MS Assistantship in Physiological Ecology: University of Alaska Anchorage

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University of Alaska Anchorage: MS Assistantship in Physiological Ecology. A research assistantship is available to participate in an NSF funded study of the importance of winter snow for the growth and reproduction of white spruce trees growing near their northern limit in Alaska. During the summer months, the position will be based at a remote site near the Arctic treeline in Noatak National Preserve, northwest AK. The study sites are approximately 20 miles east of Noatak and 40 miles north of Kotzebue, AK. Access is via bush plane during the summer and snowmachine during the winter.
The successful candidate will measure photosynthetic and growth responses of the study trees to experimental deepening of the winter snowpack in three contrasting habitats. There are no permanent facilities at the study site. Applicants should be prepared to spend long periods of time in the field between breaks in a well-appointed camp with a small group of collaborators. Physical fitness is essential for this position, which will require carrying up to a 50 lb pack over rough terrain and across a swift flowing river. Outdoor recreational opportunities (hiking, packrafting, fly fishing) are outstanding. The successful candidate will be based in Anchorage during the off-season (mid-
September- late May). Laboratory and desk/office space is available and affordable housing can be found within a bike ride of campus. Anchorage is a surprisingly diverse city with outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities, including more than 130 km of groomed Nordic ski trails within the city limits. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Dr. Paddy Sullivan (


Graduate Assistantships in Urban Ecosystems, Soil Quality, Ecosystem Services – University of Maryland

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PhD or MS student assistantships are available to work in Mitchell Pavao-Zuckerman’s lab at the University of Maryland
( in urban ecosystem ecology. 2 projects are available:

(1) Using innovative practices to enhance soil quality for vacant lot afforestation
This is a fellowship supported by the TREE Fund to conduct field trials comparing biochar, compost, and cover crops (forage radish) to improve soil quality and facilitate the establishment of trees in vacant lots in Baltimore. Students will help conduct a literature review on urban soil amendments, implement the field study, and examine soil properties (physical, chemical, biological), plant performance, and ecosystem service indices. Strong experience in soil science, soil ecology, or biogeochemistry is expected. This would ideally be for a PhD applicant, but MS students are welcome to apply as well – students would ideally start in Summer 2017 (or January 2017 for motivated and qualified applicants).

(2) Exploring the ecosystem services of green infrastructure and urban ecosystems.
In this project students can explore a variety of green infrastructure types (rain gardens, bioretention cells, green roofs, etc.) and explore drivers of ecosystem service provision. Students would develop field and lab research projects focusing on abiotic and biotic drivers of ecosystem function in urban environments, with a particular emphasis on linking soil quality, urban hydrology, and ecosystem services. There is the potential to also address social-ecological questions related to management and decision-making for these systems as well. Students would start in Fall 2017 (potentially summer 2017).

Applicants should have a degree in ecology, environmental science, soil science, or closely related field (an MS degree is required for the PhD program). Lab and/or field experience in soils, biogeochemistry, and ecosystem ecology is required. Experience with sensors and data loggers, ecosystem service assessment, GIS, statistical analysis, or remote sensing would be an advantage. Successful applicants will be self-motivated and able to work well in teams.

The students would be enrolled in the Department of Environmental Science and Technology at the University of Maryland. See program websites for more information on application and program details ( and Assistantships include a tuition waiver, stipend, and health benefits.

To apply, please contact Dr. Pavao-Zuckerman (, indicate which project you are interested in, and include your CV, unofficial transcript(s) & GRE scores, and a short statement (1-2 paragraphs) describing research interests and career goals.

Job: wildlife technician, Texas A&M

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Wildlife Technician Position
Agency: Texas A&M University – Kingsville
Location: Camp Bullis Military Reserve, San Antonio, TX
Job Category: Temporary Position
Salary: TBD (~$1500/month), lodging provided
Start Date: January 15, 2017
End Date: July 1, 2017
Last Date to Apply: December 1, 2016
Description: Technician will work closely with master’s student as part of ongoing research evaluating the impact of feral swine on the reproductive success of wild turkey. Duties will include:

· Trapping and processing feral swine

· Trapping and processing hen wild turkeys

· Use of radio telemetry to locate marked hen wild turkeys

· Use of remote cameras to monitor turkey nests

· Maintenance of camera grid for feral swine density estimates

· Baiting and maintenance of traps

· Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications: A B.S. in wildlife biology, biology, range management, environmental science, or other natural science field is required.

Must be able to navigate using maps and handheld GPS and record locations using a handheld GPS. Ability to operate a 4WD vehicle is essential. Long working hours in variable weather conditions are required. The successful applicant must be able to work both independently and as a productive member of a research team.

All applicants must be able to pass a background check for military base access.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience with any of the following techniques is preferred, but not required:

· Radio telemetry

· Nest monitoring

· Use of remote cameras for monitoring wildlife

· Wildlife handling

· Large mammal trapping

· Upland game bird trapping

To Apply: Please send resume, letter of interest, and contact information for three references in a single PDF or Microsoft Word file to Heather Sanders atsanders.h.n.

MS Assistantship: Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at San Diego State University

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The Conservation Ecology Lab ( at San Diego State University seeks a self-motivated and hardworking graduate student at the M.S. level to conduct research on mule deer ecology and conservation through an assessment of population estimation techniques in partnership with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The goal of this project is to implement a population survey of southern mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus fuliginatus) in southern California and to determine how the efficacy of survey methodologies varies across terrain and vegetation. The research project will focus on applied conservation science, and wildlife, landscape, and quantitative ecology. Potential research questions may include topics related to setting conservation targets for local deer populations, identification of wildlife corridors to support deer populations, and how built landscape features (e.g., roads and urbanization) may affect mule deer demographics in southern California.

Minimum qualifications:
• Overall undergraduate GPA > 2.85 for the last 60 semester units, and at least 3.0 for all upper division biology courses.
• General GRE scores of at least 156 Verbal, 150, and 4.5 Writing. A GRE Biology subject test is not required.
• For foreign students, a minimum score on the TOEFL exam of 550 (paper exam) or 80 (computer-based exam) is required.
• A Bachelor’s degree in Biology or related Field (e.g., Environmental Science, Range Management) from any accredited college or university, with coursework comparable to the undergraduate program in Biology at San Diego State University. Students may be asked to take additional coursework to fill curriculum deficits.

Preferred qualifications:
• Demonstrated interest in conservation and wildlife ecology • Experience in independent research and development of research questions
• Experience in field work – ability to hike long distances in difficult terrain and operate 4×4 manual transmission vehicles • Strong writing skills

To apply, submit the following to Drs. Megan Jennings
( and Rebecca Lewison ( by Dec 1, 2016:
1) Cover letter summarizing your interest in the position, qualifications, experience, and research and career goals
2) Curriculum Vitae
3) Academic transcripts (unofficial ok)
4) GRE scores (unofficial ok)
5) Names and contacts for three professional references Selected applicant will also be required to apply for admission to the San Diego State Master’s program in Ecology. Applications for Fall 2017 admission to the MS program are due on February 1, 2017. For more information on the program, visit

CLM Internship Program is now accepting applications for paid internships!

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The Conservation and Land Management Internship Program is now accepting applications for 2017! Apply online at

Each year, the Conservation and Land Management Internship Program places 100-120 college graduates in five-month paid internships to assist biologists with our federal (BLM, NPS, FWS, FS, USGS and others) and non-profit partners. Each internship is unique and may focus on botany, wildlife, or a combination of the two. The majority of our internships have a heavy emphasis on botany. Interns assist in a wide variety of projects depending on the needs of their field office. Examples of projects include: collecting seed for restoration and conservation purposes, performing surveys for threatened and endangered species and habitats, and collecting data on species reintroduction and habitat management experiments. Applicants with strong botany experience are especially encouraged to apply!

Benefits of the CLM Internship Program are numerous. As a CLM intern, you will receive a stipend paid every two weeks totaling $13,500 over 5 months and will attend an all- expenses paid week-long training workshop at the Chicago Botanic Garden. In addition, the CLM Internship Program provides opportunities to make connections in various governmental and non-profit organizations, to learn what it’s like to work at a federal agency, to explore your career goals and expand your resume.
Applications are due January 15th but we encourage applicants to apply soon as we review applications on a rolling basis – the sooner your application is complete, the sooner we can review your files and consider you for available positions!

For more information and to apply online, please visit:

Graduate Assistantships/Fellowships, Michigan State University

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Graduate Assistantships/Fellowships

Graduate assistantships/fellowships are available for outstanding self-motivated students to conduct innovative and high-impact research at the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS) at Michigan State University (

Research topics may include sustainability science, coupled human and natural systems, biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services, human well-being, land change science, forest and landscape ecology, global change, systems integration (integration of ecology with demography, economics, sociology, technology, and policy; integration of land, water, and/or energy such as food-energy-water nexus), wildlife ecology and conservation (e.g., giant pandas in China and polar bears in Alaska), systems modeling and simulation (e.g., agent-based modeling), and telecoupling (socioeconomic and environmental interactions over distances, through means such as globalization, human and animal migration, species dispersal, species invasion, disease spread, spread of pollutants and wastes, trade of goods and products, flows of ecosystem services, environmental and hydrological flows, foreign investment, technology transfer, water transfer, and tourism, Papers on these topics by CSIS faculty and students have been published in journals such as Science, Nature, and PNAS (see

With flexible start dates (e.g., summer or fall of 2017), successful candidates can build on these previous studies and explore new frontiers of research.

Application materials include: (1) letter of application, (2) statement of professional goals, (3) CV or resume, (4) transcripts, (5) GRE scores, (6) TOEFL scores (for non-native English speakers only), (7) list of 3-4 references (names and contact information), and (8) up to three representative publications if any. Unofficial copies of GRE, TOEFL and transcripts are OK initially.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible, or until the positions are filled. Applications and questions about these opportunities can also be emailed to:

Jianguo (Jack) Liu

Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability

Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI 48823-5243, USA


30 Graduate Positions in Biology (M.S.), for Fall 2017, Clarksville, TN

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The Graduate Program in Biology at Austin Peay State University (APSU) invites applications for admission to our MS thesis-track program for Fall 2017. The program comprises approximately 30 students supported by research and teaching assistantships. APSU (11,000 students) is located in Clarksville, TN, 45 minutes northwest of Nashville and is in close proximity to remnant prairies, numerous parks and public lands, and diverse aquatic ecosystems. For more information about the Biology Department and resources for research, please visit

The application deadline for Fall 2017 admission is March 1. For more information on application and admission requirements, see Successful applicants will receive support from teaching or research assistantships and receive a full tuition waiver.

Because support of a faculty advisor is necessary for admission to the M.S. thesis-track plan of study, interested students should communicate with potential faculty research mentors as part of the application process. The following faculty are recruiting students for the upcoming Fall 2017-18 academic year. Carol Baskauf (
Population genetics and ecophysiology of plants, focusing on rare species of conservation concern; comparisons of genetically or ecologically relevant attributes of rare and widespread congeners.

Mollie Cashner (
Evolution of reproductive behavior in fishes using both experimental and molecular approaches.

C.M. Gienger (
Ecology of amphibians and reptiles.

Rebecca Blanton Johansen ( Evolution, phylogeography, and conservation of freshwater fishes and crayfishes.

Jason Malaney (
Species-environment relationship with research focused at the interface of ecology and evolution; focused questions target a better understanding of the factors responsible for generating and maintaining diversity of wild mammals using specimen-based research.

Gilbert Pitts (
Reproductive neuroendocrinology, particularly, control of gonadotropin-releasing hormone.

Stefan Woltmann (
Behavioral and breeding ecology of birds associated with forested streams; ecology of imperiled grassland/prairie birds in the region.

Amy Thompson (
Study of cellular damage caused by brown recluse spider venom and identification of drugs that might reverse damage; characterization of brown recluse spider sodium channels to aid in pesticide additive development to control spider populations; identification of limitations of currently used assays for determining gluten content in foods.

Austin Peay State University embraces diversity as a core value and as essential for our effective participation in the global community. Therefore, Austin Peay State University (APSU) does not discriminate against students, employees, or applicants for admission or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, age, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or any other legally protected class with respect to all employment, programs and activities sponsored by APSU.