Graduate Student Funding Opportunities

Hi ES students,

We currently have two ES alums at Delaware (with full funding!) Check it out.



From: University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean, & Environment []
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Graduate Student Funding Opportunities
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Research Assistantships

Teaching Assistantships

Tuition Scholarships

Funding opportunities typically cover stipends and tuition for fall and spring semesters.

Masters Degree Programs

M.A. in Geography
M.S. in Geography
M.S. in Geology
Master of Marine Policy
M.S. in Marine Studies
M.S. in Ocean Engineering
M.S. in Water Science and Policy

Doctoral Degree Programs

Ph.D. in Climatology
Ph.D. in Geography
Ph.D. in Geology
Ph.D. in Marine Studies
Ph.D. in Ocean Engineering
Ph.D. in Oceanography
Ph.D. in Water Science and Policy

Minimum GPA of 3.0
Minimum GRE verbal score of 153
Minimum GRE quantitative score of 146
Foreign students: minimum TOEFL score of 100

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The College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) at the University of Delaware is pleased to announce the availability of graduate student funding for Master’s and Doctoral students interested in Marine Science and Policy, Geological Sciences, and Geography.
Graduate students in these programs tackle complex environmental challenges by applying the latest technological advances to ocean, earth, and atmospheric research using high-tech satellite images, surface and underwater sensors, laboratory instrumentation, and complex computer models to help enhance climate predictions, identify and mitigate pollution, improve resource management, explore energy solutions, make marine transportation safer and more efficient, and examine the relationships between humans and the environment. Our students also are using innovative tools to better understand our valuable biological resources, investigate populations, life histories and habitats, and determine the natural and human factors affecting their survival.
Prospective students should visit the CEOE website to learn more about the specific degrees offered within the College and available research projects with nationally ranked faculty who serve as graduate student advisors.
The intention of this announcement is to recruit highly competitive students to the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. Qualified applicants are strongly encouraged to contact one or more of the faculty members in the College to discuss their research and educational interests prior to completing their applications for admission.
Students who apply and are being considered for admission will be invited for a paid visit to our campus to meet with faculty and current graduate students.

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Ph.D. & M.S. opportunities in landscape ecology

FW by Andy W>>>>>

Ph.D. & M.S. opportunities in landscape ecology

I am seeking 1-2 graduate students to join my lab who are interested in landscape ecology pertaining to potential climate and land-use change impacts on odonates (dragonflies and damselflies). For more information about research done in my lab, please check out my webpage at:

Preference will be given to students with previous experience in GIS or remote sensing, and to Ph.D. students who already have a Master’s degree.

Prospective students will be funded (upon qualification) by a 9-month/year departmental Teaching Assistantship and possibly by applicable graduate school fellowships (awards ranging from $2500 for 1 year to $30,000/yr for 3 years).

To apply, please send your Curriculum Vitae, which should include all of the following items:
* a statement about your research interests and how they are compatible with the kinds of research that I do * a statement about your career goals
* GRE scores
* a brief list of your academic and professional accomplishments (degrees, GPA, awards, fellowships, publications, grants, presentations at professional meetings, jobs, etc.)
* the names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of 3 references

Students from outside the U.S. must also include TOEFL scores (Test of English as a Foreign Language), if appropriate.

See for more information for international students, and for more information for U.S. citizens.

Funds may be available to bring prospective students in for a campus visit.

Application deadline: 1 December 2014.

Nancy McIntyre, Ph.D.
Department of Biological Sciences
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX 79409-3131 USA

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,