Graduate position in invertebrate, community and climate change ecology at BGSU

Graduate student positions (MS and PhD) at the interface of invertebrate, community and global change ecology at BGSU

The Pelini Lab seeks students interested in assessing the effects of global change on invertebrates (e.g., butterflies, ants, and soil invertebrates) and the consequences of those responses on other taxa (e.g., plants,
microbes) and ecosystem processes (e.g., decomposition, carbon cycling). We work in multiple locations including the eastern US, Hawaii, and the Great Lakes region. See for more information.

Experience conducting field, lab, or greenhouse experiments is preferred, and work with invertebrates and/or food web dynamics is strongly favored.
The anticipated start date is August 2014, but we welcome candidates who are willing to start as early as May 2014.

Bowling Green State University, OH (18,000 students) is at the western end of Lake Erie, and in close proximity to remnant oak-savanna, prairies and fragmented forest-agroecosytem complexes. With a low cost of living and recognized as one of the best cities in Ohio, Bowling Green is also within easy driving distance of Columbus, Ann Arbor, Chicago, and Cleveland.

The department application deadline is Feb 1. See Interested candidates should contact Shannon Pelini at well before this deadline. Please include a CV, a brief overview of your previous research experience/interests, and GRE scores.


CLM Internship Program now accepting applications for paid internships!

The Conservation and Land Management Internship Program is now accepting applications for 2014! Please apply online at

Would you like to put your education to use assisting in important conservation projects? Do you like to experience new landscapes, habitats, and species diversity? The CLM Internship Program is a wonderful opportunity to begin a career in botany, wildlife biology, natural resource management and conservation!

Each year, the Conservation and Land Management Internship Program places 75-100 college graduates in five-month paid internships to assist professional staff at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Park Service (NPS), US Forest Service (USFS), US Fish and Wildlife Service
(FWS) and US Geological Survey (USGS). Internships are primarily located in the western United States, including Alaska! Each internship is unique and may focus on botany, wildlife, or a combination of the two. Interns assist in a wide variety of projects depending on the needs of each field office. Examples of projects include: collecting seed for restoration and conservation purposes, performing surveys for threatened and endangered species and habitats, and collecting data on species reintroduction and habitat management experiments. Applicants with strong botany experience are especially encouraged to apply!

Benefits of the CLM Internship Program are numerous. As a CLM intern, you will receive a stipend paid every two weeks totaling $11,900 over 5 months and will attend an all-expenses paid week-long training workshop at the Chicago Botanic Garden. In addition, the CLM Internship Program provides opportunities to make connections in various governmental and non-profit organizations, to learn what it’s like to work at a federal agency, to explore your career goals and expand your resume.

Applications are due February 1st. However, we review applications on a rolling basis. The sooner your application is complete, the sooner we can review your files and consider you for available positions. Interviews will begin in January for qualified applicants with complete applications.

For more information and to apply online, please visit:

2014 summer REU program at Samford University

Research Experience for Undergraduates: Explore the world of research and develop your scientific skills.

With funding from the National Science Foundation, the 2014 Samford University REU program will offer hands-on, field- and laboratory-based research experiences to US undergraduates. In this 9-week residential experience, students will work one-on-one with experienced researchers in biology and chemistry to design, conduct, and present research related to the chemistry, genetics, and ecology of organisms, populations, and communities of Oak Mountain State Park, a large and diverse suburban park located in the southern Appalachians.

Quick Facts

Application Deadline: February 14, 2014

Program Timeline: June 1–July 31, 2014

• $500 per week stipend

• Travel, room, board and research expenses covered

• 12 students will be accepted into the program

Reasons to Apply

• Explore the worlds of field and laboratory research

• Explore your career opportunities as a working scientist

• Work closely with expert scientists to develop your own project

· Develop your understanding of scientific ethics and social justice

• Spend the summer at Oak Mountain State Park, Alabama’s largest state park

Application Process

All application materials should be submitted electronically to reu.

Deadline: February 15, 2014

Students must be US citizens or Permanent Residents and have completed two years of undergraduate study by May, 2014, including one year of college-level biology. Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate program at accredited institutions in the United States at the time the REU program is held. Please submit:

• Application Form

• Transcripts

• Letters of Recommendation

• Personal Statement

For more information, go to reu.

PhD Assistantship: Geospatial Analytics of Human Responses to Environmental Change

This assistantship may be of interested to graduating seniors or alumni.

The Center for Earth Observation at NC State University is seeking a highly qualified candidate who is committed to pursuing a Ph.D. focused on the integration of Environmental Social Science and Geospatial Analytics starting Fall 2014. See the attached advertisement for complete details and application instructions.

PhD Assistantship GeospatialAnalytics Human Responses to Environmental Change.pdf

ECOLOG-L Internship: Chesapeake Bay Trust

Internship Available at the Chesapeake Bay Trust – Spring Semester (part-time) and Summer (full-time)

Applications will begin to be reviewed on December 4, 2013 and the position will remain open until filled.

The Chesapeake Bay Trust, a non-profit, state-chartered grant-making organization supported by the Treasure the Chesapeake (bay
plate) license plate program, seeks an intern interested in gaining experience in the non-profit environmental sector. The participating intern will work at the Chesapeake Bay Trust during the spring 2014 semester (January through May) at a rate of $10 per hour, with a minimum of four hours per week and a maximum of 10 hours per week and will transition in June to the Trust’s full-time, ten-week summer internship program that offers a $3,000 stipend. Duties at the Trust during the spring semester include a variety of administrative grant-related tasks on our portfolio of K-12 environmental education, on-the-ground watershed and habitat restoration, and citizen engagement projects, including K-12 environmental education grant review. Duties at the Trust added during the summer months include some field work to assess proposed and completed restoration projects and an independent project of the student’s choosing related to watershed issues and aligned with the Trust’s mission. Independent projects completed by interns in the past have been adapted for independent study credit through the student’s university with university and professor permission. Students gain a wide range of skills for their resumes beyond traditional environmental organization experience, including grant management and general experience with grant-making and grant-writing. Students also gain knowledge of and experience with a subset of the 300 non-profit grantees we engage every year.

Eligible applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students attending a two- or four-year college or university in Maryland with a GPA of
3.00 or higher. In addition, all undergraduate applicants must be entering or continuing their sophomore, junior, or senior year during the spring 2014 semester. Students of all majors are welcome to apply.

Interested students should send to Tara Baker (,
410-974-2941 x102) a resume and cover letter that addresses a) what the student hopes to gain from the experience and how it fits in with his/her career goals, and b) what skills and experiences the student has that are relevant to Trust goals.

Jana Davis, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Chesapeake Bay Trust

60 West St. Suite 405

Annapolis, MD 21401

(410) 974-2941 x100

GIS job for recent ES grads?

GIS Research Assistant in aquatic Conservation ecology

The Ohio State University – Aquatic Ecology Laboratory

Responsibilities: We are seeking a full-time Research Assistant with GIS experience to support research investigating the impacts of land conservation practices in the western Lake Erie Basin on stream fish and invertebrate assemblages. Primary duties will include geospatial data processing and management, with the potential to help develop of peer-reviewed manuscripts.

Location: The successful candidate would join Dr. Stuart Ludsin’s laboratory ( and a dynamic research group at OSU’s Aquatic Ecology Laboratory (Columbus, OH;, which is housed within The Ohio State University’s Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology ( Opportunities to interact with state (e.g., Ohio Division of Wildlife) and non-governmental (The Nature Conservancy) partners would exist.

Qualifications: Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree in the biological, environmental, or aquatic sciences, geography, or a related field and be proficient with Microsoft Office and ESRI GIS software (QGIS also is acceptable). While not required, we desire candidates with strong quantitative skills, hydrological modeling experience (e.g., SWAT or SPARROW), a familiarity with relevant data sources (e.g., NHDPlus), and knowledge of conservation issues related to stream ecosystems.

Salary & Benefits: $12.67 – $13.67 per hour, depending on experience, with a comprehensive health and retirement benefits package. Support for the position exists for 1.5 years.

Closing Date: November 15, 2013 or until the position is filled

How to Apply: Send a cover letter, CV (or resume), and contact information for three references electronically as a single PDF to Dr. Conor Keitzer (keitzer.2). Please put the “GIS Research Assistant” in the subject line.

Contact: For additional information, contact Dr. Conor Keitzer (keitzer.2) or Dr. Stuart Ludsin (ludsin.1), or visit


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Stuart A. Ludsin
1314 Kinnear Rd., 222 Research Center
Aquatic Ecology Laboratory
Dept. of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology
The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio 43212

Office Phone: 614-292-1613

Fax: 614-292-0181
Email: ludsin.1