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Apr 27 18

PhD Assistantship | Utah State University

by Grace L. Schumaker

Utah State University: Fully funded PhD Assistantship – Animal space-use
behavior and demography (joint supervision by Dr. Dan MacNulty and Dr.
Tal Avgar).

The successful applicant will advance understanding about the
demographic consequences of space-use behavior in free-living large-
vertebrate systems. Research will focus on the northern Yellowstone elk
population, which migrates annually to summer ranges throughout
Yellowstone National Park. The successful applicant will examine how elk
movement and resource-selection varies with elk density, resource
availability, and predation risk (from wolves, grizzly bears, and
cougars), and how these individual space-use behaviors affect survival
and reproduction. Research will be conducted in collaboration with
agency scientists and will involve cutting-edge analyses of several
long-term datasets as well as field work in Yellowstone. Desired start
date: August 27, 2018. The assistantship includes tuition and fees,
health insurance, travel stipend, and a yearly stipend of $20k for up to
four years. The candidate will be expected to apply for additional
funding such as the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and S. J. and Jesse
E. Quinney Doctoral Research Fellowship.

Minimum qualifications: MSc in ecology, wildlife biology, conservation
biology, or related field; GRE scores (for both verbal and quantitative)
≥70th percentile and cumulative GPA ≥3.50. Competitive applicants will
have experience collecting, analyzing, presenting, and publishing field
data, working collaboratively with agency and academic scientists, and
strong interests in developing and applying quantitative models of
animal space-use behavior, predator-prey interactions, and demography.
Applicants should email the following materials as a single pdf file
with the subject line “PhD Assistantship” to AND (a) one page cover letter describing relevant
experience, interests, and professional goals, (b) CV, (c) GRE scores,
(d) transcripts (unofficial) from undergraduate and graduate education,
(f) scientific writing sample (an academic paper or report written
primarily by the applicant), and (e) contact information for three
professional references. Consideration of interested applicants begins
immediately and continues until the position is filled.

Utah State University ( is a Research I (Extensive
Doctoral) land-grant institution with a student body of over 24,000, 42
departments, 8 academic colleges, a school of Graduate Studies, and
diverse research programs. The main campus is located in Logan, a
community of 100,000 people. Logan is 85 miles north of Salt Lake City
in scenic Cache Valley, a semi-rural mountain basin with nearby ski
resorts, lakes, rivers, and mountains providing many recreational
opportunities. The area has a low cost of living and provides a high
quality of life.  For more information on Logan see

Apr 27 18

Summer Camp Assistant Director | Butter Beans Food & Garden

by Grace L. Schumaker

Butter Beans Food & Garden Summer Camp Assistant Director

Headquartered in New York, Butter Beans Inc. provides healthy meals and food
education for bodies and minds through our tasty, nutritious Food Service
program for school meals, Food & Garden Summer Camp, and After-School Cooking
Classes. We aim to improve the health and welfare of children today by
empowering youth with the skills and knowledge of seasonal, sustainable foods.

Butter Beans is seeking a dynamic, engaging, and enthusiastic Assistant Camp
Director for our 2018 Food & Garden Summer Camp. During the summer, campers
ages 5-11 will explore a seed-to-table journey in food through gardening,
field trips, tastings, cooking, and mindful eating.

Lead a wide range of lessons in healthy cooking, gardening, sustainable food
systems, composting, nutrition, and more.
Lead team of counselors to create a unique, hands-on learning experience.
Foster a safe, fun, and nurturing environment for campers.
Ensure that campers are prepared and ready for the day’s activities.
Attend and oversee all field trips and activities, making sure campers are
accounted for at all times.
Organize games and activities for students during down time or travel.
Help with pick up/drop off of campers and assist with early + after care.
Conduct daily inspections of the camp facility to ensure safety & cleanliness.
Other responsibilities, as needed.

Possess a love for working with children, with 1-2 years of demonstrated
teaching experience.
Passionate and knowledgeable about healthy eating, cooking, food, farming, and
community wellness.
Superb communication and classroom management skills.
Highly organized, responsible, dependable, flexible, patient and detail-
Team player and problem solver with strong work ethic, high energy, and good
sense of humor.
Desire to create positive change in our food systems and community health by
inspiring youth to become responsible eaters and future change makers.
CPR/First Aid Certification preferred.

Time commitment + Location: 35-40 hours per week July 2 – August 10, 2018 in
our Brooklyn and Manhattan Camp locations.    Camp operates between the hours
of 8am and 5pm, Monday through Friday at both Brooklyn and Manhattan
locations.  The Assistant Camp Director is expected to attend a paid Staff
Orientation and Training in June  with opportunities to work on camp
programming in the coming months prior to camp and a post-camp evaluation. The
Assistant Director may have opportunity to grow with other facets of the
Butter Beans food education program.

To apply:  Please send a resume, cover letter, and three work references,
expressing your experience working with youth and interest in food and
gardening education to

Apr 27 18

Funded Graduate Student Position in Plant Ecology

by Grace L. Schumaker

Funded Graduate Student Position in Plant Ecology

The Dovciak lab ( at the State University of
New York (SUNY ESF) is looking for a highly motivated graduate student (PhD
or MS) for a funded position to study vegetation dynamics of Long Island
Pine Barrens of New York State. The student is expected to study forest
plant communities and examine patterns of regeneration, recruitment, and
mortality for pitch pine and oaks on vegetation plots surveyed in 2005/2006.
The data and protocols from this survey are available for use. The position
will include (1) resurvey of the vegetation plots, (2) quantification of
changes in forest community and tree populations, and (3) building
statistical models to relate tree population processes to environmental
conditions (including canopy cover, understory vegetation, and soil

The position starts on August 20, 2018, but a later start (January 2019) may
be considered. The position is based at SUNY ESF in Syracuse
( and field work is based at Brookhaven National
Laboratory on Long Island. Collaborative partners include the Central Pine
Barrens Commission and the New York State Department of Environmental
Conservation. The position will be supported by research (2 years) and
teaching assistantships (1-3 years) that cover a stipend, tuition, and
health benefits.

Additional collaborative research opportunities exist in our lab within an
NSF-funded project examining ecotone dynamics between deciduous and conifer
forests of northeastern United States.

Desired qualifications:
– MS or BS in plant or forest ecology, botany, or a related field
– GPA >3.5 and GRE scores >70% (lower may be acceptable with relevant
research experience)
– Basic vascular plant identification skills and familiarity with ecosystems
of the northeastern United States
– Excellent time management, interpersonal, and team/collaborative skills
– Ability to work long hours in potentially adverse field conditions over a
period of 2-3 months
– Interest in organizing and managing large data sets (e.g., in Excel or Access)
– Ability to use, or willingness to learn, advanced statistical methods and
packages (e.g., R)
– Driver’s license and an own car

To apply, send (1) cover letter summarizing your interests, educational
goals (MS, PhD), and qualifications, (2) CV, including GPA and GRE, (3)
transcripts (unofficial OK at this stage), and (4) contacts for three
references to Martin Dovciak (, ideally as a single pdf
file. Please use “Plant Ecology Research Assistantship” in email subject
line. Earlier inquiries are welcome. The review of the applications will
start on May 15 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.
Selected candidates will be asked to submit a full application (with
official transcripts, reference letters, and GRE reports) to SUNY ESF
( as soon as possible.

Info on Syracuse academic community/environment is here:

Info on Long Island Central Pine Barrens is here:

Apr 27 18

Youth Program Instructor | Newton Community Farm

by Grace L. Schumaker

About Newton Community Farm: Newton Community Farm, a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching and modeling sustainable agriculture and environmental practices, is seeking teachers for our summer programs for children aged 5 – 14. All of our summer programs combine farm work with other hands-on activities to explore where our food comes from, the work that is involved in growing food, and how our food choices can affect our health, the health of the community, and the health of our environment. The Position: The lead teacher is responsible for the daily delivery of the curriculum, including leading activities in the learning garden and field, facilitating: discussion groups, project work and craft activities, and creating and maintaining a safe, inclusive learning environment for all participants. The successful candidate will contribute to the continued development of the curriculum and should be creative and imaginative. The successful candidate will have the ability to work both independently and as part of a team; collaborating and coordinating with other farm staff as well as high school interns and will demonstrate strong communication skills. This position requires experience working with children and a passion for teaching youth on the importance of local food systems, sustainable agriculture and environmental practices. A sense of humor, strong organizational skills, and an ability to be flexible, quick thinking and adaptive are vital. We offer both half and full days and are week to week across age groups, beginning June 18th and ending August 24th. Please see Kids at the Farm: Summer 2018 for our full program descriptions. How to Apply: Newton Community Farm is an equal opportunity employer. To express your interest in this position please submit a covering letter and current resume to: Reva Haselkorn, Director of Education at, with the subject line Summer 2018: Youth Programs Instructor.

Apr 27 18

Mountain Ecosystem Research | University of New Mexico

by Grace L. Schumaker

Job Description:
We are looking to recruit 2-3 individuals interested in alpine research on mountain ecosystems, their
wildlife, and their relationship to weather and other environmental conditions. The project focuses
particularly on the factors underlying the distribution and abundance of American pikas (Ochotona
princeps) across northern New Mexico, but we collect data on all bird & mammal species we encounter,
as well as quantify vegetation cover, microtopography, etc.  We are seeking enthusiastic individuals that
are interested in working in high-elevation settings for ~3 weeks this July (starting 3 July).

This work is very strenuous because it involves high-mileage hiking in remote, high-elevation areas
(7,800 – 12,500′), typically off-trail, and involves early mornings and late nights (to match activity peaks
in our study species).  However, if you love the mountains, amazing scenery, and searching for
charismatic animals, then the payoff is huge! We are seeking three overarching traits in applicants: 1)
navigation experience on and off trails, 2) excellent physical condition (6-20+ miles of hiking at high
elevations, each day), and 3) positive attitude, solid decision-making skills, and mental stamina under
challenging conditions in remote areas. We are looking for applicants with strong, proven leadership
skills. Selected applicants *must* have their own transportation to and from Los Alamos, New Mexico.

Required Qualifications:
-Highly motivated individual
-Must possess a current, valid U.S. driver’s license
-Can work independently, in addition to as part of a team
-Great physical condition, for work in mountainous terrain (2.5-3 mph sustained pace)
-Experience hiking/backpacking
-Detail-oriented, for data collection
-Strong problem-solving skills
-Most importantly, energetic and positive attitude under challenging conditions!

Preferred Qualifications:
-Experience in identifying trees and shrubs
-Basic hiking gear, such as your own overnight and day packs, strong but comfortable boots, water
bladders to carry 3-7 liters, etc.
-Orienteering experience with GPS units & topographic maps

Technicians will receive extensive training on use of all field gear (e.g., compass, clinometer, GPS unit,
laser rangefinder) and field methods, as well as a comprehensive discussion and materials explaining
the justifications and background for the study.  Technicians will have transportation and lodging
expenses covered, and will receive a daily stipend for food and other expenses.  Technicians will also
get the rare experience of being in remote areas of Bandelier National Monument and in Valles Caldera
National Preserve, the latter of which was recently made an NPS park unit.

To Apply:
Please send a current resume or CV, along with a cover letter describing your experience, skills, and
interests and especially how they make you a great fit for the position, as well as information for 4
references (name, email, phone #, how they know you) to Marie Westover at the University of New
Mexico ( Decisions will be made on a rolling basis, starting 9 May 2018.

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you!

Short video about pikas: v=cqtm9dkAu4o

Apr 27 18

Evolutionary Biology Research | University of California, Riverside

by Grace L. Schumaker
Research Internships – Evolutionary Biology
         Research interns are needed to assist in a multi-disciplinary, multi-investigator, experimental study of the interactions between ecology and evolution in Trinidad, West Indies. The research is led by Professor David Reznick at the University of California, Riverside in collaboration with Joseph Travis (Florida State), Tim Coulson (Oxford), Paul Bentzen (Dalhousie U.), and Ron Bassar (Williams).  We seek to integrate multiple biological fields for the study of these interactions in experimental populations of guppies in Trinidad. Duties include assisting in monthly censuses of guppy populations in montane streams. The monthly censuses include long hours in the field and laboratory.  There will also be 12 days off between each census when interns can pursue an independent project.
Qualifications: We seek interns who are entertaining the possibility of pursuing graduate studies in some area of ecology and evolution and who wish to gain some additional field research experience before doing so.  Research will take place in semi-remote areas of Trinidad sometimes under bad weather conditions. Applicants must be able to live and work well with others. Research will involve carrying heavy packs over slippery and steep terrain. Applicants must be in good physical condition and be able to meet the demands of field research under these conditions. Ability to drive a standard transmission vehicle is desirable but not required. Applicants with first-aid/first responder training, skills in automobile maintenance, and construction skills are highly desirable. Please address these skills when applying.
         Interns will be required to spend a minimum of 3-months in Trinidad, with possibility of extension. There are potential start dates in July 2019 and every month thereafter until early 2019. We will cover all travel and living expenses and provide housing. 
         Please see our website <> for more information on the project and access to reprints.  Be sure to check out our video menu, which includes a “guppy censuses” submenu that details the main tasks associated with the internship.
Applicants should send cover letter, CV and the names and e-mail addresses of three or more professional references to David Reznick ( At least two of the references should be academics.
Apr 27 18

Coastal Ecology Research | University of California, Santa Barbara

by Grace L. Schumaker

Keywords: Marine biogeochemistry, Organic Matter, Nitrogen, Sediment, Kelp, Santa

A Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer fellowship is available for one student in partnership with the Santa Barbara Coastal Long Term Ecological Research program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Duration is 12 weeks, June 18-Sept 7, although these dates are flexible, and the student will be compensated $1,500/month. We invite applications from qualified, highly motivated undergraduate students from U.S. colleges/universities to participate in a 12-week lab and field based summer research experience. The student will be involved with an NSF-funded project on the cycling of terrestrially and marine-derived organic matter in kelp forests and nearby marine sediments. The main objective of this project is to evaluate how the input of various kinds of organic matter affects nitrogen and carbon cycling in kelp forest ecosystems and surrounding regions and to develop a quantitative understanding of the potential supply of nutrients provided by these organic matter inputs. Applicants should possess a strong analytical chemistry background, an interest in fieldwork, and the desire to conduct an
independent project.

There are several potential avenues of research that the REU may pursue, and the final project will be decided upon following a literature review and discussion with their supervisor. The REU will be responsible for conducting an independent project and completing a written report at the end of the summer. They will also have the opportunity
to learn R software, participate in field work in the Santa Barbara Channel, collaborate with other undergraduate students, and receive training for several biogeochemical protocols and appropriate instruments.

Eligibility: You are eligible if you are an undergraduate student who has completed at least two years of study towards a bachelor’s degree in a related topic (including environmental studies, chemistry, biology, ecology, or physics), and if you will still be an undergraduate in the fall term following the summer fellowship.  Students from underrepresented groups and from institutions with limited research opportunities are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The University of California is an equal opportunity employer and educator.

Application Materials: Interested applicants should send a personal statement, CV or resume, unofficial transcript, one letter of recommendation, and contact information for one additional reference. The statement should be less than 500 words and include the following information: (i) professional goals, (ii) interest in position, and (iii) relevant experience.  Send application materials as a single PDF, to Heili Lowman ( Please include your name and REU application in file names and subject line. The letter of recommendation should be sent directly from the recommender (please include the applicants name in the subject line for emails). Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will be accepted through May 10, 2018.

Apr 27 18

Special Seminar

by Grace L. Schumaker

Smart enough for smart farming?

Emerging responses in agricultural knowledge and innovation systems to digitalization

Laurens Klerkx

Knowledge, Technology and Innovation Group

Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Date:                    Monday, April 30, 2018

Time:                    12:00 – 1:15pm

Location:             Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Jaharis 272

                          Jaharis Family Center for Biomedical and Nutrition Sciences

                          150 Harrison Avenue

                          Boston, MA 02111

RSVP:              Please RSVP promptly by e-mailing  

  ***Space is limited to the first 25 to respond


Given the surge of Smart Farming, there is a growing interest in policy and scientific circles in the topic.  E.g., the Standing Committee on Agricultural Research from the EU, through its Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems Strategic Workgroup has a specific track on Smart Farming, and the Australian Farm Institute has organized two policy conferences on ‘Digital Disruption’ in recent years. Also, large science projects focus on Smart Farming, such as the Horizon 2020 project ‘Internet of Food’ and the Digiscape Future Science Platform through CSIRO in Australia, and #DigitAg in France. Though research is taking place increasingly on the social and institutional aspects of Smart Farming,  one of the open questions is how knowledge and innovation systems themselves (e.g. research, extension/advisory systems, in relation to their clients) respond to this trend, as it may drastically influence the way they do research and provide advice and engage with stakeholders. In my talk I will provide some emerging insights based on ongoing work in New Zealand and The Netherlands.


Laurens is Associate Professor at the Knowledge, Technology and Innovation Group of Wageningen University, The Netherlands,  of which he has been part since 2002. He obtained his PhD from the same university and is an internationally recognized expert in the field of agricultural innovation studies, doing social science research and teaching on various topics such as:

  • Institutional change in research and advisory organizations;
  • Roles and positions of organizations that broker multi-stakeholder networks for innovation;
  • Implementation of transdisciplinary science and co-innovation approaches;
  • Dynamics an politics of research and innovation agenda setting;
  • Advisory service innovation and professional development;
  • Division of public, private and industry roles in innovation;
  • Internationalization of research and innovation;
  • Digital agriculture innovation;
  • Transformative innovation in agri-food;
  • Innovation system development;
  • Innovation policy.

Throughout his career, Laurens has (co-)authored and published more than 80 articles in international peer reviewed journals. His work informs policy makers, through contributions to policy oriented publications and direct engagement through invited presentations with organizations like the World Bank, the European Commission, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and the United Nations Commission for Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Furthermore, he frequently interacts with practitioners through presentations and workshops  on systemic perspectives on innovation and the implications for research, extension and development professionals.

Laurens is a member of the editorial boards of the international journals Agricultural Systems and Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, the steering committee of the International Farming Systems Association, the Science Advisory Panel of AgResearch (New Zealand) and has held advisory positions in several research programmes and projects in Europe, New Zealand and Australia.

Apr 23 18

Master’s Research Project

by Grace L. Schumaker
We are seeking a M.Sc. student to evaluate how stand composition and inter-tree distance influences wood characteristics of Spruce and Aspen growing in mixedwood stands.
Mixedwood forests comprise a large component of the land base in British Columbia, and western Canada generally.  While conifer dominated stands have historically been preferentially harvested, utilization of softwood and hardwood fiber from mixedwood stands is projected to increase.  Advancing our understanding of how stand composition and forest structure influence wood and fiber attributes will promote better utilization and management of these forest resources.  The student working on this project will use a combination of dendrochronology methods, wood fiber analysis, and forest measurement to analyze relationships between tree growth, forest structure and wood properties.
Applicants should be interested in studying the drivers of tree growth at the individual and stand level and relating this information to forest management.  Research associated with this project will be done at established silviculture research sites, and in natural forest stands, near Fort St. John in north eastern British Columbia.
This M.Sc. research project will entail a combination of field sampling under difficult conditions and data modeling. Ideal candidates will have a strong forest ecology or plant physiology background.  Strong quantitative skills and experience conducting data analysis and modelling in R or Python would be beneficial.
Successful applicants will be working with Dr. Ché Elkin and Dr. Lisa Wood (University of Northern British Columbia), and Richard Kabzems (B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development (FLNRORD)).  UNBC is located in Prince George and is surrounded by intermontane sub-boreal forest providing untold opportunity for exploration and field research and study.  UNBC has a well-regarded program in Forest Ecology and Management, and is Canada’s Green UniversityTM as well as a top ‘green employer’ within Canada.  Two years of funding are guaranteed for this position.
Interested students should contact Ché Elkin for further information on this research opportunity and position.  Applicants for this position are asked to send a letter of interest, detailed CV, transcripts, and names of 3 references to Dr. Ché Elkin (  Applications will be evaluated as they are received, with the aim of selecting a student by May 11th, 2018.   The preferred start date for this position will be Sept. 2018, with the potential for a January 2019 start.
For more information please see:

Ché Elkin
Associate Professor
FRBC-Slocan Mixedwood Ecology and Management Chair
University of Northern British Columbia
Ecosystem Science and Management
Apr 23 18

Master’s thesis project: Coastal Ecosystems

by Grace L. Schumaker

Available position: Master’s thesis project:
Spatial variability of intertidal community characteristics across various
St. Lawrence coastal ecosystems
Context: Coastal zones—due to their economic, cultural, and recreational
importance—are some of the most inhabited and human-influenced regions on
the planet. Nonetheless, they contain habitats that fulfill multiple
critical roles for the functioning of marine ecosystems and offer diverse
ecosystem services to humans. Despite this importance, along the St.
Lawrence Estuary and Gulf the mapping of coastal ecosystems is incomplete,
and the provided coastal ecosystem services remain unknown.

Objectives: This project has the aim of: i) estimating the biomass,
productivity, diversity, and carbon storage of diverse coastal ecosystems
along the St. Lawrence Estuary and Gulf, ii) comparing these studied
ecosystems to degraded coastal sites, and iii) establishing genetic links
between the populations of the targeted sites. This work, to be undertaken
in collaboration with four universities, will produce relevant and important
results for coastal ecology and will shed light on the links between
biodiversity and coastal ecosystem functioning and services.

Candidates must have a BSc in biology, marine sciences, environmental
sciences, or another closely related field. Their background must include a
solid academic record with relevant achievements and experience. Candidates
must also demonstrate strong organizational, communication, and scientific
writing skills. The successful candidate will be located at Université du
Québec à Chicoutimi, Canada. Knowledge of French is advantageous but not

The review of candidates will begin in April 2018.
Interested persons are kindly asked to submit their candidacy (by email
only) to: The submitted email must include:
•       A cover letter explaining the candidate’s interest for this MSc project;
•       A curriculum vitae containing all relevant information for the proper
evaluation of the candidate (including the contact information of two (2)

We will communicate only with those candidates retained for an interview.
This selection process will continue until a suitable candidate has been found.

Mathieu Cusson, Ph. D.
Associate Professor
Département des sciences fondamentales
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
555, boulevard de l’Université
Chicoutimi (Québec)
G7H 2B1 Canada Web :