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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Ecology & Coupled Human and Natural Systems at Harvard Forest

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 14:55
Opportunity Type: Postdoc

In Brief: Seeking an exceptional post-doc to advance the Harvard Forest’s Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program and a Coupled Natural and Human systems (CNH) project, both focused on socio-ecological impacts of forest insects, land use, and climate change impacts on New England forests. This is an exciting opportunity for a landscape or macrosystems ecologist with interests in global change and coupled human and natural systems. The research will combine empirical and simulated data across multiple scenarios, providing novel approaches to understanding human natural system interactions.

Work Location: The post-doc will be part of Jonathan Thompson’s Lab at the Harvard Forest in Petersham, MA.

The Position: The post-doc will conduct regional-scale analyses to understand the consequences of forest processes and land-uses, including: insect outbreaks and the landowner response to insects, climate change, land protection, timber harvesting, and alternative development patterns. The incumbent will utilize existing parameterizations of landscape simulations models (LANDIS-II-PnET, Dinamica, land-owner systems models etc). The post-doc will collaborate with PIs to publish results in high-impact scientific outlets and collaborate with science communication experts to maximize the application and impact of the research. 

  • We’ve spent several years assembling datasets, engaging with stakeholders, and building simulation models to help us understand the interactive effects of climate and land-use change on the New England landscape. We are now seeking an extremely motivated post-doc to exploit these resources by conducting novel analyses, publishing impactful papers, and creating public-facing tools and publications. The position comes with all the ingredients (data, resources, and support) needed for an early-career scholar to hit the ground running and build a reputation as a leader in the fields of ecology and sustainability science. While the general themes of the work are dictated by the funding, the position comes with considerable autonomy to shape the direction of the research.
  • The position is closely linked to a Research Coordination Network called Scenarios and Services for Society. The S3 RCN has resources and relationships that will facilitate the post-doc’s collaborations with RCN scientists working throughout the region, including Harvard, Highstead Foundation, Duke, U. of Massachusetts, The Gund Institute at the U. of Vermont, and the U. of New Hampshire.
  • The position is partially funded by an NSF CNH grant called: “Assessing the potential for climate change and forest insects to drive land-use regime shifts.” The incumbent will collaborate closely with the project Co-PIs including: Dave Orwig and David Foster of Harvard Forest; Marla Lindsay and Dave Kittredge of U. of Massachusetts; Brett Butler of the U.S. Forest Service, and Mark Borsuk of Duke U. As part of this project, we developed a unique coupled modeling framework to mechanistically explore ecosystem and landowner responses to forest pests and climate change. The post-doc will use this model to compare the direct and indirect (socially-mediated) impacts of insects and climate change on forest ecosystems.

Required Qualifications: (1) Ph.D. in forest ecology, forestry, geography, or related field; (2) Evidence of strong scholarship, including high-impact peer-reviewed publications; (3) Capable of conducting complex spatial analyses; (4) Skilled at scripting within the R and/or Python; (4) Proven ability to plan and conduct independent research projects from beginning to end. (5) A strong interest in coupled human and natural systems

Appointment: Initial appointment of one year is renewable for additional years based on performance. The position is available immediately, and preference will be given to applicants who can start sooner than later.

Harvard Forest: An internationally recognized center for basic and applied research in ecology, conservation and ecosystem studies, with 40 full-time staff. Harvard Forest is one of 26 LTER sites across the country sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The Forest facilities include a research and administrative complex, 3500 acres of land, and residential buildings. The Forest is located in Petersham, a small rural town in north central Massachusetts about 70 miles west of Cambridge. For more information, visit http://harvardforest.fas.harvard.edu. Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Salary and benefits: Salary commensurate with experience, plus health insurance benefits through Harvard University. Outreach/career development opportunities will include funding for local and national meetings. To apply: Send cover letter, CV, PDFs of relevant publications, and the names and contact info for three references to Jonathan Thompson: jthomps@fas.harvard.edu

Expiration Date: Thu, 2017-12-21Related documents:  Harvard Forest_POST_DOC_PD_20170922.pdf

Asynchrony Contributes to Tropical Biodiversity

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 11:58

Original article in Nature  |  Commentary in Nature

Tropical forests harbor amazing species diversity—many times that of temperate or boreal forests. The source of this diversity has been a long-standing ecological mystery, as basic resources are limiting in the same ways (if not always to the same degree) across the latitudinal gradient. New research drawing on long-term seed production and seedling recruitment data from 10 far-flung forests points to the importance of reproductive timing in maintaining species coexistence.

In ecology, the “storage effect” refers to the ability to take advantage of favorable times and places in order to survive leaner times. When different species experience different periods of plenty, the process facilitates continued co-existence. The study’s authors present evidence that the influence of the storage effect on between-species competition (relative within-species competition) increases as one moves from the poles toward the equator—the first time an ecological process has been shown to affect the latitudinal biodiversity gradient.   

The longer growing season of tropical forests allows for greater variation between species in the timing of reproduction, so that the seeds and seedlings of each species may experience different conditions, even within the same year. This asynchrony can also be echoed in year-on-year competition and tends to emphasize within-, rather than between-species competition. In locations with shorter seasons, greater overlap between species in the seasonal timing of reproduction means that a boom year for one species is likely to also be favorable for others, reducing the number of species that can coexist.

The study used seed collection and seedling recruitment data from 10 forests (three from the LTER Network and seven from Smithsonian’s ForestGEO Network) spanning 64 degrees of latitude and up to 23 years. When explaining the latitudinal difference in biodiversity, evolutionary ecologists point to an increased rate of speciation, supported by favorable, stable tropical climates. This study emphasizes that competitive interactions are also likely to play a role and that long-term measures of ecological processes will be needed to solve the mystery.

Audience: ResearchersStudents

Program Manager, Environmental Resilience Institute, UVa

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 12:11
Opportunity Type: Jobs

The Environmental Resilience Institute and the Office of Vice President for Research at the University of Virginia invite applications for a full-time staff position of Program Manager. The mission of the new Environmental Resilience Institute is to build transdisciplinary research teams across the University and with outside partners to address critical challenges at the intersection of rapid environmental change and human well being (http://www.virginia.edu/vpr/resilience/). The Program Manager will work with Institute leadership to develop and implement programs for research seed funding, training, outreach and communication.

To apply, complete an application through Jobs@UVa (https://jobs.virginia.edu). Search University Staff Listing on posting number 0621655 and electronically attach the following:

  • a cover letter,
  • a curriculum vitae / resume, and
  • contact information for three (3) references;

Questions regarding this position should be directed to:
Karen McGlathery - kjm4k@virginia.edu

Expiration Date: Sun, 2017-12-17Links: ApplyAbout the Environmental Resilience Institute

LTER Communications Coordinator at the NCEAS

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 19:26
Opportunity Type: Jobs

The National Science Foundation's Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program was established in 1980 to study ecological processes operating on decadal-to-century time scales. The program now includes a network of 28 diverse research programs and engages over 2000 researchers from multiple disciplines. Drawing on sustained observation, experiments and modeling, LTER research creates new knowledge about how ecosystems function and informs many aspects of resource management. The Long-Term Ecological Research Network Communications Office (LTER-NCO) is located at UCSB's National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) and serves as a central information hub and supports cross-site collaboration activities for the LTER Network.

Job Description: The Communications Coordinator helps to maintain fluid communication within the LTER Network and to raise awareness of the mission and accomplishments of the Network in the scientific community. The Communications Coordinator identifies story ideas based on publications and conversations with researchers at LTER sites and produces a variety of written, graphical and digital materials to make LTER Network science accessible and relevant for scientific partners, stakeholders, and policymakers.

The LTER Communications Coordinator assists with program and logistics for several LTER events each year, including the annual Network Symposium at the National Science Foundation, the annual Science Council Meeting, and the 2018 LTER All-Scientists’ Meeting. Other related duties may be assigned.

Responsibilities:

  • Interview researchers and review scientific publications to identify relevant stories
  • Write and edit stories in a style that is lively, accessible, and scientifically accurate
  • Find or develop accompanying graphics and visuals
  • Update website and social media channels
  • Design newsletters and brochures
  • Support meeting logistics
  • Maintain mailing lists
  • Track media coverage and uptake

Minimum Qualifications: Successful candidates will have graduated with a Bachelor's degree with a major in science journalism, communications, ecology or environmental science, and have professional writing ability demonstrated by at least one year of professional writing experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Strong writing skills, as demonstrated by writing samples
  • Experience with web content management systems and social media
  • Ability to read scientific papers and recognize their significance
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

Salary and Benefits: 
Academic Coordinator Position, with salary step commensurate with qualifications. Full benefits package included.

Expected Start Date: 
Fall Quarter 2017

How to Apply:
Please apply through UC Recruit.
Required Documents to Apply

  • Curriculum Vitae: Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position
  • Writing sample (< 1000 words). Please include a sample of an article, web post, or brochure copy you have written on a scientific subject for a non-scientific audience. Please indicate whether (and to what extent) it has been edited by others. If additional writing or graphic products are available by web link, please include.
  • List of References: 3 non-peer references (name and contact information only at this point)

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Location

Santa Barbara, CA

 

Expiration Date: Thu, 2017-12-14Links: UC Recruit

Hubbard Brook Research Foundation Outreach and Communications Manager

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 13:13
Opportunity Type: Jobs

Join our team in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire! The Hubbard Brook Research Foundation (HBRF) is hiring an Outreach and Communications Manager.

Working with HBRF's Director of Science Policy and Outreach, the Outreach and Communications Manager (OCM) will lead efforts to communicate Hubbard Brook science to public audiences and to develop opportunities for two-way engagement between Hubbard Brook scientists and the residents and visitors of the Northern Forest region of the northeastern United States. The OCM will help develop and coordinate activities of a new project recently funded by the National Science Foundation’s Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program to embed public engagement with science in the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study. The OCM will play a leading role in this project, which represents a collaboration between the Hubbard Brook and Harvard Forest Long Term Ecological Research sites (LTERs) and involves a team of researchers, practitioners, and evaluators from multiple institutions, including: HBRF, Harvard, Michigan State University, Boston University, and CUNY’s Advanced Science Research Center. For more information about the project, please visit this link.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Writes online articles, synthesis fact sheets, and press releases about research and outreach projects at Hubbard Brook and related science. This will involve regular communication with Hubbard Brook scientists and staff, and the development of positive relationships with local, regional, and national media.
  • Works with HBRF staff and partners to produce innovative science communication products and opportunities: for example, web video, live chats, and podcasts.
  • Develops and coordinates a Scientist Speakers’ Bureau to facilitate Hubbard Brook scientists engaging with community and stakeholder groups. This will involve working one-on-one with scientists to develop presentations for public audiences, marketing the service to stakeholder groups, and working with HBRF administrative staff on event logistics.
  • Helps organize and put on outreach events like science cafes and open houses.
  • Helps organize public engagement and communication training events for scientists.
  • Maintains Hubbard Brook e-newsletter and social media accounts.

Positions may be reassigned and responsibilities may be modified or changed at any time to fulfill organizational requirements. Regularly scheduled hours will be 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. However, evening and weekend work will be required occasionally. Position will require occasional travel for meetings and events.  

Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in science, communications, or education required; Master’s degree or Ph.D. in a related field preferred.
  • Proficiency in reading and understanding primary scientific literature.
  • At least 3 years of relevant work experience.
  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills; experience with science communication training is preferred.
  • Must have previous experience writing about science for public audiences. Previous experience organizing, managing, and participating in science outreach and public engagement projects is preferred.
  • Must have excellent project management and interpersonal skills. Ability to work well independently and as a member of a fast-paced team.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and social media is expected. Proficiency with or willingness to learn basic video editing software.

How to Apply

Please send an email with the following as attachments: a cover letter, resume, three professional references, and three writing samples (3–6 pages of writing samples total). Please send application materials and direct any inquiries about the position to: Sarah Garlick, Director of Science Policy and Outreach Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, sgarlick@hubbardbrookfoundation.org.

Expiration Date: Thu, 2017-12-14Related documents:  Outreach_and_Comms_Manager.pdf

Professor of Ecology, Kansas State University

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 19:46
Opportunity Type: Jobs

The Division of Biology at Kansas State University invites applications for a faculty position in Ecology, starting in fall 2018, at the level of Professor with tenure, although applications from highly-qualified candidates at the level of Associate Professor are also welcome. We seek candidates with expertise that will complement a well-established and diverse ecology group in the Division of Biology, and contribute to the highly productive, internationally-recognized Konza Prairie grassland ecology research program. We are particularly interested in candidates with experience in grassland and/or savanna biomes and expertise in plant or consumer population and/or community ecology, plant-consumer interactions, or research at the interface of community and ecosystem ecology. In addition to conducting research in his/her area of expertise, the successful candidate will participate fully as a core investigator in the highly collaborative NSF-funded Konza Prairie Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program (lter.konza.ksu.edu), and contribute to graduate and undergraduate instruction in the Division (www.ksu.edu/biology). The successful candidate will have a strong record of research productivity, and the ability to provide leadership in interdisciplinary research and develop collaborations across a range of ecological disciplines. A Ph.D. or equivalent, and an academic record commensurate with a tenured senior faculty appointment, is required.

The Division of Biology is a large and diverse academic unit with an excellent record of research and teaching. Extramural research funding in the Division averages approximately $10M per year, supporting a broad research program and a large number of faculty scientists with research interests in ecology. The Konza Prairie Biological Station, a 3,487 ha tallgrass prairie research site located 10 km from the university, is the focal site for much of this research (kpbs.konza.k-state.edu/). Research on Konza Prairie is supported by the NSF LTER program and a variety of other sources, totaling over $3M per year.

Kansas State University is located in the city of Manhattan (https://cityofmhk.com/), a vibrant college community of about 50,000 located in the scenic Flint Hills of northeastern Kansas, about 2 hours from Kansas City. Local recreational opportunities include a large lake/park system, diverse outdoor activities, and a rich program in the performing arts. Manhattan also serves as the regional center for education, health care, commerce, entertainment and communications.

Applications must be submitted electronically at http://careers.k-state.edu/cw/en-us/job/502360/. Applicants should submit a cover letter, description of research and teaching interests, a curriculum vita, and names and contact information for three references. Questions or requests for additional information can be directed to John Blair (jblair@ksu.edu). Review of applications will begin October 16, 2017, and continue until the position is filled. KSU is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Expiration Date: Wed, 2017-12-13Related documents:  Ecologist announcement 2017.pdf

New LTER logo

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 13:37

As the LTER Network moves forward with a new web site and an invigorated public presence, a new logo can offer a stronger sense of the Network's purpose and scientific mission. It offers a chance to freshen our image in the minds of some of our major stakeholders and forms the basis for the design aesthetic of the new LTER Network web site, coming this fall.

Logos redesigns can be difficult. It's extraordinarily hard to capture the soul of an organization (particularly one as diverse as the LTER Network) in a single image, but it was time for an update. Working with a professional design team, the Network Communications Office developed a variety of options for the LTER Executive Board to consider and also sought input from across the LTER community. We received over 280 responses to our survey, many with thoughtful and insightful comments.

In the end, we didn't choose any one of the logos offered in the survey. Rather, we tried to incorporate the intent of the most frequent types of response. The LTER community wanted a logo that felt as warm and inviting as we try to be; that incorporated elements of both science and time; that said ecological research, not technological research...and that didn't suggest a telecommunications company.

The new LTER Network logo—as approved by the LTER executive board and NSF—is shown below. WE truly appreciate all the thoughtful and constructive input from the Network. The NCO will begin incorporating it into materials and web sites gradually, with the major shift happening later this fall. 

 

Audience: ResearchersStudents

Anheuser-Busch Coastal Research Center / LTER Site Director

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 18:01
Opportunity Type: Jobs

The Department of Environmental Sciences is seeking a Site Director for the Virginia Coast Reserve Long-Term Ecological Research Project and the Anheuser-Busch Coastal Research Center located on Virginia's Eastern Shore. The Director will oversee the Center's staff, operations, and budget. For the VCR LTER, the Director will be responsible for the supervision, oversight, and evaluation of LTER technical staff, including their responsibilities for sample collection, processing and data management. S/he will also be responsible for directing and developing education and outreach programs, including curriculum development, the Research Experience for High School Students (REHSS) and Undergraduate (REU), and teacher-training programs with K-12 schools, and public outreach.

To apply, complete a Staff Application through Jobs@UVa (https://jobs.virginia.edu) Search on posting number 0621588 and electronically attach the following:

  • a cover letter,
  • a curriculum vitae / resume, and
  • contact information for three (3) references;

Questions regarding this position should be directed to:
Karen McGlathery - kjm4k@virginia.edu

Questions regarding the on-line application process should be directed to:
Rachel Short - rbs2n@virginia.edu

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  

Expiration Date: Sun, 2017-11-26Links: Jobs@UVaVCR LTERAnheuser-Busch Coastal Research Center

Test of Ecological Theory Informs Stream Restoration Choices

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 17:36


Image Credit: Chesapeake Bay Program 

In the United States, society spends billions of dollars each year on stream restoration. Knowing where restoration efforts are likely to be most effective could help get more restoration-bang for those bucks. A recent study of 13 river restoration projects by investigators from the Baltimore Ecosystem Study LTER found that restoration appeared to be more effective at supporting increased biodiversity in isolated headwater streams than in more connected mainsteam reaches.

The study, published in Ecological Applications,  was designed to test a basic tenet of metacommunity theory--that is: when is dispersal more important than local environmental conditions in determining the makeup of a given plant, animal, or microbial community? The theory is difficult to test because dispersal happens at relatively large scales, while local environmental conditions are, well, local. But stream networks constrain the spread of aquatic organisms and restoration projects offer a ready-made controlled experiment with “treated” and “untreated” conditions.

The researchers measured the diversity of invertebrate communities in restored and neighboring unrestored stream reaches and found that restored headwater reaches harbored 28% greater taxon richness than unrestored headwaters -- while mainstem reaches showed very little difference between restored and unrestored conditions. Their observations support the idea that in well-connected streams (and possibly other landscapes), dispersal may be more important than habitat quality in controlling what species take up residence.

Even in densely populated cities, healthy streams support flood control, water quality, offer recreational opportunities, and help build an intimate connection to nature. Biodiversity isn’t the only reason to restore streams, but when it is the goal, ecological theory can help inform choices about when, where, and how to restore.

 

Audience: Decision MakersResearchers

Wildfire Ponzi Scheme? The continental carbon exchange

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 17:26

 


Image Credit: AFP/Getty Images

If carbon is currency, wildfires are the brokers; that is, they distribute carbon between land and air. In the short-run, fire emits carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Over time, it also strengthens subsequent carbon uptake through plant regrowth. This exchange is like a natural Ponzi scheme - the carbon offsets from yesterday’s fires take up today’s emissions. As severity and frequency of wildfires in North America continue to grow, the big question on LTER researchers’ minds was: How do recent, intense fires affect this carbon exchange between land and atmosphere? Using a modeling tool and long-term wildfire data, researchers found that although fire activity has increased, the continental carbon inputs and outputs are still in balance - at least for now.

Fires have both short- and long-term emissions and sinks. As fires burn, carbon dioxide is immediately released, creating a short-term increase of carbon emissions. However, in the long term, wildfires could create either carbon inputs or outputs, depending on how they affect microenvironmental changes, removal of the soil organic layer in burning, vegetation recovery, and carbon emissions from decomposition after fire. For example, the boreal forest was found to be a large source of carbon emissions for years after a fire, mostly because of its slow growth rates and loss of soil organic matter.

The LTER researchers looked at North America as a sum of four regions - Alaska, Continental United States, Canada, and Mexico. Each of these four regions have different environmental characteristics, including climate, vegetation, and land use. Environmental qualities determine if wildfires throughout the region produce carbon sinks or sources, while wildfire frequency and severity in the area determine the magnitude of carbon fluxes.

The next question is, will the carbon Ponzi scheme, brokered by wildfires, catch up with itself as more carbon is emitted and carbon offsets are used up? Although the future is uncertain, the robust modeling tool and long-term dataset that LTER researchers compiled will aid future studies in finding these answers.

Audience: EducatorsResearchersStudents

Striking a Balance Between Access and Privacy in Private Land Conservation

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 17:16


Image Credit: Creative Commons Attribution

Striking a balance between public access and privacy is often a challenge fraught with debate. In regards to private land conservation, the debate hinges on deferring to landowner privacy at the expense of environmental stability, or vice-versa. Like all land, private land is essential for biodiversity, natural resource production, and water quality, yet landowners increasingly threaten environmental well-being with development and other unsustainable land uses.

In the digital age, while public access to information about parks and public land conservation is readily available, records on private-land conservation remain incomplete and inconsistent. To reveal the reasons behind the gaps in data on private-land conservation, LTER-funded researchers analyzed maps and documents, and conducted interviews focused on four major private-land conservation policy programs: conservation easements, contract payments, property-tax incentives, and regulatory
mitigation.

According to their research, one of the main factors driving restrictions on data availability are concerns about landowner privacy on private property. Dissemination of information, according to landowners, can often be more damaging than helpful. A common fear is that developers will use public data to target undervalued private properties. Other concerns come from prior agreements to withhold information and maintaining power dynamics between landowners and conservation organizations. Moreover, conservationists are wary of inciting a debate about private property rights, which raises fears of government intrusion and overbearing environmentalism.

The case studies also reveal gaps in organizational labor capacity and in the flow of monitoring data, especially for underfunded, dispersed, or devolved conservation organizations. For instance, maps of conservation easements have traditionally varied in their accessibility to the public because they are held by thousands of organizations with different data-sharing policies. Only a handful of state governments require centralized records of private land conservation efforts, which necessitate extra and specialized labor. Facilitation of fine-scale mapping of conservation records, however, is important because it can improve conservation targeting and understanding of small-scale environmental outcomes.

Access to private-land spatial data can contribute to evaluating programs and entities that help conserve the environment and is helpful to making natural resource management decisions for conservation planning. This research suggests the need for increased organizational capacity for mapping, as well as for a better integration of data networks. In what may be a greater challenge, this research also suggests that the complex political and administrative contexts for conservation programs are characterized by conflicting goals across spatial and temporal scales, making conservation efforts especially difficult
to document.

Audience: ResearchersStudents

A Changing Tide: How local human disturbances affect sandy beach ecosystems

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 17:07


Image Credit: Ingrid Taylar

To maintain the image of a pristine beach—wide stretches of sand absent of fly-ridden piles of seaweed—managers often add sand to beaches and remove seaweed. This removal may lead to a more enjoyable experience for humans, but it constitutes a major loss of habitat for sandy beach critters, which use the piles of washed-up kelp for food and shelter. Revisiting sites that had been sampled in the 1970’s, researchers from the Santa Barbara Coastal LTER found that beaches with high human disturbances saw declines in species associated with wrack, or beached giant kelp.

The researchers performed intertidal surveys on 13 sandy beaches along the California coast in the 1970s and 2009-2011. On most of the beaches surveyed, wrack-associated invertebrates showed the largest changes in species richness. At beaches with little beach filling or grooming, richness of the wrack-associated invertebrate species increased.

Wrack-associated species play a vital role in nutrient cycling on beaches through the breakdown of wrack and are also important food sources for wildlife, especially shorebirds. The long term decline of these species represents a significant loss to the biodiversity and function of coastal ecosystems. Declines in biodiversity could lead to decreased ecosystem stability and function, as well as increased vulnerability to invasion.

The declines in wrack-associated species mirror trends for other beach-dependent species on urban coasts, such as turtles and nesting plovers, and highlights the impact of local human disturbances, relative to regional trends, on these beach ecosystems. Over time, local impacts to this ecologically important component of intertidal biodiversity may be reversed with management changes that reduce disturbances and allow for recovery. The recovery of these species will be especially important since sandy beach ecosystems dominate shorelines, making up 70% of open coasts.

Audience: ResearchersStudents

Sevilleta Information Manager

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 11:58
Opportunity Type: Jobs

The Sevilleta (SEV) Long-Term Ecological Research Program seeks an Information Manager to bridge scientific research and information technology in the management of data from a large, long-term research program focused on dryland ecosystems at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge near Socorro, New Mexico. The program spans research in ecology, evolution, ecohydrology, climate science, plant and animal physiology, biogeochemistry, microbiology, and geography. The SEV LTER has been funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation since 1988.

The Information Manager will be responsible for the integrity of the database and accessibility of the data for LTER researchers, collaborators in national and international networks, and the public at large. The position also involves training scientists in use of the information management system. The Information Manager will contribute to building strengths in scientific research, data analysis and visualization, education, and research syntheses across sites within the US LTER network. To these ends, the position requires regular interactions with SEV LTER investigators, students, and staff as well as coordination with the US Fish and Wildlife Service at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge and with researchers and information managers in the national LTER network. 

Position Qualifications and Further Details can be found here: 

https://unm.csod.com/ats/careersite/jobdetails.aspx?site=2&c=unm&id=2080

Expiration Date: Sun, 2017-11-19

Director of Trout Lake Station

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 11:56
Opportunity Type: Jobs

The Center for Limnology (CFL), UW-Madison invites applications for a Director whose responsibility would be to direct Trout Lake Station (TLS). We seek an outstanding scientist with a track record of publication and extramural funding and an internationally-recognized research program in any area of freshwater science, including but not exclusive to limnology, aquatic ecology, fisheries, stream ecology, aquatic biogeochemistry, or global change biology. We also seek a candidate with administrative leadership who can build community partnerships, and shape and implement a compelling vision for the future of the station.

Trout Lake Station (TLS)is a year-round field station situated on 72 acres of mixed forest on the shores of Trout Lake near Boulder Junction, Vilas County, in Wisconsin’s northern highlands lake district. It provides access to a diversity of aquatic systems, with more than 2,500 lakes within 50 km. Facilities include a 10,000 sq. ft. laboratory with meeting rooms, library, computing facilities, storage, research boats and sampling equipment, and 10 cabins capable of housing 48. The director is expected to be based at the station year round and resides off station. The station is part of the Center for Limnology at UW–Madison and offers diverse collaborative opportunities (www.water.wisc.edu), including involvement with the North Temperate Lakes Long Term Ecological Research (NTL LTER) program.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Research activities 40%

The candidate will serve as Principal Investigator (PI) and is expected to build an externally-funded research program in the aquatic sciences based at the station. The candidate will be expected to publish peer-review publications, supervise research staff, engage in professional activities, and interact with students, postdocs, and faculty colleagues at UW-Madison and beyond.

Oversight of TLS 35%

The candidate will oversee TLS activities and expenditures, including deployment of TLS resources, construction and maintenance of buildings, supervision of employees and students, and creation of a positive and inclusive environment at TLS. The candidate will also be expected to promote use of TLS by a broad base of faculty and institutions, and provide leadership in new initiatives aimed at expanding the research, teaching, and outreach mission of TLS and UW-Madison.

Community outreach and engagement 25%

The candidate will interact with the public on science-related matters, host events at TLS, build community partnerships, and engage with resource professionals, the media, local communities, lake users and civic leaders. The candidate will also be expected to build and maintain connections with UW alumni, donors, and supporters.

Qualifications:

  • PhD required. Preferably in limnology, aquatic sciences or related discipline.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in a research setting.
  • Strong record of research, peer-review publication, and extramural research funding.
  • Experience or potential for excellence in administration and program building.
  • Experience with outreach, community engagement, and communicating with diverse audiences.
  • Leadership in fostering a collaborative environment, and commitment to equity and diversity.

Your application must be received through Jobs at UW portal to be considered as a candidate. Please click on the “Apply Now” button to begin the application process.

To apply for this position you must submit ONE document in pdf (preferred) or word format that contains the following information:

  1. Cover letter (your cover letter should address your qualifications as they pertain to the minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience listed).
  2. Complete CV
  3. Contact information for three references (References will not be contacted without advanced notice)
  4. Research statement (approximately 1000 words)
  5. Vision statement for TLS, including a statement on diversity (approximately 500 words.)

Review of applications will begin October 12, 2017, with a target start date in 2018.

Further questions can be directed at Professor Jake Vander Zanden at mjvanderzand@wisc.edu.

Expiration Date: Sun, 2017-11-19Links: Director of Trout Lake Station Job Announcement

Kellogg Biological Station Director

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 11:51
Opportunity Type: Jobs

Michigan State University seeks a director for the W. K. Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) to provide leadership and promote a creative environment that fosters innovation and excellence in the Station's research, education, and outreach programs in ecology, evolution, agriculture, and conservation biology. This is an annual-year (12-month) full-time academic appointment based at KBS at the level of Full Professor, with a tenure appointment in a campus department appropriate to the candidate's expertise. The position is expected to be filled beginning August 2018.

Candidates should have a PhD and demonstrated potential to lead and manage a dynamic program of interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach, a record of research excellence in any area of ecology, evolution, agriculture, or conservation biology, and strong interpersonal skills. The position carries minimally a 60% administrative assignment; the remainder of the appointment can be split among research, teaching, and outreach. Continuation of an active research program is encouraged and will be supported.

KBS is one of the world’s leading biological field stations, and is located in southwest Michigan, 65 miles southwest of the MSU main campus in East Lansing. The Station includes 13 resident faculty, ~30 graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and academic specialists. KBS programs are fully integrated into the academic and outreach programs of MSU. All faculty hold academic appointments in departments on the MSU campus, and they participate in campus teaching and departmental and interdepartmental graduate programs. KBS comprises over 1300 hectares of natural and managed, aquatic and terrestrial habitats, as well as modern research laboratories. In addition to the academic personnel, KBS includes the Kellogg Farm, Bird Sanctuary, and Conference Center. Additional information about KBS can be found at www.kbs.msu.edu.

The KBS Director reports to the deans of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (lead college) and the College of Natural Science at MSU. The Director oversees the research and education programs at KBS and coordinates these programs with campus departments. The Director also leads major development efforts in support of KBS programs, and is responsible for promoting KBS to local, regional, national, and international organizations.

Applicants for the position of Director should submit 1) a CV and 2) a cover letter describing your interest in the position with an emphasis on your leadership experience and philosophical approaches to faculty development, student success, and achieving a culture of diversity and inclusion. At the end of the cover letter, please include names and contact information for three (3) references who are familiar with your work and leadership experience. Letters are not initially required, but these individuals may be approached for additional information only after obtaining the applicant's permission to do so. Applications should be submitted on line at https://careers.msu.edu (posting #453174). Review of applications will begin 15 September 2017, and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Questions regarding this position may be directed to the Search Committee Co-Chairs, Dr. Michael Jones (jonesm30@msu.edu) and Dr. Danny Schnell, (schnelld@msu.edu).

Expiration Date: Sun, 2017-11-19Related documents:  KBSDirectorPositionAnnouncement_FINAL_18Aug2017.pdf

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