Funding and Grants

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN FOREST ECOLOGY

Forest Global Earth Observatory -
The Center for Tropical Forest Science
Smithsonian Institution 

The Smithsonian’s Forest Global Earth Observatory - Center for Tropical Forest Science (ForestGEO-CTFS) is a global network of research plots focused on the dynamics and diversity of forests. Over the past three decades, the ForestGEO-CTFS network, involving hundreds of scientists from dozens of institutions, has established 53 standardized large-scale long-term forest monitoring plots in 23 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. This international collaboration is now monitoring the growth and survival of over 5 million trees in 10,000 species. 

One post-doctoral fellow is sought by ForestGEO-CTFS to conduct analyses of data from the network of large forest plots, focusing on the dynamics of Asian forests. Candidates should have a strong analytical background, an established record of research and scholarly publication in forest science. Research topics may include any related to the dynamics of tropical or temperate forests, emphasizing comparative studies among forests. For more information on ForestGEO-CTFS see http://www.ctfs.si.edu/

Applications should include a brief statement of research interests, a curriculum vitae, and the names of three references. Submit applications by e-mail to: Delaney Rakosnik, ForestGEO-CTFS Program Assistant (RakosnikD@si.edu). The successful applicants will be based at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. 

This announcement will stay open until the positions are filled.

 Questions can be addressed to Stuart Davies, ForestGEO-CTFS Director (daviess@si.edu). 

 The Smithsonian Institution is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


Graduate Fellowship Opportunities at UC Riverside

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 (jsickman@ucr.edu): 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
E-mail: james.sickman@ucr.edu
URL: http://www.envisci.ucr.edu/faculty/sickman.html

Facility for Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (FIRMS): http://ccb.ucr.edu/firms.html


FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

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 partners@hgl.com or by telephone at 703-736-4547.


Earthwatch Institute - Request For Proposals

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.

Program Description

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:

http://earthwatch.org/scientific-research/scientist-opportunities/working-with-earthwatch

You can submit a Concept Note here: http://bit.ly/earthwatchconceptnote

Specifications include:

  • 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. 

Grants

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.

Questions can be directed to: Gitte Venicx, gvenicx@earthwatch.org or research@earthwatch.org


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: djacobs@purdue.edu; Phone:  +1 765-494-3608
Website:  http://www.agriculture.purdue.edu/fnr/faculty/jacobs

** Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer

 

     

2014 POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS

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/postdocsMote Marine Laboratory is an EOE/ADA/E-Verify employer.


Postdoctoral Position at the University of São Paulo (USP)

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 websitehttp://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 cymiyaki@usp.br.


ADVANCED TRAINING IN TROPICAL MICROBIOLOGY FOR EARLY CAREER SCIENTISTS: SOIL MICROBIAL ECOLOGY AND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES 19 May – 13 June, 2014 – DAKAR, SENEGAL

microCo-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 (davey.22@osu.edu). http://www.ecoltrop.ird.fr