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The graduate program in the Department of Biology at East Carolina University invites applications from prospective PhD and MS students for fall 2016. East Carolina University is the third largest campus in the University of NC system and has an active and well-supported group of faculty working in the areas of ecology and evolution. Currently, we have >70 MS students and >20 doctoral students enrolled in our graduate programs. Students accepted into the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Biological Sciences will receive at least five years of support at a very competitive level. TA-ships are readily available in our two MS programs and Biology faculty members also supervise students in ECU’s Coastal Resource Management PhD program. Our faculty members (see below) conduct research across the globe and excellent opportunities exist to work in terrestrial, freshwater, wetland and marine systems.
Our students enjoy living in the affordable community of Greenville, NC and having access to several natural areas, universities and research centers located in central and eastern NC. The Biodiversity Initiative at East Carolina University also provides graduate students with opportunities to participate in journal clubs, workshops, and outreach events and access to high performance desktop computers. In addition to resources within faculty labs, students also have access to a Central Environmental lab, a core genomics facility, and a high performance computing core.
Application deadlines vary with particular programs but students applying early will have a greater chance of receiving financial support. Please visit stellwage), for more information. We are happy to arrange visits for competitive prospective students and additional scholarship support may be available for the strongest applicants.
Departmental faculty with expertise in ecology and evolution include:
Marcelo Ardon: Aquatic ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry.
Chris Balakrishnan: Avian evolutionary and behavioral genomics.
Seth Barribeau: Evolutionary ecology of hosts, parasites, and symbionts in pollinator and pest insects.
April Blakeslee: Conservation biology, marine ecology, parasite ecology, biological invasions ecology and evolution.
Michael Brewer: Evolutionary genomics, systematics, and bioinformatics.
David Chalcraft: Population and community ecology; ecological aspects of
Robert Christian: Coastal ecosystem ecology and network ecology.
Erin Field: Marine microbial processes, geomicrobiology, microbial genomics.
Carol Goodwillie: Plant mating system evolution, plant population ecology and
Pat Harris: Fish ecology and life history, fisheries management.
Jinling Huang: Evolutionary genomics and bioinformatics.
Fadi Issa: Neurobiology & Behavior, neurodegeneration.
Claudia Jolls: Plant evolutionary ecology and conservation.
Dave Kimmel: Plankton ecology.
Trip Lamb: Systematics and phylogeography.
Joe Luczkovich: Food web ecology and fish bioacoustics.
Krista McCoy: Ecological development and physiology.
Mike McCoy: Quantitative population and community ecology.
Jeff McKinnon: Sexual selection, speciation, mainly in fish.
Sue McRae: Behavioral ecology and social evolution in birds.
Ariane Peralta: Microbial ecology, wetland ecology, agroecology.
Enrique Reyes: Landscape ecology, ecological modeling, coastal management.
Roger Rulifson: Fish ecology and fisheries.
Ed Stellwag: Vertebrate evo-devo and cis-regulatory network evolution.
John Stiller: Molecular evolution and comparative genomics.
Kyle Summers: Evolution of color, behavior in poison frogs; evolutionary
Heather Vance-Chalcraft: Community ecology.
Terry West: Human impacts on coastal ecosystems.
Baohong Zhang: MicroRNA evolution, comparative genomics, and molecular genetics.
Yong Zhu: Comparative evolution and molecular functions of hormones and
David R. Chalcraft
Assoc. Professor of Biology
Director, East Carolina Biodiversity Initiative
East Carolina University
Cool use of your Remote Sensing skills!
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An interdisciplinary team at Columbia University (Natalie Boelman and Kevin
Griffin) and the University of Idaho (Jan Eitel and Lee Vierling) recently received funding for several exciting positions to study Arctic-Boreal Ecology using Remote Sensing. We seek sincere, motivated, creative individuals to apply for one postdoctoral researcher position and three Ph.D. assistantships to work in the Alaskan and Canadian Arctic/Boreal ecosystems. Our team will make use of cutting-edge remote sensing tools and datasets to assess the vulnerability and resilience of Arctic/Boreal ecosystems to environmental change. Our specific objectives are to: (1) Integrate laser altimetry (LiDAR), passive spectral, and tree ecophysiological data to link the biophysical structure of one of the world’s largest ecological transition zones – the Forest Tundra Ecotone
(FTE) – to its ecological function, and (2) Understand how highly mobile animals migrate and select habitat in the rapidly changing North American Boreal forest and Arctic tundra.
Within a highly collaborative team environment, the accepted candidates will collectively learn cutting edge remote sensing tools and approaches in ecological remote sensing, including LiDAR and spectral image analysis.
Financial support is available via a newly funded NASA Terrestrial Ecology project as part of the Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) field campaign (http://above.nasa.gov). Preferred start date is May 2016, with 2 Ph.D. students headquartered at the U. of Idaho and 1 Ph.D. student and 1 postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University.
For more information, please send your CV, electronic transcripts, and brief statement of interest to Drs. Natalie Boelman (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Jan Eitel (email@example.com).
The REU season is starting early… see below for an opportunity at the University of Delaware! We have a couple of alums doing graduate work at the University of Delaware, so let me know if you would like to contact them.
From: Joanna York, Director UD REU [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, October 26, 2015 3:57 PM
To: Sarah Principato
Subject: Accepting applications for paid research experiences for undergraduates
See below from ES alumna, Nicole Loiseau.
From: Loiseau, Nicole [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 8:47 AM
To: Sarah Principato
Subject: Fwd: Apply now for the Merrell College Ambassador Program
Good morning Sarah,
Perhaps an ES student would be interested in the opportunity below…
Hope you are well,
Cape Hatteras NS | Fort Raleigh NHS | Wright Brothers NM
Sounds like a hot topic…FW by Andy Wilson
PhD Graduate Research Assistantship: The interaction between fear and fire in a free-living mammal.
The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA and the Joseph W Jones Ecological Research Center, Newton, GA
We seek a highly motivated student to fill a PhD assistantship in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at the Pennsylvania State University, starting August 2016. The successful applicant will investigate the interactive effects of predation risk and fire on the behavior and physiology of free-living eastern cottontail rabbits in the longleaf pine forests at the Joseph W Jones Center. With climate-induced changes in fire ecology, it is critical to understand how predator-prey dynamics will respond to the drastic and immediate changes to their environment induced by fire. This project is part of a long term investigation into the ecological role of meso-mammalian predators in a longleaf pine ecosystem (http://www.jonesctr.org/research/wildlife/). Longleaf pine ecosystems are characterized by globally significant levels of biodiversity that is maintained by frequent low-intensity fire. Fire influences the distribution and abundance of food and cover resources for wildlife and this project aims to investigate the effects of that spatio-temporal process on predator-prey interactions. This position requires extensive field work and laboratory analysis.
Applicants must hold a B.S. in Ecology, Biology, Wildlife or a related field, have a GPA of 3.0 or greater and competitive GRE scores. Additional information can be found at http://ecosystems.psu/graduateprograms/wfs or https://www.huck.psu.edu/content/graduate-programs/ecology.
Applicants must be highly motivated, have excellent written and oral communication skills, and be capable of working independently. The most qualified applicants will have laboratory and field experience, have worked with, tracked and handled wild mammals. A Master’s degree and publications are preferred but not required. To apply please email a cover letter describing research experience and interests, CV, transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information of three references to Dr. Michael Sheriff (firstname.lastname@example.org) with PhD Application in the subject line.
Competitive stipend, plus tuition and benefits.
August 2016 preferred.
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Dr. Paige Ferguson, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama, is seeking MS students to conduct research on fish and wildlife ecology and/or decision making in natural resource management starting in Fall 2016. Applicants should have a background in some or many of the following: ecology, environmental science, GIS, ecological modeling, statistics, computer programming, or stakeholder outreach. Experience in field settings is desired.
Applicants are invited to describe their ideas for ecological modeling and/or natural resource management research, but existing topics for MS thesis research include:
1) Social-ecological research in the Black Belt region of Alabama. The student would identify a natural resource that is important to the ecology and community in the Black Belt. Research would focus on management of the natural resource, integrating stakeholder values, to address natural resource sustainability and community resiliency.
2) Management of longleaf pine in the Oakmulgee District of the Talladega National Forest for Red-cockaded Woodpecker (RWC) conservation. The student would use models and stakeholder input to evaluate different longleaf pine management options for their expected ability to meet RCW conservation goals. Addressing this research question could also involve research into RCW population dynamics and habitat.
3) Modeling the occupancy of southeastern grassland birds. Data are already available from southwest North Carolina. The student would collect data at additional sites and model species-specific occupancy probabilities as a function of anthropogenic and environmental covariates. Model results could assist with grassland management decision making.
To apply, please email Dr. Ferguson (pfferguson) the following:
1. a cover letter describing prior experiences that have prepared you for a MS in Dr. Ferguson’s lab, career goals, and the thesis research topic you would like to pursue (if you are interested in multiple topics, please indicate that),
2. your undergraduate transcript (an unofficial copy is fine),
3. GRE scores,
4. a sample of your scientific writing (for example a lab report), and
5. contact information for 3 references.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until positions are filled.
Available positions come with a full tuition waiver, a good stipend, and health insurance. Funding during the academic year is available as a Graduate Teaching Assistant through the Department of Biological Sciences. A summer stipend and funding for summer field work expenses are available, and additional funds, as needed, will be acquired through internal and external funding sources in close collaboration with Dr. Ferguson. For example, funding for conference presentations is available competitively through the University of Alabama. Fellowships are available for exceptional applicants through the University of Alabama Graduate School.
Additional information is available from the following links:
Dr. Ferguson’s Research: http://bsc.ua.edu/paige-ferguson/
Department of Biological Sciences: http://bsc.ua.edu/
Graduate School: http://graduate.ua.edu
University of Alabama: http://www.ua.edu