MS in Forest/Fire Ecology, Oklahoma State

…anyone who has taken ES211 will know all about Juniperus invasion!

FW by Andy Wilson



The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Oklahoma State University is seeking qualified applicants for a graduate research assistantship to work on a project in Juniperus virginiana encroachment into oak forests of central Oklahoma. The position will be filled at the M.S. level.

RESEARCH AREA: The Cross Timbers ecoregion is the transition between eastern deciduous forests and the southern Great Plains. The Cross Timbers is a fire-adapted ecosystem consisting of a mosaic of Quercus stellata/Quercus marilandica forest and tallgrass prairie. Recent fire exclusion has allowed Juniperus virginiana to invade the oak-dominated forest which profoundly alters the ecology and fuel available for wildfires. The successful candidate will work to determine the rate of Juniperus invasion, changes in forest structure, and changes in fuel load. The study will include use of satellite imagery and aerial photos, dendrochronology, biomass measurement and modelling fuel accumulation. Research is being conducted in cooperation with the Bureau of Indian Affairs at study sites in central Oklahoma.
Information regarding Oklahoma State and the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management can be found on our web site at

STIPEND: A graduate research assistantship of $15,500 for M.S. annually for a half-time appointment. Benefits include resident and non-resident tuition waiver and student health insurance (for student only, family coverage available for an additional fee).


DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: B.S. in forestry, plant biology, or related degree. If applicable, a minimum grade point average of 2.70 (A = 4.00) and acceptable GRE scores are required.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Interested individuals should contact:

Dr. Rodney Will
008C Agricultural Hall
Stillwater, OK 74078

The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management is part of the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University. The University is a land grant institution with an enrollment of about 25,000 students located midway between Tulsa and Oklahoma City. The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management conducts interdisciplinary research, instruction, and extension education to address the sustainable management and conservation of the fishery, forest, rangeland, and wildlife resources of Oklahoma and beyond. This department is a source of cutting-edge research, quality instruction, and effective outreach to students, landowners, managers, and public agencies.


Graduate Program at East Carolina Univ

Hi ES students,

If you are thinking about graduate school, please refer to the attached document from ES alum, Jake Hochard. Jake was an ES & Econ double major from the class of 2011. He got his PhD from the Univ. of Wyoming, and now he is a faculty member at ECU! Check it out!!



From: Hochard, Jacob P [mailto:HOCHARDJ15@ECU.EDU]
Sent: Friday, August 28, 2015 7:54 PM
To: Sarah Principato

Thanks, Sarah. I hope you are well.

Also, while I have you here, our Ph.D. program in Coastal Resource Management at East Carolina University has a new Coastal Economics field of study (flyer attached). There are also focuses in Coastal Geosciences, Coastal and Estuarine Ecology and Coastal Science and Policy. Please forward to any students that may be interested and feel free to have them reach out to me or the program director, Dr. Siddhartha Mitra (mitras), for more information.



Jacob Hochard

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics

Assistant Research Scientist, Institute for Coastal Science and Policy (ICSP)

East Carolina University

CRM AT A GLANCE (4-2015).pdf

PhD Fellowships at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

FW by Andy Wilson

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) is pleased to announce graduate fellowships to support incoming Ph.D. students starting fall semester 2016. The Presidential Fellowships are merit-based and designed to support recruitment of outstanding students into the UMCES graduate programs interested in working with any faculty member. Up to three years stipend, health benefits, and tuition will be covered.

UMCES is Maryland’s premier research institution aimed at advancing scientific knowledge of the environment. UMCES scientists conduct research at four laboratories: the Appalachian Laboratory in the mountains of western Maryland, the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay, the Horn Point Laboratory on the Eastern Shore, and the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology in Baltimore.

UMCES faculty members advise and support more than 80 graduate students annually through two collaborative Ph.D. programs based at the College Park campus: Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences and the Graduate Program in Life Sciences.

For more information about the fellowships, see:

For more information about UMCES, see:

Matt Fitzpatrick
Appalachian Lab
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

MS and PhD Assistantship – Climate change and land use in grasslands, SD

FW by Andy Wilson

One MS and one PhD research assistant position is available in the Leffler Lab of the Department of Natural Resource Management for students interested climate change and land management in grassland ecosystems. Students will examine how climate change and land use interact to influence plant function and ecosystem processes. Studies will involve experimental manipulation of temperature and precipitation, and measurement of forage production, greenhouse gas flux, and N transformations. This is an opportunity to get involved with several long-term experiments as they are established. I seek students with strong backgrounds in ecology, quantitative skills, and a willingness to conduct fieldwork in managed landscapes.
Experience with plant/ecosystem gas exchange, dataloggers, and data analysis using R is helpful, but not required. The Ph.D. assistantship includes a stipend of ca. $19k/year; the M.S.
assistantship includes a stipend of ca. $17k/year. Both include partial tuition waivers. The Department of Natural Resource Management at South Dakota State University combines Range, Wildlife, Fisheries, and Ecology within the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences. SDSU is the Land Grant University for the state and has approximately 13,000 students. To apply, send a single PDF with CV; unofficial transcripts; a letter describing your experience, research interests, and career goals; and contact information for three professional references to Josh Leffler (

GIS assistant, Archbold Biological Station, Florida

FW by Andy Wilson


Job: Data Assistant at Archbold Biological Station, Florida

Archbold Biological Station, a not-for-profit dedicated to long-term ecological research, education and conservation in south central Florida, is seeking a bright, intellectually curious person, to fill the technical support position of Data Assistant at a dynamic field station,

The incumbent of this career-building position will report to the GIS / Data Manager. The Data Assistant is responsible for the day to day monitoring and trouble-shooting of data flow from raw file entry point of abiotic and biotic data to relational databases, real-time streaming onto an SQL Server, and automated subset data transfers to offsite end users.

Associate’s degree in Computer Science or related field, or relevant coursework or equivalent work experience preferred. Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel required. The ideal candidate will have experience with Microsoft Access and SQL Server, and be familiarity with SQL Server scheduled jobs and general database maintenance. Experience with GIS and web design a plus but not required.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Salary commensurate with experience. Additional information at

Please submit cover letter, resume, and three professional references, to hr. Deadline is September 18, 2015 or until filled, with anticipated December 1 or earlier start date.

EOE/AA Employer

Graduate Study in Urban Forest Ecology. Ohio

FW by Andy Wilson

We are looking for a capable student to join our Urban Forest research team at the Masters or PhD level beginning in January 2016. Research is broadly focused on the contributions of trees and woodlands to urban ecosystems including effects on microclimate and infrastructure, modification of the sonic environment, and human perception. We are also studying the population dynamics of the urban forest, using remote sensing to characterize change in urban tree communities through time across gradients of urban development and land ownership. The incoming student will work in one of these research areas. In addition to research commitments, the student will take courses and serve as teaching assistant in the Department of Environmental and Plant Biology. The position is fully funded including tuition waivers.

Applicants should have a GPA of at least 3.2 and GRE scores above the 60th percentile. A strong work ethic, quantitative skills, and the ability work independently are essential. Applicants should be physically fit and capable of field work under less-than-ideal conditions. Previous field experience is desirable.

The Department of Environmental and Plant Biology ( ) is a community of mutually supportive faculty and students at Ohio University. The University is situated in the small city of Athens, nestled in the forested hills of the Allegheny Plateau. Applications must be received by September 30. Application procedures are described at . If you are interested please contact Glenn Matlack at See my web page at .

EI’s Environmental Programs

Hi everyone,

Please see the attached documents for two exciting opportunities through the Eisenhower Institute. The Environmental Leadership program will focus on energy, and there is also a new, campus-wide “Energy Challenge”! Check it out!



From: [] On Behalf Of
Sent: Thursday, August 13, 2015 10:40 AM
To: Sarah Principato; Randall Wilson; Salma Monani
Cc: Jeffrey Blavatt
Subject: EI’s Environmental Programs

Dear Sara, Randy, and Salma,

I wanted to check in to say hi and to inform you of two Eisenhower Institute programs that might be of interest to you and your students. This year, EI’s Environmental Leadership program will focus on the theme of “energy.” We will be using a new case study approach to our discussions sessions, increasing the number of field labs, and adding a social science aspect to the program (which calls on participants to build a data set of LEED certified residential buildings to test the theories regarding the determinants of green building).

In addition to the Environmental Leadership program, EI will also launch a campus-wide “Energy Challenge” this year. The Energy Challenge is available to all Gettysburg College students and is essentially a campus-wide social innovation contest in which students compete to win two Energy Innovation Awards. The awards include monetary resources and support from EI to launch energy specific social innovations on campus.

Detailed descriptions of both programs are attached. Any support you could offer in advertising the programs to ES students would be greatly appreciated. We are particularly interested in having ES students participate in the Environmental Leadership program, as they have proven to be our strongest participants in past years.

Thank you for your continued support.



EL 2015-2016 Program Doc.docx
Energy Innovation Award (Description and Rules).docx