Station Manager, Akron Field Station
Saturday, November 01, 2014 09:51 AM

The Department of Biology at the University of Akron is seeking a manager for the University of Akron Field Station. 

The UAFS is used by a variety of departments, including Biology, Geosciences, Anthropology, History, and Art, for both research and teaching.  The successful applicant will have a Masters or PhD degree in a field of biology, environmental science or environmental education, and will be responsible for:

1) Oversight of the field station building (Martin Center for Field Studies and Environmental Education) and research and teaching equipment and facilities there,

2)  Management of and control of invasive species at Steiner Woods (23 acres) and Panzner Wetland Wildlife Reserve (104 acres) , 

3) Coordinating and participating in UAFS research/teaching/outreach activities, and 4) Promoting development and support of the station. 

Preference will be given to candidates with a background in environmental education and outreach.  Research is encouraged but not required.  Candidates with previous experience managing or working in a field station are encouraged to apply.  This is a contract professional position in the Department of Biology.
Review of applications will begin Nov 26 2014.

Relevant Links
Biology Department
UAFS website (
UA Job Application Page with full job description: or

For further information contact Dr. Randy Mitchell, Director of the University of Akron Field Station, Professor, Department of Biology, The University of Akron,

Postdoc: Harvard Forest
Saturday, November 01, 2014 09:43 AM

Postdoctoral Fellow Position: Modeling climate and wildfire interactions

The Harvard Forest invites applications for a post-doctoral researcher to work with Dr. Jonathan Thompson. The successful candidate will contribute to a multi-institutional project, funded by the National Science Foundation, working to understand the potential for climate change to force a critical transition from a stable forest-dominated landscape to a stable shrub-dominated landscape within the Klamath region of Oregon and California.

The researcher will utilize the LANDIS-II succession and disturbance modeling framework to simulate climate change effects on wildfire regimes and vegetation dynamics, thereby projecting the potential for and mechanisms driving a critical transition. There is an expectation that the research will make significant contributions in theoretical and applied ecology.

Work Location: The post-doc will be based at Harvard Forest in Petersham, Massachusetts.

Required Qualifications: Ph.D. (awarded by start date) in forest ecology, forestry, geography, or related field; Capable of conducting complex spatial analyses (e.g. landscape simulation, GIS, remote sensing, and spatial statistics); Experience with simulation modeling of large data; Skilled at scripting within the R and/or Python programming languages; Evidence of strong scholarship, including peer-reviewed publications; Proven ability to plan and conduct independent research projects from beginning to end;

Preferred Experience: Prior use of LANDIS or other forest succession and disturbance models; experience modeling wildfire using BFOLDS, FARSITE, or other fire behavior or spread models; Appointment: Review of applications will begin on 11/15/2014. There is flexibility around the start date, but not past April 2015. Initial appointment of one year is renewable for up to an additional 1.5 years based on performance.

Salary: $44000 plus health insurance benefits through Harvard University

To apply: Send CV, PDFs of relevant publications, and the names and contact info for three references to Jonathan Thompson:

Harvard Forest, an internationally recognized center for basic and applied research in ecology, conservation and ecosystem studies, with 40 full-time staff is one of 26 Long Term Ecological Research sites across the country sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The Forest facilities include a research and administrative complex, 3500 acres of land, and residential buildings. The Forest is located in Petersham, a small rural town in north central Massachusetts about 70 miles west of Cambridge. 

New Working Group: Art at FSMLs
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 08:11 PM
Very short member survey about art programs at FSMLs:

At the September 2014 OBFS/NAML Joint Meeting in Wood’s Hole, Dr. Jerry Schubel presented on the new National Academy of Sciences publication “Enhancing the Value and Sustainability of Field Stations and Marine Laboratories in the 21st Century”. In his talk, Dr. Schubel took the FSMLs to task for often failing to connect new data and knowledge through to policy and action, something that becomes more and more critical to our facilities’ survival as time goes by.

Many of us feel that art can create the emotional connection to science that is needed to link this chain of progression, and can provide unexpected new ways of perceiving problems, issues, and potential solutions. During a lunch table conversation, an official working group on art at field stations and marine labs formed.

The purpose of the working group is to explore the intersection of art and science, provide examples, and share ideas and resources. Integrating art into field science programs is new ground for many stations, and we can all use some aid in figuring out the deep potential of this partnership, and how art can improve our operations, connect us to new stakeholder groups, and help us achieve our missions in a changing physical and political climate. The working group now has a blog at

The list of participants is posted. If you would like to be added to the group, or to post something to the blog, please contact the current Group Coordinator, Faerthen Felix (

At present, we’d particularly like to build a reference library of case studies for art at FSMLs. The blog already has a few examples, including Philippe Cohen’s list of programs from the 2012 OBFS art at field stations poster session; the H.J. Andrews “Ecological Reflections” program; and program descriptions from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln’s Cedar Point Biological Station and UC Berkeley’s Sagehen Creek Field Station.

Please consider helping us expand this resource by writing up a brief case study for your own field reserve or marine lab art program. We’d also like to establish just how many FSMLs currently have an art or humanities program.

We’ve created a very short SurveyMonkey questionnaire, and we’d ask you to please take a few minutes to answer the queries about your program. If you just can’t spare the time, a simple e-mail saying, “Yes, our FSML has an art program”, or, “No, we don’t” is better than no response.

Thanks in advance for your assistance!

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with me for more information about the Art @ FSMLs working group. --Faerthen Felix, UC Berkeley - Sagehen Creek Field Station

Job: Program Director, Schoodic Institute
Friday, October 10, 2014 04:15 PM

Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park is seeking a Director of Programs. The Director of Programs will Provide strategic leadership and direction for the science, education, and art program team at Schoodic Institute, while working closely with the President as a key member of the management team. He or she will coordinate the activities of research and education staff, and lead the development of new programs and partnerships.

A complete position description with application instructions is available at

Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to guide present and future generations to greater understanding and respect for nature by providing research and learning opportunities through its outstanding Acadia National Park setting, unique coastal Maine facilities, and innovative partnership programs. Schoodic Institute is based within Acadia National Park in a bold physical and inspirational location at Schoodic Point.

The Institute partners with the National Park Service in support of science and education initiatives throughout the Park and the region and manages the Schoodic Education and Research Center campus. Schoodic Institute is a regional catalyst for ecosystem research and education, linked to Acadia’s powerful opportunity to reach millions of visitors. Education and research at Schoodic Institute are deliberately intertwined, with experts, students, and participants of all ages contributing and learning through innovative Citizen Science projects. Programs at Schoodic Institute focus on improving knowledge of and interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) while connecting people of all ages to nature through both art and research that informs natural resource managers in a time of rapid environmental change.

Training: Directors of Biological Infrastructure
Sunday, October 05, 2014 09:36 AM

Directors of biological infrastructure face a number of challenges to ensure these resources are sustainable for the long-term.  Sustainability is more than merely preserving existing content and services – it means being able to constantly adapt and develop the resource, increasing its value to the user community over time.

ESA and NSF have developed a training initiative for strategic planning, stakeholder analysis, effective communication, and a clear understanding of financial management principles can help biological infrastructure project directors meet their sustainability goals.

The Sustaining Biological Infrastructure (SBI) training initiative, launched by the Ecological Society of America (ESA) and sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) aims to provide project directors with the core business planning, marketing, and communication skills they need to ensure their resource can continue delivering services that are recognized and valued for their contributions to scientific research. These course goals match the recommendations of the recent NAS report on the Future of Field Stations in the 21st century.

For more information see:


Course Description:

This three-day, hands-on course will provide project directors with the key business planning, marketing, and communication skills they need to ensure their project’s continuing development and importance to biological science. Expert faculty will use lectures, group work, discussions, and case studies to:

  • Provide participants with step-by-step instructions on how to create a strategic and sustainable business plan for their research infrastructure project;
  • Provide planning tools that participants will use to analyze and assess their specific project and develop methods for financial sustainability; Introduce essential strategies for effective communication with users and funders; and
  • Provide guidance and best practices to help participants succeed as they innovate and add value to their projects.

Who should attend?

Ideal applicants include experienced Directors and Principal Investigators of biological infrastructure projects (such as digital data resources, collections, and field stations or laboratories) that have been established for at least two years. Their resource must have direct relevance to the biological research community, and the applicant should be able to express their need and preparedness for training in business planning, marketing, and communication. Up to 20 participants will be selected based on these qualities, and to ensure an appropriate mix of project and participant diversity.

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