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Tuesday, July 12

Community Conversation - July 13th (a dialogue about the recent events of violence and racism)

In response to recent violence, SCOR has partnered with Rackham Graduate School, the School of Education, and the Multicultural Leadership Council to host a dialogue on processing and responding to these events as a community. We invite you to come to the School of Education this Wednesday, July 13th, Prechter Lab (Room 2202) for a

Community Conversation: We will not be bystanders
A dialogue about violence and racism

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5:00pm - Doors will open
5:30pm - Dinner be served
6:00pm - Dialogue commencement

We understand that people process these events in different ways, so we invite you to use this anonymous form to RSVP and tell us what issues you would like to discuss during this time. The form will be active until 12pm, Wednesday, July 13th.

Friday, July 8

Call for Applications: Amazonia & Climate Change Fieldcourse 2016

the AmazonFACE research program (www.inpa.gov.br/amazonface) will offer this year the second edition of the "Amazonia and Climate Change" fieldcourse, to take place in Manaus in the period between 26/Sep - 02/Oct.

The course, taught in English, is targeted at masters and PhD students and has as its objective to present and discuss critically the state-of-the-art knowledge associated to the impacts of climate change on the Amazon forest. The course is taught, almost entirely, at INPA/LBA "ZF2" research station located approximately 70km North of Manaus. It provides an unique experience to students with an immersion in the integration between theory, field observation and experimentation, and modeling associated to the topic.

Last year's edition was well succeeded, counting with the participation of 18 students from different Brazilian and foreign institutions, as well as teaching scholars from Brazil, Europe and USA. Preliminary agenda of this 2016 edition is attached to this email.  

We would like to invite you, in case you're interested, to nominate potential candidates from your research group or from your institution to participate in this course. All expenses will be covered by the course organization. But the course can attend only a limit of 15 students.

Applications should be sent by email to Bruno Takeshi <brunotakeshi@gmail.com> no later than July 31, 23h59 containing a letter of presentation/motivation/expectations (1 page max.) and a short curriculum vitae (3 pages max.).

Tuesday, July 5

13 ecology statistics workshops

Instructors: Dr. Martin Jones
Date - August 15-19 2016
Location - Scene, Loch Lomond, Glasgow, Scotland
Link – http://prstatistics.com/course/introduction-to-linux-workflows-for-biologists-ilwb/

Instructor: Dr. Thibaut Jombart
Date - August 16-20 2016
Location - Millport Field station, Isle of Cumbrae, Scotland
Link– http://prstatistics.com/course/genetic-data-analysis-using-r-gdar/

Instructors: Dr. Andrew Parnell
Date - August 23-26 2016
Location - Scene, Loch Lomond, Glasgow, Scotland
Link – http://prstatistics.com/course/introduction-to-bayesian-hierarchical-modelling-using-r-ibhm/

Instructors: Dr. Martin Jones
Date - October 3-7 2016
Location - Malham Tarn Field Station, Yorkshire, England
Link – http://prstatistics.com/course/introduction-to-python-for-biologists-ipyb-3/

Instructors: Dr. Rodney Dyer
Date - October 17-22 2016
Location - Scene, Loch Lomond, Glasgow, Scotland
Link – http://prstatistics.com/course/landscape-genetic-data-analysis-using-r-lndg/

Instructors: Dr. Matt Denwood, Prof. Jason Matthiopoulos
Date - October 24-29 2016
Location - Scene, Loch Lomond, Glasgow, Scotland
Link – http://prstatistics.com/course/applied-bayesian-modelling-for-ecologists-and-epidemiologists-abme/

Instructors: Dr. Emmanuel Paradis
Date - October 31 – November 4 2016
Location - Millport Field Station, Isle Of Cumbrae, Scotland
Link – http://prstatistics.com/course/introduction-to-phylogenetic-analysis-with-r-phyg/

Instructors: Prof. Jason Matthiopoulos, Dr. Jana Jeglinski, Dr. James Grecian
Date - November 21-27 2016
Location - Scene, Loch Lomond, Glasgow, Scotland
Link – http://prstatistics.com/course/spatial-analysis-of-ecological-data-using-r-spae-2/

Instructors: Dr. Luc Bussière, Dr. Tom Houslay
Date – December 5-9 2016
Location – Juniper Hall Field Station, Surrey, London, England
Link – http://prstatistics.com/course/advancing-in-statistical-modelling-using-r-advr-2/

Instructors: Prof. David Warton
Date – January 16-20 2017
Location – Juniper Hall Field Station, Surrey, London, England
Link – http://prstatistics.com/course/model-based-multivariate-analysis-of-abundance-data-using-r-mbmv/

Instructors: Dr. Martin Jones
Date – February 6-10 2017
Location – Flatford Mill, Colchester, England
Link – http://prstatistics.com/course/advanced-python-for-biologists-apyb/

Instructors: Dr. Marco Scotti
Date – March 6-10 2017
Location – Millport Field Station, Isle Of Cumbrae, Scotland

Instructors: Prof. Dean Adams
Date – June 5-9 2017
Location – Millport Field Station, Isle Of Cumbrae, Scotland

Wednesday, June 29

Notice of Job Posting with USDA, APHIS, PPQ, Science & Technology

USDA, APHIS, Plant Protection and Quarantine, Science and Technology is pleased to announce the posting of the Supervisory Agriculturist (Associate Executive Director), GS-0401-15, position in Raleigh, NC.  The position is posted 6/27/16 to 7/1/16.  

All of the information regarding the position and the application process and requirements can be found at: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/442742500/

Tuesday, June 28

Upcoming PPQ Science & Technology position announcement

USDA-APHIS-Plant Protection and Quarantine, Science & Technology is announcing a position for a Supervisory Agriculturist (Associate Executive Director), GS-0401-15, in Raleigh, NC. This position is expected to open on Monday, June 27 and close on July 1. Please distribute this to anyone who may be interested.

The following link will take you to a copy of the announcement -->

Graduate Student Survey - Biology Education Researcher at Portland State University


I am a biology education researcher at Portland State University, and my lab is interested in hearing from graduate students in the life sciences regarding their experiences in graduate school.  We aim to gain broad representation of students from a diversity of institutions through responses to our GraduateStudentSurvey.    

If you have a graduate student listserv for your department, we would very much appreciate you considering sharing the below message with your students and anyone else who might be interested.  

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. 

Thank you for your time and participation!

Best Regards,


If so, we would like to hear about your experiences in grad school!

Biology education researchers at Portland State University are​ interested in understanding the experiences of life science graduate students, and we are looking for volunteers.  Your perspective as a graduate student can be heard by agreeing to participate in a short, anonymous​ survey which should take no longer than ~15 minutes of your time, and can be accessed via the GraduateStudentSurvey link.

If you agree to participate, your identity and responses will be kept completely confidential.
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If you have questions regarding your rights as a research participant, you may call the PSU Office for Research Integrity at (503) 725-2227 or 1(877) 480-4400. The ORI is the office that supports the PSU Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB is a group of people from PSU and the community who provide independent oversight of safety and ethical issues related to research involving human participants. For more information, you may also access the IRB website at https://sites.google.com/a/pdx.edu/research/integrity.You may contact the Principal Investigator of the study, Dr. Erin Shortlidge (eshortlidge@pdx.edu) with related questions.

We appreciate your willingness to participate, without your help this study will not be possible!

Best Regards,


Erin Shortlidge, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology, Department of Biology 
HHMI Biology Education Fellow
Portland State University
Portland, OR 97201

​:  BER Lab PDX​

Office:  503-725-9305 | SB1 522b
Lab:  503-725-9304 | SB1 522

Friday, June 24

Johns Hopkins University: Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences: Advanced Academic Programs


Location: Washington, DC

The Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) unit of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences of Johns Hopkins University seeks an academic program director to oversee its graduate level Environmental Programs. Since 1993, Johns Hopkins has provided high-quality master’s degrees to students in the Baltimore-Washington area.  With three degrees and one certificate, and with substantial parts of these curricula available online, the program enjoys a national and international reputation, with increasing numbers of online students.  The position of Academic Program Director is a full-time, twelve-month faculty and administrative position (non-tenure track) with an initial appointment of one year.

The Academic Program Director is responsible for the following programs:

  • Master of Science in Environmental Sciences and Policy (this degree includes four optional concentrations; available onsite in Washington, DC or online with a residency requirement)
  • Master of Science in Energy Policy and Climate (available in DC or fully online)
  • Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems (fully online)
  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (fully online)

A newly created Master of Science in Geospatial Intelligence is in its final stages of approval and will also be a responsibility for the Academic Program Director of Environmental Programs.  In addition to teaching, responsibilities include the day-to-day operation and management of academic programming, including instruction, curriculum development, academic planning and scheduling in addition to hiring and supervising full-time, part-time, limited-time, and adjunct faculty.  Full-time and part-time faculty may include one or more Associate Program Directors and one or more Program Coordinators.  The Academic Program Director serves as the primary faculty recruiter for his or her program, and works closely with AAP’s marketing and finance teams to promote the program and to manage its budget.

Major responsibilities include the following:

  • Teaching three graduate courses
  • Curriculum oversight and development
  • Academic advising and administration
  • Program promotion, including outreach to prospective students and partners
  • Hiring and supervising of program faculty
  • Budgetary management and financial planning

Academic Program Directors report to discipline-based program chairs as well as to the Dean of the Krieger School through the Associate Dean for Advanced Academic Programs.

The ideal candidate will possess a terminal degree (Ph.D., MBA, JD, etc.) in a discipline related to the Environmental Sciences or Environmental Policy (Environmental Chemistry, Ecology, Hydrology, Earth Sciences, Geography, or Environmental Policy).  Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate significant academic experience and research in both environmental science and policy areas.  Candidates should possess experience managing online programs or at least to have taught in an online environment as well as have administrative and/or management experience (preferably in an academic setting). Ideally, the candidate should also understand and promote modern day computing practices in instructional technology, such as cloud computing and virtualization, which are a foundation of some of the programs. 

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis; for best consideration please apply online before July 7, 2016.  Please apply online by clicking the "Apply Now for Free" button below and include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, the names and contact information for 3 professional references, and a recent salary history.

Tuesday, June 14

Coral Restoration and Conservation Internship

Coral Restoration and Conservation Internship Application 2016

Applications are due July 18, 2016

Internship dates: September 6, 2016 – December 16, 2016

The Coral Restoration Foundation Internship is a rigorous program that allows participants to delve into the world of coral restoration, marine ecology, and non-profit management. Interns can expect to gain a vast amount of experience both on the water and in our Education Center (EC). In the EC, interns will learn a range of tasks including answering phones, greeting and engaging visitors, processing field data, and performing aquarium maintenance. Additionally, interns will have opportunities to work closely with CRF staff members on a variety of projects related to conservation and non-profit administration. Diving takes place 1-4* times per week, with interns assisting CRF staff and volunteers with the management of CRF’s offshore coral nurseries, the out-planting of coral colonies, and the monitoring of reefs throughout the Florida Keys. Interns will also play a crucial role as the team leaders for the groups of recreational divers that participate in CRF’s dive programs throughout the year. On these programs, interns will be expected to lead divers of varying skill levels through basic nursery and out-planting tasks. Interns are also asked to present to the community on several occasions, assist at outreach events, and participate in important discussions within the foundation. Internship positions generally last four months and are full-time positions (40hrs/wk). Interns are given a moderate monthly stipend.

**Diving is weather dependent, and can cause fluctuation in days on the water, sometimes resulting in weeks where there is zero water time.**


• Applicant must be 18+ years of age or older.
• Applicant should be enrolled in an undergraduate program having completed at least two years of study at an accredited college or university, be in enrolled in a graduate program, or be a recent graduate from a college or university.
• Applicant should have at least 30 logged dives.
• Housing and reliable vehicular transportation must be provided by the intern. Applicants should keep in mind the cost of living in the Florida Keys can be between $800.00-$1200.00 monthly. Rent will be less expensive if intern teams share living spaces.
• All dive gear (excluding tanks) must be provided by the intern. This means: BCD, regulator, mask, fins, snorkel, wetsuit, weights, and gloves.
• Applicant must be physically fit and able to work on the water and in the sun for long periods of time (8 hours a day for several days in a row).
• Preference will be given to students who have studied or are studying marine science, specifically coral reefs.
• Preference will be given to those with Advanced Open Water dive certification and higher, those with boat diving experience, and those with ocean diving experience.
• Upon selection, candidates will be required to provide a dive physical, dive certifications and log-books, proof of DAN insurance, and proof of CPR/First Aid training.

To apply: please compile and email the following documents in a single PDF to Ashley Hill, Intern Coordinator, at ashley@coralrestoration.org.

  • Cover letter
  • Resume and/or CV (including contact information for three references)
  • Minimum of two letters of recommendation (letters of recommendation can be from listed references and sent separately)

Wednesday, June 8

Volunteer opportunity with Michigan Sea Grant

This year, Michigan Sea Grant has have received funding for a youth educational river snorkeling program for summer 2016. They will be partnering with the Huron River Watershed Council and the Ann Arbor/Ypsi YMCA for a day-long program that is designed to get middle-school aged kids out to the Huron River to learn about water quality and to go snorkeling and get in touch with some of the life in the river. Part of the program involves the kids being able to talk to experts in the field to learn more about watersheds, aquatic ecosystems, stream morphology, and identify some of the critters they find. We will also be dipping for benthic macroinvertebrates and seining for minnows.

Sea Grant is looking for EEB faculty, staff, or students with backgrounds in aquatic ecology or biology that may be interested in serving as volunteer experts. The first programs will be held on Wednesday June 22nd and Wednesday June 29th from 10-3, with the possibility of 4-6 more days between July and August. Volunteers can sign up for just one day or as many as they want to.

Jack Cotrone, Program Assistant
Michigan Sea Grant, University of Michigan

Monday, June 6

Postdoctoral Opportunity with the Marine
Biology Research Division at SIO

Postdoctoral Scholar - Employee

Academic Division: Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Academic Department/Research Unit: Marine Biology Research Division
Disciplinary Specialty of Research: parasitology, physiology, behavior, fish, birds, ecology, estuaries

Description: The position will involve taking on a 1.5 year project in the Hechinger Lab at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. The project is part of a larger, international project. Collaborators include Dr. Øyvind Øverli (Norwegian University of Life Sciences) and Dr. Kelly Weinersmith (Rice University). The overall project weds parasitology, ecology, behavior, neurobiology, and omics. This post-doc will examine the
impacts on estuarine birds by Euhaplorchis californiensis, a trematode parasite. The parasite uses birds as final hosts, but effects there are countered to unknown extent by the parasites modifying the behavior of the birds’ prey, the California killifish, making them easier to catch.

The current plan is for the post-doc to be lead a laboratory study using controlled exposures of final hosts (birds, rodents) to document the parasite impacts on those hosts. Impacts will be measured at least by growth rates and, likely, metabolic rates (respirometry). The post-doc may also be involved with other aspects of the project, including a field experiment using fish in enclosures to quantify how fish infection changes bird predation rates and success.

Salary/Stipend Information: NIH standard & based on years of postdoc experience

Qualifications and preferred academic background: Candidates should possess some or all of these attributes (some of which, including parasitological skills, can be learned on the job):

1. Ability to handle, maintain, and dissect birds and rodents.
2. Ability to do respirometry on air breathing vertebrates.
3. Ability to dissect fish, birds, and rodents, and quantify parasite abundance and body size.
4. Have good communication, organizational, collaborative skills.
5. Have solid analytical skills. At least a working knowledge of general and generalized linear models. Dynamical modelling skills are a plus, but not required.
6. Proven writing/publication skills as indicated by published papers.
7. Experience or ability to deal with live, wild estuarine birds.

Appointment Length/Period: Appointment will start as early as 1 August 2016 and continue for 1.5 years.

Application procedure: Send an email with subject header “POST-DOC APPLICATION”, with an attachment of a single PDF file that includes a cover letter, CV, statement of research interests, and contact information for three references to Dr. Hechinger at rhechinger@ucsd.edu.

Application Closing Date: 24 Jun 2016

Friday, June 3

June 2016 Fulbright Info Sessions

U.S. Student Program


Application DeadlineSept. 7 at noon

June Information Sessions:


“How to Design a Winning Fulbright Project”

Tuesday, June 7 | 11am -12pm
1644 School of Social Work Bldg.
Thursday, June 9 | 11am -12pm

“How to Craft Successful Fulbright Statements”

Tuesday, June 21 | 11am -12pm
1644 School of Social Work Bldg.
Thursday, June 23 | 11am -12pm

“Getting Started with your Application”

Tuesday, June 28 | 11am -12pm
1644 School of Social Work Bldg.

*Laptops are encouraged and welcomed*
A link for each webinar will be made available closer to the event date on the U-M Fulbright Resources CTools site under the GCalendar tab. For details on how to join the CTools site, or more information on the Fulbright program, please visit our webpage.

Please contact staff at iifellowships-fulbright@umich.edu with questions.
Fulbright Program Advisors are available for advising by appointment. These appointments may be in-person, via phone or Google Chat.

Advising appointments for Academic applicants

Advising appointments for ETA or Arts applicants

Translational Research Education Certificate (TREC)

Translational Research Education Certificate (TREC) is an excellent opportunity for doctoral students in basic research programs to complement their graduate studies with specialized courses in translational research.

You can find information at our website:http://www.michr.umich.edu/education/predoctoral/trec

Feel free to contact Donna Shewach (dshewach@umich.edu) or Shannon Marshall (marshsm@med.umich.edu) if you have any questions.

The deadline to apply for fall entry into the program is July 22nd.

Thursday, June 2



Postdoctoral Research Scientist

The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University seeks a Postdoctoral Research Scientist to participate in a Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative-funded study of the influence of natural oil and gas seeps on the pelagic ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico. The position will include fieldwork in the Gulf of Mexico, laboratory analyses of field samples, analysis of metagenomic datasets and synthesis with environmental data sets.

Applicants should have a PhD in marine ecological sciences and/or microbial bioinformatics and have a strong foundation in biological oceanography, molecular biology, and bioinformatics. Applicants with experience in microbial ecology and a strong bioinformatics background are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be willing and capable of participating in oceanographic cruises.

Fieldwork will begin in July 2016 and applicants must be able to participate at that time.

Appointment will be for 1-year, with continuation pending funding and progress.

This position will be based at the Lamont campus in Rockland County, NY, near New York City.

Search will remain open for at least 30 days after the ad appears and will continue until the position is filled. If necessary, please contact Ajit Subramaniam (ajit@ldeo.columbia.edu), or Andrew Juhl (andyjuhl@ldeo.columbia.edu) for more information about the project.

Please visit our online application site at:
for further information about this position and to submit your application, curriculum vitae, a statement of past research experience and future interests and contact information for three references.

Columbia University benefits provided with this Officer of Research appointment.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer --

We accept online applications only.

Thursday, May 26

APHIS Job Openings

I wanted to inform you of 2 job openings with USDA-APHIS in Miami, FL.  Please feel free to post, distribute and forward this email.  Applications must be submitted by June 1, 2016.
Links to job announcements:


Andrea Beam, DVM MS
13601 Old Cutler Road, Bldg 63
Miami, FL 33158

Office: (305) 278-4888
Mobile: (786) 514-0039

Monday, May 23

House/petsitter needed for Jun 10 - 17, 2016

Hi All,

Gina Baucom is looking for a dog/house sitter for June 10th-27th willing to stay overnights at their house in Dexter. They have a needy lab (2 yrs old) named Chris that loves to play fetch, a hermit crab, a fish and tarantula that need caring after. Own transportation is a must since they live in Dexter township (right across from the Hudson Mills Metropark). Compensation for your time and effort offered!

Contact rsbaucom@umich.edu

Thursday, May 19

PD Soros: Graduate School Fellowship for New Americans

Dear Dean Martin,

We just launched the application for the 2017 Class of Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, and I am reaching out because we would like to encourage top students from the University of Michigan to apply. The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships are open to immigrants and the children of immigrants who are 30 or younger and entering or are in their first two years of graduate school as of the November 1, 2016 deadline. Fellows receive up to $90,000 over two years in support of their education: $40,000 in tuition support and $50,000 in stipend support. More importantly, they join a lifelong community of New Americans who are making significant contributions to society.

We are looking for individuals who are poised to make significant contributions to US society, culture or their academic field.

For full eligibility requirements, to register for a web information session or to apply, go to: www.pdsoros.org.

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions.

Warmest Regards,
Craig Harwood

Craig Harwood
Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
224 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
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