Job: Teaching Assistant for field course, WI and MI

FW by Andy Wilson

Teaching Assistants needed for 10-week summer course at the University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center (UNDERC) in northern Wisconsin and the Michigan Upper Peninsula. This undergraduate course, Practicum in Environmental Field Biology, runs from May 16 – July 22, 2016. The course includes both teaching and research components to educate 28 sophomore and junior undergraduate students. The teaching component is broken up into 4 week-long modules (Vertebrate Ecology, Aquatic Ecology, Insect Ecology, and Forest Ecology), taught by instructors from the University of Notre Dame and other collaborating universities. Students also work with mentors and TAs to design and carry out independent ecological research projects. See UNDERC’s web page for specifics about the course: east/courses/

TA will work to assist professors during each teaching module, as well as provide guidance on a daily basis to enrolled students.
Additionally, the TA will directly mentor 1-2 student projects during the summer. The project topics will be directed towards the mentor’s strengths in ecology (e.g., herpetology, mammalogy, forestry, entomology, limnology, etc.).

Modern apartment-style housing will be provided at no cost at UNDERC.
Field vehicles provided throughout the course. Other amenities (24-hr computer lab, wireless internet access in apartments, free laundry facilities) are accessible on property.

Qualifications: M.S. in Ecology or related field is preferred, but B.S.
in Ecology plus 1 year post-graduate work experience in teaching or biological research may substitute. Basic knowledge of 4 modules (listed
above) and univariate statistics preferred. If applicable, please include a list of relevant coursework you have completed.
Salary is negotiable, based on level of experience. Minimum $5000 for the class (10 weeks).

Please submit cover letter (including topics of potential independent projects), CV/resume, and the contact information for three references (e-mail submission preferred) to:

Dr. Michael J. Cramer
Assistant Director, East
Environmental Research Center
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556
(574) 631-0970

Review of applications will begin 1 March 2016, and continue until the position is filled.


multiple MS/PhD positions available at IUPUI (Indiana)

FW by Andy Wilson


The Ecohydrology and Biogeochemistry lab of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) seeks multiple motivated students interested in pursuing a MS or PhD (Applied Earth Sciences) degree in the Department of Earth Sciences. Two federal funded projects are available to support the students’ endeavors. One NSF funded project is on the effects of non-rainfall water input on plant-soil water interactions in drylands with fieldwork in Namibia. Another project investigates the buffering effect of no-till agriculture on crop yield, nutrient use efficiency, and leaching potential under drought conditions (USDA-funded). The positions are available from August 2016, and will be supported through research and teaching assistantships that provide a competitive stipend, tuition remission and health insurance. The student(s) will be advised by Dr. Lixin Wang ( The USDA project supported student will be co-advised by Dr. Pierre-André Jacinthe and will work in close collaboration with the Remote Sensing group led by Dr. Lin Li. Applicants must hold a BS degree in earth sciences, hydrology, soil science, environmental sciences or related disciplines, and have strong oral and written communication skills.

IUPUI is Indiana’s premier urban public research university, currently enrolling more than 30,000 students. In 2011, IUPUI was ranked 3rd by U.S. News and World Report in “Up-and-Coming National Universities”. Indianapolis is a very livable city with a wealth of outdoor, cultural, and sporting activities. The department of Earth Sciences has a wide variety of analytical facilities including LGR and Picarro water isotope analyzers, IRMS facility for 13C, 15N and 34S measurements, CN analyzer, and wet chemistry laboratories equipped for soil, water and plant analysis.

To apply, please send a copy of your application materials (statement of interest, resume, unofficial transcripts, GRE score, TOEFL score if applicable, and contact information of three referees) to Dr. Lixin Wang (lxwang). Review of applications will start immediately and continue until the positions are filled.


Lixin Wang

Assistant Professor

Editor: Hydrology and Earth System Sciences

Associate Editor: Journal of Arid Environments

Department of Earth Sciences

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)

723 W Michigan St, SL 118M

Indianapolis IN 46202

Office Tel: 317-274-7764

Fax: 317-274-7966


USGS Summer 2016 Undergraduate Student Positions – Biological Technicians — Laurel, MD

FW by Andy Wilson

The USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Maryland is seeking to hire three full-time temporary student contractors to assist with the North American Breeding Bird Survey program (, a long-term, continental avian monitoring program. Tasks will include working with wildlife survey data, performance of quality assurance and quality control procedures on biological data, data entry, assisting with database management, photocopying and filing, preparation of maps and assisting in preparation of administrative correspondence.

Application deadline:

Interested applicants should submit their resume and cover letter by February 16, 2016.

Statement of Work

1. Types of services required: During the summer field season, approximately 3000 BBS routes are sampled by participants skilled in avian identification. These data are then processed and analyzed by USGS to inform avian conservation efforts in the U.S. and Canada. Tasks will include processing incoming data and materials, performing data entry and quality control procedures using web-based and Teleform OCR technologies, tracking progress, assisting with database management, photocopying, scanning and filing materials, map preparation, and corresponding with participants.

2. Required expertise/skills:

a. Applicants are required to have completed two years of undergraduate course work (student must be at least a second semester sophomore).

b. Applicants must be majors in a biology related discipline or have substantial experience with the North American birding community.

c. Applicants must be able to communicate effectively in English both verbally and in writing.

d. Applicants must have knowledge of computer software used to summarize and visualize data (i.e. Excel and Access).

e. Knowledge of North American birds is not required but considered a plus.

3. Eligibility requirements: To be eligible for a student contract position, applicants must be either a currently enrolled student or a recent graduate. To qualify as a student, the applicant must be enrolled at least half-time in a degree-seeking program at an accredited college or university. Former students who graduated more than 10 months ago or who left school without graduating are not eligible to work under these contracts. Applicants will be required to show proof of their student status (or recent graduation). USGS employees, their spouses, and children are not eligible to participate in this program. U.S. citizens are eligible. Non-U.S. citizens may be eligible to participate, depending on their immigration status and the applicable regulations of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (formerly Immigration and Naturalization Service). Foreign students in the U.S. under F-1 visas are usually not able to participate in this program, due to USCIS restrictions against off-campus work.
4. Description of working conditions: Work will be performed in an office environment located on the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center campus in Laurel, Maryland. Extended periods of computer use will be required. This is not a field or laboratory position.

5. Compensation: The student contractor will be paid $16.24 per hour. Student contractors are paid only for hours worked (no holiday or leave benefits). Student is responsible for all costs of transportation to and from the principal duty station location. The Government does not provide housing, meals or other living expenses while working at the principal duty station. Official travel away from the duty station is not expected.

6. Employment Location: USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, 12100 Beech Forest Road, Laurel, Maryland 20708-4038. Student contractors may enter the building only during business hours or when project manager is present.

7. Additional information: Number of students required is three. Estimated number of hours for the position is 544 (full-time for summer). There is a possibility of additional part-time hours continuing into the fall semester. The approximate start date is May 27, 2015. The approximate end date is August 30, 2015. There is flexibility in start and end dates to accommodate variations in academic calendars.
8. How to apply: Send resume and cover letter to Keith Pardieck via email ( Applications must be received on or before February 16, 2015. In your cover letter include an explanation of how you meet the eligibility requirements, your expected graduation date, and discuss your experience as related to sections 1 and 2 above.

Bigelow REU Program 2016


I am the Director of the Bigelow REU program. You are receiving this note because in the past you have sent us recommendation letters for some excellent students. I am writing to ask you to spread the word that the application portal for the Bigelow REU program is now open ( We will be accepting applications until March 1st.

I am attaching a flier with information about our program. Please hang it on your office door or outside your classrooms.

If you have questions or comments please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.

Many thanks

David Fields

2016 REU Flier.pdf

Undergraduate Research in Marine Sciences – Maryland Sea Grant REU

From: Maryland Sea Grant REU Program <reu>

Subject: Undergraduate Research in Marine Sciences – Maryland Sea Grant REU

Date: January 20, 2016 1:57:04 PM EST

To: Fong <pfong>

Reply-To: Maryland Sea Grant REU Program <reu>

***Please Distribute Broadly***

Please invite your undergraduate students to apply for Maryland Sea Grant’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Estuarine Science.

Since 1989, NSF has supported bringing students to conduct individual research projects with a scientist-mentor at either Chesapeake Biological Lab or Horn Point Lab of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. This is a great opportunity to conduct research with a mentor and spend a summer by the Chesapeake Bay.

– Program Flyer download
– 12 week program: May 22 to August 12, 2016.
– $6,000 stipend plus housing and travel support to and from host institution
– Applications due: February 15, 2016
– Application and guidance

We select undergraduates in diverse disciplines, including engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, ecology and marine and environmental science.

We are particularly interested in supporting talented students from institutions where access to marine science and to research projects is limited and who are from underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

If you have any questions please feel free to email us at reu.

Best Regards,

Mike Allen

Peter Fong
Professor of Biology
Gettysburg College
Gettysburg, PA, 17325
Tel: 717-337-6154
Fax: 717-337-6157

REU in Aquatic Chemical Ecology at Georgia Tech

Dear faculty colleagues and academic advisors in Biology, Chemistry/Biochemistry, EAS, CEE, and ChBE,

We will be hosting 10 undergraduate researchers this summer at Georgia Tech in our REU program focused in Aquatic Chemical Ecology. We would like to ask for your help in publicizing this program to undergraduates, at Georgia Tech and elsewhere. If you are teaching this semester, please consider showing the attached flyer in one of your classroom lectures or circulating the flyer to your class to encourage students to check out our program.

Our program website is

and includes program details, contact information, and instructions for application.

The application deadline is February 15, 2016. The full-time, 10-week program will start May 22 and run until July 29. Participants will receive a stipend of $5000 plus accommodations with kitchen facilities in university housing, and help with travel expenses to and from Atlanta.

Students can go to our website to get more information and to apply. Any U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program is eligible, unless they have already been part of an NSF-REU program in Ocean Sciences or unless they will graduate before this summer. We are particularly interested in increasing our proportion of minority students and in reaching students at non-PhD granting universities.

Our research theme of Aquatic Chemical Ecology is broadly interpreted. We have 3 core areas of research for students to choose from: Biological and geochemical transformations of chemicals in aquatic ecosystems; Sensory biology and ecology of aquatic chemical communication; Ecological roles and consequences of chemicals in aquatic environments. This program is an excellent choice for undergraduates majoring in any field of biology, chemistry, earth/ocean science, civil engineering, environmental engineering, chemical engineering, and related bioengineering areas who want to apply their classroom learning to an interdisciplinary research environment to solve complex scientific problems and learn about the importance of chemically-mediated processes.

We hope that you can send us your bright, curious, and motivated students!


Frank Stewart, REU co-director, frank.stewart

Linda Green, REU co-director,

Brian Hammer, REU co-director, brian.hammer

Benita Black, REU coordinator, reu.coordinator

Georgia Institute of Technology

School of Biology

REU recruitment slide for seminars 2016.pptx

three NPS internships

Here are three NPS internship opportunities that might be of interest to some of you:

Job ~ The IECA ~ Jenell Walsh-Thomas

The National Park Service (NPS) cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage. In this capacity, NPS is in a unique position to observe changes brought about by global warming, and to engage park visitors in conversations about climate change. George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication (4C) conducts research on, and teaches about, climate change public engagement strategies. In this internship program, up to eight interns (including two multimedia interns) will have the opportunity to work with 4C, NPS, park staff and the NPS’s Urban Ecology Research Learning Alliance on climate change communication projects at National Capital Region Parks (Greater Washington, D.C.) in the summer of 2016.

Job ~ The IECA ~ Jenell Walsh-Thomas

In this summer program, up to six interdisciplinary interns and two multimedia students will have the opportunity to work with 4C, NPS, park staff and the NPS’s Urban Ecology Research Learning Alliance on climate change communication projects at National Capital Region Parks (Greater Washington, D.C.) in the summer of 2016.

Job ~ The IECA ~ Jenell Walsh-Thomas

In this summer program, up to six interdisciplinary interns and two multimedia students will have the opportunity to work with 4C, NPS, park staff and the NPS’s Urban Ecology Research Learning Alliance on climate change communication projects at National Capital Region Parks (Greater Washington, D.C.) in the summer of 2016.