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  1. Melanie Colón

    Zoology, tenure track

    The Department of Biology at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, CO is hiring a tenure track Assistant Professor with a specialty in Zoology/Animal Biology. Below is a summary of the job posting. For more information, please see the complete job posting: https://coloradomesa.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?id=194&site=2 Cheers! Johanna Varner Assistant Professor of Biology Colorado Mesa University SUMMARY: The Biological Sciences Department at Colorado Mesa University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position in Zoology beginning August, 2019. The successful applicant will join a dynamic department that includes field, cellular, molecular and organismal biologists, focused on excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentorship of undergraduate research. Preference will be given to applicants with research interests in an area of animal biology that are complementary to the strengths already present in the department. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Responsibilities include teaching 12 credits/semester, offering research opportunities to undergraduate students, advising, and service to the department and university. Teaching responsibilities will include introductory courses in biology and zoology for majors and non-majors. Upper-division courses will include courses related to the candidate’s specialty that complement the existing curriculum. Other duties may be assigned The standard teaching load is 12 credit hours per semester; some assigned courses may be taught on-line, hybrid, or via distance delivery modalities. Scholarship in the discipline, involvement with advising and service to the department and profession are expected. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. REQUIRED EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Required Degree. A Ph.D. in Biology or a related field from an accredited institution is required. ABD candidates considered if the doctorate expected to be completed by August 15, 2019. Some Teaching Experience preferred. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in undergraduate teaching and mentorship in addition to postdoctoral training. Colorado Mesa University is particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and who have a demonstrated commitment to improving the levels of access and success for underrepresented students within higher education. APPLICATION: Submit a cover letter, resume or CV, Statement of teaching philosophy (including a description of teaching experience and interests), statement of research interests including plan to involve undergraduate students, and three letters of recommendation statement of teaching and research interests, three letters of recommendation and a copy of transcripts for all degrees completed (If your transcripts include a social security number or birthdate, please redact this information before uploading the documents. Official transcripts will be required upon hire). Letters of recommendation submitted on behalf of the applicant may be sent to CMUJobs@coloradomesa.edu. APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled. To ensure consideration, complete applications must be received by 1/10/2019.
  2. The Si Lab of Animal Ecology in the School of Ecological and Environmental Sciences at East China Normal University (ECNU), Shanghai, is looking for a highly motivated candidate for a postdoctoral position. The main focus of this position will be to explore the architecture of plant-animal mutualistic networks (e.g. plant-frugivore network, and/or plant-pollinator network) on land-bridge islands in the Thousand Island Lake, China. The lake is a large artificial reservoir built by dam construction in 1959, with more than 1000 forested islands of varying size and isolation. The Si Lab (http://sixf.org) as well as the lab of Prof. Ping Ding at Zhejiang University (https://person.zju.edu.cn/en/0085421) has more than 10 years of continuous research in animal communities, including birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, spiders and pollination insects in this lake system to study how anthropogenically transformed habitats affect biodiversity changes and community assembly. The project aims to examine the impact of habitat fragmentation on plant-animal mutualistic networks on these remnant habitats, and how species’ traits and phylogenies shape the network structure. The postdoc will be primarily responsible for developing an independent research based on our existing projects, producing high quality manuscripts for publication in peer-review journals, and participating in ongoing research in this system. The postdoc will have a demonstrated record of research, with a strong background in community ecology, biodiversity, island biogeography, and/or ornithology. Previous experience working with network analyses, functional traits, and phylogenetic diversity is highly preferred. Strong analytical and writing skills are required. The position is funded for two or three years. Salary will be commensurate with experience (150,000 to 200,000 CNY per year, with the possibility to 300,000 CNY). Review of application will begin on February 17, 2019, and continues until the position is filled. Starting date is negotiable but can start as soon as March 2019. If you have any concerns or questions regarding this position, please contact Dr. Xingfeng Si (sixf@des.ecnu.edu.cn). To apply, please send (i) a cover letter describing your research experiences, interests and goals (two pages maximum), (ii) CV, (iii) one recent first-authored publication relevant to this position, and (iv) contact information of three references in a single pdf document with the subject line “Postdoc position” to Dr. Xingfeng Si (sixf@des.ecnu.edu.cn). Additional information: The university (ECNU): http://english.ecnu.edu.cn or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_China_Normal_University The city (Shanghai): http://www.shanghai.gov.cn or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanghai The lab (the Si Lab of Animal Ecology): http://sixf.org or https://faculty.ecnu.edu.cn/s/3971/t/39269/main.jspy -- Xingfeng Si, PhD School of Ecological and Environmental Sciences East China Normal University, Shanghai Email: sixf@des.ecnu.edu.cn Web: http://sixf.org
  3. SWCA Environmental Consultants is seeking Field Technicians to support the Flagstaff, Arizona office's Southwestern Willow Flycatcher studies located along the Lower Colorado River. These are temporary, hourly positions. Start date is 5 May 2019 and is non-negotiable; end dates range from mid-July to early August 2019. Compensation and Schedule: $23.00-$25.00 per hour. Work schedule for each 2-week period is 80 hours on and then days off. Housing and vehicles provided. Mileage reimbursement is provided for work related use of personal vehicles. Positions will be filled as soon as a qualified applicants are identified. To be considered, please submit a cover letter along with contact information for three professional references. Field Technicians: Primary field duties will include conducting standardized early morning broadcast surveys, mapping and monitoring territories, searching for and monitoring nests, and re-sighting color banded flycatchers. Additional duties may include deploying data loggers and recording soil moisture conditions. Daily computer data entry required. Site Coordinators: Duties will include all tasks of Field Technicians in addition to coordinating field logistics, proofing data, data backup and other administrative tasks, and promoting compliance with SWCA's safety program. A minimum of one (1) field season of avian research Ability to work closely with other biologists, have full hearing and color vision Ability to stoop/crawl through dense vegetation and tolerance of hot temperatures, high humidity, and biting insects Current First Aid/CPR certification Current eligibility to work in the U.S A valid driver's license Preferred prior experience in nest monitoring of open-cup passerines Preferred prior experience in broadcast surveys Preferred prior experience with willow flycatchers and identification of southwestern U.S. riparian birds Preferred prior experience using ATVs and towing a trailer SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing employee-owned firm, providing a full-spectrum of environmental services. With offices across the United States, SWCA is one of the largest environmental compliance firms and ranks among Engineering News-Record's Top 200 Environmental Firms. If you would like to contact SWCA regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the online application process due to a disability, please email accommodations@swca.com or call 800-828-8517. This contact information is for disability accommodation requests only. All other inquiries will not receive a response. EOE - women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply. Apply Here http://www.Click2apply.net/cmkqt423b6hx6hjq
  4. Have some free time over the holiday break? Consider applying for a grant. Here's a short list of some of the opportunities with deadlines in January and February. For more see our funding database http://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/. American Society of Naturalists Student Research Award: $2000 https://www.amnat.org/awards.html#SRA (Ph.D. candidates) Bo Koster Grant for Nature Study: $3000 http://www.wgnss.org/bo-koster-grant.html (Graduate students in MO and IL) Crowder-Messersmith Conservation Fund: $2000 https://anshome.org/crowder-messersmith-fund/ (For international conservation projects) Hawk Migration Association of NA Research Award: $1000 http://www.hmana.org/hmanas-hawk-watch-fund/ Louis Agassiz Fuertes Award: $2500 https://wilsonsociety.org/awards/research-grants/ Sonoran Joint Ventures Research Awards: $5000-$10000 https://sonoranjv.org/funding/sjv-award-program/request-for-proposals-2/ (Research in SJV region) William B. and Mary J. Robertson Fellowship Award: $2000 http://www.fosbirds.org/robertson.html (Avian research in FL) Note: organizations sponsoring the grants listed in our database update their websites often, sometimes changing URLs. We try to keep up with the changes, but if you happen to find a broken link, please let us know so we can update the database. Cheers, and as always, happy grant writing.
  5. Environmental Scientist III: Conservation Project Review Kent Conservation District, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), Division of Fish & Wildlife/Wildlife, McKay Wildlife and Hunter Education Field Office, - Smyrna, DE $44,755.00 – $55,944.00 per year JOB DESCRIPTION: This is not a State Merit position. This is a contractual position with the opportunity to work long term. The Co-Environmental Review Coordinator and Conservation Database Manager positions are directly responsible for providing guidance and recommendations for landscape and development projects that have the potential to impact land, water and soil resources, waterbodies, wetlands, watershed buffers, and associated fish and wildlife species and their habitats, including rare species populations. These positions work with staff in other divisions, regulatory agencies, public and private land management agencies, and landowners and their consultants involved in landscape and development projects to identify, mitigate and minimize impacts to Delaware's land, water, soil, fish and wildlife resources. One position will focus on reviewing state transportation projects and manage databases tracking environmental reviews and rare species. The other position will focus on other projects including, but not limited to, state and federal wetland projects, land-use projects, National Environmental Protection Act permits, and site investigation and remediation projects. JOB DUTIES: Specific responsibilities include the following: • Provide site-specific recommendations for avoiding, minimizing, or mitigating impacts to Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) or enhancing SGCN habitat in consultation with Division staff and coordination with Departmental regulatory staff. • Provide Section 7 reviews ensuring federal Endangered Species act compliance for Division projects. • Prepare for and participate in monthly land-use Planners Technical Advisory Committee meetings, Joint Permit Processing Meetings, and Regulatory Advisory Committee Meetings. • Coordinate with federal, other state, and local government agencies on project reviews and on comprehensive land-use plans, codes, ordinances, and regulations. • Participate In interagency field reviews and meetings to assess potential Impacts of a project and to obtain information to guide site-specific recommendations. • Manage internal environmental review Microsoft Access and spatial databases. • Oversee contracts. • Supervise seasonal and/or contractual staff. • Develop and administer grants. • Conduct field surveys of project sites to determine presence of SGCN or suitable habitat to guide site-specific recommendations. • Provide technical assistance by performing site evaluations or assisting other staff biologists to assess habitat or SGCN status. • Provide guidance on SGCN for habitat restoration and management projects on private and public lands, and assist with setting land-protection priorities for conservation partners and for state agencies. QUALIFICATIONS: • Possession of a Bachelor’s degree or higher in Life, Physical, or Applied Science or related field. • Six months experience in environmental or natural resources project management which includes planning, developing, implementing, managing and evaluating environmental or natural resources projects to ensure objectives are met. • Three years’ experience in analyzing and evaluating scientific data. • Three years’ experience in interpreting environmental laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures. • Six months experience in using an automated information system to enter, update, modify, delete, retrieve/inquire and report on data. • Six months experience in technical report writing. BENEFITS: The Kent Conservation District offers a comprehensive benefit package including: 37.5 hours work week with flexible scheduling options; 15 paid vacation days the first year; 9 paid holidays a year; and 15 paid sick leave days per year. Pension and health insurance are also included in the benefits package. Direct Deposit of paychecks will be required as a condition of employment for new employees.
  6. Seeking wildlife biologists/ecologists with a strong applied research background in quantitative wildlife biology and ability to publish peer-reviewed manuscripts. Successful applicants will join a large and exciting research team led by Dr. Peter Coates with the USGS Western Ecological Research Center that is primarily focused on ecological studies of Greater Sage-Grouse in the Great Basin and relationships with sagebrush ecosystems and anthropogenic stressors. Assigned tasks will require statistical analyses and development of manuscripts pertaining to sage-grouse habitat selection, spatial ecology, and demography. These will be 'post-doc' type position hired as GS-9/11 Term Wildlife Biologists, with a minimum duration of 13 months. Work will be primarily office based and located in Dixon, CA or Reno, NV. Dixon lies in the Sacramento Valley but falls within GSA cost-of living adjustment area for the San Francisco Bay area. Reno lies on the eastern flank of the Sierra Nevada approximately 45 minutes from Lake Tahoe, and falls within standard GSA salary area. Applicants should possess a PhD (M.S. will be considered with appropriate career experience and publication record). Previous experience with sage-grouse is not entirely necessary, and we are seeking applicants with exceptional writing skills and strong analytical capabilities grounded in a foundation of ecology Applicants that possess a strong record of peer-reviewed publication, professional presentations, or successful grant acquisition are encouraged to apply. Desired analytical skills include expertise with maximum likelihood and Bayesian-based statistics, programming in platforms such as R, JAGS, WinBugs, R-Mark, ArcGIS, Python, and management of large datasets (e.g., GPS-PTT telemetry locations, vector and raster GIS data). Work is often conducted under short deadlines, so applicants should be flexible with work scheduling. Opportunities for limited field work may also arise, so applicants should be capable and comfortable with data collection in remote areas. Apply at: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/518027000. THE ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN FROM 12/03/2018 TO 12/14/2018. Please pay attention the following details in addition to those listed on the announcement: 1) Resume/CV must include: - month and year of employment - full-time or part-time (if part-time estimated hours worked per week) - if employment is federal, list series and grade - good description of the duties performed for related experience 2) Be sure the course-work on transcripts clearly matches the basic education requirements (https://www2.usgs.gov/humancapital/sw/quals/0486.html). If necessary due to coarse name ambiguity, provide a list of specific courses that meet the requirements, and/or descriptions from course catalogs. 3) This announcement is only open to US citizens. The USGS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, fitness, and qualifications without regard to race, sex, color, religion, age, marital status, national origin, non-disqualifying handicap conditions, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factors. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.
  7. Melanie Colón

    Assistant Research Scientist

    https://www.sesync.org/careers/assistant-research-scientist-–-data-science Deadline: Jan 14, 2019 The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) seeks applications for an Assistant Research Scientist to lead our Data Science Team. This is a non-tenure track research faculty position through the University of Maryland. Successful candidates will be located at SESYNC’s facilities in Annapolis, MD. The candidate will provide leadership and management of our data science team and conduct independent research. Ideally the research will be related to center activities. Time available for research will vary but should average about 30%. The successful candidate will interact with SESYNC researchers to understand their computational needs and provide support, to oversee data agreements as needed, contribute to teaching and serve as a national representative of SESYNC. We seek proactive individuals with a desire to learn and apply new computational tools. Must enjoy managing team personnel and communicating with visiting researchers. Qualifications: Ph.D. in relevant disciplines Experience using R or Python for data management and analysis Specialization in one or more computational areas (e.g., advanced statistical methods, GIS, dynamical systems agent based modeling) Management and independent research experience Exceptional verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills Demonstrated ability to interact with researchers Willingness to play a leadership role in a service-oriented center Salary: Commensurate with experience. How to Apply: Submit a cover letter describing unique qualifications for position, C.V., and names of three professional references as a single PDF below. Apply by 5pm ET on January 14, 2018 for best consideration. The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, gender, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, national origin, or political affiliation. Minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply. Career Type: Staff Audience: Researcher Educator Cyberinfrastructure
  8. Melanie Colón

    Chief Biologist

    Chief Biologist - Virginia Division of Natural Heritage, Richmond, VA, U.S.A. Application deadline: December 13, 2018. Applications must be submitted at: http://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/postings/132060 The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation is the state’s lead conservation agency and it takes a diverse agency to work for a diverse commonwealth. DCR protects what people care about – access to the outdoors, natural habitats, open spaces, clean water and safe infrastructure. We manage 37 Virginia State Parks, which has thousands of campsites, hundreds of cabins, beaches, festivals, educational programs, more than 500 miles of trails… the list goes on. If you’re someone who wants to love what you do, and make a difference, DCR is the place for you! DCR’s Division of Natural Heritage, seeks applicants to fill the full-time, classified position of Chief Biologist. This position supervises all biological inventories and preliminary conservation planning conducted by the Division of Natural Heritage through 1) the determination of the biological status of Virginia’s biota, 2) the development of a comprehensive vegetation classification for Virginia, 3) the documentation of all locations for Virginia’s rare species and significant natural communities, 4) the provision of preliminary conservation plans and technical assistance to internal and external natural resource personnel, 5) obtaining grants and contracts to enable this inventory, and 6) supervising a team of inventory biologists. Additional DCR's job announcements can be viewed at: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/jobs
  9. The University of Vermont, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Wildlife Biology. We seek a dedicated and inspiring new faculty member who has expertise in applied wildlife science, with a strong capacity for delivering high-quality teaching and developing a robust research program related to wildlife ecology, management, and conservation. The Rubenstein School has a growing, vibrant, and engaged Wildlife and Fisheries Biology Program and is looking for individuals who can contribute to our strong commitment to training the next generation of scientists and natural resource professionals and using innovative research to address high priority wildlife management and conservation problems. Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2019, and questions can be directed to the search committee chair: James Murdoch (jmurdoch@uvm.edu). For full position details and to apply, see https://www.uvmjobs.com/postings/32754
  10. Online Oiled Wildlife Response Training The University of California at Davis, USA and Massey University, New Zealand have jointly developed university endorsed and research driven online Oiled Wildlife Response Training (OWRT). The first level “Foundations in oiled wildlife response” is now online and available for participation at https://owrt.org/. Second level courses including “Rehabilitation and facilities in oiled wildlife response” will be available by early 2019. These courses are developed by the only two Universities in the world with comprehensive oiled wildlife readiness and response programs. These world leaders in higher education are also at the forefront of oiled wildlife research – advancing knowledge of best practice in the management and care of oiled wildlife. UC Davis and Massey University have led more than 70 oiled wildlife responses throughout the world, meaning this OWRT has been developed and delivered by highly experienced oil response researchers, trainers, and practitioners. OWRT trains to international best practice standards for oiled wildlife response and management. For more information and to enrol please visit the website https://owrt.org/. Foundations Course Overview: Foundations in oiled wildlife response covers the fundamental elements needed for a person to be involved in an oiled wildlife response. There are eight online modules to the Foundations course including: Topic 1: Petroleum • Components and types of petroleum • Hazard and risk associated petroleum • Weathering of oil Topic 2: Historical spill information • The changing sources of spilled oil • Circumstances and consequences of example oil spills Topic 3: Effects of petroleum when spilled • Areas affected by an oil spill • The effects of oil on animals Topic 4: Advanced preparation for oil spills (Preparedness) • Advanced planning necessary to respond to an oil spill Topic 5: The oil spill response • Goals of an oil spill response • Overall oil spill response timeline • Overall oil spill response structure • Rules governing an oil spill response Topic 6: The oiled wildlife response • Why we respond to wildlife • Goals of a wildlife response • Factors affecting the scope of a wildlife response • Functional activities of an oiled wildlife response Topic 7: You as a responder • Notification, mobilization and demobilization • How to get hands on experience • Go-bag • Considerations Topic 8: Health and Safety • Human safety first • Types of hazards • Reducing risk • Hot zone, cold zone and warm zone/contamination reduction zone
  11. St. Edward's University, located in Austin, TX, invites applications for a nine month, full-time, non-tenure track visiting assistant professor appointment in Biological Sciences to begin in mid-August, 2019. Applicants with a background in Evolutionary Biology are desired. Visit https://stedwards.applicantpro.com/jobs/936223.html Responsibilities: Teaching our core Evolution course, BIOL 4344 Teaching majors first year biology lecture and labs, with the possibility of additional opportunities in first year biology courses for non-majors. Ability to teach courses in Anatomy is especially preferred. The teaching load is 4 courses per semester (12 hours). Qualifications: Ph.D. in biological sciences required. A strong commitment to and demonstrated potential for excellence in undergraduate teaching. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Successful candidate must complete an employment and/or criminal history background check About St. Edward's University: St. Edward's University serves a diverse population of 3,700 undergraduate and 500 graduate students on its campus in South Austin. Recognized as a minority serving institution and a Hispanic serving institution, St. Edward's seeks dedicated teachers who employ active pedagogy to engage a diverse student population. The School of Natural Sciences has experienced significant growth in the last decade attributable to its distinguished faculty, new facilities including >110,000 ft. of teaching and laboratory space, and our approach to engaging undergraduates in the classroom and in research. The Department of Biological Sciences offers B.A. and B.S. degrees in biology, B.S. degrees in Bioinformatics and Medical Laboratory Science, and a 3+2 BA in Biology and MS in Clinical Lab Science in partnership with the University of Texas Medical Branch, in Galveston. Read more about the Dept. of Biological Sciences by visiting https://www.stedwards.edu/undergraduate/biology Application Process: Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled, with full consideration given to those received by Dec 5, 2018. Applicants should submit application and all requested documentation online through https://stedwards.applicantpro.com/jobs/ A complete application packet (single pdf preferred) will include: -Cover letter, addressing why the applicant is a good fit for the position and indicating a commitment to the university's mission (https://www.stedwards.edu/about-st-edwards-university/history-mission) and to serve a diverse student body and prepare them for a global community. Cover letter should also address the applicant's ability and interest in teaching Human Anatomy and other courses related to their area of expertise. -Curriculum Vitae -Teaching Statement -Undergraduate and Graduate transcripts (unofficial) -The names and contact information for three references St. Edward's University is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage women and minorities to apply to our vacancies and hire only U.S. Citizens and documented workers. We do not offer sponsorship at this time. Reference #: J18139 Posted: 11/13/2018 Available: immediately
  12. Melanie Colón

    Centennial Pollinator Fellowship

    PURPOSE AND HISTORY The Garden Club of America (GCA) Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship provides funding to a current graduate student to study the causes of pollinator decline, in particular bees, bats, butterflies and moths, which could lead to potential solutions for their conservation and sustainability. The selection criteria are based on the technical merit of the proposed work and the degree to which the work is relevant to this objective. Pollinators-bees, bats, butterflies and moths-help our prairies, gardens, orchards, blueberry barrens, farmers' fields and desert cacti reproduce and maintain genetic diversity. One-third of the food we eat has been fertilized by pollinators. An alarming decline in the number of pollinators in recent decades-through chemicals, diseases, mites, loss of habitat, and global climate change- has international repercussions. The GCA Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship was established in spring 2013 to facilitate independent research in this field. This fellowship was made possible by generous gifts given in honor of the GCA Centennial by members of the Board of Associates. PROVISIONS The GCA Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship annually funds one or more graduate students enrolled in U.S. institutions (scholar must be a US citizen or green card holder). Funding may vary in amount, but normally will be in the range of $4,000 for study and research that will advance the knowledge of pollinator science and increase the number of scientists in the field. A recipient may reapply for an additional year of funding. RESEARCH CATEGORIES The categories under which applicants may apply are: Effects of nutrition, genetics, pesticides, pathogens, parasites and disease on pollinators Pollinator habitat development, assessment or monitoring Plant-pollinator interactions and pollination biology Research that examines other aspects of pollinator health, including cutting-edge, original concepts TERMS Award: $4,000 Maximum Only one GCA scholarship may be applied for annually. Applications are due January 15, 2019. GCA fellow will provide an interim 250-word report, two high quality photos, and an expense summary to GCA and P2 by September 2, 2018. A final report and final expense summary will be due February 1, 2019. Research excerpts (text and photos) may be published in GCA’s and P2’s publications and websites. GCA fellow agrees to share research with members of the Garden Club of America.
  13. Melanie Colón

    Centennial Pollinator Fellowship

    The Garden Club of America Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship Award: $4,000 Deadline: January 15, 2019 Apply at http://pollinator.org/gca-fellowship The Garden Club of America (GCA) Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship provides funding to a current graduate student to study the causes of pollinator decline, in particular bees, bats, butterflies and moths, which could lead to potential solutions for their conservation and sustainability. The selection criteria are based on the technical merit of the proposed work and the degree to which the work is relevant to this objective. The GCA Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship was established in spring 2013 to facilitate independent research in this field. Provisions The GCA Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship annually funds one or more graduate students enrolled in U.S. institutions. Funding may vary in amount, but normally will be in the range of $4,000 for study and research that will advance the knowledge of pollinator science and increase the number of scientists in the field. A recipient may reapply for an additional year of funding. Research Categories The categories under which applicants may apply are: Effects of nutrition, genetics, pesticides, pathogens, parasites and disease on pollinators Pollinator habitat development, assessment or monitoring Plant-pollinator interactions and pollination biology Research that examines other aspects of pollinator health, including cutting-edge, original concepts. Terms Only one GCA scholarship may be applied for annually. GCA fellow will provide an interim 250-word report, two high quality photos, and an expense summary to GCA and P2 by September 2, 2019. A final report and final expense summary will be due February 1, 2020. Research excerpts (text and photos) may be published in GCA’s and P2’s publications and websites. GCA fellow agrees to share research with members of the Garden Club of America. Thank you, Pollinator Partnership
  14. We have launched a new campaign to support primarily our mosquito research and control work, and secondarily ongoing rat control. We have entitled it "Songs, NotSilence", aka "Restore the Symphony in the Forest" in honor of the recent Symphony of Hawaiian Birds and an article on research song impoverishment in our bird community that came out in the local newspaper last week: https://wsoe.org/honeycreepers-numbers-dwindling-and-so-are-their-songs/?fbclid=IwAR2kOSlXp8ZOo7Uci3DPPCBLnUGZTKCLEyMN3lLsu_tU-sVUQXStwty9eS8 Please share the campaign far and wide. It can be found here: https://www.gofundme.com/Songs-Not-Silence Mahalo! Cali __ Lisa "Cali" Crampton Project Leader Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project PO Box 27 (USPS mail) or 3751 Hanapepe Rd (courier packages) Hanapepe HI 96716 808.335.5078 PROJECT ʻAKEKEʻE COST $75,000 PER ANNUM ʻAkekeʻe are Critically Endangered (only 1000 birds remain) and exist only on Kauaʻi. Thier biggest threat appears to be avian malaria spread by mosquitos. This project funds expanded mosquito research and control, which represents the best hope of recovery for all of Kauaʻi’s honeycreepers. PROJECT PUAIOHI COST $65,000 PER ANNUM Puaiohi are also Critically Endangered and exist only on Kauaʻi. They number 500 individuals in the wild; population growth appears to be limited by invasive rats, which prey on females as they incubate their nests. Since 2015 we have deployed 425 self-resetting rat traps in the heart of Puaiohi’s range to protect their nests. These amazing traps kill up to 22 rats before needing maintenance. This project funds extensive predator control in remote regions of the Alakaʻi. Help combat these threats by investing in much-needed research and management. Here is how you can help: $1000 Support an intern for a month Fighting disease is labor-intensive! Interns help us survey for and control mosquitos and catch birds to outfit them with transmitters, while learning valuable professional skills. $500 Pay for a helicopter flight Help our dedicated staff and equipment get to remote field locations to carry out research and control invasive mosquitoes and rats. $250 Buy a radiotransmitter Tiny transmitters attached temporarily to birds allow us to study their movement patterns and determine where they come into contact with mosquitoes. $100 Buy a mistnet We use mistnets to catch birds so that we can band them to study population dynamics, attach transmitters, and take samples for disease screening. $40 Fill a cannister with CO2 CO2 lures mosquitoes into traps. This type of field work helps us better understand mosquito distribution for future control effort. $10 Buy a bag of alfalfa When a female mosquito has eaten her fill, she tries to find nice “stinky” water to lay her eggs in. We use alfalfa to make stinky water for traps to catch these female. Learn more here: Kaua'i Forest Bird Recovery Project Introduction to Mosquito Research on Kaua'i Thank you for caring about Kaua'is native forest birds!
  15. University of Virginia’s Blandy Experimental Farm has some wonderful fellowship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students and postdocs during summer 2019. The opportunities are open to applicants from any college or university. Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU): The program emphasizes experimental ecology and evolutionary biology including a wide variety of topics such as plant-animal interactions, pollinator behavior and ecology, insect population ecology, and ecosystem ecology. Successful applicants will receive a $6325 stipend, additional money for food, and free housing. Each student picks a research mentor from our pool of faculty members and graduate students and then conducts a novel research project. The students will gain experience in experimental design, data collection, analytical techniques, and written and oral presentation of findings. REU students also benefit from several professional development workshops. This is a wonderful opportunity for an undergraduate student contemplating a future in science. The application deadline is March 1, 2019. To apply: https://sites.google.com/site/blandyreu/ Graduate and Postdoc Research Fellowships: Are you a graduate student or postdoc in need of a field station? Summer stipends ($6000 per summer), free on-site housing, and funds for research ($1000 per summer) are available for individuals proposing original research that uses our resources and facilities and contributes to the ongoing science program at the station. Interested students/postdocs should contact one of the Blandy faculty members listed below to discuss conducting your research at Blandy. You can direct your inquiries based on the faculty member with the closest match to your research interests; however, we are open to people working in all fields of environmental, ecological, and evolutionary research. Keep in mind this is not a complete fellowship package, rather it provides summer financial support and access to our facilities to supplement existing support from your home institution. Dr. Kyle Haynes (population and landscape ecology, forest insect dynamics) Dr. David Carr (plant reproductive ecology, inbreeding and genetic variation) Dr. T'ai Roulston (pollination, plant-animal interactions, bee biology) For more information about the station: http://blandy.virginia.edu/research