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Friday, January 23

Win Up to $50K for Your Sustainability Project

Dow Sustainability Fellows
Win Up to $50K for Your Sustainability Project!   

Request for ProposalsDo you have an idea to help protect the environment and enhance quality of life for current and future generations? If so, then consider entering the Dow Distinguished Awards for Interdisciplinary Sustainability competition, which provides up to $5,000 in "seed money" to pursue a collaborative project, and up to $50,000 for full implementation.

As a component of U-M's Dow Sustainability Fellows program, this competition welcomes proposals spanning the full breadth of sustainability topics, including but not limited to: energy, water, communities, food, built environment, transportation, and other areas. Details about the awards program are here, and a few key details are outlined below.

Project & Proposal Requirements
  • Describe a compelling and practical effort to foster sustainability beyond the U-M campus - at the local, national, or global level
  • Clearly articulate a new and innovative concept and have the potential for societal benefits and sustainability impact
  • Be led by students from U-M Ann Arbor
  • Have a faculty advisor (Additional staff and faculty team members are also encouraged)
  • Involve at least three different schools/colleges at UM-Ann Arbor
The program is accepting project proposals until May 28, 2015 or until 15 viable proposals have been received, whichever comes first. So, if you're interested, be sure to submit a proposal ASAP.

Information about this Dow Sustainability Awards competition is available here. If you have any questions, please contact Anne Wallin at (734) 763-6131 or apwallin@umich.edu.

Thursday, January 22

Housing notice for graduate students


Myself and two other friendly graduate students from the UM Earth and Environmental Sciences Department are looking for one, possibly two housemates to live with us in our house at 314 E. Summit Street in Ann Arbor for the coming school year.
-Two rooms are available; one is a good size (rent: $625/mo) and the other is a bit smaller ($500/mo). 
-We pay utilities (around $20/mo per person, though this can fluctuate). 
-The house is within walking distance to campus, Kerrytown, and downtown. 
-We have a long driveway that can fit three cars (see photo), and there is ample street parking.
-If you are a climber we have a plywood bouldering wall in the back of the house (see far back of photo).
-Downstairs: two bathrooms, a large kitchen, a good-sized living room, and a storage shed (where we keep our bikes) that is attached to the kitchen. The smaller bedroom is downstairs (faces east, so it gets good morning sun when the sun is out). 
-Upstairs: three bedrooms, including the available larger room (faces south, but still gets nice light through a large window).
-There is a cat and a snake.
-Casey's Tavern is our next-door neighbor.

We are all very easy to get along with. Please let me know if you're interested in checking the house out.

Lucas Joel, Alyssa Abbey, and Will Bender

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Tuesday, January 20

Seasonal field botanist positions with Chippewa National Forest

Greetings.  Attached is an announcement for this year’s seasonal Biological Technician(Plants) positions on Chippewa National Forest in northern Minnesota.  The primary focus of these positions is finding and identifying rare species.  I will very much appreciate you sharing this announcement with your students, contacts, and recent graduates.  Applications must be received between January 28 and February 3, 2015. 

These positions are being hired at the GS-5 level, so at the time of application they require a 4-year degree, coursework summing to the equivalent of a 4-year degree, or experience for a year at the next lower grade.  Obviously, this may exclude many undergraduates, but recent graduates, graduate students, and students with previous degrees or more credit hours may qualify. 

Thank you for your consideration of this request.    Jeremy

Jeremy Cable
Monitoring, Inventory and Survey Team Leader
Chippewa National Forest

Monday, January 19

Apply now for FLAS! Deadline: January 20

Apply now for FLAS! Deadline: January 20

The application deadline for summer and 2015 and academic year 2015-2016 FLAS is less than two weeks away! Please visit ii.umich.edu/flas for info and the application.

Friday, January 16

Midwest Ecology & Evolution Conference (MEEC) 2015 - March 28 & 29 @ Indiana University

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that this year (March 28-29, 2015) The Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference (MEEC) will be held at Indiana University Bloomington!

MEEC is an annual student-hosted research conference held at various institutions within the Midwestern United States. The conference provides an outstanding opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students to showcase their research and network with students and faculty from nearby institutions. MEEC provides a great environment for emerging scientists to discuss new ideas, hone presentation skills, and make connections in the local science community.

MEEC will include oral and poster sessions, panel sessions on outreach and career development, as well as what promise to be extraordinary plenary talks by Dr. Cathy Pfister (University of Chicago) and Dr. Alan Templeton (Washington University in St. Louis). The abstract call and registration are both from February 1-28. Registration for MEEC is only $50! 

Moreover, the annual IU Animal Behavior Conference (ABC), hosted by the IU Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior, will take place right before MEEC, from March 26-28. We encourage people with a research interest in behavior to attend both conferences (plus, registration for ABC is free).

Get excited for one of the most enjoyable conferences of the year! You can find more information about the conference and how to register at our website (http://meec2015.wordpress.com), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MEEC.conference), or Twitter (@MidEcoEvoCon).


The MEEC Planning Committee

Thursday, January 15

UM Student prizes & funds at UM Matthaei - Nichols

Funding opportunities are available through Matthaei Botanical Gardens/Nichols Arboretum. Please see information below:


Wednesday, January 14

Libbie Hyman inverts/field station scholarship

The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Division of Invertebrate Zoology is accepting applications for the Libbie H. Hyman Memorial Scholarship for the 2015 Summer Field Station Season.

Purpose: This scholarship, in memory of Libbie H. Hyman, one of America's foremost invertebrate zoologists, provides assistance to students to take courses OR to carry on research on INVERTEBRATES at a marine, freshwater, or terrestrial field station. The amount of the 2015 award is anticipated to be $1500 - $3500.

Eligibility: The Hyman Scholarship is intended to help support a first meaningful field station experience for a first or second year graduate student or an advanced undergraduate.

How to apply: Visit our webpage (http://sicb.org/grants/hyman/) for forms and instructions.  Completed applications must be submitted by February 9, 2015. Notification of awards will be made by March 14, 2015.

Tuesday, January 13


SEEDS is a program of the Ecological Society of America
Greetings SEEDS Friends,
Happy New Year! We hope that 2015 will bring you more success and adventures than ever before. This is a busy time of year for science programs and we have some exciting opportunities that are available for undergraduates.  The SPUR Fellowship is currently accepting applications until January 15th or all the positions are filled. We will be opening the application process for the BIG 100th ESA Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.
Also, SEEDS would not exist without the help of our amazing mentors throughout the years. January is National Mentoring Month, take a moment this month to say thank you to that special mentor in your life!
In this issue:
  • National Mentoring Month
  • SPUR Fellowship Applications are now OPEN - Deadline is January 15th
  • SEEDS ESA Annual Meeting applications will OPEN on January 15th

January is National Mentoring Month
MENTORING WORKS! January is National Mentoring Month. SEEDS could not do what we do without our mentors! As part of the Centennial celebration, we invite our mentors to share your reflections as a SEEDS mentor and we call students to express your thanks to those who have mentored you on Facebook andTwitter using the hashtag: #SEEDSMentors. Learn more on ourSEEDS Mentoring Month page.
  • Don't forget to thank your mentor on January 15th!

SEEDS Partnerships for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) Fellowship
Priority Deadline: January 15, 2015. Applications will be accepted until opportunities are filled
The SPUR Fellowship is the highest honor in the SEEDS program, and fellows are encouraged to be the outstanding leaders in the future of ESA. The award supports the undergraduate student in designing and conducting an ecology research project of interest.  SEEDS has established partnerships with field stations and mentors to offer exciting summer opportunities that will be tailored to meet your interests, career objectives and growth as a scientist.
Our SPUR Fellowship Partners are: 

2015 ESA Annual Meeting – 100 years of ESA!
Applications will OPEN on January 15th for the 2015 SEEDS Travel Awards for the ESA Centennial in Baltimore, Maryland!

The SEEDS Program offers travel awards for Undergraduate Students (fully funded) and SEEDS Graduate Alumni ($800).  Travel awards help expenses to attend the ESA Meeting including air travel, meals, lodging, and registration. Travel awards are funded through support of the National Science Foundation and ESA member donations.
SEEDS is looking for mentors for the 100th ESA Annual Meeting! Are you an ESA Member that has attended other Annual Meetings?  Are you attending the Centennial Meeting in Baltimore? If you answered YES to both these and would like to know more about becoming a SEEDS Mentor, please visit out Mentor Sign-Up page for more information.  Help us guide our students through this amazing event!

Best wishes,

Invasive Plant Summer Job Opportunity: Ottawa National Forest

Hello!  The Ottawa National Forest is seeking to hire one or two temporary GS-4 biological science technicians (plant) to serve on our invasive plant crew this summer.  $13.68 per hour, starting in May, located in Ironwood, Michigan.  Applicants must apply through USAJobs, during the open period of January 28 to February 3.  The announcement number will be 15-TEMP-R9-0404-4PLNT-DT-MR (but it won’t appear until the open period).  Please see attached flyer for more information, which I encourage you to print and post.  Anyone is welcome to call me with any questions!  Thanks!

Ian Shackleford
Forest Service
Ottawa National Forest

E6248 US Highway 2
Ironwood, MI 49938

Wednesday, January 7

CSCAR Statistical Services and Workshops

The Center for Statistical Consultation and Research (CSCAR) provides  statistical consulting to all UM faculty, staff, and graduate students with the design, planning, analysis, and presentation of research studies. CSCAR also presents workshops on statistical methods, statistical software, and qualitative data analysis. Fall, Winter and Spring workshop offerings include Statistics Review, SAS, SPSS, Stata, SEM and Analysis with R.

Visit the CSCAR web page for current workshop offerings
http://cscar.research.umich.edu/workshops and additional information.

Center for Statistical Consultation and Research (CSCAR)
3560 Rackham Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Information, appointments and workshop registration 
(734)764-7828 or https://cscar.research.umich.edu

Friday, December 19

Nominations Reminder: $50K Doctoral Sustainability Fellowship

Planet Blue: Sustainability at the University of Michigan

Call for Nominations:
Dow Sustainability Fellows Program (Up to $50K)

Dear Colleague,
Request for ProposalsThe Dow Sustainability Fellows Program is now accepting applications for its Doctoral Fellowship Program, which offers up to $50,000 in funding support and inclusion in a vibrant "Community of Scholars." The program is open to exceptional Ph.D. students conducting interdisciplinary research related to sustainability. A key part of this two-year doctoral fellowship program is that it is multi-disciplinary in nature, so we encourage doctoral students from all schools, colleges, and units at the university to apply. A total of 10 doctoral students who have completed at least one full year of their doctoral program prior to January 2014 (and who will not finish their program before April 2016) will be selected.
NOTE: Students can only be nominated by their dissertation advisor, and each faculty member can nominate only one student per year. Students who have secured nomination support from their dissertation advisor must submit an "Intent to Apply" by February 3, 2014. This submission will trigger requests for faculty advisors to submit nomination and recommendation letters. Complete student applications and faculty nominations/recommendation letters are due February 17, 2014.
If you have a student who would be interested in applying for this prestigious program, then please review the full Request for Proposals (RFP). If you have any questions or comments, contact the Graham Sustainability Institute’s Education Director, Mike Shriberg, at (734) 647-6227 or mshriber@umich.edu.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Don Scavia
Graham Family Professor and Director, Graham Institute
Special Counsel to the U-M President on Sustainability
Professor, School of Natural Resources & Environment
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Wednesday, December 17


Tips for writing your statement of purpose for international fellowship funding applications

Expert advice from a Sweetland writing professional
· Formulating your research question
· Appealing to the selection committee
· Explaining why you need foreign language training
· Defining goals for overseas travel

Wednesday, January 14
2:00-3:00 pm
1636 International Institute
School of Social Work Building

Funding Opportunities Include:
Grants from Area Studies Centers (please check individual Centers for opportunities)

Tuesday, December 16


Hi WEBS fans,

I just wanted to share these job advertisements with everyone.  Oregon state has been a fantastic place to be a starting professor!  Two of these positions are in Integrative Biology, and the Quantitative Systems Biologist position has a potentially neat teaching component to it that integrates across biology and math or statistics.  It would be great to see some WEBS folks apply!



Rebecca Terry
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Integrative Biology
Oregon State University

Thursday, December 11

Climate Change Youth Leadership Opportunities in the National Park Service

The implications of climate change are challenging and far-reaching, particularly for land managers tasked with protecting the resources of national parks and other protected areas. To meet this challenge, managers need to encourage and make use of the creative and innovative thinking of the next generation of youth scientists and leaders.

The George Melendez Wright Initiative for Young Leaders in Climate Change (YLCC) builds a pathway for exemplary students in higher education to apply cutting-edge climate change knowledge to park management. Through a summer-long internship, undergraduate and graduate students will gain valuable work experience, explore career options, and develop leadership skills under the mentorship and guidance of the National Park Service (NPS). Parks and programs will increase their capacity to understand and respond to climate change and its impacts.

National parks and NPS programs develop and oversee structured projects in one or more of the following interdisciplinary areas: climate change science and monitoring; resource conservation and adaptation; policy development; sustainable park operations; facilities adaptation; and communication/interpretation/education. During the internship, students apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to climate change challenges and communicate with diverse stakeholders. Interns who successfully complete the YLCC, an approved Direct Hire Authority Internship program, will be eligible to be hired non-competitively into subsequent federal jobs once they complete their degree program. These jobs would be in the Department of Interior (DOI), NPS, or one of the other bureaus within the DOI. An intern must qualify for the job in order to be hired non-competitively.

Quick Facts and Deadlines:

• The YLCC is managed cooperatively with the University of Washington

• Internship opportunities and application forms are posted on parksclimateinterns.org

• Internships are 12 weeks (40 hours/week) during the summer

• Interns are paid $14/hour plus benefits

• Applications are accepted from early December 2014 until late

January 2015

Who was George Melendez Wright?

George Melendez Wright was deeply influential in bringing science to the management of America’s national parks. Working as a naturalist in Yosemite National Park in the 1920s, Wright argued that good science was needed for
effective conservation. In 1930, he was appointed Chief of the Wildlife Division for the NPS where he encouraged the agency to embrace science-based approaches to conserving species, habitats, and other natural conditions in the parks. Although he died while he was still a young man, Wright’s legacy lives on in the NPS’s commitment to use the best available science for preserving the resources of our National Parks.

For More Information: See the program website, parksclimateinterns.org

Summer Grants for Research and Internships in Europe & Eurasia

Deadline: March 15 at 5:00 PM

The Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia (WCEE) is pleased to announce the availability of grants for summer and semester-long research projects or internships for current undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


  • Kabcenell New Europe Grants provide $1,000 to $5,000 for summer experiences to study or conduct research in countries that became European Union members in 2004 or later, or are current candidate countries.
  • Albanian Community Summer Fellowships support study, research, or internships in Albania and in neighboring countries preparing to join the European Union.
Once an application is received and approved, the selection committee will determine which fund is best suited for a particular project.
Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled in full-time undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree programs at the University of Michigan. Grants will not be considered for students graduating in the current Winter Term. Applicants for research grants may be at preliminary or more advanced stages of their research; applicants for internships should be prepared to identify the venue for their internship in a governmental agency, business, or non-governmental institution in the region.
Please visit http://ii.umich.edu/wcee/opportunities/studentfunding for application directions.  
For all current funding opportunities for students offered by Weiser Center affiliated units, visit

Call for Nominations: Weiser Emerging Democracy Fellowships for Incoming Graduate Students

The Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies at the University of Michigan (WCED) offers Weiser Emerging Democracy Fellowships for Incoming Graduate Students in 2015-16. These fellowships will be awarded to incoming graduate students at the University of Michigan who expect to focus their graduate work around the theme of "emerging democracy past or present".
This focus on emerging democracy is understood broadly. For example, it might refer to the historical development of democratic (or conversely, autocratic) rule; the impact of culture, literature, or the economy on democratic governance; the public sphere and civil society; or the impact of environmental conditions.
Working with departments and schools, WCED will help recruit students to the University of Michigan and the study of emerging democracy. We encourage all units to collaborate with us in developing this thematic within scholarly disciplines, and across the university, by nominating their best prospective students in this field of scholarship. The fellowships are intended to recruit excellent individual students--they cannot be used to supplement the pool of departmental graduate funding and subsidize other graduate candidates.
Fellowship awards up to $20,000 will be given; the number of fellowships awarded is contingent on the availability of funds. 
We expect Weiser Emerging Democracy Fellows to participate in the various lectures and conferences of the Center, and to join the Emerging Democracies Graduate Workshop. Upon successful completion of this workshop, up to an additional $3,000 will be added to awardees’ accounts to support their research on emerging democracy.
Nominating departments/schools must provide: 
1. A copy of all application materials submitted for consideration of admission. 
2. A short letter of support from the department chair and/or faculty advisor, including information on other funding to be offered to the nominee and the proposed use of Weiser Emerging Democracy Fellowship funds, and a brief explanation about how this student's work—if not obvious from the application—would inform the study of emerging democracy. 
Deadline for submission of nomination materials:February 16, 2015. 
For more information, please contact Julie Burnett at 734.936.1842 or jclaus@umich.edu. 
Please send nominations to:
Student Fellowships
Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies
1080 S. University Ave, Suite 3668
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106

Wednesday, December 10


The Department of Biological Sciences at Texas Tech University is recruiting a 9-month tenure-track Assistant Professor in the field of Mammalian Functional Genomics. We seek a dynamic, motivated scientist to lead an innovative research program that uses genomic approaches to address core questions of biological function in mammals.  The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to integrate approaches that may include but are not limited to comparative genomics, systems modeling, GWAS, or other complementary analyses to study the biology of the genome within the context of the whole organism.  We welcome applicants who will study how genomic variation (including structural, gene expression and epigenetic changes) affects phenotypic outcome among individuals within a population. The successful candidate will be expected to supervise an independent research program that will attract extramural funding, provide research training for graduate and undergraduate students, teach and develop undergraduate and graduate courses in the fields of Genomics and/or Bioinformatics, and contribute to our curriculum in organismal biology.  A PhD and postdoctoral experience in Biology or a related field is required.

The successful candidate will also hold a joint appointment (3-month) as Curator of the Genetic Resources Collection (GRC) in the Natural Science Research Laboratory (NSRL), Museum of Texas Tech University and will be expected to have prior curatorial experience in the care and management of museum collections.  Ultimately, the hire will be expected to perform standard curatorial duties, participate in growing and enhancing the collection by directing field research, pursue funding opportunities to support the collections, and develop a research program that utilizes the GRC. 

Application materials should consist of a 1) a curriculum vitae, 2) three representative publications, 3) statements of research interests teaching interests, and curatorial experience including evidence of contribution to or involvement in advancing genetic resource collections, and 4) three letters of recommendation.  To apply, please go to: http://www.texastech.edu/careers and search position 2465BR.

Candidates who have very strong records of scholarship supported by extramural funding and who have the proven capacity or clear potential to bring externally sponsored research to Texas Tech University are encouraged to apply.  Service duties include program-building, as well as commitment to extra-curricular activities. Service to the department, college, and university is expected.

Application review will begin on January 1, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.  Questions can be addressed to David Ray (david.a.ray@ttu.edu).  For further information on the department and graduate and undergraduate programs, see http://www.biol.ttu.edu.  For further information on the NSRL, see http://www.nsrl.ttu.edu/.  For further information on the Museum of Texas Tech University, see http://www.depts.ttu.edu/museumttu/

As an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, Texas Tech University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We actively encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Texas Tech University. The university welcomes applications from minorities, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and dual-career couples.

POST DOCTORAL FELLOW: Modeling Woody Plant Dynamics Across Diverse Landscapes of the Southern Great Plains

Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:  Woody plant proliferation and management aimed at reducing woody plant abundance are widespread in North American Great Plains grasslands.  These changes in woody plant abundance influences the provision on numerous ecosystem services and have substantial socio-economic impacts.  Within this context, the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Oklahoma State University has Post-Doctoral funding from the National Science Foundation for an individual interested in developing the ecological component of a coupled human-natural systems project being conducted in Oklahoma and the southern Great Plains.  The position will focus on modeling changes in woody plant abundance (primarily Juniperus spp.) in response to weather, climate, land use, and fire as constrained by soils.  This individual will work with a team that includes landscape ecologists, hydrologists, and ecosystem, remote sensing and social scientists at Oklahoma State University, Texas A&M University, and the University of Arizona.  An agent-based modeling framework will be used to link wildland vegetation change to social systems in the context of agriculture and energy development.  The successful candidate is expected to generate peer-reviewed publications in prestigious scientific journals, to serve as co-principal investigator on future proposals, and to assist with development of a science-based ecological observatory. 

REQUIREMENTS:  Applicants should have a Ph.D. in ecology or related discipline, and demonstrated proficiency in dynamic vegetation modeling, statistics and database management including skills in R, Matlab, SAS or equivalent.  An interest in linking ecological data to a socio-ecological framework is desired.  The position will be based at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  Fluency in English and a valid driving license are required.  Periodic field campaigns will require overnight travel and working conditions that could include extreme temperatures.

SALARY AND CONDITIONS:  The position is open immediately.  The start date is flexible, but is expected to be early in 2015.  The duration of the position is 2 years with the possibility of a third year extension.  Salary is commensurate with experience and skills.  Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Oklahoma State University is a dynamic department with 20 faculty and a strong program of research, graduate education, and extension (http://nrem.okstate.edu/).  The position offers abundant opportunity to interact across multiple universities with scientists working in diverse disciplines focused on socio-ecological systems.

APPLICATION/CONTACT INFORMATION:  Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references in a single pdf-file to melissa.dunn@okstate.edu.  The CV should contain a list of publications and information describing relevant skills and experience.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found. 

Dr. Sam Fuhlendorf; sam.fuhlendorf@okstate.edu

Applicants will be considered without discrimination for any non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran.

Oklahoma State University and the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to multicultural diversity.  Oklahoma State University employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens.  OSU participates in E-Verify to verify employment eligibility of all employees pursuant to the Oklahoma Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act.”