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Postdoctoral Scientist - Ocean Biogeochemical Modeling

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 17:07
Opportunity Type: Postdoc


Postdoctoral Scientist - Ocean Biogeochemical Modeling

Position Summary

A postdoctoral scientist position in Ocean Biogeochemical Modeling is available at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole. This position is part of a large Simons Foundation collaborative project on Computational Biogeochemical Modeling of Marine Ecosystems (CBIOMES) that involves multiple investigators and is directed by Mick Follows at MIT. The MBL component of the project focuses on developing metabolic network representations of marine microbial food webs and their associated biogeochemistry. The goal of the MBL team is to leverage information gleaned from genome-scale models to improve understanding and modeling of marine ecosystems. Consequently, we are seeking applicants with expertise or familiarity in systems biology modeling combined with marine ecosystem modeling, or individuals with interest in exploring this new area of research. While not required, knowledge of Fortran, thermodynamics, genome-scale models, numerical analysis and/or optimal control theory will be considered advantageous. The successful candidate will be expected to work collaboratively with members of the CBIOMES team. Review of applications will begin 1 Feb 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Funding support is available for up to five years, but performance will be reviewed on an annual basis.

Additional Information

Information regarding the SC-CBIOMES project can be found here:
oceanography/simons-collaboration-on-computational-biogeochemical- modeling-of-marine-ecosystems/

Basic Qualifications

A Ph.D. in Ocean Sciences, Engineering, Systems Biology or related field is required.

Preferred Qualifications

Applicants with experience in computer modeling of marine food webs, biogeochemistry or biology will be preferred, but computational modeling in other fields will also be considered.


The Marine Biological Laboratory is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / Disabled / Veterans Employer.

Expiration Date: Thu, 2018-02-01

2018 Synthesis Webinar Series

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 14:33

The LTER Network Communications Office is pleased to announce a new webinar series hosted by the NCO and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). This series highlights the progress of the LTER synthesis working groups ( The webinars will cover the latest ideas emerging from LTER synthesis research, as well as insights on the process. In the lead-off webinar on January 11th, Dr. Steph Hampton will present an discuss what is being learned about the science of team science, drawing on experiences from several synthesis centers. Please join us for one seminar or the whole series. Webinars are the on the second Thursday of each month at 11 am Pacific Standard Time.

January 11

The science of team science: lessons from synthesis centers
Stephanie Hampton

February 8

Communities to Ecosystems: Integrating plant community and ecosystem responses to chronic global change drivers
Kimberly La Pierre, Meghan Avolio, and Kevin Wilcox


March 8

Stream elemental cycling: Global patterns in stream energy and nutrient cycling
Adam Wymore


April 12

Scaling-Up Productivity Responses to Changes in Biodiversity
Forest Isbell and Laura Dee


May 10

Using long term data to understand links between environmental variability and metacommunity stability
Eric Sokol


June 7

Synthesizing population and community synchrony to understand drivers of ecological stability across LTER sites (tentative title)
Lauren Hallett, Daniel Reumann, and Katharine Suding


Speaker Biographies

Stephanie Hampton, Washington State University

Dr. Hampton is a Professor in the School of the Environment and Director of the Center for Environmental Research, Education and Outreach at Washington State University. Dr. Hampton's research ranges from basic investigations in aquatic science using statistical analysis of large databases to broader applications of empirical evidence in environmental issues. Prior to joining WSU, she was Deputy Director of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at the Univ. of California - Santa Barbara. Dr. Hampton is active in exploring methods by which the scientific community can more broadly engage in data sharing, data-intensive research, and open science. She currently chairs the NSF Biology Directorate's Advisory Committee and serves on advisory boards for NCEAS, the Canadian Institute of Ecology and Evolution, and the Ocean Modeling Forum. 

Kimberly La Pierre, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Dr. La Pierre is a community ecologist with a research focus on the community and ecosystem responses to global change drivers. She completed her PhD at Yale University, studying the roles of nutrient availability, climate, and herbivory in driving grassland community composition and ecosystem function and did a postdoc at Univ, of California, Berkeley, studying how mutualistic interactions are impacted by global change drivers in the legume-rhizobia system. In 2017, Kimberly started as a Senior Scientist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center where her research builds upon her history of examining the effects of human activities on the environment upon which we all depend.

Meghan Avolio, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Avolio is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Avolio received her PhD from Yale University. Her dissertation explored the adaptability of the dominant tallgrass species Andropogon gerardii to increased precipitation variability. After her PhD, she was a Research Assistant Professor at the Univ. of Utah, where she investigated plant community assembly in cultivated urban ecosystems. She recently completed a postdoc at SESYNC where she was developing community change metrics for species rank abundance curves and synthesizing data from 100+ global change experiments from around the world.

Kevin Wilcox, USDA ARS, Fort Collins

Dr. Wilcox is interested in how global change drivers – such as altered precipitation, elevated atmospheric CO2, and eutrophication – alter plant community structure and ecosystem processes. He is particularly focused on how global change can cause switches in dominant species, and how this feeds back to alter the sensitivity of plant growth and carbon cycling to these same global changes. To this end, Kevin blends mechanistic process-based modeling, statistical modeling, and experimental approaches to assess these phenomena at a range of spatial and temporal scales.

Adam Wymore, University of New Hampshire

Dr. Wymore is an Assistant Research Professor at the University of New Hampshire in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment. His research aims to understand how organic matter and nutrients are retained and transformed in surface waters. 

Forest Isbell, University of Minnesota

Dr.Isbell is the associate director of Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve; an assistant professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior; and an associate fellow at the Institute on the Environment at the Univ. of Minnesota. His research investigates the anthropogenic drivers of changes in biodiversity and the consequences of biodiversity loss for ecosystem functioning, stability, and services. Previously, Forest was the Haines Family Professor of Aboveground Ecology at the University of Georgia and he completed postdoctoral research positions at the University of Minnesota and McGill University. Further information can be found at his lab website:

Laura Dee, University of Minnesota

Dr. Dee is an Assistant Professor of Conservation Science in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology and an Affiliate Fellow at the Institute on the Environment at the Univ. of Minnesota. Laura’s research falls at the interface of ecology and economics, addressing climatic, ecological and socioeconomic drivers of ecosystem services and their sustainable management. Laura completed a Ph.D. in Environmental Science & Management at UC Santa Barbara and a concurrent M.A. in Economics. She completed a post-doc at UMN, examining how climate change affects ecosystem services provided by boreal forests and management strategies to reduce those impacts. Laura is also affiliated with the Natural Capital Project at UMN. For more information, see my website:

Eric Sokol, Research Scientist with the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)

Dr. Eric Sokol is a Research Scientist with the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) with a research affiliation at the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) and the University of Colorado Boulder. He started out studying aquatic insects in streams and rivers, using computer simulations and spatial statistics to understand how aquatic insect communities vary across watersheds. He has applied similar approaches to study microbe, diatom, zooplankton, macroinvertebrate, and fish communities in the Everglades (FCE LTER); soils, streams and ponds in Antarctica (MCM LTER); built ponds in Baltimore (BES LTER); and in synthesis work using publicly available LTER data.

Lauren Hallett, Assistant Professor, Biology, University of Oregon

Daniel Reumann, Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas; Associate Scientist, Kansas Biological Survey

Katherine Suding, Professor Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado Boulder; Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research

Audience: Decision MakersResearchers

2018 REU in Tropical Ecology at Luquillo LTER

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 17:02
Opportunity Type: Undergraduate

Our summer program provides research experiences for undergraduate students in areas of ecology (streams, plant communities, soils) and evolution (plant-pollinator interactions).

We study the tropical rainforest of Puerto Rico at various levels of organization, ranging from genes to ecosystems. Field research is conducted at El Verde Field Station, in El Yunque National Forest.

Program Description

Our goal is to promote a scientific foundation for students, by:

  • Immersing students in an active research environment
  • Providing students with the opportunity to study and conduct research in an ecosystem and culture not easily accessible at their home institution
  • Providing educational activities designed to equip students with the necessary tools to conduct scientific research
  • Providing guidance from established scientists while they develop an independent research project

This is a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program funded by the National Science Foundation and the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus.

Students work on a research project under the advice of a faculty mentor. Students also participate of seminars and workshops on data analysis and presentation, and scientific techniques (e.g., stream studies, population measurements). An ethical component is focused on issues likely to be encountered by students in their careers and discussions on the role of scientists in society. Overall, our goal is to positively impact student careers by providing them with the tools needed to conduct scientific research in any area of science, with emphasis on Tropical Ecology and Evolution, and by stressing the impact that scientists could have in our society if they take active roles.

In general, the program runs from the first week of June until the first week of August. To complete the 10-week program, the program sometimes starts at the end of May. For summer 2018 the dates are: May 28 - August 3


  • There is no cost for participating students
  • The student will receive a stipend of $5,250 for the ten weeks duration of the program
  • Round-trip plane ticket from your home institution to Puerto Rico will be reimbursed, up to a maximum of $600
  • The program will cover housing at El Verde Field Station
  • Students prepare their own meals and a food allowance is provided to cover the cost of groceries

Click here to apply for summer 2018

Deadline: February 15, 2018.

Expiration Date: Thu, 2018-02-15Links: Program website

Environmental Data Specialist (KBS)

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 11:42
Opportunity Type: Jobs

Michigan State University invites applications for a motivated and innovative environmental data specialist to support and promote the mission of the sustainability portion of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) ( and the Long-term Ecological Research (LTER) Program (

GLBRC sustainability research, funded by the US Department of Energy for the past 10 years, has focused on increasing our understanding of the attributes and mechanisms responsible for the environmental and economic sustainability of biofuel production systems.

Since 1988, the KBS's LTER Program has studied the ecology of intensive field crop ecosystems and its environmental consequences as part of a National Network of LTER Sites ( established by the National Science Foundation.

Position Summary

This a full time, support staff position, located at the W. K. Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) in Hickory Corners, MI (about 65 miles SE of East Lansing and 15 miles NE of Kalamazoo). KBS is Michigan State University’s largest off-site campus and one of North America’s premier inland field stations.

You will be joining a dedicated, multidisciplinary team of researchers, technicians, and faculty in a friendly and collaborative working environment.

Principal Duties:

  • Help maintain the GLBRC data catalog
  • Work with researchers to develop protocols for collecting data and metadata
  • Curate GLBRC data/metadata and make it available to the wider community
  • Handle spatial analysis for GLBRC and LTER
  • Candidates should be detail oriented and possess good verbal and written communication skills.

Computer skills:

  • Knowledge of spatial software and databases, such as: postgis, qgis, arcinfo, postgres
  • Basic familiarity with the use of scripting languages, such as Ruby, Python, R, for data processing and quality control and ETL
  • Comfortable using version control systems such as git
  • Basic dev-ops skills

Data Collection and Management:

  • some knowledge of ecological principles and field data collection
  • experience collecting, analyzing and managing field and lab data
  • planning and collecting features with GPS devices

Application deadline: January 9th, 2018

For more information and to apply, see:

Expiration Date: Tue, 2018-01-09Links: To apply

Tenure Track Faculty Cluster Hire at University of Alaska Fairbanks

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 21:31
Opportunity Type: Education

The College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) seeks applications from exceptional candidates for at least two tenure-track faculty positions to complement CFOS’ breadth of expertise in fisheries and ocean sciences. We invite applicants with sea-going programs in chemical, geological, physical, biological, or fisheries oceanography, whose research plans include use of the ice-capable, Global Class R/V Sikuliaq, and who will further the mission and strengths of the College. These faculty appointments are intended to be at the rank of Assistant Professor, although outstanding candidates at a higher rank will be considered. These positions begin a broader campaign to hire up to five faculty to enhance research, teaching, and service in the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.

UAF is Alaska’s research university, North America’s Arctic university and a world leader in both Arctic and climate-change research. The successful applicants will enjoy opportunities for collaboration within CFOS’s world-class, high-latitude research program. The College offers a B.S. in Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, a B.A. in Fisheries, Minors in Marine Science and Fisheries, a new Master of Marine Studies degree program, as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Oceanography, Marine Biology and Fisheries. The UAF campus houses the Ocean Acidification Research Center (OARC), the Alaska Stable Isotope Facility (ASIF) which includes a new Multi-Collector ICPMS, and UAF’s Advanced Instrumentation Laboratory (AIL), the Core Facility for Nucleic Acid Analysis. Our coastal facilities include the Seward Marine Center, the NOAA-UAF Kasitsna Bay Laboratory, the Alaska SeaLife Center, the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, and the Department of Fisheries which is headquartered in Juneau. The College has over 150 faculty, researchers and staff based throughout Alaska, more than 100 graduate students engaged in thesis research in Alaska waters and throughout the world, and a growing undergraduate degree program in fisheries and ocean sciences.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in oceanography or closely related discipline, and preferably have post-doctoral and teaching experience. The position requires research, education and service that support Alaska’s ocean resources and the communities that rely upon them. The successful candidate will be expected to teach core courses and/or develop specialty oceanography courses for the graduate and undergraduate academic programs, develop a vigorous externally funded sea-going research program, and mentor graduate students. Interested applicants should submit a statement of interest that outlines their qualifications for this position and includes a research plan, teaching interests, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of at least three references. Applications must be submitted to Job Posting #123456789 at https:// For questions about these positions, please contact Dr. Mark Johnson, Chair of the Search Committee, at

For full consideration, applications should be received by February 28, 2018.

Expiration Date: Wed, 2018-02-28

President's Professorship in Quantitative Fisheries and Ecosystems at University of Alaska Fairbanks

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 12:55
Opportunity Type: Education

The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS) was recently awarded a prestigious President’s Professor of Quantitative Fisheries and Ecosystems by the University of Alaska President. The Department of Fisheries within CFOS invites applications for this position, a tenure-track, full-time (9-months annual state support) President’s Professorship in Quantitative Fisheries and Ecosystems.

About UAF - UAF is Alaska’s research university and Alaska offers unparalleled opportunities for freshwater and marine fisheries research. CFOS has 52 faculty, over 100 graduate students and more than 50 undergraduate students engaged in research in Alaskan waters and throughout the world ( The College offers academic programs in Fisheries at the Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral levels in Fairbanks, Juneau, Kodiak, and Seward. These and other facilities throughout the state are linked by modern videoconference and distance-delivery technology. The Department of Fisheries maintains a strong program that includes 15 tenured or tenure-track faculty, two research faculty members, and four other faculty with primary appointments outside of the fisheries program. The current quantitative fisheries program is widely recognized as one of the core strength areas within the Department of Fisheries.

Position Details - The position will be based at either of our CFOS locations in Juneau or Fairbanks, Alaska. Applications are encouraged from creative individuals with a strong scientific and academic background who will complement the expertise of existing faculty and contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of Alaska's world renowned fishery resources.The successful applicant will guide the development of a new proposed Center for Quantitative Fisheries Excellence (CQFE) at CFOS. This center will provide the scientific basis for sustainable fisheries management in Alaska and will train the next generation of fisheries scientists and biometricians to meet workforce needs of state and federal fishery management agencies, nongovernmental and tribal organizations, and the fishing industry. The incumbent will be a nationally and internationally renowned leader in quantitative fisheries science and sustainable fishery management.

The position is expected to be hired at the associate or full professor rank, although exceptional candidates at the assistant level may be considered. The successful candidate will possess cutting-edge expertise in multispecies and ecosystem models, novel quantitative fisheries stock assessment methods, management strategy evaluations, and applications of these approaches to ecosystem-based fisheries management. The incumbent will lead a vigorous Alaska-based fishery research program that involves undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral researchers. The President’s Professor will also teach graduate courses in these subject areas, as well as upper division undergraduate courses in the new Baccalaureate Program in Fisheries and Ocean Sciences to be jointly offered by UAF and the University of Alaska Southeast. This hire is a vital part of our strategy to strengthen the fisheries program in CFOS at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The incumbent will further enhance the profile of UA through service in both state and federal fisheries management arenas, and is expected to serve as member of organizations such as the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) Scientific and Statistical Committee, a group of experts responsible for setting science-based catch limits for federally managed commercial fisheries in Alaska.

More information about the position can be found on the CFOS website at

Qualifications - Qualified applicants must have a Ph.D. in fisheries biology, ecology, or a related field from an accredited university. Postdoctoral research experience is preferred. Disciplinary expertise for this position should be in the area of quantitative aspects of fisheries management and multispecies/ecosystem approaches. The applicant must be proficient in English, have experience teaching at the university level, and have a strong research and publication record appropriate to their experience and date of degree. UAF is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from female and minority candidates. Interested applicants should submit

  1. a brief cover letter,
  2. a statement of interest and qualifications (including research, teaching, and outreach plans),
  3. a curriculum vitae (CV),
  4. contact information for three professional references (address, email and phone number)

Application Instructions - Applications must be submitted through Careers at UA for Job Number 508265 at To ensure consideration, applications must be received no later than February 2, 2018 by 11:55 PM Alaska Standard Time. Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Gordon Kruse, Search Committee Chair, at 907-796-5458 or at

Expiration Date: Fri, 2018-02-02

Plum Island Ecosystem Research Experience for Undergraduates - 2 positions (2018)

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 17:37
Opportunity Type: Undergraduate

Plum Island Ecosystem LTER

The Marine Biological Laboratory is seeking applicants for two 10-week positions in the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The successful applicant will work as part of a large-scale, multi-disciplinary project examining the effects of sea-level, climate change, and changes in human land use of the marshes, estuaries and watersheds surrounding Plum Island Sound, MA (

REU positions are available to U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents only who are currently enrolled as undergraduates at U.S. colleges or universities (no graduating seniors). Review of applications will begin in early March. Students should apply at:

Expiration Date: Sun, 2018-03-18

2018 REUs at California Current Ecosystem

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 18:10
Opportunity Type: Undergraduate

California Current Ecosystem – Long Term Ecological Research 

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) – Summer 2018



We seek up to 4 undergraduate students to participate in interdisciplinary oceanographic research as part of the NSF-funded California Current Ecosystem (CCE) Long Term Ecological Research LTER site. The CCE LTER site is an interdisciplinary group of scientists, students and educators working to understand and communicate the effects of long term climate variability on the California Current pelagic ecosystem, a major coastal upwelling biome (see for more information).  Well-qualified and highly motivated undergraduates with interests in biology, chemistry, physics and/or computer science are encouraged to apply.  Starting in summer 2018, selected undergraduates will work with scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (La Jolla, CA) in research related to CCE LTER projects.  Opportunities for undergraduates may exist in a number of areas related to oceanographic research, including conducting mesocosm experiments, nearshore measurements, data analysis and modeling.  See for descriptions of previous student research projects.  Anticipated salary:  $13/hr for full-time position (40 hrs per week); 10-12weeks from mid-June, 2018.

NOTE:  Housing and transportation costs are NOT provided as part of these REU positions.


College level background in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Computer Science required.  Ability to follow oral/written instructions and good interpersonal skills also required.  Additional desired characteristics include upper division status in a science major, a desire to participate in interdisciplinary oceanographic research, and an interest in possibly pursuing science/research via graduate school.  Student must be a registered undergraduate and a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or its possessions.


Please send resume, college transcripts, and a cover letter – including a brief paragraph that highlights your past or current involvement in activities that advance diversity and equity in LTER or STEM fields via email to Robin Westlake Storey, CCE LTER Program Office Coordinator, at  Please list previous applicable coursework, any previous lab experience, anticipated date of graduation, and daytime telephone number and email address.  Members of groups under-represented in earth and environmental science are particularly encouraged to apply.

Diversity is a defining feature of the University of California and we embrace it as a source of strength. Our differences – of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, socioeconomic status, abilities, experience and more – enhance our ability to achieve the university’s core missions of public service, teaching and research. We welcome students from all backgrounds and want everyone at UC to feel respected and valued.

Review of applications will begin February 2018, and application period closes April 15th, 2018.

Expiration Date: Wed, 2018-03-14Links: CCE website

2018 URP with Urban Water Innovation Network: Sustainable Water Transdisciplinary Research

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 17:40
Opportunity Type: Undergraduate

The Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN) offers its third Undergraduate Research Program (URP) for the summer of 2018. Participants will be given the opportunity to perform cutting edge, transdisciplinary research of immediate relevance to people in urban areas. Students with different research interests – social sciences, natural sciences, engineering – will be placed with a team of mentors at institutions in urban areas across the nation. The program will start and end at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Co.

The UWIN Undergraduate Research Program (URP) will engage students in activities in three interwoven strands that, when experienced together, provide a strong foundation for pursuing excellence in transdisciplinary research in urban water system sustainability:

1. Cutting Edge Independent Research Projects

This intensive nine week summer research experience will engage students in cutting edge, transdisciplinary research of immediate relevance to people in urban areas. Under the guidance of one or more scientific mentors, UWIN URP students will perform an independent research project of her/his own design that supports integration between social, natural sciences, and engineering as well as connections to the national network.

Once students delineate a research question and associated hypotheses, they will select appropriate methods and develop a research plan that will be presented in a written proposal at the end of the second week. Written proposals will be reviewed by mentors and fellow students for constructive feedback. Students will implement and complete the project on their own, ending with analysis and research report writing.

Students will write abstracts and present a poster during the UWIN All Scientists’ meeting early August 2018 with full participation of students, mentors, scientists and professionals from the Network. Posters and abstracts will be posted on the UWIN website. Students will complete a research report and submit appropriate data and metadata to their mentors and the program coordinator by the end of the final week of the program. Students will have the option to apply for a small pool of funds to produce a paper for a peer reviewed journal, or to present their work at a professional society conference.

2. Reflective Practice and Training Activities

Hallmarks of the UWIN URP program are emphases on reflective practice and collaborative science. Hands-on, interactive sessions will include: a) Ethics in Sustainability; b) Transdisciplinary Research Techniques; c) Communicating Science; d) Future Pathways to Graduate School and Jobs; e) Scientific and Technical Writing; and f) Introduction to Programming Software (R or Matlab).

3. Transdisciplinary Research Activities in Urban Water Sustainability

Students will explore how to promote sustainable management of urban water systems by working with a team of disciplinary experts, both in their own region and across UWIN nationwide. The kick-off meeting at the beginning of the summer will launch the themes with presentations, discussions, and a hands-on case study of a local water sustainability issue in the Front Range of Colorado. During the summer, students will participate in weekly workshops and seminars led by experts from different fields, providing broad exposure to diverse perspectives on the science of urban water systems. The Forum on Opportunities in Urban Water Sustainability Research and Applications will provide additional, in-depth examples of engineering, environmental science, and social science in action. The wrap-up meeting at the end of the program will give students the opportunity to reflect as a group on what they learn over the summer.

There are 9 potential research projects, described here on the UWIN website.

Program Details – Students in the 2018 program will receive a stipend of $4,500 plus room and board on-campus or in nearby housing. Students also will receive a travel allowance up to $900 towards travel expenses associated with participating in the program, including travel to and from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO, for the kick off and wrap up meetings, and travel to their research site.

Apply here by January 29, 2018 11:59 PM (EDT)

Expiration Date: Mon, 2018-01-29Links: Program website

2018 REU positions at Cary Institute: Translational Ecology

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 17:01
Opportunity Type: Undergraduate

Cary Institute REU: Translational Ecology for Undergraduates

The Cary Translational Ecology Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program aims to train a new generation of environmental scientists who are both prepared and motivated to translate ecological science to the public, weaving together activities in 5 strands:

Cutting Edge Independent Research Projects

Working closely with a mentor scientist, students delineate a research question and hypotheses, develop and implement a project, analyze data, give an oral presentation in a formal symposium and write a paper. Skill building workshops support student learning. The bulk of students’ time is spent in this facet of the program.

Reflective Practice and Training Activities

Students participate in a Scientific Writing Workshop, a Statistics/R Workshop, Responsible Conduct of Research trainings, and sessions in asking good questions, applying theory in research, giving effective talks, and future options in work and study.

The Forum on Translational Ecology showcases examples of translational ecology in action, as well as a diversity of professional role models and careers. Students are supported in reflecting on themselves as scientists and translators of science.


With mentoring, students write short “elevator speeches” about their research, participate in a Communication Workshop where they hone their speeches for different audiences, and write and review each other’s lay-friendly summaries of their findings.


Students consider the rich ways that their own research might influence society with applications to policy and management, and how society influences their science.


REU students teach younger students in the Sharing Science Program, and participate in an Education Roundtable with education scholars and practitioners.

There are 11 potential projects that REU participants can work on, described here on the project website.

Program Details – Students in the 2018 program will receive a stipend of $6,600, housing in the Bacon Flats dormitory located on our campus just next door to the research and administration building where students conduct much of their work, and a food allowance of $900 for the 12 week program.

Students of diverse backgrounds come from all parts of the country to participate in the program, and a small pool of funds is available to help defray the costs of travel to the program for those students in need of assistance.

Apply here by January 28th, 2018 by 11:59pm


Expiration Date: Sun, 2018-01-28Links: Program website

2018 REUs at Sevilleta Field Station - 12 positions

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 16:16
Opportunity Type: Undergraduate


The Sevilleta Field Station is seeking applicants for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU).  We are looking for 10 Biology and 2 Art Ecology REU students for the Summer of 2018. This interdisciplinary REU Site Program at the Sevilleta Field Station in central New Mexico will train undergraduate students who will conduct independent research under the guidance of UNM faculty in Biology, Ecology, Civil Engineering, and Earth and Planetary Sciences, along with scientists from Federal and State agencies.

The summer program includes a seminar series, a weekly journal club, an annual symposium, professional development workshops, public speaking, ethics training, field trips, and opportunities to interact with a multitude of scientists conducting research in the area. Students will conduct independent research in and around the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge (SNWR) and present their projects at the annual symposium to be held in early August 2018. Working at the Sevilleta Field Station and SNWR site invites close interactions among students, faculty, federal scientists, and graduate students. Students will have numerous opportunities to share ideas and explore issues within and across disciplines. The program’s goals are to

  1. Provide students with a high quality independent research experience
  2. Expose students to a large, multidisciplinary research program
  3. Inspire students to continue into professional careers, and
  4. Prepare students for the rigors of graduate school, professional research, and responsible citizenship

The program exemplifies the integration of research and education. As students conduct research, they will learn how to be independent scientists, and they will gain experience dealing with many technical, methodological and ethical issues that arise in scientific research.

In addition to the 10 Biology REUs, 2 Art REU students (funded through the Sevilleta LTER Program) will be selected for summer of 2018.  The goals of the selected individuals will be to observe and interpret the ecology, research, and landscape of the SNWR through the creation of artistic works (e.g., photography, painting, sculpture, videos).  These artworks will be used to cultivate the understanding among the general public about the goals of UNM and SNWR in studying, restoring, and protecting the ecology and landscapes present within the SNWR.  Final artworks will be displayed and maintained in facilities under the care of UNM.

The 2 Art REU projects available for 2018 are:

  1. Research, develop, plan, and create several multimedia products for use by REU Program, Sevilleta NWR, and/or Sevilleta Field Station for outreach on social media websites. Specifically, experience making educational videos and interest in making time lapse videos from old photography would be preferred.
  2. Create 2D ecology-based educational materials such as: t-shirt designs and pairing visual educational outreach material with text (posters, educational field guides, fictional books, etc.).

Lodging and laboratory space for all REU students will be provided by the UNM Sevilleta Field Station at NO COST to the student. In addition, candidates chosen will receive a stipend of $5500 and a $500 food allowance during the 10-week summer program that will run from May 28 – August 3.  We will also refund travel costs to and from the UNM Sevilleta Field Station up to $600 (stipulations apply). Students will have access to ~$500 for materials and supplies related to their research or artistic endeavors.

Applications will be accepted from students at any stage of their undergraduate program (freshman to senior) and any discipline, so long as the applicant is interested in conservation biology and ecology in aridland environments. Students are not eligible if they have completed an undergraduate degree by the start of Summer 2018. We especially welcome applications from students at two and four year colleges, students early in their college career, students that are the first member of their family to attend college, non-traditional students, and students from traditionally underrepresented groups.  Students must be U.S. Citizens.

General requirements for participation in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates Programs in the Biological Sciences are set by the National Science Foundation. These requirements are listed below:

Applicants to the Sevilleta REU Program must be:

  • Citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions (e.g., Puerto Rico).
  • Undergraduate students enrolled in a degree program (full- or part-time) leading to a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Undergraduate students who are transferring from one institution to another but are not enrolled at either institution during the intervening summer may participate.

Students are NOT eligible if they are:

  • Foreign nationals residing in a country other than the United States.
  • Students that have completed high school but have not yet enrolled in a degree program at an educational institution of higher learning.
  • Students that have completed an undergraduate degree and are no longer enrolled in a degree program at an educational institution of higher learning.

Requirements for the Sevilleta REU Program:

  • The Sevilleta REU Program has no additional requirements. Applications will be accepted from students at any stage of their undergraduate program (freshman to senior) and any discipline, so long as the applicant is generally interested in careers related to conservation biology and ecology.
  • We are particularly interested in applications from students that have had limited opportunities to conduct independent research at their home institution. We welcome and encourage applications from students at four year colleges, students that are the first member of their family to attend college, non-traditional students, and students from traditionally underrepresented groups.


A completed application for the Sevilleta LTER Research Experience for Undergraduates Summer Program will consist of five items:

  1. A complete online application (see below).
  2. A resume.
    1. An unofficial copy of your academic transcript. If accepted into the REU program, applicants will be required to provide an official copy before starting the program.
    2. Two letters of recommendation. These can be from faculty advisors from the student’s home institution, mentors or previous employers. Recommendations from those that are able to comment on the applicant’s academic ability, initiative, maturity, and self-motivation are preferred. Please have your respondents email your letters of recommendation to srbaker@unm.eduWITH the subject line of “2018 REU Recommendation for YOUR NAME.”
  3. A two-page essay addressing the development of the student’s interest in ecology, the specific areas of research interest, and current professional career goals. Essays can be single or double-spaced but should be in a legible font (min. 11 point) with 1 inch margins.
  4. Art REUs will also need to provide a portfolio with examples of their artwork. This should be a powerpoint presentation or pdf and needs to be uploaded to the application.


The application form, resume, unofficial transcript, two-page essay, and letters of recommendation should be received by February 23, 2018.

Questions regarding the application procedure can be directed to the Program Manager, Stephanie Baker by e-mail. Please put REU 2018 in the subject line. e-mail:



Expiration Date: Fri, 2018-02-23Related documents:  2018 REU SITES Announcement UNM.docx

2018 REU at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 15:51
Opportunity Type: Undergraduate

Summer Research Experience at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, Woodstock, NH

The Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program has openings for two undergraduate students to serve as interns during a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program during the summer of 2018.

Students will work with research teams involving other undergraduate and graduate students. Students will also develop and conduct an independent research project. Many REU students continue their work as an independent study or senior honors thesis at their home institution. Some have even published in major scientific journals. In addition, through weekly presentations given by the mentors and other scientists, students are also exposed to a full spectrum of ecosystem research at Hubbard Brook. We are currently recruiting for two students:

  • The vegetation team (mentor: Natalie Cleavitt) is seeking a motivated undergraduate with a keen interest in tree seedling ecology.
  • The hydropedology team (mentor: Scott Bailey) is seeking a student in soil science, geology, or hydrology to work on soil, groundwater, or streamwater projects.

Program Details: The program runs from May 29 through August 7. Students receive a $5000 stipend for the 10-week program, as well as free housing. Limited funding is available for research supplies and travel expenses. Food costs are paid by the participants and run approximately $42/week. Students live at Hubbard Brook Research Foundation’s Pleasant View Farm adjacent to the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. The farmhouse at Pleasant View is set up for co-ed living with students and researchers. All residents are expected to share and cooperate with cleaning, cooking, and
related chores.

Applications are due January 31, 2018. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Applicants should send the following to the mentor in the field they are interested in:

  • A one page resume
  • A 3-4 paragraph essay (750 words maximum)
  • and contacts for three people who can provide a reference.

For the essay, tell us why are you interested in research? There are many options for working in the environment, and research is one particular way. Why do you want to explore research? How do you think that participating in the Hubbard Brook REU program could help you in your degree program and in your future pursuits?

For more information, or to submit application materials, contact the research
mentor of your field of interest:

Expiration Date: Wed, 2018-01-31Links: HBSRelated documents:  HBES_REU18_announcement.pdf

Postdoctoral Scientist Opportunity in Freshwater Fish Ecology and Habitat Modeling

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 17:26
Opportunity Type: Postdoc

University of Alaska Fairbanks – Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Responsibilities – Post-doctoral researcher sought to lead a research project to investigate vulnerability of boreal aquatic ecosystems to fire and climate change. Fire is a dominant, natural, and widespread ecological disturbance process in boreal forests, yet fire frequency, size, and severity are increasing in Alaska owing to climate warming. Interactions among fire, climate, permafrost, vegetation, hydrologic, and watershed processes are poorly understood, yet critical for conservation and management of boreal aquatic habitats in a changing environment. The incumbent will be expected to develop an integrated modeling framework by linking spatially-explicit climate, fire, vegetation, permafrost, hydrologic, and stream temperature models parameterized for interior Alaska. Model output will be used to quantify future impacts of fire and climate on boreal aquatic habitats and population vulnerability, and inform fire management scenario development using structured decision making.

This position is part of a larger project with goals to develop a better understanding of the effects of fire and climate change on boreal aquatic ecosystem dynamics. Project personnel include aquatic and terrestrial ecologists, hydrologists, climate scientists, graduate students, and support staff including a lab manager and undergraduate field and lab technicians.

Qualifications – PhD in fisheries biology, aquatic ecology, or closely related field. The successful candidate will be a highly productive, self-directed, and motivated individual with a strong record of scientific research and publication. Experience working in freshwater ecosystems is preferred. Applicants with interest in ecohydrology, spatial modeling, and vulnerability analysis are desired, and strong quantitative and communication skills are required.

Salary – Commensurate with qualifications plus health benefits for 2 years with opportunity to extend.

Closing date – Until filled, preferred start date is late Spring or early Summer 2018.

Contact – Dr. Jeff Falke, U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska, 99775-7020. Office: 907.474.6044; Email:


Expiration Date: Thu, 2018-03-08

Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantship in Stream Fish Ecology

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 18:47
Opportunity Type: Graduate student

University of Alaska Fairbanks – Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Responsibilities – Funds are expected to support a Ph.D. student to investigate the effects of fire in boreal watersheds through empirical studies focused on characterizing physical and biological mechanisms driving aquatic habitat dynamics and productivity. Specific research objectives are to

  1. quantify hydrologic, thermal, and turbidity regimes in headwater catchments with varying levels of fire disturbance
  2. investigate the response of a characteristic and widespread boreal fish species to variation in energy flow through fire-affected catchments, and
  3. predict aquatic ecosystem response to changing fire, thermal, and hydrologic regimes using individual-based and/or food web modeling.

This position is part of a larger project with goals to develop a better understanding of the effects of fire and climate change on boreal aquatic ecosystem dynamics. Project personnel include aquatic and terrestrial ecologists, climate scientists, graduate students, and support staff including a lab manager and undergraduate field and lab technicians. The incumbent will work closely with university, state, and federal partners, so strong communication skills will be critical to project success.

Qualifications – M.S. in fisheries biology, aquatic ecology, or closely related field. Experience with sampling freshwater invertebrates, fishes, and aquatic and riparian habitats in the field is preferred. Interest in ecohydrology, aquatic food webs, capture-recapture analysis, and freshwater fish ecology are desired, and strong quantitative and communication skills are required. Applicants with practical field and laboratory research experience will be highly competitive for this position.

Salary – Full support including stipend plus tuition waiver and student health benefits for 4 years.

Closing date – Until filled, preferred start date is Summer 2018.

Contact – Send cover letter describing your professional interests and experience, CV, unofficial copies of transcripts and GRE scores, plus contact information for three references to: Dr. Jeff Falke ( Additional project information is available upon request.


Expiration Date: Tue, 2018-03-06

Diversity Mentor faculty position in Earth & Environment Department at FIU, Miami

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 18:34
Opportunity Type: Jobs

Florida International University invites applicants for a senior faculty position in Earth and Environment (Associate Professor or Professor) as part of FIU’s Diversity Mentor Professorship Initiative to recruit excellent STEM faculty with a history and commitment to the mentorship of students from underrepresented and underserved populations, particularly women and Hispanic-American and African-American students.

We will consider applications in all areas of Earth and Environment. The department offers a Ph.D. in Earth System Science with two tracks; one in Geosciences and the other in Natural Resource Science and Management. Faculty in E&E conduct research in various disciplines including the geoscience fields of atmospheric sciences, hydrology, geochemistry, micropaleontology, stratigraphy, and structural geology as well as environmental fields of aquatic science, conservation biology, natural resource management, environmental economics and policy and agroecology. Candidates that can contribute to the growth of these research centers and institute are encouraged to apply: the Institute of Water and the Environment, International Hurricane Center, Southeast Environmental Research Center, Sea Level Rise Solutions Center, Agroecology Program, International Center for Tropical Botany, Tropical Conservation Institute, or the Extreme Events Institute

Applicants must have a Ph.D. and an outstanding record of scholarly publications, research support, and teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to have a proven record of mentorship of women and underrepresented minority students and to participate in campus-wide and departmental programs that promote the goals of FIU’s NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant (, its Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Plan, and programs that provide research and professional development opportunities for our diverse student body. Faculty appointment will be made at a tenured professorial rank commensurate with current academic standing and achievement. FIU offers competitive salaries, research set-up funds, and recruitment allowances.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply to Job Opening ID 514305 at Please attach:

  1. a cover letter that specifies Earth and Environment as your likely tenure department and includes names and contact information for referees
  2. curriculum vita
  3. statement of research interests
  4. statement of teaching interests and
  5. statement of evidence of diversity mentoring (Guidelines:

Nominations and questions should be sent to: Dr. Walter Van Hamme, (** Review of applications will begin on December 18, 2017, and continue until the positions are filled.

FIU is a member of the State University System of Florida and an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Expiration Date: Tue, 2018-12-18