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Earth Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Sustainable Development


The Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York, NY, seeks applications from innovative, doctoral candidates or recent Ph.D., M.D., J.D., or Sc.D. recipients interested in a broad range of issues in sustainable development.


The Earth Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship program provides scholars with the opportunity to acquire and apply the cross-disciplinary expertise needed to address critical issues of sustainable development such as food security, energy systems, climate change impacts, poverty reduction, disease, and environmental degradation. Candidates who have developed cross-disciplinary approaches during their graduate studies will find numerous, unique opportunities to engage in programs at the leading edge of sustainable development research.


Candidates must complete the online application and submit a proposal for research that would contribute to global, sustainable development. Candidates may suggest contributing to or expanding on existing Earth Institute programs or developing new projects that integrate the breadth of expertise of the Earth Institute.


The deadline to submit an application is October 31, 2014 for fellowships starting in the fall of 2015. Fellowships are a 24-month appointment.


For more information about the program or to apply for a fellowship, please visit or email


The program is open to U.S. and non-U.S. citizens.  All doctoral requirements must be fulfilled and the degree awarded within 5 years before the start of the fellowship. “Stop-the-clock” exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Columbia University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.



Potential PhD project at the University of Tasmania, Australia
Applications are currently being received for a 2015 commencement
For more information please contact Prof Elissa Cameron
( &/or Assoc Prof Erik Wapstra
( at the School of Biological Sciences,
University of Tasmania.

The study of parental effects is a fundamental area in evolutionary
ecology, but is characterised by poor integration of proximate causation
and ultimate explanation. Parents influence the development of their young
through both genetic and non-genetic effects, with sex allocation one
maternal effect that can have profound implications for fitness. In
mammals, the glucose hypothesis has been postulated to link the adaptive
hypotheses of sex ratio adjustment and unify other proposed mechanisms.
This PhD project will investigate the role of glucose as a unifying
mechanism in sex allocation theory and the practical applications of
skewing sex ratios for conservation purposes in mammals.

The James Duke Ethonobotanical Fellowship aims to increase opportunities for research in the Andean and Amazonian regions of Peru. This research fellowship opportunity is open to graduate students (masters and doctoral level) from any institution with a demonstrated interest in undertaking ethnobotanical research in the Peruvian Andes/Amazon. Proposed research projects must have a strong link to ethnobotany and biodiversity conservation. Participation from collaborators in Peru in proposed research is encouraged. Research fellowship grantees will be selected on a competitive basis and notifications will be made to successful applicants by December 1, 2014.

All research activity and related fellowship funds must be spent by December 31, 2015. Funds may not be used for lobbying, salary, overhead or administrative costs. Recipients of the fellowship will be eligible to apply for future funds to help support the costs of presenting results at meetings/conferences.  All application materials must be submitted in a single PDF file by November 1, 2014 to:

Dr. Roger W. Mustalish, President
ACEER Foundation

Please direct any questions to Dr. Mustalish.

Your application materials must include:

• Brief letter of Intent, explaining your interest and links to the Peruvian Andes and Amazon regions
• CV (4 page maximum)
• Research proposal (see below for guidelines)
• Budget (maximum $1000)
• Two recommendation letters (one from your major adviser and one from another professional familiar with your research).

Research Proposal Guidelines:
Please include all of the following information in your proposal.

Cover Sheet

1. Contact Information

• Name
• Address
• Phone
• Email
• University
• School / Department / Academic Program

2. Proposal information

• Title of research proposal
• Location(s) where research is to be conducted
• Name and contact information of major professor
• Names and information for any co-investigators
• Names and institutional contacts of any other collaborators in Peru
• Dates of research

Research Project Description

1. Summary (maximum 100 words)
2. Background (maximum 350 words)
3. Objectives (maximum 200 words)
4. Description of Study area(s) (maximum 200 words; may also include a separate map if needed)
5. Methods (maximum 300 words)
6. Expected results and outcomes (maximum 200 words)
7. Literature Cited


Please provide a budget breakdown indicating items to be supported by funds from this fellowship vs. by other funding sources (please indicate the source of other funds). The maximum amount of this research fellowship is $1000 US Dollars.

For more information, please visit:

Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
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Full Proposal Deadline Date: October 29, 2014
Engineering; Computer and Information Science and Engineering; Materials Research

Program Guidelines: NSF 14-590

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in science and engineering.  The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant …
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Third Millennium Alliance (TMA) was founded in 2007 with the purchase of 100 acres and the
establishment of the Jama-Coaque Reserve (JCR) in the western province of Manabí, Ecuador,
between the cities of Jama and Pedernales, and four kilometers inland. Now encompassing over
1,000 acres, the Jama-Coaque Reserve actively protects one of the last remaining fragments of
Pacific Equatorial Forest, which is considered to be one of the most threatened tropical forests in
the world. Learn more at

Internship Opportunities: Interns are to take on high-impact and dynamic projects; we are a young
organization forging our path as we discover it. There is a tremendous amount of work to be done
and experience to be gained – for interns and for us. Above all, creativity, innovation, and self-
motivation are the fuel of our intern program. Immediately surrounding the house we are
designing/growing/building a living laboratory of sustainable resource management (i.e.
permaculture), which also serves as our field station for field biological research and forest

We are offering two optional courses with this internship, to be taught throughout the two-month
duration.  The first is a Permaculture Design Certification course, and the second a GIS workshop.
The main objective of the GIS workshop is to provide participants with the basic skills needed to
use GIS in their research. We work with QGIS, a free open source GIS software that has evolved
during the last few years as an ESRI competitor. There is a difference in price based on whether you
choose to take the PDC course or the GIS workshop; please visit our website for more information:

In addition to work managing the agroforestry production zone and organic vegetable garden,
each intern is assigned a personal project, which is akin to a internship project. Generally
speaking, there are three categories of personal projects: 1) conservation biology research, 2)
sustainable food production, and 3) appropriate technology.

The following is a list of some of the projects we’re looking to tackle during the upcoming
sessions. Some are new projects and others are ongoing and multi-year projects. Projects with
stars next to them are of high interest and priority. When applying please prioritize three projects
from the list below in the order of most interest.

Flora & Fauna Research:
•*Ethnobotany* (requires strong Spanish-speaking skills)
•*Native Seed Bank Nursery* (requires strong Spanish-speaking skills)
•*Water Quality Measurements* (knowledge of aquatic macrofauna is an advantage)
•*GIS Research* (vegetation & trail mapping of the JCR, field work is also related to the camera trap
•*Camera trap survey of wild felines* (ocelot, jaguarundi)
•*Monkey Troop Demography & Behavioral Study (Mantled howler monkeys & critically endangered
Ecuadorian white-fronted capuchins)
•*Herpetofauna survey* (reptile and amphibian diversity and abundance)
•Ornithology Survey – (ornithology experience and Spanish-speaking skills)

Permaculture/Food Production:
•Green Building – Learn to use natural, and sustainable building materials. Upcoming projects
include an earthbag (aka super adobe) retaining wall, use cob to plaster walls, re-floor the field
station with bamboo, making new and repairing old furniture.
•Production Zone Intensive – Focused on increasing food production, crop zoning & rotation, plant
propagation, care/maintenance, integrated pest management and food preservation (ie, canning)

Appropriate Technology:
•*Building a bike-powered system using transforming human power into electricity for the Bamboo
•*Build a cacao fermenter*
•Design and build a non-electrical refrigerator

Winter Internship Dates: January 5-March 3, 2015

Winter Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 5, 2014

To see a complete program description, please visit our “Internship” page on our website at Here you can download the application form and contact
details, as well as other media, such as photos, video, and the program FAQ. NOTE: When applying
to the internship, please make sure to specify in your e-mail subject that you are applying for the
Winter session, and whether you are interested in taking the PDC course or GIS workshop.

We look forward to working with you!

Eva Filipczykova
Internship & Research Coordinator
Third Millennium Alliance
Jama, Ecuador

2015 Ocean Awareness Student Contest announced

From The Bow Seat has announced its 2015 Ocean Awareness Student Contest, which now includes middle schools as well as high schools.  This year’s theme “Our Oceans, Our Plastic” allows students to explore and interpret the connections among the ocean, plastic pollution, society, and themselves.  Students can submit work in one of four categories:  Art, Poetry, Prose, and Film. Cash prizes range from $250 -$ 1,500 for students, teachers, and schools.  Registration began September 15. For more information go to

The NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) application is now open for the spring session!


Community college students interested in exploring a STEM career at NASA can apply today to become a NASA Community College Aerospace Scholar.

Scholars learn about past, present and future Mars mission in a 5-week online session beginning January 2015. Scholars who successfully complete the web-based activities may be eligible for a 3-day workshop at NASA, where they will:

  • Work on a team project directed by NASA engineers
  • Attend briefings by NASA engineers and scientists
  • Tour NASA facilities
  • Open the door to a world of career possibilities at NASA!


Visit the NCAS website for additional details:


Please contact Maria Chambers with additional questions at


Don’t Wait! Apply Today! Applications due Dec 15, 2014.

Submit Abstracts for the Virtual Poster Session
CUAHSI will host a Virtual Poster Session on October 30th as culmination of the Virtual Workshop on Field Data Management Solutions.

Do you have field data management solutions to share with others?
Present and discuss a poster using our virtual breakout rooms.
A limited number of spaces are available.
Submit your abstract by September 30th to be considered!
If accepted, posters do not need to be submitted until October 15th.

View the Poster Submission Guidelines<> for more information
For more information regarding the Virtual Workshops and Virtual Poster Session:
Questions? Contact<>


The Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) invites applications from scholars who do qualitative research with a focus on educational equity, for one or more faculty positions at the rank of Assistant Professor of Education, Associate Professor of Education (untenured), or Professor of Education.

We seek candidates who have strong training in education or a social science discipline and who conduct qualitative research on educational equity and/or policies, programs, or practices designed to promote educational equity, from pre-K to postsecondary education. Scholars who focus on race/ethnicity, immigration, gender, and/or class, and who study the role of education in promoting or inhibiting social mobility are welcome. We are particularly interested in appointing new colleagues whose research is concerned with improving educational opportunities for disadvantaged populations either in the U.S. or in international contexts. Strong applicants will be distinguished by the quality of their research, their use of rigorous qualitative methods, and the salience of their work to policy and practice.  We also seek candidates who have the potential to make a powerful substantive contribution to our curriculum, particularly the teaching of qualitative methods. We especially encourage applications from women and minorities.

At HGSE, our mission is to conduct high-quality research on issues related to education, and to teach, advise, and mentor a diverse community of graduate students, both at the doctoral and master’s levels, in order to contribute to building the next generation of successful scholars, policy-makers, and practitioners in education. We therefore seek candidates with excellent pedagogical skills, including the ability to clearly communicate sophisticated research to heterogeneous audiences. Additionally, candidates should be prepared to engage in qualitative research with graduate students, many of whom are interested in policy, programs, or practice.

Candidates should have a doctorate in a relevant field, such as education, anthropology, history, political science, psychology, policy or sociology. Successful candidates will have an excellent record of rigorous scholarship and a commitment to teaching and mentoring. Candidates completing their doctoral studies will be considered if they will complete all requirements for the doctorate by the start of the 2015-16 academic year.

The search committee will begin reviewing applications on November 1, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.

To apply, please go to

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Hoʻokele Naʻauao: A Hawaiian Librarianship Symposium 2014 is less than a month away!!! Join us Thursday, October 23, 8am-5pm as we discuss Hawaiian stewardship practices in information and knowledge centers. The theme for this year’s symposium is “Preservation of Hawaiian Knowledge.” Registration is free and open to the public. Please register by October 17th. To register and to find more information, visit our website: