Archive for February, 2015

Here’s a great opportunity for a GIS analyst to work with the National Audubon Society on bird conservation. Will be working on local and national-scale projects as part of a small, but growing, research team based in San Francisco. Analyst could work in SF, another Audubon office, or remotely.

Undergraduates seeking research experience in forest ecology are invited to apply for a 10-week expense-paid internship at Bartlett, Jeffers Brook, and Hubbard Brook Experimental Forests in
the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

About the Project: 
Multiple Element Limitation in Northern Hardwood Ecosystems (MELNHE) is an NSF funded collaboration between researchers at the State University of New York (SUNYESF), Cornell University, Miami University, the University of Michigan, and the Marine Biological Laboratory.  The MELNHE project seeks to examine the limits to forest productivity through the lens of resource optimization theory.  This is being studied through replicated, large-scale nutrient additions of nitrogen, phosphorus, and calcium in stands of different ages at three sites. Treatment results will be used to help develop the Multi-Element Limitation (MEL) model and assess nutrient limitation in northern hardwood forests.  More information on the project is available at, including a blog from previous field crews.

Internship Description: 
Interns will be guided in the design of their research projects and will interact closely with graduate students and senior research scientists.  Research projects include tree and understory growth response to nutrient addition, soil respiration, soil parent material identification, leaf litter production, fine and woody litter production, water use (sap flow
and soil moisture), and nutrient uptake and mycorrhizal root colonization. Interns will gain a wide variety of skills by assisting in all ongoing projects.  Interns have the opportunity to present their results at the annual Hubbard Brook Cooperators Meeting in July.

Interns are provided with shared housing at Bartlett Experimental Forest; tenting is optional. Work days typically begin at 8:00 AM and end at 4:30, but may be shorter or longer depending
upon the day’s activities.  Food is prepared communally by the interns and graduate student researchers, and costs generally run between $5-6 per day. A stipend of $100 per week is
provided for living expenses.

Desired Qualifications: 
Ideal applicants will have a strong interest in forest biology, ecology, or biogeochemistry.  Undergraduate students and recent graduates will be considered.  A positive attitude is important and a sense of humor is a plus.  Willingness to work and live in a communal setting is critical. Candidates should be able to perform repetitive tasks with attention to detail in a field setting under adverse conditions.  Applicants should be flexible in their expectations, but an estimated breakdown of the summer is: 60% fieldwork, 15% lab work, 10% data management, 15% research proposals and reports of independent projects.

To Apply: 
Please send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references to Jerome Barner .  Applications will be reviewed in the order by which they
are received.  The field season will begin on June 1 and ends on August 7; let us know if your availability differs from the given dates. Interviews will be conducted after March 6th.

The Blum Lab in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University invites applications for 2 full-time research associate positions to start in Spring 2015.  We are looking for enthusiastic, conscientious and highly self-motivated individuals to work on a project investigating the consequences of aquatic invasive species (AIS) removal for native Hawaiian
stream fishes.

Both incumbents, who will be based on Oahu in Hawaii, will participate in
field surveys and related work to support genes-to-ecosystem assessments of at-risk species responses to AIS removal. Incumbents also will contribute to data analysis for project reports and peer-review publications.

Prior experience participating in or leading field research is desired.
Successful applicants will be expected to work independently and collaboratively as an active member of a large research group. Incumbents
must be able to conduct stream-based field work, such as snorkel surveys, in
sometimes remote locations and in variable weather conditions. Incumbents also must be able to perform detailed data analyses with a high level of precision.

We are particularly interested in applicants that have experience with
Hawaiian stream ecosystems, including but not limited to AIS and native
amphidromous fauna. Strong written, verbal and analytical skills are
essential. A Bachelor’s degree or higher in ecology or a related field is
also desired.

We highly encourage Hawaiian residents and Pacific Islanders to apply. An initial appointment will be for one year, with continuation dependent upon performance and funding.  Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

A PDF-format application package including (1) a letter of interest; (2) a
curriculum vitae detailing past research experience and educational
training; and (3) contact information for three professional references
should be submitted via e-mail to Ms. Shelley Meaux (
Please write “Hawaii research associate position” in the subject line. For
earliest consideration, apply by 15 March 2015. Applications will be
accepted until the position is filled.

Tulane University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity/ADA Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Aloha HBEP Educational Lecture Series Patrons,

Here is some information about this week’s Sundays at the Bay, an outreach educational series presented by the Hanauma Bay Education Program, University of Hawai`i Sea Grant College Program.

SUNDAY March 1st 2015
Name: Phillip and Andrea Bruner, Department of Biology, BYU-Hawai`i

Talk title: Behavioral ecology of shorebirds

Abstract: Shorebirds are cosmopolitan species that migrate between breeding and non-breeding habitats that are often thousands of miles apart and dramatically different. Four species, Pacific Golden-Plover, American Golden-Plover, Black-bellied Plover and Ruddy Turnstone are the focus of this presentation. Topics include: the Evolutionarily Stable Strategies of nest site selection, parental investment, parental care, natal philopatry, extra-pair paternity and migration in.

The presentation will be in the education alcove in the Hanauma Bay Education Center at 3:00 p.m. (public parking is $1.00/vehicle). Admittance to the lecture presentation will begin at 2:45 p.m. outside the entrance to the Education Center by the benches.  Those who are attending the lecture presentation ONLY and are admitted at this time by the Education staff will bypass the admission window.  Please do not arrive earlier than 2:45 p.m.  Patrons attending ONLY the Educational Lecture will be given a special red “Hawaii Sea Grant” hand stamp that will allow access into the education alcove for the lecture but no access to the beach itself.  Lecture will begin promptly at 3 p.m.

*Please NOTE: Anyone who wishes to go to the beach BEFORE the lecture, will be processed through the regular admission line and shall pay the admission fee of $7.50 (if you are not a Hawaii resident).

We hope to see you all there! These education programs are supported and funded by the City and County of Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation.

For more information on UH Sea Grant Hanauma Bay Education Program events and activities, navigate to the “Calendar of Events” located at, like us on Facebook (, follow us on Twitter (@HanaumaOutreach), or Instagram (@hanaumaeducation).

Mahalo for your kind consideration and interest in the Hanauma Bay Education Program.


UH Sea Grant Hanauma Bay Education Program

This is a reminder to encourage your students working on botanical research to submit their applications for our generous NCB scholarship for next academic year.  The deadline is March 31.

Newly revised application materials, including a revised letter of recommendation form, are now available on our website at — students must use the current version of the application materials.
Please spread the word and encourage your students and those of other instructors you might know to apply!

Thanks! looking forward to some great applications.

Global Inland Fisheries Ecology and Governance – Assistant Professor, Tenure System

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University (MSU), is seeking to fill an academic year tenure track faculty position in Global Inland Fisheries Ecology and Governance at the Assistant Professor level.  The person selected will be affiliated with the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability and will join a group of faculty, post-doctoral research associates, specialists, and students that provide an internationally recognized program in fisheries science and management.

The appointment of this position will include research (50%), outreach (30%) and teaching (20%).  The successful candidate will have demonstrated expertise and experience in fisheries ecology and an understanding of fisheries governance systems.  This scholar will also need to demonstrate their ability to work collaboratively with multi-sectoral stakeholders related to the conservation and sustainable use of inland fishery resources and freshwater habitats.

Additionally, this person will be expected to interact with policy makers, fishery management agencies, stakeholder groups and the international community including, inter alia, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.  The successful candidate will be expected to develop a vibrant undergraduate and graduate program based on extramurally-funded research, participate in teaching and experiential learning, including the development of online and study abroad educational programs, and provide outreach and consultation services to MSU agency partners around the world.

For additional information, interested individuals can contact:

Dr. William W. Taylor

University Distinguished Professor in Global Fisheries Systems<>

For a complete job description and to apply, visit<> posting #0863

Screening of applications will begin April 1, 2015.

Application materials should include:

*   Cover letter
*   C.V.
*   Statement of research interests (maximum 2 pages)
*   Statement of teaching interests (maximum 2 pages)
*   Statement of outreach interests (maximum 2 pages)
*   Names and contact information of 3 – 5 references

MSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

Memorial and Maintenance Volunteer at Midway Atoll NWR

Duties: The work conducted includes but is not limited to:
–corrosion control and refinishing historic structures and properties (i.e. ammunition bunkers, windows, flagpoles, anchors, monuments, etc.) in accordance with historic preservation standards;
–trail maintenance and vegetation clearing;
–painting/cleaning/fencing monuments; operation, maintenance and repair of heavy equipment and vessels (i.e. front-end loader, backhoe, bulldozer, forklift, tele-handler, dump truck, golf cart, and vessels up to 33’ in length in open ocean conditions);
–fabricating replacement parts for equipment and repairing infrastructure utilizing skills such as carpentry, welding, and masonry; equipment maintenance, repair and maintenance includes welding and fabricating parts, replacing broken/worn components, troubleshooting electrical/mechanical discrepancies, and conducting corrosion control/painting items such as boat trailers, outboard engines, bicycles, carts and UTVs, heavy equipment, power tools, solar systems
and special tools and equipment;
–conducting inventories and surveys of Refuge equipment and vehicles along with other tasks depending on current projects and Refuge needs.
Volunteers are expected to work a minimum of 40 hours/week with additional weekend work when necessary.

Requirements: Must be physically fit with proof of no limiting physical conditions; able to swim/snorkel, confidently ride a bike for miles both day and night; hike up to six miles in the sand or on uneven terrain in both hot sun and cold/cloudy/rainy conditions; lift 50 pounds; willing to apply herbicide while wearing required protective gear. Applicants selected must be skilled in vehicle, vessel and heavy equipment maintenance, repair and electrical/mechanical troubleshooting, and be willing to perform all duties in sub-tropical wind, sun, rain, cold, and humidity extremes. Knowledge of and experience in historical
artifact/structures/properties preservation in accordance with the federal laws and policy is preferred. Volunteers selected must possess a strong work ethic, be positive self-starters, willing to adhere to staff directions and maintenance protocols, and be able to effectively (and “harmoniously”) live and work closely with a small group of diverse people for the duration of the assignment (six months).

Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge is a remote site and accessible only by plane twice a month. Because of the isolated nature of this work, safety is of the utmost importance. Volunteers should be aware that evacuation for emergencies or medical issues can typically take at least 24 hours and be potentially very expensive. Because Midway is a small community where volunteers will be working and living with FWS employees and contractors, we cannot stress enough our zero
tolerance policy for harassment or abuse of any kind, including alcohol or drug abuse. A minimum 24-week commitment is required. One Round-trip flight between Midway and Honolulu and housing at Midway are provided.

Volunteers are responsible for their own travel to Honolulu as well as the cost of meals while on Midway. A current passport is required for travel to and from Midway.

More information available at:

FIELD TECHNICIANS (2) needed May 1st through August 15th for research on shrub/scrub bird ecology in northern New Jersey.  Duties include conducting point count surveys in the NJ Highlands using distance sampling methodologies, nest searching, vegetation sampling, data entry and some data analysis.  Point count experience, the ability to identify birds of the eastern U.S. by sight and sound, and proficiency with GPS and range finders required; nest searching experience and knowledge of MS Excel and ArcGIS preferred.  Applicants must be able to work independently, and be willing to work in occasionally hot and buggy conditions and potential rough terrain.  Salary $1,800 – $2,200 per month, depending on experience.  Must have own vehicle.  Housing and mileage reimbursement will be provided.  Send cover letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references by March 1st to Kristin Mylecraine, New Jersey Audubon, Wattles Stewardship Center, 1024 Anderson Road, Port Murray, NJ  07865, <>



The aquatic geochemistry lab at the University of Michigan is currently seeking a laboratory technician to assist in research projects involving aquatic geochemistry and environmental science, including the chemical, photochemical, and biogeochemical analysis of water samples in the laboratory, the computer entry of data, and the statistical or graphical
analysis of data. A suitable candidate should possess a Bachelor’s degree in a natural science discipline such as chemistry, geology, biology or environmental sciences, plus the ability to translate, adapt and apply this knowledge. Candidates should have lab experience in detailed, high-quality biogeochemical analyses of samples, and must show evidence of skill in computer data entry and analysis including graphics. In addition, desired qualifications include experience in field collection of environmental samples in remote areas under difficult conditions, and experience in operating and coordinating in research collection and analysis program with minimum supervision. The position requires moderately strenuous field work in the Arctic during summer (hiking with full packs over tundra). Experience with the following is a plus: UV-vis spectrophotometer, fluorometer, HPLC, mass spectrometry, ICP, analysis of aquatic FDOM, TOC, DIC, oxygen, nutrients, trace metals, Matlab.

Interested applicants must apply at the University of Michigan ( ), job posting # 106335.  This full time position is a temporary appointment for up to one year with option to renew pending available funds. You must include a resume and cover letter describing your qualifications and experience. The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity employer.  For questions contact

Undergraduate Internship in Tropical Ecology and Evolution – Summer 2015 University of Puerto Rico

We are now accepting applications for the Summer 2015 internship in Tropical Ecology and Evolution at El Verde Field Station, Puerto Rico.  The internship will run from June 1 – August 7.

Application Deadline: 28 February 2015
The program will offer students the opportunity to have hands-on experience fields such as:
-Aquatic Insect Ecology
-Stream acidification effects on aquatic insects
-Plant-animal interactions, Plant population biology

Students receive a stipend for the ten weeks duration of the program. Round-trip plane ticket from home institution to Puerto Rico will be reimbursed, up to a maximum of $600.  The program will cover housing at El Verde Field Station.  The National Science Foundation and the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus, fund the program.

The program is limited to undergraduate students pursuing a bachelor degree at a college or university during summer 2015 that are US citizen or permanent resident.

Application materials and further information can be found at <>