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We seek an MS student to start May 2024 on a project examining the influence of wildfire on patterns in metal concentrations in streams and impacts on benthic macroinvertebrates in western Montana. The student will be part of the Systems Ecology program at the University of Montana and jointly advised...

The Scordato Lab at Cal Poly Pomona invites applications for a Master’s student to study arthropod ecology in a Southern California agroecosystem. The Scordato lab is part of a research group with faculty from CSU Long Beach, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Agriculture and Natural Resources examining how natural vegetation...

Start date: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Position: Fully funded M.S student in biogeochemistry and bioenergy crops  Offered by: Texas A&M Department of Rangeland, Wildlife, and Fisheries Management  Departments application deadline: February 1, 2024  Lab supervisor: Dr. Nuria Gomez-Casanovas, Assistant Professor  Research fields: biogeochemistry, environmental sustainability, bioenergy  DESCRIPTION  The Gomez-Casanovas...

The Seyfried lab is seeking a masters or PhD candidate to join the lab in Fall 2024 at Oregon State University. Research in this lab broadly addresses belowground mechanisms driving carbon and nutrient cycling in managed and unmanaged forest ecosystems. We aim to connect landscape-scale processes to mechanisms at the...

STARTING DATE: January 2024  CLOSING DATE: The position is open until filled and contingent upon final receipt of funding.  DESCRIPTION: The James C. Kennedy Waterfowl and Wetlands Conservation Center, the Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science, and the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation at Clemson University in partnership with the Nemours Wildlife...

The Ecology Graduate Program at Penn State has assistantships available for Fall 24 starts. We are recruiting in the following areas and others:  invasion biology, theoretical ecology, microbiome science, agroecology, aquatic ecology, disease ecology, wildlife biology, ecohydrology, global change ecology, and ecotoxicology.    Learn more at: www.huck.psu.edu/graduate-programs/ecology including lists of faculty, admissions...

This one-year MSc(Res) programme should interest students seeking Masters-level research training and experience within the broad subject area of cold-regions science. Its research areas include glaciology, geomorphology, climate change, Quaternary science, and oceanic and atmospheric processes.  The programme targets those wishing to gain an intensive research experience and expand their knowledge and...

The UNDerwater Lab in the Department of Biology at the University of North Dakota (UND) is seeking an MS level graduate student to evaluate Ducks Unlimiteds working lands program. Ducks Unlimiteds working lands program is designed to protect important areas for wildlife by working directly with private landowners and other...

Overview of the position: The Cariveau Native Bee Lab at the University of Minnesota is recruiting a graduate student to study how adaptive land management (primarily grazing and burning) influences native bee communities on US Fish and Wildlife Service refuges. The student will travel to the tallgrass prairie regions of...

Graduate Student Position Soil Health and Prairie Restoration  There are two open positions available for graduate students in Dr. Kathryn Docherty research group at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. Students will be involved with NSF- and USDA-funded projects examining how the inclusion of prairie strips into agricultural landscapes can improve soil...

CLOSING DATE:  November 7, 2023. INQUIRIES:  Dr. Cali Crampton 808-335-5078 (Kauai).    TECHNICIAN – ID# 223693.   MONTHLY SALARY:  $4,123/Mon.    DUTIES:  Serves as a senior member in the office. Undertakes data management and analysis duties related to a wide range of data, including biological monitoring, forest bird population monitoring and surveys, invertebrate...

Gabriel Hamer Laboratory Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University https://hamerlab.tamu.edu/opportunities/  Available: Starting Fall 2023 or Spring 2024.  Opportunity: A full-time Research Assistant position.  Projects: The successful candidate will assist with multiple projects involving vector and vector-borne disease surveillance and control and SARS-CoV-2 surveillance in captive cervids and wildlife. Current vector-borne disease projects include mosquito surveillance...

We are seeking a motivated M.S. student at Virginia Tech to work on a collaborative research project aimed at understanding how wetland turtle species interact with grazing livestock and utilize pasture habitat across a range of grazing regimes. Broad scale themes of this work will be related to movement ecology,...

Graduate student positions are available to participate in an NSF-funded project examining the interactions of multiple climate change forcings on vegetation community and ecosystem function in Arctic wetlands through field and laboratory research. Field work is being conducted in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in Alaska and will involve an experiment with...

STARTING DATE: November 2023 or TBD   CLOSING DATE: The position is open until October 25th.  DESCRIPTION:  The James C. Kennedy Waterfowl and Wetlands Conservation Center at Clemson University recruits a highly motivated biologist interested in wetland and waterfowl research, management, and outreach. This position will entail the rigorous identification, pursuit, and obtaining of external...

The Couch and Arnold Labs at Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR) are actively recruiting a masters student for a computational ecology position to study sea lion gastrointestinal parasite and microbiome communities. The student will use computational and bioinformatic tools to link microbial ecology with host health (see project description below)....

Start date: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Position: Fully funded M.S student in biogeochemistry and bioenergy crops  Offered by: Texas A&M Department of Rangeland, Wildlife, and Fisheries Management  Department’s application deadline: February 1, 2024  Lab supervisor: Dr. Nuria Gomez-Casanovas, Assistant Professor  Research fields: biogeochemistry, environmental sustainability, bioenergy  DESCRIPTION  The Gomez-Casanovas...

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center is seeking a highly qualified and curious candidate interested in technology in ecology as a Watershed Science Data Technician.  For more information about this position, please access the link below.  https://serc.si.edu/get-involved/job-opportunities/data-technician-technology-in-ecology-watershed-science If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Roy Rich, Research Ecologist...

I am seeking one highly motivated student to join my research group in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES) at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. The student will use passive acoustic monitoring and other technology to study the responses of insectivorous bats to forest management, focusing...

The Krueger-Hadfield Lab at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science is recruiting a MS and PhD student for Fall 2024. The lab focuses on algae as model systems to resolve one of the great paradoxes in biology – the evolution of sex  in which we integrate approaches from population genetics,...

Two fully funded Masters of Science graduate assistantships starting Fall 2024 (starting August 29) will support students from Central and South America. Our current cohort of QUERCA students are from Mexico, but in this next round of funding, we cannot consider students from Mexico. We encourage applications from people of...

The Castilla Lab (https://www.arcastilla.com) at the Department of Plant Biology, Ecology, and Evolution (PBEE) at Oklahoma State University is looking for enthusiastic, team-oriented graduate students (MS and PhD) to begin Fall 2024. Research areas in our lab intersect plant ecology, population genomics, and evolutionary biology. Students are welcome to bring/discuss...

Multiple graduate student positions are available in the Applied Forest Ecology Lab in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Connecticut. At least 2-3 positions at either the MS or PhD level with full Research Assistant funding will be available to begin studies in either...

I am seeking a graduate student to join my lab to conduct M.S. research on geospatial dynamics of ephemeral wetlands as a function of land-cover change, with subsequent characterization of dynamic landscape connectivity.   Prospective students will be funded for three years by a 9-month/year departmental Teaching Assistantship and possibly by additional...

The next round of Women in STEM scholarships for the 2024-25 academic year will be open for applications in early 2024. If you are a successful applicant for the 2023-2024 academic year, and are yet to hear from your host university, please check the university website and liaise with their administration team. What...

We are seeking two graduate students to work on an exciting National Science Foundation project investigating the role of digital tools on environmental justice in urban forests. Students will join a highly collaborative multi-institutional team of faculty, students, and stakeholders. Individuals with interests in urban trees/forests, air pollution, ecosystem services,...

Two graduate research assistantships are available at Penn State beginning fall 2024 to study how anaerobic soils affect carbon and nitrogen fluxes in forests. This NSF funded project supports an interactive team of graduate students, postdocs, research support staff, and faculty from a range of disciplines including ecology, soil science,...

The Forest Animal Ecology Laboratory, led by Dr. Jim Rivers in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University (OSU), is offering two M.S. positions for research projects studying the ecology and conservation of wild bees in managed forest landscapes. These positions provide excellent opportunities for highly motivated students that are...

The Hembry Lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Texas Permian Basin is recruiting three (3) masters students to fill paid research positions in the evolutionary ecology of insect-plant interactions, supported by an NSF BRC-BIO grant to Dr. David Hembry. I am expecting to fill 1-2 positions...

James C. Kennedy Waterfowl and Wetlands Conservation Center, Clemson University  STARTING DATE: November 2023 or TBD   CLOSING DATE: The position is open until October 19th.  DESCRIPTION:  The James C. Kennedy Waterfowl and Wetlands Conservation Center at Clemson University is recruiting a highly motivated biologist interested in wetland and waterfowl research, management, and outreach. This...

The Global Change Ecology Lab (GCEL) within the Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences part of the W.C. Franke College of Forestry of the University of Montana is seeking graduate students to join a study of forest ecosystem responses to prescribed fire, mechanical fuels treatments, and climate change. This position...

Are you passionate about climate change education and looking to pursue a Masters degree in biology education research?   If so, we encourage you to apply to join the Holt lab at the University of Northern Colorado to work on a biology education research NSF-funded project! The research will explore science...

The Alaska Center for Conservation Science is recruiting two M.S. students to start the spring term 2024 in the Carlson lab at the University of Alaska Anchorage.   Applications are due to the Biological Sciences Department 1 November 2023.   One project will focus on size variation in bumble bees and pollinator communities in natural...

The Palmquist Lab at Marshall University is recruiting for a funded MS position in quantitative dryland plant ecology. Our research focuses on quantifying vegetation dynamics over space and time and identifying how the relative importance of ecological processes structuring plant communities changes with spatial and temporal scale. In addition, a key goal of...

The Palmquist Lab at Marshall University is recruiting for a funded MS position at Marshall University in coastal vegetation sensitivity to sea-level rise. Our research focuses on quantifying vegetation dynamics over space and time and identifying how the relative importance of ecological processes structuring plant communities changes with spatial and temporal scale. In addition, a...

I have two open positions for Marine BioScience graduate students (MS or possibly PhD, more details below) within the School of Marine Science and Policy at the University of Delaware (https://www.udel.edu/academics/colleges/ceoe/departments/smsp/). Both positions will focus on the physiology of reef building corals, their photosynthetic symbiotic algae, coral bleaching, and reef restoration....

The Mundim Lab at Utah State University is looking for enthusiastic graduate students (M.S. and Ph.D.) to begin Fall 2024. Research areas include plant-herbivore/parasite interactions and host-plant optimal defense, at the intersection of plant phytochemistry, entomology, nematology, population and spatial ecology, and evolution of species interactions. Students are welcome to...

The Pringle Lab at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), is seeking Ph.D. or master’s students interested in the chemical ecology of plant-insect interactions and their consequences for dryland ecosystems.   We are a medium-sized lab (www.multimutualism.org), nested in a larger Plant-Insect Group (Dyer, Forister, Pringle, Richards, Smilanich labs), nested in a...

*Interested in aquatic animal behaviour, with practical implications for  sustainable fisheries and marine conservation?   *Interested in building expertise in a range of techniques, including  field work (snorkeling or SCUBA), Remotely Operated Vehicle use, and  machine-learning-assisted video analysis of behavioural observations?  https://wyethlab.ca/2023/02/24/m-sc-position-to-study-juvenile-lobster-behaviour/  Dr. Russell Wyeth in the Biology Department at St. Francis Xavier ...

The Global Land Use and Environment Group (GLUE) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has openings for graduate students to conduct research focused on cattle supply chains in the Brazilian Amazon and how they impact land use, biodiversity conservation, climate, and agricultural production. Their work will contribute to a large, ongoing project investigating...

The Swenson Lab (www.swensonlab.com) at the University of Notre Dame is searching for 2-3 new graduate students to begin in the fall of 2024. We are particularly interested in recruiting students interested in the structure and dynamics of tree populations and communities in the temperate zone and/or tropics. Students in...

Job Title: Tropical birds and army ants field technicians Location: Gamboa, Panama Agency: University of Wyoming Type: Temporary/Seasonal Positions Website: www.tarwaterlab.com Salary: $700 per month plus housing, utilities, shared use of vehicle, and flight to Panama (not to exceed $700). Start date: ~January 8, 2024 End date: ~June 7, 2024 Last date to apply: November 1, 2023   Seeking field...

The Contina Lab in the School of Integrative Biological and Chemical Sciences at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) is looking for two motivated graduate students (MS) to join our team. We study the ecological mechanisms underlying species resilience under local and global change, with emphasis on migratory...

Want someone to help you?  See below.  The Diversity Committee at American Society of Naturalists (https://www.amnat.org/home.html) is happy to announce the 2023 edition of the EEB Mentor Match:  https://eebmentormatch.com/  The program provides support to grad school applicants in the US with their applications for fellowships and grad programs. Signup forms for both...

Dr. Angelina Dichiera is looking for 1-2 motivated MS or PhD students to investigate how fishes of the Chesapeake Bay region cope with environmental stressors. The Graduate Research Assistant position will be fully funded for up to three years for MS and up to five years for PhD, to start...

The Regional Cloud Seeding Program is a massive long-term (more than a decade, possibly permanent) campaign to augment precipitation in the Arabian Peninsula. The program has two significant components: operations and research. In this context, we invite scientists from different aspects of atmospheric science to work with us in different...

The Toll lab at the University of South Carolina is recruiting graduate students (master’s or PhD). Students will develop a project on the genetic basis or ecological significance of traits contributing to adaptation and speciation in monkeyflowers. Monkeyflowers (Mimulus, Erythranthe, Diplacus) are an ecological genetic model system with a wealth...

The Ecology, Evolution, Behavior, and Conservation faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Illinois University are seeking applicants to the M.S. and Ph.D. graduate programs starting Fall 2024.  Research interests among the faculty are diverse and include community ecology, restoration ecology, conservation genetics, vertebrate and invertebrate evolution, behavioral ecology,...

FEC Graduate Assistantships One Graduate Assistantships will be awarded to support the recruiting and training of a masters and/or a Ph.D. student in FEC from racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in higher education (BIPOC).   Clemson Universitys Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation has designated funding for a Graduate Assistantship (MS and/or...

MS graduate assistantship (Oklahoma State) “ camera traps & population dynamics Agency: Oklahoma State University Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma  Job category: Graduate assistantships Salary: $20,004 per year + subsidized health insurance Start date: 1/8/2024 Last date to apply: Review of applications will begin 10/15/2023 and continue until a successful candidate is identified.  Description: Dr. Anna Moeller at Oklahoma...

Ruth Yanai is seeking new graduate students (MS or PhD) to participate in a large collaborative project investigating forest ecology and nutrient cycling. The Multiple Element Limitation in Northern Hardwood Ecosystems (MELNHE) project has field sites located at Hubbard Brook, Jeffers Brook, and Bartlett Experimental Forests in the White Mountains...