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  1. Melanie Colón

    Holden grant

    Through a generous bequest from the estate of Roberta “Polly” Holden, a long-time resident of the Hopewell Valley and supporter of environmental causes, Washington Crossing Audubon Society has been able to establish a small grants program to assist individuals and organizations in advancing conservation, environmental education and research through initiatives broadly related to birdlife. Holden Grants are for conservation and conservation education. The grants emphasize, but are not limited to, three main areas: habitat protection and restoration, avian monitoring and conservation, and public awareness and education. Twenty-five percent of the bird species found in the United States are of conservation concern, with many of these species declining at an unsustainable rate. Habitat loss, degradation, and fragmentation are the major factors in this decline. Since the majority of species that are declining unsustainably are Nearctic-neotropical migrants, projects related to both the breeding grounds and wintering grounds are considered. Areas with robust bird numbers and diversity of species are indicators of a healthy, dynamic ecosystem. Thus monitoring bird populations is a time and cost effective way of assessing over-all environmental health, justifying our emphasis on bird conservation. However, the program also encourages grants that address conservation concerns related to other threatened taxa or preserving overall biodiversity. The grants also recognize the importance of education in reconnecting people with the natural world and thereby building a stronger base of advocates for conservation.
  2. North Cascades Audubon Society is looking to award a small number of grants, up to $500 each, to graduate and undergraduate students pursuing research in environmental science, conservation and other fields of study relating to North Cascades Audubon’s mission. Application Requirements: Abstract– A brief written description of your proposed research containing basic, easy to understand information on your research objectives and methods. Please include an explanation of how your research will further the mission of the North Cascades Audubon’s mission statement (see below). Limit 200 words. Proposal Narrative– Outline your proposal research grant in detail, covering methodology, hypothesis, future applicability and any relevant background information. This proposal with the abstract must be approximately 3 pages. Budget- Please include an entire, detailed budget in addition to your proposal narrative. Grant Amount Request: Up to $500. Please highlight within your budget what you would like this scholarship to cover. Durable materials purchased with this grant must stay with the university upon research completion. Required Report: NCAS board requests a report on conclusion of research project.
  3. The Smithsonian Institution is seeking a dynamic person to manage the Smithsonian’s Movement of Life (MoL) Initiative. MoL is developing partnerships within and outside the Smithsonian to advance the field of movement ecology and its contributions to sustaining biodiversity and understanding how environmental and climate change may affect organismal movement in the future. This is a full-time, 2-year appointment at the GS9 level. MoL focuses on: • Advancing new tools and technologies to address movement ecology. • Developing standardized approaches for conducting animal movement research around the world. • Expanding existing training programs in movement ecology through collaboration with other organizations (e.g. AniMove). • Creating exciting new stories for public audiences to learn about animal movement and its role in creating and maintaining life on Earth. The Program Manager will be responsible for providing project management support to MoL, including updating web content, managing scientific projects and research activities, and performing analytical and evaluative work to track program progress. A significant amount of time will be allocated to identifying funding opportunities and writing grant proposals. The incumbent will work with the MoL advisory committee to oversee the continued development and implementation of MoL’s overall strategy, to further develop and serve as a spokesperson for the initiative at national and international meetings. The incumbent will be physically based at SCBI in Front Royal, VA, but will work across Smithsonian research centers and bureaus to advance existing and develop new research partnerships. Successful candidates have significant experience in conducting movement ecological research (aquatic, avian, or terrestrial) and managing field campaigns (e.g. designing projects, tracking species in the field). The successful candidate will: • Collaborate with scientists from within the Smithsonian and from around the world to design and develop research projects on movement ecology and how environmental and climate change may affect organismal movement; • Encourage and promote studies of interest to MoL and advance the Smithsonian’s mission for understanding and sustaining a biodiverse planet; • Participate in scientific meetings and symposia and corresponds with members of the scientific community involved in related research; • Communicates scientific discoveries and information on animal movement into primary literature, popular media outlets, websites, and social media outlets; and • Develop proposals for additional financial support. Qualifications: • Two years’ knowledge and experience in conducting movement ecology research using animal tracking. • A graduate degree, M.S. or higher in ecology, zoology, or related academic field. • Ability to coordinate collaborative research, conservation, and training programs. • Demonstrated excellence in written communication, especially as it relates to grant writing. • Demonstrated skills in communicating with a wide-range of audiences using different outlets ranging from peer-reviewed scientific articles to web and social media. • Experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and in using R for analyzing data. Please send letter of interest explaining your qualifications, a CV, and three references to scbi.gis@gmail.com by September 15th, 2018. Please include “Program Manager - MoL” in the subject header and compile all application materials into one document before submission. The cover letter should include (i) the applicant’s earliest possible start date; and (ii) a summary of the applicant’s research and program management experience.
  4. MICHIGAN SOCIETY OF FELLOWS Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1070 announces FELLOWSHIPS: 2019-2022 IN THE HUMANITIES, ARTS, SCIENCES, AND PROFESSIONS The Michigan Society of Fellows was founded in 1970 through grants from the Ford Foundation and Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies for the purpose of promoting academic and creative excellence in the humanities, the arts, the social, physical, and life sciences, and in the professions. The objective of the Society is to provide financial and intellectual support for individuals holding advanced degrees in their fields, who are selected for their outstanding achievement, professional promise, and interdisciplinary interests. Candidates should be near the beginning of their professional careers. Those selected for fellowships must have received the Ph.D. degree or comparable artistic or professional degree between June 1, 2016, and September 1, 2019. Fellows are appointed as Assistant Professors in appropriate departments and as Postdoctoral Scholars in the Michigan Society of Fellows. They are expected to be in residence in Ann Arbor during the academic years of the fellowship, to teach for the equivalent of one academic year, to participate in the informal intellectual life of the Society, and to devote time to their independent research or artistic projects. This is not an artist-in-residence program but rather an opportunity to develop one’s work in conversation with fellows from a range of disciplines during the three years of the fellowship. Applications from degree candidates and recipients of the Ph.D. or comparable artistic or professional degree from the University of Michigan will not be considered. Applications will also be accepted for the Tsinghua-Michigan Society of Fellows in Beijing, which will offer three three-year fellowships in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Applicants to the Michigan Society of Fellows may also apply to the Tsinghua-Michigan Society of Fellows with a single application. Applications will be reviewed by Society members and University faculty. Final selections will be made in late January by Senior Fellows of the Society. Fellows will be selected for three-year terms to begin September 1, 2019. The annual stipend will be $60,000. The online application is available at: http://societyoffellows.umich.edu <http://societyoffellows.umich.edu/> email: society.of.fellows@umich.edu <mailto:society.of.fellows@umich.edu> Application Deadline: September 25, 2018 We seek a diverse and international pool of applicants and especially welcome candidates from underrepresented backgrounds.
  5. (Evolution-oriented ecologists are appropriate for this position) Assistant Professor of Evolutionary Biology University of South Carolina – Department of Biological Sciences The Department of Biological Sciences invites applications for a tenure- track, assistant professor position in Evolutionary Biology to begin August 16, 2019. We seek to hire an evolutionary biologist studying mechanisms governing evolutionary dynamics in natural or experimental systems. Individuals using empirical and theoretical approaches are encouraged to apply. Faculty positions require a commitment to research, teaching, and service. Duties include developing a creative and vibrant research program in evolutionary biology, teaching that advances our graduate program in ecology and evolution, undergraduate teaching and advising, and mentoring graduate students. Minimum qualifications include a PhD in evolutionary biology or related discipline and evidence of established scholarship including a strong record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals. Post-doctoral experience is preferred. The Department of Biological Sciences (www.biol.sc.edu) is a multidisciplinary unit of approximately 1,600 undergraduate students, 50 graduate students, and 35 tenure-faculty members representing a broad range of research areas, including Ecology and Evolution, Marine Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Plant Science, and Neuroscience. The department has excellent core technical support facilities and strong links with the Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences (www.baruch.sc.edu) and the School of the Earth, Ocean, and Environment (seoe.sc.edu) in the College of Arts and Sciences. The University of South Carolina System is comprised of the state's flagship university in Columbia (founded in 1801 and currently one of the top 50 "Best Colleges" according to U.S. News and World Report), three regional comprehensive universities (USC Aiken, USC Beaufort and USC Upstate), and Palmetto College consisting of four two-year campuses (USC Lancaster, USC Salkehatchie, USC Sumter, USC Union and Fort Jackson/Extended University). Together, the USC System institutions offer more than 450 degree programs on campus and online and are uniquely positioned to meet the state's educational, cultural, health and research needs. Our diverse engaged faculty and staff enjoy a dynamic and intellectually stimulating work environment. All applicants must fill out an online application at the USC employment website at: http://uscjobs.sc.edu/postings/37360. Candidates should be prepared to upload a full CV, statement of research interests, statement of teaching interests, and the names and contact information, including telephone number, of three references. Please have your reference providers send your recommendation letters to hilbish@biol.sc.edu. Questions may be directed to Dr. Jerry Hilbish, Search Committee Chair, at hilbish@biol.sc.edu (put “Evolution Search” in the subject line). To ensure full consideration, complete applications should be received by October 1, 2018. Files will be reviewed until a candidate is selected. The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, age, disability, veteran status or genetics. -- ******************************************* Jeffry L. Dudycha Professor Dept. of Biological Sciences University of South Carolina Columbia, SC 29208 dudycha [at] biol.sc.edu http://ww2.biol.sc.edu/~dudycha/ *******************************************
  6. Introductory and advanced occupancy modeling courses | Oct. 2018, VA, USA Beginner/intermediate course: 15-19 October 2018 Advanced course: 22-26 October 2018 Occupancy models are a suite of methods that have been developed for examining the patterns and dynamics of species occurrence (e.g., presence/absence) across a region of interest, particularly while account for the imperfect detection of species. They may be used in a wide range of ecological applications, from simply providing a monitoring metric, to investigating relationships between the distribution of a species with environmental variables (i.e., species distribution modelling), or how these change over time. Darryl MacKenzie (http://www.proteus.co.nz/about.php) will be teaching an introductory and advanced workshop on these methods at Blacksburg, Virginia, USA, in October 2018. Each course is 4.5 days long with a course fee of USD$800 per course if registered before 24 September (USD$900 thereafter). A 10% discount is available if registering for both. For more more details got to: https://www.proteus.co.nz/courses
  7. ANNOUNCEMENT OF FULL-TIME PROFESSIONAL VACANCY The Research Foundation of the State University of New York for the College of Environmental Science and Forestry 1 Forestry Drive, Syracuse, New York 13210-2778 August 7, 2018 TITLE: Principal Research Support Specialist DESCRIPTIVE TITLE: Project Coordinator, Breeding Bird Atlas DEPARTMENT: New York Natural Heritage Program, Albany, NY SALARY: $50,000 annually (Full time); position is based in Albany, Syracuse, or Ithaca, NY. PROGRAM BACKGROUND The New York Natural Heritage Program (NYNHP) is a program of the Research Foundation for the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY- ESF) whose mission is to facilitate the conservation of New York’s biodiversity by providing comprehensive information and scientific expertise on rare species and natural ecosystems. NYNHP works in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and other state, federal and private organizations involved in natural resource management, land protection and stewardship, and advancing the conservation of biodiversity. PROJECT DESCRIPTION Breeding Bird Atlases, in which volunteer birders systematically document the presence and behavior of bird species over multiple years, are important for obtaining baseline data on a jurisdiction’s breeding birds and documenting distributional and phenological change. From 2020-2025, New York will be the first state to conduct its third Breeding Bird Atlas and for the first time will be using eBird (www.ebird.org<http://www.ebird.org>) to facilitate the collection and storage of data. This Atlas is a partnership between NYNHP, SUNY ESF faculty, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the New York State Ornithological Association, Audubon NY, Cornell University, and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. The Coordinator plays key roles in running day-to-day operations, engaging experienced and novice birders, and ensuring the collection of high-quality data on New York’s birds. Funding for this position is in place until summer 2023, after which a renewal through the end of the Atlas is possible pending additional funding. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES * Oversees the day-to-day implementation of the project by tracking progress on volunteer recruitment and data collection. * Presents on the Breeding Bird Atlas project and demonstrates eBird to a variety of technical and nontechnical audiences. * Recruits and oversees regional coordinators and project volunteers around New York. * Develops scopes of work for contracts and cooperative agreements and administers those agreements. * Trains groups of birders in project methodology and connects interested birders to other participants. * Works with eBird team to visualize and summarize Atlas data for a variety of audiences. * Reports to project Steering Committee at regular meetings and provides periodic progress reports to NYS DEC. * Works with project Steering Committee to identify and pursue additional funding opportunities. * Assists Steering Committee and subcommittees with development of field and reporting methodology. * Drum up enthusiasm for this large citizen science effort. * Develops and disseminates atlas materials. * Provide frequent public presentations. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS * Bachelor’s Degree in ornithology, wildlife biology or management, zoology, conservation biology, natural history, natural resources, environmental science, forestry, biology, ecology, environmental education, or related field. * Expertise in eastern bird identification in the field by sight and sound. * Experience in avian observational and/or survey methods. * Project management and coordination experience * Strong communication skills (written and oral) to clearly articulate vision and plans, and provide instruction effectively. * Prioritize activities and multitask. * Travel throughout NYS; must have valid driver’s license. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS * Connections with the birding community in New York. * Connections with New York State government agencies and non-government organizations with land management or wildlife management responsibilities. * Proficiency with mobile and desktop versions of eBird. * Familiarity with the status and distribution of eastern birds, especially New York. * Familiarity with atlasing methodology. * Experience with ArcMap or related computer mapping products. * Experience with web design, social media, and other outreach tools. WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL EFFORT * May travel throughout New York State conducting field work and may work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances, in isolated settings. APPLICATION DEADLINE: Although applications will be accepted until the position is filled, candidates should submit their application by September 3, 2018 to ensure optimal consideration. APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Employment application is required to be submitted on-line at http://www.esf.edu/hr/ Attach cover letter, curriculum vitae, resume, and contact information for three employment references. In accordance with the “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act” institutions of higher education are required to prepare an annual report containing information on campus security policies and campus statistics. This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by SUNY-ESF; and on property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a printed copy of this report by contacting SUNY-ESF University Police at 315-470-6667 or by accessing the following web site: http://www.esf.edu/univpolice/crimereports/ As an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer, the Research Foundation will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin and veteran or disability status.
  8. Smithsonian Institution and Conservation International Postdoctoral Fellowship Program SI-CI Postdoctoral Fellowship: Call for Proposals Submission Deadline: September 27, 2018 Expected start date: November 2018 The Smithsonian Institution (SI) and Conservation International (CI) invite proposals for the SI-CI Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. Proposals should advance the goals of SI’s Working Land and Seascapes Initiative and CI’s Sustainable Landscapes Partnership. SI’s Working Land and Seascapes (WLS): Through science, community engagement and capacity building Working Land and Seascapes aims to establish and maintain healthy and productive land and seascapes for the benefit of humans and nature. CI’s Sustainable Landscapes and Seascapes (SLS): SLS fosters operational models of globally significant places where people steward natural capital alongside sustainable production systems, at a scale that encompasses multiple levels of governance, a wide range of uses, and essential natural capital, to enhance long-term human well-being in a changing world. Common Goals for both SI’s Working Land and Seascapes and CI’s Sustainable Landscapes Partnership Connect ecological data/conservation action to supporting biodiversity and human well-being. Establish common language, methods and framework to replicate work across land and seascapes, and among the conservation community and land/seascape managers. Assessment of existing initiatives and current data (ecological, social and economic) for SI and CI as well as external resources to evaluate program effectiveness and ensure we are including the most important variables and using the most effective approaches for meeting shared objectives. Research Proposals To develop a proposal, applicants initially should consult with an SI and CI scientist listed below under Contacts for guidance. Research themes of interest include: ecosystem structure and function, ecosystem services, quantifying the value of biodiversity, bioinformatics, socio-economics, GIS Proposals should address one of the following initiatives. 1. Landscape/Seascape Assessment and Analysis: The Smithsonian and Conservation International have been working in conservation critical landscapes and seascapes for decades. Both organizations realize the need to move from a patchwork of independent projects to a cohesive portfolio that addresses conservation challenges on a global scale. Project proposals could leverage an existing network of sites and affiliated data sets of over twenty SI and CI projects to identify unifying themes, effective methods and approaches and components of successful projects, as measured through ecological and social indicators. 2. Advancing Field Methods: In a rapidly changing environment there is a need to develop new and innovative field methods and protocols that can provide a standardized framework and are cost effective and easy to implement. Applicants may choose to build on existing SI and CI protocols or draw from other resources to develop new approaches that could be standardized across land and seascapes to allow for a rapid and robust biodiversity and/or associated ecosystem and socio-economic surveys. Methods could be piloted in two or more field sites that either organization is working in. 3. Measuring Impact: The Smithsonian and Conservation International have extensive data sets on a multitude of landscapes and seascapes we’ve been working in for over twenty years. However, it is difficult to verify that our research has had an effect on conservation outcomes and how these outcomes impact the health and well-being of the communities that live within and rely on these systems. Proposed projects could analyze and synthesize a diverse range of data sets to integrate the biodiversity and ecological data from SI and CI, with those of external agencies and governments that track health and well-being in a comparative framework to identify cross-sectoral indicators for conservation success and human well-being. (e.g. UN Sustainable Development Goals). 4. Time-Series Mapping: In order to demonstrate that our efforts are having an impact it is important to establish a baseline. While we have archival images for some of our land and seascapes, we do not have a comprehensive review that would allow us to visualize changes and assess drivers of change over time. Through new technologies and a partnership with NASA we have the opportunity to update these images and create a visually compelling story demonstrating the need for and efficacy of conservation. Proposed projects could focus on: identifying and collecting archival images, acquiring new imagery, conducting remote sensing analyses to illustrate change over time, identifying corridors and/or critical land/seascapes, developing models to predict future changes in land/seascapes. The proposal’s project, work plan, and budget should be arranged in consultation with SI and CI advisors prior to submission. In addressing one of the above listed projects, both Smithsonian and Conservation International will commit on-site personnel time and in-kind support to the broader project. Therefore, proposals should outline how the project will leverage the strength of existing SI and CI networks and involve on-site staff. If field assistance beyond on-site staff is required (e.g., for diving), proposals should include estimates of those needs. Eligibility and Award Amount Applicants must have completed their Ph.D. before commencing the fellowship. Individuals who have been Smithsonian employees or contractors within the previous year are not eligible. The award total is $90,000 maximum per year, which is divided into $60,000 for stipend and $30,000 for research allowance, health insurance, and relocation expenses. The fellow may acquire private, open market, or Smithsonian health insurance and should be aware of these costs. If additional funds are desired beyond the $30,000, the fellow would need to find external funding to supplement the fellowship funds. Awards will be made for a maximum of two years, with second year awarded pending first-year performance review and funding availability. Proposal Submission Applications must be submitted electronically by 11:59 PM (EST) on September 27, 2018 to Smithsonian OnLine Academic Appointments system. An account must first be created. Then, the application for this fellowship can be found under the unit “Conservation Commons.” To be considered for review, prospective applicants must consult with one of the Smithsonian staff scientists and one of the Conservation International scientists listed below during proposal development prior to submission. It is recommended to begin the application on SOLAA several days before the deadline to become familiar with the submission system. Each element of the application should be uploaded to SOLAA as its own document. Applicants must provide the names and email addresses of two references through SOLAA and are responsible for ensuring the references submit their recommendation letters into SOLAA by the application deadline. Applications will not be reviewed if they were not developed in consultation with SI and CI scientists, are missing any elements, or do not meet formatting guidelines. Proposal Components Proposals are submitted electronically through SOLAA. The proposal must include the following elements: Title Page and Abstract (uploaded to SOLAA under Abstract) Title page: Project title, name of applicant, proposed advisors’ names from SI and CI, above initiative addressed, names of SI and CI scientists who consulted on the proposal Abstract: Brief summary of proposed research and its significance, not to exceed 300 words Research Proposal (not to exceed 8 pages, 12-pt font, double-spaced). The proposal body should state how the proposed research addresses SI and CI goals, leverages an above-listed initiative, and utilizes SI and CI resources. Introduction: Problem statement, background, rationale, and support from published scientific literature. Goals and Objectives: A clear statement of the central questions, specific hypotheses to be addressed, and the major objectives that will address the project goals. Methods: A summary of proposed scientific approaches, procedures, experimental designs, technical methods, proposed sites, and data analysis. Summarize the types of equipment and technology required and the frequency of their need. Significance: Statement of expected products, outcomes, and their significance for the respective Smithsonian and Conservation International programs. Bibliography References cited within the proposal Budget and Justification (max. $30,000/year plus any in-kind support arranged in advance with co-advisors): An itemized budget and justification for each year of the following expenses Research Allowance to include supplies, equipment needs, and travel for research purposes (including lodging, per diem, and transportation) Relocation Allowance to include transportation from point of origin to Smithsonian and return, but not moving expenses Health Insurance Allowance, which can be sourced privately, on the open market, or through the Smithsonian plans. Curriculum Vitae (not to exceed 4 pages) Transcripts from all graduate institutions. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. Letters of Recommendation should be sent through the SOLAA system by two referees who are not affiliated with Smithsonian or Conservation International. Please provide a copy of the research proposal to the references. Applicants will send an email to their references through the SOLAA system that prompts the referees to provide references through the web. All reference letters are considered confidential unless the referee has waived confidentiality. Proposal Review and Award Notification A panel of SI and CI scientists will review proposals for: scientific merit, project feasibility, match with SI and CI common goals and initiatives, and the extent to which SI and CI expertise and resources can contribute to the project. Award notification will be sent electronically to applicants on or before October 31, 2018. Progress Reports and Publications The following reporting is required: A progress report, submitted electronically no later than ten months after the start of fellowship appointment. A final report, due on the date of completion of the fellowship appointment. Exit seminar summarizing results to-date of the project within three months of the fellowship’s conclusion. Acknowledgment of the appropriate Smithsonian and Conservation International research unit(s) in all publications resulting from work (or time) supported by this joint fellowship. Contacts At least one of the following Smithsonian scientists should be listed as an advisor and consulted in proposal development: Tom Akre (WLS Lead, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute) – AkreT@si.edu Melissa Songer (Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute) – SongerM@si.edu Melanie McField (Smithsonian Marine Station) – McFieldM@si.edu Jessica Deichmann (Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute) – DeichmannJ@si.edu At least one of the following Conservation International scientists should be listed as a co-advisor and consulted in proposal development: Trond Larsen, Advanced Field Methods (Conservation International) – tlarsen@conservation.org Jorge Ahumada (Conservation International) – jahumada@conservation.org Daniel Juhn (Conservation International) – djuhn@conservation.org
  9. Here's a brief list of upcoming grant due dates. Check out the Grants and Awards database under the funding tab for more opportunities. American Federation of Aviculture Research Grant, $500, http://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/afa-avian-research-grant-r183/ Angus Gavin Migratory Bird Research Grant, $15,000, http://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/angus-gavin-migratory-bird-research-grant-r203/ Bald Eagle Grant, $5,000-$20,000, http://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/bald-eagle-grant-r185/ Blake-Nuttall Fund Grant, $1,000-$5,000, http://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/blake-nuttall-fund-grant-r187/ Dean Amadon Grant, $1,000, https://raptorresearchfoundation.org/grants-and-awards/dean-amadon-grant/ Ducks Unlimited Canada-MBNA Fellowship, $10,000CA/year, http://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/duc-­‐mbna-conservation-fellowship-r217/ Howe Graduate Student Research Grant, $15,000, http://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/howe-graduate-student-research-grant-r73/ Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act Grant, up to $100,000, http://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/neotropical-migratory-bird-conservation-act-grant-r233/ Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Foundation Wetlands and Waterfowl Research Fellowship, up to $7,000CA/year, http://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/spencer-t-and-ann-w-olin-foundation-wetlands-and-waterfowl-research-fellowship-r220/ **The organizations that host grants regularly change their opportunities and web links. I update outdated information and bad links in our database whenever I come across them. If you notice incorrect information, please message me so I can fix it. Also let me know if you have a grant you'd like added to the database. Happy grant writing.
  10. Melanie Colón

    Blake-Nuttall Fund Grant

    Grants support ornithological research, conservation, and education, with particular emphasis on the birds of New England and the Northeast. The Fund supports grants for research, publication, education, and other worthy ornithology-related efforts. 1. Applying organizations must be tax-exempt under section 501©(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and must not be private foundations under section 509(a). Applications from individuals are not considered. 2. Send three electronic copies, one to the Blake-Nuttall Fund Committee Chair and one to each committee member, of a brief proposal in the following format: A) Title page: project title and brief abstract; name, address and phone number; proposed starting and completion dates; total amount requested from the Blake-Nuttall Fund. B) Narrative of up to 5 pages including a) objectives, b) brief review of what is already known or has already been done, c) project methods, d) value of the project to ornithology, e) project timetable, including a submission date for the final report, f) detailed budget, including funds applied for or expected from other sources. C) Brief statement of investigator qualifications and a resume. D) Documentary evidence of section 501©(3) tax-exempt status. 3. Grants are awarded on an annual basis from total available funds. The total available money varies annually, but rarely is below $15,000 per year. Proposals may request up to that entire amount. Applications for projects expected to last more than one year are considered, but no commitment beyond the funds available in the present year is made.
  11. POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT Assistant Professor (Wildlife Ecologist) Cooperative Wildlife Research Laboratory and Department of Zoology Southern Illinois University Carbondale Position/Rank: Wildlife Ecologist, Continuing Appointment, Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in the Cooperative Wildlife Research Laboratory and Department of Zoology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Duties and Responsibilities: The Cooperative Wildlife Research Laboratory and Department of Zoology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale invite applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position. We seek a broadly trained wildlife ecologist that can contribute to our diverse research faculty. We have identified needs in wildlife population ecology, disease ecology, conservation biology, and landscape ecology, but encourage those with other research foci to apply as well. The successful candidate will be expected to enhance departmental research and graduate program capabilities by developing an externally funded research program. Teaching duties will be in the area of wildlife ecology, and could include a course on wildlife Biology Principles. Required Qualifications: (1) Ph.D. in Ecology/Zoology/Biology or a related discipline; (2) demonstrated grant success or evidence of strong potential to obtain external funding; and (3) a publication record and scholarly activities commensurate with experience. Preference will be given to individuals with post-doctoral experience and who are advancing analytical techniques in their field of research. Salary: Commensurate with experience Effective Date of Appointment: August 16, 2019 Application Deadline: November 1, 2018, and continuing until filled Application Procedure: Apply via U.S. Mail or email to the search chair listed below. Include a cover letter highlighting qualifications for the position described, a statement of research interests and plans, a statement of teaching interests and capabilities, a curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for three professional references submitted directly to the search chair by the application deadline. Dr. Matt Whiles Search Committee Chair, Wildlife Ecologist Mail Code 6504 1125 Lincoln Drive, Room 251 Southern Illinois University Carbondale, IL 62901 cwrl@siu.edu (electronic applications preferred) SIU Carbondale is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans that strives to enhance its ability to develop a diverse faculty and staff and to increase its potential to serve a diverse student population. All applications are welcomed and encouraged and will receive consideration.
  12. Six full-time, 12-month contracting positions available in Anchorage (4) and Fairbanks (2). Selected applicants will work closely with federal agencies on fisheries management, endangered and threatened species, environmental contaminants, habitat protection and restoration, and marine mammal conservation and recovery. Full announcement available at https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/3dc834cc-45a9-4fa5-a9e9-a446e1154f6c
  13. Faculty Positions in Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Sciences at OIST The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (https://www.oist.jp/) invites applications for at least 2 new faculty positions in ecology, evolution, and related disciplines as part of its planned expansion. Scientists using theoretical or empirical approaches, and working on any system/geographic region will be considered. Excellent scholarship and creativity will be the main criteria. We are particularly interested in scholars who complement and extend existing strengths at OIST and have the potential to interact broadly with the interdisciplinary OIST community. Successful candidates are expected to establish an active and independent program of research, to supervise Ph.D. students, to teach in the graduate program, and perform service tasks. Generous and sustained research resources will be provided, which may be supplemented with external grants. Appointments will be Tenure-Track or Tenured. Starting date is flexible. There are also Open Faculty Positions advertised in Marine Science at OIST, applications via either route will be shared, please apply only once. Applications should include the following: 1. Cover letter with contact details 2. CV and publication list: including one or two sentences describing up to six significant reports 3. Research Statement: summary of previous research (max. 1 page) and research proposal, (max. 2 pages) 4. Teaching Statement (max. 1 page) 5. Contact Reference (3 referees will be approached only if shortlisted) Information and instructions regarding application submission: https://groups.oist.jp/facultypositions Application Deadline: August 31, 2018 (EDT) OIST offers a world-class research environment with an international research community and opportunities for interdisciplinary research. Research and teaching are conducted in English. The campus is situated in a beautiful subtropical setting in Okinawa, Japan, providing opportunities to work on a range of interesting ecosystems on the island and more broadly in the Asia-Pacific region. OIST Graduate University is an equal opportunity educator and employer that is actively working to increase the diversity of its faculty, students and staff. OIST has implemented policies designed to promote a culture of diversity and inclusion and a family friendly working environment. These include considerations for hiring and supporting dual career couples, “stop the clock” options for new parents, an on site child care facility for children from 2 months to 6 years of age, and after-school and holiday programs for K-6 children. The University strongly encourages applications from women and other underrepresented groups. Inquiries should be directed to Professor Mary Collins, Provost and Dean of Research, faculty-recruiting@oist.jp
  14. State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry Environmental and Forest Biology 1 Forestry Drive Syracuse, New York 13210 ANNOUNCEMENT OF FACULTY VACANCY ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF VERTEBRATE CONSERVATION BIOLOGY The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) invites applications for Assistant Professor of Vertebrate Conservation Biology. We seek a highly motivated scientist dedicated to conserving native species and natural communities, and eager to join our nationally and internationally distinguished faculty in training the next generation of conservation biologists and wildlife scientists. We are particularly interested in candidates with a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness. Responsibilities: Research will focus on conservation of vertebrates in terrestrial, freshwater or marine systems, with strong field component and expectation to build an extramurally-supported research program that involves graduate students working in part, but not exclusively, in the northeastern U.S. Teaching will include an undergraduate course in Endangered Species Conservation and a graduate/advanced undergraduate level course in Population Biology, plus a field course in area of specialty. Other responsibilities include mentoring of undergraduates in the Conservation Biology and Wildlife Sciences Programs (http://www.esf.edu/efb/consbio/ and http://www.esf.edu/efb/wildlife/). Required Qualifications: • Ph.D. degree in Conservation Biology, Vertebrate Ecology and Biology, Population Biology, Wildlife Science, or related field. • Demonstrated research emphasis pertinent to vertebrate conservation biology. Preferred Qualifications: • Evidence of creativity, quality, and productivity in research • Evidence of ability to maintain an active, extramurally-funded research program • Demonstrated excellence and innovation in teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels • Prior experience working closely with or within conservation organizations (governmental or non-governmental) The Department, College and Broader Community: The Vertebrate Conservation Biologist will be housed within the Department of Environmental and Forest Biology at SUNY-ESF (http://www.esf.edu/efb/), which is also home to the historic Roosevelt Wild Life Station (http://www.esf.edu/rwls/), one of several research institutes and centers focused on applied conservation at the college (see www.esf.edu/research/ric.htm). Founded in 1911, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is the nation's oldest and most respected school dedicated to the study of the environment, developing renewable technologies and building a sustainable future. The ESF main campus is in Syracuse, NY and has regional campuses throughout Central New York and the Adirondack Park. ESF consistently earns high rankings in US News and World Report, Forbes, Peterson's Guide, The Washington Monthly, Princeton Review and other national college guidebooks. The college is located in Syracuse, New York, a dynamic and diverse community with plentiful natural, cultural, and civic opportunities. “The Places Rated Almanac” ranks Syracuse among the top 10 percent of "Best Places to Live." Located on the eastern edge of the Finger Lakes, Syracuse is within a five-hour drive of New York City, Toronto, and the High Peaks Region of the Adirondack Mountains. SUNY-ESF is one of eight colleges and universities located in Onondaga County. The Syracuse University campus is immediately adjacent to SUNY-ESF, and SUNY Upstate Medical University is located within easy walking distance. The SUNY-ESF campus provides a rich array of curricular and co-curricular experiences with our main Syracuse campus just southeast of downtown Syracuse and our regional campuses stretching from southern Onondaga County to the Adirondacks. The Syracuse area, home to our main campus, is home to many cultural events, museums, state and local parks and numerous festivals throughout the year along with a growing downtown in the city of Syracuse. Onondaga County provides a variety of neighborhoods that include urban, rural and suburban with strong schools, affordable housing and supportive communities. Central New York is also home to numerous hospitals and medical facilities including SUNY Upstate Medical University, the St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, the VA Hospital of Syracuse and Crouse Hospital, each of which provide unique specialty areas that support the needs of the community. Whatever one’s interests are, one is sure to find a great community not just at ESF but in the surrounding areas as well. Application Procedure: Application materials must be submitted on-line at http://www.esf.edu/hr/ (follow the link for Current Openings, then link to the job description). Applications should include: 1) a cover letter summarizing qualifications and why you are interested in the position, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a statement of research interests and experience, 4) a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, and 5) contact information for three references. The cover letter, research statement and teaching statement should not exceed two pages each. Application Deadline: To ensure optimal consideration, all application materials must be received by September 1, 2018, although this position will remain open until filled. For More Information: Contact Dr. Mark Lomolino, Search Committee Chair, by email at island@esf.edu. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at info@goer.ny.gov In accordance with the “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act” institutions of higher education are required to prepare an annual report containing information on campus security policies and campus statistics. This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by SUNY-ESF; and on property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a printed copy of this report by contacting SUNY-ESF University Police at 315-470-6667 or by accessing the following web site: http://www.esf.edu/univpolice/crimereports/ SUNY-ESF is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.
  15. Reposted *Meet with Your Lawmakers This Summer and Help Inform Science Policy* The American Institute of Biological Sciences is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 10th annual Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event. This national initiative is an opportunity for biologists across the country to meet with their federal or state elected officials to showcase the people, facilities, and equipment that are required to support and conduct scientific research. This initiative helps to put a face on science and to remind lawmakers that science is happening in their district and state. The Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event enables scientists, graduate students, representatives of research facilities, and people affiliated with scientific collections to meet with their federal or state elected officials without traveling to Washington, DC. *Participants may either invite their elected officials to visit their research facility or can meet at the policymaker's local office.* AIBS will schedule meetings for participants with lawmakers and will prepare participants through online training and one-on-one support. Meetings will take place mid-July through October, depending on the participant's schedule. The event is made possible by the American Institute of Biological Sciences, with the support of event sponsors American Society of Naturalists, Botanical Society of America, Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, Helminthological Society of Washington, Natural Science Collections Alliance, Paleontological Society, Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, and Society for the Study of Evolution. Individual registration for participation is free, but required. Registration closes on July 19, 2018. To register, visit https://www.aibs.org/ public-policy/congressional_district_visits.html. Please share this announcement with interested colleagues and graduate students. Best, Jyotsna Pandey, Ph.D. Public Policy Manager American Institute of Biological Sciences Jyotsna Pandey, Ph.D. Public Policy Manager American Institute of Biological Sciences 1201 New York Avenue, NW Suite 420 Washington, DC 20005 Phone: 202-628-1500 x 225 www.aibs.org Follow us on Twitter! @AIBS_Policy -- This message is confidential and should only be read by its intended recipients.
  16. JOB TITLE: Assistant Professor of Biology (Integrative Biology), Tenure-Track Faculty_ 18-19 BIOL-INTEGRATIVE-TT [Position PS#00005771] LOCATION: California State University, East Bay, Department of Biology, Campuses: Hayward/Concord/Online OPEN DATE: Jul 9, 2018 APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 10, 2018 DUTIES OF THE POSITION: The Department of Biological Sciences, California State University, East Bay (CSUEB) seeks to fill a tenure-track position in Integrative Biology at the level of Assistant Professor beginning Fall 2019. We specifically invite applications from individuals with a strong background in experimental ecology and field biology, particularly those who integrate perspectives across one or more biological disciplines and use modern molecular techniques. Ideal candidates will have a research focus that involves investigation of population- or community-level issues affecting natural populations, particularly in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and/or other regions accommodating to student field research. We seek a dynamic teacher-scholar with a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education and the development of a student-centered, externally funded research program in a culturally diverse community. The candidate will be expected to teach existing undergraduate majors’ courses including Principles of Organismal Biology, Ecology, and Conservation Biology. In addition, the candidate will be expected to develop upper division and Master's-level courses in their area of specialization. Special consideration will be given to applicants who can offer upper division courses in Wildlife Ecology, Molecular Ecology, and/or the analysis of ecological data using R and other software packages. Please note that teaching assignments at CSUEB may include courses at the Hayward, Concord, and Online campuses. In addition to teaching and professional activity, all faculty members have advising responsibilities, engage in departmental administrative and committee work, and are expected to assume campus-wide committee responsibilities. RANK AND SALARY: Assistant Professor. Salary is dependent upon educational preparation and experience and subject to budgetary authorization. DATE OF APPOINTMENT: Fall Semester, 2019. QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D. in biology, ecology, conservation biology, zoology, environmental sciences or a related field and a year of postdoctoral experience by August 2019 are required, with teaching experience preferred. Candidates should demonstrate experience in teaching, mentoring, research, and/or community service that has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. Additionally, applicants must demonstrate a record of scholarly activity. This University is fully committed to the rights of students, staff and faculty with disabilities in accordance with applicable state and federal laws. For more information about the University’s program supporting the rights of our students with disabilities see: http://www.csueastbay.edu/af/departments/as/ APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Initial screening of applications will begin on August 10, 2018 with the position remaining open until filled. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, separate teaching, research and diversity statements, recent publications most pertinent to the proposed research program (three maximum) and, if available, a summary of relevant teaching evaluations (may be included in the teaching statement). Applicants should submit application materials and arrange to have three letters of recommendation uploaded directly to Interfolio at: https://apply.interfolio.com/51783 Questions? Please contact the Chair of the Search Committee, Erica Wildy, at erica.wildy@csueastbay.edu.
  17. Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology<http://www.eeb.utoronto.ca/> at the University of Toronto invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment in Ecology and Evolution at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2019. We seek candidates who conduct conceptually driven research, using field, lab, and/or quantitative approaches to study fundamental questions in ecology and/or evolution. We seek applications from candidates whose research program complements the research programs of the highly collaborative faculty currently in the department. The successful candidate must have a PhD in ecology, evolution or a related field by July 1, 2019 or soon thereafter. Candidates must have a demonstrated record of excellence in research with publications in top-ranked, field-relevant journals. The successful candidate will be expected to mount an independent, innovative, active, externally funded and internationally recognized research program. The successful candidate will also demonstrate excellence in teaching and contributions to the education and training of undergraduate and graduate students. Evidence of demonstrated excellence in research and teaching should be documented through the applicant's CV, publications, research and teaching statements, strong letters of reference from referees of high standing and where appropriate, course evaluations. Salary to be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University of Toronto is a leading academic institution with over 60 faculty members specializing in ecology and evolution. Strong links exist between the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Royal Ontario Museum, the Department of Cell and Systems Biology, the Centre for Global Change Science, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, the School of the Environment, the University network of leading academic research hospitals (http://www.uhn.ca/, sunnybrook.ca<http://sunnybrook.ca/>/) and research groups with provincial and federal government agencies. The University owns a nearby field station dedicated to ecological research (the Koffler Scientific Reserve; http://www.ksr.utoronto.ca/). Toronto is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, one of the most desirable in the world in which to work and live. All qualified candidates are invited to apply online at https://utoronto.taleo.net/careersection/10050/jobdetail.ftl?job=1802289&tz=GMT-04%3A00 Applications must include a CV and statements of research and teaching interests combined into a single PDF file, plus three representative publications. Applicants should arrange to have three confidential letters of recommendation (signed and on letterhead) sent directly to: Professor Donald Jackson, Chair, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto by email to: chairsec.eeb@utoronto.ca<mailto:chairsec.eeb@utoronto.ca> or mailed to 25 Willcocks Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3B2 Canada. Deadline for receipt of applications, including reference letters, is September 19, 2018. For further information on the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, please visit our website at http://www.eeb.utoronto.ca/. Questions regarding this position can be directed to Liz Rentzelos at: chairsec.eeb@utoronto.ca<mailto:chairsec.eeb@utoronto.ca> or (416-946-3340). The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be assessed by the search committee or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
  18. Are you interested in using R to teach data visualization and/or data analysis in your undergraduate biology course? Are you looking for tools and modules to reduce barriers for students with little to no prior programming experience? Apply now to join us for a Fall 2018 Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis (QUBES) Faculty Mentoring Network (FMN) on Reducing Barriers to Teaching with R in Undergraduate Biology. In this FMN, participants will focus on developing, implementing, and sharing modules for teaching statistical and biological concepts in R with Swirl, an interactive platform for learning and teaching R in the RStudio console. Swirl lessons simplify the R learning process by providing a guided, interactive experience through on-screen prompts and exercises which students answer directly in R. Swirl lessons can incorporate diverse biological datasets and can be used to seamlessly integrate learning of biology content, programming, and data analysis. The associated Swirlify package features a user-friendly shiny app for developing custom lessons. Over the course of the six-week FMN, participants will be introduced to the Swirl program, implement an existing Swirl lesson to teach a biological or data analysis concept in their undergraduate biology course, and develop and implement a new Swirl lesson customized to their course needs. Participation in the course includes access to a collection of Swirl modules covering undergraduate biostatistics themes including data visualization, hypothesis testing, and regression, as well as user-contributed modules developed in this FMN. Participants will contribute one new lesson and will leave the FMN with >10 ready-to-use Swirl lessons covering diverse biology and data analysis concepts. This course is intended for undergraduate biology instructors with prior R programming experience who are interested in learning ways to teach R effectively to students with little to no programming experience. Participants should have at least a basic working knowledge of R, be comfortable performing basic data analysis operations in R including reading in and manipulating data, plotting data, performing t-tests and ANOVA, and constructing linear regression models. Individuals with no prior experience in R are unlikely to benefit significantly from participation in this FMN. Dates and Location: A 2-hour online kick-off will take place in early September, 2018 (date and time TBD). The faculty mentoring network will continue online for six weeks to support the development and implementation of activities in your course during the Fall 2018 semester. Participants will meet virtually for ~1 hour each week during the six week period. Commitment: To qualify, participants must be willing to implement one existing Swirl module into their course(s) during the Fall 2018 semester, and to create, implement, and share a new, custom Swirl module in the same semester. These new modules can be brief and should emphasize a topic relevant to the participant’s course goals. Participants must also be able to commit ~1 hour per week for working with the facilitator and collaborating with other participants around the customization and implementation of the teaching materials. Additional time outside of these discussions may be required for independent work on adapting and developing modules. Participants must also have experience with R and should be comfortable performing basic data analysis operations in R including reading in and manipulating data, plotting data, performing t-tests and ANOVA, and constructing linear regression models. Benefits of Participation: *Access ready-to-use teaching modules. Participants will gain access to an existing collection of Swirl courses designed for an undergraduate biostatistics course, as well as user-contributed Swirl lessons developed in this FMN. *Online support throughout the process of implementing new materials in your course. *Access to peer mentors on R, Swirl, and lecture/classroom/lab effective tips and strategies in online weekly meetings. How to Apply: Applications are due by July 25, 2018. Follow this link (shorturl.at/lGU17) to view the application form. Accepted applicants will be notified by August 1, 2018. Space is limited; only 15 participants will be selected. This opportunity stems from the QUBES Faculty Mentoring Fellowship program that seeks to promote emerging and established leaders in quantitative biology education along with their excellent teaching resources and effective pedagogical approaches. Do you have teaching ideas or resources that need a bigger audience? See https://qubeshub.org/community/groups/mentorbridge and/or contact Jeremy Wojdak at jmwojdak@radford.edu.
  19. Melanie Colón

    Heinz Family Foundation Awards

    Repost The Heinz Family Foundation Awards program annually awards unrestricted cash grants of $250,000 each to award recipients in five categories: Arts and Humanities; Environment; Human Condition; Public Policy; and Technology, the Economy and Employment. Candidates for the Heinz Awards must meet the criteria outlined here: http://www.heinzawards.net/24th-nomination-criteria.pdf. Nominations can be made here: http://heinzawards.net/nominate/24th- nomination-form.html. Please direct any questions about the awards to mmehling@heinzoffice.org or 412-497-5746. Nominations are due Friday, July 20.
  20. Reposted Next Biodiversity Collections Network (BCoN) Webinar: Legal Issues in Collections Please join BCoN and Dr. Linda Ford on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at 2:00 PM Eastern Time, for our next webinar: Legal Issues in Collections. This webinar considers discussions and findings from a BCoN organized workshop held at Harvard University in March 2018 to address legal concerns associated with digitized collections and mitigating these issues using digital means. Participants with practical knowledge of how biological collections should manage legal issues in regards to changing policy, using cyberinfrastructure, and advising stakeholders used compliance with the Nagoya Protocol as a test case to investigate how U.S. institutions must respond to the need for increased transparency of their biodiversity collections and the required digital tracking. Registration is free, but required. Please register for this important program at: https://aibs.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JUUEUR8MSZ6mfatjcbGO5g <https://aibs.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JUUEUR8MSZ6mfatjcbGO5g>
  21. *Faculty of Environmental Studies with a focus in **Conservation Biology* *Department of Environmental Studies, Antioch University New England Keene, NH, USA *Position: Full-time Faculty Start date: August 20, 2018 (or when the position is filled) *Position Description* The Department of Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England invites applications for a full-time appointment in its innovative, interdisciplinary graduate department with programs leading to Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Environmental Studies. The selected candidate will teach graduate courses, direct thesis and dissertation research, and advance their own research and service agenda to provide opportunities for student collaboration and support. We seek a highly collaborative, motivated, and hands-on faculty member who is enthusiastic about innovative and interdisciplinary teaching and learning. The desired candidate will have a track record of professional collaboration, applied research, peer-reviewed publications, and community engagement. The research program of the candidate should be complementary to the current faculty. This is a full-time faculty appointment in the Department of Environmental Studies. Full-time faculty members are expected to devote 60-80% of their time to engagement with student learning, including teaching face-to-face and/or low-residency, hybrid courses. The selected candidate should be able to teach graduate courses such as conservation biology, ecology, vertebrate ecology, wildlife management, biostatistics, GIS, and/or landscape ecology, and will have the opportunity to develop and lead field study courses as well as courses in their area of expertise. Full-time faculty members are also expected to engage in scholarship, service to the institution, and professional or community service related to their Antioch role. Candidates should have a doctoral degree in-hand at contract start date, prior teaching experience, and an active research program. *Antioch University and the ES Department* Founded in 1853, Antioch University provides learner-centered education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice. Antioch University New England (AUNE), one of Antioch University’s five regional campuses, uses a distinctive graduate education pedagogy that mixes academic rigor with experiential learning and social engagement. The campus is located in the beautiful Monadnock region of southwestern New Hampshire, which offers excellent public and private schools, a strong community, and numerous recreation opportunities. The Department of Environmental Studies at AUNE educates visionary, pragmatic leaders in a collaborative interdisciplinary setting, founded on academic excellence and the principles of environmental justice and sustainability. *Application Instructions* For more information about the position, contact Dr. Rachel Thiet, Department of Environmental Studies, at rthiet(at)antioch.edu. To apply, submit an application *as one .pdf document* that includes your statement of interest, curriculum vita, separate statements of teaching philosophy and research interests, and contact information for three professional references to hr.aune(at)antioch.edu with “ES-CB Faculty Search” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin July 16, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Position is pending budget approval by the AU Board of Governors. AUNE is committed to providing a learning and work environment free from discrimination and harassment. Programs, activities, and employment are available with equal opportunity for all and without discrimination on the basis of race, age, color, gender, gender identity, ancestry, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, family status, or disability. The campus is a smoke-free environment. -- Rachel K. Thiet, Ph.D. Professor of Environmental Studies Director, Conservation Biology Environmental Studies Department Antioch University New England 40 Avon St. Keene NH 03431 Phone: 603-283-2337 E-mail: rthiet@antioch.edu Click here <https://www.antioch.edu/new-england/faculty/rachel-thiet/> to visit my webpage Research Affiliate, US National Park Service, Cape Cod National Seashore
  22. The Hummingbird Monitoring Network (HMN), based in Patagonia, Arizona, is seeking prospective postdocs interested in pursuing joint funding for research related to the ecology and conservation of hummingbirds. We seek postdoc collaborators with strong backgrounds in avian ecology, plant-animal interactions, macro-ecology, and/or modeling who wish to pursue postdoc funding through organizations such as NSF or the Smith Conservation Fellowship program. The postdoc would help develop our research program and would have access to data we have collected, primarily a field dataset shared by HMN and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México that spans 7 years, 12 study sites, and includes data from point counts, floral counts, nest searches, and vegetation structure. The postdoc would also co-author papers associated with our monitoring and audio migration studies. The postdoc could build a topic around using previously collected data and/or collecting additional data. Other benefits to the postdoc of pursuing joint funding with HMN include interaction with a large network of scientists, university faculty, and conservation practitioners in the US, Ecuador, Mexico, and Canada, and the opportunity to mentor student from the US and abroad. HMN has published articles in high-impact journals such as Ecosphere, Science Advances, and Royal Society Open Sciences. We regularly give talks at conferences including North American Ornithological Conferences, Partners In Flight, and Neotropical Ornithological Conference. Interested prospective postdocs should reach out early so a fellowship topic can be developed in conjunction with HMN scientists and conservation practitioners. If you are interested in pursuing funding together, please contact Susan Wethington at swething@dakotacom.net with a CV. We look forward to hearing from you!
  23. The Nature Conservancy is pleased to solicit applications for the NatureNet Science Fellowship a trans-disciplinary postdoctoral fellowship and research grant program. The NatureNet Science Fellows program bridges academic excellence and conservation practice to create a new generation of climate change leaders who combine the rigor of academic science with real-world application. The outstanding early-career scientists in this 2-year postdoctoral program differ from other postdocs in two major ways: 1. They have prioritized improving and expanding their research skills- directing their efforts towards problems at the interface of climate, conservation, business, technology, and people; AND 2. They are committed to their professional development- participating and applying trainings designed to improve skills in science communication, working-group facilitation, and leadership. Recognizing that The Nature Conservancy's conservation mission is best advanced by the contributions of individuals of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and cultures- NatureNet encourages applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientations, gender identities, military or veteran status or other status protected by law. The call for applications features two post-doctoral opportunities. Read the Eligibility and Award Terms carefully to determine the best fit for your research program. For both programs, applicants should identify a project and mentors from the available list: https://naturenetsciencefellows.org/ FULL POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP Applicants will work with a Nature Conservancy mentor and a senior scholar (or scholars) from our 2019 Partner Universities- Brown University; Columbia University; Stanford University; Science for Nature and People Partnership, University of California - Los Angeles; University of Minnesota; University of Virginia; or the University of Queensland to develop a research program. The Conservancy expects post-doctoral appointments to start between May and September. Each Fellow will receive a non-negotiable annual salary of $50,000 plus benefits, with the postdoctoral position expected to run for two consecutive years. In addition to the stipend, each Fellow receives an annual travel budget of approximately $5,000 and an annual research fund of approximately $20,000. Second-year renewal of the fellowship is contingent upon satisfactory progress and contribution to the collective program. RESEARCH GRANT Applicants and a university mentor from their host institution collaborate with a Nature Conservancy mentor to develop a research application. Each grantee will receive a research stipend of $20,000, with the grant period expected to run for two consecutive years. Second-year renewal of the grant is contingent upon satisfactory progress and contribution to the collective program. The Conservancy will distribute grant funds between May and September. Funds are awarded directly to the grantee's institution and may be used by the grantee for such purposes as equipment, technical assistance, professional travel, trainee support, or any other activity directly related to the grantees's research. Salary support is limited to a maximum of three months of the established academic salary (not including IDC). For more information on the NatureNet Science Fellowship and to apply please visit: https://naturenetsciencefellows.org/ Dawn O'Neal, Ph.D. | Director NNSF and SIP | Global Science | dawn.oneal@tnc.org
  24. Registration is open for the course Introduction to Ecological Niche Modeling Dates: November 19th-23rd, 2018, Barcelona (Spain) INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Neftalí Sillero (Centro de Investigação em Ciências Geo-Espaciais Portugal). Program and registration: http://bit.ly/intro-niche-modelling-transmitting-science This course will teach you the base theory of ecological niche modelling and its main methodologies. By the end of this 5-day practical course, you will have the capacity to perform ecological niche models and understand their results. You will be able to choose and apply the correct methodology depending in the aim of your study and type of datasets. The course will be mainly practical, with some theoretical lectures. All modelling processes and calculations will be performed with R, the free software environment for statistical computing and graphics (http://www.r-project.org/). Students will learn to use modelling algorithms like Maxent, Bioclim, Domain, and logistic regressions, and R packages for computing ENMs like Dismo and Biomod2. Also, students will learn to compare different ecological niche models with Ecospat package. This course is orientated to PhD and MSc students, as well as other students and researchers working on biogeography, spatial ecology, or related disciplines. Requeriments: Basic knowledge in Geographical Information Systems and R statistical package is necessary. PLACE: Capellades, Barcelona (Spain). Organized by Transmitting Science. Places are limited and will be covered by strict registration order. With best regards Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno,PhD. Scientific Director Transmitting Science http://www.transmittingscience.org/
  25. https://cornell.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/CornellCareerPage/job/Ithaca-Tompkins-County/Collections-Development-Manager_WDR-00014401 The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a globally renowned nonprofit institution that advances research, education, citizen science, and conservation to improve the understanding and protection of birds and biodiversity. A vibrant unit within Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Lab has 12 interdisciplinary programs directed by full-time faculty and staff. The Macaulay Library (ML) is the world’s largest (over 6,750,000 media assets) and oldest (started in 1929) scientific archive of biodiversity media recordings (audio, video and photos); it is the most heavily used archive of its kind in the world. Collections Development Manager Extension Support Specialist II - Band F Lab of Ornithology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Cornell University The Lab of Ornithology is currently seeking a Collections Development Manager. Specific duties include: Strategically grow the ML archive, increase rates of data collection and improve data quality. Lead activities and projects that work collaboratively with ML staff and other Lab programs, particularly Information Science, as well as outside partners. Work with Program Manager and ML leadership to set overall strategies that align with ML’s mission and the Lab’s strategic priorities. In collaboration with the ML leadership, develop goals and priorities for collections development that will ensure the expansion of the ML archive to better serve clients; build strategic partnerships with institutions and individuals; provide guidance and contribute to the development of online tools and other mechanisms/strategies to facilitate acquisition of media specimens and data from contributors; expand ML’s training efforts to become state-of-the-art and global in scope; sustain a fleet of professional audiovisual field recording equipment for use in the field; and organize and conduct training workshops in collaboration with other Lab programs (particularly eBird and Bioacoustics Research Program) and partners. Basic functions and responsibilities include the following: Collections Development and Strategic Partnerships Development: In collaboration with ML’s Program Manager, Collections Management Leader, and other Lab staff, define strategic plans and projects to increase the rate of media submission and data quality. Facilitate communication, coordination and high-level collaboration with research groups, institutions, biological collections and media archives around the world, particularly with respect to development of biodiversity audiovisual collections. Outreach, Training Activities, and Research Facilitation: Design, implement, and conduct audiovisual field recording, media editing, data management, and recording analysis training programs and related educational resources. Fundraising: Initiate and/or substantially contribute to the identification, preparation and securing of grant proposals and other fundraising efforts in support of the Macaulay Library. This may include recruitment of corporate and institutional partnerships, in addition to foundations or government funding. Project Management: Provide day-to-day functional leadership by overseeing projects and managing workflows, including setting priorities, coordinating individual and group activities and managing activities to meet project deadlines. Facilitate communication within and across teams to ensure that project goals/deadlines are met. Annual term appointment with possible renewal based on performance and available funding. Based in Ithaca, NY. Applicants to provide cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references. Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in biological sciences, museum studies, information sciences or other relevant field. Less than 5 years of experience with a combination of: using/curating biological research collections, using audiovisual media for scholarly activities, large-scale digital asset management initiatives, and/or biodiversity informatics data management projects and initiatives. Advanced identification skills and experience with birds. Advanced sound and video recording, and/or photography experience. Must have a record of successfully meeting schedules and milestones of projects involving multiple stages, participants and stakeholders. Demonstrated record of success in large-scale project leadership and management. Experience with audiovisual media recording technology, manipulation and archival practices, with emphasis on birds and natural history. Experience using audiovisual media collections for research, formal and informal science education, and/or public outreach. Mastery of standard office management software (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint , etc). Excellent organizational and time management skills. Must have ability to obtain and maintain a valid passport and driver’s license. Must be able to think critically and make a positive contribution to ML’s and the Cornell Lab’s mission. Preferred Qualifications: PhD in biology or related field with at least 2 years of postdoctoral experience. Demonstrated track record of obtaining extramural funding. Experience mentoring and advising undergraduate students. Advanced knowledge and multiple years of experience using eBird. Fluency in Spanish highly preferred. When applying through our system, please remember to attach your application materials (resume/cover letter/CV) in either Microsoft Word or PDF. In the Experience section of your application, use the Paperclip icon to search for file(s) or use the ‘Drop Files Here’ box to manually drag document(s) into your application. 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