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  2. JOB TITLE: Database Architect REPORTS TO: Director of Global Conservation Science BASED AT (OFFICE LOCATION): Boise, ID REGULAR/TEMPORARY: Regular FULL/PART TIME: Full-Time Exempt MISSION Conserving Birds of Prey Worldwide WORK WITH US The Peregrine Fund protects the Earth’s raptors, partnering with local people on five continents to inspire action and preserve essential habitat. Support comes from individual donors, corporations, foundations, and government grants. We were founded in 1970 to rescue the Peregrine Falcon from extinction by pioneering methods to breed and release them across North America. With that historic success, our mission grew to encompass all raptor species worldwide. Today we: · Restore critically endangered species · Research little-known species · Train and support local conservation leaders · Engage all ages with environmental education · Conserve habitat Our employee benefits program plays a vital role in demonstrating our commitment to our employees. We are pleased to offer eligible employees a benefits program that is comprehensive and among the best among our peer institutions, including a 403(b) retirement program as well as health, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance. The Peregrine Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The successful applicant will be required to complete a background screening before final offer of employment is made. POSITION SUMMARY The Database Architect is responsible for improving, expanding, and managing the Global Raptor Impact Network’s (GRIN) relational database of raptor observations. They work to ensure that the database structure allows for the storage of all data collected by The Peregrine Fund and users of GRIN. They also develop strategies for warehouse implementation, data acquisition and access, and data archiving and recovery. They oversee any transfer of data or synchronization between partner organizations. The Database Architect works closely with biologists to develop efficient data entry tools and intuitive data outputs and summaries. RESPONSIBILITES AND SCOPE · Avoid data entropy by ensuring all data and metadata are stored on state-of-the-art media · Oversee mobilization of historical data from The Peregrine Fund, atlases, and partners · Develop and enforce quality standards for data and metadata · Add functionality to the database that ensures data-types collected by The Peregrine Fund and partners can be stored · Develop and enforce security procedures · Develop and implement a system of access levels whereby data collectors can decide how data are used and disseminated · Develop summaries and outputs as needed by biologists · Oversee integration with the Avian Knowledge Network (www.avianknowledge.net) MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS · Bachelor’s degree in computer science, data science, or related field · Five years of experience managing databases · Familiarity with SQL, Access, and ESRI databases · Experience with HTML5, CSS3 and other front-end UI/presentation languages PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS · Master’s degree in computer science or related field · Familiarity with html, smartphone app development, and GIS · Experience with large, open biological datasets such as BISON, AKN, GBIF, etc. · Familiarity with NABCI data management standards APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS Email cover letter and resume in one file to Hiring Manager, employment@peregrinefund.org
  3. JOB TITLE: Spatial Ecologist REPORTS TO: Director of Global Conservation Science BASED AT (OFFICE LOCATION): Boise, ID REGULAR/TEMPORARY: Regular FULL/PART TIME: Full-Time Exempt MISSION Conserving Birds of Prey Worldwide WORK WITH US The Peregrine Fund protects the Earth’s raptors, partnering with local people on five continents to inspire action and preserve essential habitat. Support comes from individual donors, corporations, foundations, and government grants. We were founded in 1970 to rescue the Peregrine Falcon from extinction by pioneering methods to breed and release them across North America. With that historic success, our mission grew to encompass all raptor species worldwide. Today we: · Restore critically endangered species · Research little-known species · Train and support local conservation leaders · Engage all ages with environmental education · Conserve habitat Our employee benefits program plays a vital role in demonstrating our commitment to our employees. We are pleased to offer eligible employees a benefits program that is comprehensive and among the best among our peer institutions, including a 403(b) retirement program as well as health, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance. The Peregrine Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The successful applicant will be required to complete a background screening before final offer of employment is made. POSITION SUMMARY The Spatial Ecologist is responsible for analysis of raptor movements and distributions across the globe using data housed in The Peregrine Fund’s Global Raptor Impact Network (GRIN) database. They supervise the input of data into the GRIN database—soliciting and mobilizing historical and contemporary data from researchers around the world. The Spatial Ecologist develops and implements methods to estimate historical distributions of raptors and estimate changes in distributions as data are collected. They perform various spatial analyses to inform, for example, reintroduction efforts, species and landscape conservation, and habitat management. RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE · Oversee mobilization of historical spatial data into the GRIN database · Develop and implement methods to estimate historic, current, and future ranges of global raptor species · Identify, map, and prioritize landscapes of conservation importance to raptors · Develop and implement methods to map the distributions of threats to raptors · Map and analyze raptor movement data from tracking devices · Work closely with the Peregrine Fund’s project directors to produce publication quality maps and other data visualizations as needed · Solicit and standardize data in collaboration with raptor researchers around the world MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS · Master’s degree in biology, geography, wildlife management, or related field · Experience in spatial analysis of terrestrial vertebrate distributions or movement · Proficiency with the most current versions of ArcGIS software and ESRI databases PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS · Ph.D. in biology, geography, wildlife management, or related field · Proven record of peer reviewed publications · Experience with spatial analysis of bird distributions · Experience with large databases of bird sightings such as eBird, GBIF, and the Avian Knowledge Network · Experience with MaxEnt modeling · Proficiency using R for statistical or geospatial analyses · Experience analyzing animal movement data · Knowledge of raptor ecology and global conservation issues · Knowledge of publicly available geospatial data for terrestrial land cover APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS Email cover letter and resume in one file to Hiring Manager, employment@peregrinefund.org
  4. SUMMARY: 1 volunteer research assistant is needed for approximately 4 months beginning December 15th 2018 to assist a PhD student investigating avian seed dispersal in the Dominican Republic. ORGANIZATION: Avian Ecology Lab, Old Dominion University (Virginia, United States) RESEARCH LOCATION: Jarabacoa, La Vega, Dominican Republic POSITION DESCRIPTION: The volunteer field assistant will be trained to identify approximately 40 species of birds and 50 species of fruit- bearing plants in order to carry out avian biodiversity and plant phenology surveys. Other data collection protocols will include focal foraging observations on marked populations of plants, collecting samples from seed traps, collecting/identifying fruits and botanical samples, and data entry. The volunteer will be expected to assist with some manual labor activities such as plot fence repair and maintaining rustic trails along transects. The field crew will work 5-6 days per week with the sixth day typically devoted to service and conservation projects overseen by local partners. Such work may involve invasive species control, forest restoration project, and development of educational materials for local school groups. For more information about the project, visit: https://student.wp.odu.edu/sschu001/ LOGISTICS & COMPENSATION: Accommodations will be provided at a rental house that operates as a field station. Meals, consisting of typical Dominican food, will be provided to the volunteer at no cost during their stay. Reimbursement will be provided for food expenses for daily field trips to distant sites. All costs for in-country transportation and lodging will be provided by the project (with the exception of recreational trips on off-days). Transportation to field sites (i.e. rural farms) will be as a passenger in a 4x4 SUV or as a passenger on a motor-bike. No funds are available for air travel to/from the Dominican Republic, and volunteers are expected to cover these costs. The target start date for this position is December 17th, 2018 (flexible) and the assistant must be able to commit to a minimum of 16 weeks on the project. FIELD STATION & AMENITIES: Assistants should expect to share a dormitory-style room with a male roommate. Potable water, (cold) showers, and wireless internet are available at the field station. QUALIFICATIONS & EXPECTATIONS: Competitive candidates for this position will have a demonstrated interest in botanical or wildlife research in the field. The applicant must be in good physical condition with a willingness to tolerate difficult working conditions. We regularly hike 10 km each day off-trail, often carrying 20-30 lbs of equipment, going up and down steep slopes, frequently crossing barbed wire fences. Strong organizational skills are expected for this position to adequately manage data collection and entry as well as the ability to work independently at times. Intermediate verbal communication skills in Spanish is highly preferred, and applicants will be tested on this ability during the interview. These communication skills are essential, since the volunteer will spend most of the time working in a team setting with a Dominican field crew leader as well as communicating with private land owners and our conservation partners. OTHER COMMENTS: This position is ideal for undergraduates or recent graduates looking for experience in field ecology, wildlife/plant sciences, and conservation biology for their careers. Undergraduates considering applying should communicate with their academic advisor to inquire about the possibility of using the experience to count for course credits. APPLICANT INSTRUCTIONS: Please send… (1) A one-page cover letter detailing your interest in the position and summarizing your relevant background and professional goals. I especially want to know how you see this experience benefiting your career development. (2) A resume or CV detailing your education and experiences relevant to the qualifications discussed above (2 page max). (3) Information for 2-3 references who, preferably, know your work habits in a field or laboratory/office setting. Provide name, title, and email for each of these persons. DEADLINE & INTERVIEW TIMELINE: Materials must be received by October 15th 2018 to guarantee consideration, though interviews may begin sooner. Decisions will be made when a qualified candidate is found, following phone/Skype interviews and consulting references. Email all materials as a single PDF file attachment using the subject header "Volunteer Research Assistant Application" to: Spencer Schubert Department of Biological Sciences Old Dominion University Email: sschu001@odu.edu
  5. Colorado State University – Fort Collins, Colorado POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT – Assistant Professor in Spatial Ecology LOCATION: Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, Warner College of Natural Resources, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA APPOINTMENT: Nine-month, tenure-track, academic faculty QUALIFICATIONS: Required: Ph.D. in Ecology, Wildlife Biology, Conservation Biology, Geography, or closely related field; ability to meet the minimum criteria of rank of assistant professor. Demonstrated research focus on spatial/landscape ecology involving fish and/or wildlife as well as experience in spatial data management, display, and analysis. Highly Desirable: 1) Excellence in spatially explicit ecological research as evidenced by a strong record of research and publication in high impact scientific journals; 2) research focus that addresses both applied and theoretical aspects of spatial/landscape ecology using a diversity of approaches and demonstrating conceptual breadth in fish and/or wildlife biology and conservation; 3) university teaching experience; 4) experience working collaboratively and across disciplines at local, regional, and global scales; 5) a strong commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion in fish, wildlife, and conservation biology fields. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 1) Establish an internationally recognized program of externally funded research and scholarly activity, including support for graduate students and involvement of undergraduate students; 2) teach two courses per year, one of which will be focused at the junior/senior undergraduate student level on a topic such as spatial/landscape ecology; 3) participate in professional and university service and outreach activities. SALARY AND FRINGE BENEFITS: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Sick leave, group health, life, dental, disability, and retirement benefits are per University policy (http://hrs.colostate.edu/benefits/fap-insplans.html ) APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Application materials include: 1) Cover letter, listing three representative publications of your work, 2) the names and contact information for 3 professional references, 3) statements of teaching philosophy, research interests, and commitment to inclusion and diversity (not to exceed 3 pages total), 4) curriculum vitae, and 5) graduate transcripts. All application materials should be submitted to: http://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/60142 For questions contact: Prof. Mevin Hooten, Search Committee Chair. mevin.hooten@colostate.edu, 970-491-1415. DEADLINE: For full consideration by the search committee, all materials must be received by the application review deadline of Nov. 16, 2018. Preferred start date is August 16, 2019. ACADEMIC AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES: Colorado State University is a land grant institution with an enrollment of approximately 31,000 students. It is located in Fort Collins, Colorado (http://www.fcgov.com/visitor/), an attractive and dynamic community of 164,000 residents at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Fort Collins has been named one of the most desirable places to live by a variety of organizations. The region is home to a diverse range of ecosystems and land uses with numerous outdoor recreational activities. The Department (http://warnercnr.colostate.edu/fwcb-home/) offers Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology. Undergraduate students choose one or more concentrations in the major: a) Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, b) Conservation Biology, and c) Wildlife Biology. Faculty also advise graduate students in the inter- college Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (http://ecology.colostate.edu/), a premier interdisciplinary graduate program in ecology. The Department is one of the top-ranked programs nationally, comprising approximately 600 undergraduates, 60 graduate students, and 18 academic faculty. The Department houses the Colorado Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and the Larval Fish Laboratory, and faculty have established strong connections with colleagues in other colleges, e.g., Warner College of Natural Resources, College of Natural Sciences, and College of Engineering, and other relevant units including the CSU Water Center and School of Global Environmental Sustainability. Faculty also team with a diverse group of local to national research partners, including Colorado Parks and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA National Wildlife Research Center, USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Experiment Station, National Park Service, The Nature Conservancy, and USGS Fort Collins Science Center. Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non- discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services. Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so. Application materials of semifinalist candidates, including letters of reference, will be made available for review by the entire faculty of the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology. References will not be contacted without prior notification to candidates.
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  7. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/17/science/saltmarsh-sparrow-extinction.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fscience&action=click&contentCollection=science&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront The species, which breeds in coastal marshes from Maine to Virginia, and lives only on the Atlantic Coast, has always been at the mercy of time and tide, nesting between the highest spring tides. But now a sea level rise of a fraction of an inch a year caused by climate change is pushing tides higher and higher, threatening the birds’ survival. Their population has been declining about nine percent a year since the late 1990s. They now number somewhere from 40,000 to 80,000, although overall population estimates are tentative because the birds are not always easy to find. Dr. Elphick and his colleagues recently predicted that they will reach a threshold, when the highest spring tides come too often to allow the birds time to raise their young. “After that threshold is crossed,” he says, “these birds have maybe six years before they’re extinct.”
  8. Description: This is a highly advanced professional position managing and coordinating activities associated with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Wildlife Viewing Program’s Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. This is a career service position with an annual salary of $37,867.70 Duties and Responsibilities: · Provide overall strategic leadership to the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail (Trail)) including: o Working with partners, site managers, tourism groups and wildlife viewing stakeholders to deliver a high-quality experience to Trail users; o Engaging the Technical Assistance Group to obtain input for materials development and promotion methods o Leveraging partnerships to increase support of Trail o Managing the Trail’s physical infrastructure (wayfinding signs), support materials (guides) and communication tools (website and social media). · Coordinate outreach and promotion of the Trail to increase the number and diversity of Trail users. · Oversee the evaluation of the Trail and its products to assure user satisfaction. · Monitor trends and developments in wildlife viewing programs to improve and expand wildlife viewing in Florida. · Actively participate in the National Wildlife Viewing and Nature Tourism Working Group · Promote Wildlife Viewing programs and FWC at outreach events · Represent the agency and Office of Public Access Services on appropriate committees. · Develop operational work plans and prepare required program reports. · Prepare and monitor program budget. · Respond to customer requests for information as needed. · Attend staff meetings, prepare required forms, participate in professional development courses, complete timesheets in a timely and through manor, respond to telephone and mail inquires. · Complete other duties as assigned. KSA’s · Knowledge of Florida’s natural communities · Knowledge of wildlife management practices · Ability to identify and interpret natural history information about birds, butterflies and other Florida wildlife · Excellent public speaking skills including leading field experiences · Experience in outreach and promotion · Advanced writing skills · Knowledge of social media and website maintenance · Skilled in operational planning and implementation · Skilled in using computer software applications particularly Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Adobe and Acrobat Professional. · Ability to travel when required (26% – 50%). · Ability to work independently and prioritize work. · Ability to collaborate with others. · Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others. · Ability to create and distribute routine reports. · Ability to utilize problem solving techniques and apply critical thinking skills. · Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments. · Ability to collect, organize, evaluate and analyze data. · Ability to design, edit and produce a variety of program materials. · Ability to maintain a valid drives’ license. · Must be able to lift 50 lbs. Minimum Qualification: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a life or physical science. A master’s degree is preferred. Apply: Online at https://jobs.myflorida.com/job/TALLAHASSEE-FISHERIES-&-WILDLIFE-BIO-SCIENTIST-III-77001068-FL-32399/505310000/
  9. Using cloud computing and data from 143 weather radar stations across the continental United States, Cornell Lab of Ornithology researchers can now estimate how many birds migrate through the U.S. and the toll that winter and these nocturnal journeys take. Their findings are published in Nature Ecology & Evolution. View the full article
  10. Hawaii forest bird banders: 3 banders are needed for a large-scale study to sample DNA from forest birds across the Hawaiian Archipelago. This NSF-funded study seeks to understand the evolution of disease resistance in Hawaiian birds at a genomic level, and understand how host-vector-parasite dynamics may change as species evolve. This is a unique opportunity to work in beautiful forests hosting spectacular bird communities, while learning from and contributing to a multi-disciplinary study strongly focused on gathering information important for the conservation of forest birds. Duties will include operating mist nets to capture and band songbirds, sampling blood to obtain DNA, and taking detailed morphological measurements. Many endangered species will be encountered during the course of this work, and applicants must have strong mist net extraction and passerine banding experience. Work is tentatively scheduled for January 7-July 26, 2019, but shorter time periods are possible with a minimum of 3-4 month commitment. Compensation is $1040/month per diem + housing provided at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park; airfare to Hawaii is not included, but airfare reimbursement from Honolulu to Hilo is possible. To apply, please send a single PDF including a brief cover letter (1-2 pages) highlighting relevant experience, a resume, and the name, address, phone number, and email address of at least 3 references to Eben Paxton, USGS Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center, epaxton@usgs.gov. Applications will be accepted until October 19, 2018.
  11. Inspired by the negative results in the recently published largest-scale analysis of the relation between population density and positions in geographic ranges and environmental niches, Drs Jorge Soberon and Andrew Townsend Peterson of the University of Kansas, USA, teamed up with Luis Osorio-Olvera, National University of Mexico (UNAM), and identified several issues in the methodology used, able to turn the tables in the ongoing debate. Their findings are published in the innovative open access journal Rethinking Ecology. View the full article
  12. 'Sad' parrots and 'stressed-out' frogs might be unlikely contenders for concern in the aftermath of a catastrophic natural disaster. View the full article
  13. ebridge

    Batteries for ETAG RFID readers

    Meelyn, can you please list all the batteries you've tried and the results you got. I think people will want to know what does not work as well as what does.
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  15. EXPERIENCED PASSERINE BANDERS (1) needed for ASAP for fall migration-monitoring project at St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, New Brunswick, Canada. One can expect to catch a good variety of warblers, sparrows, flycatchers, vireos and thrushes; even the odd northern rarity at this small 15-net Station. Bander must have experience extracting birds from mist-nets, as well as handling and identifying passerines. Position involve daily banding, record keeping and minor net maintenance. The position is open immediately and runs for five weeks. Accommodation is provided on the Huntsman Marine Science Centre campus (www.huntsmanmarine.ca) and the successful applicant will be eligible for a $350/week stipend. Having one’s own vehicle is very useful. Please submit a letter of interest, plus two references to Tracey Dean at tdean@huntsmanmarine.ca, outlining your previous banding experience including number of birds banded and extracted, and ability to identify birds in the hand.
  16. Hawaii Wildlife Center

    Manu O Ku Intern

    Interns can apply by emailing a resume and cover letter to Patrick@Hawaiiwildlifecenter.org
  17. The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Memphis (www.memphis.edu/biology) invites applications for a nine-month tenure-track position in comparative immunology (research and teaching) at the Assistant Professor level. Candidates must have an earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in immunology or other relevant discipline (such as ecoimmunology, computational immunology, disease ecology, physiology, ecology, evolutionary immunology) from an accredited institution. We seek candidates with postdoctoral training, a record of peer-reviewed publication and scholarly accomplishments commensurate with experience, and evidence of funding potential. Competitive startup funds and salary are available and salary will be commensurate with experience. The successful candidate will be broadly trained, with expertise in ecoimmunology, computational immunology, disease ecology, or environmental aspects of comparative immunology. We encourage applications from researchers using integrative approaches and non-model organisms to examine environmental influences on immune function, disease spread, or physiological mechanisms driving variation in immunity. The candidate will teach an undergraduate course in immunology; additional teaching assignments will depend on the candidate’s expertise and departmental needs. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a research program that involves both undergraduate and graduate students and will also pursue the external funding necessary to maintain a successful research program. Faculty members are expected to engage in service activities at the department, college, and university levels and serve as a mentor to students in their research and professional development. The University of Memphis is a leading metropolitan research institution with 25 faculty members specializing in diverse sub-disciplines of the biological sciences. The Department serves approximately 500 majors and over 50 M.S. and Ph.D. students. The interdepartmental Program in Bioinformatics, the Ecological Research Center & Meeman Biological Station, the Integrated Microscopy Center, and the W. Harry Feinstone Center for Genomic Research, are all administered through the department and offer outstanding opportunities for research, teaching, and collaboration. Candidates should submit a letter of application, statements of research interests and teaching philosophy, and a CV at http://workforum.memphis.edu/ (posting # FAE837). Up to three representative journal articles may also be submitted. Applicants should also provide contact information for three individuals who can provide references. Review of applications will begin October 5, 2018, the closing date for application. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Matthew Parris, Chair, Comparative Immunology Faculty Position, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN 38152, USA (email: mparris@memphis.edu). The University of Memphis is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We urge all qualified applicants to apply for this position. Appointment will be based on qualifications as they relate to position requirements without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability or veteran status.
  18. Meelyn Pandit

    Batteries for ETAG RFID readers

    Hey everyone, I am Meelyn Pandit, a PhD Student in the Bridge Lab at OU. We have been getting many questions on what batteries to use with the latest version of the ETAG reader. I previously used these 5V lithium polymer battery packs that are used for charging cellphones: Anker 6700 mAh battery pack This will give you less than a day of power though. Larger batteries such as this 10000 maAh model or this 20000 maH model will give you a few days (2-3 and 5-6 days respectively). I have used these batteries in my bluebird research and they work well, but they require exchanging the batteries every few days to avoid losing data. Unfortunately, you cannot attach a solar panel to this battery setup because of the voltage regulator inside the battery case which prevents the battery from being charged by the solar panel and powering the ETAG reader. The best option for powering the ETAG reader in the field would be to use lead acid battery with a down voltage regulator (lead acid batteries are usually rated for 12V, but if you down regulate the voltage to 5V then it will multiply the amp hours by 2, more or less). You will need to waterproof the battery and the regulator using a plastic or metal case. Hope this information helps! If you have any questions on powering the ETAG reader or any general questions about using or coding the reader feel free to email me at meelyn.pandit@ou.edu. Kind regards, Meelyn Pandit
  19. BirdLife International

    Obituary: bird activist Joe Sultana 1939-2018

    A champion of conservation in Malta, and more widely the Mediterranean, Joe Sultana passed away on Tuesday 11th of September at the age of 78. Throughout his life, his passion and dedication for conservation inspired action both within Malta and internationally.View the full article
  20. The University of Texas at El Paso College of Science Department of Biological Sciences Assistant Professor – Global Change Biologist POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position for a Global Change Biologist. In particular, we are seeking candidates with expertise in organismal biology and the use of state-of-the-art approaches to study adaptation, habitat shifts, and behavioral and/or other responses to global change. Prospective candidates working at higher ecological levels (e.g., populations, communities, ecosystems), particularly in the US Southwest, are also encouraged to apply. The anticipated appointment date is fall 2019 or earlier. The successful candidate is expected to establish an extramurally funded research program; to teach and mentor undergraduate, masters’, and doctoral students; and to serve as a member of the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) core faculty. Candidates’ research should have a strong potential for collaboration with existing EEB faculty and be able to attract extramural funding. ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT: The Department of Biological Sciences is among the most productive departments at UTEP and contributes to interdisciplinary graduate programs in Environmental Science, Environmental Science and Engineering, Bioinformatics, and Computational Science. An EEB doctoral program has recently been established. Existing faculty expertise includes ecological, evolutionary, biomedical, and education research fields. Core facilities include capacities for DNA Next-Gen sequencing, bioinformatics, and statistics; Biodiversity Collections; a green roof; and a greenhouse. The department also manages the 38,000-acre Indio Mountains Research Station. Current EEB faculty conduct research throughout the Chihuahuan Desert, Arctic, Congo, Southeast Asia, and Central and South America. More information is available at the Department of Biological Sciences website. ABOUT UTEP: Located in one of the largest binational communities in the world, The University of Texas at El Paso is unique among research institutions. UTEP enrolls more than 25,000 students, most of whom are Hispanic. The Brookings Institution in 2017 ranked UTEP as the No. 1 leader in equal access to higher education, based on a combination of research productivity and student social mobility. The University has annual externally funded research expenditures of $95 million, maintains an operating budget of $500 million and employs 4,000 people. With 172 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs available in eight colleges and schools, UTEP is the first national research university serving a 21st century student demographic. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, postdoctoral research experience, and a strong record of research accomplishments. APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Candidates must submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement of research interest, a brief description of teaching and service philosophy, and complete contact information for at least three references. For questions about the position, you may contact Prof. Craig Tweedie, Search Committee Chair at ctweedie@utep.edu. To apply, please visit https://utep.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=102396 Hiring decisions are based on budget approval. In keeping with its Access and Excellence mission, the University of Texas at El Paso is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all. The University of Texas at El Paso does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran's status, sexual orientation or gender identity in employment or in the provision of services.
  21. September is the peak of autumn bird migration, and billions of birds are winging their way south in dramatic pulses. A new study published in the journal Science reports that scientists can now reliably predict these waves of bird migration up to seven days in advance. The study details the underlying methods that power migration forecasts, which can be used as a bird conservation tool. View the full article
  22. The Genome 10K (G10K) announces the official launch of a new project, the international Vertebrate Genomes Project (VGP), and its first release of 15 new, high-quality reference genomes for 14 species representing all five vertebrate classes—mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fishes. The mission of the VGP is to provide high-quality, near error-free, and complete genome assemblies of all 66,000 vertebrate species on Earth to address fundamental questions in biology, disease, and conservation. View the full article
  23. As a leading research university Rice University aspires to path- breaking research, unsurpassed teaching, and contributions to the betterment of our world. It seeks to fulfill this mission by cultivating a diverse community of learning and discovery that produces leaders across the spectrum of human endeavor. As part of a recently launched $150 million investment in research initiatives to advance this mission, Rice University is pleased to announce and invite applications for the Rice Academy Postdoctoral Fellows Program. The 2019 competition is open to all research areas. The two-year Rice Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships are open to exceptional scholars who have recently earned the doctoral degree in any area, including medicine, and who want to pursue research with faculty at Rice University. Applications are particularly welcome from those who are interested in interdisciplinary approaches to scholarship. The Fellowship term will begin on September 1, 2019. Several of the past Fellows have been hosted in the Ecology and Evolutionary Graduate Program, working on variety of projects that ranged from social structure and disease dynamics to Environmental DNA development and are now holding Tenure track faculty position at top US Universities. Application Process To apply, please click on the following link: https://jobs.rice.edu/postings/16653 Once you click on “Apply for this Job” you will be prompted to create an account. After doing so, you will be redirected to the posting and will be able to begin the application process by clicking on the “Apply for this Job” link. If you wish to save your application and come back to it later, click on “Save changes.” All required information is indicated with an asterisk. Your three letters of recommendation will come from the people you list on the professional references page. Please be sure that the contact information, especially the email address, is correct and will remain accessible through September 1, 2019. Your research proposal, curriculum vitae, and your sample publication should all be uploaded as documents. The sample publication or other work of scholarship will be accepted through the “Writing Sample” upload. Please provide the names of two Rice University faculty member with whom you would like to work (to be included in the answer of to the supplemental question on the application). All applicants are asked to contact their prospective mentors to seek their support both as a mentor as well as for salary support (1/3 of the fellowship, or $20,000 annually). This letter of support should be obtained in advance of submitting the final application and should be uploaded to the application in the "Letter of Support" section. Please be certain that the status for each document is “PDF complete” before submitting your application. Please be sure all information is accurate and up-to-date before submitting your application. Once your application has been submitted, you will receive an application confirmation email. All applications for the 2019 competition are due January 3, 2019. Three letter of recommendations are due on or before January 6, 2019. After submitting your application, emails will be sent to your listed references and they will personally submit their letters of recommendation through the RICEWorks system. Applicants are encouraged to contact potential EEB Faculty in the BioSciences at Rice to learn more about the opportunity and talk about potential collaborations. The Rice Academy Senior Fellows will begin application reviews as early as November 1, 2018. All applications for the 2019 competition are due January 3, 2019.
  24. Elizabeth Smithgall Watts Endowed Chair incology and Conservation As part of Georgia Tech's continuing growth in the biological sciences, the School of Biological Sciences is searching for the Elizabeth Smithgall Watts Endowed Chair in Ecology and Conservation. We favor exceptional candidates at the late associate or early full professor stage, but will consider any candidate with an outstanding record of scholarly contributions. We encourage candidates focusing on macro-organisms in any system, or using any approach, but are especially interested in experimentalists making significant contributions to areas including field ecology in natural or urban settings, population or community ecology, conservation, behavior, or chemical ecology. Candidates will be favored if their research integrates well with the department's strengths in ecology, evolutionary biology, chemical ecology, microbial ecology, or marine ecology. This chair facilitates interactions with the scientists and collections at Zoo Atlanta. Biological Sciences also has research/educational partnerships with the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Georgia Aquarium, and several Atlanta-area universities. The Georgia Institute of Technology is located in the diverse, and thriving metropolis of Atlanta, is consistently a top ranked educational and research institution, and prides itself on its resources, collaborations, quantitative and rigorous undergraduate student body, and its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Candidates can submit online at http://searches.biology.gatech.edu <http://searches.biology.gatech.edu/>, including a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three to five references. Review of applications begins October 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Georgia Tech is an equal education/employment opportunity institution dedicated to building a diverse community. We strongly encourage applications from women, under-represented minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. Georgia Tech has policies to promote a healthy work-life balance and is aware that attracting faculty may require meeting the needs of two careers.
  25. The Department of Environmental Studies, California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) invites applications for the position of Department Chair at the Associate/Full Professor level, with tenure, beginning fall 2019. This position is based on an academic year appointment as a faculty member, with an assignment as 12-month Chair of the Department (a 3-year term, renewable). The position requires a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral-level degree, academic administrative experience, teaching experience at the undergraduate or graduate levels, research that engages undergraduate or graduate students, and public service. Expertise in one or more areas of environmental science including, but not limited to, environmental toxicology, conservation biology, global change science, urban ecology, or land-use ecology required. Review of applications will begin on 1 November 2018. Position will remain open until filled. CSUS is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Clery Act Statistics available. This position has a mandated reporter requirement. Employment subject to a criminal background check. View the full description and apply for the position at http://csus.peopleadmin.com/postings/3214 .
  26. The University of Oregon Institute of Ecology and Evolution (http://ie2.uoregon.edu) and the Department of Biology invite applications for a tenure-track position (Assistant Professor) in ecology. Candidates should use computational and/or theoretical tools to address fundamental concepts in ecology using large and/or heterogeneous datasets. We are especially interested in candidates who build on the University of Oregon’s current strengths in terrestrial ecology, and who work across spatial and/or temporal scales. Successful candidates may work at or across a variety of ecological scales, including populations, communities, and ecosystems. This search is one of nearly a dozen associated with the Presidential Initiative in Data Science at the University of Oregon. This initiative spurs intentional growth in research and education using big data and cutting-edge analytics across the entire campus (see https://provost.uoregon). We are building a cross-disciplinary data science program on a foundation of strong interdisciplinary research and innovative education at a liberal arts research university. We seek scholars excited to contribute to the program’s growth through excellence in a specific academic focus, as well as through interdisciplinary collaborations across data science writ large. Data Science is supported by the university’s multi-million dollar investment in the recently launched Talapas supercomputing cluster that is a centerpiece of Research Advanced Computing Services (https://hpcf.uoregon.edu). The Data Science Initiative will also have synergies with the Knight Campus for Accelerating Impact (https://accelerate.uoregon.edu), itself recently launched by a $500 million dollar lead gift from Phil and Penny Knight. An outstanding research program and a commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels are expected. We particularly welcome applications from scholars who are from groups historically underrepresented in the academy, and/or who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds. Ph.D. required. Salary is competitive. For more information and application instructions visit: http://careers.uoregon.edu/cw/en-us/job/522377/assistant-professor-of-biologydata-science. The application consists of a cover letter including how the candidate will contribute to our work in mentoring, research, teaching, and outreach with women, first-generation students, communities of color, and other underrepresented groups; a curriculum vitae including a publication list; a statement of research accomplishments and future research plans; a description of teaching experience and philosophy; a statement on promoting diversity and inclusion; and three letters of recommendation (sent independently). Submission of 1-3 selected reprints is encouraged. Deadline is November 1, 2018; position open until filled.
  27. For more than a decade, the Albatross Task Force has been striving to make fishing industries seabird-safe. Working with communities, governments and on board boats, it has become one of BirdLife’s most successful programmes. Here’s what it has achieved in the past year alone.View the full article
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