Post Doc Position: Tree physiology and dendrochronology, University of Montana

A post-doc position is open at the Sala Lab at the University of Montana to examine tree-level responses to fuel and restoration treatments (25 years ago) in dry ponderosa pine forests of the interior Northwest (e.g. resilience and resistance to drought and bark beetles).

Requirements: Background in dendrochronology, tree physiology, forest and fire ecology. Strong research record and commitment to quality papers. Effective oral communication skills. Willingness to work in a team environment

Start date no later than Sept. 1st, 2017

For more information please contact:
Anna Sala
Division of Biological Sciences
The University of Montana
Missoula, Montana 59812 USA
Phone (406) 243 6009
Email: sala@mso.umt.edu

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Post Doc Position: Carbon cycling & vegetation dynamics, Boston University

The Hyutra Lab at Boston University seeks one or more post-doctoral research fellows to contribute to several new projects seeking improving our understanding of changes in carbon and nitrogen cycling with urban development and forest fragmentation using a combination of field observation, remote sensing, and numeric models. We seek colleagues with expertise in satellite remote sensing, geospatial analysis and programming, and/or field ecology. Ability to work as part of a team and willingness for field work are important. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are essential.

To apply: send the following information as a single PDF file by email to lrhutyra@bu.edu (use ‘Carbon post-doc’ as the subject field): 1) a cover letter outlining your research interests and prior experience, 2) a detailed CV, and 3) contact information for 3 academic / professional referees. Competitive salary and benefits.

Deadline: The position is available starting as soon as possible for one year, with annual renewal for an additional two years, subject satisfactory progress and continued funding. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The full posting can be reviewed here.

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Novus IV Workshop Applications Open

We are pleased to announce details on the Novus IV Workshop, titled “Integrating across temporal scales to understand disturbances and their biogeochemical impacts.”

The workshop will be held at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, New Hampshire, USA; September 28-29, 2017

The Novus Research Coordination Network focuses on integrating long and short timescale approaches to understanding ecosystem response to disturbance. The 4th and Capstone workshop of the Novus RCN will address accomplishments in this research area in the past 5 years, current challenges, and emerging frontiers in temporal scaling of disturbance and ecosystem processes. We expect attendees with a wide range of expertise in modern ecosystem ecology, vegetation dynamics, soil science, modeling, paleoecology, and dendrochronology. The meeting will be two full days with 20 invited plenary speakers, contributed poster presentations, and field excursions at the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study site.

The Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study was established in 1955, and pioneered the small watershed technique as a method of studying ecosystem processes. This site is one of the most famous ecosystem studies on Earth, located in the mixed northern hardwood forest in the White Mountains. The site is known for disturbance experiments and long-term monitoring of forests and their associated aquatic ecosystems.

We invite you now to apply for a limited number of available openings to present a poster of your work, or to participate in the workshop. The deadline for application is Thursday 1, June 2017. All posters will be featured in one-minute lightning talks.

Funding is available for a limited number of applicants, and preference will be given to early career scientists. The deadline for funding application is Monday 15, April 2017. We will review your application and notify you shortly thereafter.

To apply to present your research or to attend the workshop, please send an email to Berangere Leys <berangereleys@gmail.com> by Thursday 1, June 2017, containing:

–       Your name, affiliation and address

–       Your position and career stage (PhD student, postdoc, professor, manager…)

–       Your area of expertise

–       An abstract of your work IF you would like to present it as a poster.

–       Please specify if you need financial support to attend the workshop. If so, please remember that the deadline is Monday 15, April 2017.

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LacCore/CSDCO Drilling and Coring Summer Institute

We are proud to announce the fourth and fifth instances of the LacCore/CSDCO Drilling and Coring Summer Institute; a comprehensive two-week hands-on training course for graduate students, postdocs, and early-career researchers, especially those who will be involved in continental scientific drilling or coring projects in the next ~five years.

Two sessions in 2017: June 26 – July 7 and July 24 – August 4 at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis campus. See announcement flyer here.

The Summer Institute is offered by LacCore and the Continental Scientific Drilling Coordination Office (CSDCO), and is taught primarily by Dr. Amy Myrbo, with other LacCore/CSDCO staff and guest presenters.

Participants’ costs are limited to personal transportation and some meals. Expenses for participant lodging (dorm room double occupancy), materials, field trips, equipment use, LacCore/CSDCO personnel time, and most meals are funded by the National Science Foundation.

Topics in the classroom and field include, pending availability and participant interest:

1) Site selection and survey: Ground-penetrating radar (GPR), CHIRP seismics. Interpretation of geophysical data. Water chemistry profiling and sampling.

2) Project planning and management: workshop planning and execution, budget development, personnel and time allocation, equipment and sample import/export, contracting, preparation of NSF and ICDP proposals, field logistics, project management software, data management, core handling and field curation, post-field logistics, tracking, allocation.

3) Broader impacts: developing meaningful outreach, diversity, and education activities. Teaching with cores in formal and informal education settings.

4) Free and open source core software and resources: CoreWall/Corelyzer, PSICAT, Correlator/Feldman, TMI, Flyover Country. Geoinformatics, databases, EarthCube.

5) Coring and drilling equipment: Ekman dredge, HTH gravity surface corer, Griffith drive rod piston surface corer, modified Bolivia surface corer, Livingstone/Bolivia square rod piston corers, Nesje percussion corer, vibracorer, Kullenberg gravity piston corer, Winkie drill, diamond-bit wire-line drilling tools for soft and hard sediments, downhole logging, field subsampling and processing.

6) Initial core description (ICD): Multisensor core logging, core splitting, surface preparation, digital imaging, petrographic smear slides, coarse fractions, lithological description, core correlation and composite depth scales, facies interpretation, subsampling, curation.

7) Downstream analyses: Scanning X-ray fluorescence (XRF), environmental scanning electron microscopy (SEM), color analysis using digital images, age-depth modeling using Bacon software, tours of other UMN Twin Cities facilities.

8) Presentation:Giving lightning talks and better scientific presentations.

To apply: fill out the form athttp://z.umn.edu/dcsiapplyby 11 PM Central Time April 1, 2017. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by April 17, 2017.

Enrollment is limited to 15 participants in each 2017 course. Additional courses of varying lengths will be scheduled in 2018 and beyond./Ad hoc individual and group training in any of the listed topics can be arranged with LacCore/CSDCO outside of this workshop as well.

International participants are welcome to apply; however, the course offers no travel support.

For More Information: Please contact Amy Myrbo amyrbo@umn.edu

The Drilling and Coring Summer Institute is funded by the National Science Foundation – Instrumentation and Facilities Program as part of the CSDCO cooperative agreement (NSF-IF-1338382)

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Faculty Position (open rank): Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, University of Arizona

The Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona seeks to fill a faculty position in areas related to processes, interactions and feedbacks among tree and forest growth, the carbon cycle and climate. We seek promising candidates at any career stage to build a successful and vibrant program that will contribute to vigorous multifaceted interdisciplinary research, teaching and service in environmental and earth system sciences on our campus. A Ph.D. in an applicable field of research expertise is required.

We are especially interested in individuals whose research utilizes dendrochronology and/or tree-ring data in novel and effective combination with other analytical tools, methods and disciplines to address basic or applied questions, particularly related to our understanding of the processes controlling forest dynamics from the cellular to the global scale.Substantive areas of research could include linking ecophysiological or genomic processes to long-term tree growth; carbon budgets of forest ecosystems on intra-annual to centennial time-scales; tree-ring data and vegetation / climate model assimilation; carbon-cycle climate interactions; disturbance and dynamics in forest ecosystems. The new faculty member will demonstrate an exceptional record of research, evidenced by publications, grants, and mentorship, that advances UA’s strengths in environmental science and its commitment to mentoring and training its diverse student body.

The University of Arizona is located in Tucson, Arizona, a culturally diverse, family-friendly city set in the natural beauty of the desert southwest. The University of Arizona is home to one of the largest and broadest concentrations of earth system research and education in the US, with world-class programs in fields including hydrology, atmospheric science, paleoclimatology, ecosystem ecology, earth system sciences and climate. This position is part of the University of Arizona’s WEES (Water, Energy and Environmental Solutions) Climate and Earth System initiative. This new faculty member will be based in the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research  with potential joint appointments in affiliated departments throughout campus.

Duties include research, teaching and service. The successful candidate is expected to establish and maintain a highly visible, productive, collaborative, and externally funded research program, and disseminate research outcomes to the scientific community and the general public. They will contribute to bolstering an inclusive environment that encourages diversity and the integration of members of underrepresented groups within the university. The University of Arizona is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

To Apply: Candidates should submit statements of research and teaching interests, curriculum vitae, publication list and contact information for three referees by March 1, 2017, following instructions at the online job portal where further details may be found. Other questions may be directed to Dr. Malcolm Hughes (mkh1@email.arizona.edu ), Search Committee Chair.

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MS Position: Forest Hydrology, Mississippi State University

Dr. Courtney Siegert at Mississippi State University is seeking a highly motivated MS student to join the Forest Hydrology and Soils Lab in the College of Forest Resources (Starkville, MS). The student will conduct research in the discipline of forest hydrology with specific attention to the interface between the atmospheric environment and the forest canopy in a simulated bark beetle mortality experiment. The student will participate in extensive field research at the nearby John W. Starr Memorial Forest in addition to laboratory work in the Forest Hydrology and Soils Lab on campus. The prospective student should possess enthusiasm for field work, strong analytical and communication skills, and attention to detail.  The desired start date is June 2017, but August 2017 will also be considered. Financial support is available for two years, including a stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance.

To apply: If interested, please contact Dr. Courtney Siegert at courtney.siegert@msstate.edu and provide (1) a cover letter discussing interest in the research and applicable background experience; (2) a CV; and (3) unofficial transcripts and/or GREs. Details on the application process for graduate school at MS State can be reviewed here.
Deadline: Review of applications will begin February 1, 2017.
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MS and PhD Positions: Fire regimes in Rocky Mountain forests; U Montana, U Idaho, U Wyoming, Kansas State.

A collaborative group of researchers spanning multiple universities is seeking enthusiastic and curious graduate students to join a new research project studying the causes and consequences of wildfire activity in Rocky Mountain subalpine forests over the past 2500 years. Two PhD (4 yr) and two MS (2 yr) positions are available for this collaborative project involving field work in subalpine forests in Montana and Colorado, analysis of lake-sediment cores, and ecosystem modeling.

Students will be based at one of four institutions: University of Montana, University of Idaho, University of Wyoming, or Kansas State University. Potential research projects for students will focus on vegetation and fire history in the Northern Rockies, synthesizing existing paleorecords in the Southern Rockies, developing paleoclimate records, developing biogeochemical proxies from new and existing sites, and ecosystem modeling. Prior experience in these topics is not required.

Qualifications:

  • BS or BA, or MS (preferred, for PhD students) degree in ecology, biology, Earth sciences, geography, geology, or related field.
  • Field work experience; experience working in remote settings is an asset.
  • Research experience including quant. analysis; computer prog. in Matlab or R is an asset.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; publication record is an asset

To apply: For further information, interested students should contact Dr. Philip Higuera (philip.higuera@umontana.edu). Please include (1) a brief description of your research interests and relevant experience, and (2) a resume or CV that includes your undergraduate/graduate GPA and GRE scores (with percentiles). Potential advisors include Dr. Higuera, Dr. Tara Hudiburg (thudiburg@uidaho.edu), Dr. Kendra McLauchlan (mclauch@ksu.edu), and Dr. Bryan Shuman (bshuman@uwyo.edu). Further steps will include applying to graduate school at the relevant university, as soon as January 2017. Successful candidates could start in June 2017.

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