Archive for January, 2015

We are hiring an Education Coordinator to help round out our team at the Hurricane Island Foundation in Rockland, Maine. We deliver science education programs May through October on Hurricane Island in Penobscot Bay with a mainland office in Rockland.
The position description is attached and here is a link to our employment page:
Applications are due to by Feb. 23rd.

CIEE Summer Program

                                                 Program: Summer Comparative Marine Environments

Brief Description: This is an 8 week summer program allows you to spend this summer exploring differences in marine environments, biodiversity and conservation approaches from an island in the Mediterranean to an island in the southern Caribbean.  You begin your study abroad experience in Palma de Mallorca, Spain where you will learn about temperate marine ecosystems and conservation approaches of the Cabrera Archipelago National Park.  Next you will travel to Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean where you will see the differences in habitats and conservation approaches in the coral reefs of the Bonaire National Marine Park. This is an opportunity to explore two world famous marine parks in seas on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean where you will gain an understanding of the differences in habitats and biodiversity as well as the solutions to environmental problems facing both islands.  The program emphasizes marine conservation practices.
Dates: May 25 – July 18, 2015
Summer session I – Palma de Mallorca (May 25 – Jun 20)
Summer Session II – Bonaire (Jun 20 – July 18)
Prerequisites: Biology or Environmental Science sequence or combination of two equivalent introductory science courses are recommended.
Locations: Universitat de les Illes Balears in Palma AND CIEE Research Station in Bonaire
Recommended credit: 6 semester credit hours (3 for each session)
Students will enroll in the following co-requisites
Mediterranean Marine Environment (Palma de Mallorca)
Tropical Marine Conservation Biology (Bonaire)
Language of Instruction: English
Fees: $6,930 (includes tuition, excursions and lab fees, housing and most meals; excludes multi-destination airfare)
To Apply:


CENTER FOR FOOD STUDIES for the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

                                              Food Studies Programs

Office phone: + 39 06.68804073 – 06.83087975
Mobile IT: + 39 338.5865573
Fax: + 39 06.92912046

Address: 130, Via Giulia
00186, Rome, Italy

Here is another interesting opportunity for your students: The Critical Studies on Food in Italy 2015 Summer Program
(applications should be submitted by February 15 for full consideration, late applications are welcome and will be reviewed on a space -available basis). This program started in the summer of 2010. Since then, students coming from different universities and departments have had the chance to work and study in an interdisciplinary manner of interesting projects strongly integrated with the territory (inside and outside of Rome) and the communities. The students have been also able to combine their cultural experience that is typical of study abroad with a rich experience and learning opportunity in the field of Food Studies (encompassing the observation and the analysis of the entire food supply chain.)

This program has grown over the years to evolve into a program that is even more defined and detailed. Last year, it received the official Expo 2015 recognition as an International School project. The goal of the EXPO 2015 School Projects is to leave behind a wealth of knowledge, experience and cultural and technological values to future generations.
We think that this program perfect fits and complements a Food Studies curriculum by allowing undergraduate students to put their ideas and information learned at school into practice, not only in a practical manner but also with a focus on the cultural differences in the different food systems.

I would suggest to all students who are thinking of having an experience abroad this coming summer to take this opportunity seriously. It will give them a chance to better understand which sector to concentrate on during their academic (and professional) careers.

The program has also received positive evaluations from professors and graduate students who have participated in the program like students for its critical approach and the way in which it is designed. I will attach a comment from one of our 2014 students, a PhD student from Duke University, This Summer Program ” provides students with an unparalleled opportunity to engage directly with some of Italy’s most prominent and influential food entrepreneurs. The institute advances traditional classroom learning by encouraging critical discussion about food activism, cultural preservation, and global economics with these critical players in the food industry.” “….. its ability to introduce students to some of the most prominent players in the field of food entrepreneurship, critical food studies, and historical preservation of food culture. Nowhere else do students have the opportunity to discuss the cultural politics of food with the very people who are shaping the field of study on this topic in Rome”.

In the past, we have also had some students  participate who were not directly enrolled in a Food Studies program (business, anthropology and history students, for example) and who have had a great advantage by participating in the program. They had the chance to do specific research on their actual field of study and have had many stimulating ideas. So, we also recommend this program to others like them.

*Here is the list of courses that a student can choose:*
-Critical Studies on Food Culture (3 credits) COURSE
-Food media, Communication and Trends (3 credits) COURSE
-Food, Nutrition and Culture in Italy (3 credits) COURSE
-Italian Lexicon for Food Studies (3 credits) COURSE

*Of course, guided visits and community engagements projects are included:
*Excursions (3 days in Cilento included), Farm visits, Thematic meals and
Food visits in the City
Meetings with experts are also included (other than the in-class academic lectures) In the Food and Media course, students will produce professional level video-documentaries with professionals in the sector.

*Please pass these info on to your students –  Some scholarship are also available*

DURATION: 5-WEEK Full Immersion  Food Studies Summer Program
WHEN: 18 MAY 2015 – 20 JUNE 2015
If you have any questions or to request an application, please write to  or to

                                              Full-time Lecturer in Environmental Policy and Communication

                                  Tufts University, School of Arts & Sciences, Environmental Studies Program

A full-time renewable, non-tenure track, lecturer position in Environmental Studies is available beginning July 1, 2015. The Environmental Studies Program at Tufts University seeks an individual with expertise inenvironmental policy and communication who is committed to enhancing our students’ critical thinking and analytical skills, and their ability to work across disciplines. Teaching responsibilities (equivalent of 6 courses per year) include an advanced course in the candidate’s field of expertise, mentoring individual student research as appropriate to candidate’s expertise, and courses in the following general areas: (a) environmental policy, (b) environmental communication/negotiation, and (c) interdisciplinary research methods/analysis. The successful candidate is expected to advise majors, and lead small group discussions on general environmental issues as part of our Lunch & Learn seminar series.


Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent professional degree and have experience in interdisciplinary research and teaching. Demonstrated commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching is required. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Application Instructions
The application materials should include:
– Cover letter including a list of possible courses that the applicant could teach in his/her area of expertise.
– CV
– Statement of teaching philosophy
– Course overview and syllabus of a proposed hands-on/skill-building methods/analysis course.
– Course evaluations and syllabi for the last three courses taught
– Two confidential letters of reference

Candidates should submit the materials listed above and arrange to have two confidential reference letters submitted directly by the authors to:

Questions about the position may be directed to Colin Orians, Director, Environmental Studies Program, at

Review of applications will begin February 15, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), in collaboration with NSF’s Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program, invites applications for two-year Postdoctoral Synthesis Fellowships that will begin August 5, 2015. SESYNC and LTER also invite applications for Collaborating Mentors, who will co-develop postdoctoral projects and provide substantive intellectual and methodological mentoring during the fellowship.

Synthesis is a research approach that accelerates knowledge by distilling or integrating existing data, ideas, theories, and methods to draw more reliable or generalizable conclusions and to reveal novel areas of study. Synthesis often involves merging large or heterogeneous data sets from multiple sources, researchers, or fields of inquiry, and it can employ a diverse array of theoretical and methodological approaches.

SESYNC–LTER Postdoctoral Synthesis Fellowships will engage and assist early-career investigators in the use and analysis of existing long-term data and in advanced computational methods to ask new questions and initiate new research collaborations. Each Fellow will work with a SESYNC facilitator and cyberinfrastructure specialists to identify the data and
tools needed to address the proposed synthesis questions. These must involve LTER data, but applicants are encouraged to include additional long-term data collected for projects outside of the LTER network as well. All types of projects may be proposed, including those that synthesize data across LTER sites and those that synthesize natural and social science data.

In addition to their own research projects, SESYNC–LTER Postdoctoral Synthesis Fellows will have opportunities to collaborate with other SESYNC Postdoctoral Fellows and early career scholars and to participate with teams of researchers at SESYNC. Examples of current SESYNC projects include non-native pest risk and globalization, adaptive water governance, macroevolution of ecosystem services, and differing ecological vs. political time scales.

Fellowships are awarded for a maximum of two years. Appointments will be through the University of Maryland, and Fellows must be based at SESYNC’s facilities in Annapolis, Maryland, where they will have access to a full range of sophisticated analytical, modeling, and visualization tools. The SESYNC–LTER Postdoctoral Synthesis Fellowship will provide an annual
stipend, full University of Maryland employee benefits, and a small annual travel allowance to attend meetings or to meet with collaborators.

Collaborating Mentors will receive support to travel to SESYNC to work with the Fellow. SESYNC will  also provide a month of summer salary each year for the Mentor via a sub-award to the Mentor’s home institution.

For complete program details:
Postdoctoral Synthesis Fellowships:
Interested applicants must first submit a pre-screening application, accepted on a rolling basis but no later than February 2, 2015. Final fellowship applications must be submitted by April 1, 2015.

Collaborating Mentors:
Applications for Collaborating Mentors are accepted on a rolling basis but no later than February 2, 2015.
All deadlines are by 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).

                         Nanotechnology Fellowship – FDA ORA 2014-0065 Posting

Nanotechnology Fellowship

                                                                             Office of Regulatory Affairs

                                                                          Arkansas Regional Laboratory

                                                                       U.S. Food and Drug Administration

                                                                                    Jefferson, AR

A fellowship opportunity is currently available with the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) at the Arkansas Regional Laboratory of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The selected participant will be located at the Nanotechnology Core Facility, which was developed to support the technical needs of scientists involved in determining the toxicity, safety, and characterization of nanomaterials.

Under the guidance of a mentor, the selected participant will collaborate with multi-disciplinary research efforts within the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR)/ORA Nanotechnology Core Facility.

Additional information may be found here.


WRRC Seminar Series Spring 2015

Location: POST 126, UH Manoa
Time: 3:00 -4:00 PM

**There will be two short presentations on this day.**

Title: An Inventory of Sedimentation in Hawaii’s Reservoirs, Kim Fallinski, PhD Candidate, Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences, CTAHR, UH Manoa

Abstract: Hawaii’s reservoirs face increasing scrutiny due to heightened dam safety and flood control concerns, growing water demands, and uncertain water pollution effects. In order to promote long term reservoir sustainability, it is vital that we improve our understanding of reservoir capacity loss due to sedimentation. We will describe efforts to analyze existing physical data about reservoirs located on the main Hawaiian Islands, and report on the results of interviews with reservoir managers throughout the state about storage capacity and sedimentation processes. Although sedimentation of Hawaii’s reservoirs is rarely measured or documented, we suggest that it is a serious concern, and that the accurate measurement of reservoir sedimentation is a challenge for proper reservoir management. Reservoirs in Hawaii are a significant resource for adaptive and sustainable water supply, conservation, and flood control, and as such the maintenance, including assessment and removal of sediments, are an important consideration for water use and development on each island.

Title: Mitigating the Effects of Urbanization with Bioretention Rain Gardens Amanda Cording, PhD Candidate, Department of Plant and Soil Science, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont

Urbanization has had a profound effect on water quality and hydrology of local watersheds as a result of increased stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces. Biological retention, or “bioretention,” is a a best management practice (BMP) for stormwater management to attenuate peak flow and remove some pollutants from the water. The pollutant removal mechanisms in bioretention are complex and often vary with field conditions. In 2012, the University of Vermont constructed an outdoor bioretention laboratory with eight cells receiving water from small road-watersheds on a medium traffic road for more than two years. This presentation will discuss the design, experiment and preliminary results from two years of this study. These results can be also useful in guiding designs for bioretention systems in Hawaii and help mitigate receiving water quality problems.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a new, full-time two-year term position with possibility of extension. Initial consideration will be given to applications received prior to Friday, February 27, 2015. Thereafter, applications will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.

NCAR – NCAR Earth System Laboratory (NESL)

Climate and Global Dynamics Division (CGD)

Partial relocation costs paid per UCAR’s relocation policy

If necessary, UCAR/NCAR will sponsor a work visa (e.g., H1B, etc.) to fill this position.

Basic Function of Job: Provides support for a National Science Foundation (NSF) collaborative project in conjunction with the University of Montana to utilize an integrated data/model approach designed to address the long-standing enigma of Pliocene Arctic warmth. The goal of the project is to give a clarifying explanation of the interaction among terrestrial feedback mechanisms during the Pliocene and their role in amplifying Arctic surface temperatures.

Project priorities will be determined in conjunction with the NCAR Project PI, in collaboration with the University of Montana PI.

Fully participates and contributes to the modeling of various factors influencing Arctic climate during the Pliocene using the CESM model. Contributes to the experimental design; oversees integrations; manages relevant input, output, and comparative data sets; carries out detailed and innovative analyses of model simulations; and facilitates the dissemination of results. Collaborates on the development of post-processing tools for diagnosis of the CESM simulations. Documents experimental and diagnostics procedures. Organizes and maintains a comprehensive database of simulation output and analysis.

Conducts independent and collaborative scientific research related to the project goals. Coordinates and supports interactions with the team members from the University of Montana. Participates in, and contributes to, the CESM modeling activities, specifically by critically evaluating the atmosphere-land feedbacks. Suggests modifications and improvements to the atmosphere and land models of CESM for applications to long time scales.

Takes the lead and participates in writing of scientific journal articles and formal reports. Presents results at relevant meetings.

Interacts with the greater CESM and university communities, by providing expertise on the capabilities of CESM for paleoclimate problems. Interacts with participants of the international PlioMIP project, including assessments of simulations and design of future experiments.


Education and Experience:
Ph.D. or equivalent in oceanic, atmospheric, or related earth sciences by the start of the position and within the last 5 years.
-Demonstrated experience in working with large scientific computer programs.
-Demonstrated experience in developing complex simulation models.
-Demonstrated record of publication in scientific peer reviewed journals.
Extensive experience with coupled climate models.
-Demonstrated experience in designing and implementing reliable Fortran modules for complex geophysical systems, particularly climate models.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
-Demonstrated understanding, through published or academic work, of modeling complex, geophysical processes. Thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical basis of atmosphere and land models.
-Demonstrated knowledge of the UNIX operating system and its variants, including skill in writing shell scripts.
Knowledge of graphical analysis tools, e.g., IDL, NCL. MatLab.
-Detailed knowledge of data analysis methodologies for climate and land models.
-Excellent oral and written communication skills.
-Ability to assess priorities.
-Knowledge of web-based communication.

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, domestic partner status, disability, or veteran status.

Job Location:
Boulder, Colorado, United States

Organization: Fairfax County Park Authority, Natural Resource Management and Protection Branch

Job Title: Natural Resources Intern (Two positions available)

Location: Fairfax County, VA

Hours and Compensation: 
$12.50/hour, approximately 40 hours per week from June 8th-August 7th. Holidays and leave are unpaid. A vehicle will be provided for field work from the base office in Fairfax.

Application Deadline:
Applications must be received by February 27th, 2015.

Organization Overview:
The Fairfax County Park Authority maintains approximately 24,000 acres of public land including natural areas, cultural resources, and recreational facilities.  The Natural Resource Management and Protection (NRMP) Branch falls under the Resource Management Division of the Park Authority and is responsible for land stewardship and implementation of the agency’s Natural Resource Management Plan. For more
information please visit:

Position Description:
This internship is primarily field-based but will also incorporate an office component approximately one day per week. Interns will work together as a pair to perform non-native invasive plant assessments on parkland across the county using a standard field protocol. Interns will be trained in the survey method, conduct field surveys, and input their results into a GIS database.  Interns will have the opportunity to participate in other field and educational activities conducted by the Natural Resource Management and Protection Branch as events arise. This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in the field of natural
resources and develop field inventory skills. Each intern will also have
the opportunity to plan and implement a special 40-hour project in their
area of interest.

Qualifications and Skills:
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a strong interest in natural resource management and stewardship of public land. Applicants should expect to be outdoors up to four days per week and should be willing to work outdoors in a hot, humid environment with abundant insects, ticks and chiggers. Applicants must be able to travel on foot in rough terrain, including over steep slopes, fallen trees
and other obstacles, up to eight hours per day. Applicants must possess a
valid driver’s license. Our interns will be working together as a team and
must be able to cooperate and share responsibility. Experience in GIS and
GPS use, basic plant identification, and ecology are a plus.

How to apply:
Please email a letter of interest and resume to Erin Stockschlaeder, by February 27th, 2015.

Notice of Public Hearing, Docket No. 2014-0308, Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. – Power Purchase Agreement for Renewable As-Available Energy with Ka La Nui Solar, LLC
by LopakaB
Notice of Public Hearing Re: Docket No. 2014-0308, Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. – Power Purchase Agreement for Renewable As-Available Energy with Ka La Nui Solar, LLC

The Commission will hold a public hearing as follows:
February 12, 2015, 3:30 p.m.
Nanaikapono Elementary School Cafeteria
89-153 Mano Avenue
Waianae, Oahu

Attached is a copy of the Notice of Public Hearing. The last page of the Notice sets forth the publication and corresponding publication dates.