Archive for October, 2014

Dear colleagues and students,

The CoE REIS seminar this week will be given by Mr. Robin Lim from Geolabs, Inc. on sustainable engineering practices in geotechnical engineering. Geolabs, Inc. is the largest geotechnical engineering firm in Hawaii.

Time: October 30, Thursday 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Location: Holmes Hall 244
Speaker: Mr. Robin Lim, P.E., Vice President, Geolabs, Inc. Hawaii
Title: Geotechnical Engineering – what can we expect in the 21st Century?

For the detailed seminar abstract and the speaker’s bio, please see the attached seminar announcement.

Everyone is welcome to attend Mr. Lim’s seminar this Thursday.




Thomas Goedecke’s Master Recital

Aloha kakou,

I am proud to invite all of you to see a free recital of my music for the completion of my master’s degree in music composition.  A total of five new works will be premiered including:

Who Needs to Dream for amplified guitar

Can You Find Me A Waterfall? for sanjo gayageum
played by EWC participant Haein Lee!!!
Dreams of Turbulent Rain for choir
Hanging Kansho in the Sky for shakuhachi and temple bowls
Noise Play II for percussion trio
There will be a reception afterwords where you can eat and drink to your hearts content and talk about the music or just hang out.

It will be happening on Wednesday November 12 at 7:30pm in Orvis Auditorium found right next to the entrance to the lower campus parking structure.

I hope that my EWC ‘ohana is able to see what I’ve accomplished here and listen to the music inspired by your stories and friendship.

Thomas Goedecke

RSVP: <;

Dr. Caz Taylor is seeking applicants to fill two PhD positions starting in Fall 2015. More
information about the lab can be found at and information about the
department at

1) Shorebird Stopover Ecology.  This project will continue our study of shorebirds on the Gulf
Coast, examining the effects of habitat degradation and sea level rise. The project is flexible and
will be designed by the student but will certainly involve trapping and re-sighting of color-banded
shorebirds in Gulf coast habitats and may involve integration of data into population models.
Experience working with small birds, particularly shorebirds is strongly preferred.   A master’s
degree or significant independent research experience is also desirable.

2) Monarch Butterfly migration and behavior. I am seeking a PhD student to study migratory and
resident Monarch Butterflies in the Gulf Coast region. This is part of a new project with
collaborators Sonia Altizer (UGA), Richard Hall (UGA) and Karen Oberhauser (U. Minnesota). The
project is flexible and will be designed by the student but we are particularly interested in the
potential of introduced milkweed species to alter the migratory behavior of monarchs and other
potential changes to migration patterns and population dynamics.  No previous experience with
butterflies is necessary but some previous ecological research experience, particularly at the
master’s level, is preferred.

Support for both positions will be a combination of Research Assistantships and Teaching
Assistantships, depending on funding. Students are encouraged to apply for their own fellowships
through NSF or other agencies. Our department has one fellowship available for a student from an
underrepresented minority and any such applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. If interested
in either position, please send a cover letter (specifying which position you are interested in and
why you are interested in graduate work in my lab) and a resume/CV to Caz Taylor
before Nov 21st .  I will contact a small number of qualified applicants soon after this date and
invite them to apply formally to EEB at Tulane
( Formal applications are due by Jan
15 2015.

Read the attached flyer for more details:

OTC Schedule.Final.Flyer.102014

Postdoctoral Fellow Position:
Modeling climate and wildfire interactions

The Harvard Forest invites applications for a post-doctoral researcher to
work with Dr. Jonathan Thompson. The successful candidate will contribute
to a multi-institutional project, funded by the National Science
Foundation, working to understand the potential for climate change to
force a critical transition from a stable forest-dominated landscape to a
stable shrub-dominated landscape within the Klamath region of Oregon and
California. The researcher will utilize the LANDIS-II (
succession and disturbance modeling framework to simulate climate change
effects on wildfire regimes and vegetation dynamics, thereby projecting
the potential for and mechanisms driving a critical transition. There is
an expectation that the research will make significant contributions in
theoretical and applied ecology.  Learn more here:

Work Location: The post-doc will be based at Harvard Forest in Petersham,

Required Qualifications: Ph.D. (awarded by start date) in forest ecology,
forestry, geography, or related field; Capable of conducting complex
spatial analyses (e.g. landscape simulation, GIS, remote sensing, and
spatial statistics); Experience with simulation modeling of large data;
Skilled at scripting within the R and/or Python programming languages;
Evidence of strong scholarship, including peer-reviewed publications;
Proven ability to plan and conduct independent research projects from
beginning to end.

Preferred Experience: Prior use of LANDIS or other forest succession and
disturbance models; experience modeling wildfire using BFOLDS, FARSITE, or
other fire behavior or spread models;


Appointment: Review of applications will begin on 11/15/2014.  There is
flexibility around the start date, but not past April 2015. Initial
appointment of one year is renewable for up to an additional 1.5 years
based on performance.

Salary: $44000 plus health insurance benefits through Harvard University

To apply: Send CV, PDFs of relevant publications, and the names and
contact info for three references to Jonathan Thompson:

Harvard Forest, an internationally recognized center for basic and applied
research in ecology, conservation and ecosystem studies, with 40 full-time
staff is one of 26 Long Term Ecological Research sites across the country
sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The Forest facilities
include a research and administrative complex, 3500 acres of land, and
residential buildings. The Forest is located in Petersham, a small rural
town in north central Massachusetts about 70 miles west of Cambridge. For
more information, visit

Seeking new graduate student (PhD level) for fall 2015 to study the effects
of global change on coral physiology and biogeochemistry.  Desired
qualifications (but not required) include: 1) Masters degree in marine
science, biology, geology, environmental science, or relevant discipline 2)
experience in conducting field or laboratory experiments with living
organisms, preferably corals, 3) experience in conducting laboratory work
(i.e., sample preparation, organic extractions, stable isotope ratio mass
spectrometry).  Position includes tuition, stipend, and benefits via a TA or
RA position.  Applications can be submitted to
by 16 Dec 2014 for fellowship consideration, or by 6 January 2015 for
regular admission.  Additional information can be found at  Please be sure to
indicate that you would like to work with Dr. Grottoli in your application
and in your statement.  For more information about Dr. Grottoli’s research
program, email


OHA is once again looking for interns this semester and for the upcoming legislative sessions.  If you have any students who may be interested please share this job announcement with them and also to your colleagues in the Hawaiian Studies Department for dissemination to their students?  Mahalo!






The Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ Public Policy Program is seeking students to assist with various projects prior to and during the upcoming 2015 Session of the Hawaiʻi State Legislature.  In particular, student assistants will play a large role in monitoring hearings, tracking bills and researching, writing and editing testimony.


Student assistant positions are open to both undergraduate and graduate students with exceptional writing skills, maturity, a strong desire to serve the Native Hawaiian community and academic experience in Hawaiian Studies, Hawaiian Language, Pre-law, Law or any other field or discipline related to the job tasks to be performed.  Students must be in good academic standing at an accredited educational institution and be carrying a full-time course load.  “Good academic standing” means maintaining at least a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.


Students will be scheduled to work between 10 and 19 paid hours per week during the regular school session based on their availability.  The opportunity to work up to 40 paid hours per week during school breaks (i.e. Spring break, Summer break and Christmas break) may be extended.


Compensation will be paid on an hourly basis at the following rates:  Undergraduate Student (1st or 2nd Year) = $10.00/hour; Undergraduate Student (3rd or 4th Year) = $12.00/hour; Graduate Student = $14.00/hour.  Students who have prior work experience with OHA may be paid at a higher hourly rate based on an assessment of the student’s work experience, recommendation by the Program Manager and approval by the Human Resources Manager.  Student assistants are not eligible for OHA employment benefits.  Students must be citizens, nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the U.S. with proper work authorization.


Interested students should e-mail a cover letter, resume and short writing sample (10 double-spaced pages or less) to Merlyn Akuna at Questions about applying may also be directed to the same address.  The positions are open immediately and will remain open until filled.


Malama pono,


Merlyn K. Akuna

Pou Alo Kulekele Aupuni

Public Policy Administrative Assistant

560 N. Nimitz Highway, Suite 200

Honolulu, Hawai’i  96817


(: (808) 594-1756  | *:



Wastewater management and water reuse have become increasingly important due to rapid population growth, industrialization and the on-going water crisis in certain areas of the Asia-Pacific region. Against this backdrop, this Conference serves as an important platform to gather water professionals from all over the world to share technical expertise and solutions in wastewater management and water reuse; and to foster potential international cooperation. It will allow for the exchange of views and experiences on best practices and innovative technologies amongst relevant policymakers, operational experts and researchers from governments, international organizations, institutions and industry.



We are inviting abstracts to be submitted for any of, but not limited to, the following conference topics –

Collection Systems

Municipal Wastewater Treatment

Industrial Wastewater Treatment, including Mining and Petro-Chemical Industries

Decentralized and Natural Systems, Small Communities

Water Reclamation and Reuse

Nutrient Management

Residuals and Biosolids Management

Odors and Air Emissions

Energy Production, Conservation, Optimisation and Management

Facility Operations and Maintenance

Utility Management

Modelling, GIS, Computer Applications, Instrumentation, and Automation

Sustainability, Climate Change (including greenhouse emission), and Resource Recovery

Selected submissions may be offered expedited review and early publication in the Water Environment Federation journal, Water Environment Research. This provides a rare opportunity for publication of research in a well-known and respected peer-reviewed journal.



31 October 2014 – Abstract submission deadline

19 January 2015 – Notification of acceptance

1 May 2015 – Full paper submission deadline


This Conference is jointly organised by the Environmental Engineering Society of Singapore, the Water Environmental Federation and Centre for Water Research, and supported by PUB, the National University of Singapore and the Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau.


Inspire the next generation of conservation leaders while living in and
experiencing amazing locations!

For a full job description and to access the online application visit

Accepting applications through 11/3/14.

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) offers the following fellowships to support research in residence at its facility in Edgewater, MD.  This program is administrated through the Smithsonian Institution Office of Fellowships and Internships in DC.

Post-doctoral Fellowships are offered to scholars who have held the degree or equivalent for less than seven years.  Senior Fellowships are offered to scholars who held the degree or equivalent for seven years or more.  Applicants must submit a detailed proposal including a justification for conducting research in-residence at the Institution.  The term is 3 to 12 months.  Both fellowships offer a stipend of $48,000 per year plus allowances.

Pre-doctoral Fellowships are offered to doctoral candidates who have completed preliminary course work and examinations.  The applicant must submit a detailed proposal including a justification for conducting research in-residence at the Institution.  Candidates must have the approval of their universities to conduct doctoral research at the Smithsonian Institution.  The term is 3 to 12 months.  The stipend is $32,500 per year plus allowances.

Graduate Student Fellowships are offered to students formally enrolled in a graduate program of study, who have completed at least one semester, and not yet have been advanced to candidacy if in a PhD program.  Applicants must submit a proposal for research in a discipline which is pursued at the Smithsonian Institution.  The term is 10 weeks with a stipend of $7,000.

Application Deadline: December 1st (PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE)

To ensure that proposed fellowship projects are appropriate for SERC, applicants are encouraged to coordinate with proposed SERC sponsors early on in preparing fellowship proposals.

Office of Internships & Fellowships
Smithsonian Institution
470 L’Enfant Plaza SW
Suite 7102
Washington, DC. 20013-7102
(202) 633-7070
<>  or

Daniel E Gustafson, Jr.
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Professional Training & Volunteer Coordinator
PO Box 28
647 Contees Wharf Rd
Edgewater, MD.  21037