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    Field Biologist

    Job Description: The Peregrine Fund is seeking several field biologists to assist in research and restoring the population of the endangered Puerto Rican Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus venator) in the central mountains of Puerto Rico. The project goal is to determine the population status and number of nesting pairs, and increase the productivity through captive propagation and release of young. The field work will be during the breeding season from January to August 2019 and involve searching for territorial pairs and individuals, monitor previously known nesting pairs, assist in propagation activities and release young back to the wild. The early breeding season work will require driving mountain roads and hiking in rainforests to survey and search from vantage points or lookouts over public and private montane forested habitat for displaying hawks and potential nesting pairs. The candidates should be in good physical condition as work will involve hiking in undulating forested habitat to locate potential and known nesting pairs and conducted nest observations for productivity. Later in the season all young raised in captivity will be released and monitored until they reach independence. An applicant has to be comfortable working long hours in humid and wet weather, self-motivated and able to work both alone and with others. Experience trapping and banding raptors and accessing nests is highly desirable. Above all, a positive attitude and desire to work and learn are qualities expected of candidates. The field team will be in constant communication with a field supervisor and propagation specialist. Some intermediate/advanced Spanish is desirable and beneficial. Salary: a salary will be provided and to be determined based on experience. Housing: will be provided in a 3-bedroom house with a kitchen and laundry. Vehicle: the use of a vehicle will be provided. Qualification Required or Highly Desirable: · Previous field experience with raptors - as it is important to be familiar with raptor behavior and identification · Banding and trapping of raptors · Tree climbing for accessing nests · Navigating with topography maps and hand-held GPS units · A valid driver’s license is required · Previous experience in avian incubation and/or rearing young avian species Desired Qualifications: · Conversational Spanish · Experience using telemetry to track wildlife To Apply: Submit electronically (email) by December 15, 2019 or until the positions are filled. · Resume/CV (two pages maximum) with three references · A one page cover letter highlighting field experience · Name the file as LastName_FirstName_PRSSHFieldBiologist Contact: Russell Thorstrom: RThorstrom@Peregrinefund.org
  3. The successful candidate will conduct research on king rails and other secretive marsh birds in Great Lakes coastal wetlands, as part of a Great Lakes basin-wide monitoring effort funded by the EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, with additional potential funding from U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Research will include multi-scale monitoring and modeling of king rail habitat, as well as assessing traditional callback surveys for marsh bird population estimates. Field work will occur in southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio. Funding will consist of a mixture of research and teaching assistantship support. More Information about the PhD program in Earth and Ecosystem Science at CMU: https://www.cmich.edu/colleges/se/EES/Pages/default.aspx Academic requirements include a B.S. degree in biology, wildlife, or related field with GPA > 3.0 and competitive GRE scores. Candidates must also have a valid driver’s license, demonstrated strong work ethic, previous research experience, strong verbal and written communication skills, GIS experience, and quantitative skills. Preferred candidates are those with a M.S. degree in biology, wildlife, or related field; research experience in population assessment and analysis; publication and/or conference presentation track record; leadership skills and supervision of technicians; demonstrated ability to interact positively with the public and agency personnel; ability to work independently; and able to conduct field work in a variety of conditions. If interested, provide Dr. Tom Gehring via email (gehri1tm@cmich.edu) with a single PDF that includes: 1) a 1-page letter of interest describing your qualifications, experience and professional goals; 2) CV; 3) GPA and unofficial transcripts; 4) GRE scores; and 5) contact information for at least 3 professional references.
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  5. Two (2) field assistants are needed for ongoing long-term studies of the behavioral ecology of the cooperatively breeding Acorn Woodpecker at the Hastings Reserve in upper Carmel Valley, California. Hastings is run by the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley. We have studied the behavioral ecology of color-banded Acorn Woodpeckers for over 44 years at this site. The research focuses on both ecological and evolutionary factors involved in the evolution of cooperative breeding, and includes using automated radio-telemetry techniques to track cryptic movement. Assistants will participate in monitoring group composition via color-band resighting, documenting feeding (for any nests) and roosting behavior, and assist in woodpecker capture and experimental manipulations. Some portions of field work may require the ability to drive a mule (All terrain vehicle) or a truck. The experience is designed to be one of total immersion, six days per week, and provides the necessary training needed for those interested in applying to graduate school. Compensation: $600/month and on-site housing. Duration: 15 March 2019 to 15 August 2019 with one of the two positions extending to 1 September 2019. Qualifications: This job requires frequent strenuous physical activity; applicants must be avid hikers who are comfortable hiking up and down hills with equipment such as scopes and blinds. Prior experience with birds (especially the ability to read color bands) is desirable but not required. Self-motivation, enthusiasm for the research questions, a willingness to sit in a blind for up to 3 hours per session (in hot weather with lots of annoying face flies), and an ability to tackle the rigors of field work are a must. We especially encourage those applicants that wish to attend graduate school in the near future and who are interested in conducting an independent study during their tenure at Hastings. The reserve is remote (about an hour from the nearest town), and therefore a good attitude towards field housing situations is necessary, and having a vehicle is highly desirable. Interested applicants should submit a CV and the contact details of three references with an appropriate cover letter as one PDF file with your last name_ACWOSPRING2019app.pdf as the name of the file to sahasbarve@gmail.com. Please also cc rwint001@odu.edu on all application emails. Please indicate in your cover letter if you are available to work through to 09/01/2019. Deadline: 12/01/2018 PLEASE NOTE: Due to visa constraints, field assistant positions are only available to U.S. citizens/ permanent residents. Contact: Sahas Barve, Postdoctoral Associate, Old Dominion University. Email:sahasbarve@gmail.com
  6. The project aims at better understanding the effect of interspecific interactions on species niches and species ranges. A large part of the project will focus on testing and improving so-called Joint species distribution models (JSDMs). Based on extensive empirical data on European breeding birds you will study the scale dependence of interspecific interactions and of JSDMs as well as spatial and temporal variation in species interactions. The results will inform more complex dynamic biodiversity models. Requirements • PhD in Ecology or related discipline • Excellent knowledge of ecological and biogeographic theory • Strong interest in methodological and data oriented questions • Strong quantitative skills, experience in statistical analyses of large data sets, experience in (joint) species distribution modelling and diversity metrics across multiple spatial scales • Fluency in R und experience with cluster computers (e.g. Slurm) • High motivation and team orientation • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and a good publication record • Ornithological experience (esp. in European avifauna) is advantageous See https://damariszurell.github.io/files/BIOPIC_PostDoc_JSDM.pdf for more.
  7. Florida Atlantic University’s Avian Ecology Lab is seeking an unpaid volunteer for a seasonal position studying wading birds and their prey on Lake Okeechobee. Seasonal position supporting studies of wading birds and their prey on Lake Okeechobee in Florida. Field duties include surveys of wading bird colonies, nest monitoring, nestling measurements and diet sampling, as well as aquatic prey sampling in the littoral marsh. All field sites are accessed by airboat. Volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in aerial colony surveys from a small, fix-winged aircraft. Lab duties include the processing and identification of small fish and macroinvertebrates. There will also be opportunities to assist with other research projects in Avian Ecology Lab. Housing in or near Clewiston, FL will be provided. The position may last from mid-February through June but start and end dates are flexible. Qualifications: Candidates should have, or are in the process of earning, a BS degree in biology, wildlife, fisheries, natural resources or related field. Candidates should be highly motivated and able to work long hours in subtropical wetland field conditions (heat, insects, alligators, snakes, etc.) while maintaining a positive attitude. Candidates should have excellent organizational skills, and attention to detail. The ability to work without supervision at a high level of performance and efficiency is mandatory. Preference will be given to candidates with aerial survey experience or a demonstrated ability to perform tasks while circling in a fix-winged aircraft. Applications must be received via email by December 10, 2017. Applications should be submitted via email as a single PDF that contains (1) a letter of interest highlighting relevant experience (2) a resume or CV, and (3) the names and contact information for at least 3 references. Send applications to Jacquie Evans (evansj2017@fau.edu). For more information about the Avian Ecology Lab visit: http://cescos.fau.edu/biology/gawliklab/
  8. Hi Eldar, I am currently helping a friend to analyse data from mottled petrels breeding on Codfish Island, South of New Zealand. She used migrate technology tags, the same model (C-250) as I used on skua. Her light data looks very clean and she has a few days of 'rooftop' callibration from the study site. When running the model, it always comes out with a track that makes sense given what is known from previous tracking of the species. However, there are no confidence areas displayed on the lat lon graph (looking at the data, Min.lat, Max.lat and Medianlat/Lon values are all the same for each location). Switching "known last" to False makes them appear in the very end of the track, but they are still missing for the rest. We have tried different individuals, but the problem persists. I also tried using a calibration from my skua data (Chatham Islands), but the same problem occurs. Have you had a similar problem before, and do you think it could be due to issues with the callibration? I would be very thankful for any suggestions. Thanks a lot in advance! All the best, Hendrik UPDATE: I have tried doing the calibration from onbird data as estimated by the 'plot_slopes_by_location' function. This now results in confidence intervals on the tracks throughout. Could it be that the onbird data is simply better suited in this case? Many thanks in advance! Hendrik
  9. Job Description: Two seasonal technicians are needed to assist with a state-wide survey of rural Florida burrowing owls conducted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (Mar 15-Jun 20, 2019). Pay is $14 per hour (40 hours per week). Duties include conducting morning point count surveys along secondary roads across several beautiful rural Florida counties. Other duties include planning daily route schedule and daily data entry. Centrally located housing will be provided (no pets allowed), but some camping or overnights at alternate sites will be required when surveying non-central survey locations. A field vehicle will be provided. Qualifications: Candidates should be familiar with avian point count survey methods and the upland bird communities of central Florida (by sight and sound). Candidates must have a valid U.S. driver’s license, a clean driving record, and a willingness to commute to survey locations in the early morning. Familiarity navigating to survey locations using a GPS and simple electronic data entry using Microsoft Excel is required. Previous experience scanning for birds using spotting scopes is preferred. Candidates must have good time management skills and the ability to work in remote areas independently under conditions of high heat and humidity. Candidates must engage with the public in a friendly and informative manner if approached during survey work. Applicant must be authorized to work in the United States. To Apply: If interested, please send a brief cover letter, CV and the contact information for three professional references to Dr. Erin Ragheb (EM: Erin.Ragheb AT MyFWC.com). Applications will be accepted until November 30, 2018 or until the positions are filled.
  10. DIRECTOR, UC SANTA BARBARA, SANTA CRUZ ISLAND RESERVE APPLY ONLINE (only) at: https://jobs.ucsb.edu Job #20180586 Or at: jobs.ucsb.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=193018 The Natural Reserve System (NRS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), invites applications for the position of Reserve Director at Santa Cruz Island Reserve (SCIR) located on Santa Cruz Island in Santa Barbara County, due south of the City of Santa Barbara, and twenty miles west of Ventura, CA. SCIR is operated through cooperative agreements with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the National Park Service (NPS) – Santa Cruz Island’s two landowners. Located on TNC property, SCIR facilities include 9 buildings, a microwave and weather repeater system, an internet system, vehicles, and equipment. SCIR is part of the UCSB NRS and operates within the UCSB Office of Research and the University of California Natural Reserve System. The responsibilities of the position are year-round, weather-independent, and full time. For more information about SCIR visit http://santacruz.nrs.ucsb.edu/. The NRS mission is to support research, education and public service, and contribute to the understanding and wise stewardship of the Earth. The Reserve Director provides leadership of the Santa Cruz Island Reserve site, and support for researchers, university classes and public service uses. The Director is responsible for all aspects of Reserve management, including administration, budgeting, purchasing, personnel, health and safety; facilities management; and interactions with reserve stakeholders. These stakeholders include donors, volunteers, user groups, state and federal agencies, as well as the two main landholders on the island (TNC and NPS). There are over 4500 user days of activity at SCIR, and users include researchers, university classes, outreach groups, volunteers and K-12 school groups. The Reserve Director is responsible for programmatic and facilities planning and implementation, and working with the UCSB Development Office on cultivating and maintaining relationships with current and prospective donors. The Director reports to the UCSB NRS Executive Director, and interacts regularly with the SCIR Faculty Advisor, the UCSB NRS Director, and the campus NRS Office on issues related to all aspects of Reserve management. The successful candidate will be self-sufficient, have a high level of initiative, and have: an earned doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in environmental science or a related field, experience with field research, excellent problem solving skills, experience in project management, outstanding written and oral communication skills, the ability to engage productively with diverse user groups and stakeholders, excellent organizational skills, a willingness to assume responsibility readily, and the ability to work effectively with minimal supervision. Demonstrated experience in the following areas is required: administration and budget management, staff supervision, facilities and equipment operations and maintenance, land stewardship and resource monitoring, acquisition of external support, experience in private fundraising, preparation of effective written reports, ability to speak professionally in public including to large groups. Preferred qualifications: extensive experience working in multi-jurisdictional and large stakeholder community settings, experience with operations at a remote field station, track record of leading successful grant proposals, publishing of written reports or manuscripts, and skills in information technology. Working with NRS Administrative office, the incumbent is expected to determine appropriate time allocations on site at Santa Cruz Island and the UCSB campus as needed to fully carryout all job aspects. The director must be prepared to utilize university provided facilities on Santa Cruz Island as needed to support Reserve activities. Has a highly altered work schedule which includes being on call outside of normal business hours. Travel is required to locations including to and from Santa Cruz Island via commercial boat, and outside of UCSB campus and Santa Cruz Island for meetings several times per year. Employee must be physically fit to perform Reserve management tasks. Compensation commensurate with experience in the range of $64,500 to $90,000/yr. APPLY ONLINE (only) at: https://jobs.ucsb.edu Job #20180586 Or at: jobs.ucsb.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=193018 For primary consideration apply by November 26, 2018. Thereafter open until filled. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Marion Wittmann, Ph.D. Executive Director UC Santa Barbara Natural Reserve System Email: marion.wittmann@ucsb.edu Office: (805) 893 - 6179
  11. The deadline to submit applications for 2019 Native American Research Assistantships has been extended to Dec. 1. To apply, please download an application form. Research projects currently slated to be available for 2019 assistantships include: Assessment of camera trap surveys to estimate wild pig and white-tailed deer density Bat surveys and greater sage-grouse vegetation studies in the Buffalo Gap National Grassland of South Dakota Bioacoustic surveys for owls in Oregon’s Coast Range Evaluating restoration treatments to promote flora and fauna important to the Washoe Tribe This program is facilitated by The Wildlife Society and the U.S. Forest Service, a Premier Partner of TWS. Read more about this year’s program and application process here (http://wildlife.org/apply-now-usfs-native-american-research-assistantship/).
  12. The Alliance for Zero Extinction has mapped 1,483 highly threatened species that are only found at a single site. This major new assessment highlights the urgent need for better protection of these irreplaceable locations.View the full article
  13. The Parrot Garden Manager is responsible for providing strategic guidance and management to the Best Friends Parrot Department to best utilize resources, meet objectives, and supervise budget, safety and operational plans for delivering exemplary animal care and maximize lifesaving efforts. If you're interested, please click this link to apply: https://bestfriends.applicantpro.com/jobs/928424.html Responsibilities: Provide strategic direction and managerial oversight for the admissions, care, training and adoption of parrots at the Sanctuary. Lead and manage staff: recruiting and selection of new hires; set clear goals and expectations; performance management; provide development opportunities; establish and maintain a professional work environment while providing appropriate leadership and direction; promote positive morale, creativity and teamwork among staff. Assess parrots for placement at the Sanctuary and coordinate intake. Oversee adoption process. Responsible for establishing and reviewing department processes and protocols and staff implementation. Educate staff and the public on all aspects of bird care, and work to create safe and effective care environments for the various needs of birds at the Sanctuary. Prepare and manage the operational budget and metrics for the Parrot Department, including purchasing, reconciliation and forecasting. Foster a collaborative work environment within the parrot department as well as with other teams throughout the organization. This includes but is not limited to coordinating with the clinic to improve protocols or to collaborate on specific medical cases, working with the Visitor Center on parrot related activities or events, providing support and resources to our regional centers, etc. Work with the visitor and volunteer departments to monitor, evaluate and improve visitor, volunteer and intern programs. This includes but is not limited to the evaluation of new engagement opportunities, the interviewing, oversight and evaluation of interns, and providing feedback on existing programs. Network with other rescue organizations. Provide to shelters, groups and individuals consultation and training on bird behavior as work schedule allows or refer them to appropriate staff. Responsible for providing on-call support for Sanctuary bird emergencies. Keep abreast of concerns and trends in the animal welfare movement and serve as one of the key representatives of the Parrot Department as work schedule allows or appoint and mentor appropriate staff to serve as a representative re: public presentations, email correspondence, etc. Other duties as assigned. Skills and Experience: This is a leadership position requiring 3+ years' experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. Parrot knowledge to include understanding of species characteristics and behaviors, skilled in parrot restraint and handling techniques, and the ability to interpret parrot body language. Experience in development and implementation of a department strategic plan. Must be a problem solver who is solutions oriented: creative and innovative with the ability and comfort to change directions quickly and as needed. Strong interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations. The ideal person for this job would be a team player, personable, professional, upbeat, and energetic, takes initiative, uses tact and diplomacy. Ability to manage change and lead the team through change. Experience in team building and staff development. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects in various stages of development, each with a unique timeline. Demonstrates accurate, appropriate, clear and concise written and verbal communication skills. Ability to professionally advocate Best Friends' positions on issues. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Valid Driver's License with access to transportation to travel on organization business. Access to driving records will be needed for insurance purposes. Physical Requirements: Must be able to perform full range of movement: stretching, bending, squatting, climbing, and lifting up to 50 lbs. Work is often outdoors in variable weather conditions and frequently requires the physical ability to perform strenuous manual labor. Work at a computer for extended periods of time with repetitive typing, arm and hand motion. Ability to travel via various forms of public transportation for organization events including conferences, media events, etc. Thank you for your interest in pursuing a career at Best Friends Animal Society. Best Friends Animal Society is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, domestic partner status, or medical condition.
  14. Description: The Conservation Management Institute at Virginia Tech is looking for qualified field technicians to conduct bird surveys in Virginia during the summer of 2019. This will be year three of a four-year effort to survey breeding birds throughout the entire state of Virginia. Surveyors will document bird species by sight and sound from road-based point count locations following an established protocol. This position requires completion of a late Spring training session in Virginia (location and date to be decided) before deploying to various locations throughout the state. Required Qualifications: 1) Demonstrated experience in the identification of birds by sight and sound (2) Experience in using topographic maps, GPS and compass for navigation in the field 3) Must have reliable transportation (personal vehicle) and pass a driver’s license check 4) Must be able to pass visual and oral exam on birds of Virginia 5) Must attend training session in VA prior to field season. Preferred Qualifications 1) A degree in Botany, Biology, Ecology, Wildlife Sciences, Forestry, Environmental Science or related field 2) Willingness to occasionally travel overnight and camp or stay in primitive housing. Responsibilities: Technicians will be responsible for collecting data for a statewide avian point count survey. They will work independently collecting data in the field as part of a larger team effort. Surveyors will also be expected to follow directions to point count locations along roads, complete surveys following a set protocol, and provide all field data to a central office. The surveyors will be responsible for providing their own transportation to survey locations. Location: Surveyors will be located throughout Virginia working from various locations. Surveyors with lodging available to them in Virginia for the survey period should state that location clearly in their cover letter. Duration: approximately May 01 to June 30, 2019. Salary: $20-$22/hour (commensurate with experience). Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and 3 references in one pdf or one word file to [virginiabirdsurvey@vt.edu]. At least two of the references should be able to attest to applicable field experience. Please apply soon, listing open until positions are filled
  15. Researchers have discovered that daily nest predation of shorebirds has increased threefold over the last 70 years. The data suggest the larger increase in the Arctic relative to the tropics indicates a link to climate change. View the full article
  16. Many people believe that throwing rice at weddings is harmful to wild birds. Supposedly, the rice expands in the birds' digestive systems and injures them. View the full article
  17. The Roosevelt Fellows Program provides post-doctoral scholars with opportunities to hone their research skills and gain valuable professional experience in a diverse, inter-disciplinary, and applied research program. Fellows hold a minimum of 1-year appointments and work closely with Roosevelt Wild Life Station scientists at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY. Roosevelt Fellows have the necessary opportunities and support to engage in all aspects of an academic research program, such as: • Writing proposals and managing grants. • Professional networking at scientific conferences and public seminars. • Translating science into broader impacts for society by working closely with conservation agencies and organizations. • Mentoring graduate students. • Developing and teaching courses. • Leading and participating in workshops and continuing education experiences. The current fellowship is a 1.5-year position, with possibility for extension, funded by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (under the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act). The primary research focus is on the management and monitoring of moose along their southern range limit in the eastern United States, specifically in the Adirondack Park and surrounding areas of northern NY State. With 4 years of monitoring data in hand, research objectives are to evaluate population trend, identify factors limiting population growth, and provide an efficient, long-term monitoring plan for the future. A second line of enquiry involves deer impacts on forest regeneration, a long-term, state-wide evaluation supporting deer management across the state. Key collaborators involve faculty and staff from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, SUNY ESF, and Cornell University. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. (or its conferral must be imminent) and demonstrate: • A strong record of, or propensity for, scholarship through peer-reviewed manuscripts, grant support, and awards/recognition. • Proficiency in quantitative methods used in population ecology – e.g., hierarchical models, matrix models, methods for dealing with detectability (distance sampling experience helpful), spatial modeling. • Proficiency in Program R and other relevant statistical packages. • Proficiency in ArcGIS or other spatial analysis software. • Excellent organizational and communication skills. • Willingness to relocate to Syracuse, NY for duration of project. Salary and start date: For optimal consideration, send a single pdf containing a cover letter summarizing your qualifications, your C.V., and contact information for three references to Dr. Jacqueline Frair, jfrair@esf.edu, by 1 December 2018. Desired start date January 2019. Salary starts at $45K/year.
  18. Scientists have thought that the main determinant of maximal longevity in warm-blooded animals -- which varies from as little as 2 to as many as 211 years -- is a species' metabolic rate, which is inversely related to body size. It follows that at 2 years of life, small animals with high metabolic rates are already old, but large animals with low metabolic rates are still young. View the full article
  19. Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology Davidson College The Davidson College Biology Department invites applications for a two-year visiting assistant professor position in organismal biology and biostatistics, beginning 01 July 2019. The area of specialization is open and may include physiology, evolution, ecology, behavior, conservation biology, or related fields. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in biology (or related field) by July 2019, ability and interest in teaching biostatistics, and teaching experience in introductory organismal biology. We seek an individual with demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching, which includes fostering inclusive learning environments where all students can thrive. The annual teaching load is five courses over two semesters, which may be met through a combination of an introductory organismal biology course (BIO112/114) plus lab, biostatistics (BIO240), and the offering of an upper-level organismal/ecological biology course plus lab/field component in the candidate’s area of expertise. Apply online only at http://employment.davidson.edu. Position is open until filled; review of applications begins 05 January 2019. Application materials include a detailed cover letter with discrete sections describing: 1) teaching philosophy, 2) research interests, and 3) how teaching, research, and/or service might contribute to Davidson’s institutional commitment to diversity and inclusion, a CV, and names and contact information of references. Davidson College is a highly selective, residential, four-year liberal arts college, located 20 miles from Charlotte, NC that is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country. Davidson faculty members enjoy a low faculty-student ratio, emphasis on and appreciation of excellence in teaching, and outstanding research facilities. A collegial, respectful atmosphere honors academic achievement and integrity, upholds educational excellence, encourages student-faculty collaborative research, and prioritizes inclusive pedagogy. At Davidson College, we believe the college grows stronger by recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff committed to building an inclusive community. In order to achieve and sustain educational excellence, we seek to hire talented faculty and staff across the intersections of diverse races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, socio-economic backgrounds, political perspectives, abilities, cultures, and national origins. See https://www.davidson.edu/news/biology-news/181030-two-year-visiting-assistant-professor-of-biology-in-organismal-biology-and-biostatistics- for more details. Kevin G. Smith Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies Department of Biology Davidson College Box 7118 (US Mail) 209 Ridge Rd (FedEx, UPS) Davidson, NC 28035 Office: (704) 894-3038
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  21. Current marine protected areas (MPAs) leave almost three-quarters of ecologically and functionally important species unprotected, concludes a new performance assessment of the Finnish MPA network. Published in Frontiers in Marine Science, the study finds the MPAs were designated with little knowledge of local marine biodiversity—and that increasing existing networks by just 1% in ecologically most relevant areas could double conservation of the most important species. In addition to identifying areas of high conservation value, the methodology—which uses a unique new dataset of 140,000 samples—can also be used in ecosystem-based marine spatial planning and impact avoidance, including siting of wind energy infrastructure, aquaculture and other human activities. View the full article
  22. VOLUNTEER FIELD ASSISTANTS (3) needed approximately February 20th through June 20th, 2019 for investigations of the behavior and ecology of Greater Sage-Grouse near Mono Lake, California in the beautiful Eastern Sierra. The projects are part of a larger effort in Prof. Gail Patricelli’s lab at UC Davis to understand the environmental and social factors shaping sage-grouse display behaviors- see the following websites for more information: (http://www.eve.ucdavis.edu/gpatricelli/) and (http://www.alankrakauer.org). Assistants will use video and audio recording technology to support a study of courtship dynamics and display plasticity on the lek. Part of the study also focuses on sage-grouse diet and volunteers will be expected to help collect vegetation data every afternoon after watching birds in the morning on the lek. Duties include some or all of the following: maintaining camera and acoustic monitoring equipment, observation of basic courtship behavior and lek counts, capture of adult sage- grouse, data entry, and some computer and video analysis. Assistants must be flexible in their needs and comfortable living and working in close quarters in a remote field station, and able to work in adverse field conditions (mainly MUD, WIND, and COLD). Applicants must have a valid driver’s license, basic computer skills, and have participated in at least one field biology project in the past. Previous experience/certification with off-road driving and/or ATV’s is preferred but not required (individuals without ATV certification must be willing to learn and get certified in the field). Must be US citizens or have proof of United States employment eligibility. Assistants will receive basic food and shared housing. Please send a single PDF containing a cover letter, resume, and contact info for two (2) references to: Eric Tymstra, Department of Evolution and Ecology, University of California Davis, One Shields Avenue, 2320 Storer Hall, Davis, CA 95616, or preferably by email to eftymstra [at] ucdavis.edu. The positions will remain open until filled, and review of applications will begin immediately.
  23. Goffin's cockatoos can tear cardboard into long strips as tools to reach food -- but fail to adjust strip width to fit through narrow openings, according to a new study. View the full article
  24. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati are perfecting an innovative way to track the migration of elusive wildlife to help in their conservation. View the full article
  25. Researchers are using isotopic analysis to track where elusive hawks were fledged. This technique helps wildlife managers identify critical habitat. View the full article
  26. Penn State`s Outdoor Education Field Lab and Nature Center—Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center—is searching for an energetic Hawk Counter that can provide accurate raptor identification and reporting, while providing informal interpretation to site visitors at the local spring hawk watch. Located in Pennsylvania’s ridge-and-valley province near State College, Tussey Mountain Hawk Watch is one of the premier spring Golden Eagle migration sites on the Eastern Flyway, averaging 186 individuals each spring. Full-time counts have been conducted from late February through late April since 2001 with an average of 1,800 raptors each spring, including up to 16 species. Duties: Identify and count all migrant raptors, waterfowl, and songbirds; Identify and record Golden Eagle age, time of observation, height of flight, flight type, flight path, and any behavioral observations; Record hourly weather data; Enter daily count into HawkCount database of the Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA); Post daily results to the State College Bird Club listserv; Attend the State College Bird Club meeting once per month; Interpret the natural history of raptor migration and communicate with the public at large; Independently make decisions on delay or cancellation of count due to weather patterns. Qualifications: Applicant must have familiarity with bird identification and a background in identifying eastern raptors in flight is preferred, but not necessary. Applicants will need to be able to endure long days in the field, often in cold and windy conditions and have the independence to make daily decisions on cancellation of count due to weather. Experience interacting with the public and excellent interpersonal skills is highly preferred. Although this position is expected to work 40 hours a week, applicant must have the willingness to work irregular hours, including some weekends, due unpredictable weather patterns. A personal pair of binoculars and spotting scope is preferred. Must be computer literate and capable of entering and managing data (computer access can be provided.) Applicant must have transportation to and from the hawk watch location with a valid driver`s license. Successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks. This is a part-time position that runs from February 23-April 25. https://tusseymountainspringhawkwatch.org/ Apply online at https://psu.jobs/job/84012 To review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters and policies, please go to https://police.psu.edu/annual-security-reports, which will also explain how to request a paper copy of the Annual Security Report. Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.
  27. Every autumn in the Southern Hemisphere, Magellanic penguins leave their coastal nesting sites in South America. For adults, their summer task—breeding, or at least trying to—is complete. Newly fledged chicks and adults gradually head out to sea to spend the winter feeding. They won't return to land until spring. View the full article
  28. A new study has shown vultures use their very own social networks to take advantage of thermal updrafts which help them fly vast distances. Researchers examined how the vultures seemed to make risky but efficient choices when it came to their flight patterns by observing other birds in the network. View the full article
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