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Call for Contributed Abstracts: Talks, Posters, Lightning Talks

100th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America

Baltimore, Maryland

August 9-14, 2015

Deadline for Submission: Thursday, February 26, 2015 . Only complete proposals submitted by 5:00 PM Eastern Time (2:00 PM Pacific) will be considered.

Ecological Science at the Frontier: Celebrating ESA’s Centennial

We invite abstract submissions for contributed presentations in talk, poster, and lightning talk formats. Join us in beautiful historic Baltimore next summer to celebrate ESA’s first century and usher in the next.

ESA currently stands at a boundary between 100 successful years for the Society and an uncharted future for the planet. Although abstracts related to the meeting’s theme are encouraged, any timely and coherent subject of broad interest to ecologists will be considered. We also welcome abstracts that explore interdisciplinary connections with areas of social and natural science outside of ecology or that relate to ecological education at any level.

All abstracts will be reviewed using criteria described in the calls.  Abstracts will be sorted into thematic sessions based on topics ranked by the submitting author at the time of abstract submission. By submitting an abstract, authors are indicating they expect to be available during any of the appropriate time slots.

Contributed Talks

Contributed talks are scheduled for 15 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions (20 minutes total). Oral sessions could be scheduledMonday afternoon through Friday morning.

Contributed Posters

Contributed posters will be scheduled for a two hour session in the late afternoon. Poster sessions could be scheduled Monday through Thursday.

Contributed Lightning Talks

Lightning talks are scheduled for 5 minutes with shared discussion time. Lightning sessions could be scheduled Monday afternoon through Friday morning.

Student Awards
New this year, students who would like to be considered for best student presentation (Buell/Braun awards) should apply as part of abstract submission. The deadline is the same as the abstract deadline, February 26. See the appropriate abstract call for more information, including the application questions.

If you have any questions, please contact the Program Chair, Carol Brewer, at<> or the Program Coordinator, Jennifer Riem, at<>

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Join us Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 4th at 3:00 pm ET for the next webinar in the National Flood Interoperability Experiment series.

The application procedure for the NFIE Summer Institute will be discussed during this webinar.

Connect to the webinar using the following: oppWednesday, February 4th at 3:00 pm ET
US (Toll): 1-719-325-2630<tel:1-719-325-2630>
US (Toll Free):   1-855-747-8824<tel:1-855-747-8824>
Participant Passcode: 237 988 9581
For additional information, and to view previously recorded webinars, visit<>
Questions? Contact<>
The academic community, coordinated by CUAHSI, is being invited by the National Weather Service and its partner federal agencies to participate in a National Flood Interoperability Experiment (NFIE) to help build a new high resolution, near real-time hydrologic simulation and forecasting model for the United States.   This opportunity is created through the opening of a new National Water Center on the Tuscaloosa campus of the University of Alabama, which is to become the national center for river flow forecasting.  The intent is to establish a research partnership with the academic community that will sustain innovation into the future. Join us Wednesday, February 4th to learn how to apply to the NFIE Summer Institute.


STEM Pā’ina

Aloha Kākou,

Happy New Year! We hope you all had a well deserved winter break.

We will be having our first STEM Pa`ina of the semester on Wednesday, January 14 from 11-12:45pm. More information about the event is in the flyer attached to this email.

Please let us know if you have any



The Wahi Kana‘aho, a culture-based youth learning center for the healing arts, is hiring full-time youth case workers.  For those that are interested, please see the job description attached for more details on how to apply.
The interview and hiring process is now open and will close when qualified applicants have been selected.  Interviews will begin after January 20, 2015.
The Wahi Kana‘aho Team
Job Description:
Wahi Kana‘aho Cultural Retreat Youth Case Worker (1.0 FTE)

Program and Position Overview:
The Wahi Kana‘aho, a culture-based youth learning center for the healing arts, is hiring full-time  youth case workers. The Wahi Kana‘aho is a short-term residential cultural retreat that provides  a supportive learning environment for small cohorts of young people ages 12-18. Each cohort consists of eight youth residing at the program site in Wai‘anae for a 21 day session.
The Youth Case Worker is responsible for maintaining a safe space, serving as a mentor and counselor for youth participants, assessing youth’s strengths and interests, facilitating educational and recreational activities, documenting services that youth receive, and assisting with various tasks related to the overall operations of the program and facilities. Training and professional development will be a regular requirement of all staff. Experience with and understanding of indigenous culture and issues facing young people picked up for status offenses and minor law violations is preferred. Experience in a residential setting is a plus. For more information on the overall juvenile arrest diversion process that the Wahi Kana‘aho program is a part of, please visit:

Please note: Ability and willingness to work flexible hours including overnight hours, weekends and holidays required. The overnight position is an awake position – sleeping is not permitted during the shift. Shifts are generally 8 hours in length.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Ability to work collaboratively within a team made up of workers who have who have a variety of job responsibilities (e.g. administration, teaching cultural practices, academic tutoring, counseling/case management and facilitation of group activities).
2. Create a safe space for all youth and program partners.
3. Provide counseling to youth throughout program session; support youth and family in setting directions for appropriate referrals; and maintain relationship through follow-up period after youth completes the residential program.
4. Maintain the cleanliness, safety, and security of the residential site.
5. Enforce established rules and regulations, and mediate and resolve conflicts among youth residents.
6. Make log entries for assigned shift and debrief with team members at shift changes.
7. Inform Supervisor and all appropriate staff of house concerns requiring resolutions or follow-up.
8. Participate in any program evaluation and quality improvement processes.
9. Participate in professional development activities and positive youth development and program specific trainings.
10. Model cultural values, positive communication and active listening skills, help to create a welcoming and supportive environment.
11. Perform all other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:

-High School Diploma or GED required
-Bachelors or Master’s Degree desired
-A minimum of one year experience in the human service field, preferably with young people. Experience with Native Hawaiian, other Pacific Islander and Filipino populations strongly preferred
Knowledge, Skills, and Competencies:
-Ability to identify problems that are not easily defined and resolve them before the
-Ability to motivate and engage youth
-Good communication skills, verbal and written
-Good interpersonal skills
-Demonstrated cultural competence and cultural responsiveness
-Willingness to learn and lead with an open mind
-Basic computer skills in MS Office Software, web browsing and navigation of MS problem escalates Windows platform preferred; or a willingness to be trained on developing computer skills a must

Applications and Inquiries:
-To apply for the position, please send a resume, cover letter, and 2 references to
-For more information, please email inquiries to

-The interview and hiring process is now open and will close when qualified applicants have been selected. The projected start date of program operations is February 2015.
-All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. We are also an equal opportunity employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans.


If you’d like to join a team that provides unified leadership and advocacy for Hawaii’s most critical conservation issues, you might just be our next Program Coordinator.

View the position description and qualifications on HCA Job Bank.

Applications accepted until January 28, 2015.

NAPIRE Info Session

Barbara Dugelby will be holding an informational session for NAPIRE 2015 on January 13th, 2015. I have attached a flyer with the details of the session.


1.  GeoCORP (paid spring/summer 2015 geoscience projects), application deadline: 3 February 2015.
2.  Graduate student research grant, application deadline:2 February 2015 See more details below.
3.  Field Camp scholar award, application deadline:17 April 2015.
4.  Bighorn Basin/ExxonMobil Field Award, application deadline: 17 April 2015, If you get this award, you get the opportunity to be hired by  ExxonMobil. Jill Rowley, a MS graduate in 2013, received the award, and was identified as a promising employee by Exxon recruiters in the field school. She is currently a geologist working for Exxon.
5.  On To the Future (partial funding for diverse student to attend their 1st GSA annual meeting), application deadline:29 May 2015. Two of our graduate students, Juan Zamora and  Ciel Elizalde, received this grant to attend GSA in Vancouver, CA. Please talk to them regarding their awesome experiences.
Some more details regarding graduate student research grant:

The deadline for 2015 application to GSA graduate student research grant is Monday, 2 February ( Please consider to apply the research grant. I heard from a reviewer that about 50% of applications get funded each year. The award has three categories with  funding amount ranging between $2500 and $900. Additionally, ExxonMobil recognize  10 applications from the top 30 proposals and  award $7500 each. So it is good research money.

Here are a few tips I got from a proposal reviewer for writing competitive proposals:

1.  Include a figure to show the study location, and other important aspects of your proposal that can be best described  using  figures.  Although you are only allowed to attach one figure, you can include a, b, c… in this figure.
2.  Have a testable hypothesis.
3.  Present some preliminary results.
In 2014, two of our graduate students received the grant, Min Gao and Jennifer Beyer, they will be happy to share their application experiences. My suggestions to students who will apply this year are :1)  access the link for specific application requirements; 2) write the proposal early; 3) seek your advisors revision before application, give him/her time to help you and do not wait until the last minute.

Hawai`i Conservation Conference



Submissions are now being accepted!

Click here for complete information!

August 3-6, 2015, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo

Hanohano Hawai‘i Kuauli: Celebrating Collaboration and Wisdom Across Hawaii’s Ecosystems

Session & Abstract Proposal Deadline: January 23rd, 2015