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  1. 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/
  2. The move is done now. Let me know if you have any questions about how this new Groups feature works.
  3. The move is done now. Let me know if you have any questions about how this new Groups feature works.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. ---------- 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
  7. 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
  8. Registration is open for Transmitting Science course “Introduction to Bayesian Inference in Practice”, May 6th-10th, 2019, Barcelona (Spain). Instructors: Dr. Daniele Silvestro (University of Gothenburg, Sweden) and Tobias Hofmann (University of Gothenburg, Sweden) Course overview Bayesian methods have become standard practice in several fields, (e.g. phylogenetic inference, evolutionary (paleo)biology, genomics), yet understanding how this Bayesian machinery works is not always trivial. The instructor will outline the relevant concepts and basic theory, but the focus of the course will be to learn how to do Bayesian inference in practice. He will show how to implement the most common algorithms to estimate parameters based on posterior probabilities, such as Markov Chain Monte Carlo samplers, and how to build hierarchical models. The course will take a learn-by-doing approach, in which participants will implement their own MCMCs using R or Python (templates for both languages will be provided). After completion of the course the participants will have gained a better understanding of how the main Bayesian methods implemented in many programs used in biological research work. Participants will also learn how to model at least basic problems using Bayesian statistics and how to implement the necessary algorithms to solve them. Participants are encouraged to think of potential applications of Bayesian inference in their research, which we will discuss and try to implement during the course. For more information please check the course webpage: http://www.transmittingscience.org/courses/statistics-and-bioinformatics/introduction-bayesian-inference-practice/
  9. Just FYI you can now also render PowerPoint presentations using rmarkdown in RStudio: https://support.rstudio.com/hc/en-us/articles/360004672913-Rendering-PowerPoint-Presentations-with-RStudio I haven't tried it yet but it looks like some of my gripes about other types of presentations are solved here, e.g. you can use columns, and templates.
  10. Hi Cameron, this community is not primarily birders but ornithologists and others interested in basic and applied science related to birds. You'll have more luck if you target the birding communities on the web... or maybe get in touch with a bookstore that specializes in autographed books.
  11. Arctic Audubon Society’s Small Grants Program funds conservation related projects that support our mission to protect Alaska’s ecosystems by encouraging research, education, and management that will contribute to appreciation and good stewardship of our natural heritage. This year, 2013, will be our 10th year offering small grants. In 2013 Arctic Audubon will consider applications for small grants of UP TO $2000. Partial funding may be offered. Proposed projects should enhance the understanding and conservation of Northern Alaska’s organisms and/or ecosystems. Projects dedicated to increasing public awareness and knowledge of conservation issues are appropriate, as are projects that develop educational tools. Applications must be submitted by March 15. All applications will be reviewed and a decision announced by the end of March. High school and middle school students and teachers are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will be expected to submit a report of outcomes and may be asked to give a short public presentation.
  12. I've got a kit full of color bands I haven't used in years. I don't think they're Darvic, but is there a way to tell by looking at them? And what size do you need?
  13. Sounds great! I want to get involved but don't know how... I didn't see any links to a discussion forum or email list and no issues on that repo. As a side note, I used GitHub Classroom last semester for my R class Quantitative Biology. Students generally liked learning Git and using GitHub, and appreciated the many advantages that method of collaboration had to offer.
  14. A workshop on integrated population models will take place in Melbourne, 22-26 October 2018. Please see here http://www.phidot.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=3649&sid=6940b4bfaebb28429a7be4a90f56a5ac for details.
  15. From Science News: Peregrine falcons maneuver best when dive-bombing at more than 300 kilometers per hour
  16. Intermediate-level workshop Introduction to NIMBLE: the fanciest member in the BUGS family Instructors: Perry de Valpine, University of California-Berkeley Date: 23–25 April 2018 Venue: Swiss Ornithological Institute, Sempach, Switzerland Computers: Bring your own laptop with latest R and NIMBLE Registration: CHFr. 350 (normal rate), CHFr. 200 (student rate) Complex hierarchical models are often fitted with software that uses the BUGS language for model description (e.g., JAGS, WinBUGS or OpenBUGS). For non-statisticians the simplicity of the BUGS language is a key to be able to fit such models in practice. However, the fitting algorithms implemented in these programs (MCMC) are mostly black boxes, and there are only very limited possibilities for the user to affect them. Therefore, in some cases convergence might be difficult to achieve at all or the algorithms may be inefficient. The new NIMBLE software (https://r-nimble.org/) offers solutions to these problems. It comes as an R package and uses the BUGS language to describe statistical models. In addition it gives very wide user control over the MCMC samplers. Moreover, NIMBLE interacts in a more direct way with R allowing the possibility to easily specify your own functions as needed. Perry de Valpine is a creator and main developer of NIMBLE and will give a comprehensive overview about the possibilities of this exciting new package. The workshop is geared towards scientists from ecology and related fields (e.g. fisheries and wildlife). The general topics in hierarchical statistical modeling and computational methods apply as well to many other applications. Contents include the following: 1. Introduction to NIMBLE Migrating from BUGS and JAGS The NIMBLE workflow in R Querying and manipulating models in R 2. MCMC in NIMBLE Configuring samplers Comparing different kinds of MCMC (within and outside of NIMBLE) Debugging 3. Programming in NIMBLE The nimbleFunction system for writing model-generic algorithms The NIMBLE compiler 4. Writing new samplers, new distributions and new functions to use in models 5. Maximum likelihood with NIMBLE 6. Sequential Monte Carlo (particle filtering) with NIMBLE In this intermediate-level workshop about 3/4 of the time is spent on lecturing and 1/4 on solving exercises. No previous experience with the NIMBLE software is assumed. However, a good working knowledge of modern regression methods (ANOVA, ANCOVA, GLMs) and of program R is required. Moreover, knowledge in of the programs using the BUGS language (JAGS, WinBUGS) is highly advantageous. Send your application to Michael Schaub (michael.schaub@vogelwarte.ch), with CC to Marc Kéry (marc.kery@vogelwarte.ch); describing your background and knowledge in statistical modeling, R and WinBUGS/OpenBUGS/JAGS/NIMBLE and capture-recapture, by 28 February 2018 at the latest. Workshop invitations will be sent out immediately afterwards.
  17. Transmitting Science is offering a new course: “Introduction to Photogrammetry and Laser Scan”, which will be held in Barcelona province from May 21st to 25th, 2018. Instructors: Dr. Heinrich Mallison (Leibniz Institute for Research on Evolution and Biodiversity,Germany) Dr. Josep Fortuny (Institut Català de Paleontologia M. C., Spain) Sergio Llácer (Institut Català de Paleontologia M. C ., Spain) This course is addressed to researchers and technicians who routinely work with complex biological structures (specimens) and need to digitise their samples for different reasons, such as digital preservation, quantitative or biomechanics analyses, etc. The goal of this course is to explain how you can obtain 3D virtual models from surfaces, using different techniques as laser imaging but mainly photogrammetry. These techniques and technologies offer the possibility to obtain 3D models of the external morphology of the samples including colour and texture of a wide size range of specimens with medium - low cost and fast approaches. By the end of the course participants should be able to obtain high quality digitalization of samples with the most commonly used techniques. They will also be able to edit and manipulate the digital models to prepare them for use in typical analytical software. More information and registration: http://www.transmittingscience.org/courses/imaging/introduction-photogrammetry-laser-scan/
  18. Though the 2017 June survey dates were correct on other parts of the website (June 1 – June 17), it was incorrect on the moon graphic of the last post, which was incorrectly showing the 2016 dates of the 12th through the 27th. So if you live north of AZ, FL, NM, or TX and plan to survey in June, please make note of the correction. Thank you, and we apologize for any confusion. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ The U.S. Nightjar Network 2017 survey dates have finally arrived. 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. If you ever have a question regarding the best date for your route always feel welcome to contact nightars@nightjars.org with your inquiry. 2017 Survey Dates: Window 1: 3 April to 19 April for low elevation AZ and NM, and FL and TX Window 2: 2 May to 18 May for any location in the country Window 3: 1 June to 17 June for areas north of AZ, FL, NM, and TX and recommended for high elevation areas in the Northern U.S. Always be sure to time your surveys after the moonrise. You can find moonrise information, survey instructions, and data sheets here. Special thanks to all the new and returning participants for your years of support! View the full article on the Nightjar Survey Network
  19. The U.S. Nightjar Network 2017 survey dates have finally arrived. 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. If you ever have a question regarding the best date for your route always feel welcome to contact nightars@nightjars.org with your inquiry. 2016 Survey Dates: Window 1: 3 April to 19 April for low elevation AZ and NM, and FL and TX Window 2: 2 May to 18 May for any location in the country Window 3: 1 June to 17 June for areas north of AZ, FL, NM, and TX and recommended for high elevation areas in the Northern U.S. Always be sure to time your surveys after the moonrise. You can find moonrise information, survey instructions, and data sheets here. Special thanks to all the new and returning participants for your years of support! View the full article on the Nightjar Survey Network
  20. Call for Papers There are three options for presentation: regular Oral Presentations, Lightning Talks (limited to 5 minutes), or Poster. We recommend that Oral Presentations focus on outcomes or evaluation of specific programs: e.g. results of observatory-related research or monitoring; or evaluation of lessons learned in an education, outreach or capacity-building program. Presentations giving a general introduction to an observatory and its programs should be directed to Lightning Talks or Posters. Posters can be on any topic. Presenters may submit multiple abstracts, but if time available for oral presentations is oversubscribed the organizers may ask that extras be converted to posters. Oral Sessions Oral presentations include either full-length talks (15 minutes including questions) or lightning talks (5 minutes no questions). Electronic presentations must be in PowerPoint® format and displayed on conference computers. Presentations may be prepared on computers running software other than MS PowerPoint for Microsoft Windows, but will have to be converted prior to uploading to conference computers. Poster Sessions Posters should fit on panels 3 feet high x 4 feet wide (0.9 X 1.3 m). Materials for hanging posters will be available on site. Poster presenters are required to attend their poster during the poster session. Abstracts Abstracts will be submitted by email, using the format detailed below. Submission deadline is 15 September, 2017. Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified via email on a rolling basis, but no later than 2 October, 2017, along with confirmation of presentation type. Prior to the conference, all authors will be provided with a follow-up email with further instructions and specifying the room, date and time of their presentations. Format (Sample submission below): Full name, mailing and email address for the presenting author. Topic area (e.g. Research and Monitoring, Outreach and Education, Conservation Applications, Organization Capacity-building and Sustainability) Presentation type (Oral, Lightning, Poster) Abstract, formatted as in the sample submission shown below. Use 12 point Times New Roman font throughout. If all authors have the same affiliation, no numbers are needed. Use an asterisk to indicate the author who will present. Abbreviate affiliation to organization and geographic location (state/province for North American locations; nearest city and country for others). Body of abstract must not exceed 250 words. Include key conclusions for the benefit of people who cannot attend your presentation.
  21. A new meeting has been added to the =1']Ornithology Meetings database. Meeting Description: Call for Papers There are three options for presentation: regular Oral Presentations, Lightning Talks (limited to 5 minutes), or Poster. We recommend that Oral Presentations focus on outcomes or evaluation of specific programs: e.g. results of observatory-related research or monitoring; or evaluation of lessons learned in an education, outreach or capacity-building program. Presentations giving a general introduction to an observatory and its programs should be directed to Lightning Talks or Posters. Posters can be on any topic. Presenters may submit multiple abstracts, but if time available for oral presentations is oversubscribed the organizers may ask that extras be converted to posters. Oral Sessions Oral presentations include either full-length talks (15 minutes including questions) or lightning talks (5 minutes no questions). Electronic presentations must be in PowerPoint® format and displayed on conference computers. Presentations may be prepared on computers running software other than MS PowerPoint for Microsoft Windows, but will have to be converted prior to uploading to conference computers. Poster Sessions Posters should fit on panels 3 feet high x 4 feet wide (0.9 X 1.3 m). Materials for hanging posters will be available on site. Poster presenters are required to attend their poster during the poster session. Abstracts Abstracts will be submitted by email, using the format detailed below. Submission deadline is 15 September, 2017. Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified via email on a rolling basis, but no later than 2 October, 2017, along with confirmation of presentation type. Prior to the conference, all authors will be provided with a follow-up email with further instructions and specifying the room, date and time of their presentations. Format (Sample submission below): Full name, mailing and email address for the presenting author. Topic area (e.g. Research and Monitoring, Outreach and Education, Conservation Applications, Organization Capacity-building and Sustainability) Presentation type (Oral, Lightning, Poster) Abstract, formatted as in the sample submission shown below. Use 12 point Times New Roman font throughout. If all authors have the same affiliation, no numbers are needed. Use an asterisk to indicate the author who will present. Abbreviate affiliation to organization and geographic location (state/province for North American locations; nearest city and country for others). Body of abstract must not exceed 250 words. Include key conclusions for the benefit of people who cannot attend your presentation. Meeting Website: https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1940314 Click here to view the meeting
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