Graduate School Opportunities

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PhD and Post-doc position in Nutrient Cycling at UTEP

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)is recruiting for a PhD student and a Postdoctoral Researcher to work on a recently funded National Science Foundation 'Critical Zone Thematic Cluster' grant to study carbon fluxes, ecohydrology, and nutrient availability in the carbonate-dominated soils of dryland ecosystems. The project has sites in Texas, New Mexico, and Idaho. The position is located in El Paso, Texas and will be focused on the field operations at the Texas and New Mexico sites, including the Jornada Experimental Range in New Mexico. More information about the overall project, as well as other available positions, can be found at https://drylandcz.org

1.    1. PhD Student – We are interested in a PhD student interested in the mechanisms affecting nutrient availability across dryland ecosystems. Qualified candidates should have a B.S. or M.S. in Ecology, Biology, Environmental Science or related field, and show a strong interest in plant ecology, ecosystem ecology or biogeochemistry. Ideal candidates will have some previous research experience in field ecology, a strong work ethic, be able to work independently and with a field crew, and availability to begin in summer or fall 2022. Funding will be provided through a combination of RAships and TAships. More information about my lab at UT El Paso is available at www.jenniemclaren.com. More information about the Department of Biological Sciences and its graduate programs can be found at http://science.utep.edu/biology/ and http://science.utep.edu/eeb/. Applications for graduate school are due Feb 1, but late applications will be considered for the right candidate. Interested students should send a c.v. and short statement of research interests to Jennie McLaren at jrmclaren@utep.edu prior to applying.

2.      Post-Doctoral Researcher - The primary goals for this position will be linking nutrient (specifically phosphorus) availability and access to plant presence and identity in these carbonate rich dryland soils. We are specifically looking for a  candidate with experience in biogeochemical research/ecosystem ecology, with preference for a candidate with interest knowledge of dryland ecosystems. For this this interdisciplinary collaborative project, we are also looking for candidates with interest or experience in collaborative projects with other scientist and students. Up to three years of funding is available. We will begin to review applications on Feb 1st but the position is open until filled. The target start date for the position is Spring or Summer 2022, depending on the preferred candidates availability. For more information, please email Jennie McLaren (jrmclaren@utep.edu) and copy Lixin Jin (ljin2@utep.edu). To submit an application, please visit Post-Doctoral (10022751)and apply at the UTEP careers site. Applications will require one pdf file with a cover letter, statement of interest, CV, and contact information of at least three referees.

Posted 1/21/22

MS and MEM fellowships at Western Colorado University

Western Colorado University welcomes prospective master's students to apply to our new NSF-supported program to train students for ecology careers with public lands agencies. Students in the EMPLOYS (Ecological Management and Public Lands Opportunities for Young Scientists) Program will develop cutting-edge research capabilities and vital leadership skills to respond to the complex challenges facing public lands in an era of rapid social and environmental change.

EMPLOYS Trainees will:
--Earn a Master of Science in Ecology and Master of Environmental Management program in three years at Western Colorado University.
--Complete a research thesis using big data to study an ecological question, then apply research findings to plan informed natural resource management interventions.
--Prepare for science and management careers in the National Park Service, National Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and more.

A limited number of 1-year, full-tuition fellowships are available, and all EMPLOYS students will receive research and travel support. Early application deadline is February 15. More information can be found at Western's Center for Public Lands (https://www.centerforpubliclands.org/projects-add/employs-traineeship).

Posted 1/21/22

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

We are accepting applications for fall 2022 admission to the MS Environmental Biology program at Regis University in Denver, CO. The M.S. in Environmental Biology is a graduate program designed to emphasize the skills necessary for success in the environmental and ecological workforce.

TOP FEATURES:
- EARN A MASTER's DEGREE in an intensive, one-year program or up to three years as it fits with each student's needs.

-courses focused on RELEVANT SKILLS demanded by environmental employers: statistical computing (R), GIS, NEPA, grant writing, wetland delineation, & advanced ecology.

-Year-long, on-the-ground FIELD EXPERIENCE to apply coursework to management of Colorado ecosystems.

- HANDS-ON internship at local organizations to gain applicable skills and work experience OR research experience with faculty members.

- SMALL CLASS SIZES and cohort experience that allow students to build close relationships with other students and faculty members who are focused on individual student goals and career development.

Go to: REGIS.EDU/ENVIRONMENT for more information on admission and application details. Our program does not require the GRE for admission.

The application cycle will remain open through July 2022.

Posted 1/21/22

Recruiting graduate students in biology at University of Nebraska Omaha

The Department of Biology at the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) is seeking to recruit students for our Master's degree program. We provide support through teaching assistantships (which include tuition waivers), as well as through faculty research grants. In addition, research and summer support funds are available on a competitive basis. UNO is located in the heart of the greater Omaha metropolitan area (over 930,000 people), and UNO currently enrolls approximately 3,000 graduate students and 15,500 undergraduates. Our departmental program covers all levels of organization within biology. Faculty with interests in conservation, ecology, behavior, restoration, and evolution include:

Paul Ayayee: Host-microbe interactions and Microbial ecology (https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-arts-and-sciences/biology/about-us/directory/paul-ayayee.php)
Tom Bragg: plant community diversity/fire ecology (tbragg@unomaha.edu)
Dean Castillo Evolutionary genetics of reproduction, mating behaviors, and speciation. https://castillolab.github.io/
Tim Dickson: prairie and savanna restoration, and ecosystem services resulting from restoration (http://GrasslandEcology.com)
John Hribljan: Wetland ecology and restoration (jhribljan@unomaha.edu)
Roxi Kellar: plant systematics, biodiversity, and plant invasion genomics (https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-arts-and-sciences/kellar-lab/index.php)
David Manning: stream ecology and water quality (davidmanning@unomaha.edu)
John McCarty: conservation and ecology of birds (https://bit.ly/2Ce151K)
Claudia Rauter: behavioral ecology
Travis Robbins: Herpetology, ecology, evolution, and behavior (www.therobbinslab.org)
John Sproul: Repetitive DNA genomics, insect biodiversity, rapid genome evolution, species delimitation (jsproul@unomaha.edu)

For a complete list of faculty interests and contact information visit: https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-arts-and-sciences/biology/about-us/directory/index.php

Interested students should contact one or more faculty members prior to application to discuss possible thesis topics. The deadline for applications for fall enrollment is 15 February. For more information about Graduate Studies at UNO, visit: https://www.unomaha.edu/graduate-studies/index.php

Posted 1/20/22

MS and PhD positions at South Dakota State in data analytic tools for grassland management

Graduate Student Positions Available
Developing data analytic tools for grassland management
South Dakota State University

One Master's Student position and one PhD student position are available to participate in a USDA-funded effort to improve prediction of the quantity and quality of forage available to rangeland livestock in the Northern Great Plains. The project integrates remote sensing data and climate data with field data collection and laboratory analysis using AI algorithms with the goal of producing web and mobile applications that will be made available to livestock producers. The project will also conduct outreach efforts to make local producers aware of this technology and train them in its use. The MS student will handle field data collection and laboratory analysis and assist with outreach efforts. The PhD student will be involved in field data collection, data pipeline creation, and artificial intelligence model development. The work is a collaboration between faculty in Natural Resource Management, Animal Science, and Statistics departments. These positions are available beginning August 2022. The successful candidates will receive tuition waivers and a 12-month stipend.

Required Qualifications (MS): (1) A BS/BA degree in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Rangeland Ecology, Natural Resource Management, or related field by May 2022; (2) strong academic record including undergraduate research experience; (3) quantitative skills including advanced Excel and introductory R; (4) excellent written and oral communication skills.

Required Qualifications (PhD): (1) A MS degree in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Rangeland Ecology, Animal Science, Natural Resource Management, Statistics, Math, or related field by May 2022; (2) strong academic record including thesis work leading to publication; (3) advanced quantitative skills including GIS, R, Python, and supervised/unsupervised classification; (4) excellent written and oral communication skills.

The Department of Natural Resource Management (Range, Wildlife, Fisheries, and Ecology) and the Department of Animal Science at South Dakota State University are within the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences. The graduate programs strongly emphasize conservation and wise-use of natural resources. SDState is the Land Grant University for the state and has approximately 13,000 students. SDState is located in Brookings, SD ca. one hour north of Sioux Falls and four hours east of the Twin Cities, and offers a friendly, small, college-town atmosphere. Both departments have faculty in Rapid City, SD. There is an option for the PhD Student to complete part or the whole degree program based in Rapid City.

To apply, send a single PDF with (1) CV; (2) a letter describing how you meet the required qualifications, research interests, and career goals; (3) unofficial transcripts; and (4) contact information for three professional references to Josh Leffler (joshua.leffler@sdstate.edu) for the MS position or Jamie Brennan (jameson.brennan@sdstate.edu) for the PhD position. Formal application to the university only needs to be made after selection of the successful candidate. Application is open until positions are filled. For full consideration, please apply by 17 February 2021.

Posted 1/18/22

Funded PhD position(s) on endangered bats at U. Saskatchewan

Ph.D. position(s) on conservation biology of endangered bats on the prairies.

We are currently advertising one (potentially two) Ph.D. student opening(s) in the Department of Biology, at the University of Saskatchewan. Start dates of May or September, 2022 are possible, with an earlier start being preferred. There is also the potential for students completing a field season as part of the field crew before enrolling in their Ph.D. Full funding ($22,500k CAD/yr for 4 years) is guaranteed, but the successful student will be expected to apply for stipend supports for which they may be eligible (e.g., NSERC post-graduate scholarships for Canadian citizens).

The Project: Conservation biology of endangered bats on the prairies.

In 2021, the fungus (Pseudogymnoascus destructans) responsible for the emerging disease of bats, white-nose syndrome (WNS), was first identified in Saskatchewan. Introduced to New York in 2006, it has since spread across much of the eastern and central parts of North America. The catastrophic population declines of bats affected by WNS have led to three species in Canada being emergency listed as endangered (two of which are found in Saskatchewan). As WNS spreads across the prairies, conservation efforts for bat populations are likely to encounter new challenges. Agricultural intensification and landscape simplification can both affect the food resources (insects) and habitat quality (e.g., maternity roost sites) for bats. Pesticide exposure is also a looming threat, and has had well documented detrimental effects in ecologically similar birds (i.e., aerial insectivores). Our understanding of the ecology of bats in prairie landscapes also lags behind that for forested environments. This project will directly address these challenges and research needs. Specifically, we are interested in meeting three core objectives:

1. Determine how agricultural intensification in the northern Great Plains affects foraging activity by, and body condition of, little brown bats; identify landscape features most likely to benefit bats through habitat enhancements and conservation initiatives.
2. Determine how variation in pesticide exposure influences body fat dynamics of little brown bats.
3. Evaluate the influence of post-hibernation body condition on the likelihood of reproduction in female little brown bats, and whether habitat augmentation can ameliorate the predicted detrimental consequences for poor-condition survivors.

To support this project, the student(s) will have access to dedicated research infrastructure, including a mobile laboratory trailer (housing a quantitative magnetic resonance body composition analyzer and other energetic physiology equipment), autonomous bat detectors, necessary field equipment (e.g., mist nets and handling equipment) and lab equipment/access for pesticide analyses. Preliminary acoustic data is also available from the previous two years. The students will be co-supervised by Drs. Christy Morrissey (https://christymorrissey.driftchamber.com/) and Jeffrey Lane (www.lanelab.ca), and be an active participant in both wildlife biology research labs.

The successful applicant will have a GPA > 80 % (converted to the UofS' 1-100% scale) over the past two years of schooling and a degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., ecology, conservation biology, environmental science). In addition, a passion for fieldwork, bats and wildlife conservation, as well as excellent scientific communication skills (both written and oral) and statistical proficiency (or a willingness to gain it) is necessary. Evidence of scientific productivity (manuscripts published or in preparation, conference attendance and presentations) is also expected. This position is open to both Canadian and international students. We believe equity, diversity, and inclusion strengthen the community and enhance excellence, innovation and creativity. We, therefore, encourage members of the underrepresented groups in STEM (e.g., women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply.

If you are interested in applying, please submit a cv (including names and contact details of references), a short (< 1 pg) description of research interests and a copy of your transcripts to (unofficial or official) to Jeffrey.lane@usask.ca. Applications will be evaluated as they're received. To ensure full consideration of your application, therefore, please submit ASAP. Any questions can also be directed to the same email address.

Thank you in advance for your interest in this position, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Posted 1/15/22

MSc/PhD position in hibernating Columbian ground squirrels

M.Sc. or Ph.D. position on integrative biology of wild hibernating Columbian ground squirrels.

I am currently advertising one graduate student (either M.Sc. or Ph.D.) opening in the Evo-Eco-Energetics Lab (PI: Dr. Jeffrey Lane) in the Department of Biology, at the University of Saskatchewan. Start dates of May or September, 2022 are possible, with an earlier start being preferred. There is also the potential for a student to complete a field season as part of the field crew prior to enrolling in the graduate program at the UofS. The student will need to be successful in either external (e.g., NSERC post-graduate scholarships for Canadian citizens) or internal funding competitions (scholarship or teaching assistantship).

The Project: Integrative biology of hibernating Columbian ground squirrels.

Since 2008, we have been developing a wild population of hibernating Columbian ground squirrels in Alberta's Rocky Mountains as a system in which to integrate energetic physiology, ecology and evolutionary biology. Individuals in this population hibernate for 8-9 months each year, and we have learned that hibernation is phenotypically plastic, heritable and associated with fitness. Current, graduate student-led, work on the project is investigating energy allocation to reproduction, abiotic (e.g., weather) and biotic (e.g., food abundance) influences on hibernation biology, and between-population variation in energetics and phenology. We are excited to advance these lines of investigation over the coming years, and are looking to recruit at least one student with interests in: climate change biology, evolutionary ecology, life history evolution and/or energetic physiology.

To support this project, the student will have access to dedicated research infrastructure, including a mobile laboratory trailer (housing a quantitative magnetic resonance analyzer (to measure body composition) and a field portable respirometry system (to measure metabolic rates), necessary field equipment (e.g., live traps and handling equipment). We have recently refined protocols for individual food-supplementation, enabling targeted feeding experiment. The student will have access to those protocols and equipment. The student will also have full access to the 14 year data set to address their research questions. All fieldwork will be based out of the University of Calgary's R.B. Miller Research Station (https://research.ucalgary.ca/biogeoscience-institute/facilities/rb-miller-station).

The successful applicant will have a GPA > 80 % (converted to the UofS' 1-100% scale) over the past two years of schooling, and a degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., ecology, environmental biology, physiology, evolutionary biology or zoology). In addition, a passion for fieldwork, wildlife ecology, and academic research as well as excellent scientific communication skills (both written and oral), statistical proficiency (or a willingness to gain it) and the ability to work productively as a member of a team (both in the field and office) is necessary. Evidence of scientific productivity (manuscripts published or in preparation, conference attendance and presentations) will be viewed favourably. This position is open to both Canadian and international students. We believe equity, diversity, and inclusion strengthen the community and enhance excellence, innovation and creativity. We, therefore, encourage members of the underrepresented groups in STEM (e.g., women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply.

If you are interested in applying, please submit a cv (including names and contact details of references), a short (< 1 pg) description of research interests and a copy of your transcripts to (unofficial or official) to Jeffrey.lane@usask.ca. Applications will be evaluated as they're received. To ensure full consideration of your application, therefore, please submit ASAP. Any questions can also be directed to the same email address.

Thank you in advance for your interest in this position, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Posted 1/15/22

Graduate Research Assistant (M.S.) - Mesopredator movement and ecology: Florida Keys/Illinois

Title: Graduate Research Assistant (M.S.) – Mesopredator movement and ecology: Florida Keys/Illinois
Agency: Southern Illinois University
Location: Key Largo, Florida; Carbondale, Illinois
Job Category: Graduate Assistantships
Salary: ~1,500/mo + tuition and benefits
Start Date: April 15, 2022
Last Date to Apply: 02/25/2022
Website: https://peaselab.com/; https://covewildlife.com/

A M.S.-level Graduate Research Assistantship is available at Southern Illinois University (SIU) starting April 2022 to assess the movement patterns of mesopredators in association with supplemental human foods and invasive predators in an island ecosystem. The field research (April/May – August) will take place in Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Key Largo, Florida, in cooperation with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (Dr. Mike Cove), the USFWS (Refuge Manager Jeremy Dixon), and with SIU (Dr. Brent Pease). During the academic year (August – May), the student will be based at SIU in Carbondale. Primary field work will take place during spring and summer and includes tracking GPS-tagged mesopredators in Key Largo along an urban-wild gradient and overlapping with invasive Burmese pythons. The graduate student will estimate home range and quantify movement behaviors of raccoons and Virginia opossums to investigate the ecosystem role of mesopredators as seed dispersers and identify potential interactions of study animals with known locations of multiple endangered species. The student will work to analyze GPS movement data in a continuous time movement modeling framework with the potential to include additional analyses with camera trap data through integrated modeling frameworks. Opportunities may exist for the student to develop independent research questions and projects including but not limited to animal movement, species co-occurrence, community dynamics, stable isotopes, diet analysis, and/or ecosystem services. The successful applicant is expected to effectively communicate findings to all partners and participate in other on-going monitoring efforts in Key Largo. Housing will be provided for fieldwork in the Keys. The student will earn a M.S. in Forestry with emphasis in Wildlife Ecology at Southern Illinois University and will be co-advised by Drs. Mike Cove and Brent Pease.

The successful applicant will have (1) obtained B.S. degree in wildlife, ecology, biology, forestry, zoology, or related fields; (2) knowledge of mesopredator ecology; (3) exceptional quantitative skills and familiarity with radiotracking and movement models; (4) knowledge of program R and spatial software (e.g., QGIS, ArcGIS); (5) a driver's license and ability to conduct independent field work in difficult conditions (e.g., mosquitoes, biting flies, and heat)); and (6) strong oral and written communication skills.

To apply please email a single PDF to Dr. Brent Pease (bpease1@siu.edu) that includes:
1. A cover letter that describes past experiences and career goals
2. Curriculum Vitae (with GPA and GRE scores included)
3. Undergraduate transcripts (unofficial is acceptable)
4. Contact information for 3 references

The email subject should be “MS – Florida Keys Mesopredators”. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, applications must be received by Feb 25, 2022.

Brent S. Pease, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Forestry Program
Southern Illinois University
1205 Lincoln Drive, Mail Code 4411
Carbondale, IL 62901
E: bpease1@siu.edu
W: peaselab.com
O: Ag 186B
P: (618) 453 - 7474
(he/him)

Posted 1/15/22

Ph.D. Assistantship in Soil Nitrate Transport Monitoring and Modeling, University of Wisconsin-Madison

A Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantship is available at Dr. Jingyi Huang's lab (https://soilsensingmonitoring.soils.wisc.edu/), Department of Soil Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison. This USDA-funded project will focus on improved monitoring and modeling of nitrate transport in different soils and plants under various management practices (e.g., fertilization, irrigation) combining novel soil sensors and process-based models. The expected starting date for this position is September 1, 2022.

Requirements:
An interest in soil, plant, and environmental sciences
Previous experience of process-based models of water and solute transport in soils and/or soil-plant-atmosphere continuum (e.g., Hydrus, DSSAT, APSIM)
Strong programming skills (e.g., R, Python, Fortran, Matlab)
Demonstrated excellence in coursework, good written and oral communication skills, and the ability to work as a team member

Benefits:
Research Assistantship will be provided for 3.5 years per University of Wisconsin-Madison guidelines (https://grad.wisc.edu/funding/graduate-assistantships/), which consists of stipends, tuition remission, and other benefits. The PhD candidate will work in a multi-discipline environment involving soil and environmental sciences, agronomy, horticulture, civil and environmental engineering, and electrical and computer engineering and will have the opportunity to engage with stakeholders across the state during the project. Madison is a great place to live. Want to be a Badger? Find out more from here: https://grad.wisc.edu/apply/

Apply:
If interested, please send a 2-page brief statement describing how your previous experience fits into the position and what you plan to work on for this project, along with your CV, transcripts, and contact info for three references to Dr. Jingyi Huang (jhuang426@wisc.edu).

Posted 1/14/22

M.Sc. Position – Urban and Agricultural Drivers of Bat Abundance and Diversity

We are seeking a M.Sc. student to work on a project focused on  the effects of urban and agricultural land use on threatened bat species in southwest British Columbia. This position will be based in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia, under the supervision of myself (Dr. Matthew Mitchell), Dr. Kai Chan (Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability), and Dr. Scott Wilson (Environment and Climate Change Canada). The project is funded by Environment and Climate Change Canada and offers opportunities to collaborate with government agencies and non-government conservation organizations at regional, provincial, and national levels.

The research project will focus on understanding the landscape-scale drivers of bat abundance and diversity in the urban and agricultural landscapes of southwest BC. The project will provide information on bat habitat in the region to inform critical habitat designation. Project research may include:

Field collection of bat abundance and diversity data through the use of a network of acoustic recorders across gradients of urban and agricultural land use
Exploring the feasibility of using passive tracking systems or acoustic field surveys to identify movement and dispersal corridors for bats
Creation of new models of bat abundance and diversity across southwest BC

The successful candidate will be part of the interdisciplinary Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC's Vancouver campus, and will have the opportunity to interact and work with scholars and students from diverse departments including the Faculty of Forestry, IRES, and Biodiversity Research Centre.

Desired qualifications Include:

B.Sc. in animal ecology, landscape ecology, conservation biology, wildlife management, or related field
Excellent academic record with evidence of research experience
Strong writing and communication skills
Field ecology experience, with bat tracking/trapping experience an added asset
Experience with GIS and landscape analysis
Familiarity with acoustic monitoring techniques and data management

We particularly encourage applications from members of marginalized or minority groups, including those based on sex, sexual orientation, gender identify or expression, racialization, Indigeneity, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, or age.

The position will ideally start May 2022 at the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC's Vancouver Campus. Funding is available for 2 years.

 Applications should be submitted as a single PDF attachment to matthew.mitchell@ubc.ca with the subject "Bat MSc 2022" and the following: (1) a 1-page cover letter stating your interests and key qualifications; (2) CV/Resume including contact information for 3 references, and (3) relevant university transcripts. Applications will begin to be reviewed on January 31, 2022 and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

Dr. Matthew Mitchell  PhD (He, Him, His)
Research Associate
Faculty of Land & Food Systems | Centre for Sustainable Food Systems
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Unceded Territory
248-2357 Main Mall | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z4 Canada
Phone 778 580 8222
matthew.mitchell@ubc.ca | @MGEMitchell
https://mgemitchell.weebly.com

Posted 1/14/22

Environmental Education graduate assistantship

The CWES Graduate Assistantship is a unique opportunity for those interested in gaining teaching, mentoring and supervisory experience in the environmental education field while pursuing a
Masters in Environmental Education and Interpretation. The assistantship is a two-year commitment.  The next graduate assistantship will begin in June of 2022. 

If you are interested, please contact Tom Quinn, Director, at 715-346-2705 or tquinn@uwsp.edu. Interviews with potential candidates will begin shortly, so please contact Tom ASAP if interested (interviews can be conducted prior to a formal application). 

Job Description:

During the academic year, graduate assistants assist course instructor(s) in the planning, delivery, and evaluation of the 4-credit NR 376/576 Practicum in Environmental Education and the 12-credit NR 482 Practicum in Environmental Education/Interpretation courses.  Both are taught at the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station.

During the summer, the graduate assistant will help to run summer camps and other programming at CWES. The graduate assistant will work as the Assistant Summer Camp Director their first summer and as Summer Camp Director their second summer.

Graduate Assistants will also be able to help develop new programming at CWES, including:

-The Sunset Lake Conservation Program: a new effort to engage the surrounding community in conservation efforts, focusing on the removal of the aquatic invasive species Eurasian Watermilfoil
-Green Team: a growing partnership with Tomorrow River Community Charter School, which is located on site alongside CWES. The goal of this program is to engage the school's middle and high school students in hands on environmental learning through community science, natural resource stewardship, and civic responsibility

The level and form of involvement in these and other programs at CWES will depend on the skills and interests of the graduate assistant

For more information, visit https://www.uwsp.edu/cnr-ap/cwes/Pages/GraduateAssistantship.aspx.

Posted 1/13/21

PhD or MS position in Antarctic Ecology at Texas Tech

The van Gestel lab (www.nvangestel.com) and the Johnson lab (www.mossmatters.com) at Texas Tech University are seeking a highly motivated student interested in studying plant responses to global change. Prospective students should have a background and genuine interest in plant physiology, plant ecology, polar ecology, carbon cycling or similar field, preferably pertaining to mosses. Experience in lab or field work is preferred.

Application materials
•Letter of interest that should include a statement research interests, and a statement of the student’s professional goals.  Include GPA (including graduate GPA if applicable).
•Names and contact information of 3 references.
•Curriculum vitae.

Email the materials as a single pdf to: natasja.van-gestel@ttu.edu on or before: January 30, 2022

Natasja van Gestel, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Texas Tech University
Mailstop 3131
Lubbock, TX 79409-3131
Tel: +1 806 834 7089
www.nvangestel.com

Check out my Antarctic blog: https://natasjavgestel.github.io

Posted 1/13/22

PhD position in Savanna Plant Ecology and Global Change at the University of Wyoming

One PhD position is available starting Fall 2022 in the Grassland Ecology Lab of Dr. Kevin Wilcox at the University of Wyoming. Our group focuses on a wide variety of topics, such as global change impacts on plant communities and ecosystems, scaling ecosystem stability from local to regional levels, using process-based modeling to assess how plant communities and ecosystems may respond over the coming decades, and investigating interactions between climate change and herbivory in North American grasslands and in South African savanna. See the lab website for more details (https://kevinwilcox.weebly.com/).

Position description:

PhD position - Plant biodiversity and global change in South African savanna ecosystems

Application close date: Friday, January 28th, 2022
Location: University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
Start date: August, 2022

Research focus: This position is part of an NSF-funded project assessing how diversity of plant traits at the population and community level provide stability under multiple concurrent global change extremes—extreme fire, grazing, and drought. The PhD student will be responsible for helping set up experimental infrastructure and take a variety of ecological measurements near the Satara rest camp in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Additionally, the student will work with a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Wyoming to incorporate field data into process-based models for use at the experimental site. The student will be based at the University of Wyoming and will also collaborate with scientists and other graduate students from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, St. Edwards University, and the South African Environmental Observation Network.

Location(s): The University of Wyoming is a land grant institution within the city of Laramie, WY. Laramie is nestled between the Medicine Bow and Laramie Mountains with lots of nearby outdoor activities, including wonderful summer and winter recreation (e.g., snowshoeing, cross country skiing, rock climbing, fishing, hiking). The university supports ~12K students, and has a strong PhD program in ecology (http://www.uwyo.edu/pie/).

Kruger National Park is a 2 million hectare natural savanna ecosystem in the north eastern section of South Africa that supports a diverse assemblage of flora and wildlife, including lions, leopards, zebra, giraffe, elephants, and kudu (and many others). During their research, the student will be located in the Satara rest camp in the national park and will work in the Experimental Burn Plots (EBPs). The EBPs were initiated in Kruger in 1954 to examine the effects of fire frequency on vegetation, and our research group has been studying various dynamics in these plots for almost two decades. The student will conduct approximately 2-3 months of field work in Kruger each year, so willingness to travel and work at a relatively remote field site is required.

Desired qualifications include:
• BS and/or MS degree in biological sciences
• Broad understanding of plant ecology
• Experience conducting field research
• Willingness to travel internationally and to conduct research at relatively remote field sites
• Strong work ethic
• Insatiable curiosity about the natural world
• Willingness to learn new techniques and skills

How to apply: Underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, please submit an application package as a single PDF to kevin.wilcox@uwyo.edu with the position title in the subject line: Biodiversity and Global Change: PhD Application. For full consideration, please send your application as a single PDF by January 28th, at 5 pm MST. The application package PDF must include:

1. A two-page letter outlining your research interests, training, and why you are interested in this position
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Contact information (email and phone numbers) for two academic or professional references

Posted 1/12/22

Master's and PhD student positions

Within the framework of a project to understand regeneration responses and functional strategies of eastern Mediterranean resprouters subject to fire and drought, I am looking for good and motivated students seeking a Master's or Doctoral degree in Plant Community and Functional Ecology including work in Plant Biochemistry and Physiology.

Students will be hosted in the Plant Ecology Lab (https://uhaifa-plantecologylab.weebly.com/) of the Department of Biology and Environment (https://biology-and-environment.haifa.ac.il/) and take coursework in the Department of Evolutionary and Environmental Biology (https://deeb.haifa.ac.il/) of the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the University of Haifa (https://www.haifa.ac.il/?lang=en) in the beautiful and inclusive coastal city of Haifa (https://www.visit-haifa.org/eng/), Israel.

Starting dates: February or October 2022. Scholarship support is available. Prospective candidates should send a short CV, motivation letter, copy of transcripts of BSc or MSc degree, and the names and contact details of two or three academic references in a single PDF file.

Documents and further inquiries about the research and study programs should be addressed to Dr. Edwin Lebrija-Trejos: edwin-l@sci.haifa.ac.il 

Dr. Edwin Lebrija-Trejos
Dept. Biology and Environment
Faculty of Natural Sciences
University of Haifa-Oranim
Tivon, 36006, Israel
Phone:+972-4-983-8986
Fax: +972-4-593-9608
Lab Website: https://uhaifa-plantecologylab.weebly.com/

Posted 1/11/22

M.S. Graduate Assistantship in Dryland Crop Physiology, Colorado State University

Title: Graduate Assistantship in Dryland Crop Physiology
Location: Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
Categories: M.S. student
Compensation: Stipend and tuition waiver
Application deadline: February 1, 2022

Responsibilities

The Ogle Lab in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability and the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University seeking an independent and motivated student to investigate physiological responses of agricultural crops to drought in a controlled setting managed by the USDA. Specifically, this student will be part of a multi-institution research group funded by NASA to investigate the use of novel remote sensing data to constrain estimates of gross primary production, and yields, in dryland agriculture at scales from the field to regional/national. The student will be mentored by Dr. Dave Barnard (USDA-ARS) and Dr. Stephen Ogle (Colorado State University). The position will be based in Fort Collins, CO and involve frequent field work at nearby USDA facilities in Greeley and Akron, CO.

Dr. Ogle is the technical lead on the US national greenhouse gas inventory for agricultural lands and has conducted a variety of assessments to evaluate agricultural management options. Dr Barnard is a USDA research scientist with interest in plant physiology and hydrology.

The M.S.position is supported for 2 years through a research assistantship.

Qualifications

Applicants require a background in plant physiology or related field. Desirable qualifications include a strong interest in crop physiology; experience making plant ecophysiological measurements in the lab, greenhouse, and/or field (e.g., gas exchange, water potential, chlorophyll fluorescence,); a considerable interest in quantitatively modeling physiological processes; strong written and oral communication skills; and/or desire to work both independently and collaboratively with others;

Contact

For more information please send an email to: Dr. Stephen Ogle (Stephen.Ogle@colostate.edu)
Formal applications to M.S. program at Colorado State University should be submitted through https://graduateschool.colostate.edu/programs/ecology-ms/

Posted 1/10/22

PhD Position - Boreal Birds and Climate-Change Refugia (UW-Madison)

We are seeking an outstanding graduate student to lead an exciting study on how boreal forests may serve as climate-change refugia for declining boreal birds. The student's dissertation will involve (1) quantifying the microclimates and biochemistry of boreal forest sites in northern Wisconsin; (2) performing a field experiment to quantify the quality of foraging and caching sites for boreal birds; (3) conduct targeted boreal bird surveys; and (4) analyze data generated from Wisconsin's two breeding bird atlases to identify range shifts for a suite of declining boreal birds. Our broader goal is to test, using advanced remote sensing, whether boreal forests provide cooler microclimates and exhibit foliar chemistries optimal for food caching to serve as refugia for declining boreal birds. This is a USDA-funded project in the department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at UW-Madison and is a collaboration with the WI DNR. The student would be advised by Dr. Benjamin Zuckerberg and co-advised by Dr. Phil Townsend. The 4-year PhD assistantship will begin in the fall of 2022.

Applicants must have a MS degree in ecology, forestry, geography, or other related discipline. We will only consider applicants with a BS degree if they have proven relevant experience. A solid working knowledge of avian ecology, GIS, and statistics are required. Although not a requirement, the preferred candidate will have strong experience in field work and familiarity with remote sensing. Excellent English writing and verbal communication skills are essential.

Review of applicants will begin immediately, but the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Applications received by Feb. 01, 2022 are guaranteed 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. The project includes an annual stipend, plus tuition remission and health care benefits. We envision a start date of September 2022, but an earlier start date may be possible.

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

To apply, please submit your application here: https://tinyurl.com/2p8927s8

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

After reviewing all applicants, we will ask for reference letters from top candidates.

Posted 1/7/22

Two available Ph.D positions to study behavior and community structure of army-ant-following birds (University of Wyoming)

The Tarwater Lab (Avian Ecology and Behavior; https://www.tarwaterlab.com) and the Kelley Lab (Behavioral Complexity Lab; https://www.kelleylab.org) in the Department of Zoology & Physiology at the University of Wyoming are hiring a total of two Ph.D. students interested in working on army-ant-following birds to explore the evolution of social behavior, the consequences of behavior on communities, and flexibility in behavior, as part of a newly funded NSF grant. One student will be advised by Dr. Tarwater and the other student will be advised by Dr. Kelley, but we will be part of a collaborative team investigating different aspects of army ant-following birds. Field work will take place in Panama for 6-8 months each year. Each Ph.D. position is fully-funded for 2.5 years, with an annual stipend of $23,000. For the remainder of the time, student salary will be covered through teaching assistants or other acquired grants. Tuition, fees, and health insurance costs will be covered by University of Wyoming and/or the Principal Investigators. Successful applicants would start early Summer 2022.

Qualifications:Successful applicants will be expected to participate in a team environment, manage a field crew, present results at professional conferences, apply to other grants as needed, and publish results in a timely manner in peer-reviewed scientific outlets. Candidates must possess a B.S. or M.S. degree in biology, wildlife ecology, natural resource management, or a related field and have 2+ years of field experience (including experience in the mist-netting and behavioral observations of birds). Ideal candidates would have proficiency in Spanish, some practical experience working with and analyzing large data sets, and experience in writing manuscripts. Preference will also be given to applicants with experience in tropical avian ecology. We strongly encourage underrepresented students in STEM and international students to apply. 

Application timeline and procedure: Applications are due Tuesday, 1-February-2022. To apply, submit a single PDF containing the following components: [1] a cover letter (2 page maximum) that includes a description of your academic background, future plans, and why you are interesting in joining our labs, [2] a curriculum vitae (2-page max), [3] the name and contact information of three references (but please do not request letters), and [4] unofficial transcripts (a PDF download from your undergrad university’s registrar office). If you are an international student, please include your TOEFL scores. Even though there are two Principal Investigators, please only submit one application as we will review applications jointly. Your application should be submitted using the Google Application Form.

Diversity Statement: Diversity in knowledge, experiences and identities in research groups increases productivity and creativity. The Tarwater and Kelley Labs are strongly committed to increasing the representation of traditionally excluded groups and fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive research environment at the University of Wyoming. The University of Wyoming values a wide range of cultural perspectives, experiences, and opinions that are important for educational excellence and critical for preparing students for future success.

The University of Wyoming is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law and University policy.  Please see www.uwyo.edu/diversity/fairness. We conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment.  Offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of the background check.

We look forward to reading your application!

Dr. Corey Tarwater / Dr. Patrick Kelley

Posted 1/6/22


PhD Position Available
Carbon Consequences of Precision Grazing Management
South Dakota State University

One PhD student position is available to participate in a USDA-funded effort to evaluate the carbon stock and flux consequences of new precision grazing technologies for rangeland livestock in the Northern Great Plains. The project will compare traditional grazing management with virtual fencing and take a systems approach in examining the complete livestock production process. The PhD student will be responsible for vegetation, soil carbon, and carbon flux measurements in a spatially explicit manner and will contribute models of carbon exchange impact to the larger project. The PhD student will also develop related projects as additional components of their dissertation. Field work will take place at the Cottonwood Research Station in western South Dakota during the summer. The work is a collaboration between faculty in Natural Resource Management and Animal Science departments. The position is available beginning August 2022. The successful candidate will receive a tuition waiver and a 12-month stipend.

Required Qualifications: (1) A BS/BA degree in Biology, Ecology, Rangeland Ecology, Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, or related field by May 2022; (2) strong academic record including research experience leading to publication; (3) strong quantitative skills preferably using R; (4) prior experience in GIS and spatial statistics; (5) excellent written and oral communication skills.

The Department of Natural Resource Management (Range, Wildlife, Fisheries, and Ecology) and the Department of Animal Science at South Dakota State University are within the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences. The graduate programs strongly emphasize conservation and appropriate use of natural resources, as well as improving livestock production. SDState is the Land Grant University for the state and has approximately 13,000 students. SDState is in Brookings, SD ca. one hour north of Sioux Falls and four hours east of the Twin Cities, and offers a friendly, small, college-town atmosphere.

To apply, send a single PDF with (1) CV; (2) a letter describing how you meet the required qualifications, research interests, and career goals; (3) unofficial transcripts; and (4) contact information for three professional references to Josh Leffler (joshua.leffler@sdstate.edu  ). Formal application to the university only needs to be made after selection of the successful candidate. Position is open until filled but please apply by 18 February 2022 for full consideration.

Posted 1/5/22

PhD opportunity: Modeling Canada's decarbonization trajectories

Supervisors:
Prof. O. Bahn (GERAD and HEC Montréal)
Prof. N. Mousseau (University of Montreal)

Topic:
Climate change is one of the greatest challenges we face in the foreseeable future. To address the threats of climate change, three main strategies can be used: mitigation, adaptation and geoengineering. The first is to reduce GHG emissions. The second is to reduce the negative impacts of climate change. The third is to deliberately change the climate system.

The complexity of the links between the economy and the environment suggests the use of a global and systemic method such as integrated assessment (IA). This is an interdisciplinary approach that can be implemented using mathematical integrated assessment models (IAM) to determine optimal (climate) policies, such as the MERGE model (Manne et al., 1995) and its variants (e.g., Bahn and Kypreos, 2003; Bahn et al., 2011).

The objective of this PhD is to work on improving the AD-MERGE model (Bahn et al., 2019), implemented in the GAMS mathematical programming language (https://www.gams.com ), along several axes: regional disaggregation of data to explicitly model Canada; updating the description of the energy sector to reflect recent technological advances; modeling approaches to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere... The new model will thus be able to explicitly take into account the three main strategies (mitigation, adaptation, and geoengineering) that can be used to deal with climate change. It will also allow the study of Canadian energy and climate policies in an international context.

Education
The candidate must have statistical and programming skills. The home department for the PhD will depend on the student's background.

Program start date
Summer or Fall 2022

Please contact Prof. Normand Mousseau if interested (normand.mousseau@umontreal.ca)

References
Bahn, O., de Bruin, K.C., Fertel, C. (2019). Will adaptation delay the transition to clean energy systems? An analysis with AD-MERGE, The Energy Journal, Vol. 40, pp. 207-233.
Bahn, O., Edwards, N., Knutti, R., Stocker, T.F. (2011). Energy policies avoiding a tipping point in the climate system, Energy Policy, Vol. 39, pp. 334-348.
Bahn, O., Kypreos, S. (2003). Incorporating different endogenous learning formulations in MERGE, Int. J. of Global Energy Issues, Vol. 19, p. 333-358.
Manne, A.S., Mendelsohn, R., Richels, R.G. (1995). MERGE: A model for evaluating regional and global effects of GHG reduction policies, Energy Policy, Vol. 23, pp. 17-34.

Posted 1/5/22

Graduate Fellowship in Agriculture, Energy, and Climate Adaptation (University of Arizona)

The School of Geography, Development, and the Environment at the University of Arizona is excited to announce a four-year, fully funded graduate fellowship starting August 2022. The fellowships are funded by the US National Science Foundation and the US Department of Agriculture, and will provide the fellow the opportunity to explore the physical, ecological, and plant ecophysiological implications of a sustainable solution for our food and energy systems in ‘agrivoltaics’. Agrivoltaics co-locates agriculture and renewable energy production, increases food production, and reduces water use, and the fellow will conduct cutting-edge research in this interdisciplinary research area.

The fellows will work toward a PhD in Geography under the supervision of Dr. Greg Barron-Gafford. The fellowships cover tuition, provide summer employment, include health insurance, cover travel to research sites, and provide a stipend.

The School of Geography, Development, and the Environment at the University of Arizona hosts one of the top US graduate programs in geography, with faculty and research spanned across physical, human/environment, human, and developmental geographies. For the last 10 years, Dr. Barron-Gafford has studied the potential for agrivoltaics to improve resilience in food, renewable energy production, and water use. The current phase of this research invites the fellow into an interdisciplinary team, including food producers and solar industry experts, where they will learn about integrating physical, ecological, plant ecophysiological, and social sciences in an applied setting.

The fellow will work across Arizona, Colorado, and international partner sites to capture the complex and dynamic potential barriers and opportunities for adoption of agrivoltaics as a climate adaptation solution.

Interested applicants can learn more at our website, a recent NPR Story, or watch a video about ongoing agrivoltaic research across Arizona and Colorado at https://tinyurl.com/agrivoltaics.

Qualifications:
* Experience in two or more of the following scholarly areas:
dryland ecology
food systems and climate change
renewable energy systems
* Research experience in at least one of the previous areas is a priority
* Experience conducting plant ecophysiological measurements, monitoring ecosystem function, or modeling plant or ecosystem performance is preferred.

Reach out ASAP to learn more.
You can email Dr. Barron-Gafford at gregbg@arizona.edu to learn more.

If you wish to pursue this fellowship opportunity, you must apply as a PhD student to the School of Geography, Development, and the Environment at the University of Arizona by January 5th, 2022, but please let me know if you need an extension.
Please see this site for more information: https://geography.arizona.edu/maphd-program/apply

Posted 1/5/22


Masters Degree Marine Conservation/Marine Mammal/Exploration Science and more

Happy New Year from sunny Miami!

My name is Dr. Josh Coco and I am the Assistant Dean at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.The Master of Professional Science apps at the University of Miami is also now open for Fall 2022 in 14 different tracks. You can apply for both Ph.D./MS and MPS (more info below) within the Ph.D./MS applications (no extra cost to apply for both).

Our Master of Professional Science degree(take the same courses as Ph.D. and MS students, but instead of a thesis/dissertation, you do an internship/research in the field with organizations such as NOAA, NPS, NGOs, etc. and 94% of students have a job in the field 6 months after graduation) has rolling admission until June for international students and July for domestic. We are also waiving the GRE for Fall 2022 and beyond (tuition waivers offered based on GPA only). The 14 different tracks are below:

·     Applied Remote Sensing
·     Aquaculture
·     Broadcast Meteorology
·     Climate and Society
·     Coastal Zone Management
·     Exploration Science
·     Fisheries Management and Conservation
·     JD/MPS
·     Marine Conservation
·     Marine Mammal Science
·     Natural Hazard and Catastrophe Analytics
·     Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management
·     Underwater Archaeology
·     Weather Forecasting

All virtual events from Fall semester (recordings below):

1 on 1 virtual chat for Ph.D., MS, MPS (with current Ph.D. student, past MPS student, or myself): https://graduate.rsmas.miami.edu/admissions/tour-request/index.html

Fall 2021 Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Open House Recording: https://miami.zoom.us/rec/share/jyOuymBvzL8e8uF7Cc-rm61cmJK8MILgmr-hLlQVpWhh642gSC9sYbQypaGiRU19.yZEXl_c0mL85Hk_M  

Atmospheric Sciences PhD Café Recording: https://miami.zoom.us/rec/play/3-VZ6BatuKTwLhFhDOlBbSN2u8nUf2PJN2dWrJN2NkuuXns3WbNkDMwX4BNfcXgCFdauj4bYly5EOkGN.iPOcxjV11ymZybAZ?continueMode=true&_x_zm_rtaid=K7txzva1Qtq_z4fSo5ZhEA.1634070586629.e829da35865745cad377b88e95f8e188&_x_zm_rhtaid=196

Ocean Science PhD Café Recording: https://miami.zoom.us/rec/play/1FtfRBlCl5SJ_24U21KnZ6p1GaUkCIiXCt04Tk722K8TuC8rxp22VlJ3pii0fF_h75eqplOnEjusWMJG.NAgW-l8XMB90G6Jh?continueMode=true&_x_zm_rtaid=HoM9SizBTCSt8JI8XwYJSg.1635464463798.e7f60b9f6b3533b05a5dca74c1aafa86&_x_zm_rhtaid=370

Virtual Tour of campus: https://www.rsmas.miami.edu/about-us/virtual-tour/index.html

Applications can be found here: https://www.applyweb.com/miamigrd/index.ftl

Alumni Profiles: https://mps.rsmas.miami.edu/prospective-students/alumni-profiles/index.html

Class Schedules Spring 2022 (all degree programs): https://graduate.rsmas.miami.edu/_assets/pdf/course-schedules/spring-2022-schedule-final-12-21-2021.pdf

Class Schedules Fall 2021 (all degree programs): https://graduate.rsmas.miami.edu/_assets/pdf/course-schedules/fall-2021-schedule-final-04-20-2021.pdf

Internships/jobs of students: https://mps.rsmas.miami.edu/prospective-students/alumni-careers/index.html

In an effort to support the University's diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, the Rosenstiel School’s Master of Professional Science is offering 4 Rosenstiel Opportunity Scholarships of 24-credits each (allowing a student to earn the last 6 credits through merit-based waivers) by providing scholarships for high achieving students from historically underserved or underrepresented populations and/or socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are entering graduate school at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. This is for the Master of Professional Science Degree.

Any questions, please ask! I'm more than willing to facetime, Skype, Zoom (https://calendly.com/joshcoco), Text (561-460-1019), or just chat on the phone to help you out. Excited to chat with you all about the programs!!!

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

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

Posted 1/4/22

PhD and MSc positions in forest ecology  (Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, QC, Canada)

Synopsis - We are seeking highly motivated PhD and MSc students for projects in plant phenology and ecophysiology of sugar maple.

Project – The projects investigate several aspects related to sugar maple, including (1) ecophysiology and adaptation of the species, (2) quantitative wood anatomy and growth, (3) sap production at different time scales. We offer an exciting opportunity to lead a research activity, demonstrate skills in research, build international collaborations, and publish in scientific journals.

Candidate profile - The students are expected to autonomously develop their research, work in cooperation with other team members involving academic and governmental scientists and practitioners, and spread knowledge both across the scientific community and to the partners of the project. Candidate must demonstrate (1) a background in forest sciences, plant ecology or related disciplines, (2) knowledge in one of these fields: wood anatomy, ecophysiology, plant phenology, tree growth; (3) skills in statistics and data analysis, and an interest in modelling; (4) ability to communicate in English both orally and in writing; (5) self-motivation, critical thinking. A driving licence is required. We consider candidates with backgrounds in mathematics and statistics if willing to apply their knowledge in the field of ecology.

Working environment - The activities will be based at the Northern boundary of the sugar maple distribution, at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (QC, Canada) under the supervision of Sergio Rossi. The University is located in a French-speaking Province at the border between the temperate and the boreal forest. More information on the lab is available at UQAC and CEF. Annual scholarships of 22,000 $ (PhD) and 17,000 $ (MSc) are available for the duration of the study period. The call will remain active until the positions are filled. Beginning: as soon as possible.

Application - Applicants can send the candidature by email to Sergio Rossi (Sergio_Rossi@uqac.ca) by attaching one pdf including (1) letter of motivation explaining how the skills required for this position are met; (2) CV; (3) academic transcripts; and (4) contact details of two academic references. The employer promotes excellence through diversity: women and individuals from other historically under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Posted 1/4/22

MSc in Soil Ecology

The soil ecology lab at Wright State University is seeking an MSc student to join our laboratory in the Department of Biological Sciences. Research will focus on examining the role of root architecture for structuring the soil microbiome in a greenhouse experiment. The duties of this position will include maintaining the greenhouse experiment, measuring root traits, sampling of plant roots and soil, processing plant and soil samples, and analyzing different types of data including plant and microbial data. The position is fully funded through a combination of graduate research and teaching assistantships. The current stipend is approximately $21K on a 12-month basis. Requirements of degree and other information can be found at the Master of Science in Biological Sciences program. The student may start as early as Summer semester 2022 but no later than Fall semester 2022.

Competitive candidates for this position will have a B.S. degree in environmental science, biological science or closely related discipline, proficiency in written and oral communication, and interest and/or experience in field and laboratory research. Previous research experience is desired but not required. The Rúa lab is committed to recruiting, supporting, and mentoring members of diverse backgrounds and experiences. Applicants are encouraged to address how they will support and contribute to our efforts build and maintain a diverse and inclusive research team.

Interested students should email 1) a brief statement of their research interests and long-term career goals, 2) a resume/CV, and 3) (unofficial) transcripts to: Megan Rúa, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Wright State University, Dayton, OH, email: megan.rua@wright.edu. The GRE is not required. Applications are considered on a rolling basis, however, to be considered for university fellowships applications need to submitted by February 15, 2022.

Megan Rúa, PhD
Pronouns: she, her, hers
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
221A Biological Sciences I
Wright State University
Dayton, OH
Office: 937-775-2913

Posted 1/4/22


PhD Graduate Student Assistantship in Tree Ecophysiology

The Ulrich lab in the Ecology Department at Montana State University seeks a PhD student to investigate the physiological mechanisms and drivers of old-growth tree survival and mortality in eastern Oregon using tree-ring stable isotopes and dendrochronological approaches. This USDA-funded project will determine the environmental, disturbance, and physiological controls underlying tree mortality and survival across a network of ~2,000 old trees of various species including Pinus ponderosa and Abies grandis/concolor across a broad environmental gradient. The PhD position is supported for 3 years through research assistantships with the potential for additional years through teaching assistantships. The PhD position begins June 1, 2022. Full position description and how to apply: https://daniellemulrich.weebly.com/opportunities.html. Applications due February 1, 2022.

Posted 12/23/21

Ph.D. Assistantship: Oak Regeneration in Upland Hardwood Forests at Mississippi State University (MSU)

Deadline to Apply: 3/31/2022

Employer: Mississippi State University (Drs. Austin Himes and Joshua Granger)

Location: MSU (Starkville, MS)

Description:
The Department of Forestry in the College of Forest Resources at Mississippi State University is seeking applicants for a funded Ph.D. research assistantship. The successful candidate will be advised by Drs. Austin Himes and Joshua Granger in the Department of Forestry and conduct research on oak regeneration in upland hardwood forests of northern Mississippi.

The student will conduct 3-4 controlled and replicated experiments testing specific hypotheses related to concerns about declining oak regeneration and changes in forest composition and structure in these systems. The experiments will also act as demonstrations for teaching and area outreach. The student is expected to take on an ongoing study testing the interactions of fire and an invasive annual grass on oak seeding survival and growth compared to other tree species along a fire tolerance/shade tolerance gradient. The student will initiate a new study focused on the combined effects of leaf litter composition and seed predation on germination of oaks and competitor tree species. The student will also develop 1-2 additional studies based on their interests.

The successful candidate will be expected to work independently in the field to establish experiments, collect data and samples, process samples in the laboratory as needed, analyze data and communicate results through multiple peer-reviewed journal articles, presentations at national and international scientific conferences and reports to project partners. The position starts Fall semester, 2022. This is a 3-year position that includes an annual stipend of $20,000, tuition waiver and insurance.

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

Interested candidates should email Drs. Austin Himes (austin.himes@msstate.edu) and Joshua Granger (joshua.j.granger@msstate.edu) a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for the position, a resume/CV, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for 3 references. If you have taken the GRE general test, please provide your unofficial results with your resume/CV.

Preferred qualifications:
• Experience or willingness to learn R-statistical software
• Experience writing peer-reviewed journal publications
• Experience with experimental design and quantitative analysis
• Experience or understanding of forest ecology and/or silviculture

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

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

In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with Mississippi State University, please contact the Department of Human Resources Management at telephone: (662) 325-3713 or ada@hrm.msstate.edu.

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

Office: 353 Thompson Hall Office: 321 Thompson Hall
E-mail: austin.himes@msstate.edu   E-mail: joshua.j.granger@msstate.edu 
Phone: (662) 325-4249 Phone: (662) 325-0596

Posted 12/22/21

MS Assistantship working with short rotation woody crops for renewable energy

MS Assistantship: Poplar in the Southeast for Integrated Ecosystem Services (PoSIES)

Deadline to Apply: 3/31/2021

Employer: Mississippi State University (Dr. Austin Himes)

Location: Mississippi State University (Starkville, MS)

Description:
The Department of Forestry in the College of Forest Resources at Mississippi State University is seeking applicants for a funded MS research assistantship. The successful candidate will be advised by Dr. Austin Himes in the Department of Forestry and conduct research on biomass production of mixed and mono-clonal plantings of Populus spp. plantations.

The student will participate in a DOE funded project aimed at maximizing ecosystem services and productivity of Populus spp. and their hybrids in a biomass for bioenergy plantation system. The student's focus within the larger project will be quantifying above and below ground biomass production using a combination of destructive sampling and conventional measures (e.g., Height and Diameter). With support from their committee and project PIs, the student will develop allometric equations to estimate total and component biomass from the diameter and height of trees. There may also be opportunities for the student to leverage point cloud data from terrestrial and airborne LiDAR to estimate above ground biomass. The biomass estimates will be used to make comparisons of productivity between monoclonal and mixed-variety plantings.

The successful candidate will be expected to work independently and as part of a team in the field, to collect data and samples, process samples in the laboratory as needed, analyze data and communicate results by writing one or more manuscripts suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. The student will also have opportunities to present their research at scientific conferences and in reports to project partners. The position starts Fall semester, 2022. This is a 2-year position that includes an annual stipend of $16,000, tuition waiver and insurance.

Required qualifications:
• Ability to meet all admission requirements of the Department of Forestry Graduate Program
• Valid driver's license or ability to get one
• BS in Forestry, Natural Resources or closely related field.
• Demonstrated excellence in English (written and oral) communication
• Willingness to drive long distances for field work with multiple consecutive overnight stays
• Ability to walk long distances encumbered with 30+ pounds of gear and conduct field research in challenging conditions

Interested candidates should email Dr. Austin Himes (austin.himes@msstate.edu) a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for the position, a resume/CV, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for 3 references. If you have taken the GRE general test, please provide your unofficial results with your resume/CV.

Preferred qualifications:
• Experience or willingness to learn R-statistical software
• Experience writing peer-reviewed journal publications
• Experience with experimental design and quantitative analysis
• Experience with Populus spp. or other biomass plantations

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

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

In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with Mississippi State University, please contact the Department of Human Resources Management at telephone: (662) 325-3713 or ada@hrm.msstate.edu.

If you have any questions regarding this policy, contact the Department of Human Resources Management at (662) 325-3713 or
ada@hrm.msstate.edu. Upon request, sections of this job listing are available in large print, and readers are available to assist the visually impaired

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

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

Posted 12/22/21

MS and PhD Research Assistantships in Northern Hardwood Forest Ecology and Management at Michigan Tech

Graduate Research Assistantships in Northern Hardwood Silviculture

Position Description:  The Forest Ecosystem Management and Silviculture Lab is recruiting two graduate students (1 MS and 1 PhD). Positions may begin in summer/fall of 2022. Initial support includes two full years of support (tuition and salary), with additional support likely for the PhD student. Research will focus on field studies of silvicultural management of northern hardwood forest ecosystems. Topics may include: 1) functional trait-based approaches for designing and evaluating long-term sustainability of silvicultural systems; 2) linkages between the understory microclimate and forest structural complexity; 3) effects of microclimate on growth and survival of tree seedlings; 4) improved forest management for climate change mitigation and adaptation; or 5) maintaining ground-layer plant diversity in managed forests.

Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree in forestry, biology, natural resources, ecology, environmental science or a closely related field is required. Preferred qualifications include: strong interest in developing expertise in silviculture and forest ecology, quantitative skills or interest in developing quantitative skills; previous research experience; ability to work independently and on a team; strong work ethic; communication skills; field experience; leadership experience or potential; and plant identification skills. Applicants for the PhD assistantship should have a MS degree or analogous qualifications.

Application:  Applications may be submitted at no cost to the graduate program in the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. Please describe your research interests and indicate your interest in working in the Forest Ecosystem Management and Silviculture Lab in your statement of purpose and/or personal statement. You may inquire informally by submitting your resume and statements directly to me (contact information below). We are committed to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion and a sense of belonging. Women and people from other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Contact:  Dr. Julia Burton (jiburton@mtu.edu, 906-487-2387)

For more information about the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, please visit: https://www.mtu.edu/forest/

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Julia Burton (she/her)
Associate Professor of Silviculture
College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Dr.
Houghton, MI 49931
jiburton@mtu.edu

Adjunct Associate Professor
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Department of Sustainable Resources Management

Forest Ecosystem Management & Silviculture Lab

Posted 12/22/21

PhD and MS Student Positions in Community Ecology and Ecosystem Functioning of Rivers

The Nowlin Aquatic Ecology Lab (Department of Biology, Aquatic Station, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, USA) is seeking highly motivated and curious PhD and MS students to join a large, well-funded, multi-disciplinary, and collaborative group of researchers working on a large-scale project: "Quantifying drivers of native and non-native aquatic species abundance and distribution in drought- and flood-prone Texas basins". The project is a collaboration between researchers at TX State University and the US Army Corps of Engineers (the Engineer Research and Development Center).

The positions are immediately available for applicants with a desire to develop quantitative, problem-solving, collaborative, and communication skills. A minimum of 2-years of Research Assistantship support (including tuition coverage) will be provided. Students will be enrolled in the PhD program (Aquatic Resources and Integrative Biology; https://www.bio.txstate.edu/Graduate-Programs/Ph-D--Aquatic-Resources.html) or MS program (Aquatic Resources; https://www.bio.txstate.edu/Graduate-Programs/M-S--Aquatic-Resources.html) in the Department of Biology.

Thesis and dissertation topics are open for discussion and can include: spatiotemporal patterns of species diversity and distribution across and within drainages, cycling and transport of nutrients, food web ecology, and ecosystem metabolism. River ecosystems in much of Texas are biologically diverse, span multiple environmental gradients (e.g., climate) and regions (e.g., geology and ecoregion), and provide excellent opportunities to test hypotheses across large and small spatiotemporal scales. The Aquatic Station (location of the lab) houses an animal wet lab facility, a diversity of instrumentation and an experimental stream facility.

Our collaborative group at Texas State University, a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution, seeks to contribute to increased diversity and representation (visible and invisible) in aquatic sciences. We are especially interested in applicants who share our commitment to equity and high-quality education of students from historically underserved and marginalized communities. We seek and encourage candidates from under-represented groups to apply. Applicants for all positions are encouraged to describe how they will support and contribute to our efforts build and maintain a diverse and inclusive research team.

For questions or additional information about any of these positions, please contact Dr. Weston Nowlin at: wn11@txstate.edu

Posted 12/22/21


PhD/Master opportunities in Biogeography - Fall 2022

Dr. Xiao Feng is recruiting PhD/Master students to start in Fall 2022. Dr. Feng's research focuses on large-scale biogeographic and biodiversity patterns under global changes and human impacts, using quantitative approaches, including statistical models, ecological niche model/species distribution models, Bayesian models, big-data, and large-scale simulations (see more details at lab.fengxiao.info). Graduate students will be supported through a combination of research and teaching assistantships. Prospective students sharing similar research interests, including biogeography, biodiversity informatics, and ecological niche modeling/species distribution modeling, are highly encouraged to apply.

Qualifications:
• Bachelor/Master degree in environmental science, ecology, geography, or relevant field;
• Good verbal and written communication skills;
• Being able to work independently and as part of a team.

Apply by January 28th, 2022 for priority or full consideration. See more details of the application here: https://geography.fsu.edu/phd-in-geography/

Interested students should contact Dr. Feng (xfeng@fsu.edu) with the following information:
• current CV,
• a description of research interests, and
• experience working with statistical models, programming, or GIS.

Posted 12/17/21

Recruiting graduate students in biology at University of Nebraska Omaha

The Department of Biology at the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) is seeking to recruit students for our Master's degree program. We provide support through teaching assistantships (which include tuition waivers), as well as through faculty research grants. In addition, research and summer support funds are available on a competitive basis. UNO is located in the heart of the greater Omaha metropolitan area (over 930,000 people), and UNO currently enrolls approximately 3,000 graduate students and 15,500 undergraduates. Our departmental program covers all levels of organization within biology. Faculty with interests in conservation, ecology, behavior, restoration, and evolution include:

Paul Ayayee: Host-microbe interactions and Microbial ecology (https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-arts-and-sciences/biology/about-us/directory/paul-ayayee.php)
Tom Bragg: plant community diversity/fire ecology (tbragg@unomaha.edu)
Dean Castillo Evolutionary genetics of reproduction, mating behaviors, and speciation. https://castillolab.github.io/
Tim Dickson: prairie and savanna restoration, and ecosystem services resulting from restoration (http://GrasslandEcology.com)
John Hribljan: Wetland ecology and restoration (jhribljan@unomaha.edu)
Roxi Kellar: plant systematics, biodiversity, and plant invasion genomics (https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-arts-and-sciences/kellar-lab/index.php)
David Manning: stream ecology and water quality (davidmanning@unomaha.edu)
John McCarty: conservation and ecology of birds (https://bit.ly/2Ce151K)
Claudia Rauter: behavioral ecology
John Sproul: Repetitive DNA genomics, insect biodiversity, rapid genome evolution, species delimitation (jsproul@unomaha.edu)

For a complete list of faculty interests and contact information visit: https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-arts-and-sciences/biology/about-us/directory/index.php

Interested students should contact one or more faculty members prior to application to discuss possible thesis topics. The deadline for applications for fall enrollment is 15 February. For more information about Graduate Studies at UNO, visit: https://www.unomaha.edu/graduate-studies/index.php

Posted 12/16/21


M.S. Assistantship, Trichoptera Population Genetics and Ecology

The Stream Ecology Lab at Missouri State University (Springfield, MO) seeks one or two students to complete MS thesis research under a funded project to disentangle dispersal and recruitment processes in several headwater caddisfly species. Primary duties include applying population-genetic methods, most likely with microsatellite markers. Although our group will primarily be responsible for the population-genetic angle, this is a collaborative project with opportunities for fieldwork to learn to locate and identify Trichoptera egg masses in streams and to obtain direct measures of flight dispersal over catchment boundaries, as well as to test assumptions about species-level dispersal traits associated with wing morphometry.

Required: at least some prior experience with basic molecular lab methods, interest in learning and applying common statistical approaches in population genetics, enthusiasm about stream insects and their population ecology

Funding: a combination of research and teaching assistantships in Biology, including full tuition waiver for two academic years and two summers

Deadline: the "hard" deadline to be considered for an assistantship is typically early February, but there is some wiggle room for highly qualified students.

Preferred start date: August 2021

Contact: Dr Deb Finn (dfinn@missouristate.edu)

MO State Biology graduate program: https://biology.missouristate.edu/graduate/
Deb's Google Scholar profile: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=J6BERRwAAAAJ&hl=en

Posted 12/14/21


Graduate position (MS/ PhD) in Antarctic terrestrial ecology

The van gestel lab (www.nvangestel.com) and the Johnson lab (www.mossmatters.com) at Texas Tech University are seeking a highly motivated student interested in studying plant responses to global change. Prospective students should have a background and genuine interest in plant physiology, plant ecology, polar ecology, carbon cycling or similar field, preferably pertaining to bryophytes. Experience in lab or field work is preferred. The position would start in Fall 2022.

Application materials
•Letter of interest that should include a statement research interests, and a statement of the student's professional goals. Include GPA (including graduate GPA if applicable).
•Names and contact information of 3 references.
•Curriculum vitae.

Email the materials as a single pdf to: natasja.van-gestel@ttu.edu on or before: January 30, 2022

Posted 12/13/21


Master’s Program in Conservation and Restoration (MCRS) at UC-Irvine now accepting applications for Fall 2022

Interested in a career as a leader in research and management of natural resources?

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Center for Environmental Biology (CEB) at the University of California, Irvine are accepting applications for our field-based Masters in Conservation and Restoration Science (MCRS) graduate program providing training for students interested in careers in the research and management of our terrestrial or marine natural resources. Sectors and potential careers for MCRS graduates include non-profit land management, local and federal government agencies, and environmental consulting firms. For more information, visit the MCRS webpage (http://mcrs.bio.uci.edu), or contact Courtney Hunt, the MCRS Academic Coordinator, at cchunt@uci.edu.

The MCRS degree provides students with the academic and professional skills needed to study, protect, and conserve natural resources and to hold leadership and management positions in environmental fields related to conservation, restoration, and sustainability. Potential applicants need a B.A. or B.S. degree, preferably in the natural sciences (biology, conservation biology, ecology, environmental science, forestry, wildlife biology, horticulture, or similar degree title) from a fully accredited academic institution. Applicants with undergraduate degrees in other areas will be considered but must demonstrate proficiency in the natural sciences and/or practical experience working in this professional field.

Students can choose between a terrestrial or a marine track. The curriculum includes two years of coursework and fieldwork, including 18 units of core courses (e.g., terrestrial or marine ecology, conservation biology), 16 units of topical electives (e.g., wildlife ecology and sampling, environmental policy, land use policy, plant physiology), 18 units of technical and professional skills courses (e.g., field techniques, quantitative methods, technical writing, GIS, project management), and 8 units associated with technical and professional workshops (e.g., regional professional gatherings). A collaborative, solutions-based team capstone project (12 units), aligned with community partner needs, integrates the program's learning objectives and requires students to apply their new skills to key environmental challenges facing society.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The first round of applications will be reviewed for priority admission after February 1, 2022.

Posted 12/9/21


MS and PhD positions Ecology and Environmental Science at VCU

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), located in Richmond, VA, is an urban public research-intensive (R1) university with an active and diverse faculty in ecology and related fields engaged in research around the world. VCU is committed to an inclusive and equitable educational environment to serve our diverse student population.

Richmond is an exciting place to live and work, voted Outside Magazine’s Best River Town in America, a top cycling destination, the third most tattooed city in the U.S., the best city for startups, and perhaps simply the Best City in America. It certainly has some of the best urban whitewater on the U.S. east coast.

VCU is within easy reach of the Appalachian Mountains, coastal habitats, rural-urban gradients, the Virginia LTER and NEON sites, and other resources in the D.C. area like the Smithsonian Institution, Conservation International, and other leading national and international organizations in ecology, data science, environmental science, conservation, science communication, and science policy.

MS and PhD programs include:

Thesis track MSc programs in Biology (Jan 15 deadline)
Thesis track MSc in Environmental Studies (Feb 1 deadline).
Non-thesis Master’s program in Environmental Studies (Feb 1 deadline)
PhD program in Integrative Life Sciences (Jan 10 deadline)

Synergistic resources available at VCU include:

River Studies and Leadership Certificate Program
Craft Brewing Certificate Program (Richmond is a craft brewery capital)
The Rice Rivers Center, with a brand new research facility
A key Federal Freshwater Conservation Facility
Virginia’s Department of Conservation and Department of Environmental Quality
VCUarts, one of the top public art schools in the U.S. for compelling art-science collaborations (example 1, example 2)

Those who are interested should contact potential advisors with a CV and description of research interests to discuss positions before applying.

Professors Recruiting for Fall 2022:

Dr. Paul A. Bukaveckas, Ecosystems ecology, aquatic health, pabukaveckas@vcu.edu
Dr. Lesley Bulluck, Avian Ecology and Conservation, lpbulluck@vcu.edu
Dr. Andrew J. Eckert, Evolutionary genetics and evolutionary ecology,  aeckert2@vcu.edu
Dr. Rima Franklin, Microbial ecology and environmental microbiology, rbfranklin@vcu.edu
Dr. Chris Gough, Plant ecosystem and physiological ecology, cmgough@vcu.edu
Dr. Catherine Hulshof, Plant community ecology, tropical ecology, cmhulshof@vcu.edu
Dr. Derek Johnson, Population ecology and Forest insect ecology, dmjohnson@vcu.edu
Dr. Scott Neubauer, Wetland ecology and biogeochemistry, sneubauer@vcu.edu
Dr. Daniel McGarvey, Stream ecology, biogeography, ecological modeling, djmcgarvey@vcu.edu
Dr. James Vonesh, Aquatic ecology, predator-prey ecology, community ecology, jrvonesh@vcu.edu
Dr. Don Young, Coastal ecology, shrub physiological ecology, dyoung@vcu.edu
Dr. Julie Zinnert, Coastal plant ecology, jczinnert@vcu.edu

Posted 12/4/21


Graduate student assistantship in salt marsh soil science

The Spivak Coastal Biogeochemistry Lab at the University of Georgia invites applications to fill a graduate student position focused on soil organic carbon (SOC) persistence in salt marsh ecosystems. Salt marshes provide valuable storm-surge buffering and climate regulation services, in part, through efficient burial of mineral and organic particles. Yet there is considerable spatial heterogeneity in SOC stocks that does not reflect latitude, salinity or many other variables. The inability to predict soil stocks is due, in part, to an incomplete understanding of the mechanisms controlling SOC persistence.

This research addresses key knowledge gaps in understanding how soil redox conditions, minerals, and rhizodeposition affect the vulnerability of buried organic carbon to microbial attack. Preservation mechanisms will be tested in complementary laboratory and field experiments based on the salt marshes within the Georgia Coastal Ecosystems and Plum Island Ecosystems Long Term Ecological Research Sites. Chemical transformations of SOC will be captured at the scale of compounds, minerals, and microbes, thereby providing fine-scale mechanistic information that is necessary for understanding large-scale drivers of preservation or loss. The student will develop an independent project within this framework, advised by Dr. Amanda Spivak in the Marine Sciences Department at UGA and in collaboration with Dr. Jennifer Pett-Ridge at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

At the time of appointment, highly qualified applicants will have an undergraduate or masters degree in chemistry, geoscience, soil science, or a related field. Ideal candidates will have experience conducting fieldwork in tidal wetlands and excellent quantitative, laboratory, and written communication skills.

The Marine Sciences Department (https://www.marsci.uga.edu/) is within UGA’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and includes campuses in Athens, where this position is located, and at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography (Savannah). Students in the Marine Sciences Department develop a program of study in biological, chemical, or physical oceanography, with typical areas of research emphasis including marine biogeochemistry, coastal ecology, coastal ocean processes, microbial ecology, and marine ecosystem modeling. UGA has unique analytical facilities, including the Center for Applied Isotope Studies (https://cais.uga.edu/), Georgia Genomics and Bioinformatics Core (https://dna.uga.edu/), and the Complex Carbohydrates Research Center (https://www.ccrc.uga.edu/)

The Spivak Lab is committed to supporting and sustaining a collaborative work and learning environment that is inclusive, equitable, and diverse. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, disability, religion, age, or protected veteran status.

Those interested should send (1) a one-page cover letter describing their educational and research backgrounds, motivation for pursing a graduate degree, career goals, and specific interests in this project and in joining the Spivak lab (https://www.marsci.uga.edu/directory/people/amanda-spivak); (2) CV; and (3) contact information for 3 references as a single PDF document to aspivak[at]uga.edu. Serious applicants and those interested in starting in Spring 2022 are encouraged to express interest as soon as possible. Applications to the Marine Science program for Fall 2022 should be submitted by 12/31/2021 for full consideration (https://www.marsci.uga.edu/graduate-application).

Amanda Spivak
Associate Professor
Department of Marine Sciences
Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
University of Georgia
762.499.6228
@saltymudology

Posted 11/24/21


Masters of Science in Biology, Western Washington University

The Biology Department at Western Washington University has openings for graduate students starting Fall 2022. Faculty members in the department offer a wide range of expertise, from molecular biology to ecology. Graduate students are eligible for teaching assistantships, which fund the majority of tuition and provide a stipend of $14,856 per 9-month academic year. WWU is located in Bellingham, WA, a coastal city north of Seattle at the base of Mt. Baker in the northwestern part of the state. We strongly advise interested students to contact potential advisors in their area of specialty to get more details about individual labs.

APPLICATION DUE DATE: Feb. 1, 2022

More information can be found with the following resources:
• The Biology Dept: https://cse.wwu.edu/biology/biology-graduate-program;
• The WWU Graduate School: http://www.wwu.edu/gradschool/App_Reqs_Deadlines.shtml;
• Dr. David Hooper, Biology Graduate Program Advisor, hooper at wwu.edu;
• By contacting the individual faculty, below.

Potential advisors

Alejandro Acevedo-Gutiérrez: The Marine Mammal Ecology Lab aims to understand the role of marine mammals in their environment and their interactions with humans. For academic year 2022-2023, Dr. Dietmar Schwarz and I are looking for a student interested in examining relatedness of harbor seals in the Salish Sea. To learn more about this position and about the lab, please visit https://www.wwu.edu/faculty/aceveda/index.html Do notice that I ask interested students to informally apply with me by December 17th of 2021.

Shawn Arellano: Marine invertebrate larval ecology and deep-sea ecology. The Arellano lab has opportunities to study larval biology and larval ecology in deep-sea, hydrothermal-vent organisms as part of an NSF-funded project. Research training opportunities may include larval culturing and embryology, larval physiology and behavior techniques, use of oceanographic equipment, microscopy, and/or molecular ecology approaches.
https://wp.wwu.edu/arellanolab/

Marion Brodhagen: Microbiology, molecular biology, and chemical ecology. We are studying the interaction of the fungus Aspergillus with plants. Specifically, we are interested in the ability of plant natural products to alter fungal development, including the production of the potent toxin, aflatoxin. We also are interested in how growth on agriculturally-used biodegradable plastics alters development and toxin production by this ubiquitous soil fungus.
https://cse.wwu.edu/biology-faculty/brodham

Jim Cooper: The Cooper Evo-Devo lab focuses on aspects of development that have shaped long-term evolutionary patterns. We are particularly interested in how changes in skull morphogenesis alter the cranial mechanics of fishes in ways that allow them to invade new feeding niches. To do this we combine several different approaches that include studies of wild-caught marine fish larvae from the Salish Sea, experimental work with genetically modified zebrafish, using high-speed video to collect biomechanical data, transcriptomic studies of fish skull development, genetic mapping, and evolutionary studies of cranial form and function. Because our work is highly integrative, our lab group can accommodate students with a diverse range of interests.
cooperw5@wwu.edu

Lina Dalberg: The Dahlberg Lab uses the model organism C. elegans to probe the neurobiological, cellular, and behavioral role for proteins involved in a ubiquitin-dependent processes called Endoplasmic Reticulum Associated Degradation (ERAD). Student projects will use a variety of techniques, including fluorescence microscopy, behavioral assays, and biochemical characterization to investigate how ERAD targets neural receptors for degradation. A second, NSF-funded project focuses on teaching and learning in undergraduate science laboratory courses; students interested in this project should have experience (via coursework or research) in education and pedagogy research.
http://faculty.wwu.edu/dahlbec/

Deb Donovan: Research in the Donovan lab is focused on restoration aquaculture of our native pinto abalone, Haliotis kamtschatkana. Pinto abalone populations have declined precipitously in the last few decades and we collaborate with the Puget Sound Restoration Fund and with government agencies to restore populations in the Salish Sea. Student projects could focus on any aspect restoration, including optimizing rearing of juveniles at the hatchery, outplanting larval or juvenile abalone, or monitoring abalone at outplant sites. Students work closely with hatchery personnel to identify projects that align with student interest and that contribute meaningfully to abalone restoration.
https://www.biol.wwu.edu/donovan/

Nick Galati: Cilia are evolutionarily ancient, hair-like projections that generate hydrodynamic force and process extracellular information. The goal of our lab is to understand how cells build cilia, with a specific focus on how individual proteins traffic to and from a structure at the base of cilia, called the basal body. Much like traffic cameras and GPS illuminate vehicular traffic patterns, we aim to create a spatial map of protein movement to and from cilia as they assemble and sense the environment. To do this, we combine high-resolution fluorescence microscopy with digital image analysis to detect and quantify ciliary protein trafficking in space and over time. Our analyses are primarily conducted in mammalian cells and in the protist Tetrahymena.
https://biology.wwu.edu/people/galatid

David Hooper: Plant Community and Ecosystem Ecology: effects of riparian restoration on nutrient retention in mixed use watersheds. I am looking for one new graduate student in fall 2022 to work on a modeling project to assess the impacts of riparian restoration on upland nutrient retention in the Nooksack River watershed. Student work would combine GIS analyses and modeling of riparian buffers with field work assessing nutrient runoff to validate modeling results. This project is linked to the Nooksack Fraser Transboundary Nitrogen Project and the International Nitrogen Management System. Please see a full description of the project and desired grad student characteristics at my web site below. I strongly recommend contacting me prior to applying if you are interested in working in my lab.
https://wp.wwu.edu/hooper/

Suzanne Lee: Current research in the Lee Lab is focused on understanding the biological impacts of mysterious non-protein coding RNAs, with the broad goal of elucidating the underlying molecular mechanisms that govern RNA production, function, and degradation to maintain optimal cellular health. A major focus of Lee Lab research at the moment is on elucidating the molecular mechanisms by which endogenous RNA interference pathways protect genomes from accumulated DNA damage. We are also interested in how proteins involved in RNA interference pathways are regulated and how long non-coding RNAs are recognized for small RNA production through RNA interference pathways. To address these and other questions, we employ the tools of biochemistry, molecular biology, bioinformatics, microscopy, cell biology, and reverse genetics, using the ciliate Tetrahymena thermophila as our model eukaryotic system.
https://biology.wwu.edu/people/lees65

Craig Moyer: My interests are marine microbiology and geomicrobiology focusing on molecular approaches for exploring microbial diversity, community structure and ecological interactions. Presently, my lab and I are focused on the study of iron-oxidizing Zetaproteobacteria acting as the ecosystem engineers in microbial mats found at strong redox boundaries, including seep, spring and vent habitats. We are also examining the evolutionary divergence of surface and deep subsurface Zetaproteobacteria in hydrothermal systems.
https://biology.wwu.edu/people/cmoyer

Brady Olson: Microzooplankton consume approximately 70% of marine phytoplankton primary production, making them the most significant grazers in the ocean and drivers of globally-important biogeochemical cycles. My interests are gaining understanding of the mechanisms that govern the ecology of these important zooplankton, primarily the factors that regulate their feeding behavior.
http://faculty.wwu.edu/olsonm/index.html

Merrill Peterson: Insect Ecology, Evolution, and Diversity. The primary focus of our research is on Lepidoptera (butterfly and moth) diversity in the Pacific Northwest. Included in this research is field surveys examining landscape-scale factors affecting community composition, as well as efforts to develop web-based biodiversity resources to facilitate the work of professional entomologists and citizen scientists.
https://biology.wwu.edu/people/peterson

Lynn Pillitteri: Plant Molecular and Developmental Biology. A potential graduate project in my lab would be aimed at understanding the molecular mechanisms driving cell type differentiation in the model organism, Arabidopsis thaliana.
https://biology.wwu.edu/people/pillitl

Dan Pollard: We study the causes of cellular trait variation. Our primary system is mating pheromone induced cell differentiation in baker's yeast. We use a broad array of techniques from genome editing to fluorescence microscopy to computer modeling. Much of our work focuses on RNA and protein metabolism. Current student projects include: (1) Molecular mechanisms of natural variation in protein production and degradation, (2) Genomic analysis of RNA interference pathway proteins (collaboration with Suzanne Lee in the department), (3) Inhibition of CRISPR Cas-9 by nucleosomes, (4) Influences of genetic and environmental variables on the kinetics of cell differentiation, and (5) Diversity and substrate specialization of yeast species in Whatcom county (outreach project w/ local middle schools). Graduate and undergraduate students typically work collaboratively in teams on projects and there are opportunities to develop new research directions. Please email me (pollard@wwu.edu) if you are interested in joining our team.
https://biology.wwu.edu/people/pollard

Dietmar Schwarz: Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics, Evolutionary Ecology. Schwarz's lab offers opportunities to study speciation, hybridization, and adaptation in host specific insects (apple maggot flies and relatives). The Schwarz lab also collaborates with Alejandro Acevedo on the molecular ecology of foraging in harbor seals.
https://biology.wwu.edu/people/schward2

Anu Singh-Cundy: Plant Cell Biology and Biochemistry. We study cell-cell interactions at the physiological, cellular, and molecular levels. Current projects are focused on understanding the role of HD-AGPs, which are extracellular glycoproteins that are expressed in the transmitting tissue of the pistil and in the vasculature of roots and shoots. We also study pectins and pectin-modifying enzymes found in the pistil of solanaceous species.
https://biology.wwu.edu/people/anu

Suzanne Strom: Plankton Ecology and Biological Oceanography. My lab studies the protists at the base of the ocean's food web, including phytoplankton (single-celled algae) and their protist consumers. Areas of interest include the regulation of primary production at high latitudes and the effect of climate change on planktonic food web structure and function. Most of my current research takes place at sea in the northern Gulf of Alaska, as part of the national network of Long-Term Ecological Research sites (https://nga.lternet.edu/). For Fall 2022 we are seeking a graduate student to participate in a new project focused on the smallest phytoplankton in the Gulf of Alaska food web. Please see https://stromlab.wwu.edu/advising for more information.

Adrienne Wang: Molecular mechanisms of aging and neurodegeneration. The Wang lab is interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms of neurodegenerative disease and in identifying genetic modifiers that confer susceptibility or resistance to disease. We are especially interested in understanding how conserved signaling pathways that affect aging may interact with and mediate disease onset and progression. Current projects use fruit fly models of Alzheimer's disease and mitochondrial disease to investigate these questions using a range of genetic, pharmacologic, and molecular techniques.
https://biology.wwu.edu/people/wanga5

Matthew Zinkgraf: Research in the Zinkgraf lab is focused on the ecological and evolutionary genetics of undomesticated forest trees. To accomplish this research, we apply an interdisciplinary approach that utilizes methods from computational biology, genetics/genomics, molecular biology and forest ecology. Ongoing research in the lab is concentrated around two main projects. First, creating genomic resources for Pacific Madrone (Arbutus menziesii), and apply these resources to understand patterns of genetic variation and selection. Second, investigating the genetic regulation of wood formation in Populus by understand how epigenetic modifications at specific genes can alter gene expression and regulatory networks.
https://biology.wwu.edu/people/zinkgrm

Posted 11/22/21


Graduate Assistantship – Sustainability Coordinator, Department of Sustainability & Environment, University of South Dakota

The Department of Sustainability & Environment at the University of South Dakota (https://www.usd.edu/arts-and-sciences/sustainability) is accepting applications for the graduate program in Sustainability beginning summer 2022. A graduate assistantship is available for a student with an appropriate background to coordinate the university’s expanding sustainability efforts. This position includes a 12-month assistantship stipend of $18k per year and a partial tuition waiver. The student would oversee USD’s recycling program, help lead the university’s committee on sustainability, coordinate with other groups on campus about sustainability efforts, and lead communication and outreach for sustainability initiatives. Applications for the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees will be considered. Applicants should be detail oriented and have leadership experience. Experience with recycling and other sustainability work is preferred. Interested students should contact Mark.Sweeney@usd.edu. Applications will be considered starting February 1, 2022.

Posted 11/22/21

GRA position at UWYO in climate adaptation

Agency: University of Wyoming
Start Date: August 22, 2022
Apply By: February 15, 2022
Job Category: Graduate Research Assistantship
Salary: $16,500/year + tuition + health insurance (3 semesters guaranteed)
Location: Laramie and statewide travel in Wyoming

Description: Dr. Corrine Noel Knapp is recruiting a MS student to join her climate adaptation group at the University of Wyoming. This student will work on a NOAA-funded Regional Integrated Science and Assessment (RISA) Center grant with Western Water Assessment (WWA) partners. This network of RISA centers provides applied and relevant science to stakeholders to help them respond and adapt to a changing climate. While WWA has worked in the region for decades, they have made limited inroads in Wyoming.

This position will build upon prior work on the experience of compound hazards in Wyoming. In an interested community, we will look at the current social network to respond to compound hazards related to fire, flooding and/or economic transitions. The student will conduct a social network assessment to understand the current structure of response networks and then host a community workshop to help understand and expand the network for more effective response. The student will be expected to design and conduct the research, analyze the data, present it back to the community in a relevant manner, and publish the research results in a peer reviewed paper.

Ideal candidates for this position will possess outstanding written and oral communication skills, have experience collaborating and/or working as part of a team, and have experience conducting social science field research. Candidates should have an interest in climate change adaptation and working with diverse stakeholder groups. Preferably candidates would have experience with social science methods and interview methodologies. Candidates should have a strong interest in social science research methods, show creative and flexible thinking, and be self-motivated and able to work independently with guidance and support from project collaborators.

The candidate selected will pursue their degree in Environment, Natural Resources & Society within the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources. The position is the equivalent of 20 hours/week and will cover 9 credits of tuition during the fall/spring (no summer tuition) and student health insurance. Currently, the position has three semesters of guaranteed funding. I will work to cover the fourth semester, but this funding is not currently in place.

Qualifications: Preference will be given to applicants with interest OR experience in interdisciplinary and collaborative problem solving; climate change adaptation and/or working in rural communities. Applicants will be considered who have a BA or BS in any field, with preference given to social science or interdisciplinary fields.

To apply: Please send the following materials as one PDF document to Dr. Corrine Knapp at cknapp4@uwyo.edu with the subject "Your Name_WWA2 MS Position". This packet should include:
(1) Cover letter/narrative that explains your desire to pursue graduate education, your research interests, career goals, and highlights relevant experience;
(2) Resume or CV including degree(s) earned, GPA, and contact information for at least three references; and (3) Unofficial copy of transcripts

Closing date and time: February 15, 2022 at 5 p.m. MST.

Posted 11/20/21

GRA position at UWYO for indigenous research

Agency: University of Wyoming
Start Date: August 22, 2022
Apply By: February 15, 2022
Job Category: Graduate Research Assistantship
Salary: $16,500/year stipend + tuition ($6,859) + health insurance ($2,482) =Total Package: $25,841/year
Location: Laramie and statewide travel in Wyoming

Description: Dr. Corrine Noel Knapp is recruiting a MS student to join her climate adaptation group at the University of Wyoming. She is seeking an indigenous applicant, preferably from the Wind River Indian Reservation. It is important that this student address a relevant, current, and useful topic to indigenous communities, and therefore the topic of the fellowship will be determined in conversation with the applicant. Given the mentor's expertise, she can best mentor a project at the intersection of natural and human communities that will utilize qualitative social science methods. She is excited to mentor a project focused on Traditional Ecological Knowledge, climate change, adaptation and/or environmental education, but is open to a range of projects. The student, with help from his/her advisor, will be expected to design and conduct the research, analyze the data, present it back to the community in a relevant manner, and publish the research results in a peer reviewed paper.

One potential project (if there is interest and utility) would be looking at experience of extreme weather and climate related impacts (flooding, fire, drought, etc.) on the Wind River Reservation. If the student took this route, there would be the opportunity to leverage a NOAA-funded Regional Integrated Science and Assessment (RISA) Center grant with Western Water Assessment (WWA) partners. This network of RISA centers provides applied and relevant science to stakeholders to help them respond and adapt to a changing climate. While WWA has worked in the region for decades, they have made limited inroads in Wyoming.

Ideal candidates for this position will be interested in conducting a useful and relevant project for their community, possess good written and oral communication skills, and have experience collaborating and/or working as part of a team. Preferably candidates would have experience with social science methods and interview methodologies. Candidates should show creative and flexible thinking, be self-motivated and able to work independently with guidance and support from project collaborators.

The candidate selected will pursue their degree in Environment, Natural Resources & Society within the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources. The position is the equivalent of 20 hours/week and will cover 9 credits of tuition during the fall/spring (no summer tuition) and student health insurance.

The University of Wyoming Underrepresented Domestic Minority mentoring Graduate Assistantships (URDM) are intended to increase access and opportunities to graduate education for U.S. students from under-represented/ under-served communities and to increase student diversity in our graduate degree programs on a competitive basis. The URDM awards are funded through a partnership of the Office of Graduate Education and the faculty mentor(s) of the prospective student. The University of Wyoming is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law and University policy. Please see http://www.uwyo.edu/diversity/fairness/.

Qualifications: Preference will be given to applicants with interest OR experience in interdisciplinary and collaborative problem solving; climate change adaptation and/or working in rural and indigenous communities. Applicants will be considered who have a BA or BS in any field, with preference given to social science or interdisciplinary fields.

To apply: Please send the following materials as one PDF document to Dr. Corrine Knapp at cknapp4@uwyo.edu with the subject "Your Name_WRIR MS Position". This packet should include:
(1) Cover letter/narrative that explains your desire to pursue graduate education, your research interests, career goals, and highlights relevant experience;
(2) Resume or CV including degree(s) earned, GPA, and contact information for at least three references;
(3) Unofficial copy of transcripts; and
(4) An example manuscript or report you have written (if available).

Closing date and time: February 15, 2022 at 5 p.m. MST.

**When you apply for admission to UW, you need to declare your ethnicity on the CRM Salesforce system to be eligible for this graduate assistantship.
***Once the Office of Graduate Education has approved the student application, the student must accept the assistantship no later than 29 April 2022.

Posted 11/20/21


Graduate Assistantship (M.S.), School of Biological & Environmental Sciences, Marshall University

A graduate assistantship (M.S.) will be available during the Fall (2022) semester in the Department of Biological Sciences at Marshall University and will be supported by the
Lemotto-Smith – John Goodno Fellowship program. The fellowship supports aquatic research in the Ohio River and its tributaries for graduate students in the Department of Biological Sciences. The award includes $1500.00 per semester for four semesters beginning in Fall 2022, $5000.00 per summer for 2023 and 2024, and $2000.00 per academic year that can be used toward research or conference travel. The per-semester stipend is in addition to the Teaching Assistantship award through the Department of Biological Sciences. The Teaching Assistantship award includes $4500 per semester and a tuition remission for four semesters.

Please contact prospective faculty mentors in the School of Biological & Environmental Sciences (https://www.marshall.edu/cos/sbes/) if your research interests align with the Lemotto-Smith – John Goodno Fellowship requirements. Applicants should work with a graduate faculty mentor to develop a project before they apply for the fellowship. Please send application materials (see required documents, below), unofficial transcripts, and a resume (including three references) to Dr. Jayme Waldron (waldron3@marshall.edu) by 15 April 2022. Applicants must have applied for admission to Marshall University prior to the application deadline.

Applicant Requirements:

1.      Applicant’s research focus is on aquatic biology about or within the Ohio River or its tributaries.  Applicant must be a fully-admitted and full-time graduate student pursuing a Master of Science degree in the Department of Biological Sciences at Marshall University.

2.      The student must be in good standing in the Department of Biological Sciences.  Graduate students admitted with probationary status are ineligible.

3.      Applicant’s primary advisor must be graduate faculty and a full-time tenured or tenure-track member of the School of Biological & Environmental Sciences. Applicant must be working under the direct supervision of their primary advisor.

4.      Applicant must submit a complete application by the advertised deadline.

Documents:

1.      Provide a summary of the proposed research and funding requirements to include:

a.      State the project thesis.

b.      State the hypothesis or hypotheses to be tested.

c.      Explain briefly how the testing of the thesis will be accomplished.  This should be formatted as an overview of methodology.

d.      Provide a projected time table for the research and thesis completion.  The funding is for a maximum of two years of support.

e.      Describe now summer funding will be used (i.e., travel, supplies, equipment needed for thesis research).

f.       Provide details and evidence of current financial support for your graduate work (e.g., teaching assistantship, grant funding).

2.      Evidence of full admission and standing in the program.

3.      Evidence that the applicant’s primary advisor is on graduate faculty and is a full-time tenured or tenure-track member of the School of Biological & Environmental Sciences (will be provided by faculty mentor).

4.      A brief letter of support from the applicant’s primary advisor.

Jayme Waldron
Associate Professor
Biological Sciences
Marshall University
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755
Office: 304-696-3361
http://science.marshall.edu/waldron3

Posted 11/19/21


University of Washington Future Rivers Graduate Traineeship Application Now Open!

We just opened the application for the 2021/22 University of Washington Future Rivers Graduate Trainee program. It is open to any prospective (incoming fall quarter 2021) or current University of Washington PhD or Masters students in any discipline with an interest in freshwater ecosystems.

It is an NSF-funded graduate training program building skills in data science, science communication, and community interaction to bridge work across all fields to better solve today's freshwater sustainability challenges. It is a one-year program that is undertaken alongside any chosen graduate degree. We offer up to 18-months of full funding on a competitive basis. Applications can be submitted anytime; however, to be considered for funding, submissions need to be received by January 22, 2021. We request a 1-2 page statement of interest from prospective students and a letter of support from a potential advisor (for new students) or current advisor (for currently enrolled students) - further details on content can be found in the application form.

To apply or for additional program information or questions about the application process, please contact futurerivers@uw.edu or visit futurerivers.uw.edu.

Posted 11/19/21


Master’s degree opportunity to study behavioral ecology at John Carroll University

The laboratory of Carl D. Anthony and Cari-Ann M. Hickerson anticipates one or two openings beginning in fall of 2021. Funded teaching assistantships include a full tuition waiver and a stipend of $11,600/year for 2 years.

We are interested in how ecological factors such as mate choice, aggression, territoriality, and diet interact in the divergence of sympatric populations. We use polymorphic (striped, unstriped) populations of the Eastern Red-backed Salamander as a model system for this work.

Recent publications and lab member contacts can be found on our website: http://drcarlanthony.wixsite.com/anthonyhickerson

How to Apply:

If you are interested in applying, please contact Carl Anthony (canthony@jcu.edu) and Cari-Ann Hickerson (chickerson@jcu.edu) directly, and as soon as possible. Please include your interests, relevant experience, classes you have had, and your biology GPA in your email.

Application deadline is 1 February 2021. More information can be found on the JCU Department of Biology webpage (http://sites.jcu.edu/biology/)

Posted 11/11/21


Graduate Assistantships: Mussel Ecology – Texas A&M University

The Freshwater Mussel Group at Texas A&M University has three graduate positions (two MS and one PhD) open under the supervision of Dr. Charles Randklev and Dr. Roel Lopez. Please see below for position descriptions and qualifications.

Agency: the Texas A&M Natural Resource Institute and Department of Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management
Location: Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Dallas.
Salary: PHD - $35,000/ MS - $32,000
Start Date: Summer/Fall 2022 (flexible)
Last Date to Apply: 03/30/2022
Website: https://rwfm.tamu.edu/graduate-programs/

Description
We are looking for highly motivated, hardworking students who have a passion for the conservation of freshwater ecosystems to join the NRI Mussel Lab. We have one PhD graduate assistantship and two MS graduate assistantships 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 using species distribution models to predict the occurrence of rare and common mussel species and/or evaluating mussel-flow ecology relationships, with the goal of informing conservation status assessments. For the MS assistantships, one will focus on better understanding population dynamics of threatened mussel species through a combination of mark-recapture studies and shell thin-sectioning, and the other will focus on testing lethal and sublethal temperature assays to inform environmental flow efforts.

More information about the graduate program in the Department of Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management - https://rwfm.tamu.edu/graduate-programs/
More information about the mussel research program at NRI-TAMU: https://dallas.tamu.edu/research/mussels/

Lab Website: https://tamumussels.com

Funding: support for these projects come from state and federal natural resource agencies.

For the PhD assistantship a full stipend (grant funded Research Assistantship) for 4 years will be provided: ~$35,000/yr (tuition + salary; ~$9,000 per year + $26,000).

For the MS assistantships a full stipend (grant funded Research Assistantship) for 2 years will be provided: ~$32,000/yr (~$9,000 + $23,000).

Additional scholarship and funding opportunities may be available.

Qualifications
Required: For PhD assistantship - MS in Biology or related field; previous research experience in environmental modeling and statistics; GPA >3.5; GRE scores >70th percentile (156 verbal and 159 quantitative). PADI, or equivalent, SCUBA certification. For MS assistantship -- BS in Biology or related field; previous research experience in aquatic ecology, community ecology, or ecotoxicology; GPA >3.0; GRE scores > 60th percentile (153 verbal and 156 quantitative).
All applicants should have strong analytical, oral, and written communication skills, plus detail oriented and can work independently; valid driver's license and insurance are required; must be comfortable in the water and outdoors in both the heat and cold.

Preferred: For PhD assistantship - publications using species distribution models, strong statistical background, and ability to code; For MS assistantship - research experience with freshwater mussels (unionids); publications in ecotoxicology, stream ecology, or community ecology; PADI, or equivalent, SCUBA certification.

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, and which position you are applying to (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 specifics about the project.

Contact Person: Dr. Charles Randklev and Dr. Roel Lopez

Posted 11/4/21


M.S. GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP (VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY)

The Department of Geography and the Environment at Villanova University invites applications for a graduate student to participate with a NOAA-funded research project (https://marinedebris.noaa.gov/funding-opportunities/noaa-marine-debris-program-awards-funding-5-new-projects-research-marine) to assess the sources and sinks of marine debris in southwest Puerto Rico. We seek a student who is excited to engage in a collaborative, interdisciplinary project that will culminate in an M.S. degree in Environmental Science. The successful applicant will assist with two aspects of the research: (1) fieldwork in Puerto Rico to collect marine debris from various ecosystems while coordinating with local organizations; and (2) laboratory analyses at Villanova University to quantify the chemical and physical properties of the debris.

The successful candidate must:
fulfill all admission requirements for the MS in Environmental Science program and the Graduate College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University;
have a BS in environmental science, chemistry, earth sciences, or related discipline;
be willing to travel to a field location, to work independently and with a research team; and
have previous experience with field experiments and/or laboratory analyses related to marine debris are highly desirable.

We especially encourage applications from candidates who are bilingual in Spanish/English, including those with prior knowledge of Puerto Rico and who would like to contribute to Puerto Rico’s scientific research and environmental management. We welcome and encourage applicants from groups historically underrepresented in STEM and Environmental Science.

The fully-funded student position (stipend + tuition waiver) is available starting August 2022. Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order, located in the ethnically, racially, and culturally diverse Philadelphia metro region. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of the University’s (https://www1.villanova.edu/university/diversity-inclusion/about.html#diversity-statement) and the Department’s (https://www1.villanova.edu/university/liberal-arts-sciences/programs/geography-environment/guiding-principles.html) missions.

To apply, email a cover letter, CV, copies of transcripts, GRE scores, and the names and contact information of three references able to speak about your academic experiences to Dr. Lisa Rodrigues (lisa.rodrigues@villanova.edu). Please provide all documents in a single file as an email attachment. For full programmatic requirements see: https://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/artsci/graduate/graduate-programs/environmental-science.html.

Applications will be reviewed beginning 1 February 2022.

Lisa J Rodrigues
Associate Professor
she/her/hers
Department of Geography & the Environment
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
610-519-7534
lisa.rodrigues@villanova.edu
Mendel Hall G67H

Posted 11/4/21


MS Graduate Assistantship: Chemosensory Biology of Longhorned Beetles

The Mitchell lab at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is recruiting a Master's student as part of a broader NSF-funded study on the systematics, chemical ecology, and chemosensory evolution of longhorned beetles. The student project will explore the evolution of chemoreceptors expressed in the antennae of numerous species of cerambycids and include extensive training in genomic annotation. The course of study is funded for two years and includes a tuition waiver, health insurance, and stipend. Coursework will be completed through the university's Master of Science program in Biology. See here for more information: https://uwosh.edu/biology/graduate-degree/program-of-study/.

Applicants must have completed a Bachelor's degree or equivalent by the start date of the position and should have a strong interest in entomology or genomics. Preference will be given to students with prior research experience and a background in the biological sciences. The Department of Biology at UWO requires a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 for admission in full standing. Completed applications should be submitted by February 1, 2022; the start date for the assistantship is September 1, 2022.

Interested students should contact Dr. Mitchell (mitchellr@uwosh.edu) regarding their intention to apply, and submit a transcript, three letters of recommendation, and statement of interest online through UWO Graduate Studies (https://uwosh.edu/gradstudies/). Standardized testing (such as the GRE) is no longer required by the Department of Biology graduate program.

Oshkosh may be most famous for its association with children's overalls, but it is also consistently ranked among the top small cities in the US in which to live. The city is in the heart of the Fox Valley, a rapidly growing region in east-central Wisconsin that is adjacent to numerous lakes, rivers, and hiking trails, but also within a short drive of cultural centers such as Madison and Milwaukee.

Posted 11/3/21

Funded Ph.D. assistantships in Geospatial Analytics at NC State University

The interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Geospatial Analytics at the Center for Geospatial Analytics (geospatial.ncsu.edu) at North Carolina State University is now accepting applications for Fall 2022 enrollment. We expect to admit a cohort of twelve students, all with fully funded graduate research assistantships with $25,000 salary, benefits, and tuition support, renewable for up to four years.

The application deadline is February 1, 2022.

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

Faculty at the Center develop and apply innovative techniques to advance new research frontiers (geospatial.ncsu.edu/research). For example, we develop new ways of gathering and processing large datasets, forecasting future conditions based on "what-if" scenarios, and putting forecasts into the hands of the people who need them most to collaboratively explore alternative futures of planning and change. Our work involves deep collaboration with government, industry, and community partners to address interdisciplinary environmental and societal challenges.

Applicants are encouraged to reach out to faculty with similar research interests but are not required to secure an advisor prior to admission. Students with quantitative and computational backgrounds in geography, informatics, or remote sensing are strongly encouraged to apply. We welcome applicants interested in pushing the boundaries of geospatial analytics and technology from a variety of perspectives, including design, cognitive science, natural resources and the environment, computer science, engineering, social and behavioral sciences, and more. We are especially committed to increasing the representation of students that have been historically excluded from participation in U.S. higher education.

Additional details and complete application instructions are available at go.ncsu.edu/geospatial-phd. Interested students are encouraged to contact Rachel Kasten, Graduate Services Coordinator (rachelkasten@ncsu.edu or 919-515-2800), with any questions.

Posted 11/3/21


UMaster’s Program in Conservation and Restoration (MCRS) at UC-Irvine now accepting applications for Fall 2021

Interested in a career as a leader in research and management of natural resources?

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Center for Environmental Biology (CEB) at the University of California, Irvine are accepting applications for our field-based Masters in Conservation and Restoration Science (MCRS) graduate program providing training for students interested in careers in the research and management of our terrestrial or marine natural resources. Sectors and potential careers for MCRS graduates include: non-profit land management sector, local and federal government agencies, and environmental consulting firms. For more information, visit the MCRS webpage (http://mcrs.bio.uci.edu), or contact Courtney Hunt, the MCRS Academic Coordinator, at cchunt@uci.edu.

The MCRS degree provides students with the academic and professional skills needed to study, protect, and conserve natural resources, and to hold leadership and management positions in environmental fields related to conservation, restoration, and sustainability. Potential applicants need a B.A. or B.S. degree, preferably in the natural sciences (biology, conservation biology, ecology, environmental science, forestry, wildlife biology, horticulture, or similar degree title) from a fully accredited academic institution. Applicants with undergraduate degrees in other areas will be considered but must demonstrate proficiency in the natural sciences and/or practical experience working in this professional field.

The program includes two years of coursework and fieldwork, including 18 units of core courses (e.g., terrestrial or marine ecology, conservation biology), 16 units of topical electives (e.g., wildlife ecology and sampling, environmental policy, land use policy, plant physiology), 18 units of technical and professional skills courses (e.g., field techniques, quantitative methods, technical writing, GIS, project management), and 8 units associated with technical and professional workshops (e.g., regional professional gatherings). A collaborative, solutions-based team capstone project (12 units), aligned with community partner needs, integrates the program's learning objectives and requires students to apply their new skills to key environmental challenges facing society.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The first round of applications will be reviewed for priority admission after February 1, 2022.

Posted 10/30/21


FUNDED PHD STUDENT OPPORTUNITY

We are seeking a highly motivated student for a NSF funded PhD position in the Moody Lab at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). The research will focus on comparative transcriptomics and population genomics of arctic plants along an Alaskan latitudinal gradient. The research is part of a collaborative research program that will examine the mechanisms that lead to ecotypic differences in phenology involving a sedge and two shrubs in reciprocal transplant garden and growth chamber experiments. This includes examination of potential adaptions related to light quality, light quantity, photoperiod, temperature using gene expression data and population genomics. The position will have alt least two years guaranteed research funding and guaranteed TA assistantship up to a combined six years within the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) PhD Program at UTEP. The candidate for this position will have the opportunity to work with a collaborative team involving UTEP, the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), and Wilkes University, as well as an opportunity for research at the Toolik Field Station in Alaska.

The ideal candidate will have research experience, interest in molecular ecology, strong communication skills, and strong performance in science courses. Experience with -omics research and computer language is preferred, but not required. The position will begin Fall 2022. Interested students should send a current C.V. and a brief letter of interest to Dr. Michael Moody mlmoody@utep.edu. More information about my lab at UTEP is available at https://www.michaelmoodyplants.com/ More information about the Department of Biological Sciences and the EEB graduate programs can be found at https://www.utep.edu/science/biology/index.html, https://www.utep.edu/science/eeb/ and https://www.utep.edu/science/eeb/Academic%20Programs/phd.html. Applications for graduate school are due Feb 1.

Posted 10/28/21


Master's position in vector disease ecology, San Francisco, CA

The Swei Lab (www.sweilab.com) at San Francisco State University (SFSU) invites applications for an NSF-funded Master's student position to conduct research on host and pathogen interactions in a tick-borne disease system to start in Fall 2022. The student will work on a long-term dataset collected from a habitat fragmentation gradient on ticks, their associated host community, and pathogens. The project would focus on statistical and mathematical analyses to address how pathogen genomic diversity is shaped and how disease transmission and risk is influenced in a natural community context. The Master's program is a thesis-based degree that also requires coursework in Integrative Biology and may involve serving as a teaching assistant in the Department of Biology.

Competitive applicants will have research experience, analytical and quantitative skills, and be proficient in the program R. Strong written and verbal communication skills are also desirable. Additional desired skills are experience with mathematical modeling, statistics, and bioinformatics.

Interested applicants should contact Dr. Andrea Swei (aswei@sfsu.edu) by email and submit 1) a letter of research interests and career goals, 2) a current CV, and 3) contact information for three references. A full application package is due February 1, 2022 and should be submitted to the department of Biology at SFSU at https://www2.calstate.edu/apply

Additional information: San Francisco State University is a member of the California State University system and serves a diverse student body of 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The Department of Biology is home to over 1600 undergraduates, 200 master's students, and 40 tenure/tenure-track faculty. The department has a reputation for actively engaging students from diverse backgrounds in educational pursuits and scientific discovery. The mission of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world. We strongly encourage the application of individuals from historically underrepresented groups in science.

Posted 10/26/21


MS, Environmental Science (Energy Science) Position Available, Starting Fall 2022
 
Dr Froylan Sifuentes at Western Washington University’s Institute of Energy Studies is seeking a potential Master’s Graduate Student (MS, Environmental Sciences) for Fall 2022.

The successful candidate will support model building and analysis efforts on one of two research projects studying electric system decarbonization pathways. This position will come with two academic years of support as a teaching assistant within the Department of Environmental Sciences. Research projects will involve modeling of energy systems, and might include modeling buildings, electric vehicle charging, and spatial energy analysis.

How to Apply: Applications to the Department of Environmental Science at WWU are due February 1st, 2022: https://huxley.wwu.edu/graduate-application-information. For these positions, please send a CV and statement of interest to: sifuenf@wwu.edu. To be formally accepted, a full application must be submitted by the deadline, with a note of interest to this position.

Posted 10/22/21


Ph.D. Opportunity - Dryland Critical Zone - UTEP

I am currently recruiting a Ph.D. student in the Biological Sciences department at the University of Texas at El Paso to start in Fall of 2022 to work on a funded proposal focused on dryland critical zones. Our dryland critical zone project aims to study carbon fluxes, ecohydrology, and nutrient availability in the carbonate-dominated soils of dryland ecosystems. The project is collaborative, interdisciplinary, and focuses on field-based investigations in Texas, New Mexico, and Idaho. PhD students will have an opportunity to work as part of an integrated scientific team of faculty at UTEP and other collaborative institutions, and foster connections within the scientific community centered around critical zone science. Funding is available to cover stipends (3+ years of RA), project supplies, and travel costs. Ideal candidates would have substantial research experience and interest in geology, biology, or environmental sciences, strong communication skills, strong performance in science courses, and a desire to do field work. Ph.D. students on this project will initially work with our team on grant objectives, which they will then springboard into projects of their own independent design. My portion of the project in particular will focus on carbon and gas exchange related aspects of critical zone function. Please see my website for more details. Applications are due February 1, 2022. If you are interested, please contact me (ajdarrouzetnardi@utep.edu).

Posted 10/14/21


Paleoecology and Paleolimnology

The Paleolimnology Laboratory at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus is seeking 1-2 highly motivated students interested in pursuing a M.S. degree in Conservation Biology with research focused on the conservation paleoecology of Florida lakes. We use sedimentary evidence (i.e. diatoms, pollen, plant macrofossils, algal pigments, zoological indicators, eDNA, geochemistry, and stable isotopes) to reconstruct the historical ecology of lakes, and to address community- and ecosystem-level questions.  Our research documents natural variation and anthropogenic impacts, and it has applications in lake restoration, management, and conservation.

Graduate students in the Conservation Biology Program are funded through Graduate Teaching Assistant positions, and support includes a competitive stipend, full tuition waivers, and health insurance benefits for a minimum of two years contingent upon satisfactory progress.  Opportunities for funding as a Research Assistant might be available in addition.  Admission to the graduate program is competitive and requires a B.S. degree in Biology or a related degree (i.e., Botany, Zoology), with formal course work in ecology, genetics, evolution, and taxonomy.

Florida is an important lake district within the U.S. because it contains approximately 8000 warm-temperate lakes.  We are particularly interested in recruiting students who are eager to gain field experience, who would be comfortable traveling throughout the state, and who look forward to working collaboratively as part of a research team that focuses on the conservation and restoration of Florida’s lake ecosystems.

If you are interested in learning more about recent research projects and potential thesis topics, please contact Drs. Melanie Riedinger-Whitmore (mariedin@usf.edu) and Thomas Whitmore (whitmore@usf.edu) for more details and to arrange a virtual interview.

We ask that interested students contact us before submitting their application because admission to the program is contingent upon acceptance by a faculty research mentor.  The Fall 2022 Priority Application deadline for this graduate program is February 1, 2022.

For additional details, please check the following links:

https://www.usf.edu/arts-sciences/departments/ib/people/faculty/melanie-reidinger-whitmore.aspx
https://www.usf.edu/arts-sciences/departments/ib/people/faculty/thomasjwhitmore.aspx
https://www.usf.edu/arts-sciences/departments/ib/graduate/ms-degree.aspx
https://catalog.usf.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=12&poid=5492&returnto=1384
https://www.usf.edu/graduate-studies/

Melanie Riedinger-Whitmore, Ph.D.
Campus Chairperson
Department of Integrative Biology
University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus
140 7th Avenue S.
St. Petersburg, FL  33701
mariedin@usf.edu

Posted 10/6/21


Fire Ecology MS at San José State University

MS Assistantship in Fire Ecology and Management at SJSU

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

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

Potential projects include:

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

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

Start date: January or August 2022

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

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

https://fireecology.wixsite.com/katewilkin

Posted 9/3/21


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

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

Project: The University of Vermont, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources is seeking a master’s-level graduate student to participate in a research project focused on pitch pine (Pinus rigida) regeneration dynamics across pine barren communities in New England and New York. The student will join a team of collaborators from the University of Vermont, U.S. Forest Service Forest Health Protection program, New York Department of Environmental Conservation, National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Central Pine Barrens Joint Planning and Policy Commission, and The Nature Conservancy in quantifying restoration and adaptation strategies most effective at sustaining pitch pine-dominated communities into the future. This includes informing best adaptation practices to secure pitch pine regeneration in areas impacted by the recent range expansion of southern pine beetle. The position is available for Summer 2022 and includes two guaranteed years of funding (stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance).
Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in forestry, biology, natural resources, environmental sciences or a closely related field.  Applicants should be able to work independently, but also cooperatively with other researchers in the lab and on the larger project. Applicants should also have a strong work ethic, demonstrated writing and quantitative capabilities, plant identification skills, and a record of leadership.

Application: Interested applicants should supply all application materials to the UVM Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (RSENR) Program (MS in Natural Resources) by February 1, 2022 – when applying, please state your interest in this position in the "Statement of Purpose."

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

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

Posted 8/31/21


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