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Mar 15 17

REU Stream Ecology

by Marissa M. Donohue
Research Experience for Undergraduates in Stream Ecology ­ Michigan Tech, Summer 2017
The Marcarelli Aquatic Ecosystem Ecology Lab is searching for a motivated student in Ecology, Biology, or Environmental Science for a NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position. The student will work closely with Dr. Marcarelli and her graduate students to study the balance between nitrogen fixation and denitrification in streams and rivers.  The REU student will design a research project, conduct field work, analyze samples and data, and synthesize findings related to the core questions of this project:
1. How do nitrogen cycle processes co-exist in small streams, large rivers, and adjacent wetlands?
2. How does nutrient enrichment shift the balance among nitrogen cycle processes? 
3. How does community composition of algae and microbes relate to rates of nitrogen cycle processes?
 There will be opportunities to conduct field work in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, participate in undergraduate research workshops, and present research results to the Michigan Tech community and possibly at a national conference. 
The candidate must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States and enrolled as an undergraduate student in Fall 2017.  The REU is expected to last 10 weeks (start/end date negotiable but should occur between June 1 and August 31 2017) with a total stipend of $5,000 and an additional $1,000 to offset the cost of summer lodging, which is available on campus at Michigan Tech.  
To apply, please submit a cover letter (include a statement of interest, future plans, confirmation of eligibility, and preferred start/end dates), an up-to-date CV or resume, a recent transcript (unofficial is fine), and names and contact information for two references to Dr. Amy Marcarelli ( 
Application review will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.
Visit our lab webpage for a more in-depth view of our research and to meet the members of our team.
Mar 15 17

Colorado Carbon REU

by Marissa M. Donohue
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Opportunity: Carbon cycling in alpine ponds of Colorado
Dr. Scott Wissinger and Dr. Amanda DelVecchia
Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory
Allegheny College
We are seeking a highly motivated undergraduate student to conduct a 10-week research project investigating patterns in CO2 saturation and efflux across alpine ponds in Gothic, Colorado (  The project involves rigorous field sampling, measurement of headspace samples on a gas chromatograph and/or LiCor, and collection of routine hydrologic measurements.  Student should have taken basic biology and chemistry classes and should be in good academic standing.  An interest in ecology and/or hydrology is preferred.  Experience with both field and lab techniques is also preferable, but not necessary.
Sampling requires hiking with equipment to 12,000 feet in elevation in variable weather conditions ­ thus student should be comfortable in wilderness conditions and in excellent physical condition.  The student should also be comfortable living in a relatively remote setting.
Position includes room, board, and stipend from the beginning of June to mid August.  The student will be housed at Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory ( and will be enrolled in RMBL¹s REU program, where the student will be able to participate in routine meetings and a symposium at the end of summer.  The student will also be part of a large team of aquatic ecologists including professors, postdocs, graduate students, undergraduate research assistants, and other REU students.

To apply, please send a CV, academic transcript, and 1 page statement of interest to

Mar 15 17

WY Wildlife Technician Job

by Marissa M. Donohue

How to Apply:
Interested and qualified applicants should apply using the following link:

In cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management Casper Field Office,
Great Basin Institute is recruiting two (2) qualified Wildlife Technicians
to join our AmeriCorps program.

€Wildlife Technicians will work closely with senior Wildlife biologists to
assist with habitat and vegetation monitoring, wildlife and T&E species
surveys, vegetation treatments, and
incorporating collected data into electronic databases.
€Routine assistance with activities including: Recreation and/or
interpretive programs, basic GIS analysis and cartography, livestock grazing
management, mineral applications and other
resource projects.

Typically, these duties will require you to spend approximately 80 percent
of you time working in the field and the remaining 20% spent analyzing data,
compiling progress or final
reports with associated and established deadlines.

€Living Allowance: $5,659.20
€AmeriCorps Education Award*: $1,527.45
€$34/night field camping per diem (as needed)
€$75 Weekly Housing Stipend

*AmeriCorps Education Award may be used for past, present or future
education experiences, including payment of qualifying federal student
loans. Loan forbearance and accrued interest
payment on qualifying student loans is also available.

May 22, 2017 ­ August 18, 2017

The position(s) is based in Casper, WY. The Casper Field Office manages
1,326,733 million acres of public land for diverse resources and uses,
including National Historic Trails,
hiking, livestock grazing, mineral withdraw, and oil/gas development.

€Interest or experience in wildlife biology, ecology, botany, or other
related fields;
€Duties include:
-Identifying  plants and animals to species residing in a sagebrush
steppe ecosystem;
-Conducting wildlife, plant and habitat surveys;
-Field work may include coordination with contractors, members of
other government agencies, members of the public and or industry
-May be required to word independently, hike long distances, and/or
work in remote locations;
-Using GPS/GIS technology to collect, organize and display field
€Technical writing skills that communicate scientific results effectively
and efficiently highly desirable;
€Proficient in map reading and basic land navigation;
€Ability to conduct field work across rugged terrain, carrying personal and
technical field equipment, and withstand inclement weather/environmental
conditions (heat, cold, pollens,
allergens, insects etc.);
€Ability to follow established protocols to collect data and incorporate it
into electronic databases; and
€Ability to be self-motivated and willing to accomplish objectives
independently with minimal supervision;
€Ability to function as part of an interdisciplinary team comprising
various BLM resource specialists;
€Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver¹s license and the ability to
safely operate a 4WD vehicle on gravel or dirt roads; and
€Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal
resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award
(limit of four in a lifetime or
the equivalent of two full-time education awards), (3) pass National Sex
Offender Public Website (NSOPW) and federal criminal background checks, (4)
Adhere to the rules, regulations
and code of conduct as specified in the Member Service Agreement; and (5)
Will not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service

Mar 7 17

REU Stream Ecology and Biogeochemistry

by Marissa M. Donohue

Carbon dynamics of overlapping consumer hotspots in stream ecosystems.
A research experience for undergraduates is available at the University of
Oklahoma for the summer of 2017 with Drs. Caryn Vaughn and Thomas Parr to
study stream consumer contributions to carbon biogeochemistry. This REU is
part of our NSF funded project ‘Shifting hotspots – How do consumer
aggregations interact to influence resource heterogeneity and fluxes in

The successful candidate will join a team of researchers looking at the
effects of overlapping fish and mussel consumer aggregations on nutrient
recycling rates, flux, and stoichiometry, and their implications for
ecosystem functions like primary production. The student will work as part
of this team in a greenhouse facility on the OU campus in Norman, OK and
in the field in Southeastern Oklahoma. The student will also develop an
independent project leveraging existing field sites and resources to
complement this ongoing research.

The ideal candidate should be broadly interested in pursuing a career in
Ecology or a related field, eager to learn new skills, hard-working, and
detail oriented. The student will start on June 1st, 2017 at OU in Norman,
OK (earlier start dates are negotiable). We will provide a stipend of
$500/wk for 12 weeks ($6,000/summer) and funding to attend and present the
work at one conference.

Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Students who have received their bachelor¹s degree or who are not
currently enrolled as students at an institution are not eligible.

Students interested in this position should apply by March 31st 2017, but
we will accept applications until a suitable candidate is identified. To
apply, please send the following:
1. Resume or CV
2. A 1-2 page statement describing your interest in the position, career
goals, and previous research experience.
3. Contact information for 2-3 references.
4. Unofficial copy of transcripts (including courses in progress).

Please send applications to:
Thomas Parr (
Contact: Dr. Thomas Parr or Dr. Caryn Vaughn ( with any

Mar 7 17

REU in climate change and plant populations – CO

by Marissa M. Donohue

Jill Anderson and Susana Wadgymar at the University of Georgia are searching
for an enthusiastic undergraduate with a strong interest in evolutionary
ecology for field research in an NSF REU position (National Science
Foundation, Research Experience for Undergraduates) from June-August 2017.

We study the ecological and evolutionary consequences of climate change for
natural plant populations. We focus on research on Drummond¹s rockcress
(Boechera stricta in the plant family Brassicaceae), a mustard plant native
to the Rocky Mountains. Our studies take place around the Rocky Mountain
Biological Lab (, which is located in Gothic, Colorado
near the wildflower capital of Colorado (Crested Butte).  We quantify plant
fitness and traits to ask whether climate change could disrupt
patterns of local adaptation, and to test whether phenotypic plasticity
enable populations to persist in the short-term. We perform large-scale
reciprocal transplant experiments to examine patterns of adaptive evolution
and natural selection in contemporary landscapes. Since fall 2013, we have
planted ~60,000 seeds and seedlings into five experimental gardens ranging
in elevation from 2500 m to 3340 m (8202 feet to 11000 feet). Our summer
research involves intensive monitoring of these experimental plants to
record data on germination success, survival, growth, reproductive success,
as well as life history and morphological traits. We conduct most of our
work in the field, with a small proportion of indoor lab work.
The successful candidate will assist with ongoing fieldwork. In addition,
there are many opportunities for students to develop independent projects
associated with our overall objectives, including studies on: 1) population
divergence in ecologically-relevant traits, especially drought, UV
tolerance, and herbivore resistance; 2) phenotypic plasticity at multiple
spatial scales; 3) population density and species composition of the
herbivore community that attacks Drummond¹s rockcress; 4) flower color
polymorphism; and 5) the importance of maternal effects in biological
responses to climate change.

We are offering a stipend of $500/week for a full time REU student (40
hours/week) for 10 weeks.  The exact start and end dates are flexible. We
will cover room and board at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory and
reimburse travel expenses up to $500. Fieldwork will involve hiking to
experimental gardens through rough terrain (1-3 miles one-way daily).

The University of Georgia is committed to maintaining a fair and respectful
environment for living, work, and study.  To that end, all qualified
applicants from individuals with a strong interest in evolutionary biology
will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity,
disability status, or age.  The application consists of a cover letter
listing your qualifications, a CV/ résumé, and contact information for two
references, all of which can be emailed to Dr. Jill Anderson at:

Applications are due by March 24th, 2017.

Feel free to contact Jill or Susana ( if you have any
questions about the position.  Additional information about the our work
be found at:

Mar 7 17

REU position in desert stream ecology at ASU

by Marissa M. Donohue
We are seeking two summer undergraduate researchers to participate in a
project investigating how variation of streamflow affects energy
transfer through stream food webs. The goal of the Food Chain Length
(FCL) project is to link the mechanisms of temporal variation in
streamflow and intensity of disturbance regimes to FCL in aridland
streams. Ongoing research conducted in streams across Arizona includes
repeated measures of variation in food chain length, ecosystem
metabolism, nitrate concentrations, and experimental nitrogen pulse
manipulations. Additionally, we are investigating how flood pulses of
water and nitrogen stimulate production in the riparian ecosystem by
measuring changes in soil processes, primary producers, and consumers.

Students will contribute both to the field campaign and laboratory
sample processing. Students will also collaborate closely with the
principal investigator, graduate students, and technicians to develop an
independent research project that will build on the ongoing research.
Fieldwork will consist of traveling to rivers across the state of
Arizona for aquatic biological surveys, water quality measurements,
sensor maintenance, and requires spending long days in the desert during
the Arizona summer, often carrying heavy equipment. Lab work will
consist of processing samples for stable isotope analysis, invertebrate
sorting, and soil microbial activity and nutrient assays.

Applicant requirements: Students must have demonstrated interest in
ecology. The position lasts 12 weeks, preferably starting in early May,
though exact dates are flexible and is based at Arizona State
University. Application is restricted to currently enrolled
undergraduates that graduate no sooner than fall 2017. All applicants
must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Desired qualifications: Previous experience with laboratory or field-
based research; coursework in biology, ecology, chemistry, and
math/statistics; enthusiasm about conducting both field and lab work,
with occasional long days in the field or multi-day field trips; valid
U.S. driver¹s license. Women, underrepresented minorities, and persons
with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

To apply: 1) letter summarizing research interests and experience, 2)
list of relevant coursework, and 3) CV to Dr. Tamara Harms
( by March 21, 2017

Mar 7 17

Intern – City of Medford, Office of Energy & Environment

by Marissa M. Donohue

Energy & Environment Committee Intern – City of Medford, Office of Energy & Environment


The City of Medford is looking for an intern to support the Energy & Environment Committee. The Committee works in conjunction with the Medford Office of Energy and the Environment to support the City’s goals of energy independence and environmental stewardship. Members provide additional technical and consulting expertise to the City and organize energy and environmental related projects, events and programs to benefit the residents of Medford. The Committee is comprised of Medford residents who bring a variety of expertise to the city, particularly in the areas of energy efficiency, clean energy, community outreach and education.


Interested applicants must be able to attend the Committee’s monthly meetings, on the first Monday of each month from 6-8PM. The intern would take minutes at the meeting and help identify tasks that they could take on to support the work of the committee.  This might include helping to schedule subcommittee meetings using tools such as Doodle, updating documents and websites needed by the committee, researching information to support the committee’s programs and serving as a central hub for collecting documents and information.  The position may also support the Go Green Medford Coalition and other sustainability organizations.


The qualified applicant will be a self-starter, able to work independently and able to work in an interrupt-driven environment. The intern will work out of Medford’s Office of Energy & Environment and may provide additional help to the Office as time and workload permits. The position is expected to be a minimum of 8 hours a week, and at least some of the hours would be during official City Hall hours to allow coordination with the Office and other interns. Strong preference will be given to someone who can start in the spring and continue in the fall, with the potential for part-time or full-time summer employment.


Compensation of $11/hour is available for this position, through the City of Medford or Tufts Federal Work-Study. Located in Medford’s City Hall in Medford Square, we are a 15-20 minute walk or bus ride from Tufts campus or a 5 minute bike-ride. The Office is open Mon, Tue & Thurs 8:30-4:30, Wed 8:30-7:30pm and Fri 8:30-12:30.


Interested applicants should email a copy of your resume, and letter of interest to Alicia Hunt, Director of Energy & Environment, at

Feb 28 17

Tisch College RESEARCH GRANTS – Proposals due March 15th, 2017

by Marissa M. Donohue

Request for Proposals (Student Research Grants)

Tisch College Community Research Center at Tufts

The Tisch College Community Research Center at Tufts (TCRC) is a collaborative of Tufts researchers and community representatives from Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and Medford. This RFP solicits requests for micro-grants to support community-engaged student research. Undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines are welcome to apply. We hope that students who apply will also consider joining our list of students involved with community engaged research.

(For more information on our previously funded pilot projects, see:

Application Guidelines and Requirements:
1. Projects must have a community partner.
2. Projects must be primarily research.
3. Proposals could address urgent or overlooked issues identified by community groups and/or issues related to

Tufts host communities (Somerville, Boston Chinatown, Medford, Grafton)

Grant Specifications:

  1. Funding available: micro-grants of $100-300 for each application, which must be spent for research expenses

    and not used as compensation for research team members.

  2. Funding must be spent by June 1, 2017.
  3. A final report on the project must be submitted by June 30, 2017.
  4. The report needs to include research process and community involvement in the research.

1. Applications should specify whether they will involve human subjects. All projects involving human subjects

as research participants will have to be submitted for approval or exemption to the Tufts Institutional Review Boards. Projects requiring human subjects approved protocols should anticipate the time that will be needed for approval as well as training of research team members, including community partners. Details are available here:

Submission process:

DEADLINE: Wednesday, March 15, 5:00 PM

Applicants can, in advance of the deadline for submission, seek help with finding a community partner from TCRC.

Applications should consist of no more than 1 page (Times New Roman 12-point type, 1 inch margins) of narrative, not including references. The structure of the narrative is discretionary.
Signed letters, on letterhead, from all partners indicating that they have agreed to participate in the proposal must be included.

Final applications should be submitted as an email attachment (in a single PDF document) to For more information contact Doug Brugge, Director of TCRC, via email at Phone calls or meetings to discuss this RFP can be scheduled.

NOTE: The funded application(s) will be eligible for technical assistance from the director and steering committee of TCRC during the implementation of the research should they seek it.

Feb 28 17

Summer Research Technician – Block Island

by Marissa M. Donohue

The role of birds and rodents in Lyme disease ecology
Dept of E3B, Columbia
May 15 to August 29, 2017

Description: A paid opportunity is available to participate in research
related to the role of birds and
rodents in the ecology of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases The
intern will gain knowledge
and field experience while working on a long-term project studying the
dynamics of infection in birds
and mice on Block Island, RI. Responsibilities and learning opportunities
include: bird mist netting,
conducting bird point count surveys, small mammal trapping, collecting
ticks from animals and the

Requirements: Ability to identify common northeastern birds by sight and
sound and previous
experience doing bird point count surveys are required. Candidates must
have completed, or be in the
process of completing, a Bachelor¹s degree in a biological science; must
possess a valid driver¹s
license; and be able to hike outdoors while carrying equipment.

Logistics: The position will be based on Block Island, RI. Housing and
transportation will be provided.

Project PI: Maria Diuk-Wasser. If interested please send a resume, cover
letter, and the names and
emails of two references to

Feb 28 17

Clean Energy Internships – Vermont Law School

by Marissa M. Donohue
Two New Undergraduate Clean Energy Advocacy Internships
Given the increasing importance of training the next generation of clean energy advocates and leaders we have decided to offer 2 new undergraduate internship opportunities this summer at Vermont Law School¹s Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE).  The internships would be open to students who have at least completed the sophomore year as well as this spring¹s recent graduates.  The internship will be for 30 hours a week (with a reduced schedule during the 2 week period in class and with the 4th of July week and Friday¹s off if desired) and extend from May 30th to August 4th.  Interns will be able to take one of the two week Summer Energy Courses for free and will each receive a $1,000 stipend (likely to be taxable).  Interns will be invited to participate in the weekly seminar of our energy clinic which is working on exciting community energy projects across New England with a particular focus on climate justice issues.  Through our work and weekly seminars the interns will be able to interact with multiple practitioners in the clean energy field, participate in field trips and will work with the IEE faculty on a sustainability project during the internship.
Applications are due April 1, 2017 and require 1)  a cover letter expressing interest in a clean energy advocacy career and the internship, 2) one letter of recommendation from AESS faculty, and 3) an unofficial copy of undergraduate transcripts.  Applications, including faculty recommendations, should be sent to Jennifer Thomas at   It is our goal to make internship offers around April 17th and our decisions will be heavily weighted by the AESS faculty recommendations.  We will also send copies of the IEE¹s forthcoming book (Praeger, April 2017), ³The Electric Battery:  Charging Forward to a Low Carbon Future² which U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders endorses as “a key to achieving our sustainable energy revolution” to at least 5 applicants whose cover letters and applications we find inspiring.  For students accepted we will provide access to resources for summer housing opportunities in the area.   If there are questions your students can check out the resources below or email me at
Information on the Institute for Energy and the Environment can be found at 
Information on the work of our Energy Clinic can be found at