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5 PhD positions in ecology, biogeochemistry, paleolimnology, and modelling of northern lakes

In a five-year project, Climate change induced regime shifts in Northern lake ecosystems at Umeå University, Sweden, funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, we are recruiting 5 postdocs (2-year fellowships) and 5 PhD students (4-year positions). Below we list each PhD position with a short title indicating the focus of the position, the name of the primary advisor, application deadline, and a web link to the full text of the advertisement.

Project description

Effects of climate change on ecological communities are expected to be particularly strong at northern latitudes. The collaborative project “Climate change induced regime shifts in northern lake ecosystems” addresses two major, climate-dependent drivers of northern lakes: (i) altered thermal regimes, and (ii) increased input of terrestrial dissolved organic matter (tDOM). In a series of interconnected work packages we will use experimental, comparative, paleo-ecological, environmental genomics and modeling approaches to study the impact of temperature and tDOM on ecosystem processes ranging from primary production and greenhouse gas dynamics to fish production and food web dynamics. We expect responses to these drivers to be highly nonlinear.

PhD positions

1. Modelling lake ecosystems (advisor Sebastian Diehl, deadline 9 March 2017)
https://umu.mynetworkglobal.com/en/what:job/jobID:133564/

2. Greenhouse gases in lakes (advisor Jan Karlsson, deadline 20 February 2017)
https://umu.mynetworkglobal.com/en/what:job/jobID:133460/

3. Effects of climate change on fish production (advisor Pär Byström, deadline 20 February 2017)
https://umu.mynetworkglobal.com/en/what:job/jobID:133528/

4. Primary production in lakes (advisor Ann-Kristin Bergström, deadline 20 February 2017)
https://umu.mynetworkglobal.com/en/what:job/jobID:133628/

5. Long term climate and environmental changes (advisor: Richard Bindler, deadline 20 February 2017)
https://umu.mynetworkglobal.com/en/what:job/jobID:133685/

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Ph.D. Position: Modeling Ecological-Evolutionary Dynamics of Soil Food Webs

Prof. David H. Wise, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), has an opening beginning Fall of 2017 for a Ph.D. student to conduct research on ecological-evolutionary processes in soil food webs in collaboration with Dr. Jordi Moya-Laraño. The doctoral student will participate in research with the Individual-Based Model Weaver created by Dr. Moya-Laraño, Estación Experimental de Zonas Áridas, and his collaborators at the University of Almería, Spain. The recently created Weaver is a spatially explicit simulation platform (now implemented in C++) to test eco-evolutionary hypotheses about complex ecological networks.

The student will earn the Ph.D. through the Ecology & Evolution graduate program in the UIC Department of Biological Sciences. Most of the research will be conducted in Chicago, but the student also will be expected to travel to Spain in order to work directly with Dr. Moya-Laraño and his colleagues at some time during the project.

For more information and background on the project visit the Wise Lab website, https://sites.google.com/site/wiselabuic/

Qualifications
Quantitative skills and basic knowledge of ecology and evolution. Training in quantitative ecology and ecological/evolutionary modeling, statistics, and experience with the computing language R expected. Facility with C++ is desirable but not required. M.S. degree in ecology, computer science or statistics desired, but outstanding applicants without a Master’s degree with the required background will be considered.

Application process
Interested students should email Prof. Wise (ude.ciu|esiwhd#ude.ciu|esiwhd) a detailed cover letter describing qualifications and interest in the research project, CV, unofficial academic transcripts, and contact information for three references. Prof. Wise will then ask applicants with the necessary background to apply to the Ecology and Evolution doctoral program in the Department of Biological Sciences at UIC. The application deadline is 1 December, but later applications will be given full consideration. However, application folders need to be complete by 15 January to be considered for financial aid.

David H. Wise
Professor of Ecology and Evolution,
Department of Biological Sciences
and
Assoc. Director, Institute for Environmental Science & Policy
UIC
Chicago, IL 60607
USA
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M.Sc. and Ph.D. positions: Mathematical biology - Memorial University of Newfoundland

I invite applicants for M.Sc. and Ph.D. studies in mathematical biology. Possible research topics include the ecology and evolution of infectious disease, animal movement models, and population biology in changing environments.

A competitive salary will be offered with additional funding available for conference travel. Interdisciplinary training in biology, mathematics and/or experience in computer programming is ideal, but only proficiency in one of these areas is necessary where there is an interest to develop further skills in the other areas.

Applicants should email Dr. Amy Hurford (ac.num|drofruha#ac.num|drofruha). This email should include: (i) 1-2 paragraphs describing your research interests and any relevant past experience, (ii) your CV, and (iii) unofficial transcripts pertaining to your previous or ongoing studies (if possible). I will consider applications as they are received. For full consideration applicants should indicate their interest before November 15, 2016 and applications must be received by December 15. Applicants should be able to begin their studies in May or September, 2017.

Memorial University is located in St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. The city offers many unique experiences with a vibrant arts community, stunning coastline, and proximity to a variety of outdoor activities (hiking, fishing, cross-country skiing, etc: http://www.newfoundlandlabrador.com).

PhD Positions in plant ecology at Utah State University beginning Fall of 2017

The Beckman Lab investigates interactions between plants and their environment occurring over multiple scales and examines the role of these interactions in limiting plant populations and maintaining biodiversity. Many of these interactions are disrupted by global change, and we examine the consequences of these disruptions for plant communities and ecosystem functions. The research group uses a combination of empirical, statistical and mathematical approaches to address our research questions. Examples of ongoing projects include: 1)synthesizing data with mathematical models to predict extinction risk of plant species to climate change, 2) understanding the importance of seed dispersal under global change, and 3) examining the influence of dispersal and plant consumers on plant spatial patterns.

Graduate students will be encouraged to develop creative and independent research projects related to research themes within the Beckman Lab. Students should have an interest in ecological theory and combining field/lab studies with modeling (e.g., mathematical, statistical, simulation). Potential locations for field work include sites in Utah and Panama.

Qualifications

  • Previous research experience
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a team
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong quantitative skills and/or interest in developing quantitative skills

Institutional Support
The Beckman Lab is housed in the Department of Biology and Ecology Center at Utah State University (USU). The research group has on-going research in Panama in collaboration with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI). USU also has a strong program in Mathematical Biology. Both at USU and STRI, there are a variety of opportunities for education and training, resources to conduct research, and opportunities for collaboration in ecology.

USU has excellent resources for students. Full-time graduate students receive graduate research or teaching assistantships that include stipends, tuition, and health benefits. USU, the Department of Biology and the Ecology Center have funding opportunities available for graduate students. A four-year Presidential Doctoral Research Fellowship (PDRF) is avialable through the Biology Department (includes stipend, full-tuition, health insurance and several training opportunities). USU received an NSF Research Traineeship award providing graduates students in STEM interdisciplinary training opportunities through a Climate Adaptation Science specialization.

The Office of Global Engagement can assist international students, and there is a Science Writing Center that aids students in increasing their effectiveness in scientific writing. USU has a local chapter of the The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) - in which the Biology Department is actively involved.

Location
The main campus of USU is located in Logan, Utah, 85 miles north of Salt Lake City. Logan is a city of 100,000 people in Cache Valley surrounded by the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains. With close proximity to mountains, lakes, rivers, and national parks, there are lots of opportunities for outdoor recreation, including skiing, climbing, mountain biking, etc!

Application Process
Before applying, interested candidates should contact Dr. Beckman (nbeckman AT sesync.org) with a letter of interest, CV, and contact information for two references. In your letter, include a description of your research interests and why you are interested in joining the research group as well as a summary of your prior research experience and your academic background (e.g., relevant coursework).

The recommended date to pre-apply is December 1 and application to the School of Graduate Studies is January 15 for full consideration of financial support. See the prospective students page for application details.

The Beckman Lab is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


PhD position in metapopulation dynamics and population genomics

One PhD position are available in the Pinsky Lab at Rutgers University to study demography and metapopulation dynamics in clownfishes. The research is based in the Philippines and builds from six years of demographic and population genomic data. Key themes across both positions include understanding mechanisms of persistence in ecological networks by integrating massively parallel DNA sequencing with ecological field studies. Both positions will also work closely with Will White at U. North Carolina – Wilmington on theoretical and modeling aspects of the research. Research in the Pinsky Lab broadly uses empirical data, mathematical models, and population genomics to study global change in the coastal ocean.

One (1) graduate assistant position is open, preferably for a Ph.D. degree:

1) Metapopulation dynamics graduate assistant: The GA will lead research on marine demography using field observations and experiments combined with population genomics. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, dispersal, density-dependence, reproduction, survival, thermal physiology, species interactions, and landscape ecology. Projects could involve a mix of field work, genomic wet lab work, bioinformatics, and ecological modeling. This position has five (5) years of guaranteed funding.

The ideal candidates will be skilled with data analysis, statistics, ecological modeling, and databases (or a strong aptitude for learning these skills, in the case of the GA). Applicants with evidence of creativity, productivity, strong oral and written communication abilities, and enthusiasm are especially encouraged to apply, particularly those that bring a new perspective, new ideas, or a new skillset to the team. The successful applicant will be an independent, motivated problem solver who communicates well and enjoys working in a collaborative setting. Rutgers and the surrounding area provide an exciting intellectual environment, including the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources; the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences; the Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences; the Genome Cooperative; the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab; the Princeton Environmental Institute; the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science; and beyond.

Application process
The GA will begin in summer or fall 2017. Review of GA applications will continue on a rolling basis until December 2016.

GA applicants should include a 1-2 page cover letter describing their interests, CV, a recent transcript, GRE scores, and contact information for three references. Qualified GA candidates will be contacted and encouraged to apply to the graduate program in either Ecology & Evolution (http://ecoevo.rutgers.edu/) or Oceanography (http://marine.rutgers.edu/main/IMCS-Academics/Graduate-Program-in-Oceanography.html), depending on student interests. Ph.D. applications to Rutgers are due in December.

Please submit all materials to ude.sregtur|yksnip.nilam#ude.sregtur|yksnip.nilam with “Graduate application 2016” as the subject.

Malin Pinsky
Assistant Professor
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources
Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
USA


PhD position in climate change ecology and evolution

One PhD position is available in the Pinsky Lab at Rutgers University to work on climate change ecology and evolution in marine ecosystems (see also our ad for three postdoc positions in the same area). Broadly, research in the Pinsky Lab uses empirical data, mathematical models, and population genomics to study global change in the coastal ocean.

Key themes for the position include understanding the ecological and evolutionary processes that determine how climate variability and climate change filter through ocean communities to affect human behavior and the success or failure of conservation efforts. The student will join a national network of collaborators across marine science, climate science, fisheries, economics, and sociology, including Josh Abbott (Arizona State U.), Andre Punt (U. Washington), Dan Holland and Melissa Poe (NOAA).

One (1) graduate assistant position is open, preferably for a Ph.D. degree:

1) CNH Graduate Assistant: The GA will use statistical and process-based models to understand the mechanisms linking climate variability to marine animal population dynamics in the California Current large marine ecosystem, including recruitment and distribution. The GA will also be part of a broader NSF-funded team studying coupled social-ecological dynamics and feedbacks from physics to fish to people.

The ideal candidate will be skilled with data analysis, statistics, and ecological modeling (or a strong aptitude for learning these skills, in the case of the GA). Applicants with evidence of creativity, productivity, strong oral and written communication abilities, and enthusiasm are especially encouraged to apply, particularly those that bring a new perspective, new ideas, or a new skillset to the team. For postdoctoral applications, a promising record of publication is highly valued. The successful applicants will be independent, motivated problem solvers who communicate well and enjoy working in a collaborative setting.

The positions will be based at Rutgers with extensive opportunities for research visits across campuses, including U. Washington and NOAA offices. Additional opportunities are available to interact with scientists at the Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences; the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab; the Princeton Environmental Institute; the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science; and beyond.

Application process

The GA will begin in summer or fall 2017. Review of GA applications will continue until December 2016, when applications to Rutgers graduate programs are due.

GA applicants should include a 1-2 page cover letter describing their interests, CV, a recent transcript, GRE scores, and contact information for three references. Qualified GA candidates will be contacted and encouraged to apply to the graduate program in either Ecology & Evolution (http://ecoevo.rutgers.edu/) or Oceanography (http://marine.rutgers.edu/main/IMCS-Academics/Graduate-Program-in-Oceanography.html), depending on student interests. Ph.D. applications to Rutgers are due in December.

Please submit all materials to ude.sregtur|yksnip.nilam#ude.sregtur|yksnip.nilam with “Graduate application 2016” as the subject.

Malin Pinsky
Assistant Professor
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources
Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
USA

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Ph. D. position with Jeff Houlahan’s lab in the Department of Biological Sciences/The Canadian Rivers Institute, University of New Brunswick Saint John (UNB Saint John).

The Houlahan lab is looking for a Ph.D. student interested in fundamental questions in population and/or community ecology to begin in the fall of 2017 (although later start dates could be negotiated). We are happy to hear from students with a wide range of interests - some examples of topics include (i) the relationship between diversity and stability, (ii) the relative importance of density dependent effects on population dynamics, and (iii) the stability of competitive hierarchies in nature but we are less concerned about the question than the approach. The approach would involve developing theoretical and/or statistical models that would then be tested on new data (see Houlahan et al. 2017 in Oikos) to assess the predictive ability of those models and how predictive ability changes over time and space. The successful applicant will have strong quantitative skills, and more particularly, be somebody who is comfortable analyzing data and modeling in something like R or Python. Students will have an opportunity to improve their analytical and modeling skills, become better grounded in basic ecology theory, and improve writing, logical thinking and problem-solving abilities. We are interested in ecology, environmental science, computer science and/or mathematics students. Funding of at least $21,000/year is guaranteed for 4 years and comes from TA’ships, RA’ships and scholarships.

The University of New Brunswick is a comprehensive university with campuses in Saint John and Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada with approximately 10,000 students. The Houlahan lab is part of the Department of Biological Sciences and The Canadian Rivers Institute at the Saint John campus. This is a vibrant department with a focus on aquatic and marine biology and more than 50 graduate students. Saint John is a small (pop – 68,000) attractive, coastal city in southern New Brunswick.

If you are interested in the position drop me a note at ac.bnu|luohffej#ac.bnu|luohffej and attach your cv, transcripts (unofficial or official) and 3 references with contact info.

Expiry date: July 1, 2017.

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