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21 de octubre de 2016

Varias plazas para monitoreo de rapaces en islas de California

Raptor Biologists are needed to assist in the monitoring of bald eagles and peregrine falcons on the California Channel Islands from 14 February through 13 June 2017. Work will be conducted on the northern California Channels Islands off the coast of Southern California. Two positions are available on each of Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa islands, and one position on San Miguel Island.

Duties: Job duties will include searching for and monitoring nesting bald eagles and peregrine falcons, collecting behavioral and prey delivery data on nesting birds, monitoring non-nesting birds, and assisting in banding efforts. Access around the island will be by 4-wheel-drive vehicle, ATV, inflatable boat, and on foot. Employees will work an 8-day on, 6-day off schedule due to transportation schedules to the islands.

Experience: B.S. in Wildlife Biology or related field required. Previous experience with raptors, especially bald eagles or peregrine falcons, 4WD trucks, ATVs, and boats preferred. Must be able to safely operate 4WD vehicles (full-size trucks and ATVs) over steep, rocky, and muddy roads. Must be able to work independently. Biologists will need to maintain a professional attitude at all times while working with Institute, Park Service, The Nature Conservancy, and Navy personnel, as well as visitors to the islands.

Compensation: $15.14/hr (40 hrs regular, 24 hours at 1.5x base pay per shift). Housing will be provided while on the islands in Navy, Park Service, or Institute housing, but not on days off. Transportation to and from the islands is provided via boat, plane, or helicopter.

Application Procedures: Attach a Word or PDF file(s) containing a cover letter discussing your qualifications for this position, current resume with dates worked and duties performed (needed for evaluation purposes), and names and phone numbers of at least 3 references (preferably with email addresses) in an email to Dr. Peter Sharpe:

Or mail application materials to:

Dr. Peter Sharpe
P.O. Box 2500
Avalon, CA 90704

Closing Date: 18 November 2016.

20 de octubre de 2016

Ofertas de trabajo en conservación en las islas Seychelles

Chief Warden - Manage an amazing nature reserve in Seychelles

Nature Seychelles’ the acclaimed national NGO is looking for a highly motivated and skilled person to lead the management of the multiple award winning Cousin Island Special Reserve. The qualities we are looking for include: University degree in a relevant subject, 5 years in-situ experience in managing a conservation area, field based organisation or related program, very good boat driving skills, PADI dive qualifications, high physical fitness, experience in leading small teams, and conflict resolution skills. The candidate will take up the post on the 1st of December 2016 so as to manage a smooth handover with the current post holder Send your CV and other details to copy to before 30th October 2016. See below for the full job description.


Volunteer Coordinator - Cousin Island Special Reserve

We are looking for an enthusiastic self-starter with the right attitude to work as the Volunteer Coordinator of the new paying volunteer program on Cousin Island Special Reserve ( an award-winning, land and marine Special Reserve in Seychelles. Cousin Island Special Reserve is managed by Nature Seychelles ( Volunteers are an integral part of the conservation activities of the Reserve. The post holder will run a small paying volunteer program which is to be newly established. The post holder will be recruited before the start of this program so as to, review the current systems and existing documentation and put in place a framework, as well as all necessary documentation involved in a paying volunteer program – this plus familiarization with the Reserve and marketing the program (with the Communication Manager) will take the first 3 months. He/she will then implement the program as well as regularly report on it. The new paying volunteer program will be run in very close collaboration with the Conservation Manager on the island to support and reinforce the existing conservation work program.

19 de octubre de 2016

Oferta de doctorado en detección remota y ecología de bosques (Canadá)

A fully-funded Ph.D. position is available at the University of Toronto, either in the Geography Department or in the Faculty of Forestry. The Ph.D. candidate will develop new techniques for monitoring trees using the latest remote sensing technology. In particular, the candidate will use optical imagery and/or LIDAR to delineate tree crowns, then assess tree health, branch fall, and tree mortality. Some of the data will be collected using unmanned aerial vehicles or helicopters carrying hyperspectral sensors, multispectral sensors, as well as LIDAR. Thus, the candidate will have the opportunity to work at the Koffler Scientific Reserve ( and Haliburton Forest (

Qualifications: 1) sincere interest in remote sensing and forest ecology; 2) strong quantitative skills; 3) remote sensing skills, or the ability to learn them quickly; and 4) excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

Applicants should send a letter of enquiry and curriculum vitae to Prof. Yuhong He ( and Prof. John Caspersen ( Applications will be reviewed beginning January 15th, but the positions will remain open until a suitable candidate is selected.

18 de octubre de 2016

Voluntariado en biología marina en las Maldivas (alojamiento y manutención)

Marine Biology Internships x2 (volunteer)

Start date: January 2017
Duration: 10 weeks (minimum) to 12 weeks (maximum)
Please apply before: 08 November 2016

You will assist marine biologists with all our projects, and accompany guests on resort excursions. Duration is a full 10 to 12 weeks; working hours are 09:00 to 18:00, 6 days/week. No salary is given during this internship, and you will fund your own return international flights to/from Malé, Maldives.

The successful applicants will :
  • Have a passionate interest in marine life and conservation.
  • Be a current undergraduate student (preferred) in a relevant discipline.
  • Make a research project proposal, aligning interests with our conservation programmes.
  • Present a completed project report to our team before departure.
  • Be a confident swimmer and snorkeller (qualified diver preferred).
  • Be physically fit (working long hours in the lagoon, and able to carry 20kg weight).

Please download our full job description and carefully follow the application instructions:

Intern Job Description

Voluntariado ambiental en Almenara de Tormes, Salamanca (España)

Estimad@s amig@s,

Desde la Fundación Tormes-EB os invitamos a participar en las jornadas de voluntariado ambiental que desarrollaremos los siguientes fines de semana:

21, 22 y 23 de octubre de 2016

28, 29 y 30 de octubre de 2016

4, 5 y 6 de noviembre de 2016

18, 19 y 20 de noviembre de 2016

28, 29 y 30 de noviembre de 2016

Es una actividad GRATUITA e INCLUYE ALOJAMIENTO Y MANUTENCIÓN en el Centro de Iniciativas Ambientales (Almenara de Tormes, Salamanca).

Realizaremos diferentes acciones: plantaciones vegetales en zonas de ribera y humedal, limpiezas de cauces fluviales, señalizaciones interpretativas, seguimiento de fauna, acondicionamiento y creación de nuevos espacios en entornos rurales, etc.

Para más información e inscripciones: // 923 265 953

Conviviendo, conociendo a gente e intercambiando experiencias. Agradecemos vuestra participación, así como la difusión del mismo.

¡Gracias y os esperamos!

Equipo técnico de la Fundación Tormes-EB
Teléfonos: 923 265 953 / 923 170 108

Postdoctoral Researcher in Biodiversity Synthesis (Switzerland)

We are seeking a quantitative ecologist to work on a project funded by the Swiss Science Foundation that will relate the results of biodiversity-ecosystem function experiments to patterns in ‘real world’ ecosystems. The project will quantitatively integrate work from two large-scale and long-term projects, The Jena Experiment and the Biodiversity Exploratories, in addition to other major international biodiversity projects. The post is at the Institute of Plant Sciences at the University of Bern, Switzerland in the group of Prof. Markus Fischer and will involve close collaboration with Dr Peter Manning and Dr Fons van der Plas of the Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre in Frankfurt, Germany. The project will also network the researcher within the extensive research communities of these projects and the wider biodiversity research community.
Candidates should possess a PhD in ecology, strong quantitative skills (e.g. data analysis in R), an excellent knowledge of ecological theory and the capacity to collaborate effectively within a large and diverse team of researchers. Evidence of previous or potential publication of work in leading peer reviewed journals is also essential.
The post offers an attractive research environment (see also links below) and Bern offers an excellent quality of life. The position is for 2 years.
For informal enquiries regarding the post contact Peter Manning ( Please send your application including a letter of motivation, CV, publication list and names and email contacts of two referees as a single pdf to and no later than 25 October 2016.

Related links:
Jena Experiment
Biodiversity Exploratories
Plant Ecology at Bern
Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre

17 de octubre de 2016

Montones de ofertas de doctorados bioquímicos/moleculares en Alemania

The University of Duisburg-Essen and
the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf
offer within the DFG-funded Research Training Group 1949 (GRK 1949)
12 PhD positions - E 13 TV-L, 65 % and
2 MD/PhD positions - E13 TV-L, 90 %
Starting on 1st April 2017

The focus of our Research Training Group Immune Response in Infectious Diseases – Regulation between Innate and Adaptive Immunity lies on the interaction between innate and adaptive immunity in infectious diseases. Outstanding scientists offer a top-class education to excellent young academics from natural sciences and medicine.

We offer a three-year structured program consisting of lecture series, retreats, lab rotations, and methods courses etc. (mandatory). Our international cooperations provide the option to visit labs abroad, learn new methods and widen your professional network. Successful candidates will be awarded the PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) or MD/PhD degree. The program is taught in English.

We expect
• excellent graduation in the fields of medical biology, biology, medicine, biochemistry, or biotechnology (Master or equivalent)
• proven interest in one or more of the above indicated research fields
• highly motivated and committed
• interested in participating actively in the program of the RTG
• disposed to work with laboratory animals (depending on the project)
• very good written and spoken English skills

The duration of the PhD or MD/PhD position will be up to three years max. The salary is in accordance with the German public service salary scale (PhD: TV-L E 13, 65%), (MD/PhD: TV-L E 13, 90 %).

Application details
The application process is handled exclusively online. Please acquaint yourself with the scientific projects offered on our website. Interested candidates should fill in the application form on and send it together with the copies of all university degrees in one pdf file only to Please refer to “Application RTG 1949” in the subject line.

Deadline for application is 15 November 2016.

Daniela Catrini
Institute of Medical Microbiology, University Hospital Essen, Virchowstrasse 179,
45147 Essen, Germany

16 de octubre de 2016

Postdoc en detección remota en Alaska

The Alaska Center for Conservation Science at the University of Alaska Anchorage is seeking applicants for a postdoctoral fellow to join faculty and researchers who are active in conducting research in a wide variety of disciplines pursued at ACCS (see The postdoc will be mentored by Dr. Jamie Trammell (University of Alaska Anchorage) and will work actively and collaboratively with resource managers and scientists across agencies.

Description of Duties:
The goal of the project is to integrate Department of Interior
terrestrial monitoring data and identify scalable remote sensing
indicators linked to ground based measures across arctic and subarctic
Alaska. This position is funded through a Bureau of Land Management
grant and will focus on integrating monitoring data to benefit a number
of DOI priorities including the Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring
program, Rapid Ecoregional Assessments, National Strategy for the Arctic
Region, Integrated Arctic Management, and Integrated Cumulative Impacts

Duties include statistically describing current resource conditions
based on existing monitoring data, conducting an inventory of DOI data
and protocols for vegetation monitoring, evaluation of remote sensing
monitoring indicators that can be linked to ground-based monitoring
data, and development of integrated products across efforts.

This individual will be expected to lead all aspects of the data
integration project. He/She is expected to be familiar with landscape
ecology science and analysis techniques. Demonstration of journal
publication experience, grantsmanship experience, professional meeting
presentations, and experience with resource management agencies are
necessary for successful candidates.

If you have a PhD and would like to collaborate with faculty and
researchers at the Alaska Center for Conservation Science, please
consider this exciting opportunity. The initial appointment will be for
one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year.

For more information about this position please contact E. Jamie
Trammell (ejtrammell [at] or Tina Boucher (tboucher [at] at the Alaska Center for Conservation Science.

15 de octubre de 2016

Oferta de doctorado en dendroecología (Canadá)

Although a large body of recent research has already pointed to possible effects of a changing climate on tree growth across the boreal forest, there is still a need for better empirical data to verify some of the most fundamental assumptions adopted in this research. Climate impact studies have revealed changes in growth rates and the extent of forest decline as a result of increased evapotranspiration demand, variability in the frequency of extreme climatic and disturbance events (such as fires, insect outbreaks), and indirect effects of climate change, involving tree regeneration and competitive interactions within community. However, a vast majority of these studies has relied on a combination of short-term observations and long-term model-driven projections involving many not-so-evident assumptions. To address this knowledge gap we will conduct a study looking specifically at long-term changes in growth rates in natural pure and mixed stands of boreal Quebec. We will consider low frequency (century long) trends in growth as integral metrics of climatically-driven changes in growing conditions.

We are looking for an ambitious and highly motivated PhD student with a completed master degree in forest ecology, climatology, geography, ecosystem modelling, or mathematics. Documented experiences in dendrochronology, GIS-added analyses, work with large relational databases, modeling of biological systems and good skills in computer programming (R) will all be valued during the evaluation process. It is important that the candidate is fluent in English and has an excellent ability to formulate himself/herself both orally and in writing. Knowledge of French is an strong asset.

A past record of scientific publication and presentation is highly valued. We put great emphasis on personal characteristics of the successful applicant, solid work ethic, and in particular – the ability to independently manage a large volume of fieldwork and laboratory tasks, and meet reporting and publication deadlines.

The successful candidate will join a dynamic and international team of the Forest Research Institute at the University of Quebec at Abitibi-Temiscamigue, Quebec Canada. The position is offered within the framework of a three-year MITACS project Can tree species mixing improve resilience and productivity of boreal forests?, in cooperation with consortium OURANOS and Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles of Quebec.

It is expected that this 3-year PhD project will start in the January-February 2017.

Please direct all inquiries to and

14 de octubre de 2016

Biotapas: Expediciones, Gran Barrera de Coral, Antártida, Cómo hablar en público...

¡Los cambios se precipitan! En una semana dejo los States y vuelvo a Uppsala (al menos por unas horas, antes de subirme a otro avión hacia África!). Ya estamos vendiendo los muebles, empaquetando cosas, buscando hueco en congeladores para guardar muestras... y antes de cortar internet, ¡intentaré escribir unas últimas biotapas! (¿quizá penúltimas, al menos hasta finales de Noviembre?).

También puedes añadir desnudos a tus charlas cuando quieras romper el hielo rápido.
  • Expedición a la Antártida (sólo para ellas)- Voy a intentar con todas mis fuerzas escribir un artículo sobre este proyecto antes de irme para África. Lo descubrí gracias a mi amiga Deborah Pardo, doctora en ecología y una de las 76 primeras participantes de Homeward Bound. ¡El proyecto es una pasada! Si te llama la idea de visitar la Antártida y, de paso, conseguir nuevos superpoderes en liderazgo y comunicación, ¡estáte atenta a!


Hasta aquí las biotapas de este viernes. Si sigues con algo de hambre, tienes más biotapas aquí. Cuéntame las tuyas en los comentarios, por facebook o en twitter (#biotapas) ¡Buen fin de semana!

13 de octubre de 2016

Doctorado en biología evolutiva y cambio global (Francia)

One Ph.D. position focusing on adaptive evolution, phenotypic plasticity and epigenetic of aphids in the context of global change is available at the Evolution et Diversité Biologique (EDB) laboratory in the group of Dr. Etienne Danchin and Dr. Jean-Louis Hemptinne at the University of Toulouse III-Paul Sabatier (France).

For more information and to apply see:
Click on the link for the project description: “Evolutionary response to global change in aphids : role of epigenetics (ESCAPE)”

See also:

Candidate competences:
We are seeking highly motivated students with good organizational skills and strong interests in experimental quantitative ecology, behavioral ecology or evolutionary ecology. Master students in biology, ecology, or a related field are welcomed. Students interested in both experimental and theoretical work are particularly encouraged to apply. Candidates should be sufficiently fluent in English to be able to engage in discussions. Previous experience with insects, laboratory experiments, molecular biology, and statistical analyses (R software) will be appreciated.
Informal enquiries are welcome – please contact us by email.

Practical information:
Application dead-line: 17st October 2016
Requirements: holding a master degree. All nationalities are welcome to apply. Applicant should not have prior work/study experience in the Toulouse region.
Advisors: Etienne Danchin and Jean-Louis Hemptinne
Duration: 3 Years
Location: University of Toulouse III-Paul Sabatier, France

12 de octubre de 2016

Curso de SIG gratuito online: Análisis espacial

This course is for people who know something about data analysis and want to learn how the special capabilities of spatial data analysis provides deeper understanding. You'll get free access to the full analytical capabilities of ArcGIS Online, Esri's cloud-based GIS platform. Previous experience with GIS software is helpful but not necessary.
  • Hands-on exercises, short video lectures, quizzes, case studies, and discussion
  • Six week course, two–three hours of study per week
  • Certificate of completion and awards
Join here!

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