Graduate Research Award, Desert Research
Thursday, May 21, 2015 10:08 PM

Mayhew Graduate Research Award for Boyd Deep Canyon 2015

Research awards are available for graduate students conducting research at Boyd Deep Canyon Desert Research Center. The competition is open to any graduate student enrolled in any accredited college or university. However preference for awards will be to those enrolled at the University of California, and California State University system.
Information and application forms are attached. Boyd Deep Canyon is a gateway reserve and research projects that are centered at the reserve, but conducted off-site will be considered.

Graduate students should submit their applications to Dr. Allan Muth by June 10, 2015, for review by the selection panel. The review criteria are attached. Awards will be announced by June 19, 2014. We anticipate making one or more awards that total a maximum of $2,500.

Submit applications and supporting materials electronically.
Deadline for submission of the application and all supporting material is June 10, 2015.

Download Full announcement/review criteria

Executive Director, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Thursday, May 21, 2015 09:58 PM

The University of Texas at Austin seeks an Executive Director of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The Center is an Organized Research Unit (ORU) of the university and is jointly administered by the School of Architecture and the College of Natural Sciences. The deans and faculty are looking for a dynamic individual to provide visionary leadership for the Wildflower Center.

Founded in 1982 by Lady Bird Johnson, the Center’s vision and mission are to create a world enriched and supported through our interactions with the land and to conserve, restore, and create healthy landscapes using extensive knowledge of native plants and native ecosystems. The Center is a nationally acclaimed research center and botanic garden that promotes Mrs. Johnson’s legacy by developing and showcasing new approaches to landscape conservation, restoration, and sustainable practices. It is located on 279 acres in Austin, Texas, has over 11,000 members, and is visited by over 140,000 people annually.

Essential Functions:

Provide strategic leadership for all activities and programs under the LBJWFC portfolio. Enhance the center's reputation for botanical expertise and national leadership in key areas of native plant conservation and horticulture, ecosystem-based research, and sustainability in landscape design. With the center's advisory council, key stakeholders, and staff members, set fundraising goals and strategies, participating significantly in these efforts. Represent the center to external audiences including public agencies, relevant conservation and industry groups, professional practitioners, foundations, and the general public. Serve as principal liaison to university leadership, including the deans of architecture and natural sciences. Work closely with other LBJ family institutions. Ensure appropriate collaboration between the LBJWFC and other academic units at the university. In collaboration with the center's CFO, develop and manage the annual budget (5-6M) and ensure that all state and local procedures and laws are followed. Serve as unit head for all financial and human resource transactions, delegating allowable authorities as appropriate. Direct overall operations such that strategic priorities are realized. Oversee management and further development of the center's facilities, maintaining proper infrastructure to preserve the integrity of the site and to ensure a safe environment for staff members and visitors.

Full position posting/online application at:

Position open until filled.

Graduate Position: Wood Anatomy and Tree-Rings
Thursday, May 21, 2015 08:55 PM
Applications are invited for a Ph.D. student to fill a graduate research position that is expected to start in fall 2015 or spring 2016 at the
DendroLab, University of Nevada, Reno.
This position is part of a newly funded NSF project entitled "Relationships between regional climatic patterns, wood anatomy, and
hydraulic architecture of conifer species in the western US". The successful applicant will be part of a multi-disciplinary team that includes experts on wood anatomy, forest ecology, climatology, dendrochronology, and numerical analysis. This three-year project is also part of an ongoing collaboration between the UNR DendroLab and the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) in Potsdam, Germany. The specific hypotheses that will be tested by the research team concern wood anatomical responses associated with decadal and inter-annual climatic oscillations, in order to evaluate the potential of
tree-ring anatomy as a proxy to be integrated into dendroclimatic reconstructions.

Financial support includes a monthly stipend, travel to scientific meetings, field and laboratory analyses, tuition and health insurance. The appointment will be initially for one year, with a possibility of renewal for the two additional years of the grant. Applicants should have an undergraduate or graduate degree in forestry, ecology, biology, wood science, ecohydrology, or a related field. The ideal candidate should have a strong quantitative background and interest in interdisciplinary and experimental approaches to the development of proxy climate records. Experience is particularly welcome in wood anatomy and/or in numerical analysis using script-based environments (R or SAS).

Candidates need to apply for graduate admission on-line, and will become eligible for the position after being accepted by the UNR Graduate School in one of these two graduate programs (depending on the student’s interests): Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology or Environmental Sciences. International applicants can find additional information on admission requirements on the Graduate School website.
For questions or additional details on the position, please contact Prof. Franco Biondi (

3 Jobs, Bowdoin College Costal Studies Ctr
Thursday, May 21, 2015 08:05 PM

The Bowdoin College Coastal Studies Center (CSC) is located on a 118-acre coastal site with 2.5 miles of shoreline on Orr's Island in Harpswell, Maine. Researcher access is excellent, the CSC is a 20 minute drive from Bowdoin's main campus in Brunswick, and a one hour drive from Portland International Jetport.

The CSC is devoted to interdisciplinary teaching and research, and major facilities include a recently renovated Marine Laboratory with a 100 gallon per minute flowing seawater system, an off-grid Terrestrial Laboratory, a classroom/computer lab, meeting and laboratory spaces, a Research Pier, and a fleet of small boats. A new phase of expansion is underway at the CSC.

Review of these three new positions will begin June 4 and continue until filled. 

More information on each position can be found on the Bowdoin Careers website ( Specific questions can be addressed to Dave Carlon, Director of the Coastal Studies Center, e-mail:

Assistant Director (posting #S00112JP)

The Assistant Director is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Coastal Studies Center (CSC), including administration, user management, facilities and educational programs. Specific responsibilities include assisting the Director in developing new research and teaching initiatives via grant writing; developing and managing outreach activities; supervising CSC staff; and assisting Bowdoin students, faculty, staff and visitors who use the property for teaching and research purposes.  Requirements include: A MS degree in Marine Science, a record of publication and extramural grant funding is required, and a minimum of two years of research or management experience at a marine station. The successful candidate will have excellent judgment, excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills, an ability to work independently and well with others, and demonstrated experience establishing strong working relationships within an organization and with outside community. See the web posting on Bowdoin Careers for more details.

Laboratory Instructor (posting #S00111JP)

The Laboratory Instructor will support the Bowdoin Marine Science Semester (BMSS) in the Fall and an upper level campus-based oceanography course in the Spring. The BMSS is composed of three science modules and one writing module (see the CSC website for course details), and the Laboratory Instructor will assist faculty with laboratory and field exercises linked to specific course modules.  In the spring semester on campus, weekly laboratory sessions of upper level oceanography courses will include both analytic laboratory and observational field components of student projects. A BS degree in marine science required and a Master’s degree in marine science is strongly preferred. Prior teaching experience is required, preferably in a laboratory setting. The successful candidate will have excellent oral and written communication skills, organizational skills, problem solving abilities, and an ability to provide individual and group instruction with sensitivity to different learning styles. The successful candidate will also have a strong quantitative background in marine ecology, a systematic understanding of Gulf of Maine organisms, and a willingness to engage highly motivated students.  Must be willing to travel to field sites in California, Canada and Mexico, and possess all legal documents to do so.

Marine Laboratory Technician (posting #S00123JP)

The Marine Laboratory Technician oversees all operations related to the Coastal Studies Center Marine Laboratory. This newly renovated facility includes filtered and raw seawater capacity, with a 100 gallon per minute capacity.  A recent renovation added a module tank system that can accommodate a broad variety of marine culture and experimental needs, and a dry teaching/research space that hosts microscopy, electronics, and molecular biology. A new experimental seawater laboratory that focuses on climate change variables is planned to be on line bySummer 2016. The successful candidate will maintain equipment and instrumentation; manage daily animal care; provide technical support for users (students, faculty, and visiting researchers); and maintain long term environmental data sets. A MS degree in marine science and 2-years work experience in a technical marine laboratory are required.
Job: Field Ecology Lecturer, UC Santa Cruz
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 07:34 AM

The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department of the University of California, Santa Cruz invites applications for a qualified instructor to teach an entirely field-based upper-division course in ecological methods and conservation: California Ecology and Conservation. The course will be offered in the Spring, and Fall each academic year. This course will also be offered during Summer Session, which will be a separate and distinct appointment. Each offering consists of an intensive seven-week course held entirely in the field at UC Natural Reserves, and constitutes a full-time appointment. Instructors are expected to spend the majority of this time in the field with the students, including living on-site. Outstanding candidates with experience in teaching college level courses in ecology, biology, botany, field methods, zoology, natural history, and field-based courses in the natural sciences are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will be responsible for co-teaching the course with one other instructor. The course will be assigned a teaching assistant and two course logistical support staff to assist with food preparation, equipment and gear organization, etc.
During winter quarter when the course in not being taught, the candidate will be assigned miscellaneous duties that may include the following: course coordination on specific reserves for summer course trips; development and compilation of additional course materials; development and maintenance of course website; service as a mentor for undergraduate students (e.g. assisting students with scientific writing of data generated during courses); reviewing applications of students wanting to enroll in the course; planning future projects and field trips; interfacing with other universities and UC campuses to promote the course; conducting logistical course preparations (e.g. reserving field sites, arranging vehicle rentals, ordering instructional supplies/equipment, etc.); and hiring logistical support staff for future course offerings. The percentage for winter quarter will vary depending upon the duties assigned.

RANK: Lecturer

SALARY: Minimum annual salary $49,012 (pro-rated based on percent time) commensurate with qualifications and experience. Compensation for the course taught during the summer may vary from this amount but will be approximately $10,000.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. or equivalent foreign degree in biology or related field. Demonstrated university-level teaching experience.
SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Selected candidate will be required to pass a criminal history background check and will be required to complete Title IX (Sexual Harassment) training every two years.

POSITION AVAILABLE: Fall Quarter 2015. Position dependent upon final budgetary approval.
CLOSING DATE: Review of applications will begin on June 8, 2015. To ensure full consideration, applications should be complete and letters of recommendation received by this date. The position will remain open until filled, but not later than June 30, 2016.
 Full Job Posting

TO APPLY: Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system, and must include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching, 1-3 evaluations of teaching (if available), 1-3 sample course materials-syllabi, handouts, etc. (if available), and 3 letters of recommendation* evaluating the candidate's teaching ability. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC's confidentiality statement at

Apply at

Refer to position #JPF00269-15T in all correspondence.

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