Graduate Assistantships in Coastal Wetland Ecology, U Alabama

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Graduate Assistantships in Coastal Wetland Ecology at the University of Alabama

Graduate assistantships (M.S. or Ph.D.) in coastal wetland ecology are available in the Cherry Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences beginning in August 2016. Highly motivated students with experience in field ecology, environmental science or related fields are invited to apply to work on one of the following research projects:

(1) Non-linear responses of tidal marshes to sedimentation events: implications for marsh surface elevation maintenance – This project is being conducted in collaboration with USGS scientists as part of a larger research program investigating marsh persistence in the face of global climate change.

(2) Factors influencing landward migration of coastal ecosystems in response to climate change – Students would contribute to an ongoing collaborative research project examining the role of fire in promoting marsh migration in response to sea-level rise and other environmental changes.

Interested students should contact Dr. Julia Cherry via email (, and include copies of their CV, GRE scores, unofficial transcript(s) and a writing sample by December 4, 2015. Qualified applicants will be invited to apply to the Department of Biological Sciences by the December 15th deadline for fall 2016 admission.

The Department of Biological Sciences offers Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) that provide tuition waivers, stipends, and health benefits to support admitted students. Depending on the project and qualifications of the applicant, Graduate Research Assistantships may be available in lieu of, or in addition to, GTA support.

Graduate student positions in Community ecology, Fayetteville, AR

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Graduate assistantships are available for M.S. or Ph.D. positions in the Siepielski Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences and Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arkansas main campus in Fayetteville, AR ( Our lab focuses on questions at the intersection of community ecology and evolutionary biology. Current projects include examining spatial variation in the mechanisms that maintain species diversity in aquatic food webs, the contribution of ongoing evolution in shaping the demographic processes regulating populations, and determining the major features characterizing natural selection in the wild. To explore these topics we use a combination of observational, experimental, meta-analytical, and theoretical approaches.

I am looking for students interested in developing their own project on themes broadly related to those listed above. Ideal applicants would have prior research experience in ecology and/or evolutionary biology, previous coursework in statistics, and a genuine passion to conduct research. Depending on availability, students may be funded through a combination of research assistantships for upwards of four semesters, with the remainder of their degree being supported through a teaching assistantship. Graduate research fellowships are also a possibility for highly competitive candidates. Please see for additional information on graduate funding opportunities.

The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, is a Tier I research university located in the Ozark Mountains. The faculty and graduate students at UARK are highly interactive and include an internationally known group of evolutionary biologists and ecologists. We are located in an ideal setting for field-based projects in aquatic systems (AR has more than 2,300 lakes and thousands of smaller ponds, and equally impressive numbers of rivers, streams and creeks). Fayetteville, located in northwest Arkansas, offers a high quality of living at a low cost, an excellent climate, and is a large enough city to offer diverse activities and amenities. Rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, and mountain biking opportunities are in close proximity.

Prospective students should check out my website amsiepie). In your email, please include the following: 1) a brief description of your research interests, career goals, and why you think our lab would be a good fit for you, 2) whether you are interested in a M.S. or Ph.D., and 3) contact information for three references. In addition, please attach your CV. Please note that the deadline for Fall 2016 admission into our program is January 15, 2016. All materials should be submitted well before then.

Adam M. Siepielski

Department of Biological Sciences

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville AR, 72701

Ph: 1-479-575-6357


NOAA Student Scholarship Applications Being Accepted

FYI- we have had ES students win this award in the past!! Please speak with me if you are interested in applying.



From: Student ScholarshipPrograms – NOAA Service Account [mailto:studentscholarshipprograms]
Sent: Thursday, November 12, 2015 11:18 AM
To: Student ScholarshipPrograms – NOAA Service Account
Subject: NOAA Student Scholarship Applications Being Accepted

Dear Department Chairs/Deans/Professors/Academic and Research Advisors/Career Centers:

Please share with your students!

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is pleased to announce the availability of scholarships for undergraduate students majoring in disciplines related to oceanic and atmospheric science, research, or technology, and supportive of the purposes of NOAA’s programs and mission. Over 100 students are selected each year for participation in the Ernest F. Hollings (Hollings) and Educational Partnership Program (EPP) scholarship programs. These scholarships include support for two years of undergraduate study and summer internship opportunities at NOAA facilities across the country.

For information on program benefits and how to apply, visit our web sites:

· Educational Partnership Program Undergraduate Scholarship:

o Application Deadline: January 29, 2016

· Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship:

o Application Deadline: January 29, 2016

Eligibility Requirements:

· US Citizen

· 3.0 GPA (Hollings) or 3.2 GPA (EPP)

· Full-time second year student at an accredited four-year undergraduate program or third year student at a five-year undergraduate program

· Majoring in NOAA mission disciplines, including but not limited to: atmospheric science, biology, cartography, chemistry, computer science, education, engineering, environmental science, geodesy, geography, marine science, mathematics, meteorology, oceanography, physical science, photogrammetry, physics, etc.

· Enrolled at a Minority Serving Institution (EPP Scholarship only)

For further information, contact the Office of Education Scholarship Programs at: StudentScholarshipPrograms or (301) 628-2913.

MS assistantship on Red-cockaded Woodpecker conservation, University of Alabama

Little known fact–hardly anyone has heard of the Red-cockaded Woodpecker, but it receives more Federal conservation dollars than any other bird!

MS opportunity in Alabama.

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Dr. Paige Ferguson, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama, is seeking a MS student to evaluate management of longleaf pine in the Oakmulgee District of the Talladega National Forest for Red-cockaded Woodpecker (RCW) conservation. The student would use models combining ecological knowledge and statistical methods and stakeholder input to evaluate different longleaf pine management options for their expected ability to meet RCW conservation goals. Addressing this research question would also involve research into RCW population dynamics and/or habitat.

Applicants should have a background in some or many of the following: ecology, environmental science, GIS, ecological modeling, statistics, computer programming, or stakeholder outreach. Experience in field settings is desired.

To apply, please email Dr. Ferguson (pfferguson) the following:

1. cover letter describing your career goals and prior experiences that have prepared you for a MS in Dr. Ferguson’s lab,

2. undergraduate transcript (an unofficial copy is fine),

3. GRE scores,

4. sample of your scientific writing (for example a lab report), and

5. contact information for 3 references.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until positions are filled.

Available positions come with a full tuition waiver, a good stipend, and health insurance. Funding during the academic year is available as a Graduate Teaching Assistant through the Department of Biological Sciences. A summer stipend and funding for summer field work expenses are available, and additional funds, as needed, will be acquired through internal and external funding sources in close collaboration with Dr. Ferguson. For example, funding for conference presentations is available competitively through the University of Alabama. Fellowships are available for exceptional applicants through the University of Alabama Graduate School.

Additional information is available from the following links:

Dr. Ferguson’s Research:

Department of Biological Sciences:

Graduate School:

University of Alabama:



2016-2017 Presidential Internship Program at the American University in Cairo

This opportunity might be of interest.

From: Presidential Internship Program []
Sent: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 2:05 PM
To: Presidential Internship Program
Subject: 2016-2017 Presidential Internship Program at the American University in Cairo

Greetings from Cairo,

I am currently a Presidential Intern at The American University in Cairo (AUC), having graduated from Gettysburg College in May 2015. We are now in the process of recruiting applicants for the 2016-2017 program and would greatly appreciate if you could distribute this information to current seniors, advisors, and department heads who may have students interested in the program.


The American University in Cairo

The Program:

Established in 1981, the Presidential Internship Program at The American University in Cairo (AUC) provides recent university graduates the opportunity to spend an academic year working at the highest levels of an international university, learn Arabic, and experience life in Egypt.

Work and Available Offices:

Participants intern full-time in one of eight university offices, working in a range of fields including University administration, sustainability, finance, student development, advancement, communications, and more. A detailed list of these offices can be found on our website. This program provides recent graduates the unique opportunity to begin their professional careers while abroad.


Program benefits include a monthly living stipend, furnished faculty housing, private Arabic tutoring, access to AUC faculty and staff programs, community-based personal development, subsidized trips around Cairo and Egypt, and more.


We look for a diverse array of applicants from a wide range of American universities, including students with no background in Arabic or Middle Eastern Studies. Potential applicants should view the attached brochure and visit our website for more information on the program and how to apply. In addition, visit our Facebook page and blog to learn more about living and working in Egypt.

The application is due January 22, 2016.

Best regards,

Katie Patterson

Office of Student Development

The American University in Cairo

PIP 2016-2017 Brochure.pdf