Grad Assistantship: aquatic invert conservation, U. South Dakota

GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP: AQUATIC INVERTEBRATE CONSERVATION There is an opening for a graduate student (Ph.D. or M.S.) interested in conducting research that integrates basic and applied ecology and contributes to conserving the endangered Hine’s emerald dragonfly (Somatochlora hineana). Ongoing research efforts include studies directed at conserving, restoring, or creating new habitat for this species, and efforts to rear this species in captivity. Field research is conducted primarily in Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan. Students interested in predator-prey or predator-predator interactions, and/or the ecology of burrowing crayfish are especially encouraged. Funding for this position is from a combination of grant funded-graduate assistantships and departmental teaching assistantships. If you are interested in conducting research that plays a vital role in saving a rare and unusual species and conserving other aquatic insects, contact Daniel A. Soluk, Dept. of Biology, The University of South Dakota
(dsoluk@usd.edu) for further information. Consideration of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Dr. Daniel A. Soluk
Department of Biology
Hines Emerald Dragonfly Research Lab
University of South Dakota
414 E. Clark St.
Vermillion, SD 57069
dsoluk@usd.edu

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Graduate Fellowship in Research Fellowship in Geography

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Western Michigan University

Department of Geography

The Milton and Ruth Scherer Fellowship in Geography

The Department of Geography at Western Michigan University (www.wmich.edu/geography) is pleased to invite prospective applicants for its Milton and Ruth Scherer Fellowship in Geography for fall 2015. The Scherer Fellowship is a two-year award for students pursuing master’s degree program in Geography with a research focus on Asia in the Department of Geography at Western Michigan University. The department has a strong research focus on China and East Asia. Applicants must demonstrate outstanding academic achievements and shall exemplify the values of the Milton and Ruth Scherer Endowment Fund by demonstrating a strong commitment to completing Master’s research in Asia (Southwest, South, Southeast, and East Asia).

Application Procedure

Scherer Fellowship applicants must visit geog-info. The application deadline is February 28, 2015.

Eligibility

Scherer Fellowships are awarded only to students who have been admitted to the Geography master’s program and only to applicants who are embarking on an initial master’s degree. Applications must have a tentative thesis research plan that includes in-country research in Asia. At the time of accepting a Scherer Fellowship, a student may not have completed more than 9 non-geography credit hours toward a graduate degree at WMU. No fellowship will be awarded if there is lack of qualified applicants.

Award

The fellowship is valued over $70,000 including

  • A salary plus 40 credit hours of tuition (up to nine credits in the fall and spring semesters for two years, and up to four credits during intervening summer sessions).
  • One round trip ticket to Asia for in-country research during the summer following the Fellow’s first academic year in the program.
  • Travel to one national conference to present thesis research.
  • Fellows will work 10 hours weekly as a graduate assistant in teaching, research, or service as a required component of their degree.
  • A GPA of 3.5 and completion of a thesis research proposal by the end of the first year, and participation in the academic activities of the department and the university will be required for continuation of funding.

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Pollinator Field Technician Position, New Jersey

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Pollinator Field Technician Position

We seek a field technician to study native bee community ecology. Our primary objective is to determine the effectiveness of pollinator habitat plantings on native bees and honey bees. Other objectives include characterizing plant-pollinator networks and quantifying trait matching among bees and plants. There will be opportunity for developing projects.

This position will primarily be fieldwork, and will involve collecting native bees and identifying plants. Our field sites are located throughout New Jersey. The successful applicant will also do lab work, especially curating insect and botanical collections and processing data. Our lab is located at Rutgers University Campus in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (For an overview of our work see winfreelab.com)

Required Qualifications: Field experience in entomology and/or botany; data entry/management; valid drivers license and willingness to drive to field sites; experience working long hours in hot, humid conditions.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience curating insect and plant collections, and insect and/or plant identification; Personal vehicle (mileage reimbursements will be provided); database management.

Dates: Mid-May through October.

Salary: $11-15/hour

To Apply: As a single PDF, send a cover letter, resume, and names and contact information for three references to: Dan Cariveau (cariveau@rci.rutgers.edu). Please place “Bee Field Tech” in the subject line of the email. Review of applications will begin February 16th and will remain open until filled.

Graduate opportunity: Water quality, Louisiana State University

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I am seeking a motivated student to pursue an MS graduate degree in Watershed Sciences. The student will conduct intensive water quality sampling in rural Louisiana over a period of 12 months. The goal of the research is to assess transfer and environmental fate of riverine nutrients and carbon.

Minimal qualifications include a background in water quality or a similar discipline (e.g. hydrology, soil science, environmental chemistry, environmental toxicology, etc.). A strong work ethic and the ability to work both as part of a team and independently are critical. The student must possess a valid U.S. driver’s license and is able to obtain a permit to drive a university vehicle.

Interested candidates should send an email describing their past experience and their motivation for pursuing a graduate degree, along with a resume, unofficial college transcripts, GRE scores, and the names and contact information for 2-3 references to yjxu@lsu.edu. Missing any of the above documents will not be considered. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Start date is expected to be in the summer semester of 2015.

Y. Jun Xu
School of Renewable Natural Resources
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803, USA
http://www.rnr.lsu.edu/hydrology/

Summer research internships 2015: plant-animal interactions, Minnesota

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Are you interested in field research experience and learning about the ecology and evolution of plants and plant-animal interactions in fragmented prairies? We are looking for 3-6 summer researchers for an NSF-funded project investigating how habitat fragmentation influences inbreeding, pollination, herbivory, and demography in purple coneflower, Echinacea angustifolia, populations in western Minnesota. We anticipate hiring 2-3 REUs, 2-3 summer field assistants, and one or two 12-month research interns. This is a great opportunity for aspiring ecologists, conservation biologists, and evolutionary biologists to gain research experience and learn about the ecology and evolution of plants in fragmented prairies!

No experience is necessary, but you must be enthusiastic and hard-working.
During the summer, you will monitor natural plant populations, measure plant traits in experimental plots, and assist in all aspects of research.
Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to pursue an independent project as an REU participant. Potential projects could involve hand-pollinating plants, observing & collecting insects, monitoring flowering phenology, conducting statistical analyses, or computer programming.

If you would like more information or wish to apply, please visit this website http://echinaceaProject.org/opportunities/ or contact Stuart Wagenius. Applications will be reviewed starting 27 February 2014 for REU positions and 6 March for other positions.