Archive for October, 2013

A Pacific Poetry Feast

If you love food and poetry, then please join us on 10/29/13 at 6:30pm for “A Pacific Poetry Feast,” a collaboration between Kokua Market (Hawaiʻiʻs only natural foods coop) and ENG 713: Pacific Poetry and Poetics. Graduate students in ENG 713 will share poems about food, and Kokua Market will be offering their cooked deli foods at a 30% discount.

Please feel free to invite your friends and students.



Dear Colleagues – (apologies for cross posting)

Stockholm Univ. Baltic Sea Center has 7 new researcher positions open.

In particular they are looking for expertise in eutrophication issues related to agro-industry.

• Agriculture-Environment Interactions, with focus on agricultural policy, crop and animal production systems, nutrient management measures and its effects on the Baltic Sea.
• Watershed Dynamics, with focus on nutrient and contaminant fluxes and their management in the Baltic Sea catchment.
More information about the positions (the call is open until Nov 11), the Baltic Sea Centre and the idea behind the Baltic Eye project is posted at:
Please pass this along to anyone who might be interested.

Best regards,

An excerpt from the weblink above —

In February 2013, the Baltic Sea Centre formed a strategic partnership with the BalticSea2020 foundation to form Baltic Eye for action oriented analysis, synthesis and communication. Stockholm University performs comprehensive and powerful Baltic Sea research, however, resources for synthesis and communication are yet not on par with basic research. Therefore, the foundation allocated 20 million SEK per year for Baltic Eye over a five-year period. Ample funding is also set aside for top-notch international workshops, communication events and outreach products to address important issues that can help to find the best solutions for a better environmental state of the Baltic Sea.

Specific qualifications required to be considered as a candidate for employment include at least a PhD within the subject area of the position. We seek persons with a strong interest and ambition for communication and outreach, that in close collaboration with others in our research and communication team can:

* strongly communicate research results that have the potential to influence or form policy decisions for an improved Baltic Sea environment.
* develop pro-active communication and policy options for societal choices and communicate Baltic Sea environmental action challenges and solutions.
* lead scientific thematic syntheses including assessments on measures and solutions and international workshops on environmental Baltic Sea issues, as well as write scientific publications on these subjects.
* develop integrated approaches for environmental management and measures within the Baltic Sea and its catchment.
* assess the implications of, for example, the EU Common Agricultural Policy, Common Fisheries Policy, the Habitat directive and other related directives on environmental management within the Baltic Sea and its catchment.

Sybil P. Seitzinger, Ph.D.
Executive Director
International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP)
Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Box 50005, SE-104 05 Stockholm

Tel: +46 86739558
Skype: Sybil.Seitzinger

Rebecca Barnes
Postdoctoral Associate
Institute of Marine & Coastal Sciences
Rutgers, State University of New Jersey
71 Dudley Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Tenure-track Assistant Professor in newly formed Evolution Cluster –
University of Pennsylvania
>”Hello – I’m hoping that a few of you apply for this position, which can
>be housed in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Deadline
>is Nov. 1. Feel free to mail me (or Alain Plante), if you have some
>questions. (Alain Plante:; Jane Willenbring:
> Thanks!
>Tenure-track Assistant Professor in newly formed Evolution Cluster
>The School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania seeks
>to add to the faculty of our newly formed Evolution Cluster. We invite
>applicants for a tenure-track assistant professor appointment in
>evolution, broadly interpreted. We are interested in exceptional
>scientists who will establish a research program to empirically study the
>evolution of dynamical processes using field or laboratory experiments or
>the construction and analysis of massive data sets. Areas of interest
>include, but are not limited to: the evolution of neural, social,
>ecological or linguistic dynamics and networks; evolution of early life
>or exobiology; biochemical, neuronal, or cooperative interactions and
>exchange of information at the molecular, cellular, human, or ecosystems
>scales; directed evolution of organisms or processes; analyzing extant
>structures and networks, from molecules to populations, along with their
>evolutionary trajectories, including the development of new modalities to
> extract data from the geologic, genetic, or linguistic historical
>records. The successful candidate’s primary appointment will be in a
>single department in the natural sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and
>Environmental Science, Linguistics, Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy,
>or Psychology. Secondary appointments in other departments can be
>arranged, as appropriate. The successful candidate will have a strong
>interest in building a program that generates interaction with
>researchers from other disciplines who are working within the overarching
>theme of evolution and will teach courses in his or her home department
>and participate in the development of curricula pertinent to the
>Evolution Cluster (See for more
>The University of Pennsylvania is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity
>Employer and is strongly committed to establishing a diverse faculty:
>Applications should be submitted on-line at
> and include a
>curriculum vitae, a research statement that includes the candidate’s
>perspective on how she or he fits into one of the core departments, links
>to no more than three journal publications, and the contact information
>for three individuals who will provide letters of recommendation. Review
>of applications will begin 1 November 2013 and will continue until the
>position is filled.”

The Department of Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies

College of Education, University of Arizona

Announces an Assistant/Associate Professor Position in Indigenous Education

Position Summary

The Language, Reading and Culture (LRC) Program in the Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies (TLS) Department announces an Assistant/Associate professor position in Indigenous Education effective August 2014. TLS is committed to creating and supporting a community of Indigenous scholars engaged in critical exploration and redefinition of Indigenous education research and engagement. The UA also has an important responsibility to the 22 federally recognized tribes in Arizona, and Native American students at UA, who represent over 75 Native American tribes. With this position, the College of Education seeks to further strengthen our undergraduate and graduate programs by integrating Indigenous knowledge systems, epistemologies, and decolonizing research methodologies. Related existing departmental faculty research and teaching interests include Indigenous youth language learning and practice; Indigenous language and culture maintenance/revitalization; transnational Indigenous teacher education; and Indigenous knowledge/Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) systems.

LRC attracts diverse and highly qualified students, including Native American students and Latin American Indigenous students, to our master’s and doctoral programs. LRC is also engaged in inter-university Indigenous education collaborations, with Indigenous scholars and students across Arizona and in Hawaii, Alaska, New Zealand, Canada, and Mexico. TLS faculty are working on incorporating Native American education-related offerings into our early childhood, elementary and secondary teacher preparation programs and our undergraduate education non-teaching degree programs. Our location, longstanding involvement with Native American and minority education, collaborative work environment for faculty research and grant development, and existing initiatives offer opportunities for teaching, research and service with diverse populations; UA’s American Indian Language Development Institute (AILDI), widely-recognized for Indigenous language teaching, language revitalization and documentation; SEED (Scholarships for Education and Economic Development), a vibrant international exchange program for diverse Indigenous teachers and curriculum developers from Mexico; and Project SOAR, a service-learning experience that connects Native American undergraduate mentors with Native American students . The UA further provides collaborative opportunities with renowned Native American faculty and programs in Linguistics, Indigenous Law and Policy, and American Indian Studies.


Earned doctorate in education or related field. Strong commitment to and experience in Indigenous and equity education, and a clear research and teaching agenda in Native American and Indigenous education, including one or more areas such as:

§ Indigenous language maintenance, revitalization, planning and policy

§ Indigenous teacher preparation

§ Indigenous children’s/young adult literature

§ Indigenous education and new technologies

§ Indigenous knowledge systems including Traditional Ecological Knowledge, STEM education, and place-based education

Indigenous scholars are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants with proficiency in one or more Indigenous languages and/or experience working with Indigenous populations in schools and/or communities are especially encouraged to apply.


§ Faculty load includes teaching, research and service

§ Develop a strong program of research, publication, and grant support

§ Teach graduate and undergraduate courses in areas of specialization

§ Advise masters and doctoral students, and participate on graduate student committees

Application Process: Please complete application form (Job 53712) and attach a letter of interest, research and teaching interest statement, CV, 3 publications/papers, and contact information for three professional references on-line at:

Applications will be reviewed starting November 15, 2013, continuing until the position is filled. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Leisy Wyman, Indigenous Education Search Chair at

Chair Search

The University of Alabama at Birmingham seeks applications for a full professor who will serve as Chair of the Department of Anthropology beginning August 2014. Preference will be given to candidates in cultural anthropology but applications from all subfields will be considered. Area and topical interests are open but should complement those found within the department. Applicants must have a PhD, a substantial publication record, a record of obtaining external support, and an ongoing research agenda. The successful candidate will have administrative experience and vision to lead a small four-field department that emphasizes quality undergraduate and graduate instruction and research excellence.

Review of applications is ongoing. Candidates should submit a letter describing research and teaching interest, curriculum vitae, official transcript and three references to Dr. Chris Kyle, Interim Chair, Department of Anthropology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, HHB 322, 1720 2nd Ave. South, Birmingham, AL 35294-1152.

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of ethnicity, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans. A pre-employment background investigation is performed on candidates selected for employment.

Assistant Researcher in Indigenous Crops and Agricultural Systems

Title: Assistant Researcher in Indigenous Crops and Agricultural Systems
Position Number: 0085405
Hiring Unit: Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences, C of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
Location: Manoa Campus
Date Posted: October 22, 2013
Closing Date: Continuous – application review begins January 02, 2014
Monthly Type: 11 Month
Tenure Track: Tenure
Full Time/Part Time: Full Time
Temporary/Permanent: Permanent
Other Conditions:

To begin approximately April 2014, pending position clearance. For best consideration all application materials should be received by December 31, 2013.

Duties and Responsibilities

Position joins a cluster of scholars who focus in cross-disciplinary solutions to natural and cultural resource management, sustainability and food security issues which is helping to guide Hawai‘i towards sustainability informed by Indigenous Hawaiian knowledge and practices.
Position will focus on integrating traditional agricultural knowledge, crop varieties and production practices into modern food production systems which meet community needs through increased production, diversity and access to nutritious foods.
Conduct and support with extramural funds, applied research that leads to publications in peer-refereed journals and which integrates social and natural sciences to evaluate the linkages, interactions, synergies and dynamics between natural environments and human systems for sustainable livelihoods.
Responsible for investigating, preserving and promoting traditional cultivation practices for Hawaiian crops such as taro (kalo), breadfruit (ulu) and sweet potato (uala), and developing culturally appropriate practices for improving soil quality/fertility and protecting crops against pests and diseases. Other Hawaiian crops such as banana (mai’a), sugarcane (ko), ti (ki), and medicinal plants may also be studied as part of agricultural systems. There is tremendous potential for all these crops to be incorporated into commercial agriculture and into home and community garden use through reintroduction of appropriate crop varieties along with production systems which are culturally informed and derived from scientific information.
Study 19th and 20th century Hawaiian language sources and archives for information on land use management strategies and agricultural production systems of Native Hawaiians in traditional, historic, and contemporary times.
Teach undergraduate and graduate courses emphasizing traditional agricultural knowledge and food production systems, support instruction of TPSS core courses and advise undergraduate and graduate students.
Collaborate with the UHM School of Hawaiian Knowledge on interdisciplinary courses and projects related to mutual areas of interest on sustainable food systems.

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. from a college or university of recognized standing in agricultural sciences, environmental and resource management, or related fields with an emphasis on traditional Hawaiian and Pacific crops and agricultural production systems. ABD may be considered, but all degree requirements must be completed at the time of hire.
Experience with crop production practices, sustainable agricultural methods and indigenous Hawaiian agricultural systems and crops.
Excellent communication skills with experience working harmoniously and effectively with diverse groups of people, such as students, colleagues, and multidisciplinary teams.

Desirable Qualifications

Demonstrated experience working effectively with Native Hawaiian communities and ability to read Hawaiian language.
Demonstrated knowledge of Hawaiian sources and archives for research into land use management strategies and agricultural production systems of Native Hawaiians in traditional, historic, and contemporary times.
Demonstrated ability as a teacher.
Evidence of scholarly achievement, such as publication in peer-reviewed journals.
Experience integrating relevant STEM skills in teaching and developing malama ‘aina coursework.
Experience developing and teaching distance education courses.
Experience leading or participating in international research, education or development activities.

To Apply:
Send email to with the subject line “Assistant Researcher in Indigenous Crops and Agricultural Systems ,” with the following attachments: letter of application, CV, three (3) names of professional references with contact information (address, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses), licenses/certificates if applicable, college transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended (official transcripts will be required if invited to interview), and a letter of support from an Indigenous community or organization documenting the nature and extent of his/her work, impact and benefit, and reputation in that community to the address listed below.

Dr. Russell Yost
Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences
College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
3190 Maile Way, St. John 102
Honolulu, HI 96822


Dr. Russell Yost; 808-956-8351;

The University of Hamburg invites applications for a Research Associate / Post-doc m/f
(wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in in einem post-doc-Arbeitsverhältnis) with a strong background in Soil Science or Terrestrial Geoscience.

Project background:
SASSCAL, the “Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive
Land Management”, is a joint initiative between Angola, Botswana, Germany, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia, responding to the challenges of global change (http://; also see under “News”). Germany, in close cooperation with the African partner countries, initiated the implementation of a regional competence centre in Southern Africa. Science and research offer proactive approaches to deal with current projections of global change impacts. The research aims to identify appropriate interventions in the fields of climate, water, forestry, agriculture and biodiversity.

Areas of Responsibility:
The successful candidate will complement the SASSCAL scientific team at the Institute of Soil Science. The Research Associate will work in the field of global change impacts on soil quality in sub-Saharan ecosystems in the project SASSCAL “Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management”. She/He will be responsible for the conception and realization of field work and laboratory experiments on soil quality esp. on soil water balances and organic matter research in the SASSCAL region. She/He will support and supervise students and technicians and will work in an interdisciplinary scientific team of German and African partners.

We expect an academic degree in terrestrial geosciences, ecology or in a related discipline plus an excellent doctorate degree and the following skills:
• Profound knowledge in soil science,
• Proven expertise in soil water dynamics and/or soil organic matter research,
• Experience with the conception and realization of field and laboratory experiments,
• Proficiency in working with large datasets, statistical analysis, mathematical programming and GIS-analysis,
• Demonstrated knowledge and organizational skills in interdisciplinary international research projects and project management,
• Ability to conduct independent work in an international team,
• Strong oral and written communication skills in English
• A good publication record,
• Motivation for extensive travelling in Sothern Africa, potentially also including longer stays,
• Category B of driving license is essential.
Research experience within the SASSCAL region is advantageous.

General Information: Payment is according to salary group E 13 TV-L. The position is offered for 32 month, starting as soon as possible (see also § 2 of the Academic Fixed-Term Contract Law (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz)). The position calls for 39 hours per week.

The university intends to increase the number of women amongst its academic personnel and expressly encourages qualified women to apply. In compliance with the Hamburg Equal Opportunity Law, preference will be given to qualified female applicants. Preference will be given to disabled applicants with equal qualifications.

Application dossiers (application letter, curriculum vitae, degree certificate(s), publication(s),
etc. and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of two references) are to be submitted in electronical format (file in pdf-format, maximum 6 MB) to: Prof. Dr. Annette Eschenbach (email: and by the 31.October 2013. Please refer to SASSCAL-ad 05).

For additional information please do not hesitate to contact Prof. Dr. A. Eschenbach, (phone: +49(0)40 42838 2008 or Dr. Alexander Gröngröft, (phone: +49(0)40 42838 4395) or check the following website: hhtp://

The announcement is in pdf version here:

Dear colleagues,

the University of Hamburg has an opening for 2 research associate positions (with opportunity to pursue a PhD dissertation) to work on the investigation of land-atmosphere carbon (CO2 and CH4) exchange of permafrost landscapes using eddy covariance flux measurements (position 1) and stable isotope (13CO2) techniques (position 2), respectively.

Both research associates will work within the collaborative project “CARBOPERM – Carbon in Permafrost” which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany.

The first position is dedicated to the micrometeorological investigation of the balances and controls of the exchange fluxes of CO2 and CH4 between the atmosphere and the dominant tundra types in the north-Siberian Lena River Delta.

The second position is dedicated to the partitioning of the carbon fluxes into the underlying physiological processes, e.g., photosynthesis, autotrophic respiration, heterotrophic respiration, CH4 production and CH4 oxidation as well as to investigating the gas transport processes within the soil-vegetation-atmosphere continuum using stable isotope techniques.

The short-term contracts terminate on 30.09.2016, subject to the actual granted funds. The preferred starting date is 1 January 2014.

Closing date for applications: 15 November 2013

For further information, see:

Please distribute this announcement further to potentially interested persons.

Best regards,
Lars Kutzbach

Prof. Dr. Lars Kutzbach
CliSAP Research Group “Regional Hydrology in Terrestrial Systems”
Excellence Cluster “Integrated Climate System Analysis and Prediction CliSAP”

Institute of Soil Science, University of Hamburg
Room 304a, Phone: +49 (0)40 42838 2021, Email:
Allende-Platz 2, D-20146 Hamburg, Germany



Sea of Tomorrow Scholarship Society Offers Financial Assistance

Are you between the ages of 12 and 30 years of age? Are you trying to decide what your career aspirations are? Have you considered a marine related career – such as, ocean engineer, marine scientist, underwater photographer, whale or shark specialist, marine technologist, hyperbaric medicine specialist, underwater archaeologist, etc.? Then, one of our scholarships/grants can help you explore the wonderful world of marine careers. If you are a teacher, parent, or a friend of a young person, then share this information with them. Help them explore their opportunities for the future.

Beneath The Sea®, Inc. a not-for-profit, volunteer organization, in existence for 38 years, is recognized nationally as a source of education about the ocean environment. In addition to its Marine Careers annual one day program for high school and college students offered every March, Beneath The Sea®, and several of its supporters, including the Women Divers Hall of Fame, Life Support Technologies, and the Youth Diving With A Purpose Program offer a variety of scholarship opportunities for young people interested in exploring and protecting the ocean environment.

Scholarships to be awarded in 2014 provide financial support to encourage you to:

Become a scuba diver
Obtain training in underwater photography
Participate in marine environmental conservation, biology or ecology research programs
Follow a career path using electronics to illuminate and expand our underwater knowledge.
Participate in a Hyperbaric Medicine Program
Participate in an Underwater Archaeology Program.

To learn more about these scholarships and the application requirements, go to Inquiries can be sent to

The application deadline for scholarships is December 31, 2013 unless noted otherwise.

Rosemary Kurtti
Senior Director – Scholarships

Dear all,

The Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge is
currently advertising two postdoctoral positions in geophysics/tectonics:

1. Post-doctoral position in mountain range deformation and dynamics
(Marie Curie experienced researcher position):

2. Research Associate in field-based active continental tectonics:

Details can be found by following the links provided. The closing date
for applications to both positions is 30 December 2013.

Best wishes,

Alex Copley