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  1. Suffolk County Department of Parks is currently accepting resumes for seasonal openings in its Endangered Species Protection Program for the 2020 season. The positions involve helping to manage nesting shorebirds (piping plovers and least terns) at seventeen sites throughout Suffolk County. Candidates will gain an intimate knowledge of bird behavior and of the unique management issues their presence creates. Qualifying Candidates must: - Have an interest and/or coursework in ornithology, ecology, and natural resources - Be able to meet the physical demands of the job such as walking miles on the beach, carrying heavy fencing materials, digging trenches, and installing fencing and barricades in summer weather conditions. - Be meticulous and concise in recording data - Have an ability to interact professionally with the general public and co-workers - Demonstrate an ability to work effectively with others and independently under stressful conditions - Work weekends & holidays, and flexible hours (average 35 hours/week) - Have a valid driver’s license (often required to drive 2-3 hours a day to visit sites) (Use of your personal vehicle may be required in limited circumstances) Hourly wage is $13.75. Crew Leader positions are available for those with prior experience at $14.50/hour. Basic housing may be available, indicate your interest. There is no application, send letter of interest and resume to: Diana Lynch (diana.lynch@suffolkcountyny.gov)
  2. Der Ornithologische Beobachter is the journal of Ala, the Swiss Society for the Study and Protection of Birds. Since 1902, the journal has published scientific articles on all aspects of ornithology and bird conservation. Authors are from the German speaking countries Switzerland, Germany and Austria. Articles typically have an English abstract and English figure and table legends, since about 1996. Articles from the current year and the year before can only be accessed by members of the society, all other ones can be accessed free of charge. The journal can be browsed either via the table of contents or via a special search form.
  3. Tattler is the Newsletter for the Asia Pacific Flyways. It is published four times a year, in April, July, October and December. Tattler publishes articles and news from people living throughout the Asia Pacific region. Tattler is currently subtitled "Newsletter for the Asia Pacific Shorebird Network". It was formerly subtitled "Newsletter for the Asia Pacific Flyways".
  4. Upcoming workshop on mark-recapture modeling: 22 July - 26 July 2019 University of Newcastle, Newcastle For more information, see https://www.proteus.co.nz/courses
  5. Upcoming occupancy modeling courses at the beginner and intermediate level: 15 July - 19 July 2019, Mooloolaba Surf Club, Sunshine Coast, Australia 26 August - 30 August 2019, Boulder City, Nevada 2 September - 6 September 2019, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey For more information, see https://www.proteus.co.nz/courses
  6. I would suggest deciding what kind of model you want to use before deciding which software to implement it with. You have distance data, so you could use distance sampling. But you also have repeated surveys within a season, so you might consider an N-mixture model. With your time intervals you could use a removal model. And there are ways to combine those data, for example by using a time-removal plus distance sampling model. Part of your choice should be based on your main question. If you need a density estimate for an area, you probably want a distance sampling model of some sort. If you are content to know N, the number of birds observed (or expected to be observed) on a given point, then an N-mixture model of some sort may suffice. To learn more about the various types of models (many of which are implemented in unmarked), I suggest you get a copy of this book: Kéry, Marc, J. Andrew Royle. 2015. Applied hierarchical modeling in ecology: analysis of distribution, abundance and species richness in R and BUGS: volume 1: prelude and static models. Academic Press. London, UK. I do not consider myself an expert on any of these types of models, and given that nobody else has answered in the last couple of days, I suggest you re-post your question on the unmarked Google group: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/unmarked. Or if you're interested in going Bayesian, the hmecology: Hierarchical Modeling in Ecology group https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/hmecology Let us know what you find out.
  7. Pacific Seabird Group is dedicated to the study and conservation of Pacific seabirds and their environment. Students are a core membership of PSG; they contribute 29% of the PSG operating fund and comprise 40% of the annual meeting volunteer base. The PSG Student Research Grant (SRG) was created in 2019 by the PSG Former Chairs to honor and support the numerous contributions of the PSG student membership. Eligibility: Applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree program (BA, BS, MS, MA, PhD) at an accredited community college, college, or university. Applicants may be enrolled at any of the above institutions in any country & conduct their student research in any part of the world, but the applicable research must be seabird-based. Applicants must be current members of Pacific Seabird Group by the application due date. Use of funds: Funds are solely used for costs associated with research, including: field or lab supplies, equipment, travel to research or lab sites, and licensing and permitting fees. Funds do not cover salaries & benefits, stipends, institutional fees or overhead, or tuition. Additional information about this grant is available on the Students section of the Pacific Seabird Group website: https://pacificseabirdgroup.org/students-and-careers/students/
  8. The move is done now. Let me know if you have any questions about how this new Groups feature works.
  9. The move is done now. Let me know if you have any questions about how this new Groups feature works.
  10. Recently we started using a new application on OE called Groups. As a result, you now see a Groups tab on the navigation menu above. With this application, users can start their own sub-communities on OE, like this RFID Working Group. Several new groups have already been created, and more are on the way. I a now beginning to transition our existing groups to this new app. On Friday February 15 I will pull the trigger and have this forum moved over to the Groups app. Here is what to expect: The forum will be moved from the Forums page to the Groups page. When you click on Groups in the navigation menu, you will see a list of groups, including the new RFID Working Group. When you click on the group, there will be a home page, a members page, and a forum page. The forum page will look just like the current one does. All the past forum topics will be there too. Anybody who is signed up for notifications on the current forum will be added to the new group and your personal notification settings for the forum will be maintained as they currently are. Eli Bridge will be the owner of the group, and the moderator. If anybody else wants to help moderate, talk to Eli. If anybody has any questions or concerns, please reply to this message or contact me directly. And if anybody has an I can use as either a logo or a banner for the new group, please send it to me.
  11. Recently we started using a new application on OE called Groups. As a result, you now see a Groups tab on the navigation menu above. With this application, users can start their own sub-communities on OE, like this Geolocator Discussion & Support group. Several new groups have already been created, and more are on the way. I a now beginning to transition our existing groups to this new app. On Friday February 15 I will pull the trigger and have this forum moved over to the Groups app. Here is what to expect: The forum will be moved from the Forums page to the Groups page. When you click on Groups in the navigation menu, you will see a list of groups, including the new Geolocator Discussion & Support group. When you click on the group, there will be a home page, a members page, and a forum page. The forum page will look just like the current one does. All the past forum topics will be there too. Anybody who is signed up for notifications on the current forum will be added to the new group and your personal notification settings for the forum will be maintained as they currently are. Eli Bridge will be the owner of the group, and the moderator. If anybody else wants to help moderate, talk to Eli. If anybody has any questions or concerns, please reply to this message or contact me directly. And if anybody has an I can use as either a logo or a banner for the new group, please send it to me.
  12. ---------- Forwarded message --------- From: Dr. Dustin H. Ranglack <privateemail17146@community.esa.org> Date: Tue, Jan 22, 2019 at 1:13 PM Subject: [ECOLOG-L] Two Biology Faculty Positions at the University of Nebraska - Kearney To: ECOLOG-L@community.esa.org <ECOLOG-L@community.esa.org> Hi All- My department is advertising for two tenure track faculty positions to begin Fall 2019. The announcements (below) are very broadly defined as we are hoping for applicants with a wide range of skills, but expertise in areas of ecology, evolution, biostatistics, and/or STEM education and outreach are of particular need. One of the positions will participate in a currently funded Corn Root Microbiome grant for the first two years of employment, but the person does not need expertise in corn root microbiomes, they just need some skill that can be applied to the grant (statistics, STEM outreach and/or education, etc.). These are primarily teaching positions (2-3 courses per semester), but there is strong support for developing an active research program with MS and undergraduate students. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact me directly: ranglackdh@unk.edu. I hope that you will forward this on as far and wide as possible. Cheers, Dustin Associate/Assistant Professor (Ecology), Biology, 55511 Job Description or Duties: We are seeking applicants with experience and expertise in the areas of ecology, evolution, biostatistics and/or STEM education and outreach. Duties will include teaching on-campus undergraduate and graduate courses and online graduate courses depending on the needs in the department, creating a successful independent research program involving students, and performing service to the department, university, and profession. Must have demonstrated proficiency in teaching and the ability to develop an externally funded research program that involves undergraduate students. Required Qualifications: Earned doctorate in biology or relevant area, two recent publications in peer-reviewed journals, and teaching experience. Preferred Qualifications: Post-doctoral experience; strong background in quantitative skills (e.g., biological statistics); ability and desire to teach a course in Evolution, experience mentoring undergraduate student research; skill in online course delivery methods; grant writing experience and commitment to undergraduate education. HOW TO APPLY: Application review begins 02/19/2019. For more information and to apply visit http://unkemployment.unk.edu/. For more information about the position contact: For questions regarding the position contact: Dr. Keith Geluso; gelusok1@unk.edu; 308 865 8982. For more information about the online application process contact: 308-865-8522 or employment@unk.edu. Assistant Professor (Root Microbiome), Biology, 54914 Job Description or Duties: We are seeking applicants with experience and expertise in the areas of ecology, evolution, biostatistics and/or STEM education and outreach. Duties will include teaching on-campus undergraduate and graduate courses and online graduate courses depending on the needs in the department, creating a successful independent research program involving students, and performing service to the department, university, and profession. Must have demonstrated proficiency in teaching and the ability to develop an externally funded research program that involves undergraduate students. Assist with a grant that is examining the role of the microbiome in the productivity of corn. The grant will provide startup funding and additional teaching course release for the remaining two years of the grant, after which the position will be continued in the department with the standard teaching, research, and service expectations for the department. Required Qualifications: Earned doctorate in biology or relevant area, two recent publications in peer-reviewed journals, and teaching experience. Expertise to assist with EPSCoR grant Preferred Qualifications: Post-doctoral experience; strong background in quantitative skills (e.g., biological statistics); ability and desire to teach a course in Evolution, experience mentoring undergraduate student research; skill in online course delivery methods; evidence of grant writing; ability to participate in the Corn Root Microbiome grant. Commitment to undergraduate education. HOW TO APPLY: Application review begins 02/19/2019. For more information and to apply visit http://unkemployment.unk.edu/. For more information about the position contact: For questions regarding the position contact: Dr. Keith Geluso; gelusok1@unk.edu; 308 865 8982. For more information about the online application process contact: 308-865-8522 or employment@unk.edu. SALARY AND BENEFITS: With contingent offer of employment, the University of Nebraska will conduct an investigation of employment records, educational records, criminal records, and other records to verify the information provided in your application and/or any additional information you have provided is accurate. Salaries at the University of Nebraska at Kearney are competitive. The University provides a flexible benefits program at minimal cost to the employee. NuFlex benefit choices include a Medical Plan and Prescription Drug Program, Vision Care, Dental Plan, LTD, Life Insurance, AD&D Insurance, Dependent Life Insurance, Long Term Care Insurance, and Reimbursement Accounts for Health and Dependent Care. The Employee and Dependent Scholarship program is also available to eligible employees. Basic Retirement Plan options include TIAA/CREF and Fidelity. The University of Nebraska at Kearney, serving over 6,500 students, is one of four University of Nebraska campuses. Established in 1905, the University has a tradition of emphasis in scholarly teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels in a variety of disciplines. Kearney, a progressive city of 31,000, is the educational, medical, cultural, commercial and agricultural center of a large mid-state area. http://www.unk.edu/ The University of Nebraska at Kearney is responsive to University issues which support a diverse work and academic environment. The University of Nebraska at Kearney does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment. This policy is applicable to all University administered programs including educational programs, financial aid, admission policies and employment policies. UNK is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity employer. Veterans and persons with disabilities encouraged to apply. The University affirms a policy of equal educational and employment opportunities, affirmative action in employment and nondiscrimination in providing services to the public. University employees, students and others associated with the University who have not received the benefits of these policies, are encouraged to contact the Chief Compliance Officer/ADA Coordinator. For a copy of the University of Nebraska at Kearney's Annual Security Report, you may contact the Office of Police and Parking Services or visit the website: http://www.unk.edu/annual_security_report Dustin H. Ranglack, Ph.D. Certified Wildlife Biologist® Assistant Professor IACUC Chair Dept. of Biology University of Nebraska – Kearney www.ranglacklab.com
  13. The new U.S. Nightjar Network survey dates have are here! These dates are specifically chosen to coincide with the nights of brightest moonlight and greatest nightjar calling frequency. These are important dates to use so survey conditions are standardized across all regions of the Nightjar Survey Network. Contact nightars@nightjars.org with questions. 2019 Survey Dates: Window 1: FL, TX, and low elevation AZ and NM: 12 April to 26 April Window 2: Any location in the country: 11 May to 26 May Window 3: Areas north of AZ, FL, NM, and TX, and recommended for high elevation areas in the Northern U.S.: 9 June to 25 June Be sure to time your surveys after the moonrise. You can find moonrise information, survey instructions, and data sheets here. Thanks to all the new and returning participants! Also, a summary report is in the works to show the data supported from all your hard work. View the full article
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