MS Graduate Research Assistantship – fish-eating birds, drones and GIS

FW by Andy Wilson. Note: ” Coursework in Geographic Information System (GIS) would be beneficial.”. Also DRONES>>>>

Project Title: Development of cost-effective, efficient methods to control fish-eating bird abundance at aquaculture facilities Project Description: One M.S. Research Assistantship is available within the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture at Mississippi State University. The graduate research assistant will conduct a research project to: 1) develop and evaluate methods to effectively control the abundance of American white pelicans and other fish-eating birds at fish farms to mitigate predation and disease transmission; and 2) conduct surveys to estimate the abundance of American white pelicans in Mississippi Delta using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), manned fixed-wing aircraft and satellite imagery. The student will collect field data, conduct data analyses, write manuscripts for publications, and present findings at professional meetings. The student will work closely with USDA APHIS WS Research Wildlife Biologist Tommy King (

Qualifications: B.S. degree in wildlife sciences or a related field. Desirable qualifications include excellent written and oral communication skills. A minimum 3.0 GPA and GRE scores are required. Coursework in Geographic Information System (GIS) would be beneficial.

Location: Starkville, Mississippi

Starting Date: January 1 or July 1, 2015

Stipend: $16,500 per year plus tuition and health benefits

Closing Date: until position is filled

Application: Apply via electronic application within the Office of Graduate Studies, Mississippi State University. Also create a single document (e.g., a PDF) containing the following: 1) cover letter describing credentials and professional goals; 2) a resume; 3) three references; and 4) a copy of university transcripts and GRE/TOEFL scores. The name of the file should contain the first and last name of the applicant (e.g., Jane Doe.pdf). E-mail this file to Dr. Guiming Wang ( Reviews of applications begin on December 1, 2014.

Inquiries: Dr. Guiming Wang; email:; phone: 662-325-0414


Master’s project in hellbender ecology and conservation

FW by Andy Wilson>>>>

Title: MS Research- Hellbender Ecology and Conservation
Agency: Purdue University
Location: West Lafayette, IN

Job Description: Seeking a highly motivated student for a MS position focusing on hellbender ecology and conservation. The selected candidate will assess post-release juvenile movements and survival, characterize juvenile habitat use, and conduct habitat modifications. This project will consist of intensive field work, up to nine months, at field sites located in southern Indiana. Transportation and off-campus housing will be provided. Graduate position begins in August 2015, but opportunities for field work can begin in May 2015.

Qualifications: A student with a background in herpetology or related field is preferred.
Experience using radio-telemetry is desired. Applicants must have a strong work ethic and the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team of graduate students working on hellbender ecology and conservation (e.g., students evaluating larval hellbender captive rearing techniques, developing ecological niche models, and hellbender genetics). Applicants also will work closely with a diverse group of scientists, state wildlife biologists, private landowners, and zoo personnel. Excellent writing and interpersonal skills are essential.

Funding for research will be provided, but the successful student will need to secure a departmental assistantship through the application process from Purdue’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources. Competitive students will have stellar GRE scores, grades/GPA, and letters of recommendation. Applicants are encouraged to visit to ensure they meet the minimum departmental requirements for admission. Students that do not meet minimum requirements will not be considered.

To apply, electronically submit a single PDF that consists of a cover letter stating research and career interests, CV (including cumulative GPA and GRE scores & percentages), and contact information for three references to Dr. Rod Williams ( Only those applicants deemed competitive for a departmental assistantship will be asked to formally apply to the Purdue Graduate School and Department of Forestry and Natural Resources.

Purdue University is an equal access/equal opportunity/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.

Stipend: ~$18,000/yr
Last Date to Apply: November 14, 2014
Contact: Rod Williams

Steven J.A. Kimble, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Assistant and Vertebrate Collection Curator, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources Purdue University

Internships with the CEA

Hi ES majors,

Do contact Evan Petrack about internships at his company, if you are interested.


Salma Monani
Associate Professor
Environmental Studies
Gettysburg College

From: Evan Petrack > Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014 1:44 PM
To: Salma Monani > Subject: Internships with the CEA

Hi Salma,

Greetings from DC! Its Evan Petrack, from the class of 2013. I am emailing because the company I work for, the Consumer Electronics Assoication, recently sent out a newsletter from our HR department about the new internships here at the CEA. I wanted to extend and invite to the current ES majors and minors to apply to these, because it is genuinely a great place to work!
I’m just an intern myself so while I may not exactly have a ton of pull or influence on the hiring process, but it is a great place with absolutely great benefits!

Evan Petrack, ‘13

Evan Petrack, Government Programs and Events Intern
703-907-7008 (d)|

[CEA - Consumer Electronics Association]

Consumer Electronics Association
1919 South Eads Street
Arlington, VA 22202

NEON Hiring – Field Technicians – Multiple Locations

FW by Andy Wilson, might be worth passing on to recent grads, too>>>>>

For more details and online application visit our careers page at


The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is a $430 million dollar observatory project dedicated to understanding how changes in climate, land use and invasive species impact ecology. For the next three decades NEON will collect a comprehensive range of ecological data on a continental scale across 20 eco-climatic domains representing US ecosystems. NEON will use cutting edge technology including an airborne observation platform that will capture images of regional landscapes and vegetation; mobile, re-locatable, and fixed data collection sites with automated ground sensors to monitor soil and atmosphere; and trained field crews who will observe and sample populations of diverse organisms and collect soil and water data. A leading edge cyber-infrastructure will calibrate, store and publish this information. The Observatory will grow to 300+ personnel and will be the first of its kind designed to detect and enable forecasting of ecological change at continental scales.


* Report activities, completed work, and sampling problems according to Field Operations protocols.

* Inspect, maintain and operate field, safety and laboratory equipment.

* Operate laboratory equipment (e.g. Wiley Mill, drying oven, analytical balance, centrifugal mill, pH meter, microscope, and muffle furnace).

* Assist the Field Operations Manager with recruiting and training of seasonal field personnel.

* Provide instruction and technical guidance to seasonal field personnel.

* Perform plot establishment by locating plots with GPS navigation as well as measuring and marking plots.

* Assist the Field Operations Manager with materials planning, inventory and ordering as well as day-to-day oversight of personnel and scheduling of activities coordinated from the field office.

* Follow NEON safety and Field Operations policy and procedures.


* Follow established, standardized field protocols for sample collection and handling; record and verify accuracy of data from sample collections; process samples in the laboratory; send samples to external analytical labs. Train and lead field crews performing the aforementioned items.

* Perform other field sampling activities as assigned including: ground beetle collection (pitfall trapping), mosquito collection (CO2 light traps, tick collection (dragging and flagging) and soil core collection.

* Test, troubleshoot and operate tower, soil and aquatic instruments, calibration equipment and test fixtures.

* Inspect and maintain civil infrastructure including boom arms, sensor mounts, towers, boardwalks and instrument huts.

* Monitor and sample aquatic sites for water quality, biological indicators and physical properties of site (e.g. gaging streams, geomorphic mapping).

NEON offers competitive salaries (DOE) with a substantial benefits package.

For more details and online application visit our careers page at

Graduate positions: native plants and beneficial insects

FW by Andy Wilson>>>>

Graduate Research Assistantships in Native Plants for Supporting Beneficial Insects – Department of Entomology, Michigan State University

The Landis and Isaacs Labs have openings for two graduate students (MS with potential to expand to Ph.D) to investigate the role of native plants in supporting beneficial insects in agricultural landscapes.
This will be part of a new USDA-SARE funded project working with native plant producers and land managers to evaluate single species and mixed plantings of native plants for their ability to support natural enemies and pollinators in agricultural landscapes. In particular, the project focuses on plants suitable for dry sandy soils, which are underrepresented in lists of insectary plants for the Midwestern US.
The students will work as part of a multidisciplinary team to develop site-appropriate mixtures of plants and seeding methods capable of providing resources to support multiple arthropod-mediated ecosystem services. The team is partnering with state and federal agencies, land managers, and commercial beekeepers to demonstrate their use in agricultural systems in Michigan, so interest in outreach/extension is important. Some experience in entomology, plant restoration, biological control or crop pollination and the ability to travel and work in a variety of outdoor environments is required. Preferred start date is by May 1, 2015. The wider project team also includes colleagues working on bee biodiversity and crop pollination (Jason Gibbs), plant restoration strategies (Lars Brudvig) and outreach communications (Joy Landis). E- mail a letter of interest, CV, names of up to three references, and GRE scores (if available) to: Doug Landis,

MS or PhD Research Assistantship in Freshwater Fish Ecology

FW by Andy Wilson>>>>>>>>>

The Olden Lab at the University of Washington is looking for a highly motivated MS or PhD student to study the ecology and conservation of freshwater fishes across rivers of southwestern United States. Likely themes of study include statistical and mechanistic modeling of native and non-native fish populations in response to changes in climate, hydrology (particularly extreme flooding and drought) and habitat connectivity.
Extended field research working in dryland streams is possible. The successful applicant will be advised by Dr. Julian Olden and will work with state and federal partners including the Department of Defense and numerous natural resource agencies. Substantial opportunities exist for excelling in both scholarship and career development. The Olden Lab is represented by a cohesive mix of graduate students, post-docs and research scientists. Quite
simply: we play hard and work even harder … and are looking for same in the applicant.

More information see:

Qualifications: Undergraduate degree and/or MS in ecology, zoology, or related field with a competitive GPA and GRE scores. Priority will be given to applicants with previous experience working in freshwater ecosystems, particularly with freshwater fishes, and those demonstrating strong skills with biostatistics, GIS and science communication. A demonstrated ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals will be viewed favorably.

Location: The position will be located within the School of Aquatic and Fishery Science (SAFS) at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington ( SAFS is the leading aquatic and fisheries department globally, and includes 40 faculty and 125 graduate students, and about 90 administrative and research staff. The breadth and scope of SAFS encompasses programs for undergraduate and graduate teaching, research and service in basic and applied aquatic sciences with an emphasis on aquatic resource conservation. Faculty, staff and students have access to myriad aquatic habitats and rich biological resources, and are involved in interdisciplinary partnerships with other academic programs, as well as public and private organizations and environmental and regulatory agencies. Seattle is a vibrant and progressive city with ample opportunities for recreation and city-living.

Salary: Stipend will be the university standard $22,000-24,000 annually plus benefits (health insurance) and tuition, with additional opportunities for teaching assistantships.

Start date: Fall 2015 (opportunity to start in Summer 2015).

Contact: To apply email a cover letter that addresses your research interests, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for three references to: Dr. Julian Olden, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (SAFS), University of Washington at Please include “Prospective Student” in the email subject. Screening of applicants will occur immediately (but will end by Dec 1, 2014) and selected applicants will be encouraged to formally apply for graduate school at SAFS.

Graduate Assistantships in Marine and Invasion Ecology

FW: by Andy Wilson>>>>

Two graduate assistantships are available in the lab of Dr. Amy Freestone at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Graduate students will assist with the BioVision Project (Biogeographic Variation in Interaction Strength and Invasions at the Ocean’s Nearshore), an NSF-funded collaborative project led by Dr. Freestone, Dr. Greg Ruiz (Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Edgewater, MD) and Dr. Mark Torchin (Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama City, Panama). Students will be enrolled and based at Temple University, with strong interactions with the other collaborating labs. This research will examine how species interactions influence marine communities across a latitudinal gradient, from the tropics to the arctic, and the implications of these interactions for biological invasions. We will be conducting extensive experiments testing the relative influence of predation and competition on species diversity, community assembly and invasion success, using subtidal sessile marine invertebrate communities in coastal bays of the West Coast of North and Central America, specifically Alaska, Northern California, Mexico and Panama. We will use additional experiments to quantify spatial and temporal variation in the predator community, sessile invertebrate recruitment, and the abiotic environment to test for effects on interaction outcomes.

The graduate students will be part of a travelling field team composed of a postdoctoral fellow and undergraduate students who will collect data from our large-scale experiments, under the supervision of the PIs and project partners. Therefore, students will have the opportunity for extensive travel, including to Spanish-speaking countries. Students will also be expected to develop independent projects that complement the larger research initiative as part of their graduate theses.

The successful applicants will receive up to five years of guaranteed support, including stipend, tuition remission, and benefits. The students will receive support via Research Assistantships for up to three years with the remaining support offered via Teaching Assistantships. Successful
applicants will have completed a BS or MS in biology, ecology, marine science, or related field. Preference will be given to applicants with a strong background in marine invertebrate zoology and identification, marine ecology, community ecology, and/or invasion ecology. Positions will begin early summer 2015.

Prospective students should contact Dr. Amy Freestone
( with a cover letter that describes their background and research interests, a current CV, transcripts from prior academic studies (unofficial is acceptable), GRE scores, and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately. Prospective students will also need to submit a completed graduate application to the Department of Biology at Temple University by January 15 for US applicants and December 15 for international applicants.

Questions on the positions can be directed to Dr. Amy Freestone. Temple University is located in the heart of historic Philadelphia, and is the sixth largest provider of graduate school education in the USA.