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Oct 6 15

Upcoming Free Seminars (online & on campus)

by Sara Gomez Garcia

The Effects of Human-Animal Interaction on Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

October 22, 2015

noon-1pm, Varis Lecture Hall, Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton.

Speaker:  Jennie Dapice Feinstein, PhD, OTR/L, Pediatric Occupational Therapist, Perkins School for the Blind.

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The Challenges of Creating Zoos That Are Ethical Edens
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

noon-1pm, Varis Lecture Hall, Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton.

Speaker: Ron Kagan, Director/Chief Executive Officer, Detroit Zoological Society.  Download the flyer for this event here

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Dr. Temple Grandin: Livestock Behavior & Welfare: Experience, Research, and the Impact on My Life and Teaching
Mon-Tues, Nov 30-Dec 1, 2015

Tufts’ Medford and Grafton campuses

Speaker: Temple Grandin, PhD. Dr. Grandin is a designer of livestock handling facilities and a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University.

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The seminars are part of the fall 2015 Animal Matters Seminar Series presented by the Center for Animals and Public Policy. Members of the public are invited to the free seminars. Join online or on campus.

Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy

508-839-7991 | fax (508) 839-3337 |

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by Sara Gomez Garcia

January 14th through May 14th, 2016
Complete applications must be submitted by November 2nd, 2015

RESEARCH DESCRIPTION:   A five year interval tree census will begin in the
16-ha Luquillo Forest Dynamics Plot (LFDP), in Puerto Rico’s El Yunque
National Forest.  The LFDP is a member of the Center for Tropical Forest
Science network, an organization funded through the Smithsonian Tropical
Research Institute.  We also receive support from the National Science
Foundation funded Long Term Ecological Research Program.  To complete the
census we are seeking volunteer interns in three phases over the course of
several months.  For this first phase of the project, we seek the help of
seven (7) volunteer interns.  After training in census protocol and
database management, volunteers will work in the forest identifying,
measuring, and mapping trees in marked grids.  Data will then be entered
using database software.  Volunteers work together in teams of three under
the supervision of a field technician, spending long hours in the field (8
am until 4 pm, Monday-Friday, with weekends free), often in wet and muddy
conditions and on challenging topography.  While in Puerto Rico volunteers
will have the opportunity to learn about diverse aspects of tropical
ecology from scientists involved in the Luquillo Long-Term Ecological
Research Program.

PERIOD:  January 14th through May 14th, 2016.

STIPEND: $600 per month to cover food and general living expenses.

ACCOMMODATION: Free accommodation at the El Verde Field Station in Puerto
Rico.  Housing is communal using shared resources.  The field station is
relatively isolated and transportation is available on a limited basis.

TRAVEL: Refund of up to $750 towards a round-trip plane ticket from
mainland USA, if not already living in Puerto Rico.
NOTE: We are unable to provide any medical insurance.

REQUIREMENTS: College graduates with excellent organizational skills and
attention to detail, preferably with background in biology, ecology, or
environmental science, field-work experience, and knowledge of plant
identification.  Tropical experience useful, but is not required.  We are
currently only considering US citizens and permanent US residents for these

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Interested applicants must fill out the online
Application Form (see
The following additional materials must also be submitted via email to Seth
Rifkin at by November 2nd:

1) A letter of interest indicating why you wish to work in the tropical
forest and describing your relevant experience.  Include a statement that
you understand your application is for a volunteer position;

2) Full resume;

3) University transcripts (scanned unofficial transcripts are fine).

All email attachments must include the name of the applicant as part of the
file name.

Please email further inquiries to

Following phone interviews, we will inform successful applicants in mid-
November, 2015.

For more information, please see
verde-field-station/Home,,, and

Oct 6 15

M.S. Graduate Research Assistantship in Bat Conservation

by Sara Gomez Garcia

I am seeking a highly qualified M.S. student to conduct a funded research project on roost use and availability of endangered bats in the southern Appalachian Mountains. The research project will involve intensive mist-netting and radio-tracking of Indiana and northern long-eared bats in Alabama’s Talladega National Forest over the coming spring and summer. The graduate student will need to spend long periods of time in the field and supervise several technicians. A $12,000 stipend and tuition wavier will be provided the first year. The student will be expected to apply for a graduate teaching assistantship during the second year of their degree program. The selected individual will enroll in the graduate program of the Biology Department at the University of West Georgia beginning January 2016.

Please email a PDF application containing a letter of interest, CV, unofficial transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information for three professional references to Dr. Andrew Edelman,
Please include “Bat GRA” as the subject line of the email. Review of applications will begin immediately. Interviews will be conducted in late October.

Minimum Qualifications
B.S. in biology, wildlife ecology, or related field with at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
Minimum GRE scores: Verbal 150, Math 150, Writing 3.0
Strong experience in ecological research at the undergraduate or post-baccalaureate level
Excellent quantitative, writing, and oral communication skills
Exceptional leadership capabilities
Willingness to spend extensive periods at a semi-remote location
Ability to hike across mountainous terrain under a variety of weather conditions while hauling heavy equipment
Orienteering skills
Ability to drive 4WD vehicle

Preferred Qualifications
Proficient in radio-telemetry techniques
Experienced in bat mist-netting, tagging, and identification
Current rabies vaccination
Ability to identify southeastern trees and conduct standard vegetation measurements
Basic training in GIS and statistics

Andrew Edelman, Assistant Professor
Biology Dept.
Univ. of West Georgia
1601 Maple St.
Carrollton, GA 30118

Email:, Phone: (678) 839-4042

Oct 6 15

Communications and Events Coordinator

by Sara Gomez Garcia

CUAHSI seeks a Communications and Events Coordinator who will assist in executing the organization’s strategy to engage CUAHSI’s constituency, which includes the CUAHSI member organizations, broader science community, and general public. In coordination with our Program Manager and Communication and Events Manager, we need someone to help us further our education and outreach services.


Job responsibilities will include:
Creating content on the CUAHSI website, monthly newsletter, and social media
Assisting with logistical planning of CUAHSI meetings, events, and activities
Representing CUAHSI at professional meetings
Coordinating with other staff on activities and communications around CUAHSI education and outreach programs and services
Coordinating with other staff in developing and maintaining membership services such as membership records, meetings, annual elections, and facilitating advisory committees


We would like you to have:
At least one year of relevant work experience
A Bachelor’s degree in Geography, Earth/Environmental Science, or related discipline
Effective oral communication, written communication, and critical thinking skills
The ability to work independently as well as within a team
Attention to detail and the ability to meet deadlines
An outgoing personality and patience for working with a wide range of water science professionals
Strong organizational and time management skills


You will also need to:
Travel as required


Application Details:
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Please include the Communications and Events Coordinator position in the subject line of your email.
Located just outside of Boston in Medford, MA, CUAHSI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit university consortium with members from the United States and around the world. We are an equal opportunity employer and offer a competitive benefits package that includes health and dental insurance, paid vacation, disability, and a 403(b) retirement plan. CUAHSI is an equal opportunity employer. For more information, visit

Oct 6 15

Eco Practicum

by Sara Gomez Garcia


Eco Practicum is seeking passionate applicants between the ages of 18 and 30 for our Spring Break and Summer programs, where participants gain hands-on experience and practice real-world solutions to todays’ most critical socio-environmental issues.

Practice a variety of farming techniques (organic, urban, no-till)
Meet 20+ experts in the field
Gain firsthand experience addressing systems of food, water, energy, and waste
Make a positive impact on the bio-region
Eco Practicum workshops include:

DIY Solar Power
Aquaculture Design
Rain Catchment Systems
Art and Ecology
Building with Reclaimed Materials
Strategies for Sustainable Economic Development
Peer-led skill sharing
If you’re into experiential learning and real community engagement, apply today

*  Save money and apply by the early application deadlines: Jan. 10 (NYC) and March 8 (Catskills)
** Financial aid is available for all students. Ask us for more information.

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Oct 6 15

Research Internships – Dolphins and porpoises in Spain

by Sara Gomez Garcia

On behalf of the Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute (BDRI), I am pleased to announce that we are currently accepting internship applications for Winter and Spring term 2016 (a minimum of 30 days of participation between June and November) for our research project along the North-western coast of the Iberian Pensinsula (Galician waters, Spain). An internship period with the BDRI offers an excellent opportunity for qualified and motivated individuals to obtain field and laboratory training in marine mammal’s research methodology and analysis under the mentorship of experienced bottlenose dolphin researchers.

Interns can expect to gain a solid foundation in cetaceans behavioural ecology and sociobiology with a focus on dolphins ethology, habitat use and communication. BDRI offers interns the chance to work through the many steps of research. Your participation means that you will not only be observing the studied animals at sea, but you will also be collecting different types of scientific data, using various research methods, and helping on board the research vessel in general. Furthermore, as the Galician coastline is known for frequent strandings of various marine mammals species, you will be a part of an important network for rescue and data collection from these stranded animals. When back in the lab, you will participate in the transcription of the collected data, with the database work, you will use various softwares, perform photo-identification analysis, use of GIS and more. Moreover, interns will also receive cross-training in different areas related with the strandings (Response, Rescue, Necropsy and data collection).

As an internship, you will be encouraged to work hard and gain an insight of what it is actually like to work as a marine mammal researcher. An
academic background in biology, veterinary or natural science, coupled with motivation, willingness to work hard and interest in marine mammals research make the most qualified individuals. Our centre understands the importance of giving the participant the responsibilities and experience needed in order to give an insight and reflect the reality of a job within the field of marine mammal science.

The BDRI is a private and self-funded centre, hence, there is no compensation for the internship positions. There is an interships fee that includes the accommodation in an apartment, tuition and other expenses derived of your participation (housing, use of equipment, field trips by car, and use of research vessel). Successful applicants will be responsible for their own transportation expenses to and from the research centre (O Grove, Galicia, Spain).

Internship start and end dates are flexible but the position requires a minimum of 30 days continuous commitment sometime between January through to November. The intern is required to complete a project and present a 10 minute presentation at the end of their internship. If
the intern intends to receive academic credit, he/she will be responsible for making all arrangements with their educational institutions.

There is no deadline to apply. However, approved applications are accepted on a first-come, first serve basis. Apply early! Positions are open until filled (maximum 8 vacancies). Prior field research experience is recommended but not required.

Please download the internships general information and application form at:

Send the application form, resume, recommendation letters, and cover letter by email to the email:
For more information about BDRI’s research and conservation work, please visit or our Facebook page.

See you on site!

Bruno Diaz Lopez
Chief Biologist and Director
Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute (BDRI)
Av. Beiramar 192, O Grove CP. 36980
tel. 00 34 605 521441

Sep 28 15

Full-time Technician – Fire, Climate, and Restoration Ecology

by Sara Gomez Garcia

The Newingham Aridland Ecology Lab is seeking a full-time technician to assist in the collection, management, and analysis of field and laboratory data related to fire, climate change, and restoration studies in the Great Basin and surrounding ecosystems. Studies include examining the effects of climate change and grazing on plant invasions and post-fire-restoration; the effects of post-fire restoration on plant invasions, plant community trajectories, fire regimes, and soil properties; and the long-term recovery of ecosystems to wildfire. This position will work with graduate students and technicians in our research group, as well as interact with scientists and land managers from various universities, state and federal agencies, and NGOs. The individual will need a thorough understanding of research plot establishment, soil and vegetation field sampling techniques, general laboratory techniques, maintaining data loggers and other field equipment, use of GPS and GIS, data handling and statistical analysis, and manuscript writing. Additionally, the individual must have prior supervisory experience, including leading field crews. The incumbent must also be willing to travel to remote field sites and camp in primitive settings sometimes for extended periods.


Field Work:  The candidate will assist in the establishment of study sites, collect field data, and
supervise and coordinate field crews.  Field data collection will require working at diverse and remote locations based out of Reno, NV.  This will require camping or staying in hotels overnight possibly for extended periods.  Data collection may include soil, plant and insect sampling, as well as maintaining data loggers and electronic equipment. Use of a GPS is necessary for field orientation and data collection.

Laboratory Work:  The candidate will process soil, plant, and insect samples in preparation for
further laboratory analysis.  Lab work requires adherence to strict safety and research protocols for sample preparation and careful identification of study samples. This includes organizing, labeling, and sending out samples to other labs for analysis. The candidate will also be responsible for using GIS for field preparation and data analysis.

Data Analysis and Writing:  Enter data into electronic spreadsheets, data management and quality control, statistical analysis, and manuscript and report writing.

Minimum Qualifications

•    Education: BS degree in biology, ecology, natural resources, or closely related field. MS degree
is preferrred.

•    At least four years of field ecology research experience.

•    Previous experience with soil, plant, and/or insect sampling and sample analysis.

•    Experience with field and laboratory safety protocol and procedures, including basic analytical chemistry skills.

•    Experience with data management, graphing, and statistical analysis.

•    Ability to use Excel, as well as other graphing and statistical software packages.

•    Experience using GPS and GIS

•    Willingness and ability to camp and work in varied field conditions possibly for extended periods that may involve: 1) off-road hiking up and down hills, 2) carrying loads up to 30 lbs, and 3) withstanding periods of inclement weather during all seasons.

•    Possess valid driver’s license.

•    Ability to operate 4WD vehicles.

•    Ability to perform repetitive tasks while maintaining accuracy and good organizational skills.

•    Demonstrated ability to work independently and with a group.

•    Strong oral and written communication skills.

•    Supervisory experience, including leading field crews.

Employment and Application Information The candidate will work with the USDA Agricultural Research Service and University of Nevada, Reno.
The position is based in Reno, NV, with a preferred start date in November or December 2015. Salary is commensurate with experience. Please send a resume, list of four references, unofficial transcript, and a letter detailing your skills, experience, and/or interest to Dr. Beth Newingham at Review of applications will commence October 12, 2015 and remain open until the position is filled. Please contact Dr. Newingham with any questions.

Sep 28 15


by Sara Gomez Garcia



COURSE LOCATION: Bocas del Toro Biological Station, Boca del Drago, Isla Colon, Republic of  Panama.  The biological station is located on a hill facing the Caribbean Sea.  Coral reef and sea grass ecosystems lie in front of the station and lowland tropical rain forests are directly behind.  This juxtaposition of the two most biologically diverse ecosystems provides tremendous opportunities for education and research. See for details.

Dr. Peter N. Lahanas,  Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation, phone: 352-361-9128, email:   Specialty: Neotropical forest ecology, animal behavior and herpetology.

Prof. Joe Maher, Director, Tree Climbing U.S.A. , 413 College Street, Dawsonville, GA, phone: 229-732-5973, email:  Specialty:  Tree canopy access, photography.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This field course is designed to provide the student with a foundation in ecological concepts and field techniques as applied to tropical rainforest ecosystems.  The material covered is equivalent to a university upper level course in tropical ecology.  The course is divided into three parts.  During the first few days students will become familiar with the many ecosystems found in our area and with the trail systems during “orientation” walks.  The bulk of the first 10 days will be spent learning field techniques and carrying out various group projects or exercises (see below).  It is during this time period that students will learn to access the canopy using various rope techniques (Climbing Certification is available, please contact Joe Maher for details).  Midway through the course the entire station community takes a field trip to the cloud forests of Boquete (see details below).  On returning to the field station, students work on their individual research projects and continue to receive lectures in the evening.

FORMAL LECTURES.  Formal lectures will take place in the classroom and will include the use of PowerPoint presentations and chalkboard. Lectures may take place both during the day and evening.  Lecture topics will include:

o  Neotropical Life Zones and Forest Types
o  Tropical Forest Structure
o  Tropical forest Productivity
o  Epiphytes, Lianas and Creepers
o  Tropical Forest Dynamics
o  Nutrient Cycling
o  Neotropical Vertebrate Ecology
o  Neotropical Invertebrate Ecology
o  Biodiversity Hypotheses
o  Plant-Animal Interactions
o  Animal Defensive Strategies and Mimicry
o  Plant Defensive Strategies
o  Pollination and Dispersal ecology
o  Consequences of Human Use
o  Tropical Forest Conservation

INFORMAL LECTURES.  Informal lectures will be provided periodically during orientation walks (when you first arrive), during group field projects or in discussion groups. These will cover a wide variety of topics and will generally be prompted by what we encounter in the field, or by the direction taken during group discussions.

READINGS.  Readings corresponding to lecture subjects will be assigned in the text.  We may also read and critique papers brought by students and faculty and additional readings may be assigned from time to time.  In addition, each student will read, critique, and provide oral reports on published papers brought to Bocas.

REQUIRED TEXT: Kricher, John (1997).  A Neotropical Companion. Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey. ISBN 0-691-04433-3.

FIELD BOOK.  A field book will be required in the course.  The field book will contain all data related to group projects and independent research project.  The field book should also contain all other incidental observations such as species lists, behavioral notes, etc., and contain detailed location information. The field book must be water-proof and either pencil or water-proof ink used to record data.

GROUP PROJECTS.  These are research, exercises or demonstrational projects designed by the faculty and worked on in groups of four or six students.  The purpose of these projects is to familiarize students with an array of field sampling techniques and equipment commonly used in field studies.  With help from a faculty member, students set up projects, collect data, and generally (depends on the project), analyze data, present the results to the class, and write a report.

INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH PROJECTS.  Working closely with faculty, students will be responsible for designing and completing an original research project of their choosing.  The project may deal with any topic in tropical ecology or conservation.  These projects will be carried out during the second half of the course and students will have about 10 days for data collection.  A few days before the end of the course students will analyze their data, write a technical report, prepare a PowerPoint presentation of their work and orally present their findings during a station-wide symposium on the last day of the course.

BOQUETE CLOUD FOREST FIELD TRIP:  This field trip will allow students the opportunity to visit other areas of Panama, to experience Panamanian culture, and to visit tropical cloud and seasonal forests first hand.  We travel in ITEC boats to the mainland and then by chartered bus to Boquete which lies at the base of 11,000 ft. Volcan Baru.  The bus trip will take us up and over the central mountain range and through Palo Seco National Park.  Several stops will be made in route.

COURSE LENGTH: ITEC Winter field courses are about three weeks in length. The TRE W-15 will run from December 20, 2015 through July 9, 2016.

TUITION: $1950 USD.  Tuition fee includes all lodging, meals and airport transfers in Bocas del Toro.  The tuition also covers transportation and lodging during the three-day cloud forest field trip on the mainland.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: November 20, 2015.  The course is limited to 10 students and applications will be evaluated as they arrive.  If you believe that your application may arrive late, notify ITEC.

GRADING and COURSE CREDIT:  Up to 6 units of credit will be given, 3 for the lecture portion and 3 for the field portion.  A letter grade will be assigned based on exams, reports, proposals, attendance at lectures, as well as by less tangibles such as personal attitude, motivation, and contribution to the course.  Course credit must be arranged at the student’s institution.  Contact ITEC for details.

APPLICATIONS can be found at:

CONTACT:  Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation,  2911 NW 40th PL, Gainesville, FL 32605, phone: 352-367-9128, email:,  web:    ITEC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1996.

Peter N. Lahanas, Ph.D.
Executive Director

Institute for Tropical Ecology
and Conservation (ITEC)
2911 NW 40th Place
Gainesville, FL 32605, USA

phn: 352-367-9128

In Panama: 011-507-6853-2134

Bocas del Toro Biological Station
Boca del Drago, Isla Colon, Panama
Field Station Manager, Enrique Dixon

Sep 28 15

Masters opportunities in Ecology and Conservation at the College of William and Mary

by Sara Gomez Garcia

The Biology Department at the College of William and Mary is recruiting new
research Masters students in behavioral, plant, wetlands, viral, functional,
spatial, physiological, evolutionary, mathematical, and conservation
ecology, to start in Fall 2016.

We offer a two-year research-intensive Masters program where students are
supported by teaching assistantships and full tuition waivers. For many
students, getting a Masters in two years and writing publications and grants
before applying to highly competitive Ph.D. programs or jobs is a very
attractive option. We have a great track record of our recent MS students
going on to excellent PhD programs and professional positions.

With a low student-to-faculty ratio (approximately 8-10 new students each
year with 23 full-time faculty) we can offer an intimate and highly
personalized research and education experience. Also, our graduate students
often work closely with and mentor undergraduates, offering numerous
informal teaching and personal development opportunities.

Importantly, we have real strengths in many aspects of ecology and
conservation. We are one of the few smaller universities that have many
ecologists on their faculty including Harmony Dalgleish (plant ecology),
John Swaddle and Dan Cristol (behavioral ecology/ecotoxicology), Laurie
Sanderson, Jon Allen and Joshua Puzey (functional ecology, evolutionary
genomics), Randy Chambers (wetlands ecology), Kurt Williamson (viral
ecology), Matthias Leu (conservation/landscape ecology), Helen Murphy
(evolutionary ecology), Drew LaMar (mathematical ecology), and Paul Heideman
(physiological ecology).

We have fully equipped labs to conduct behavioral and evolutionary studies
in captivity with vertebrates and invertebrates, perform ecological
experiments in a greenhouse and lab setting, analyze molecular data using
core facilities, and analyze spatial data in state-of-the-art GIS labs,
including our Center for Geospatial Analyses. The proximity of William and
Mary to county, state, and federal parks as well as the Chesapeake Bay
allows for extensive field research opportunities.

General information about the program is available on our department website and more specific
information about potential advisors is available at the following research
lab web pages:
Jon Allen:
Randy Chambers:
Dan Cristol:
Harmony Dalgleish:
Paul Heideman:
Drew LaMar:
Matthias Leu:
Helen Murphy:
Joshua Puzey:
Laurie Sanderson:
John Swaddle:
Kurt Williamson:

Applications are due on Feb 1st 2016 but we strongly advise applicants to
contact potential advisors well in advance of that date.

Sep 28 15

PhD Fellowship, Oklahoma State University – Large Scale Avian Conservation in the Great Plains

by Sara Gomez Garcia

A PhD fellowship in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Oklahoma State University is available as part of the Dr. Fritz L. Knopf Doctoral Fellowship Program in Avian Conservation. This position will focus on large-scale conservation issues for bird populations and/or communities in the Great Plains region. The PhD Fellow will bring together diverse existing data sets to answer conservation-relevant questions related to factors that operate at landscape, regional, and/or national scales (e.g., land use practices, climate change, energy development, disturbance regimes).

Within these broad objectives, the Fellow will have the flexibility to pursue independent research interests under the advisement of Dr. Scott Loss and in collaboration with Drs. Craig Davis, Dwayne Elmore, Sam Fuhlendorf, and Tim O’Connell. There will also be an opportunity to conduct collaborative side-projects and interact with other Knopf Fellows (at Iowa State University, University of Colorado Denver, and Utah State University) and to participate in, contribute to, and use data from existing field projects at OSU. The fellow will be expected to participate in grant applications, peer-reviewed and popular publications as first author and co-author, presentations at regional and national meetings, and professional organizations.

The Knopf Fellowship provides funding to support advanced training of doctoral candidates in pursuit of an illustrious career in avian ecology and conservation. The intent of this funding is to provide the candidate with the opportunity to develop the professional network and prolific record of technical and popular presentations and publications needed to develop a highly competitive young professional. The funding provides a stipend for 4 years (~$21,000 per year), tuition and fees, health insurance, and a professional development allowance to present at professional conferences and for short-term research residencies in labs where other Knopf fellows are based.

Fellowship selection will be based on academic merit as demonstrated by: (1) Academic and professional strengths articulated in letters of nomination, (2) Clarity of direction and commitment to avian ecology research articulated in student’s letter of interest, (3) GPA, (4) Demonstration of effective oral and written communication as demonstrated by professional presentations and/or relevant research published in refereed scientific journals; and (5) Demonstrated leadership. Applicants with extensive experience in spatial analyses (e.g., GIS) and quantitative approaches will be especially competitive. A master’s degree is preferred but not required for students with independent research experience.

TO APPLY: send (by October 23rd, **note, this is an extended deadline on an earlier posting**) applications consisting of a single ZIP file that includes: (1) a statement of interest (2-page max) outlining general interests in avian ecology and specific potential research topics under this fellowship, (2) resume/CV, (3) unofficial academic transcripts, (4) GRE Scores, and (5) contact information for 3 references (that are able to write letters of nomination upon request) to Dr. Scott Loss (; questions should be directed here as well).