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Museum collections

Posted: Wednesday 16 April 2014
Edmonton, Alberta
Employment opportunities available to work with the University of Alberta Museums. Museum Collections Manager Biodiversity Informatics Advisor Collections Management Assistant Managing Curator, The Mactaggart Art Collection

Climate Scenarios specialist

Posted: Monday 14 April 2014
Ouranos, Montréal
Ouranos, consortium sur la climatologie régionale et l’adaptation aux changements climatiques créé en 2001,est à la recherche de deux spécialistes en services et/ou simulations climatiques pour travailler au sein du thème Science du climat afin de poursuivre l’acquisition de connaissances en milieu nordique et de répondre aux besoins des membres et partenaires du consortium. Ces contrats se feront sur une durée d’un an avec possibilité de renouvellement.

Maître de Conférence en Macro-Ecologie

Posted: Monday 14 April 2014
Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle de Paris
Intitulé du poste: Macro-écologie des communautés et des écosystèmes aquatiques : quantification à large échelle spatio-temporelle de la dynamique de la biodiversité et des impacts du changement global. Le profil détaillé du poste (section 67, code 4107) et les modalités du concours sont affichés sur le site Galaxie du Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche (date limite 27 avril, 16h): https://galaxie.enseignementsup-recherche.gouv.fr/antares/can/index.jsp

Gestionnaire SIG

Posted: Monday 14 April 2014
Paris
Intégré au sein du pôle « systèmes d’information », le candidat retenu travaillera sous la responsabilité directe du coordinateur de la cellule « données » et en lien avec le chef de projet « espaces ». Il assurera notamment: - la gestion et l’animation de la base « Espaces protégés » - la mise en conformité des données d’origines diverses avec la méthodologie du service : géotraitements, contrôle qualité, intégration dans le S.I. - des extractions de données et des productions cartographiques dédiées (1/4 temps)

PROFESSOR IN CONSERVATION OF BIODIVERSITY

Posted: Thursday 03 April 2014
Université Laval
As part of its strategic development plan, the Department of Wood and Forest Sciences is looking to fill a tenure-track academic position in conservation of biodiversity. The teaching and research activities will focus on areas such as: Ecological integrity; Ecological planning and design of conservation strategies; Ecological networks and systems of protected areas; Restoration of ecosystems and degraded forest landscapes; Impacts of the introduction of exotic species; Patterns of species and functional diversity at different scales; Ecological resilience of forest ecosystems.

Chef de Projet « Habitats Marins »

Posted: Monday 31 March 2014
France
Le Service du Patrimoine Naturel (SPN) développe la mission d’expertise confiée au Muséum National d’Histoire Naturel pour la connaissance et la conservation de la nature. Il a vocation à couvrir l’ensemble de la thématique biodiversité (faune/flore/habitat) et géodiversité en France (terrestre, marine, métropolitaine et ultra-marine). Plus précisément, le SPN s’est vu confié par le Ministère en charge de l’écologie (MEDDE) la coordination de l’expertise scientifique sur les habitats benthiques, afin de faciliter la mise en oeuvre des directives européennes et politiques nationales de conservation et de gestion du milieu marin. Un élément clé de cette expertise concerne de la connaissance liée à la sensibilité des habitats benthiques aux pressions anthropiques. Ceci permettra une gestion adaptée des activités marines, notamment au sein des aires marines protégées. Le Chef de Projet « Habitats Marins » sera intégré au sein du pôle marin du SPN

Program Coordinator ‘Wetland Management and Dalmatian Pelican Conservation in the Mediterranean Basin’

Posted: Monday 31 March 2014
Albania
Under the responsibility of Noé Conservation’s International Department team, based in Paris, with close collaboration with all technical partners, the Program Coordinator, based in Albania, will implement and manage the program in Albania, Montenegro and Greece. His/her main objective will be to ensure effective and timely development, planning, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of programmatic activities of the assigned regional program.

Expert in Ecotoxicology – Terrestrial Vertebrates

Posted: Monday 31 March 2014
Monheim, Germany
We offer a position in the Product Development Division of Bayer CropScience AG in the area of Environmental Safety in Monheim, Germany. Job description: • Work within an interdisciplinary team of experts (m/f) who plan, perform, and supervise laboratory and (semi-)field studies to assess the effects of crop protection products on birds and wild mammals • Perform studies to GLP regulations within Bayer CropScience laboratories and in cooperation with Contract Research Organizations Scientific interpretation and risk evaluation of results in accordance with global regulatory testing and risk assessment schemes and putting them into context of the use and overall environmental safety profile of our products • Close cooperation with experienced experts (m/f) and in-house method development to identify new regulatory, scientific and agronomic developments within the regulatory and scientific community • Convert the gained knowledge into practice to ensure efficient and sustainable development of our products

Un(e) chargé(e) de mission pour la collaboration entre les projets TAXREF et TAXONOMINA

Posted: Monday 31 March 2014
Paris
Le (la) chargé(e) de mission assurera la coordination du projet et travaillera, au sein du pôle TAXREF Les objectifs principaux sont de : - organiser les liens conceptuels et techniques entre les deux programmes (TAXREF et TAXONOMINA) - établir les spécifications méthodologiques en relation avec le recouvrement des deux programmes (modèle conceptuel et données) ; - mettre en place les spécifications pré-citées ; - organiser les réunions de travail avec les gestionnaires de deux programmes. - alimenter le référentiel taxonomique TAXREF : saisie, intégration… En particulier, le chargé de mission travaillera en liaison avec le chargé de programme erecolnat au sein du SPN en liaison avec la DSI Collections (Bases de données des collections du Muséum).

Un(e) chef de projet Ecologue spécialisé(e) en flore et habitats naturels

Posted: Thursday 27 March 2014
Montpellier
CBE, bureau d’étude d’expertises et de conseil en environnement, milieux naturels, aménagement et valorisation du territoire, implanté depuis 1998 dans la région Languedoc-Roussillon, recherche un(e) Chef de Projet Ecologue Spécialisé(e) en flore et habitats naturels. Missions : En relation avec les experts écologues de CBE, vous aurez pour mission d’assurer la qualité scientifique et technique des études environnementales. Vous gèrerez les projets dans leur globalité (volet naturaliste et législatif). Vous aurez aussi pour mission d’apporter votre expertise au niveau des habitats naturels et de la flore.

Curator Systematics of Vascular Plants

Posted: Thursday 27 March 2014
Finnish Museum of Natural History
Finnish Museum of Natural History is inviting applications for the permanent position of CURATOR specialised in the systematics of vascular plants. The appointment will begin on the 1st of October, 2014, or as specifically agreed. The curator will be a member of the Vascular Plants Team (c. 20 persons) of the Botany Unit. The team manages the herbarium collections of vascular plants (1.8 M specimens) and algae (22 000 specimens), carries out research on these groups, and takes part in mapping the Finnish flora. The team is also responsible of the curation of the living collections in the two botanic gardens and the seed bank of endangered taxa. The team carries out research especially in the fields of taxonomy, systematics, and conservation biology of vascular plants.

Ingénieur(e) d’étude « programmes marins et pêcheries » de la réserve naturelle des Terres australes françaises

Posted: Thursday 27 March 2014
Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle (Paris)
La personne recrutée aura en charge la mise en place et le suivi des protocoles, l’organisation et la valorisation de ces campagnes d’évaluation halieutiques au sein de la réserve naturelle des Terres australes françaises ainsi que le suivi des problématiques environnementales marines liées à la pêche dans les Terres australes françaises. Elle sera accueillie au département Milieux et Peuplements Aquatiques (DMPA) du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (MNHN), au sein de l’équipe du Pr. Guy DUHAMEL, directeur du département, expert scientifique des pêcheries australes auprès du préfet des TAAF. Elle pourra être amenée à étendre son domaine d’action dans l’éventualité de préfiguration de nouvelles campagnes scientifiques dans le domaine marin des TAAF.

Researcher in Agriculture-Environment Interactions

Posted: Thursday 27 March 2014
Stockholm University Baltic Sea Centre
Stockholm University Baltic Sea Centre announces a researcher position in agriculture-environment interactions with focus on agricultural policy, crop and animal production systems, nutrient management measures and its effects on the Baltic Sea.The position is part of a scientific segment in a team together with communicators, which will provide scientific knowledge to decision makers.

RESEARCHERS IN LIFE SCIENCES

Posted: Tuesday 18 March 2014
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON
Applications are open to researchers across the breadth of the NHM’s activities in Life Sciences. We are especially interested in applicants that combine disciplinary expertise with a demonstrated ability, or potential, to use that expertise to address interdisciplinary questions of broad significance, including key transitions in the origin and evolution of life; discovery of biodiversity; global environment change; food security and agro-ecosystems; and neglected and emerging diseases.

M.Sc./Ph.D. IN CATERPILLAR COLLECTIVE BEHAVIOUR

Posted: Thursday 13 March 2014
Concordia University
We are looking for an M.Sc. or Ph.D. student to study the collective behaviour of the forest tent caterpillar, examining group locomotion and food choices of caterpillar colonies. This project includes observation and video-recording of caterpillar colonies on different host plants, in both the laboratory and in the field, and the identification and analysis of relevant behavioural parameters. The goal is to uncover the individual behavioural rules that produce the observed group-level patterns. The role of nutrition and of behavioural syndromes will also be investigated. For more information, contact the address below and see the following publication (http://journal.frontiersin.org/Journal/10.3389/fphys.2013.00054/abstract). Emma Despland, D.Phil. (Oxon.) Biology Department Concordia University despland@alcor.concordia.ca

Professionnel de recherche

Posted: Thursday 13 March 2014
UQAR/CSBQ
Le CSBQ cherche à pourvoir un poste de Professionnel de Recherche pour son géopole de l’Université du Québec à Rimouski. Description des taches et responsabilités La croissance importante du nombre de chercheurs et d’étudiants gradués au sein du CSBQ-UQAR rend nécessaire la coordination de ses activités de recherche et d’animation scientifique. Le professionnel de recherche sera ainsi responsable d’assister les chercheurs dans le développement de nouveaux projets en collaboration, au partage des ressources matérielles et humaines, ainsi que de l’animation scientifique en sciences de la biodiversité. Il sera également invité à supporter la rédaction d’articles scientifiques et organiser des formations aux membres du CSBQ en fonction des besoins. Ce professionnel jouera aussi un rôle important pour consolider les liens de collaboration entre les autres Géopoles du CSBQ et l’UQAR. Finalement, les chercheurs membres de ce pôle ont besoin de support technique pour le partage et la mise en valeur de l’important parc d’équipements scientifiques acquis par le programme de Développement Économique Canada.

Spécialiste Scénarios climatiques

Posted: Wednesday 04 December 2013

Ouranos, consortium sur la climatologie régionale et l’adaptation aux changements climatiques créé en 2001, est à la recherche d’un spécialiste en scénarios climatiques pour travailler au sein du groupe Scénarios et services climatiques. Ce contrat se fera dans le cadre d’un congé de maternité (renouvellement possible selon les besoins). Ouranos est un consortium qui intègre quelque 400 scientifiques et professionnels issus de différentes disciplines. Son action se concentre sur deux grands thèmes: Science du climat et Vulnérabilités, Impacts & Adaptation. Ouranos est à l’avant-garde de la recherche qui s’effectue dans ces domaines et un leader au Canada. Plus d’informations : www.ouranos.ca Fonctions de base essentielles : -Développer les outils et les connaissances requises afin que le groupe produise une information climatique répondant aux besoins des décideurs désirant s’adapter aux changements climatiques ; - Consulter les usagers d’informations climatiques et identifier les besoins requis selon la problématique d’adaptation ; - Effectuer des analyses statistiques des observations et de sorties de modèles climatiques ; - Conseiller les collaborateurs sur les méthodes statistiques en science du climat notamment pour l’analyse des extrêmes ;  Participer à la rédaction de propositions de recherche, d’articles scientifiques et de rapports. Formation et expérience requises : -Diplôme minimum de 2e cycle universitaire en sciences de l’atmosphère, en géosciences, en statistiques ou toute autre discipline connexe ; - Expérience dans le développement, la production et le transfert d’informations climatiques vers des applications ; -Habileté en programmation informatique pour le traitement de grands volumes de données ; - Habileté pour la rédaction scientifique. Compétences et aptitudes recherchées et démontrées: - Capacité à travailler en équipe ; -Aptitudes à travailler de manière indépendante et à prendre des initiatives pertinentes ; -Ouverture et intérêt à la multidisciplinarité et aux besoins des usagers ; -Bon esprit de synthèse ; - Bilinguisme essentiel, aisance de communication orale et écrite. Rémunération : Selon les critères d’Ouranos. Ouranos offre des conditions de travail avantageuses axées sur la flexibilité et le développement des compétences. Durée : 12 mois, avec possibilité de renouvellement (remplacement de congé maternité) Début visé : 13 janvier 2014 Lieu de travail : Ouranos, 550 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, 19e étage, Montréal Pour appliquer au poste, veuillez faire parvenir votre CV à ressources.humaines@ouranos.ca d’ici le 16 décembre 2013 à 17 heures en mentionnant en objet « poste Scénarios ». Seules les personnes dont la candidature sera retenue pour une entrevue seront contactées. IMPORTANT : Pour appliquer sur ce poste, vous devez obligatoirement être autorisé à travailler au Canada, sans quoi votre candidature sera automatiquement exclue. Le

Professor - Ecology and Conservation Biology - 1301570

Posted: Tuesday 05 November 2013
University of Toronto Scarborough
Candidates with an active field program in terrestrial ecology are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will join an expanding and dynamic group of faculty working in the areas of Ecology and Environmental Science within the department and the wider campus, and contribute to the delivery of a Professional Master’s program in Conservation and Biodiversity. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence in research and have a strong commitment to excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level

Intermediate Ecologist

Posted: Monday 05 August 2013
CA-SK-Estevan
Golder Associates Ltd. is currently seeking an Intermediate Ecologist to join their dynamic, growing, Estevan, Saskatchewan office. The successful candidate will be expected to: - Coordinate and mentor junior staff; - Effectively scope biophysical requirements, including leading field programs; - Conduct environmental assessments for submission to provincial and federal regulatory agencies; - Write reports and proposals; - Manage, analyze and interpret data; - Manage small projects or components of large projects; - Work within budget and time constraints; - Balance multiple projects and responsibilities; etc.

Internships


Stage de recherche en écologie animale

Posted: Thursday 27 March 2014
Université de Sherbrooke
Nous sommes à la recherche d’un-e étudiant-e motivé-e pour participer aux analyses de laboratoire d’étudiants gradués travaillant sur l’Hirondelle bicolore dans le laboratoire de Fanie Pelletier. Le travail consiste en partie à travailler sur un projet de sélection sexuelle de la coloration des hirondelles en effectuant des analyses spectrométriques de plumes iridescentes. Une seconde partie porte sur le parasitisme des nids d’hirondelle. Le-a stagiaire récoltera les nids d’hirondelles du système de suivi à long terme de 400 nichoirs et fera des analyses de parasitisme de ces nids. D’autres analyses de laboratoire (analyse de cortisol, décompte de leucocytes sanguins) ou statistiques (sélection sexuelle de l’iridescence) pourront être effectuées. Ce stage est une très bonne initiation au monde de la recherche et sera rémunéré.

STAGE DE RECHERCHE: INSULARITÉ, COMPORTEMENT ET GÉNÉTIQUE DES SOURIS SYLVESTRES

Posted: Monday 20 January 2014
UQAR
Je cherche un/une assistante de terrain pour travailler sur un projet de recherche sur les souris sylvestre. Le projet consiste à capturer des souris sur un réseau d’îles et de réaliser des prélèvements, des mesures et des tests de comportements. Le stage aura lieu entre le 15 juin et le 15 août 2014, à Minaki (Ontario), dans la région de Kenora, à la frontière avec le Manitoba. Le stagiaire sera intégré à une équipe de trois personnes et en étroite collaboration avec un étudiant au doctorat.

Postdoctoral opportunities


Postdoc: Intercomparisons of biodiversity models

Posted: Monday 14 April 2014
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
The project contributes to the EU COST Action « Harmonizing Global Biodiversity Modelling – HarmBio (http://harmbio.uom.gr/) ». This action aims for the harmonization of current models and datasets of terrestrial, freshwater and marine biodiversity to improve the reliability of future projections of biodiversity change. This cross-community initiative aims to accelerate the development of transparent and scientifically robust biodiversity models, through validation, calibration and inter-comparison of models and data.

Postdoc: Evolutionary ecology

Posted: Monday 14 April 2014
Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris
Several postdoctoral positions are available to work with Hélène Morlon (http://www.cmap.polytechnique.fr/~morlon/) on a project supported by a five year grant from the European Research Council (ERC), in the general area of evolutionary ecology and phylogenetics. The project integrates across diverse fields (macroevolution, macroecology, community ecology, ecological networks, paleobiology, microbial ecology) with a focus on phylogenetic approaches. Applicants with very diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply (e.g. mathematics, physics, ecology, evolutionary biology, bioinformatics).

Postdoc: Cloud forest ecohydrology and ecosystem services

Posted: Monday 14 April 2014
University of New Hampshire
A postdoctoral associate position is available with a large interdisciplinary research project that will examine the ecohydrological and socioeconomic impacts, interactions, and feedbacks associated with Mexico’s Payments for Hydrological Services program. The primary focus of this position will be to understand how land use change influences stand water balance in a cloud forest zone in central Veracruz, including shade coffee plantations varying in management intensity and cloud forest secondary regeneration of different ages.

Postdoc: Nitrogen & ecosystem services

Posted: Monday 14 April 2014
US EPA
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Sustainable and Healthy Communities Research Program seeks an individual to contribute to an effort to inform sustainable nitrogen management in the US. We seek an Associate to contribute to a research program examining the social, environmental, and economic implications of interventions in the N cycle designed to achieve reductions in N inputs. The Associate would build upon existing efforts mapping current N loads to the landscape and connecting changes in the N cycle to effects on the economy.

Postdoc: Microbial Evolutionary Ecology

Posted: Monday 14 April 2014
Yale University
A two- to three-year postdoctoral position is available immediately in the laboratory of Paul Turner in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University. We are seeking a highly motivated and creative individual to participate in ongoing experimental projects relating to eco- evolutionary theory.

Postdoc: Bioinformatics/Microbial Ecology

Posted: Monday 14 April 2014
University of Oregon
Jessica Green (http://pages.uoregon.edu/green/) and Brendan Bohannan (http://pages.uoregon.edu/bohannanlab/) are currently seeking a bioinformatics postdoctoral researcher to explore fundamental questions in microbial ecology and evolution. Applicants should have a PhD with extensive training using bioinformatics to understand the ecology and/or evolution of complex biological communities, and strong writing skills. The ideal candidate will have experience developing and applying quantitative community and population ecological methods to the analysis of environmental sequence data and next-generation sequence data.

Postdoc: Intercomparisons of biodiversity models

Posted: Thursday 03 April 2014
Senckenberg Research Institute, Germany
he project contributes to the EU COST Action “Harmonizing Global Biodiversity Modelling - HarmBio (http://harmbio.uom.gr/)”. This action aims for the harmonization of current models and datasets of terrestrial, freshwater and marine biodiversity to improve the reliability of future projections of biodiversity change. This cross-community initiative aims to accelerate the development of transparent and scientifically robust biodiversity models, through validation, calibration and inter-comparison of models and data. Your tasks: • Facilitating systematic inter-comparisons and benchmarking of biodiversity models. Model comparisons will involve comparing outputs of different models among models as well as with biodiversity data. • Facilitating the development of standards for model-model and model-data comparisons • Leading conceptual and original scientific publications as well as preparing grant proposals • Facilitating exchange and collaborations with other members of the COST Action • Organizing and leading international workshops

Postdoc: Biodiversity Informatics

Posted: Monday 31 March 2014
The George Washington University (Computational Biology Institute)
The University of Sao Paulo (Department of Botany) and The George Washington University (Computational Biology Institute) seek candidates for a postdoctoral fellowship in biodiversity informatics for up to three years. The successful candidate would split time between the two host institutions working on applications of next-gen sequencing approaches to biodiversity science through effective informatics. We seek a candidate with a PhD in bioinformatics, evolutionary biology, biodiversity science, or a related field (or anticipate a PhD by a targeted start date of September 1, 2014). The candidate should have a strong background in bioinformatics, evolutionary methodology, and project management skills.

Postdoc: Forecasting recruitment for marine fishes

Posted: Monday 31 March 2014
Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Seattle, WA
Population dynamics for many federally managed and commercially important species is driven in part by variability in recruitment. Recruitment will often exhibit substantial autocorrelation, whether due to environmental drivers for cohort strength, changes in predation pressure, and/or changes in productivity over time. However, this autocorrelation is not generally modeled during population forecasts, whether used for short-term decisions about harvest levels or longer-term decisions regarding fishery rebuilding plans. For this reason, Dr. James Thorson, Liz Brooks, and Rick Methot seek applications from postodoctoral candidates with demonstrated experience with stock assessment models and fisheries science, including peer-reviewed publications and preferably some involvement in previous stock assessments.

Postdoc: River Zooplankton

Posted: Monday 31 March 2014
University of Illinois
Responsibilities: 1) Assess the impact of Asian carp population dynamics on zooplankton in a large navigable river, and 2) assess spatial or temporal patterns and trends among zooplankton species and between habitats over multiple years.

Postdoc: Quantitative Aquatic Ecology/ Fisheries

Posted: Monday 31 March 2014
University of Illinois
Use a 20-40 year database on large river community composition abundance, and biomass to assess; 1) the comparability fish sampling methods (i.e. gear types and /or stratified random vs fixed site sampling), 2) assess spatial or temporal patterns and trends in abundance, biomass, or condition among species and between habitats over multiple years, and/or 3) candidate driven questions. Advanced analysis and peer-reviewed publication is a primary expectation.

Postdoc: microbial metagenomics in agricultural soils over winter

Posted: Monday 31 March 2014
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), Fredericton, NB
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), Fredericton, NB is looking for candidates for a post-doctoral fellowship position of 24 months, to examine the nitrogen cycle process and related microbial communities in agricultural fields over winter. It is generally assumed that nitrogen processes in agricultural fields are negligible during winter. However, winter production of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide can represent up to 90% of annual nitrogen losses. Despite some evidences indicating that cold temperature and/or freezing/thawing cycles might have a substantial effect on microbial communities, there is scarce information as to how microbial communities differ from summer communities and how this translate into changes in function.

Postdoc: Understanding Global Change

Posted: Monday 31 March 2014
UC Museum of Paleontology (UCMP)
The UC Museum of Paleontology (UCMP) is a research unit on the UC Berkeley campus and its mission is to investigate and promote the understanding of the history of life and the diversity of the Earth’s biota through research and education. The UCMP, in collaboration with the National Center for Science Education, is seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar in the area of biological, environmental or geological sciences to develop an online educational resource entitled Understanding Global Change (UGC). Building off the success of the educational resources Understanding Evolution and Understanding Science, the UGC web resource will be a one-stop-shop for educational material related to global change. This is a one-year,full-time position with the possibility of extension for a second year with an anticipated start date of June 1, 2014.

Postdoc: Migration phylogeography of the ortolan bunting

Posted: Thursday 27 March 2014
France, Paris, MNHN
The researcher will identify and develop specific molecular markers for the Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana, sufficiently numerous to allow discriminating the European breeding populations. Then he/she will analyze samples collected during the autumn migration in France, to identify their population origins. Finally, he/she will write the corresponding scientific papers.

Postdoc: Grassland ecology

Posted: Thursday 27 March 2014
University of Nebraska
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has one postdoctoral positions available in population biology. We are particularly interested in sponsoring a postdoctoral applicant with an interest in vegetation dynamics and grassland ecology. Opportunities exist for this person to examine data, participate in field work, and/or develop related theory.

Postdoctoral position on forest epidemiology modeling

Posted: Tuesday 18 March 2014
INRA
The Agroclim and Tree/Microorganism Interactions (IAM) laboratories are seeking a highly-qualified post-doctoral researcher to work on a joint project assessing the impacts of climate change on the establishment and development of crop and forest pathosystems in France. Climate change largely questions food security, but its impact on fungal diseases has been under explored, resulting in poor anticipation by management strategies designed to limit epidemics. The most significant work on climate change’s impact on diseases in France is related to forests, with INRA already having developed research models resulting in a fine description of plant x pathogen x climate interactions, as well as operational approaches largely used in forest health to identify and quantify the risks associated to future bioclimatic niches. The main objective of this post-doctoral appointment will be to improve these existing models and use them on a country-wide scale in order to identify areas favorable to the development of selected diseases, both for present and for future climates. This will be done for two forest foliar pathogens (Dothistroma Needle Blight disease on laricio pine and Diplodia pinea on pine) and two soft and durum wheat aerial fungi (stem and leaf rusts).

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN FOREST ECOLOGY

Posted: Tuesday 18 March 2014
Smithsonian Institution
One post-doctoral fellow is sought by ForestGEO-CTFS to conduct analyses of data from the network of large forest plots, focusing on the dynamics of Asian forests. Candidates should have a strong analytical background, an established record of research and scholarly publication in forest science. Research topics may include any related to the dynamics of tropical or temperate forests, emphasizing comparative studies among forests.

Community ecology

Posted: Thursday 13 March 2014
McGill/UQAM
A unified framework for community ecology: Phylogeny, geography, and the assembly of ecological communities McGill University and l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) Applications are invited for a fully funded one-year postdoctoral position, starting no later than September 2014 with possibility of extension, on the development of a unified framework for community ecology that merges phylogenetic, environmental, spatial and trait-based approaches.

5 Post Doctoral Positions - ERC Synergy Grant: IMBALANCE-P

Posted: Thursday 13 February 2014
Barcelona
A collaborative research team led by Josep Peñuelas (CREAF), Ivan Janssens (UA, Belgium), Philippe Ciais (CEA-UVSQ, France), and Michael Obersteiner (IIASA, Austria) is offering postdoctoral positions to study the effects of phosphorous limitations on Life, Earth system and Society (ERC Synergy grant: IMBALANCE-P). The aim of IMBALANCE-P is to quantify and understand the responses of Life, Society and the Earth System to current and future P shortages and the N to P stoichiometric imbalance created by widespread N additions and rising atmospheric CO2, and to identify the options available to improve the management of the P cycle. The P-dependent implications for Life, Society, and the Earth System are tightly interconnected, but have so far mostly been considered in fragmented single-discipline research. IMBALANCE-P will achieve a global closure of the P cycle, and generate a novel integrated knowledge of the impacts of the C:N:P imbalances on natural ecosystems’ diversity and function, climate, agriculture, and society. In CREAF we are looking for 5 highly motivated post-docs in the following areas: Postdoc 1- Stiochiometry and metabolomic processes mostly on plants and bacteria Postdoc 2- Ecophysiology and demography of vegetation Postdoc 3- Macroecology and biodiversity Postdoc 4- mining. Meta-analysis and synthesis of molecular organismic and ecosystemic data Postdoc 5- Nutrient imbalances and trophic webs Ideally, the work begins in May 2014 but other starting dates can be discussed. The positions are offered for one year with a possibility of renewal for more years. Qualifications: QQuuaalliiffiiccaattiioonnss:: Qualifications: Applicants should be enthusiastic doctors holding a PhD degree in biology, environmental sciences, geosciences, climate sciences or any related field to the mentioned areas. They should ideally have a strong background in those areas. In addition, the applicants should have solid experience in working both independently and in group. Fluency in English (oral and written) is mandatory. Annual Salary: Approx 27000-30000 Euros Location: Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF). Application Process: We look forward to receiving your application – including a motivation letter, a statement of research interests, a CV, and the names and contact addresses of three academic referees – Please send your application to josep.penuelas@uab.cat.h The deadline for applications is April 30 (but the deadline may be flexible depending on the project starting dates)

Postdoc: ecoinformatics, fine-grained modeling of biological

Posted: Thursday 28 November 2013
Amiens, France
The postdoctoral position is part of a BiodivERsA project entitled “Detection of invasive plant species and assessment of their impact on ecosystem properties through remote sensing (DIARS)”. By combining two aircraft remote sensing technologies (hyperspectral imaging and light detection-and-ranging), DIARS aims at monitoring and predicting spread and risk assessment of invasive plant species at fine spatial resolution. Focusing on three different 25-km2 study sites in Southern France, Belgium and Western Germany, the postdoc will use LiDAR-derived data to assess current and future distributions of three invasive plants: one moss (Campilopus introflexus); one perennial herb (Oxalis pes-caprae); and one tree (Prunus serotina). The postdoc will also be involved in an ecoinformatics initiative designing a toolbox to facilitate the use of remote sensing data for assessing and characterizing the ecosystem impacts of invasive plants in a Free and Open Source environment. There will be ample opportunity for independent and collaborative research in related areas of ecoinformatics.

Postdoc: econinformatics applied to plant invasions

Posted: Thursday 28 November 2013
Jules Verne University of Picardie – FRANCE
The postdoctoral position is part of a BiodivERsA project entitled « Detection of invasive plant species and assessment of their impact on ecosystem properties through remote sensing (DIARS) ». By combining two aircraft remote sensing technologies (hyperspectral imaging and light detection-and-ranging), DIARS aims at monitoring and predicting spread and risk assessment of invasive plant species at fine spatial resolution. Focusing on three different 25-km2 study sites in Southern France, Belgium and Western Germany, the postdoc will use LiDAR-derived data to assess current and future distributions of three invasive plants: one moss (Campilopus introflexus); one perennial herb (Oxalis pes-caprae); and one tree (Prunus serotina). The postdoc will also be involved in an ecoinformatics initiative designing a toolbox to facilitate the use of remote sensing data for assessing and characterizing the ecosystem impacts of invasive plants in a Free and Open Source environment. There will be ample opportunity for independent and collaborative research in related areas of ecoinformatics.

Postdoc: Plant-herbivore and predator-prey interactions

Posted: Tuesday 05 November 2013
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
The Thaler lab in the Department of Entomology at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY is seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher to participate in research in the area of non-consumptive interactions between predators and prey. Our lab combines field-scale experiments with laboratory behavioral and chemical assays to determine the mechanisms of species interactions. The postdoc will oversee research investigating how plant resistance and variation in the predator community influence the strength of non-consumptive effects of predators on pests. Previous field and lab experience in one or more of the following fields is essential: population/community ecology, entomology, chemical or molecular ecology, insect physiology or insect behavior. Development of related, independent research by the postdoc is encouraged.

PhD and MSc opportunities


12 MSc positions at Unibe

Posted: Monday 10 March 2014
University of Bern
At Unibe, in four main research programmes: • Grassland management and biodiversity: 3-6 posts • River restoration (Little ringed plover): 1 post • Vineyards (Woodlark & bird communities): 2 posts • Forest birds (Fire & bird communities): 1 post • Habitat suitability (GIS) modelling of threatened Alpine birds (Bearded vulture and Red-billed chough): 2 posts

MSc: Causes des migrations hivernales chez un passereau arctique en déclin

Posted: Thursday 20 February 2014
UQAR
Ce projet vise à déterminer la capacité de l’espèce à s’ajuster aux fluctuations climatiques hivernales. Les objectifs sont: • Déterminer quels sont les changements phénotypiques saisonniers (mesures mensuelles chez des oiseaux gardés en conditions semi-naturelles à l’UQAR).• Comparer la performance des individus captifs (doivent s’ajuster aux variations climatiques) avec celles des individus libres (peuvent éviter les conditions rigoureuses).• Déterminer les coûts des ajustements phénotypiques.

Projet de maîtrise en écologie des communautés aquatiques

Posted: Monday 10 February 2014
Montreal
Processus d’assemblages des invertébrés et structure trophique en milieu aquatique La biogéochimie classique qui visait à étudier le rôle des fonctions biologiques dans le cycle des éléments fait progressivement place à l’écogéochimie qui incorpore les processus d’interactions écologiques n’impliquant pas nécessairement de transformation de la matière. La relation diversité-ressource est au cœur de cette nouvelle problématique pour laquelle le cadre théorique fait toujours défaut. Pour les écologistes, la question d’actualité n’est plus tant le déclin de la biodiversité que les conséquences de ce déclin sur le fonctionnement des écosystèmes et au-delà sur les services rendus par les systèmes écologiques au genre humain. Parce que certaines espèces jouent des rôles équivalents au sein d’un assemblage (redondance), il semble particulièrement important de comprendre les interactions entre les espèces pour appréhender les conséquences de l’érosion de la biodiversité sur les grands équilibres écogéochimiques et déterminer jusqu’à quel point ce réseau d’interactions peut être modifié avant que son fonctionnement devienne instable. L’enjeu de ce projet est de parvenir à formaliser dans le contexte des métacommunautés (i.e., plusieurs communautés locales connectées spatialement par l’échange d’individus à une échelle régionale) le lien entre la dynamique de la ressource, la compétition entre les consommateurs pour exploiter cette ressource et le contrôle de la dynamique des consommateurs par la prédation. La stratégie pour décrire et quantifier la dynamique d’une ou d’un ensemble de ressources et les interactions entre cette dynamique et celle des consommateurs, est de considérer un assemblage d’espèces qui peut être manipulé expérimentalement. Pour cela, nous envisageons d’étudier la diversité des espèces de la macrofaune benthique marine (Banyuls-sur-Mer, golfe du Lion, Méditerranée) et lacustre (Rimouski, Bas-Saint-Laurent) qui s’organisent en communautés autour des macrodétritus dérivés de plantes vasculaires terrestres. La problématique du sujet doit fournir des informations sur : 1)les effets de la diversité sur la dégradation des détritus d’origine terrestre en milieu aquatique, 2)les interactions biotiques impliquées dans la dégradation de cette matière, 3)le maintien de la fonction et de la diversité dans un contexte où la ressource primaire et la communauté qui l’exploite ont chacune leur propre dynamique. Profil du candidat : Le candidat sera basé à l’UQAR et sera chargé de l’intégralité de la réalisation du projet. Il devra être motivé pour assurer l’identification taxonomique de la macrofaune, l’analyse isotopique des sources et des consommateurs, et la paramétrisation d’un modèle de métacommunauté structurée par des interactions trophiques. L’étudiant(e) sera financé(e) par une subvention CRSNG (12 000$/année pendant deux ans) et sera encouragé(e) à soumettre une demande de bourse au programme EnviroNord. Compétences requises : -Formation solide en écologie des communautés et en écologie aquatique -Intérêt pour la taxonomie des invertébrés -Intérêt pour la modélisation mathématique -Bonne organisation et rigueur dans le raisonnement -Bonne capacité de rédaction Modalités : Dossier de candidature : CV de deux pages maximum incluant l’adresse de deux référents joignables par courriel, plus une lettre de motivation d’une page maximum. Les dossiers doivent être acheminés à Christian Nozais (christian_nozais@uqar.ca).

PhD Position in integrated landscape genomics and simulation modelling

Posted: Thursday 19 December 2013
Montreal
The James lab at the UdeM currently seeking a motivated PhD student to undertake a research project on simulation modelling of landscape genomic dynamics of the mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) outbreak system. The successful candidate will be part of a new multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary national research network (TRIANet) whose goal is to examine the causes and consequences of further eastward spread of the current mountain pine beetle epidemic in western North America. I am specifically looking for a numerically-inclined student with a background in ecology and/or population genetics and experience and interest in simulation modelling, programming, and statistics. Strong verbal, written, and quantitative skills as well as an excellent academic record are required. Full funding is available to support the successful candidate for four years in addition to a limited travel budget. Expected start date is September 2014. The Université de Montréal is a French language institution where graduate work may be undertaken in English or French. Applicants must meet the entrance requirements for the Université de Montréal, Département de sciences biologiques, which can be viewed here. To apply: Please send: 1) a cover letter, 2) a current CV, 3) unofficial transcripts, and 4) contact information for three references to:patrick.ma.james**at**umontreal.ca. Please note that only those selected for an interview (Skype or telephone) will be contacted. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

PhD: multiple research projects

Posted: Thursday 28 November 2013
University of Queensland, Australia
We have several open PhD positions for outstanding students(international and domestic) at the University of Queensland (UQ) in Brisbane, Australia. UQ is one of the leading universities in Australia, ranked in the top 100 globally and has an excellent graduate program. The successful candidates will join a collaborative and dynamic international group of academics, postdocs and graduate students working on environmental decisions and conservation related questions (The Environmental Decisions Group: http://www.edg.org.au/) at the School of Biological Sciences.

MSc: computing-intensive landscape ecology applications

Posted: Thursday 21 November 2013
Montreal, Quebec
The Jeffrey Cardille Computational Landscape Ecology group at McGill University is seeking MS and PhD students interested in computing-intensive landscape ecology applications. Contact: jeffrey.cardille@mcgill.ca

PhD: computing-intensive landscape ecology applications

Posted: Thursday 21 November 2013
Montreal, Quebec
The Computational Landscape Ecology group at McGill University is seeking MS and PhD students interested in computing-intensive landscape ecology applications. Students will join a dynamic and growing lab of graduate and undergraduate students working on a wide range of landscape ecology projects that demand a heavy component of computing power, including: -- Forest connectivity estimation and validation at regional and continental scales, using Circuitscape -- Regional estimation of lake carbon content with remote sensing, GIS, and Bayesian stats in 10**6 lakes in Quebec -- Use of Google Earth Engine for estimation of landscape-scale patterns across very large areas -- Spatial and statistical patterns of landscape metrics at continental and regional scales Successful candidates will have strong to moderate programming experience, ideally in R or Python or a similar language like Matlab or Java. Depending on the project, specific experience with certain tools will be of especially high value, including: remote sensing, GIS, simulation modeling, data mining techniques in very large data sets and coursework in statistics. Canadian students who would be eligible for federal and provincial scholarships are given high priority. Potential start dates are January, May, or September of 2014. Interested students should send the following: -- a letter explaining your interests -- a CV -- an unofficial grade transcript -- and the names of three references to: Associate Professor Jeffrey Cardille, jeffrey.cardille@mcgill.ca Web site: http://www.mcgill.ca/mse/jeffrey-cardille