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20 de agosto de 2019

Oferta de doctorado en restauración ecológica de ambientes costeros

We are seeking a graduate student to work on coastal marine ecosystem restoration projects (starting Spring semester 2020). The student would join a team of scientists from the University of Florida (WEC, Nature Coast Biological Station, https://ncbs.ifas.ufl.edu/, and the School of Natural Resources and Environment) and US Geological Survey (Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, St Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center and Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center) who are working on a project to provide decision support to managers (e.g., US Fish and Wildlife Service) for coastal marine ecosystem restoration, characterized by complex dynamics that interact among multiple system processes, and for which stakeholder values and benefits are not always explicitly identified. The team will be using two ongoing restoration projects at Lone Cabbage Oyster Reef (LCOR, https://lcroysterproject.github.io/oysterproject/) and Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge (LSNWR) as primary case studies, working with managers to carefully frame their decision contexts. They will synthesize information across these projects and develop analytic tools to inform restoration activities that best achieve management objectives, while recognizing risk. These projects are being implemented in adjacent, integrated coastal habitats, and both focus on maintaining productive estuarine conditions within Suwannee Sound, through restoration of freshwater hydrologic sheet flow across LSNWR, and of the LCOR oyster reef network, which acts as a “leaky dam” retaining these flows. The main products of this work will be: • Formal analysis that predicts the expected value (in units of ecosystem services such as fishing opportunities) of restoration investments, considering costs and risk, conditional on future uncertainty and budget constraints. • Decision support tools developed in collaboration with managers to identify areas to prioritize for restoration and to evaluate consequences of alternative management scenarios on ecosystem services (e.g., fisheries, coastal protection from erosion). The student will focus on the development of ecological models and decision analysis. Our team includes experts in ecology, fisheries, food web modeling, statistics and decision analysis, thus it would be a great learning opportunity for an ambitious student. 
How to apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume (or curriculum vitae), copy of transcripts, and the contact information of three professional references to Dr. Bill Pine at oysterproject@ifas.ufl.edu. Consideration of applications will begin September 20, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcripts; however, if you are selected, you will be required to provide official transcripts to the hiring department upon hire.

19 de agosto de 2019

3 técnicos ornitólogos para hacer transectos costeros

Three (3) technicians are needed from approximately December 2nd, 2019 to February 28th, 2020 for a study of overwintering marsh birds on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. This project will involve conducting line-transect surveys for secretive marsh birds along the entire Mississippi Coast. Duties will include: conducting marsh bird line-transect surveys, vegetation surveys, data entry and management, as well as maintaining field equipment. Most activities will be strenuous with conditions in salt marshes being humid and involving biting insects. All positions will require walking in the marsh through potentially thick mud and dense vegetation. Housing will be provided.
Qualifications
B.S. in wildlife, biology, zoology, ecology, or closely related field are preferred. Previous experience with avian point/line transect surveys, familiarity with birds of the northern Gulf Coast, boat operation and maintenance, and towing trailers are desired. Strong bird identification by sight and sound is heavily encouraged, as this project will involve identifying hard to detect birds. To Apply: Send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Jared Feura by email: msmarshbirds@gmail.com. Applications will be considered as they are received.

18 de agosto de 2019

Asistentes de investigación en ecología de bosques

Position Available: Research Assistant I (2 positions available: Forest Ecology and Tree Conservation Biology)

*Classification: *Full-time, Non-Exempt

*Department: *Science and Conservation

*General Summary*: Research Assistants participate in laboratory and/or
field operations for research programs in the Center for Tree Science, a
global hub of research and expertise focused entirely on trees. Research
Assistants at The Morton Arboretum are involved in all aspects of research:
designing studies, planning and executing laboratory and field work,
utilizing a variety of scientific instruments, assisting with lab
management, testing protocols, training volunteers, organizing data,
performing analysis, reading scientific literature, interpreting results,
and editing manuscripts. The Morton Arboretum strongly emphasizes
professional development. There will be opportunities to collaborate on
scientific publications, present research at scientific meetings, and build
new skills.

*Desired Skills and Experience for Forest Ecology Position:*

Bachelor¡¦s degree in biology, ecology, natural resources, physical
geography or related field, with coursework in statistics, plant biology,
forest or community ecology. Master¡¦s degree and at least one season
experience with ecological or natural resources field work, including
plot-based sampling methods, preferred. Previous experience working
independently and with large groups desired. Experience in one or more of
the following areas preferred: forest or natural resources management;
dendrochronology; coding and big data management; geospatial analysis,
preferably via scripted language such as R or python; hierarchical and/or
nonlinear analytical methods; image analysis; ecophysiology; and laboratory
and/or personnel coordination.

*Desired Skills and Experience for Tree Conservation Biology Position:*

Bachelor¡¦s degree in ecology/evolution, geography, plant conservation,
informatics, spatial statistics or similar field is required; a Master¡¦s
degree is preferred. Applicants should have some experience with DNA lab
work (e.g. PCR, etc.) and basic computer programming. Preferred experience
includes one or more of: genetic/genomic data analysis, laboratory
management, mathematical modeling or geospatial work (e.g. ArcGIS, niche
modeling, etc.). Experience performing PCR, DNA extraction, NGS, labeling
and organizing samples, supervising or training others, and/or
trouble-shooting lab protocols is desired. Experience using statistical
software (SAS, JMP, STATA, R etc.) and working with large or complex data
is beneficial. Strong attention to detail, meticulous record keeping (e.g.
lab notebooks, coding), and an interest in plant conservation is essential.

*Minimum Qualifications (for both positions):* Bachelor¡¦s degree required
in the specific field of research or related science field. 1+ years of
related work experience preferred. Experience with standard
field/laboratory procedures and safety requirements, in addition to
experience performing analytical and research techniques in an area related
to research being performed required. May require software experience
specific to the area of research. Must possess a valid driver¡¦s license,
which is subject to insurability and an annual Motor Vehicle Record (MVR)
report. Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google applications
beneficial.

*Success Factors (for both positions):* Ability and willingness to work
independently in laboratory and field environments. Good written and oral
communication skills. Clear thought, visual acuity, and manual dexterity
needed.

*Physical Demands and Work Environment (for both positions):* The physical
demands and work environment characteristics described here are
representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully
perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may
be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential
functions.

¡´ Physical Demands: Requires physical activity: walking over varied
terrain, bending, limited lifting and carrying (up to 50 lbs. assisted).
Use of chemicals may be necessary. Some travel required.

¡´ Work Environment: Office environment, Arboretum grounds, and
off-site locations. Work is performed indoors and outdoors, in a variety
of weather conditions.

¡´ Equipment: General office equipment, field and laboratory
equipment, including specialized equipment relating to particular field of
research, hand and power tools, Arboretum pick-up truck and/or utility
vehicle.

¡´ Schedule: Work may require occasional evenings and weekends.

To apply, visit http://mortonarb.org/employment
<https://mailtrack.io/trace/link/b2e0b3df4ad18d9ff489b3a4331d5c00e08945c9?url=http%3A%2F%2Fmortonarb.org%2Femployment&userId=4463630&signature=f1c9d1f504b9f983>.

* The Morton Arboretum is an Equal Opportunity Employer ¡V
disability/veteran.*

17 de agosto de 2019

Prácticas remuneradas de proyectos de restauración de riberas en California

Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary in Trabuco Canyon, CA solicits applicants for positions (2) as riparian invasive species control and restoration assistants (interns). Our approach is research-based and nonchemical. The internship is designed in part to give experience in project planning; data collection, management, and summary; and report writing.
Assistants will map some perennial invasive species in our major riparian corridor and remove other targeted invasive species. They will collect and plant seeds of native herbaceous species and cuttings of native woody species. Will initiate or continue, under guidance of the research and education director, trials to test methods for controlling invasive species without chemicals and for restoration of native stream vegetation. Will resample long-term passive riparian restoration plots. Will recruit, train, and supervise “Weed Warrior” volunteers who help with control of invasive plant species. Riparian assistants will continue baseline monitoring of 300 acres of oak woodland on Starr Ranch and surveys to detect tree pests and diseases in the riparian corridor. May work on our long term phenology project that uses volunteers to monitor year round response of birds, butterflies, and plants to the changing climate and drought. Will update protocols or work plans for major projects and complete final reports then give a talk on projects to staff and guests at the end of the season. Must be willing to be involved occasionally with our innovative education program, “Starr Ranch Field Ecology Programs” (see www.starr-ranch.org). Must have enthusiasm for working outdoors and willingness to do physical invasive species removal. Opportunity to live on our 4000 acre preserve. Positions (2) are for October 14, 2019 through May 22, 2020. Salary: $480/week plus housing (private rooms). Qualifications: College graduates with degree in biology, ecology, or related discipline who seek field experience in invasive species control, quantitative monitoring and, native vegetation restoration. Ability to work independently. Experience in plant sampling in the field highly desirable. To Apply: Please go to the confidential Audubon career center to start the application process: https://careers-audubon.icims.com (search for “Riparian Assistant”). You will use this link to send your résumé and a cover letter addressed to Dr. Sandy DeSimone stating career goals.Two letters of recommendation can be sent by references to: Dr. Sandy DeSimone, Director, Research and Education; sdesimone@audubon.org.The most qualified candidates will have a phone interview. For questions contact Dr. DeSimone at sdesimone@audubon.org or 949-858-0309. For more information: sdesimone@audubon.org; www.starr-ranch.org

16 de agosto de 2019

Beca de doctorado de cuatro años para estudiar bosques canadienses

PhD opportunity in Forest Ecology at UNBCProject: Long term effects of forest management on the carbon stocks and flux of British Columbia’s forests.

Applications are invited for a funded 4-year PhD position in UNBC’s Conservation Solutions Lab collaborating with the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development (FLNRORD).

The project

Forests play an important role in mitigating climate change, absorbing almost a third of anthropogenic carbon emissions. Current forest management practices risk disrupting these carbon stores and potentially converting forests from carbon sinks to sources of carbon emissions. However, empirical studies of alternate forest management on forest carbon stocks are sparse and often short-term.

In the early 1990s the British Columbia government established 21 large scale experiments across the province to investigate lower impact forest management practices. Now, 25 yearslater, these large scale experiments provide a unique opportunity to quantify the long-term effects of varying harvesting practices on the carbon stocks and flux of forests, and compare them to the conservation of old growth forests. This work will contribute to the basic scientific knowledge of forest carbon in harvested forests compared to intact old growth forest, and be highly relevant to decision makers interested in climate change mitigation.

The student will conduct field work at selected experiments in BC to measure forest dynamics and various forest carbon pools. The student will lead the field campaigns, requiring strong organization skills and the ability to work in difficult terrain. The student will also have access to existing pre-harvest and post-harvest datasets to estimate carbon stocks over time, and collaborate closely with a postdoctoral fellow and research assistant.

The student should have:
Completion or expected completion of a MSc degree in ecology, forestry, biology, or related subject.
Strong analytical skills.
Field work experience.
Demonstration of the ability to work in difficult conditions or terrain.
Driver’s license.
Excellent written, verbal, and digital communication skills.
Ability to work independently.

The process:

The successful applicant will be working with Dr. Oscar Venter (University of Northern British Columbia), Dr. Caren Dymond (University of Calgary; B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development), and Dr. Michelle Venter (UNBC). Four years of funding are guaranteed to cover stipend and field expenses for this position.

Interested students should contact Oscar Venter (oscar dot venter at unbc dot ca) or Caren Dymond (Caren dot Dymond at gov.bc.ca) for further information on this research opportunity and position. Applicants for this position are asked to send a letter of interest, detailed CV, transcripts, and names of 3 references to Oscar Venter by September 1st, 2019. The preferred start date for this position will be January 2020.

15 de agosto de 2019

Voluntariado con tortugas en Costa Rica

COPROT (Comunidad Protectora de Tortugas de Osa) is a project initiated in October 2018 in response to a number of environmental and social problems facing the Osa Peninsula. Our primary aim is to conserve the populations of nesting Olive Ridley and Pacific Green turtles that come up to lay on Playa Carate and Playa Rio Oro, while integrating the local community into our conservation program. We are working with members of the gold-mining community that are previously known for causing ecological damage, and are pushing to train and help them develop in order to get paid positions in conservation.

This is a fairly new project that requires driven and innovative individuals that are looking to make a real impact in a developing rural area in Costa Rica. Role will involve coordinating volunteers prior to departure, helping with any travel arrangements, coordinating their daily activities and rotas, planning free time activities, project logistics (food delivery, finances etc.). We are looking for interns to stay 1-6 months.

Members of the team that are able to manage others, and coordinate the activities of the group. It is also very important that volunteers and assistants have an amazing time enjoying beautiful Costa Rica as well as working hard on the project, so the volunteer coordinator should be able to make their experience memorable!

To apply email tortugasdeosa@gmail.com with a resume and cover letter.

Doctorado chulo mapeando arrecifes de coral con tecnología biofriki

The Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology is a research institute of the Max Planck Society. It was founded in 1992 in the State of Bremen and employs around 200 staff members. In close collaboration with numerous university and non-university research institutions, we explore the diversity and function of microorganisms in the ocean and their interactions with their environment. Scientists from all over the world, engineers, technicians and administrative staff together make an important contribution to global marine and environmental research.
In the Microsensor Group we are searching for a
PhD Student on Coral Reef Mapping


Framework
As a part of the EU-funded Training Network project “4D-REEF: Past, present and future of turbid reefs in the Coral Triangle”, 15 early-stage researcher (doctoral candidate) positions are available. The project consortium of 17 research institutes and universities will provide an excellent foundation for career development in reef studies, with local and international links, collaborative projects and an exciting training program.


Project: Habitat structure and spatial ecology in modern turbid reefs
The benthic dimension of reef habitats sets the stage for a complex set of interactions between biogeochemical processes, hydrodynamics, habitat competition and pelagic communities. Therefore, a comprehensive description of the reef benthos in terms of community composition, coverage and structure, is a key target of reef surveys. Using novel underwater hyperspectral surveying systems (HyperDiver), rich snapshots of the reef can be easily acquired. With the use of machine learning and image analysis, detailed habitat structure maps can be efficiently created. The dense reef biodiversity maps opens up the reef mesoscale to seascape-style analyses.

Objectives:

Establish methods and protocols for hyperspectral surveying of the seafloor in turbid or light-limited regions.

Development of computational pipelines for generating classified reef maps, exploring the use of modern machine
learning techniques

Derive metrics of reef health from survey data which can be validated against other measured ecological indices for pigmentation, bleaching, calcification.

Detailed study using chemical & optical microsensors of the status and role of key reef players (turf algae, calcifiers, etc.)


What we expect from you:

Experience in computational research and programming, esp. machine learning, neural networks and image analysis

A Masters degree in a relevant field of natural sciences or information & computing technology

A Strong motivation for marine ecological studies, preferably with experience of field work

A SCUBA diving certification, preferably Rescue Diver level

A strongly inter-disciplinary outlook and good written and oral communication skills

Experience with any of the following points of advantage: software/web development, ecological field work, biogeochemical analyses

Able to attend interviews and start the position soon after the application deadline



What we offer:

We offer a 3 year full-time appointment. Candidates can be of any nationality, but in order to be eligible for the EU-funded positions the following criteria applies to all applicants:

At the time of recruitment the applicant shall be in the first four years of his/her research career (eg. since completing Masters) and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

The applicant must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity in the country of the host institute for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment.

Applications must be submitted online. The deadline is August 25, 2019. For further information please contact Dr. Arjun Chennu (achennu@mpi-bremen.de) and see project website: https://www.naturalis.nl/en/4d-reef


The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more disabled individuals and especially encourages them to apply. The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds.

14 de agosto de 2019

Interesante contrato de 3 años estudiando insectos en ríos alpinos

PhD Position / Research Associate (m/f/d)
(50%)


Your tasks:
You will study the diversity of high mountain stream insects along elevational gradients in high alpine rivers. The project will focus on species and genetic data of caddisflies and non-biting midges of the Andes (Peru), the Talamanca (Costa Rica), the Pyrenees (Spain) and the Alps (Austria). Field work in the Alps will be necessary. Additional research aspects will involve niche modelling.
You will join a highly motivated project team comprising researchers and PhD students from the University of Barcelona, Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum, University of Costa Rica and Cayetano Heredia University, Peru. The workplace is Frankfurt, Germany, where you will join 10 scientists and research support staff working in the group of Prof. Dr. Pauls on molecular systematics, population genetics and biodiversity of insects.

Your profile:
• Master Degree in Biology or related disciplines
• background in stream ecology, evolutionary biology, population genetics, and/or molecular systematics
• strong interest in working with aquatic insects using molecular, morphological and ecological data
• excellent verbal and written communication skills; very good organization skills
• ability and motivation to perform field work in remote mountain areas
• experience with data handling and statistical analyses using programming language(s) (e.g. R, bash) is beneficial

What awaits you?
It is possible to work towards a PhD degree in the context of this position. Salary and benefits are according to a public service position in Germany (TV-H E13, 50%). The contract should start as soon as possible and is limited for three years. Equally qualified handicapped applicants will be given preference. The place of employment is in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.


You would like to apply?
Please send your application mentioning the reference of this job offer (ref. #01-19023) and including a cover letter outlining your motivation and suitability for the position, a detailed CV including a list of publications and solicited funding (if available), contact details of 2 referees, and copies of educational transcripts in a single PDF file before August 31, 2019 by e-mail to:

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
Senckenberganlage 25
60325 Frankfurt am Main
E-Mail: recruiting@senckenberg.de

For scientific enquiries feel free to contact: steffen.pauls@senckenberg.de

13 de agosto de 2019

Postdoc genético estudiando plasticidad del desarrollo en nemátodos

Postdoctoral position: Genetics and evolution of developmental plasticity, Ragsdale Lab, Indiana University

A postdoctoral position is available in the Ragsdale laboratory
(http://www.indiana.edu/~ragslab/), Department of Biology, Indiana
University, Bloomington. Our lab investigates the genetic regulation
and evolution of developmental plasticity, specifically a polyphenism
that involves novel morphological traits. The reference species for this
research is the nematode Pristionchus pacificus, an emerging model system
for evolutionary developmental genetics, which our lab studies using
forward and reverse genetics, transgenics, and genome-wide approaches.

Pristionchus pacificus and other species in its family (Diplogastridae)
show discrete developmental plasticity, or polyphenism, in their feeding
structures. This allows them to assume alternative ecological roles:
specifically, they often develop into either a microbe-feeding or
predatory morph in response to different environmental cues. Recent work
has characterized several of the genes that make up a “switch” for
this developmental decision in P. pacificus, providing a genetic model
for an animal polyphenism. Moreover, P. pacificus is embedded in a solid
phylogenetic infrastructure of species characterized by polyphenism,
its secondary loss, and a broad range of feeding morphologies. Given the
laboratory tractability of species of Pristionchus and closely related
groups, this system enables the discovery of how genetic factors and
their interactions evolve to modify plasticity and plastic traits.

The position is part of a program to study the evolutionary origins
and consequences of a genetic mechanism for polyphenism. The project
thus offers opportunities to use, for example, comparative functional
genetics, including multiple “satellite” species to P. pacificus,
and molecular population genetics. A Ph.D. in evolutionary biology,
developmental biology, or a related field is required. The position will
be funded for two years, with the potential to extend for an additional
year. Salary will be commensurate with experience, and full benefits
are included.

To apply, please submit (i) a letter of application, (ii)
a full CV, (iii) a statement of research interests, and (iv)
contact information for three references electronically to
(http://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/8149). For best consideration,
please apply by August 30, 2019. Expected start date can be as soon as
October 1, 2019 but is flexible. Inquiries about the position can be
directed to Erik Ragsdale (ragsdale@indiana.edu).

Bloomington is a vibrant college town located in scenic southern Indiana,
close to several natural parks and wilderness areas, and it enjoys a
local culture exceptionally rich in music, art, and theater.

The College of Arts and Sciences is committed to building and supporting
a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community of students and scholars.

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer
and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color,
race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,
genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status
or protected veteran status

12 de agosto de 2019

Voluntariado remunerado con aves en Australia

Field assistant required for a help with PhD research on superb fairy-wrens and their parasitic cuckoos for 5 months.

This project is looking at the maternal investment of superb fairy-wrens
and their parasitic Horsfield?s bronze-cuckoos. This is a great
opportunity to gain valuable field skills, and experience in research
and data collection. Volunteers will be part of the team working with
researchers and students on the project. The field site is in Campbell
Park which is located 10 minutes drive from the city centre in Canberra,
Australia. The volunteer will be required to work 5 days per week in the
field (no matter the weather conditions) and must be physically fit as
they will be required to walk around the park often 10km per day. The
volunteer and I will be working together some days but most days will
require the volunteer to collect data independently in the field and
communicate their findings. Therefore teamwork and communication skills
are essential. The candidate must also be self-motivated, enthusiastic,
reliable and have a good work ethic. Previous experience with similar
work or a degree in biology is preferable but not essential. Volunteers
will be trained in field methods.

Main field duties will include finding nests, monitoring breeding
attempts and documenting group dynamics throughout the breeding
season. We will also mist net individuals so they can be banded for
identification. Volunteers will be required to identify individuals by
their colour band code using binoculars. Other task include helping to
cage nests to prevent predation, helping to measure chicks and eggs and
helping to provide supplementary food.

Volunteers will be reimbursed $1000 per month to help cover living costs
but all other costs will need to be covered by the volunteer. Fieldwork
will begin at the start of September 2019 and finish at the end of
January 2020.

If you are interested or require more information please email me at
claire.j.taylor@anu.edu.au explaining a little about yourself, including
interests a CV with any prior experience and referees.

Claire Taylor Ph.D. Candidate, The Australian National University

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