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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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)
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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/
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. Thought this opportunity to for faculty/post-docs might be of interest. The National Park Foundation is excited to announce the Conway Science Fellowship, funded through the generous support of Karen Swett Conway, National Park Foundation Board of Directors, and her husband Brian Conway. The fellowship will benefit the National Park Service through innovative scientific research that can inform park management. Three teams consisting of a faculty or senior scientist mentor and a postdoc fellow (within three years of receiving their doctorate degree) will be selected. The applicant(s) will be the faculty or senior scientist employed at the research institution, who will select an appropriate postdoc fellow. Each of the three fellows will focus on a different topical area that addresses some of the National Park Service’s emerging resource management challenges: Addressing increasing visitor use by integrating social science and resource stewardship Enhancing ocean and coastal resource stewardship Embracing collaborative conservation at the landscape scale. More information here: https://www.nps.gov/nature/conway.htm
  16. http://www.clemson.edu/science/departments/biosci/ Clemson University: College of Science: Biological Sciences Location Clemson University - Clemson, SC Open Date May 3, 2019 Description The Department of Biological Sciences at Clemson University is seeking a full-time, 9-month Lecturer in Vertebrate Organismal Biology, Ecology and/or Evolution to begin Fall 2019 who will contribute innovative teaching and student-centered learning in our BA and BS degrees in Biological Sciences and online MS in Biological Sciences. This is a renewable, non-tenure track position with opportunity for promotion. Salary level will be commensurate with education and experience and a benefits package is included. Undergraduate teaching responsibilities will include lecture and lab courses such as vertebrate biology, behavioral ecology, evolution, and/or other courses and labs within the candidate's area(s) of expertise. Teaching in the online MS program will include ecology, evolution, and/or animal biology. There are summer salary opportunities available for teaching on-campus, online, or study abroad classes. The Department supports faculty development at all ranks, and promotion through instructional ranks will be expected for this renewable position. For more information about the department, visit the Department’s website at http://www.clemson.edu/science/departments/biosci/. The Department is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and under-represented groups. Qualifications Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. in biological sciences or a related discipline at the time of appointment. Ideal candidates will demonstrate successful experience teaching university-level biology lecture and laboratory courses, as well as strong interest in online teaching and undergraduate study abroad experiences. Application Instructions Applicants should submit the following items through http://apply.interfolio.com/63040: (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) statement of teaching philosophy, experience, and interests, (4) course evaluations or other evidence of past teaching performance, (5) statement describing teaching strategies currently used or planned to use to foster diversity and inclusion, and (6) names and contact information for three professional references. Inquiries should be directed to BiolSci@clemson.edu. For full consideration, applications should be submitted by May 29, 2019. Review will continue until the position is filled. To apply: https://apply.interfolio.com/63040
  17. This is a course open to ornithologists who would like to gain experience in bird banding. It operates from June 23 - July 2. This is a great opportunity to receive hands-on instruction for important ornithology skills while enjoying a little ecotourism of Peruvian amazon. You will also contribute to important conservation research, photograph nature in one of the most amazing places on earth, add dozens of birds to your life list. Register before June 10 https://www.ceccot.org/conservation-programs CECCOT is a tropical conservation, research and education organization based in the Amazon Rainforest of Southeastern Peru.
  18. Here are a few of the grants in our funding database with upcoming deadlines in May, June, and July: Delaware Museum of Natural History Collection Research Grants (up to $1,500) available to graduate students in support of research in the Museum's collections https://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/collection-research-grants-r247/ Roger Williams Park Zoo Danforth Conservation Grants (up to $1,000) available for field studies demonstrating a multi-disciplinary approach to biodiversity and ecosystem conservation. https://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/danforth-conservation-grants-r159/ The Darwin Initiative Funding for Biodiversity (amount varies) available to organizations and governments to address threats to biodiversity (e.g., habitat loss/degradation, climate change, invasive species, over-exploitation, pollution, etc.) https://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/darwin-initiative-funding-for-biodiversity-r46/ eLife Early Career Travel Grant (up to $1000) to support early career professionals to travel and present work at a scientific meeting of their choice https://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/elife-early-career-travel-grant-r270/ National Military Fish and Wildlife Association Scholarship (minimum $500) available for tuition to undergraduate and graduate students studying natural resource management https://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/national-military-fish-and-wildlife-association-scholarship-r263/ Want to see more? Check out the database https://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants. If you happen to find a link that isn't working, make sure to let me know. Organizations update their websites often, and I try to keep up, but I still miss them sometimes. As always, happy grant writing.
  19. EXPERIENCED SONGBIRD BANDERS (2) needed for ongoing research on migration ecology of landbirds through Cape May, New Jersey. Dates: (1) needed 15 July through 15 November; (1) needed 1 August through 15 November. Cape May is recognized as an internationally important bottleneck and stopover area for landbirds during fall migration. Duties include site maintenance (maintaining net lanes, net repair, etc.), extracting birds from mist-nets, banding, weighing and measuring birds, recording data, and data entry. Mist-netting and bird banding experience in a high-volume banding station necessary (>5,000 birds/season). Experience aging species based on molt and using the Pyle guide required. Ability to identify landbirds of the eastern U. S., and proficiency with MS Excel and BANDIT essential. Applicants must be able to work independently and as part of a team in occasionally hot and buggy conditions. Salary $1800-2000/month depending on experience. Must have own vehicle. Housing is provided in a bunk-house environment. Send cover letter of interest, resume, and three references by 1 June to hr.research@njaudubon.org. NJ Audubon is an Equal Opportunity Employer. SONGBIRD TECHNICIAN needed 1 August through 15 November for ongoing research on migration ecology of landbirds through Cape May, New Jersey. Cape May is recognized as an internationally important bottleneck and stopover area for landbirds during fall migration. Duties include site preparation and maintenance (net lane clearing, site set up and break down, net repair), extracting birds from mist-nets, data recording and entry, and writing summary reports for print and web. Bird extraction experience using the body-grasp method required. Ability to identify landbirds of the eastern U. S., and proficiency with MS Excel and BANDIT essential. Applicants must be able to work independently or as part of a team in occasionally hot and buggy conditions. Salary $1800-2000/month depending on experience. Must have own vehicle. Housing is provided in a bunk-house environment. Send cover letter of interest, resume, and three references by 1 June to hr.research@njaudubon.org. NJ Audubon is an Equal Opportunity Employer. David S. Mizrahi, PhD Vice-president, Research and Monitoring NJ Audubon Center for Research and Education 600 Route 47 North Cape May Court House, NJ 08210 609.861.1608 x917
  20. We have a last minute opportunity conducting Raptor surveys, songbird nest counts, leading educational events and more! Big Sky Watershed Corps-AmeriCorps Member-MT Audubon The BSWC member will support the organization’s Bird Conservation Programs statewide and also engage in education and outreach efforts that support MT Audubon and Montana Conservation Corps’ Indian Education for All and Audubon Naturalists in the Schools program(s) in Billings, Great Falls and other local communities. Specifically the member will engage with local communities through lessons in schools, community field days, workshops, and trainings. The individual will also develop curriculum, focus on issues with local solutions, implement outreach initiatives, and organize public meetings and events for community stakeholders. The members may also develop a skilled and influential recurring volunteer-base to support local efforts. Primary duties of the Big Sky Watershed Corps Member (CM) include working with the Host Site staff to complete tasks related to project design and implementation, community outreach and education, volunteer generation and management and reporting functions. The CM works under the direct supervision of the Host Site Supervisor and MCC Staff to ensure successful completion of program objectives. The CM is an AmeriCorps Member and is entitled to the benefit package offered to all AmeriCorps Members. Position Location: Helena, MT Term of Service: 4/29/19-11/15/19 (Start date can be flexible for the right candidate) Living Stipend: $597 biweekly Education Award: $2,960 upon successful completion of the program Required Qualifications: •College degree (B.A./B.S.), preferably in environment, wildlife biology or education related field. •Effective written and oral communication skills. •Valid driver’s license, access to a vehicle, ability to pass a motor vehicle records check, US Citizenship or ability to work in the US. Preferred Qualifications/Experience: •Previous experience with fieldwork, data collection and analysis and bird identification. •Previous teaching and volunteer management experience. •Proven ability to work with a diverse group of stakeholders. Apply Here: https://careers-mtcorps.icims.com/jobs/1314/big-sky-watershed-corps/job Application Deadline: 4/14/19-Early submissions strongly encouraged Bryan Wilson Associate Director-Individual Placement Programs Montana Conservation Corps 206 N. Grand Avenue / Bozeman, MT 59715 Office: (406)-585-5913 Cell: (330)-242-4482 Montana Conservation Corps inspires young people through hands on conservation service to be leaders, stewards of the land and engaged citizens who improve their communities.
  21. Position: Lecturer/Program Coordinator – Wildlife Enterprise Management Description: The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences (SFWS) at Auburn University invites applications for a Lecturer/Program Coordinator in Wildlife Enterprise Management (WLEM). Through collaboration with the Colleges of Business and Human Sciences at Auburn University, the SFWS engineered the WLEM degree to provide a multi‐faceted, foundational education in wildlife, hospitality, and business management to support the rapidly growing needs of the consumptive use (i.e., hunting and fishing) outdoor recreation industry. Graduates of this program will be the next generation of managers for hunting and fishing lodges, corporations focused on hunting and fishing products, and non‐profit conservation organizations focusing on game species. This program is one of only a handful across the globe and will provide a unique opportunity for the successful applicant to further advance a world class educational program. This will be a full‐time permanent position (non‐tenure track). Additional information about the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences and its programs can be found at our website: (wp.auburn.edu/sfws). Qualifications: Applicants should possess a Master’s degree in wildlife, business, or hospitality (or related fields) at the time employment begins. Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 20 years of experience in the outdoor industry will also be considered. Candidates are sought that have professional experience in the hunting and/or fishing industry, as well as personal experience in and an appreciation of hunting and fishing. In addition to strong written and interpersonal skills, applicants who can demonstrate an ability to coordinate and collaborate with a diverse array of partners (university and industry) are preferred. Candidates should be self‐motivated, be able to work independently, and possess an ability to teach and advise/mentor students in an academic environment. Responsibilities: The successful applicant will serve as an Instructor and Program Coordinator for the Wildlife Enterprise Management degree. In this capacity, the selected applicant will work directly with SFWS faculty, staff, and administrators, and other academic units on campus, to further develop, promote, and grow the WLEM degree. In addition to serving as the primary point‐of‐contact for the WLEM degree, the selected applicant will teach 3‐4 courses (e.g., Hunting and Fishing the World, Wildlife Enterprise Field Techniques, Sporting Firearms and Archery, Advanced Wildlife Enterprise Management) within the degree, interface with partners (national and international) in the hunting and fishing industry, and support the advising, recruiting, and marketing needs of the program. Application Procedures: Applicants must complete the on‐line application at this link: http://aufacultypositions.peopleadmin.com/postings/3437and include a letter of application, complete biographical resume, transcripts, and the names and contact information of at least three references. The review date will begin May 1, 2018 and will continue until a suitable candidate has been identified. For additional information contact: Dr. Steve Ditchkoff, Chair, Search Committee, phone 334‐ 844‐9240, or e‐mail: ditchss@auburn.edu Must meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed duration of the appointment. Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability Employer and committed to building an inclusive and diverse community.
  22. https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/528964600 Responsibilities As a Research Ecologist/Wildlife Biologist within the Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, some of your specific duties will include: Plans, conducts and directs research related to wildlife or ecological resources with application to contemporary science, policy and management needs. Conducts research that is cooperative driven and provides scientific basis for management and policy decisions. Serves as subject matter expert in wildlife ecology, providing leadership and guidance to government and private agencies and university representatives through participation in meetings, conferences and work groups. Disseminates research results via final reports, peer-reviewed print scientific journals, online scientific journals, books, book chapters or other outlets. Make presentations on findings to scientific and conservation organizations. Serves as graduate faculty member, contributing to both the research, graduate student mentorship, and teaching mission of the university. Operates government vehicle as an incidental driver. Travel Required Occasional travel - Overnight travel of up to 5 nights per month may be required.
  23. LDWF INTERNSHIP (Part time) - Dove banding (2 positions) Location: Baton Rouge area primarily, but statewide as needed. Vehicle provided. Supervisor: Jeff Duguay Application Deadline: April 15, 2019 Target Universities: Louisiana State University Background: The mission of the Office of Wildlife is to provide wise stewardship of the state’s wildlife and habitats, to maintain bio-diversity, including plant and animal species of special concern, and to provide outdoor opportunities for present and future generations to produce a greater appreciation of the natural environment. The Upland Migratory Bird Program is charged with the management and research of native dove species, one of the most popular and harvested game birds in North America. One of the most important tools for managing doves is the annual banding project. Banding doves gives insight into migration, harvest and survival rates. These are critical data for establishing hunting seasons and bag limits. Project Scope: The student intern will work part time to assist the Upland Migratory Study Leader in attaining local and statewide banding goals for mourning and other dove species. The student will assist with baiting field sites, maintain equipment, banding, sexing and ageing doves, and assisting in other capacities as needed. The intern must be able to work irregular hour’s (pre-dawn and post-dusk daily). The intern must be able to lift 50 pounds, work in extreme heat and humidity and be able to tolerate mosquitoes and other biting insects while working in the field. The intern must be able to take detailed notes for data collection and be proficient with Microsoft Office Excel program. At the end of the summer, the student intern will compose a research paper outlining dove banding activities including age and sex ratios of doves banded as well as how these data are used in determining vital rates of doves, movement patterns, and the role of banding data in establishing annual harvest rates of mourning doves. Timing: June 15 –August 31(Flexible beginning and end dates) Compensation: College credit will be contingent upon university approval. Students will be paid $10/hr. Send resumes to: LDWF Scott Durham 2000 Quail Drive Baton Rouge, LA 70808
  24. Mourning Dove Trapping and Banding Internship (3 Positions) Location: Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, Grand Chenier, Louisiana Supervisor: James Whitaker Target Universities: Louisiana State University, McNeese State University, University of Louisiana at Lafayette , Nichols State University, LSUA Background: A national dove banding program was initiated in 2003 by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service in conjunction with many state wildlife management agencies. This program aids in understanding mourning dove population biology and to help estimate the effects of harvest on mourning dove populations. The data gathered from this program and others are critical in the development of setting harvest season dates and bag limits for mourning doves. In addition, this information is used for annual harvest management plans and other strategic management plans that have large landscape level effects. Project Scope: The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries plays an integral role with banding mourning doves. Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge plays an important role in this program and bands several hundred mourning doves annually. The interns for this position will have many functional roles with the mourning dove banding program including, but not limited to: preparing banding sites; setting and monitoring traps; baiting traps, banding, sexing, and ageing doves; data entry; and other related duties as assigned. The interns must be able to work long and irregular hours (pre-dawn and post-dusk daily) and weekends. The interns must be willing to work in extreme heat and humidity and be able to tolerate mosquitoes and other biting insects while working in the field. The interns must be able to lift 50 lbs. to perform baiting operations. The interns must be able to take detailed notes for data collection and be proficient with Microsoft Office Excel program. The interns will be required to write a management plan/summary report for the banding season and present a poster at the Louisiana Professional Biologists symposium. Interested applicants should contact James Whitaker for any questions related to the project: jwhitaker@wlf.la.gov Timing: ~May 15-August 10, (Flexible beginning and end dates) Housing: Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge will provide housing Compensation: College credit will be contingent upon university approval. Students will be paid $10/hr. Send cover letter and resume to: James Whitacker Biologist Supervisor Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Email: jwhitaker@wlf.la.gov
  25. Job Description: Seasonal Avian Research Assistants needed from 15 May through 21 June to document local avian species composition and distribution as part of a long-term bird-monitoring program. Duties include point counts across multiple Ranger Districts in the Kisatchie National Forest, maintenance of field equipment, data entry, and other tasks. Requirements: Experience or coursework in wildlife biology or closely related field; ability to collect data with strong attention to detail; ability to work 5+ days per week doing physically demanding work, with early mornings (sunrise); a positive attitude in adverse environmental conditions such as fire ants, chiggers, rattlesnakes, feral pigs, poison ivy, normal daily temperatures of over 90°F, intense sun, thick and thorny brush, and steep and rocky terrain; ability to operate 4WD vehicles; patience and focus to quietly observe and identify birds; good eyesight and hearing; ability to work independently and in groups; flexibility to changes in location; flexibility to changes in protocol, or job assignments; must supply your own binoculars. Preference will be given to applicants with experience identifying birds by sight and sound, navigating using handheld GPS unit, using Microsoft Access, Excel, ArcMap. Pay: 40 hours per week. $12 per hour, depending on experience. Housing and transportation provided. To Apply: Submit a CV and cover letter as a single PDF to Dr. Ashley Long at amlong@agcenter.lsu.edu by 16 April 2019
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