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  1. Here are some of the grants and awards from our funding database with due dates coming up in January: American Society of Naturalists Grant, $2000, Ph.D. candidates https://www.amnat.org/awards.html#SRA Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, $5000, South Carolina high school students accepted to a wildlife or related university major http://hamptonwildlifefund.homestead.com/scholarship.html Holohil Grant Program, CDN$2500+shipping for transmitters, https://www.holohil.com/grant-program/ Oregon Wildlife Foundation Grant, $5000, for conservation projects in Oregon https://www.myowf.org/grants Seattle City Light Wildlife Research Grants, $5,000–65,000, for wildlife research in the Skagit River area and Northern Cascades http://www.seattle.gov/light/environment/wildlifegrant/ Search the funding database for more grants with upcoming deadlines, and happy grant writing. https://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/ **Note: sponsors update their websites all the time. I try to keep all of the links in this database active. If you find one that is broken, please let me know.
  2. https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/wnan/2019_Grant_Symposium.html 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. We are pleased to announce that we will award one $5,000 grant to facilitate a natural history symposium within the scope of the journal. To apply for this grant, please submit a 2-page proposal describing the symposium you would like us to help fund. Include the following in your proposal: A. The natural history topic the symposium will address, with any necessary background information B. An explanation of how the grant will help fund the symposium C. A list of possible topics to be discussed and the expected number of papers resulting from the symposium D. A proposed timeline indicating when the symposium will be held and when papers from the symposium will be ready for review E. A budget to show how the money will be used. Money cannot be used as salary or overhead, but it may be used for the following: • Venue expenses • Speaker expenses (travel, lodging, meals, etc.) • Publication expenses • Other justifiable expenses Expectations of grant recipients: 1. The funded symposium may be held as a stand-alone meeting or in conjunction with any society-sponsored meetings. Grant recipients will provide for submission of at least 12 natural history manuscripts for peer review to WNAN within one year of the conclusion of the symposium. Accepted papers will be published as a special issue of the journal. 2. Recipients will solicit a suitable number of ad hoc associate editors who can assist with the review process for the submitted manuscripts. Send your proposal to Mark C. Belk, editor-in-chief, at wnan@byu.edu with “WNAN Symposium Grant Proposal” in the subject line by November 30, 2019. We will notify the grant recipients by December 31, 2019. https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/wnan/2019_Grant_Symposium.html
  3. The Department of Natural Resources and the Environment in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture at the University of New Hampshire is recruiting an Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Management. This is a full time (9 month) tenure track position with teaching, research, outreach/engagement and service responsibilities consistent with the land-grant mission of the University of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station. The position has an anticipated start date of August 2020. We seek applicants who will deliver vibrant, high-quality teaching and develop a high-impact research program in terrestrial vertebrate wildlife ecology that addresses critical management and conservation questions. Strong quantitative skills and an integrative or innovative approach to management-relevant questions in wildlife ecology are required. We encourage applicants who will develop a research program that includes local or regional field studies to address broadly relevant issues in wildlife ecology, conservation, and management. Preference will be given to candidates whose taxonomic and research foci complement that of existing faculty in the department and college, and who will bring new methodologies and disciplinary training to complement existing departmental expertise. Demonstrated research interest in a breadth of study systems, research questions, and conservation and management issues is desirable, as is the ability to collaborate broadly within the Department and the College. Preferred applicants will conduct research relevant to state and federal agencies in the Northeast, as well as in other regions or internationally. The successful candidate is expected to develop an extramurally funded research program and to engage stakeholders, including state and federal agency biologists and natural resource managers. Preferred candidates must demonstrate evidence of a commitment to teaching excellence and undergraduate and graduate training. Teaching responsibilities will include undergraduate courses in the Wildlife and Conservation Biology major and may include a graduate level course consistent with the candidate's area of expertise and with departmental and college needs. The successful candidate will also be expected to mentor graduate and undergraduate students, including engaging undergraduate students in field-based research opportunities. The Wildlife and Conservation Biology major is a popular and growing program in the interdisciplinary Department of Natural Resources and the Environment. The University of New Hampshire is a Carnegie R1 institution, providing comprehensive, high-quality undergraduate programs and graduate programs of distinction. UNH is located in Durham on a 188-acre campus surrounded by University-owned woodlands and agricultural land, 60 miles north of Boston and 8 miles from the Atlantic coast, and is convenient to New Hampshire's lakes and mountains. Student enrollment consists of 13,000 undergraduate and 2,400 graduate students, with a full-time faculty of over 600, offering 90 undergraduate and more than 70 graduate programs. Acceptable Minimum Qualifications: Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology or a closely related field. We seek applicants with a demonstrated commitment to promoting excellence in achieving racial, ethnic, gender, and cultural diversity. To view description and apply, visit https://jobs.usnh.edu/postings Special Requirements A background check will be required as a condition of employment. The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S. APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS All applicants will be required to apply online at https://jobs.usnh.edu/ The following application materials are required: 1) a cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) statement of teaching interests and philosophy, and 4) research statement. In addition, please arrange to have three professional references submit letters of recommendation electronically via Interfolio. Only complete applications will be considered. Review of applications will begin November 19, 2019.
  4. The Department of Biology at Connecticut College seeks applications for a tenure track faculty position at the rank of assistant professor in the area of animal ecology to start in July of 2020. Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to excellence in both teaching and research. The Biology Department is committed to active scholarship, equity pedagogy, and innovative teaching practices. A Ph.D. is required by the time of hire and postdoctoral experience is preferred. In addition to teaching courses in their area of expertise, the position also requires contributions in ecology related courses to our newly designed biology curriculum at the 100 and 200 level. The successful candidate will develop an active research program that includes undergraduates. A 750 acre Arboretum, with maintained and natural areas, and a history of studies in long term ecological change, surround the College. The successful candidate will interact with the faculty in the Botany Department and the Environmental Studies Program. The Biology Department is located in a newly renovated science building. A competitive start-up package will be offered. Connecticut College is a private, highly selective institution with a demonstrated commitment to outstanding faculty teaching and research. Recognizing that intellectual vitality and diversity are inseparable, the College has embarked on a significantly successful initiative to diversify its faculty, student body and curriculum. The College seeks creative scholars excited about working in a liberal arts setting, with its strong focus on engaged teaching, participation in shared governance, and active involvement in an institution-wide advancement of diversity. Tenure-track faculty members teach a 3-2 load (2-2 in the first year). In addition to providing ongoing strong support for teaching and research, the College offers the following resources for pre-tenured faculty: a supplementary research fund and a semesters sabbatical at full salary after a successful third-year review. (For additional information on faculty resources, see https://www.conncoll.edu/employment/faculty-resources/. Applicants should provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements of teaching philosophy and research interests, and three recent letters of recommendation. All materials should be submitted online through Interfolio (https://apply.interfolio.com/70028). Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position or the submission process should be addressed to Phillip Barnes, Chair of the Biology Department and Chair of the Search Committee, at ptbar@conncoll.edu.
  5. AOS is pleased to announce up to three new fellowships of $15,000 each for ornithological research. These fellowships have been made possible through a generous bequest by Dr. Brina Kessel and are directed to early career scientists. The full range of ornithological research currently published in peer-reviewed journals, such as studies avian biology, ecology, behavior, conservation, genetics, interdisciplinary work, etc. can be supported. Poultry and agricultural research will not be considered. Eligibility Applicants must be a current member of AOS if a resident or current postdoc in the U.S. or Canada, or a current member of another regional ornithological society if a resident outside the U.S. or Canada. Kessel Fellowships are open to early-career researchers. This includes current PhD students who will have completed their PhD when the grant is awarded and those who have received their PhDs within ten years of the grant submission date (an extra year of eligibility may be granted for parental leave). The committee will consider the record of membership and participation in AOS for North American applicants and contributions to ornithology and participation in other ornithological societies for applicants from outside North America. Applicants may not have received a Kessel Fellowship award previously. A PI may not hold or have held U.S., Canadian, or other federal grant support or university/institutional start-up funds intended for research at the time of their application for this grant. The goal is to provide critical funding to those early career ornithologist who do not have access to other significant funds. A PI may apply for only one AOS research award (Kessel or Student & Postdoc Research Awards) in a year, and hold only one award at a time. AOS members who have received other research funding from the Society may re-apply as long as they meet eligibility requirements and post-funding requirements (see below). Grants will be awarded to a single PI (i.e. these are not collaborative grants), although collaborators can be named in grant. The AOS will only award grant money to a single person, not multiple PIs listed on the same grant.
  6. The American Ornithological Society is honored to announce that we are accepting applications for the new Kessel Research Fellowship Program. Dr. Brina Kessel, an eminent ornithologist, pioneering woman in science, and the 45th president of the Society (1992–1994), created an unparalleled legacy to sustain the future of ornithology through her generous bequest to AOS. In recognition of her legacy, the society established the Kessel Research Fellowship Program, a small grants program designed to build capacity for the next generation of ornithologists by supporting individual research projects that represent the full range of ornithological research: avian biology, ecology, behavior, conservation, genetics, interdisciplinary, etc. Collectively, the professionals receiving Kessel research grants will become valued ambassadors for ornithology, representing the broad scientific fields of the discipline and geographic areas across the globe. In its inaugural year, the Kessel Research Fellowship Program will offer up to three $15,000 Awards. Eligibility: Applicants must be a current member of AOS if a resident or current postdoc in the U.S. or Canada, or a current member of another regional ornithological society if a resident outside the U.S. or Canada. Applicants must have received a doctorate degree within ten years of the grant submission date. (An extra year of eligibility may be granted for parental leave.) Applicants must be applying as a single PI (although scientific collaborators can be named in the grant application). The AOS will only award grant money to a single person, not multiple PIs listed on the same grant. Applicants may not have received a Kessel Fellowship award previously and may only hold one AOS research award (including Student & Postdoc Research Awards) at a time. Applicants may not hold or have held U.S., Canadian, or other federal grant support or university start-up funds intended for research at the time of the submission date. For complete details, including full eligibility requirements and application instructions, visit the award page on the AOS website. Applications are due 15 January 2020. We look forward to reviewing the submitted proposals and to continuing the legacy of Dr. Brina Kessel through this exciting new program.
  7. I am looking for a PhD student to work with our long-term mountain chickadee field system in beautiful Sierra Nevada starting Fall 2020. We have hundreds of birds banded with color bands and with PIT-tags (RFID) and we maintain 300+ nestboxes. For more see https://chickadeecognition.com/positions
  8. VISITING SCHOLARS at ARCHBOLD BIOLOGICAL STATION Goals for grants-in-aid of research for visiting scholars: 1. Increase the number and diversity of graduate students and postdoctoral scientists conducting fieldwork at Archbold (including the Station, Reserve and Buck Island Ranch). 2. Provide each awardee (2 per year) with a modest financial incentive ($2,000) to defray research-related expenses. 3. Celebrate our appreciation for the value of student and postdoc field research at Archbold. Qualifications: Applicants should already be enrolled in a graduate program or appointed as a postdoctoral scientist and studying in any area of field biology. The proposed work must involve field research conducted at Archbold (including the Station, Reserve or Buck Island Ranch) and/or the immediate area and include at least 4 weeks (cumulative over one year) based on-site at Archbold, as both they and other researchers and students benefit from such interaction. Administration: Awardees will be chosen by the senior scientific staff based on the scientific merit of the application and benefit to Archbold science. Each awardee should have a sponsor on the scientific staff. Applicants are encouraged to speak with staff before submitting a proposal. Applicants are to submit a short (maximum 2 page) proposal for field work at Archbold; this might be attached to a longer description of the graduate or postdoc research project. The application should: describe the proposed research; make the case for fieldwork at Archbold; include a list of facilities, equipment and field sites needed to complete the research; and provide a brief budget. Award funds may be used to offset e.g. travel, supplies, food and lodging costs, other field-related expenses, or a stipend. Archbold facility use fees are waived but scholars are responsible for covering the cost of lodging at Archbold if utilized. Applicants can elect to either receive the funds directly (which will generate a 1099 tax form) or establish an account at Archbold to cover non-stipend research expenses. Application materials should be emailed to shawkins@archbold-station.org with the subject line Archbold Visiting Scholar. Applicants should also request a letter of reference from their major professor or a faculty member familiar with their research to be emailed to shawkins@archbold-station.org with the subject line Archbold Visiting Scholar Letter of Reference NAME. Requests for applications will be announced annually by Oct 1st for the following year. Applications for the following year will be due by Nov. 15th. Awards will be announced by Dec. 15th. Each Scholar will be offered up to $2,000 annually. Awards are not available for the same individual for two or more years as it would have less impact on increasing the number and diversity of students. Archbold might consider giving the same individual one award for graduate work and another for a further graduate degree or post-doc work, based on scientific merit and at the discretion of the scientific staff. Awardees who change plans and do not conduct their field research at Archbold are expected to return the award. Applicants must secure the appropriate Federal or State permits for their work. Any studies involving vertebrates at Archbold requires an animal use protocol approved by the IACUC of the researcher's home institution, as well as submission of an Archbold Animal Use Application at least 6 weeks prior to the anticipated start date of the research. Scholars will be required to submit a Final Report to Archbold, including a summary expense report, within 1 year of receiving an award. They will also be invited to give a seminar describing their work, typically at the Annual Research Symposium. Archbold Biological Station is an equal opportunity organization.
  9. Dr. Wesley Eckenfelder, Jr.’s career as an environmental trailblazer spanned more than 50 years, during which time he trained thousands of graduate students and professionals in the science and art of industrial wastewater treatment. To honor his dedication to the environmental industry, Brown and Caldwell offer a $5,000 Dr. Wesley Eckenfelder, Jr. Scholarship to support students who are interested in pursuing a career in the environmental profession. Criteria A United States citizen or permanent resident. A full-time student enrolled in his/her Junior, Senior year or graduate program at an accredited college/university. Declared major in civil, chemical, mechanical, electrical or environmental engineering or one of the environmental sciences (e.g. geology, hydrogeology, ecology). Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on a 5.0 scale). Required Documents All candidates must submit with a completed application: A resume. An essay of 250 words minimum, “Tell us about a personal experience that influenced your decision to focus on environmental studies.” Two written recommendations, with at least one from a university official (e.g. advisor, professor). An official transcript of your academic record. Scholarship funds may only be used for university/college billed expenses such as tuition.
  10. Morris Animal Foundation works tirelessly to accelerate promising research focused on improving the lives of animals around the world. We fund the best researchers, conducting the best science, whether in a clinical trial, in the lab, or out in the field. We welcome applications from dedicated scientists who seek not only to discover but to turn discoveries into action for animals. https://www.morrisanimalfoundation.org/wildlife The Foundation is now accepting proposals for Established Investigator, First Award, Fellowship Training and Pilot Study grants on topics relevant to wildlife/exotics health and welfare.
  11. Morris Animal Foundation's core values are important to us as an organization. We have a positive company culture and encourage our staff (and office dogs!) to live by these values here at the office. We're proud of the people we work with, and strive to apply excellence, respect, compassion, collaboration, innovation and determination every day in our work.
  12. Here are some of the grants and awards from our funding database with due dates coming up in November and December: ABA Ludlow Griscom Award for Outstanding Contributions in Regional Ornithology (and other ABA awards). Recognition. https://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/aba-ludlow-griscom-award-for-outstanding-contributions-in-regional-ornithology-r226/ Bill Terrell Avian Conservation Grant. Georgia Ornithological Society. Typical $35,000-50,000. https://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/bill-terrell-avian-conservation-grant-r76/ Dr. Bruce D. J. Batt Fellowship in Waterfowl Conservation. Ducks Unlimited Canada. Up to $5,000CA/year. https://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/dr-bruce-d-j-batt-fellowship-in-waterfowl-conservation-r218/ Frank M. Chapman Fellowship. American Museum of Natural History. Varies. https://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/frank-m-chapman-fellowship-r110/ Jed Burtt Undergraduate Mentoring Grants. $1,000 + travel costs. https://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/jed-burtt-undergraduate-mentoring-grants-r6/ North American Bluebird Society Grant. $500-$5,000. https://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/nabs-grant-r125/ Paul Stewart Avian Research Fund. Inland Bird Banding Association. Up to $1000. https://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/paul-stewart-avian-research-fund-r150/ Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society Small Grants for Field Study Projects. $550. https://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/small-grants-for-field-study-projects-r288/ Search the funding database for more grants with upcoming deadlines, and happy grant writing. https://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/ **Note: sponsors update their websites all the time. I try to keep all of the links in this database active. If you find one that is broken, please let me know.
  13. POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP Quantitative Modeling of Avian Collision Risk We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to transform the current avian collision risk modeling used to evaluate effects determinations of offshore wind development on migratory birds within the United States. The postdoctoral fellow will develop an online-graphical-interactive web application (i.e., RShiny, https://shiny.rstudio.com/) that allows users to implement a transparent and flexible version of the collision risk model that fully propagates uncertainties. This modeling platform will be used to evaluate the effects of a range of scenarios of offshore wind development along the U.S. Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf on ESA-listed Roseate Tern, Piping Plover, and Red Knot populations. Model outputs will include automatic report generation (e.g., using Sweave and knitr) and be designed to facilitate the communication of estimation uncertainty to decision-makers. Postdoctoral candidates must have strong modeling and coding experience in R (https://www.r-project.org/), fundamental knowledge of probability and statistics, and ideally have experience with RShiny; knowledge of the life history and ecology of migratory birds is ideal, but not necessary. Annual salary is $60,000-$65,000 plus full benefits, depending on experience. We are expecting a start date of January/February 2020 (with some flexibility) and funding for 18 months. This work will be done through the Department of Natural Resources Science at the University of Rhode Island, under supervision of Dr. Brian Gerber (https://web.uri.edu/gerberslab/), and in collaboration with federal biologists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. REQUIRED QUALIFICATION: Completed PhD in ecology, conservation, mathematics, statistics, computer science, or a related discipline, and training and experience in ecological modeling and statistical analyses. PREFERRED QUALIFICATION: Demonstrated high-level knowledge of the R programming language and experience with RShiny. Demonstrated ability with other languages, such as HTML, CSS, C++, JavaScript, etc. Demonstrated knowledge in spatial analyses. An interest in communicating scientific and statistical findings to natural resource decision makers. A record of research productivity and success in publishing peer-reviewed journal articles. Possess strong collaboration and time-management skills and a history of meeting project deadlines. An interest in collaboration and mentoring with graduate students. Demonstrated knowledge of the life history and ecology of migratory birds. Please send a letter of interest (1-2 pages), CV, and contact information for 3 references to bgerber@uri.edu. Please use the Subject Line: Postdoctoral Fellowship Application. Review of applications will begin 1 October 2019. Early applications are encouraged.
  14. Multiple postdoctoral positions are available at the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) in Shenzhen, China. Postdocs will be working with Associate Professor Luke Gibson in the SUSTech Biodiversity Lab. We are an international team with expertise in biodiversity monitoring, ecological modelling, GIS and remote sensing. Our research is focused on deforestation, fragmentation, wildlife trade, green energy and bird migration, and is based in China, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Laos. Available research projects could include (1) Which species benefit from agricultural expansion, and how do these species affect fragmented forest ecosystems isolated within agricultural landscapes? (2) How does China;s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and associated infrastructure development (e.g., roads, railways, dams) affect biodiversity conservation or animal migration patterns? (3) How does the spread of invasive species affect predator communities in habitats where they have been introduced? (4) Which species in wildlife trade have expanded their ranges into the urban centers where they are traded, and how do these species affect local ecosystems where they have been introduced? Postdocs will be hired on a 2-year contract, starting at the end of 2019 or beginning of 2020. Salary is approximately 260,000 RMB (approximately 38,000 USD) per year. Each postdoc will be given 250,000 RMB (approximately 36,000 USD) to support his/her research activities. Each postdoc is expected to produce multiple high-impact publications during the contract. Postdocs will be living in Shenzhen, the first Special Economic Zone of China immediately across the border from Hong Kong which has been described as the Silicon Valley of China. The quiet and green campus of SUSTech is located in Tanglang, surrounded by fruit plantations, reservoirs, and forested hills. More information is available here: https://www.primarilyforests.com/ https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=B-u1rB8AAAAJ https://ese.sustc.edu.cn/en/ https://www.sustech.edu.cn/en/gallery.html?lang=en Applicants must have: 1. a PhD 2. strong quantitative skills 3. multiple publications in high-impact journals Please send a cover letter describing a brief research plan for this position, a CV including a full list of publications, and contact information for three references to biodiversity@sustech.edu.cn. Applications will be reviewed through the end of September 2019. Only short-listed candidates will be notified
  15. Dear Colleagues, We are delighted to announce a call for post-doctoral applications for the Liber Ero Fellowship Program. The Liber Ero Fellowship Program supports exceptional post-doctoral fellows who address pressing conservation challenges of relevance to Canada. The Program aims to develop the next generation of conservation scientists, trained in the latest methods and in the skills necessary to affect policy and improve conservation of Canada’s wild places and natural resources. The Liber Ero Fellowship is open to candidates from any country whose research furthers conservation goals within Canada. Fellows must be hosted at a Canadian institution, with mentorship teams drawing from expertise in non-governmental organizations, government, and universities. Applications are now being accepted, with a deadline of November 1, 2019. See http://liberero.ca/ for more details. Please see http://liberero.ca/meet-the-fellows/ to read about the current cohort of fellows and their projects. Sincerely, Sally Otto Bonjour, Nous avons le plaisir d'annoncer un appel à candidatures du programme postdoctoral Liber Ero. Le programme Liber Ero soutient des postdoctorantes et postdoctorants exceptionnels qui désirent relever d'importants défis de conservation de la nature au Canada. Le programme vise à former la prochaine génération de scientifiques en conservation de la nature aux plus récentes méthodes et à leur donner les compétences nécessaires pour influencer les politiques de gestion des ressources naturelles et des lieux sauvages du Canada, et améliorer la conservation de ces derniers. Le programme Liber Ero est ouvert aux scientifiques de tous les pays qui désirent travailler à promouvoir les objectifs de conservation du Canada. Les chercheurs post-doctorants devront œuvrer au sein d’une organisation (université, organisme) canadienne, et recevoir le support d’une équipe de mentorat dont les membres proviennent d'organisations non gouvernementales, du gouvernement, ou d’universités. Les candidatures sont acceptées dès maintenant et jusqu'au 1er novembre 2019 (date limite). Consultez http://liberero.ca/fr pour plus de détails. Nous vous invitons à faire circuler cette information auprès de candidates et candidats éventuels. Pour en savoir plus sur les boursiers et boursières Liber Ero et leurs projets, consultez la page suivante: http://liberero.ca/meet-the-fellows/. Cordialement, Sally Otto Dr. Sarah (Sally) Otto, FRSC Director, Liber Ero Fellowship Program Department of Zoology University of British Columbia 6270 University Blvd. Vancouver, Canada V6T 1Z4 otto@zoology.ubc.ca 604 822 2778 (work) 604 822 2416 (fax)
  16. Position Title: Post-doctoral Research Associate Salary: GS-12 salary (approximately $80K annually) and benefits Location: Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, MD Performance Period: 13 months (anticipate start date August 2019) Application Deadline: Position Summary: USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center anticipates hiring a post-doctoral research associate to develop and evaluate novel approaches for management decision making for dynamic systems. Decision making for natural resource management often relies on the assumption of a relatively stable system in which the effects of both stressors and management strategies are not changing over time and can be predicted. Human and natural systems are governed by dynamic processes, however, and there is increasing evidence that these processes are no longer stationary. One implication of this realization is that the best available science and empirical observations of the past may represent conditions that no longer exist and have little relevance to future conditions. Therefore, we need new frameworks for management decision making that do not rely on the assumption of stationary dynamics of, for example, climate and land-use change. Migratory bird management in the context of climate change is an excellent context in which to examine questions related to system dynamics: migratory birds are important resources of management concern; migratory bird populations and their habitats are sensitive to climate change in ways that may negatively impact management outcomes; there are a variety of different decision making contexts, including land acquisition, harvest management, and regulatory permitting; and, finally, data and models are available to inform the development of novel management strategies. Minimum Requirements: 1. Ph.D. in biology (wildlife), ecology, or related field, with a focus on quantitative methods in population ecology. 2. Applicant must be within 5 years of receiving PhD. 3. Applicant must be a US citizen. 4. Demonstrated familiarity with concepts of decision analysis. 5. Demonstrated proficiency with computing platforms such as R and MATLAB. 6. Demonstrated desire and ability to publish in the peer-reviewed literature. Desired Abilities: Competitive candidates will have a strong background in decision analysis and population modeling. Strong programming skills are required, including proficiency with R or similar platforms for data manipulation and conceptual modeling, proficiency with MATLAB or similar platforms for dynamic optimization. The successful candidate will have excellent written and personal communication skills and demonstrated success in working closely with management agencies on applied questions in wildlife conservation. Application: Applicants should email: (1) a letter describing your background and interests – the letter should address specifically how the applicant meets both the minimum requirements and the desired abilities, (2) curriculum vitae, and (3) the names and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Jim Lyons (jelyons@usgs.gov). Please include “System change postdoc” in the subject line. For further information, contact: Jim Lyons (jelyons@usgs.gov, 301-497-5567) or Mike Runge (mrunge@usgs.gov, 301-497-5748), USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, 12100 Beech Forest Road, Laurel, MD 20708. -- Jim Lyons USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center 12100 Beech Forest Road Laurel, MD 20708 tel: (301) 497-5567 fax: (301) 497-5545 email: jelyons@usgs.gov
  17. Project Title: Adaptive Management for Eastern Black Rails Position Title: Post-doctoral Research Associate Salary: GS-12 salary (approximately $80K annually) and benefits Location: USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, MD Performance Period: 36 months (anticipate start date October 2019) Application Deadline: Position Summary: USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center is seeking two post-doctoral research associates with interest in adaptive management and population modeling. Specific duties will be to develop and evaluate an adaptive management framework to increase population viability of Black Rails and other wetland birds. The Eastern Black Rail (L. j. jamaicensis) is listed as endangered in five states along the Atlantic Coast and has been proposed as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act. One position will focus on the Atlantic coast, where Patuxent Wildlife Research Center is working with the Atlantic Coast Joint Venture and other partners to test alternative methods of manipulating coastal marsh habitat to make enhance suitability for Black Rails. The second position will focus on the Gulf coast and will include management decision making for Black Rails, Yellow Rails, and Mottled Ducks. These projects will develop adaptive management frameworks that allow wetland managers to reduce uncertainty about management practices for Black Rails and other wetland birds, and give managers tools and information that will help them determine the best management actions create and enhance habitat for Black Rails. These projects will combine data about wetland management (e.g., timing and depth of water levels, burning, etc.) with Black Rail occupancy or abundance and vegetation response across many different project sites from NJ to FL and FL to TX. The data will be used to build and update statistical models that predict BLRA responses to management actions. Over time, these models will be used to test assumptions and improve predictions about what management techniques result in high quality habitat for BLRA across their range. The models and decision guidance will provide general predictions of how well a given management action is likely to perform. These positions are 3-year appointments located in Laurel, MD. Minimum Requirements: 1. Ph.D. in biology (wildlife), ecology, or related field, with a focus on quantitative methods in population ecology. 2. Applicant must be within 5 years of receiving PhD. 3. Applicant must be a US citizen. 4. Demonstrated familiarity with concepts of decision analysis. 5. Demonstrated proficiency with computing platforms such as R or MATLAB. 6. Demonstrated desire and ability to publish in the peer-reviewed literature. Desired Abilities: Competitive candidates will have a strong background in decision analysis and population modeling. Strong programming skills are required, including proficiency with R for data manipulation and statistical modeling, Bayesian networks for conceptual modeling, and MATLAB or similar platforms for population modeling. The successful candidate will have excellent written and personal communication skills and demonstrated success in working closely with management agencies on applied questions in wildlife conservation. Application: Applicants should email: (1) a letter describing your background and interests – the letter should address specifically how the applicant meets both the minimum requirements and the desired abilities, (2) curriculum vitae, and (3) the names and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Jim Lyons (jelyons@usgs.gov). Please include “Black Rail postdoc” in the subject line. For further information, contact: Jim Lyons (jelyons@usgs.gov, 301-497-5567), USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, 12100 Beech Forest Road, Laurel, MD 20708.
  18. The ForEverglades Scholarship Program provides scholarships to full-time graduate research students actively pursuing the development of innovative scientific methods to advance the understanding of Everglades science. The program is open to students from all universities pursuing degrees in earth sciences, biological sciences, engineering, geography, planning and resources management, and economics. We are particularly interested in students pursuing research topics in avian ecology and ecological modeling within the Everglades region. Applications will be accepted until August 31, 2019. https://evergladesfoundation.org/about-us/careers/fellowships-scholarships/foreverglades-scholarship/ Contact info: Ruscena Wiederholt, PhD Quantitative Ecologist Office: 305.251.0001 Direct: 786-249-6004 www.evergladesfoundation.org
  19. Here are some of the grants from our funding database with due dates coming up in September and October: Association for the Study of Animal Behavior Research Grant. ASAB. Up to £10,000. https://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/asab-research-grant-r269/ Bald Eagle Grant. American Eagle Foundation. Up to $5,000-$20,000. https://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/bald-eagle-grant-r185/ Blake-Nuttall Fund Grant. Nuttall Ornithological Club. $1,000–$5,000. https://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/blake-nuttall-fund-grant-r187/ British Columbia Field Ornithologists Research Grants. BCFO. Up to $2,000. https://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/british-columbia-field-ornithologists-research-grants-r281/ Tennessee Ornithological Society Conservation and Research Grant. TOS. Up to $1,000. https://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/conservation-and-research-grant-r94/ Dean Amadon Grant. Raptor Research Foundation. Up to $1,000. https://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/dean-amadon-grant-r33/ Francois Vuilleumier Fund. Sociedad de Ornitología Neotropical. $500–$1,000. https://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/francois-vuilleumier-fund-r138/ Betty Petersen Conservation Fund to Help Caribbean Birds. BirdsCaribbean. Up to $135,000. https://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/the-betty-petersen-conservation-fund-to-help-caribbean-birds-r266/ Search the funding database for more grants with upcoming deadlines, and happy grant writing. https://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/ **Note: sponsors update their websites all the time. I try to keep all of the links in this database active. If you find one that is broken, please let me know.
  20. Small research grants are awards of up to £2,000 per project and are aimed at supporting small projects outright or to part-fund medium-sized research programmes. Awards of up to £2,000 per project aimed at supporting small projects outright and to part-fund medium-sized research programmes. Grants are open to citizens of any country, but recipients must be BOU members unless they reside and work in a developing country. For guidelines, an application form, and information on past awards click here.
  21. http://www.americanornithology.org/content/aos-lanyon-award The Lanyon Award recognizes the early-career ornithologist who authors the best synthesis/review paper on avian science, to be published as an open-access article in either AOS journal (The Auk or The Condor). It is given in honor Wesley “Bud” Lanyon, who served as the 37th President of the American Ornithologists’ Union. Bud was a steadfast and committed in the field of ornithology and was a respected mentor of many generations of scientists. He was particularly keen to support researchers in the midst of writing their dissertations and those who had recently completed their PhDs. Because they possess a thorough understanding of the current literature, he recognized, they are poised to provide novel insights into classic areas of ornithology and to elucidate emerging fields of study. The Lanyon Award consists of a $1,000 honorarium to the winner plus a $1,000 travel stipend and gratis registration to attend the AOS annual conference, where the winner will organize a symposium on their winning review topic. Application Process & Eligibility Details Eligible applicants include doctoral students or early professionals within or up to the end of their third year post-PhD. Proposed papers should fit the journals’ mission and scope and be novel contributions that advance ornithology, not simply a review of a body of literature. The prize will be awarded to the individual who proposed the winning paper and led the writing. Proposals with multiple authors must include a statement that the first author conceived of the study and did the majority of research and writing. Interested applicants must first submit an abstract of their proposed paper (details below). The journal Editors-in-Chief together and the four Deputy Editors will review the submitted abstracts, and up to 6 entrants per year will be invited to submit full manuscripts to the appropriate journal within three months. The EICs and Deputy Editors will select a winner from the final set of accepted papers. The winner will be notified in advance of the next AOS meeting so that the symposium can be planned. The winner will be announced to the public as soon as the winning paper is selected, and the award conferred at the AOS annual meeting in which the symposium occurs. Note that the prize will not be awarded in a given year if no submitted papers are deemed suitable for publication. 2019 Call for Abstracts Instructions for submitting an abstract via the Member Portal will be posted very soon. Tentative schedule for the inaugural competition: 30 August 2019: Deadline for submitting Abstracts for consideration Early October 2019: Invitations made to authors for full paper submissions 31 December 2019: Full papers due March 2020: Selection made, authors notified, winner announced Summer 2020: Papers published (dependent on editorial schedule of the specific journal; target is to publish before meeting and symposium) August 2020: Award presented at NAOC 2020 in Puerto Rico
  22. Two postdoctoral research associate positions are available in the Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University. Position #1 (Avian Health): The successful applicant will expand an ongoing research program on the health of pet, wild, and exotic birds, including studies of the transmission and prevention of avian bornavirus and other health threats. The preferred candidate will have a PhD in biomedical science or a related field with research experience in animal models, infectious disease, diagnostics, and/or molecular biology. Additionally, the preferred candidate will have strong statistical and data analytic skills with a good track record of publications and strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills. Applicants with a DVM are encouraged to apply. Position #2 (Avian Disease Ecology / Conservation Medicine): The successful applicant will contribute to programs studying the role of wild birds in the ecology of emerging disease or avian conservation medicine. Particular areas of interest include how avian migration relates to the invasion and spread of bacteria, viruses, and vectors or how pathogens regulate bird populations. The preferred candidate will have a PhD in ecology, evolution, wildlife, virology, epidemiology, biomedical science or a related field with research experience in birds, vectors, and/or disease ecology. Additionally, the preferred candidate will have strong statistical and/or bioinformatic skills with a good track record of publications and strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills. The successful candidate will help advance ongoing collaborations with the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. Both successful candidates will design and carry out studies at the Avian Health Complex, an on-campus facility with aviaries, isolation facilities, laboratory, clinic and classroom. The postdoctoral research associates will be expected to contribute to proposal writing, carry out research, prepare manuscripts, and mentor undergraduate, veterinary, and/or graduate students. The successful applicants must work independently and as a member of multidisciplinary collaborative teams. The candidates will have the opportunity to integrate with the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Program https://eeb.tamu.edu/, Applied Biodiversity Science Program https://biodiversity.tamu.edu/, and other interdisciplinary initiatives. The Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center https://vetmed.tamu.edu/schubot/ was founded at the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University in 1987. The Center is supported by an endowment created by the late Mr. Richard Schubot, an enthusiastic breeder of large parrots. Participants in the Schubot Center include a multidisciplinary group of faculty, veterinarians, and students from multiple departments dedicated to solving avian health and conservation problems through research. The Schubot group is involved in teaching at multiple levels (undergraduate, graduate, DVM students) about avian health and conservation building on the ‘One Health’ initiative. Application review will begin June 30, 2019, and the positions will remain open until filled. The expected start date is flexible with Fall 2019 being ideal. The positions are appointed for two years (pending satisfactory progress), with subsequent renewals dependent on performance and available funds. Salary is $47,484 with a benefits package. Application materials consist of a cover letter, CV, statement of research interests and career goals, and the names of three references sent as a single PDF to Sarah Hamer: shamer@cvm.tamu.edu Sarah A. Hamer, MS PhD DVM DACVPM (epi) Associate Professor of Epidemiology Director, Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center and Richard Schubot Endowed Chair Departments of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences and Veterinary Pathobiology Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-4458 Tel: 979-847-5693; shamer@cvm.tamu.edu https://vetmed.tamu.edu/hamer-lab/
  23. Here are some grants from our funding database with due dates coming up in August: Gale Monson Research Grant. Arizona Field Ornithologists. Up to $2000. https://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/gale-monson-research-grant-r99/ International Wild Waterfowl Association Project Grant. IWWA. Up to $3000. https://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/iwwa-project-grants-r286/ Leslie E. Tassel Avicultural Foundation Scholarship. American Pheasant and Waterfowl Society. Up to $1000. https://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/leslie-e-tassell-avicultural-foundation-r221/ Search the funding database for more grants with upcoming deadlines, and happy grant writing. https://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/ **Note: sponsors update their websites all the time. I try to keep all of the links in this database active. If you find one that is broken, please let me know so I can fix it.
  24. Forwarded message: All, My name is Kyle Stutts and I am an associate professor of animal science at Sam Houston State University. Our Department of Agricultural Sciences offers a minor in Wildlife Management and we are currently looking to fill an Assistant/Associate Professor position that will focus on teaching our wildlife management courses. The courses we have in place include Principles of Wildlife Management, Habitat and Pond Management, Game Animal Production, and Upland Game Bird Management, however, the successful applicant will be able to create courses of their own choosing and interest as well. Our program is different from the traditional wildlife programs as it is geared towards preparing students for careers in intensively managed wildlife operations, but our students need a foundation in traditional wildlife coursework as well and that is what we hope the successful candidate can provide to our students. You may be aware that we have conducted this search in the past, but for various personal reasons, the candidates we have selected have not been able to take the position. We have opened the position again and we have a very short timeline to complete our search. We plan to begin conducting Skype interviews by the end of the week or the first of next week. So, if you or anyone you know has any interest at all, please let me know and have them submit their application and CV as soon as possible. Recommendation letters can come later. Below is a link to the position announcement and directions for applying. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. My office number is below in my signature and you are welcome to contact me on my cell as well. This may be the better option as I will be in and out of the office this week. Please share this information with anyone you believe may have interest. Thank you for your help, KJS Cell – 979-777-6064 https://shsu.peopleadmin.com/postings/21850 Kyle J. Stutts, Ph.D, PAS Sam Houston State University Department of Agricultural Sciences Box 2088 Huntsville, TX 77341-2088 936-294-1219 office 936-294-1232 fax
  25. http://www.mced-ecology.org/?page_id=941 The MCED award for ecological modeling was announced in 2011 for the first time. Once a year young modellers can apply, who finished their bachelor, masters, or PhD degree within the last 3 years. The intention of the award is to foster the development and application of modern ecological modelling methods that can help to expand the understanding of complex ecological dynamics. With this focus, the MCED award follows the eponymous textbook for ecological modelling which has been published by Springer Publishing House in 2011. The MCED editors together with Springer Publishing House encourage young ecologists who: * analyze ecological phenomena using ecological modelling approaches in an innovative way. * apply new modelling methods and techniques and thereby contribute to applied or theoretical ecology. * use modelling frameworks to bridge the gap between basic science and application * enhance the understanding of complex ecological processes and dynamics to apply for the award. As your application, please mail in the form that is available at the bottom of this page. There you will find the description of the information relevant for the selection process by the evaluation committee. A crucial condition is that your work is published; therefore, you must attach a copy of the thesis/the publication that you are referring to. A committee, formed by the editors, the president of the GfÖ (Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland) and representative of the Young Modellers (YoMos) will decide on the submitted proposals by mid of August. The prize is divided into two categories: 1) For PhD and Postdocs: The ‘main’ prize is endowed with 500 EUR the following prize will be a MCED textbook. 2) For Bachelor and Master students: The best nominee in this category will win 250 EUR, the following prize will also be a MCED textbook. The award ceremony will be held during the next Conference of the Ecological Society of Germacy, Austria and Switzerland in Münster, Germany in September. Please mail in your application by July 10th2019 at the latest. The best nominee will win 500 EUR, the following prizes will be a MCED textbook.
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