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  1. The Intermountain Bird Observatory is hosting two raptor-related workshops: an introductory field techniques workshop (September 3-7, 2018), and a North American Banding Council (NABC) certification session (September 17-21, 2018). We developed the introductory workshop for folks with little to no raptor banding experience. The workshop is well suited for students, birders, naturalists, biological consultants, and anyone interested in learning more about raptor identification, trapping or banding. Topics we will cover include: safe handling of live raptors, introduction to banding techniques, identifying, ageing and sexing, taking measurements, properly caring for lure birds, recording accurate data, common capture techniques at migration stations (bow net, dho gaza, mist net), road trapping (Bal-chatri design and use), breeding season techniques (tree climbing, GHOW lure), a brief introduction to accessing raptor nests, and an introduction to raptor identification by flight style and shape. The NABC workshop - The mission of the NABC is to promote sound and ethical bird-banding practices and techniques. This is a separate workshop designed for folks that already have some level of raptor trapping and banding experience. NABC offers certification at three levels: Assistant, Bander, and Trainer, depending on your level of expertise and experience. Details of each workshop can be found at https://ibo.boisestate.edu/what-we-do/training/
  2. Reposted... This summer our team is offering two workshops on the use of high-throughput sequencing to study gene expression and genetic variation. For more details, see this link or the description that follows. http://people.oregonstate.edu/~meyere/workshops.html We aim to train biologists with little or no NGS experience to prepare sequencing libraries and analyze the millions of DNA sequences that result. Participants are expected to provide DNA or RNA samples from their own study systems, and we will prepare sequencing libraries together from those samples as well as a shared set of samples for a group project. Participants will learn to analyze these data themselves using simple command line tools on a high-performance computing cluster. We’ll cover each step of the process from DNA or RNA in a tube, to millions of DNA sequences, to biological data on gene expression or genetic variation. Registration for these workshops includes room and board (three meals a day including plenty of coffee and snacks) throughout the workshop, and reagents/sequencing such that each participant can sequence and analyze a set of their own samples, generating pilot data for their species of interest. Our Tag-Seq workshop will run from Aug 10-18, and the 2bRAD workshop from Aug 18-26. Registration for either workshop alone costs $1,900. Participants enrolling in both workshops will pay a discounted rate of $3,700 altogether. For more details, including information from previous years’ workshops, please see the full posting at the following website:http://people.oregonstate.edu/~meyere/workshops.html Contact us with questions, with "Workshops 2018" in the subject line. To reserve your spot, please contact Demian Willette (demian.willette@lmu.edu). For specific questions about 2bRAD, contact Eli Meyer (eli.meyer@oregonstate.edu), and for specific questions about TagSeq, contact Carly Kenkel (ckenkel@usc.edu). Space is limited! To reserve your spot, please confirm your participation no later than May 15th and pay registration fee by June 15th. Thanks, hope to see some of you on Catalina this August! Eli Meyer, Oregon State University. eli.meyer@oregonstate.edu Demian Willette, Loyola Marymount University. demian.willette@lmu.edu Carly Kenkel, University of Southern California. ckenkel@usc.edu
  3. Posted to Ecolog- We invite you to join us for a webinar given by Dr. Susan Singer scheduled for April 26th at 8:00 am Pacific Time. This first event of the Undergraduate Field Experiences Research Network is free and open to all. A very quick and easy registration is required. Register here. Undergraduate field experiences: Challenges and opportunities Thursday, April 26th, 2018, 8:00 am Pacific Time Register here -login information will be provided after registration- Dr. Singer is Provost and VP of Academic Affairs at Rollins College and will be our first speaker in the webinar series. She will provide an overview of the national landscape about undergraduate STEM education, will talk about authentic field experiences and the evidence for their value, and will highlight opportunities this network might address in using evidence to both improve undergraduate field experiences and broaden participation in STEM. Feel free to forward this message to colleagues. And if you haven't had a chance, be sure to check out our website at http://ufern.net! All the best, Kari O'Connell and the U-FERN Project Team
  4. A graduate student at Virginia Tech is seeking one field assistant for summer 2018. The project is exploring the chemical ecology that influences seed dispersal in a tropical system. The main responsibilities of the field assistant will include mist netting for bats and birds and conducting bioassays in flight cages with the animals. Applicants must complete a short online training course in animal handling and receive the full series of preventative rabies vaccination before beginning work. Experience mist netting with birds and/or bats is required. This is a 4-week position that will begin mid-June and end mid-July. There is no salary associated with the position, but flight, room, and board will be covered. All work will take place at La Selva Biological Station, a 1,600-hectare research station in the Caribbean lowlands of Costa Rica. The project is part of on-going research in the lab of Susan Whitehead at Virginia Tech:http://www.speciesinteractions.com To apply, please send a statement of interest and CV to Lauren Maynard, ldmaynar@vt.edu. Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
  5. Title: Seasonal Avian Research Assistants (2 positions) Agency: Louisiana State University Location: Kisatchie National Forest in central Louisiana Job Description: Seasonal Avian Research Assistants needed from 14 May through 22 June to document local avian species composition and distribution as part of a long-term bird-monitoring program. Duties include point counts across multiple Ranger Districts in the Kisatchie National Forest, maintenance of field equipment, data entry, and other tasks. Requirements: Experience or coursework in wildlife biology or closely related field; ability to collect data with strong attention to detail; ability to work 5+ days per week doing physically demanding work, with early mornings (sunrise); a positive attitude in adverse environmental conditions such as fire ants, chiggers, rattlesnakes, feral pigs, poison ivy, normal daily temperatures of over 90°F, intense sun, thick and thorny brush, and steep and rocky terrain; ability to operate 4WD vehicles; patience and focus to quietly observe and identify birds; good eyesight and hearing; ability to work independently and in groups; flexibility to changes in location; flexibility to changes in protocol, or job assignments; must supply your own binoculars. Preference will be given to applicants with experience identifying birds by sight and sound, navigating using handheld GPS unit, using Microsoft Access, Excel, ArcMap; possess a B.S. or B.A. in wildlife biology or closely related field. Pay: 40 hours per week. $12 per hour, depending on experience. Housing and transportation provided. To Apply: Submit a CV and cover letter as a single PDF to Dr. Ashley Long at amlong@agcenter.lsu.edu by 25 April 2018.
  6. Species distribution/occupancy modelling using PRESENCE and R (OCCU01) Full details can be found here; http://bit.ly/2EwtvlpSPECIES_DIST_MOD This course will run form 25th - 29th June 2018 in Glasgow City Centre and will be delivered by Darryl MacKenzie Course Overview: The presence or absence of a species across a set of landscape units is a fundamental concept widely used in ecology (e.g., species range or distribution, epidemiology, habitat modeling, resource selection probability functions, as a monitoring metric, metapopulation studies, biodiversity and species co-occurrence). An important sampling issue, however, is that a species may not always be detected when present at a landscape unit. This will result in “false absences” causing parameter estimates to be biased if unaccounted for, possibly leading to misleading results and conclusions, even with moderate levels of imperfect detection. This workshop will cover many of the latest methods for modeling patterns and dynamics of species occurrence in a landscape while accounting for the imperfect detection of the species. Including: • estimating level of occurrence at single point in time • identifying factors that influence species occurrence • creating species distribution maps • modelling changes in distribution over time • study design Participants will be introduced to available software through worked examples, and there will be special emphasis on aspects of study design. While primarily aimed at the beginner and intermediate level, more experienced researchers will also benefit from attending. The first four days will comprise of formal lectures and exercises, and the final morning will be an informal discussion/consulting session where participants can work on their own data, talk one-on-one with the instructor, etc. Email oliverhooker@prstatistics.com with any questions Check out our sister sites, www.PRstatistics.com (Ecology and Life Sciences) www.PRinformatics.com (Bioinformatics and data science) www.PSstatsistics.com (Behaviour and cognition)
  7. Several positions are available associated with the Max Planck-Yale (MPY) Center for Biodiversity Movement and Global Change (https://mpyc.yale.edu). The MPY Center, an International Max Planck Center, is a partnership between Yale University and its Center for Biodiversity and Global Change and the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Radolfzell. - Postdoc in Movement Ecology. We are seeking innovative thinkers with a strong quantitative background who are interested in using existing and, through Icarus, forthcoming movement data to address questions in the MPY Center remit. Qualifications for the position include include a PhD in ecology or behavior or a related field, past experience in collecting or analyzing movement data, a dedication toward conscientious and responsible work in a team, and strong communication skills. An ability to traverse community- and single-species perspectives and to address processes at different spatial and temporal scales are particularly welcome. The position offers thematic flexibility and in their application letter candidates should briefly describe their preferred area of activity. 1-2 positions are available with a contract length of 2 or 3 years. - Spatial Biodiversity Data Scientist. We are seeking a qualified candidate to help oversee the management and analysis of species occurrence information, including movement data. The candidate should ideally have PhD, or a Master’s degree and equivalent experience, in ecology, environmental sciences, or a related field. The successful applicant will work in a team of researchers and informaticians to build, manage, and analyze biodiversity databases. The ideal candidate will be a quick learner, conscientious, and detail oriented. Qualifications include experience in working with geospatial and biodiversity data and the PostgreSQL/PostGIS environment, and python and shell scripting skills. A background in spatial analysis and modelling is welcome. The position is initially for up to five years and may be extended beyond that period. The MPY Center supports research and training around the use of new technologies such as GPS tracking and remote sensing to address questions in ecology, behavior, and global change. Flagship Center projects include the Icarus initiative, a space station-based near-global GPS animal movement observation system, Movebank, which supports the management and integration of movement data, and Map of Life, an infrastructure integrating global species distribution information for research and conservation. The MPY Center’s research goal is to use individual movement data to address patterns and mechanisms in species distribution, species coexistence, environmental niche associations, animal migrations, and biodiversity change. Open positions, with a target start date of fall 2018, include: The positions will be based at Yale University with close collaborative links to the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Radolfzell. The MPY Center will support workshops, training activities and exchanges linking the two locations, and Center postdocs and staff will be expected to engage in these activities. Yale University offers its postdoc and staff a generous package of benefits. Yale has a thriving and growing community of young scholars in ecology, evolution and global change science in the EEB Department, the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies, the Peabody Museum, and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. The town is renowned for its classic Ivy League setting, 75 miles north of New York City. To apply please send, in one pdf, a short cover letter, CV and contact info for three referees to michelle.duong@yale.edu. The final selection process will begin on 20 April 2018. We passionately believe that a diverse team will enable a broader perspective and enhance creativity, and we strongly encourage applications from women and minorities.
  8. Melanie Colón

    WNAN Natural History Research Grant

    The Western North American Naturalist is a natural history journal committed to publishing excellent, peer-reviewed research focused on the biological natural history of western North America. With this goal in mind, we are pleased to announce that we will award 5 individual potential authors a grant of up to $2,000 each to fund their natural history research. Our intent in providing this grant is to help fund the research of authors who may not have adequate funding to complete their research in natural history. We especially encourage individuals who are at institutions of higher learning that do not focus on research but where research is still possible. 2018 grant announcement - https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/mwnan/grant_announcement.pdf
  9. I am looking for four field technicians with strong work ethics to assist with the osprey hacking program in Illinois as part of the osprey recovery effort for this state-endangered species. The positions, based at different sites, have the following responsibilities: * Daily Observations - conduct daily behavioral observations of osprey chicks at the hacking site to ensure their well-being. Make notes of presence of potential predators or competitors in the vicinity of the hacking site. * Daily Tracking - conduct daily tracking of ospreys once they fledge and note their locations before migration. * Food Preparation and Feeding - conduct daily preparation of fish and feeding to the hacked ospreys. * Planning and Coordination - conduct regular fish pick-ups from the project partners. Coordinate with the field personnel at the other hacking site for project purposes when required. * Daily Reports - contribute to daily reports regarding the behaviors, locations, and fish consumption by ospreys. Make notes of any other notable events related to the birds. * Maintenance - assist with the maintenance and clean-up of the hacking box/tower after the season, as well as the maintenance and inventory of the field gear and equipment. Qualifications for the positions: Successful candidates must have a B.S. degree in environmental science, wildlife, biology, or related field. Experiences working with birds of prey, as well as paddling skills, are highly preferred. Proficiency with Microsoft Office, ArcGIS, and GPS is highly desirable. Successful candidates must be a team-player, demonstrate strong communication skills, follow instructions well, and pay attention to detail. Candidates must have a commitment to field personnel and equipment safety. Individuals must have and maintain a valid driver's license as well as be able to work outdoors in extreme weather conditions and for long hours. Application: Review of applications will start immediately until the positions are filled. Starting date: July 1, 2018. Anticipated ending date: October 6, 2018. Salary: $440-$500 per WEEK (depending on the skills and experiences). Housing or camping gear (except sleeping gear) are provided. To apply, please send the following (via email) to Dr. Tih-Fen Ting at tting1@uis.edu<mailto:tting1@uis.edu>: 1) Cover letter addressing background and extent of qualifications; 2) Resume, including contact information for three references; and 3) Transcripts (unofficial or scanned copy acceptable). Tih-Fen Ting Department of Environmental Studies University of Illinois at Springfield Springfield, IL 62703 (217) 206-7876 tting1@uis.edu<mailto:tting1@uis.edu>
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    Grant Applications due in May and June

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  11. Greetings ecologgers, The registration to the 2nd edition of our weeklong NERC course on stage-based demographic models in ecol, evolution, & cons biol is now open. Deadline to apply is Aug 15th. The course will take place at Oxford Jan 7-11, 2019, and competitive bursaries to help defray the costs of attendance are available. More info here: https://robsalguero.wixsite.com/nercdemography Please help spread the word. Thanks, Rob Salguero-Gomez "Aliud iter ad prosperitatem nos est: id est omnibus rebus vincere" .:.:.:.:.:.:.:.:.:.:.:.:.:.:.:.:.:.:.:.:.:.:.:.:.:.:.:. Dr Rob Salguero-Gómez Oxford - NERC Independent Research Fellow University of Queensland - Honorary Research Fellow Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research - Guest Researcher http://sites.google.com/site/RobResearchSite/
  12. 2018 SUMMER COURSE ANNOUNCEMENT (June 15 ­ July 10) FIELD COURSE IN TROPICAL RAINFOREST AND CANOPY ECOLOGY (TRE B-18) COURSE LOCATION: Bocas del Toro Biological Station, Boca del Drago, Isla Colon, Republic of Panama. The biological station is located on a hill facing the Caribbean Sea. Coral reef and sea grass ecosystems lie in front of the station and lowland tropical rain forests are directly behind. This juxtaposition of the two most biologically diverse ecosystems provides tremendous opportunities for education and research. INSTRUCTORS: Dr. Barry Sullender, Ph.D., Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation and the Cuixmala School, Jalisco, Mexico. Phone: 713-226-5561, email: barry.w.sullender@gmail.com. Specialty: Neotropical forest ecology, plant-animal interactions, insect behavior. Prof. Bill Maher, Tree Climbing U.S.A. , 251 Oak Grove Rd., Dawsonville, GA, 30534 phone: 229-732-5973, email: billmaher251@windstream.net, Specialty: Tree canopy access techniques. COURSE DESCRIPTION: This field course is designed to provide the student with a foundation in ecological concepts and field techniques as applied to tropical rainforest ecosystems. The material covered is equivalent to a university upper level course in tropical ecology. The course is divided into three parts. During the first few days students will become familiar with the many ecosystems found in our area and with the trail systems during ³orientation² walks. The bulk of the first 10 days will be spent learning field techniques and carrying out various group projects or exercises (see below). It is during this time period that students will learn to access the canopy using various rope techniques (Climbing Certification is available, please contact Joe Maher for details). Midway through the course the entire station community takes a field trip to the cloud forests of Boquete (see details below). On returning to the field station, students work on their individual research projects and continue to receive lectures in the evening. FORMAL LECTURES. Formal lectures will take place in the classroom and will include the use of PowerPoint presentations and chalkboard. Lectures may take place both during the day and evening. Lecture topics will include: o Neotropical Life Zones and Forest Types o Tropical Forest Structure o Tropical forest Productivity o Epiphytes, Lianas and Creepers o Tropical Forest Dynamics o Nutrient Cycling o Neotropical Vertebrate Ecology o Neotropical Invertebrate Ecology o Biodiversity Hypotheses o Plant-Animal Interactions o Animal Defensive Strategies and Mimicry o Plant Defensive Strategies o Pollination and Dispersal ecology o Consequences of Human Use o Tropical Forest Conservation INFORMAL LECTURES. Informal lectures will be provided periodically during orientation walks (when you first arrive), during group field projects or in discussion groups. These will cover a wide variety of topics and will generally be prompted by what we encounter in the field, or by the direction taken during group discussions. READINGS. Readings corresponding to lecture subjects will be assigned in the text. We may also read and critique papers brought by students and faculty and additional readings may be assigned from time to time. In addition, each student will read, critique, and provide oral reports on published papers brought to Bocas. REQUIRED TEXT: Kricher, John (2011). Tropical Ecology. Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey. ISBN 978-0-691-11513-9. FIELD BOOK. A field book will be required in the course. The field book will contain all data related to group projects and independent research project. The field book should also contain all other incidental observations such as species lists, behavioral notes, etc., and contain detailed location information. The field book must be water-proof and either pencil or water-proof ink used to record data. GROUP PROJECTS. These are research, exercises or demonstrational projects designed by the faculty and worked on in groups of four or six students. The purpose of these projects is to familiarize students with an array of field sampling techniques and equipment commonly used in field studies. With help from a faculty member, students set up projects, collect data, and generally (depends on the project), analyze data, present the results to the class, and write a report. INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH PROJECTS. Working closely with faculty, students will be responsible for designing and completing an original research project of their choosing. The project may deal with any topic in tropical ecology or conservation. These projects will be carried out during the second half of the course and students will have about 10 days for data collection. A few days before the end of the course students will analyze their data, write a technical report, prepare a PowerPoint presentation of their work and orally present their findings during a station-wide symposium on the last day of the course. BOQUETE CLOUD FOREST FIELD TRIP: This field trip will allow students the opportunity to visit other areas of Panama, to experience Panamanian culture, and to visit tropical cloud and seasonal forests first hand. We travel in ITEC boats to the mainland and then by chartered bus to Boquete which lies at the base of 11,000 ft. Volcan Baru. The bus trip will take us up and over the central mountain range and through Palo Seco National Park. Several stops will be made in route. COURSE LENGTH: ITEC Summer field courses are about four weeks in length. The TRE B-18 will run from June 15 through July 10, 2018. TUITION: $2250 USD. Tuition fee includes all lodging, meals and airport transfers in Bocas del Toro. The tuition also covers transportation and lodging during the three-day cloud forest field trip on the mainland. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: May 15, 2018. The course is limited to 10 students and applications will be evaluated as they arrive. If you believe that your application may arrive late, notify ITEC. GRADING and COURSE CREDIT: Up to 6 units of credit will be given, 3 for the lecture portion and 3 for the field portion. A letter grade will be assigned based on exams, reports, proposals, attendance at lectures, as well as by less tangibles such as personal attitude, motivation, and contribution to the course. Course credit must be arranged in advance at the student¹s institution. Contact ITEC for details. APPLICATIONS can be found at:http://itec-edu.org/education-programs/application CONTACT: Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation, 2911 NW 40th PL, Gainesville, FL 32605, phone: 352-367-9128, email: itec@itec-edu.org, web:http://www.itec-edu.org ITEC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1996. Peter N. Lahanas, Ph.D Executive Director Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation 2911 NW 40th Place Gainesville, FL 32605 (352) 367-9128 www.itec-edu.org Phone in Panama: (507)6853-2134
  13. Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Wildlife Habitat Selection and Landscape Genetics We are recruiting a high-quality postdoctoral research fellow to join our lab at the University of Waterloo. The research will focus on the development of habitat selection models and landscape genetics. The research will focus primarily on greater sage-grouse, but there will be opportunities to engage with the multiple other on-going wildlife projects in our research group (fedylab.uwaterloo.ca). Applicants must have strong quantitative skills and a capacity and willingness to work independently and lead research efforts. This research fellowship represents an extraordinary opportunity for the right candidate. Applicants must demonstrate expertise in landscape ecology and thorough knowledge of population and landscape genetics through prior training, publications, or work experience. The successful candidate will work as part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers that includes landscape and wildlife ecologists and population geneticists. In addition, the candidate will work closely with state and federal wildlife managers to communicate research findings. Position Requirements: 1. Develop habitat selection models for greater sage-grouse. 2. Examine landscape and environmental features affecting the spatial genetic structure of greater sage-grouse in Wyoming. 3. Perform landscape genetic and spatial analyses. 4. Produce reports and peer-reviewed publications of key results. Qualifications: 1. PhD in the field of population or conservation genetics, or other relevant area of study 2. In-depth knowledge of current population and landscape genetic analyses 3. Working knowledge of GIS and R software 4. Proven ability to publish research in high quality peer-reviewed publications 5. Excellent written and oral communication skills 6. Ability to work independently and as part of a team Salary: $50K/year plus benefits. Term: 2 years, with possibility of extension depending on available funding; Start date of spring/summer 2018. Contact Information: Submit a letter of interest, Curriculum vitae, and names and telephone numbers of three references to Dr. Brad Fedy, bfedy@uwaterloo.ca. Include “Landscape Genetics Postdoc” in the subject line. We will begin review of applications on April 13th , 2018; however, the position will remain open until filled. The work will be conducted in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo, working closely with the US Geological Survey, US Bureau of Land Management, and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
  14. Job Description: BBI is currently looking for qualified biologists interested in on call opportunities specializing in nesting birds surveys and raptor monitoring in Ventura County. Applicants should have significant and demonstrable birding skills and familiarity with sensitive species. A B.S. or Master’s degree in biology preferred. Work requires the ability to identify bird species present in the western US in general and southern California/Nevada desert species specifically, by sight, sometimes at great distances. Must have excellent birding and observation skills and be able to take detailed field notes and collect behavioral and spatial use data according to established protocols. Skilled use of topographic maps, GPS units, 4x4 vehicle, and other field equipment is required. Applicant should reside within Ventura County. There is minimal compensation for travel to survey locations. Qualifications: Those applying MUST possess the following: Demonstrable birding skills including raptor ID and survey experience. A Valid Driver’s License and experience driving 4-wheel drive vehicle. Please submit a cover letter and resume to Jaclyn Catino-Davenport at jackiecatino@bloombiological.com and CC Ashley Macomber at ashleymacomber@bloombiological.com
  15. The Western North American Naturalist is a natural history journal committed to publishing excellent, peer-reviewed research focused on the biological natural history of western North America. With this goal in mind, we are pleased to announce that we will award 5 individual potential authors a grant of up to $2,000 each to fund their natural history research. Our intent in providing this grant is to help fund the research of authors who may not have adequate funding to complete their research in natural history. We especially encourage individuals who are at institutions of higher learning that do not focus on research but where research is still possible. Follow this link for more information: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/mwnan/grant_announcement.pdf. Grant proposals are due by April 30, 2018, and we will notify grant recipients by May 30, 2018. We invite all qualified applicants to apply, and we encourage you to share this opportunity with anyone who might be interested. Please email the editorial office at wnan@byu.edu with any questions. Best Regards, Mark C. Belk, WNAN Editor-in-Chief Visit https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/wnan/ to learn more about the journal. We are always welcoming new manuscripts. Have you recently completed a research project? Submit your manuscript here: www.editorialmanager.com/wnan.
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