Ph.D. Fellowship at University of Florida Water Institiute

Inducing Resilience for Water-Subsidized Systems

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The University of Florida Water Institute is seeking 6 highly motivated doctoral-degree students for Fellowships that provide an annual stipend, tuition waiver and health insurance for 4 years starting fall term 2017.

These PhD students will work collaboratively within this interdisciplinary team of Fellows and their faculty advisors. The focus project takes a comprehensive systems approach to analysis of interbasin transfer of surface water into the Tempisque River watershed in Costa Rica. This water transfer has altered hydrology, land use, economic structure, and health of the downstream Palo Verde wetland in the Tempisque watershed.

Each student will develop a selected disciplinary expertise on the system while becoming well-rounded and knowledgeable in all other disciplinary aspects of the project. While pursuing a PhD in their respective department, all students will be located together in the same office in order to encourage interdisciplinary research discussions. As such, beyond the usual criteria of academic excellence, we will look especially for open-minded candidates eager to work across disciplines and willing to become proficient in Spanish in order to gain a deeper appreciation of the issues.

Applicants should have a strong demonstrated interest in water issues and either a Master’s degree in natural sciences, social sciences, or engineering, or a JD degree. Exceptional students with a Bachelor’s degree plus research experience in an appropriate discipline will also be considered. Persons from groups under-represented in science and engineering professions are encouraged to apply.

For more information and to apply for a Fellowship, go to:

For additional questions, contact Carol Lippincott, Water Institute Research Coordinator, at calippincott@ufl.edu or 352-294-7744.

Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP)

ALEXANDRIA, VA, October 27, 2016—The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) is seeking to fund environmental research and development proposals.  SERDP is DoD’s environmental science and technology program, planned and executed in partnership with the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, with participation by numerous other Federal and non-Federal organizations.  The Program invests across the broad spectrum of basic and applied research, as well as advanced development. 

Proposals responding to focused Statements of Need (SONs) in the following areas are requested:

  • Environmental Restoration — Research and technologies for the characterization, risk assessment, remediation, and management of contaminants in soil, sediments, and water.
  • Munitions Response — Technologies for the detection, classification, and remediation of military munitions on U.S. lands and waters.
  • Resource Conservation and Climate Change — Research that advances DoD’s management of its natural and cultural resources and improves understanding of climate change impacts.
  • Weapons Systems and Platforms — Research and technologies to reduce, control, and understand the sources of waste and emissions in the manufacturing, maintenance, and use of weapons systems and platforms.

Proposals responding to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 SONs will be selected through a competitive process.  Separate solicitations are available to Federal and non-Federal proposers.  The SONs and detailed instructions are available on the SERDP website.

The Core SERDP Solicitation provides funding in varying amounts for multi-year projects.  All Core Solicitation pre-proposals are due to SERDP January 5, 2017 by 2:00 p.m. ET.

SERDP also will be funding environmental research and development through the SERDP Exploratory Development (SEED) Solicitation.  The SEED Solicitation is designed to provide a limited amount of funding (not to exceed $200,000) for projects up to approximately one year in duration to investigate innovative approaches that entail high technical risk or require supporting data to provide proof of concept.  This year, SERDP is requesting SEED proposals for the Munitions Response program area.  The SONs and detailed instructions are available on the SERDP website. All SEED proposals are due March 7, 2017 by 2:00 p.m. ET.

LEARN MORE ABOUT
FUNDING AVAILABLE THROUGH SERDP­!

 

Participate in the webinar “SERDP Funding Opportunities” conducted by SERDP Executive Director Dr. Herb Nelson and Deputy Director Dr. Andrea Leeson on November 4, 2016, from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. ET.  This 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.  If you have difficulty registering, please contact the SERDP Support Office at serdp-estcp.webinars@noblis.org or by telephone at 571-372-6565.

DHS 2017 HS-STEM Summer Internships

Now accepting applications

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
2017 HS-STEM Summer Internships

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines.
The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students in a broad spectrum of HS-STEM disciplines and DHS mission-relevant Research Areas.

Undergraduate students receive a $6,000 stipend plus travel expenses.

Graduate students receive a $7,000 stipend plus travel expenses.

10-week research experiences are offered at:

  • Coast Guard Research and Development Center
  • Customs and Borders Protection
  • Engineer Research and Development Center
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Health Service Corps
  • National Security Technologies
  • National Urban Security Technology Laboratory
  • Naval Research Laboratory
  • Office for Interoperabilty and Compatibility
  • Transportation Security Laboratory
  • DOE National Laboratories: Argonne, Berkeley, Idaho, Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, and Sandia

Areas of research:

  • Engineering
  • Computer science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biological / life sciences
  • Environmental science
  • Emergency and incident management
  • Social sciences, and more.

U.S. citizenship required *

Application deadline

December 7, 2016, 11:59PM EST

How to Apply
Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at
https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/Details/2595

Program Information
Detailed information about the internships can be found at
http://www.orau.gov/dhseducation/internships/

For questions please email us at dhsed@orau.org.

DARPA Ecology/Evolution Opportunity

DARPA Ecology/Evolution Opportunity: Young Faculty Award – a 2-year grant for ~$500K to faculty who are 8 or less years into their job

DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) opportunity. YFAs is an accolade, but at its core is a 2-year grant for ~$500K to faculty who are 8 or less years into their job.

Please note topic #s 12 (“Ecological niche-preference Engineering) and 16 (“Novel Approaches to Reduce Agricultural Loss and Increase Crop Productivity”). This grant is a great opportunity to get kinda “out there” work funded.

From now until 1 November interested parties can submit short summaries that will get a “thumbs up/down” to help them move forward or not with their idea. After that proposals will open up and will be due on 18 January 2017.

Follow this link  (https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=3a993177b2e9509708914b197bb2a86c&tab=core&_cview=0 ) to a PDF of the announcement and the supplementary materials.

For additional information, contact:

Jamin Dreyer, PhD
Strategic Analysis, Inc.
Staff Scientist
DARPA/BTO
703 797 2265

jdreyer@sainc.com

Howard L. McKee Ecology Residency

The Howard L. McKee Ecology Residency at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology:

 

Howard L. McKee was an environmentalist, architect, urban planner, and a visionary. Through the generosity of his family the Sitka Center is able to host scientists and researchers whose work is based in environmental or ecological concerns as part of the Howard L. McKee Ecology Residency. Selected applicants will be provided with working and living space free of charge on the Sitka campus for 3.5 months between October 2017 and May 2018. During this residency, Sitka imposes few restrictions on residents and instead hopes to provide uninterrupted time for creative and scientific inquiry. Past residents in the sciences have used the opportunity in a variety of ways. This can include conducting research in the surrounding natural areas including the Cascade Head Scenic Research Area and/or the completion writing based on their research.

 

To learn more and to apply, please visit http://sitkacenter.org/3-1.html
— The deadline for applications is April 18, 2017.

 

IDT Sustainability Award

Apply today for the 2016 IDT Sustainability Award that recognizes innovative research with the potential to make a global impact.
Award focus: Biodiversity

 

Prizes (IDT product credit):

  • 1st place: $14,000
  • 2nd place: $10,000
  • 3rd place: $6,000

Submission deadline is September 15, 2016.
Finalists may be asked to present a poster during the celebration event.
Eligibility region: Iowa and Illinois
For more information and to apply, visit:
http://www.idtdna.com/award

National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)

NEON, the National Ecological Observatory Network is requesting proposals for conducting a small-scale methods test in order to identify and quantify the potential variability of chlorophyll readings in fresh leaves of terrestrial plants that have been flash-frozen followed by storage at -800 C prior to being shipped to a remote laboratory for chlorophyll measurement. This work is designed to inform future protocols for continental scale sampling and will insure that proper methods for handling and processing samples are established. It is expected that publication of a white paper will be included in the scope of work.

All qualified PI’s, research institutions, and laboratories are invited to submit a proposal. Interested parties may obtain additional information, including the complete Request for Proposal by contacting the NEON Contract Administrator, Steve McCormick at (720) 330-1668 or smccormick@neoninc.org and referencing RFP-0302-CLA.

International Council for Exploration of the Sea

ICES-TravelAward-2016

Travel funding available for new U.S. participants.
Requests for Travel Funds by new U.S. participants due 15 June 2016
Deadline for submission of abstracts to ICES, 30 April 2016

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) is a leading forum for the promotion, coordination, and dissemination of research on physical, chemical, and biological systems in the North Atlantic and adjacent seas. ICES promotes the science of discovery in the marine realm. In addition, it provides advice on human impacts on marine ecosystems, including effects of fishing, but with strong emphasis on broader areas of concern in evolving ecosystem-based management. Information on ICES, its goals and activities is on the web at: www.ices.dk. U.S. Delegates to ICES, Dr. Steven Murawski (College of Marine Science, University of South Florida; email smurawski@usf.edu) and Dr. William Karp (NOAA, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, email bill.karp@noaa.gov) can provide further information about ICES and its activities.

How to apply
Limited funding to support travel to the Annual Science Conference, via a NSF grant to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, is available to encourage participation by researchers from U.S. academic institutions. Strong preference will be given to scientists within 7 years of receipt of the PhD who are first-time ICES participants. Potential participants should submit abstracts for oral presentations or posters in one of the 20 theme sessions listed below (instructions can be found at http://www.ices.dk/news-and-events/asc/ASC2016/Pages/Call-for-papers.aspx). Applicants for travel funds should communicate with Dr. Andy Solow (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; email asolow@whoi.edu), with a cc to Mary Schumacher (mschumacher@whoi.edu) and provide a copy of their accepted abstract, a short statement of reasons for attending, and a brief biographical sketch. Decisions on travel awards will be made by 1 July 2016.

  1. Annual Science Conference: Theme Sessions Fisher collected acoustic data (FCAD)
  2. Conveners: Steve Barbeaux (USA)
    Martin Pastoors (the Netherlands)
    Sascha Fässler (the Netherlands)

  3. Predictably Irrational – a new scientific research field for the science underpinning marine-resource management

  4. Conveners: Sarah B. M. Kraak (Germany)
    Dorothy J. Dankel (Norway)

  5. From individuals to ecosystems: their ecology and evolution

  6. Conveners: Anna Kuparinen (Finland)
    Anne Maria Eikeset (Norway)
    Silva Uusi-Heikkilä (Finland)

  7. Ecosystem changes and impacts on diadromous and marine species productivity

  8. Conveners: Timothy Sheehan (USA)
    Katherine Mills (USA)
    Mark Payne (Denmark)

  9. The emerging science of ecological multimodel inference for informing fisheries management

  10. Conveners: Phillip Levin (USA)
    Stefan Neuenfeldt (Denmark)
    Tessa Francis (USA)

  11. Integrated ecosystems assessment and decision support to advance ecosystem-based fisheries management

  12. Conveners: John Pope (UK)
    Lena Bergström (Sweden)
    Melania Borit (Norway)

  13. The inshore challenge – management of recreational and commercial fisheries accounting for social benefits, economic value, and biological sustainability

  14. Conveners: Kieran Hyder (UK)
    Harry Strehlow (Germany)
    Estanis Mugerza (Spain)
    Maria Spedicato (Italy)

  15. Looking backwards to move ahead: how the wider application of new technologies to interpret scale, otolith, statolith and other biomineralised age-registering structures could improve management of natural resources

  16. Conveners: Ewan Hunter (UK)
    Vladimir Laptikhovsky (UK)
    Philip Hollyman (UK)

  17. Seasonal-to-decadal prediction of marine systems: opportunities, approaches, and applications. (Co-sponsored by PICES)

  18. Conveners: Mark Payne (Denmark)
    Desiree Tommasi (USA)
    Alistair Hobday (Australia)

  19. What is a good pelagic habitat?

  20. Conveners: Mark Dickey-Collas (ICES)
    Abigail McQuatters-Gollop (UK)
    Verena Trenkel (France)

  21. Make marine sediment extraction sustainable by mitigation of related processes with potential negative impacts

  22. Conveners: Ad Stolk (the Netherlands)
    Keith Cooper (UK)
    Michel Desprez (France)

  23. Integration challenges in maritime spatial planning – approaches, science gaps, and communication demands

  24. Conveners: Andreas Kannen (Germany)
    Matt Gubbins (UK)
    Michael Gilek (Sweden)

  25. The role of zooplankton in exploited ecosystems: top-down and bottom-up stresses on pelagic food webs

  26. Conveners: Angus Atkinson (UK)
    Webjoern Melle (Norway)

  27. Long-term phytoplankton trends in the ICES area: regional distribution, bloom dynamics and response to environmental drivers

  28. Conveners: Alexandra Kraberg (Germany)
    Eileen Bresnan (UK)
    Marie Johansen (Sweden)

  29. “When is enough, enough?” Methods for optimising, evaluating, and prioritising of marine data collection

    Co-sponsored by PICES


  30. Conveners: J.H. Vølstad (Norway)
    Mike Armstrong (UK)
    Marie Storr-Paulsen (Denmark)
    Robyn Forrest (USA)

  31. Arctic Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities (Co-sponsored by AMAP, EU-PolarNet, and ICES)

  32. Conveners: Jeremy Mathis (USA)
    Kriss Rokkan Iversen (Norway)

  33. Harvest control rules: beyond FMSY for an ecosystem approach to fisheries?

  34. Conveners: Didier Gascuel (France)
    Lisa Borges (Belgium)
    Dave Reid (Ireland)

  35. Integrating humanities and social sciences into marine ecosystem management - first steps

  36. Conveners: David Goldsborough (the Netherlands)
    Jörn Schmidt (Germany)
    Patricia Clay (USA)

Call for Proposals – Funding Opportunity

Company: Instrumentl (www.instrumentl.com)

Call for Proposals: Instrumentl seeks crowdfunding proposals from scientists who need funding to pursue their research projects. Crowdfunding through Instrumentl not only allows researchers to raise funds by connecting with the resources of their communities, but also provides a platform for communicating their research with the general public. We pride ourselves in supporting our researchers every step of the way. Interested researchers can contact Team@Instrumentl.com or Log In and visit the Create your Campaign page on our website for more information.