The landscape of socio-environmental research is evolving. Understanding the factors and processes that influence the dynamics of coupled socio-environmental systems (SESs) requires research that harnesses a diversity of data sources and types (quantitative and qualitative) for use with sophisticated analytical and modeling tools. Consequently, data-intensive analytic and modeling approaches have emerged as critical needs for supporting socio-environmental research.
The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) announces a special invitation for proposals for data-intensive or modeling projects that can advance socio-environmental research. Successful proposals will pursue questions critical to understanding the social or ecological dynamics of SESs by:
•integrating large and/or heterogeneous data sets OR
•developing innovative data integration, organization, and/or visualization approaches for use with computationally-intensive data analysis and/or modeling efforts.
SESYNC has significant modeling, data analysis, and database management expertise to guide teams that need assistance with the technical aspects of data mining, processing, integration, visualization and/or modeling.
In addition, we may cover the costs of a research assistant to support project activities. Projects that will utilize a SESYNC research assistant must include a detailed description of the expected responsibilities and desired skills required of the position. A research assistant position could be filled by a graduate research assistant, postdoc, programmer, or database technician depending on the technical skills required. If merited, SESYNC will alternatively support a project team member at his or her home institution. Project team members receiving salary support from SESYNC are required to attend SESYNC's 2014 Computational Summer Institute. Attendance of additional team members is not required, but is encouraged.
Funded projects will gain access to SESYNC’s advanced cyberinfrastructure, including use of and support for scalable cluster computing and substantial storage capacity (10’s of terabytes per project). Funded projects also receive support for meetings at SESYNC in Annapolis, MD, including travel and group facilitation.
This funding opportunity covers two types of projects (not mutually exclusive):
1.Data Integration and Analysis: Addressing challenging questions on SESs often requires the integration of heterogeneous, large-scale, or highly detailed data sets from multiple regions and disciplines, yet many natural and social science scholars lack the informatics skills, time, or resources to undertake these tasks. Since this is often a major obstacle for answering critical research questions, SESYNC invites projects that will combine large and/or heterogeneous social and environmental data to address novel and actionable socio-environmental questions. SESYNC will provide support for teams whose socio-environmental research programs will be substantially enhanced through the use of data mining, processing, integration, and/or visualization technologies. We also invite proposals to develop innovative informatics approaches and/or tools that will advance socio-environmental synthesis.
2.Data-Intensive Modeling Methodology and Applications: Given the complexity and cross-scale nature of many SESs, field-based experimental research may not be feasible, making modeling and/or analysis of multi-scale and multi-sector data essential for generating and testing new hypotheses in socio-environmental research. SESYNC invites projects that will develop new models and/or modeling methodologies that utilize large and/or multidisciplinary data sources, the integration of which might be computationally-intensive and/or analytically challenging. Quantitative tools and approaches that facilitate the integration of social and biophysical models and data at local, regional, and global scales in a spatially explicit framework are particularly important for investigating multifaceted socio-environmental issues. Such tools and approaches should also provide insights into the structure and dynamics of current SESs, as well as improve capacity to understand and respond to future scenarios. Projects that combine advances in modeling and analytic methods, such as the assimilation of large and/or heterogeneous data to improve model performance, are especially welcome.
Successful candidates will lead strongly data and/or modeling-driven research efforts that synthesize understanding at the interface of the social and environmental sciences. Competitive proposals will:
1.bring together social and environmental data in novel ways to address critical socio-environmental research questions that are also actionable or
2.attempt to advance modeling and/or analytical techniques beyond current applications, which may be limited to a single scale of analysis, type of data, and/or disciplinary lense.
Below, we provide examples of topics that could be addressed under this theme. These examples are meant only to illustrate the diversity of potential topics related to this call for proposals, rather than the full extent of relevant topics. Data-intensive analysis and/or quantitative modeling projects could involve:
•Integration, organization, and/or visualization of "big data" or highly heterogeneous data to answer socio-environmental research questions;
•Development of spatially-explicit data sets by harmonizing remote sensing products with detailed socio-economic data;
•Novel integration of multi-disciplinary datasets and/or quantitative models for cross-site comparisons;
•Scaling-up of modeling or analytical techniques currently limited to site-based application or small datasets, respectively;
•Adaptation or advancement of high-performance computing methods for socio-environmental applications;
•Capture and analysis of ambient geographic information from geo-tagged social media data to inform analysis and/or modeling of human-environment interactions;
•Assimilation of complex data into simulation models at the design, parameterization, and/or evaluation stages; or
•Development of ‘best practices’ for use of heterogeneous, multi-disciplinary, large-scale, and/or highly detailed data sets.
SESYNC hopes to catalyze collaborations across a broad range of areas. Proposals are welcome from Principal Investigator(s) (PIs) at any career stage—faculty, postdoctoral, or senior graduate students. Project teams might include experts from domains traditionally engaged in social and environmental sciences with quantitative and/or qualitative skills.
Proposals will be evaluated bi-annually. The inaugural deadline is January 31, 2014, at 5 p.m. (EST), and every six months thereafter.
All funding decisions will be based on external peer review by an international panel.
Questions regarding the content or scope of possible projects should be directed to Dr. Nicholas Magliocca at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposals should include and will be ranked based on:
•novelty, creativity, and/or urgency of socio-environmental research question(s) and/or advancement of data-intensive analysis or modeling;
•clear descriptions of:
•data sources: accessibility, structure, and storage requirements,
•analysis: methodology, assumptions, and data and software requirements, and
•models: theoretical foundations, purpose, and structure;
•feasibility of producing meaningful synthetic research, including identifying and showing ability to access appropriate data;
•potential to translate findings into actionable solutions;
•qualifications, appropriate diversity of scientific backgrounds, and experience of the proposed participants;
•inclusion of diversity to broaden the participation of underrepresented groups with respect to gender, ethnicity, disability and geographic location; and
•explanation of why SESYNC is the most appropriate way to support the activity.
What to Include
Applications are composed of two parts to be submitted via SESYNC's online submission system: 1) an online cover sheet submitted via webform and 2) a single PDF file containing the major components of your application. These two parts are described below:
Online cover sheet (Do not include in application document)
•Descriptive title or proposed project type (e.g., "Pursuit...")
•Short title (25 characters max)
•Name and contact information for up to two PIs
•Project summary (250 words) - appropriate for the public; posted on the SESYNC web site
•Keywords (up to 5 keywords different from those used in the title)
•Proposed start and end dates; number and duration of meetings as well as the estimated number of participants
•Potential conflicts of interest with members of the SESYNC External Advisory Board, Scientific Review Committee or Leadership
Application PDF (Use single spacing, 12-pt type fonts, and 1-inch margins.
Main body (5 pages max including references)
•Problem statement: Clear and concise statement of how the project will address a novel socio-environmental research question, what technical barriers need to be overcome to perform the research, and how the proposed data synthesis or innovations in data-intensive analysis and/or modeling can lead to the advancement of SES research.
•Conceptual framework: Graphical and/or textual formats should be used to show how the synthesis approach and various components of the work are linked together to address the problem of interest.
•Proposed activities: Description of the synthesis project to be undertaken. Provide the technical specifications of the data sources (and their permissions needed for use), analytical methods, and/or modeling approaches that will be used, as well as the scope of work for any technical support personnel that are requested.
•Suitability for SESYNC: Brief description of why the proposed synthesis activities are appropriate for funding by SESYNC as opposed to another funding program, such as the National Science Foundation's (NSF's) core programs.
•Expected results: Description of new data sets, analytical/modeling tools, and/or insights into SESs resulting from the proposed activities.
•Metrics of success: Descripton of which metrics are the most appropriate for evaluating the success of the proposed project (e.g., papers, policy-directed efforts, databases, models, development of new resources, etc). If successful, who would most likely use the knowledge or tools developed?
•Cyberinfrastructure needs: Brief description of any anticipated needs for cyberinfrastructure support, which could include descriptions of new data sets or software/databases to be developed; high performance computing needs; data aggregation or fusion required; types of visualization; and description of technical support personnel. Applicants should review SESYNC's IT and data sharing policies and are encouraged to contact SESYNC prior to submission to discuss the project's technical requirements relative to SESYNC's expertise, cyberinfrastructure, and personnel.
Potential Participants (1 page)
Complete a table with the following column headers for all participants:
•Affiliation (include department)
•Primary area of expertise
•Secondary area of expertise
•Prior collaboration with applicants (Y/N)
•Diversity statement: Include a paragraph describing the aspects of diversity in your participant list. Diversity is considered in all its aspects, social and scientific, including gender, ethnicity, scientific field, disability status, career stage, geography, and type of home institution.
Additional Information (1 page)
•Complete description of the expected responsibilities and required skills of technical support staff, and whether the project will rely on SESYNC staff or an individual at one of the project team member's home institutions. Applicants are encouraged to contact SESYNC prior to submitting a proposal if they are unsure how their technical support personnel needs will be met.
•Work plan with budgetary needs: This is not in dollars, but do provide: 1) numbers of trips by year to SESYNC (broken down by number of US domestic and international participants and days of local support) and 2) other anticipated support.
Short CVs of the Pursuit Leads (2 pages for each)
Do not include talks, society memberships, or papers in preparation.
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The Department of Environmental Sciences at UC Riverside is seeking graduate students to work on NSF-sponsored investigations of paleolimnology, aquatic ecology and isotope biogeochemistry of Sierra Nevada lakes. This work builds on the more than 30-year record of limnological and watershed research conducted at Emerald Lake in Sequoia National Park (http://ccb.ucr.edu/emeraldlake/index.html). These Fellowships (MS and Ph.D) include a monthly stipend, full tuition and fees and funds to conduct research.
Education and experience – An MS or BS degree in aquatic ecology, hydrology, limnology, or similar discipline is required. Experience in aquatic ecology, paleolimnology and stable isotopes desired. Candidates must have the ability to work at remote field sites. Applicants should e-mail, in a single pdf file, to Dr. James Sickman at UC Riverside (email@example.com): i) a cover letter describing their education, research experience and career goals, ii) a CV and iii) list of references including contact information.
For more information about the position please contact:
James O. Sickman
Associate Professor and Vice Chair
Department of Environmental Sciences
University of California, Riverside
Room 2324 Geology
Riverside, California 92521
Office: (951) 827-4552
Fax: (951) 827-3993
Facility for Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (FIRMS): http://ccb.ucr.edu/firms.html
ALEXANDRIA, VA, November 7, 2013—The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) is seeking to fund environmental research and development in the Resource Conservation and Climate Change program area. SERDP invests across the broad spectrum of basic and applied research, as well as advanced technology development. The development and application of innovative environmental technologies will reduce the costs, environmental risks, and time required to resolve environmental problems while, at the same time, enhancing and sustaining military readiness.
The Resource Conservation and Climate Change program area supports the development of the science, technologies, and methods needed to manage DoD’s installation infrastructure in a sustainable way. SERDP is requesting proposals that respond to the following focused Statements of Need (SON) in Resource Conservation and Climate Change:
- New Paradigms for Managing Species and Ecosystems in a Non-Stationary World
- Adapting to Changes in the Hydrologic Cycle under Non-Stationary Climate Conditions
Proposals responding to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 SONs will be selected through a competitive process. All pre-proposals are due to SERDP by Thursday, January 9, 2014. The SONs and detailed instructions are available on the SERDP web site at www.serdp-estcp.org/Funding-Opportunities/SERDP-Solicitations.
LEARN MORE ABOUT FUNDING AVAILABLE THROUGH SERDP!
Participate in the webinar “SERDP Funding Opportunities” conducted by the SERDP Executive Director on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST. This “how to play” briefing will offer valuable information for those who are interested in new funding opportunities with SERDP. During the online seminar, participants may ask questions about the funding process, the current SERDP
solicitation, and the proposal submission process. Pre-registration for this webinar is required. To register, visit https://cc.readytalk.com/r/tph55wxtau3m&eom. If you have difficulty registering, please contact the SERDP Support Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 703-736-4547.
Earthwatch is currently seeking submissions from scientists for field-based projects. Concept Notes for projects starting in 2015 will be accepted through Monday, December 9, 2013.
Earthwatch aims to create opportunities for teams of adults and students (age 15-18) to participate and assist in the research and data collection of scientists working on active research projects. Earthwatch participants are highly motivated citizens from around the world who are dedicated to improving environmental understanding.
There is a wide range of potential field research topics appropriate for these grants. Projects should display a set of clearly identified research questions, with appropriate research design and methodology. Earthwatch is looking to support projects with outputs/impacts that will either: a) lead to significant advancement in scientific understanding or b) make significant contributions to environmental policies or management plans.
Areas of Interest
- Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems – Topics include, but are not limited to:
- Impacts of global change on coral reefs, and how this is affecting the local community
- The role of coral reefs in coastal ecosystem function, interactions with key habitats such as mangroves and sea grass beds, and how integrated ecosystem management can mitigate against human impacts
- The effects of fisheries (including fish and shellfish; and aquaculture practices) on coral reefs and how they can be managed effectively to ensure sustainable fish stocks and healthy coral reef ecosystem
- Cold Climate Environments – Topics include, but are not limited to:
- Conservation biology – restoration ecology, measures for depleted species, conservation genetics, behavioural ecology, population dynamics, landscape scale conservation/ networks/ corridors.
- Research with a connection to polar bears, bears, bison, caribou, or reindeer.
- Climate Change – understanding the impacts of global change on permafrost, snowpack, glaciers.
- Biodiversity – We are particularly interested in research focused on sustainable management of biodiversity including ecosystems with high species endemism, biodiversity value, and those that are important as a human resource. Locations of interest include the continental USA, Asia, Slovenia, Poland, and along the Mediterranean. Topics include, but are not limited to:
- People and wildlife – human-wildlife conflict, competition for resources, habitat degradation/ fragmentation, ecosystem service value of biodiversity, stakeholder perceptions, sustainable livelihoods, environmental education.
- Conservation biology – effective adaptive management for protected areas, measures for depleted species, conservation genetics, behavioral ecology, population dynamics, landscape scale conservation/ networks/ corridors.
- Climate change and species conservation – impacts on composition and functioning of ecological communities, distribution and future land use planning.
- Patagonia region – Topics include, but are not limited to:
- Conservation biology – restoration ecology, measures for depleted species, conservation genetics, behavioural ecology, population dynamics, landscape scale conservation/ networks/ corridors.
- Climate Change – understanding the impacts on composition and functioning of ecological communities, distribution, and future land use planning.
Concept Notes and Proposals
Concept Notes for projects starting in spring or summer 2015 will be accepted through Monday, December 9, 2013. Invitations for full Research Proposals will be communicated in late December.
Details of the request for proposals and information about how to apply can be found on our website:
You can submit a Concept Note here: http://bit.ly/earthwatchconceptnote
- Research tasks in which non-specialists (i.e. member of the public or students) can participate in data collection or scientific observation
- Project should meaningfully engage a minimum of 4 and up to 20 Earthwatch participants per team on 4 to 10 teams per year. Each team spends 7-14 days in the field.
- Comfortable accommodations for the proposed project must be located a reasonable travel distance from the research site in order to travel back and forth daily.
- Ability to conduct fieldwork in March, April, June, July, and August is preferable
- Students are a key participant group for Earthwatch; it is advantageous for applicants to be open to student participants (age 15-18).
- Applications are to be submitted in English and project must be conducted in English.
Annual grants cover expenses for the project while in the field including: equipment (under US$1000), tools, supplies, research permits, scientist transport to the field, support staff, and food and accommodation for PIs, staff, and Earthwatch participants. The grants do not cover scientist salaries, overhead, capital equipment, and post-expedition data analysis. For successful proposal a budget will be negotiated in partnership with Earthwatch, but usually average around US$20,000. The research proposals are tenable for four years, and potentially renewable.
Fred M. van Eck Endowed Scholarships for Graduate Research – Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center, Purdue University
Fred M. van Eck scholarships are available for outstanding graduate student candidates to study the restoration ecology and silviculture of native forest trees. Research may focus on high-value North American hardwood species (walnut, oak, cherry) and/or development of restoration strategies for threatened species such as American chestnut, butternut, and ash (in the Central U.S.) or koa (in tropical Hawaii). The nature of this endowment provides flexibility for the candidate to work with faculty in developing a specific research focus, which may emphasize aspects related to ecophysiology, plant propagation, silvicultural systems, ecological restoration, tree improvement, molecular genetics, invasive species, pathogens/pests, and global change biology. Candidates would work within the Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center, a collaborative research organization comprised of U.S. Forest Service and Purdue University scientists in concert with industry and governmental partners, administratively located in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University. The interdisciplinary nature of our research program suggests that most projects will integrate aspects from several, related disciplines to enhance the complexity and impact of the research.
Candidates should have a GPA of at least 3.4 and a GRE scores averaging > 60th percentile. Preference will be given to Ph.D. students, though M.S. students with strong credential should also inquire. Assistantships will be awarded at $18,000 (M.S.) and $20,500 (Ph.D.) per year. In addition, an annual budget of $10,000 will be available for research support and a new laptop computer will be provided for the duration of the scholarship. For fall semester 2014, scholarship applications must be received by December 13, 2013. For more information:
Douglass F. Jacobs, Ph.D.
Professor and Fred M. van Eck Chair of Forest Biology
Editor-in-Chief, New Forests
Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center (http://www.htirc.org/)
Tropical Harwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center (http://www.trophtirc.org/)
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 USA
Email: email@example.com; Phone: +1 765-494-3608
** Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer
Mote Marine Laboratory announces the availability of three new positions in 2014.
Two new Mote Postdoctoral Research Fellows are expected to begin between January 1 and August 31with a third Fellow expected to begin by December 31. Applications are invited from recent Ph.D. graduates including those with firm expectation of graduation by December 2014. However, at time of appointment, doctoral degree must have been awarded. In addition, Mote will only consider applicants who received the Ph.D. (or equivalent professional degree) later than December 2010. Applications will be accepted in three tracks: any marine research field; general coastal ecology, and shellfish/benthic ecology. Two new Fellows positions are expected to be filled on or before July 31, 2014 and a third will be filled on or before December 31, 2014. Applicants may apply under any of the following three tracks, but at least one position will be targeted for shellfish/benthic ecology. Applications will be reviewed beginning January 15, 2014 and positions will remain open until filled. For complete Fellowship information and application requirements see www.mote.org/postdocs. Mote Marine Laboratory is an EOE/ADA/E-Verify employer.
A 3-year post-doctoral fellowship is available as part of a FAPESP (www.fapesp.br) project entitled “Dimensions US-BIOTA-São Paulo: A multidisciplinary framework for biodiversity prediction in the Brazilian Atlantic forest hotspot” (FAPESP number process - 2013/50297-0; project website – http://www.bv.fapesp.br/pt/auxilios/82209/dimensions-us-biota-sao-paulo-integrando-disciplinas-para-a-predicao-da-biodiversidade-da-floresta-a/).
The specific post-doctoral project of this announcement refers to the subprojec “Alpha, beta, phylogenetic and functional diversity of harvestmen (Arachnida-Opiliones) of the Atlantic Forest”. The goal of this subproject is to inventory several aspects of the diversity of harvestmen communities of the Atlantic Forest, and to relate those patterns with environmental and historical factors.
The candidate is expected to organize and perform field expeditions to collect arachnids, to manage and analyze large datasets, and to work in group and supervise graduate and undergraduate students. Familiarity with the taxonomy of Atlantic Forest Opiliones is also encouraged. Fluency in Portuguese is required to elaborate permit requests to national (ICMBIO) and regional environmental institutions, and applicants must have a driver’s license valid in Brazil.
In addition to the tasks inherent to this subproject, applicants will also have to develop activities related to the Dimensions US-BIOTA project, as preparing field expeditions and organizes and store biological material for DNA extraction.
Applicants must possess the following qualifications
- A Ph.D. (concluded in the previous three years) in Zoology or Ecology;
- Published works in the fields of community ecology and/or arachnid communities;
- Applicants should not have other employment or income source.
To apply, candidates must provide: 1 – their curriculum vitae; 2 – two recommendations letters; 3 – a short statement (up to three pages) about their previous experience and works on the field, research interest and motivation for working in the present project.
Fellowship: R$ 70,905.60 per year (aprox. US$ 31,950.00); FAPESP fellowships are tax free (see details at http://www.fapesp.br/en/5427.
Application starts October, 1st, 2013 and ends November, 1st,, 2013. Documents must be sent by email to the coordinator of the project - Dr. Cristina Yumi Miyaki, Dep. of Biology – Institute of Bioscience - University of São Paulo. For further information please contact Dr. Miyaki at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADVANCED TRAINING IN TROPICAL MICROBIOLOGY FOR EARLY CAREER SCIENTISTS: SOIL MICROBIAL ECOLOGY AND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES 19 May – 13 June, 2014 – DAKAR, SENEGAL
Co-sponsored by NSF and modeled after the Woods Hole MBL, MicroTrop is an intensive, one month advanced course for PhD students and post docs. About 12 leading soil and microbiology scientists (e.g. Dan Buckley, Cornell Univ., stable isotope probing; John Reeve, Ohio State Univ., extremophiles/Archaea; Jean-Luc Chotte, French Institute of Res. and Devel., microbial ecology in African ag. soils) will lecture on the role and manipulation of soil organisms to deliver services for tropical ecosystems and present current methods for soil ecology research. Lectures reinforce hands-on training in classic microbiology, bioinformatics, and state-of-the-art “ -omics’ ” methods. Experimental design and methods that are cost-effective and appropriate for scientists working in developing countries and tropical soils are presented. The capstone is a tropical soil, mini-research project designed by each participant that includes field sampling, lab work, data analysis, and write up. The living arrangement and social events of MicroTrop provide a unique opportunity for participants to personally interact with lecturers. Field trips inform participants of environmental and agricultural challenges, culture, and village life in Senegal. A 2012 MicroTrop participant stated “MicroTrop was an amazing experience to meet scientists from diverse cultures, develop a network for future international collaborations, learn about research in the tropics, and to be immersed in the culture and environment of Senegal.” Ten competitively selected US participants will join 10 Africans and receive airfare, accommodations, participation fee, and living expenses. Applications submitted by email are due by November 1, 2013. For program information contact Richard Dick, Ohio State Univ. (Richard.Dick@snr.osu.edu) and applications, Amanda Davey at 614-292-3963 (email@example.com). http://www.ecoltrop.ird.fr