Graduate student opportunities in aquatic ecology (Wayne State)

Graduate student opportunities in aquatic ecology Department of Biological Sciences, Wayne State University

Support is available in the Steiner lab at Wayne State University for graduate students (MS or PhD) interested in aquatic population and community ecology. A major focus of research in the Steiner lab is the role of dispersal and rapid adaptation on the dynamic stability of planktonic metapopulations and metacommunities. However, students are expected to develop their own research projects in some aspect of aquatic ecology or evolutionary ecology. Opportunities exist to conduct field research at Michigan State University’s Kellogg Biological Station (, University of Michigan’s George Reserve
( or in the nearby Great Lakes. Support is available in the form of research assistantships, departmental teaching assistantships and university fellowships.

Qualifications include: a record of academic achievement as an undergraduate, previous coursework or research experience in ecology or evolutionary ecology and the ability to work independently.

Those seeking further information should contact Dr. Chris Steiner ( Wayne State University is an urban research university with tier 1 (RU/VH) Carnegie Foundation classification. It is located in vibrant midtown Detroit where you can enjoy the benefits of urban living but with close proximity to natural areas and post-apocalyptic landscapes.
General information about the Steiner lab and the Biological Sciences Department can be found at (


Salt Marsh Internships, RI

From: Ecological Society of America: grants, jobs, news [] On Behalf Of Ryan Kleinert Sent: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 2:02 PM


New England salt marshes provide critical habitat for a number of plant and animal species, many of high conservation value. Interns will assist the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex in monitoring salt-marsh breeding birds and overall salt-marsh ecological integrity.
Responsibilities include marsh bird surveys, Saltmarsh Sparrow mist-netting and banding, nest searching and monitoring, as well as nekton and vegetation surveys. Experience with mist-netting songbirds, kayaking, eastern songbird identification and ornithology preferred. Applicants must possess the ability to work outdoors in all types of weather conditions, especially heat and humidity; to endure biting insects; to work well with others; and be in good physical shape and able to hike over uneven terrain while carrying equipment. Applicants also must possess a valid driver’s license and be willing to assist with other refuge projects such as invasive plant eradication and Piping Plover monitoring.

Two positions available from May 12 to August 15. Compensation $215/wk
plus possible housing. Send letter of interest, resume and contact information for 3 references to Rhonda Smith, 50 Bend Road, Charlestown, RI
02813 OR email materials to Application deadline is February 1.

2014 REU Program Announcement from Mote Marine Laboratory

Hi, guys –

Another REU. ES alum Alyse Yeager did this one and loved it!

Happy holidays! – John

John A. Commito


Environmental Studies Department

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA 17325 USA

Phone: 717-337-6030

Fax: 717-337-8550

E-mail: jcommito


From: Krystle Harvey at Mote Marine Laboratory []
Sent: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 1:36 PM
To: John Commito
Subject: 2014 REU Program Announcement from Mote Marine Laboratory

Forward this e-mail to a friend.

Greetings from Mote!

As Mote Marine Laboratory’s College Intern Coordinator, I am thrilled to once again be assisting Dr. Barbara Kirkpatrick in the task of recruiting qualified students for our summer REU program. You supported this program last year either by helping us recruit or by submitting recommendations on behalf of students from your university or organization. We would appreciate your assistance again this year in making science students and colleagues at your institution aware of Mote Marine Laboratory’s 2014 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program.


Each summer, Mote Marine Laboratory hosts a 10-week program focused on providing research experiences in estuarine science to 10 advanced undergraduate students. Students are paired with Mote scientists and develop and complete an independent research project related to their mentor’s research interests. Students gain experience in science communication by presenting the results of their independent projects in a manuscript-style research paper and orally at a laboratory-wide poster session. Students attend research seminars and workshops on career skills in science and also have the opportunity to present their research findings at professional conferences.

Information about 2014 REU mentors and their programs, as well as the application procedures, are now posted on the REU web site:

**All application materials are due on February 15, 2014**

We are providing a link to the one-page program announcement if you would like to post a printed copy of this announcement within your department: In addition, please feel free to forward this message to science faculty and students at your institution. Thank you for your continued support.


Krystle N. Harvey
College Intern Coordinator
Mote Marine Laboratory
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 388-4441 x269
Cell: 302-8755
Fax: 388-4007

Oneota Film Fest notice

Hi ES majors and alums,

See below for a neat film festival opportunity.


From: “” > Date: Thursday, December 12, 2013 10:17 AM
To: Stephen A Rust >

Subject: Oneota Film Fest notice

Hi EcoMediaites!
This is a very short email to circulate the film festival we host in my small town in NE Iowa: Oneota Film Festival in Decorah, IA. In particular, I send it so that any of you who are filmmakers, are working with student filmmakers or are friends with non-student filmmakers might pass along the opportunity to submit a film at a pretty low entry fee.

2014 Harvard Forest Summer Research Program

ES majors – see the great REU opportunity below!

Greetings from Harvard Forest!

We are offering an exciting summer program for up to 22 undergraduate students to collaborate with scientists conducting ecological research.
Attached is a detailed program brochure as well as a few power point slides for presentation to interested students.
The strict deadline for this program is February 7th, 2014.

Applications are currently being accepted on-line and complete details are listed on our website.

Thank you for your time and please pass information along to your colleagues.

Program dates for 2014 are May 26 – August 8, 2014.

You are receiving this email because you had kindly submitted a reference for an applicant in the past.

If you would like to be removed, please reply with the word “REMOVE” in the subject line.

Laurie L. Chiasson

Harvard Forest-Harvard University

324 North Main Street, Petersham MA 01366



Graduate Assistantships in Conservation Ecology at Washington State University Vancouver

From: Ecological Society of America: grants, jobs, news [] on behalf of Cheryl Schultz [Schultzc@VANCOUVER.WSU.EDU]

We seek MS or PhD students to assist with ecological projects related to conservation of at-risk
butterflies. Please see our website for overview of our research approach, list of publications, and
letter to prospective graduate students at

For Fall 2014, we seek graduate students for two studies.

1) We are involved in a multi-institution project investigating source-sink dynamics using
butterflies as a model system. Current work involves landscape-level modeling based on field-
based observations of demography and behavior. New graduate student projects will focus on
landscape models (SEIBMS = Spatially Explicit Individual Based Models) using field-based data to ask questions in the context of source-sink dynamics.

2) Several projects in our lab focus on the potential non-target effects of herbicides on
butterflies. Selective herbicides are increasingly a preferred management tool because of their
ability to target problem invasive species with minimal impact on most native plant species.
Studies in our lab to date suggest lethal and sub-lethal effects that may impact sensitive non-
target species. We are starting a new multi-site study to investigate potential advantages and
consequences of grass-specific herbicides on butterflies as well as other invertebrates and plants in the prairie community.

Washington State University Vancouver is a new campus in the WSU system located in Southwest
Washington just across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon and is close to Willamette
Valley and South Puget Sound prairies. Currently with ~3000 students, it is a new and rapidly
growing campus in the WSU system. Students benefit from outstanding faculty, world-class research, state-of-the-art facilities and small class sizes.

Interested students should look at the Letter to Prospective Graduate Students and send a
CV/resume, transcripts and a letter describing past research experience and future research
interests to Cheryl Schultz, Graduate applications receive priority
consideration if received by January 10, 2014 for Fall 2014 admission. I encourage all interested
students to get in touch to learn more about the program and research in our lab.