Reviews of NAS Report on Field Stations
Sunday, August 24, 2014 10:12 AM

EOS, the journal of the American Geophysical Union, reviewed the 23 July report by the U.S. National Research Council, entitled Enhancing the Value and Sustainability of Field Stations and Marine Laboratories in the 21st Century.
The EOS article may be read here:

The NRC report was also reviewed in a publication of the University of California:

Have you seen nice writeups of the NRC report? Please let us know and we will add them to this list!


2014 Human Diversity Award Winner: Harvard Forest
Sunday, August 10, 2014 06:06 PM

The OBFS Human Diversity Award recognizes unique activities, program, or approaches (funded or unfunded) that increase the involvement, engagement and sustainability of underrepresented groups in field science.

Congratulations to Harvard Forest, the 2014 Human Diversity Award winner. Strengths of the Harvard Forest Summer Research Program included targeting partnerships and outreach methods to diversify the summer research applicant pool, creating an inclusive and nurturing environment for program participants, and a commitment to track program outcomes with the aim to improve program diversity, sensitivity and effectiveness. Harvard Forest provides a strong platform to attract and foster a diversity of summer research program participants and mentors.

SEEDS student Tiffany Carey and mentor

SEEDS student Tiffany Carey and mentor

The OBFS Human Diversity Award includes a permanent plaque for the winning station; a second traveling OBFS plaque recording current and previous winners to be housed at the facility for one year; an official announcement at the annual meeting in September; and recognition on the OBFS website. The award may include a travel reimbursement of up to $1,000 for the awardee to attend the annual OBFS meeting if travel funds are limiting.

Director, Pymatuning Lab of Ecology
Saturday, August 09, 2014 05:20 PM

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a full-time faculty appointment at the rank of ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR (tenured) to serve as the Director of the Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology (PLE), pending budgetary approval.  PLE is a thriving field station in Northwestern Pennsylvania that has experienced tremendous growth in its missions of education, research, and outreach.  We seek an outstanding scientist to continue an exciting research program in Ecology and Evolution working alongside of faculty in our broad-based Biology department, and to fulfill responsibilities of PLE Director, which will also include:

  • Strategic planning to enhance the research, teaching, and outreach missions of the field station
  • Oversight of research facilities, coordination of summer field courses as part of an educational consortium of regional universities, continued growth of outreach, and organization of conferences and retreats
  • Development of proposals for extramural funding
  • Supervision of staff and budget

The successful candidate will have a strong national/international scientific reputation, a distinguished record of publications and research funding, and demonstrated teaching excellence.  Experience with biological field station operations is desirable.  

To ensure full consideration, applications and reference letters should be received by November 1, 2014.  

Applicants should email a single PDF document, with “PLE Director Search” in the subject line, containing a curriculum vitae, a cover letter describing their interest, a 2-3 page statement of research accomplishments and future plans, and a brief description of teaching interests to  Applicants should also arrange to have at least three letters of reference sent to  

Further information about PLE and the Department of Biological Sciences is available at:  

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity.

NEON Field Technicians I, II and III (Multiple locations)
Thursday, August 07, 2014 08:02 AM
The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is a $430 million dollar observatory project dedicated to understanding how changes in climate, land use and invasive species impact ecology. For the next three decades NEON will collect a comprehensive range of ecological data on a continental scale across 20 eco-climatic domains representing US ecosystems. NEON will use cutting edge technology including an airborne observation platform that will capture images of regional landscapes and vegetation; mobile, re-locatable, and fixed data collection sites with automated ground sensors to monitor soil and atmosphere; and trained field crews who will observe and sample populations of diverse organisms and collect soil and water data. A leading edge cyber-infrastructure will calibrate, store and publish this information. The Observatory will grow to 300+ personnel and will be the first of its kind designed to detect and enable forecasting of ecological change at continental scales.

NEON has posted multiple Field Technician positions across the United States and Puerto Rico. Please visit the NEON website for full job descriptions and application instructions..

D01 – Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Limnology – Field Tech II - Fitchburg, MA

D04 – Guanica, Puerto Rico
Botany – Field Tech I, II, III - Guanica, PR

Mammology – Field Tech I, II, III - Guanica, PR

D06 – Manhattan, Kansas

Botany – Field Tech I, II, III - Manhattan, KS

Mammology – Field Tech I, II, III - Manhattan, KS

D08 – Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Instrumentation (Tower) - Field Technician II - Tuscaloosa, AL

D10 – Boulder, Colorado

Limnology – Field Tech I or II - Boulder, CO

Instrumentation (Tower) – Field Tech I or II - Boulder, CO

D11 – Denton, Texas

Botany – Field Tech I, II, III - Denton, TX

Limnology – Field Tech I, II, III - Denton, TX

Instrumentation - Field I, II, III - Denton, TX

D17 – Fresno, California

Botany – Field Tech I, II, or III - Fresno, CA

Mammology – Field Tech I, II, or III - Fresno, CA

Travel Assistance Grants for OBFS-NAML Joint Meeting 2014
Thursday, July 31, 2014 08:40 AM

A limited number of Travel Grants to attend the 2014 OBFS/NAML Annual Meeting at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, September 20th to 23rd, 2014, are available.  Please review the criteria and deadlines below to apply for this grant:

  • Letter of interest from Director of station.
  • Justification of need.
  • Link to station’s webpage or information.
  • Membership in OBFS in good standing.

Receipt of applications will take place from July 28 through August 19, 2014

Decisions will be announced directly to the applicants by August 30 to give sufficient time to purchase plane tickets at reasonable prices.  These grants are provided on a reimbursement basis only (i.e., no funds will be provided ahead of expenses).

Grants are limited to $1,500 maximum per application.  Only one grant per applying institution.  Allowable expenses include Economy air fare to the meeting location, normal travel expenses (meals, in-route lodging, car rental) and meeting fees. Original receipts will be required for reimbursement of allowed expenses.  Priority will be given to small field stations in developing countries. 

Membership in OBFS is required to qualify for the grants.  Membership fees are not reimbursable or allowed as part of the travel grants.  Previous recipients of travel grants will be considered, but priority will be given to new applicants.

Requests from stations in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico will be treated as international applicants.

Please send your applications to

OBFS International Committee & OBFS Board of Directors;

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