedure:
Applicant should email Dr. Tao Liu at taoliu@mtu.edu to express your interest in the position. Please include a brief cover letter describing your relevant qualifications and interest in the project.

MTU Description:
Michigan Tech is located in Houghton, MI in the heart of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Houghton is situated on the hills bordering the beautiful Portage Waterway and is only minutes from the Lake Superior shoreline. The area offers a bounty of cultural and recreational opportunities and a low cost of living. Houghton was rated as the 15th Greatest Place to Live in America by Outside Magazine in 2014. This environment combined with a great research opportunity results in an excellent quality of life.

Tao Liu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in Remote Sensing and GIS
College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
Michigan Technological University
Office number: +1(906) 487-1720
Email:
taoliu@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 169
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931

Posted 1/11/24

Accepting Apps for M.S. in Environmental Biology at Regis in Denver, CO

Over the last nine years, the M.S. in Environmental Biology Program at Regis University, located in Denver, Colorado, has prepared students for careers in the environmental and ecological workforce.

Our program differs from more traditional thesis-based master's programs in that we:

1. Emphasize learning and applying skills demanded by employers to ecosystem management. These skills include GIS, statistical computing in R, professional writing, environmental policy, wetland delineation, and advanced ecology.

2. Emphasize field-based research during both a 100-hour internship at an external agency and a cohort-based field research project with ecosystem managers at partner agencies including Denver Mountain Parks.

3. Offer a flexible timeline. You can earn your master's degree in an intensive, one-year program or up to three years as it fits with your needs and goals.

4. Offer small class sizes and a cohort experience that enables students to build close relationships with other students and faculty members who are focused on helping each student navigate their own career pathway.

Our alumni have indicated that the program's applied skills-based emphasis has prepared them well for securing and maintaining employment. Not only do program experiences enrich their resumes, but the content focus and gained experience make our students highly competitive applicants. Within several months of graduation, most of our graduates obtain employment in a wide array of jobs in the governmental, private, and non-profit sectors.

We have Teaching Fellowships available for the 2024-2025 academic year, which provide valuable teaching experience and offset tuition expenses for competitive applicants. If interested, you can apply for a fellowship when you apply to the program. Teaching fellowship applications will be reviewed beginning on March 15th, 2024.

We also offer generous scholarships up to $5,000 to all eligible applicants to the M.S. Environmental Biology Program for the 2024-2025 academic year.

If you want to learn more, visit: REGIS.EDU/ENVIRONMENT for more information on admission, application details, and the teaching fellowship. Our program does not require the GRE for admission.

Posted 1/9/24


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