18 de abril de 2014

Volunteer Field Assistant in Community Ecology - Berlin, Germany

We are searching for an excited, motivated and hard-working individual to
assist with field work in the project “MetacommuniTree - Land-use effects on
patterns and processes in decomposer metacommunities in tree holes”. The
project is part of the Biodiversity Exploratories
(http://www.biodiversity-exploratories.de/1/home/) and the project is based
at Freie Universität in Berlin. We will be mapping and collecting samples
from water-filled tree holes in three different regions of Germany –
Schorfheide-Chorin, Hainich and Schwäbische Alb. Working conditions will
require an individual who will not mind or preferably enjoy working
outdoors, in possibly inclement weather. The candidate should have an
interest in ecological research.

This is a full-time unpaid internship position however travel for field work
will be covered. Ideally work will begin on the final week of April and last
approximately three months. You will gain knowledge in various sampling
techniques, use of equipment and gain valuable research experience.
Additionally you will have the opportunity to meet with other researchers.

Preference will be given to candidates with field work/research experience
in ecology or related fields. If you are enticed by working in the beautiful
forests of Germany and gaining field experience please send a CV and a
letter of motivation to Anastasia Roberts: aroberts@oswego.edu by April 20th
- priority will be given to applications received on time. For further
information please visit:

17 de abril de 2014

Volunteer Salamander Field Technician (USA)


John Carroll University

Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, New York

This project will survey Eastern Red-Backed Salamander (Plethodon cinereus)
populations on islands throughout the Great Lakes. A field tech is needed to
help survey 30-50 island and mainland sites from Wisconsin to New York. This
will entail kayaking or boating across up to 2 miles of open water out to
the islands to survey. Mainland sites may require hiking into the sites.
During the field season, living conditions will be rustic and require tent
camping every night, likely at a different location each day. Field work
will start in late May and should finish around mid-July. Field conditions
will likely be beautiful (proposed field sites in 2 national parks, island
sites in each of the Great Lakes, etc.), but also challenging (hot, cold,
buggy, rainy, etc.). Potential applicants will need to have their own
camping and field gear, although kayaks/small motor boat will be provided.
Transportation between sites will also be provided, but will consist of
riding in a car for up to 6 hours at a time. Due to limited budget and
camping conditions, food costs will not be covered and meals will most
likely be together, with food costs split.
Note: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and the position may
be filled before the deadline.

Canoe/kayaking skills
Ability to hike up to 8 miles a day with a 30lb pack
Ability to lift 50+ lbs
Navigate with GPS and map/ compass
Experience tent camping on multi-day trips
Ability to identify salamanders of the northern Midwest

Start Date

Application Deadline

To Apply
Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references
to ceddy16@jcu.edu.

16 de abril de 2014

Sexy birds are better at escaping predator attacks.

Steve McFinch, The Great Escaper. By nigel from vancouver, Canada (IMG_4268-002) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Female birds are often attracted to bright, colorful males. Why is that? Apart from looking nicer, colorful males are signaling good qualities through their plumage. Research has shown, for example, that these colorful males are better at finding food that males of the same species with duller colors. For a female bird, a capable partner with potential to find good quality food for the chicks is a good choice. Bright colors are also a sign of good health, and we could expect that a healthy, vigorous male would have better chances when trying to escape from a predator attack. That's probably a quality that a female bird would appreciate in a potential partner.
So, are colorful males better at escaping from predators? 
To test this prediction, we measured the escape ability of male House finches (Haemorhous mexicanus) from a "human predator", that tried to capture them with a net in a large aviary. We related the escape ability of each individual to its breast coloration and found that birds with redder feathers managed to avoid our net better than duller individuals. So, yes! Colorful males are better at escaping predator attacks.
When a female is choosing a colorful male as a sexual partner, she is not only choosing beautiful feathers, but she is also selecting a male whose better flight performance will potentially allow him to provide more food to their chicks, and to better defend their nest from predators and territorial intrusions.
Read the whole story here and here.

Tenure-track position in vegetation ecology at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia.

Position description below and link to apply at end.  Application deadline 02 May.

The School of Veterinary and Life Sciences<http://www.murdoch.edu.au/School-of-Veterinary-and-Life-Sciences> is currently looking to fill a role in Ecology as part of its Environmental and Conservation Sciences program.  The School includes >100 faculty spanning a broad range of fields, offering excellent opportunities for multi-disciplinary collaborations.  Environmental and Conservation Sciences comprises a research and teaching cluster spanning the ecological sciences and protected area management. Existing areas of ecological strength include plant ecology, forest health, wildlife science, freshwater, estuarine ecology, fisheries and marine ecology.

Murdoch University invites applications for a continuing (tenure-track) position in vegetation ecology within the Environment and Conservation Science cluster of the School of Veterinary and Life Science.  The position will be filled at the Lecturer (level B) to Senior Lecturer (level C) , depending on experience and track record.  We seek candidates with a research focus on field-based plant ecology, disturbance, or urban-restoration ecology and which may span physiology, population, and/or community scale investigations. Bio statistical and/or modelling expertise is highly desirable. Applicants must have a PhD, and post-doctoral experience is preferred; applicants for appointment at level C  must demonstrate an established research program and track record of external funding and publications that have international impact and influence. We are looking for an energetic scholar with strengths in research and teaching who will contribute to the vibrant research community within the school.

Applicants will be expected to develop an active research programme, apply for nationally competitive grants, publish in international journals, and supervise graduate students.  Expectations are commensurate with level of appointment. Teaching responsibilities include coordinating and teaching in a second year unit (Ecology) and 1-2 other units per year in ecology-related areas across both undergraduate and post-graduate levels.

To apply, use the link below to read job description and instructions to applicants.

15 de abril de 2014

Conservation manager at Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Edmonton AB (Canada)

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society is looking for a conservation
manager to head up operations for northern Alberta, looks like a great
opportunity - see below:

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Northern Alberta chapter (CPAWS
NAB) is seeking a dynamic, results-oriented individual to provide strategic
leadership to the chapter. This position reports directly to the chapter’s
Board of Directors and has a strong conservation focus in its daily work.
The chapter is exploring two different operational models for this position.
Only one of the two positions will be hired based on the qualifications of
the ‘best fit’ candidate.

1.      Full-time Conservation Manager
Candidate has a minimum of 3-4 years of progressively responsible
experience, a strong conservation background, proven leadership and
communication skills, some experience with strategic planning and fund
development, and the potential to grow into an Executive Director role over
time. In this model, the Board will work with the Conservation Manager to
develop targeted skill-gaps.  Applicant’s related work experience should not
be limited to summer/co-op term positions.

2.       Part-time Executive Director (3-4 days/week)
Candidate has 5-7 plus years of leadership experience, a strong conservation
and strategic planning background, and proven experience with fund
development, stakeholder and media relations, and the non-profit sector
(management-oriented preferred).

Position Focus Areas
The Board will work with the right candidate to shape the position to the
candidate’s strengths in relation to the organization’s gaps and a
manageable workload. The final job description, position expectations, and
operational model will be determined once the position is filled in
consultation with the best candidate. CPAWS NAB is small chapter with
limited administrative and staff support requirements for the leadership
1.Providing vision and strategic leadership to achieve CPAWS NAB’s
conservation goals.
2.Ensuring that CPAWS NAB is an influential voice on conservation and parks
in Northern Alberta.
3.Representing the organization in multi-stakeholder discussions and to the
public, government, and other stakeholders as needed.
4.Working within existing organizational structures and financial frameworks
to guide day-to-day operations.
5.Supervising and leading the organization’s small contract staff and
working with the Board to ensure volunteers remain engaged in key support
roles and Board-lead committees.
6.Supporting the chapter’s fund development and outreach efforts (led by the
Board’s Fund Development and Outreach/Special Events committees)
7.Fostering strong relationships within the CPAWS Pan-Canadian Network
particularly with the Southern Alberta Chapter and the National office.

Desired skill-sets for both operational models:
The Board recognizes the level and depth of experience with the targeted
skill sets will differ between the two operational models under consideration.
•University degree in a conservation or environmental planning related field
or equivalent related work experience.
•Knowledge and experience working with environmental issues, in particular
those regarding conservation, the boreal forest, and parks.
•A demonstrated passion for wilderness and conservation.
•Leadership experience, including experience working with and leading teams.
•An understanding of the public policy and political process in Alberta and
•Strategic planning experience and a capacity to understand and respect the
often contrasting needs of the various stakeholders
•Successful history of working with stakeholders and partner organizations
and building networks.
•Excellent verbal and written communications skills
•Assets include experience with GIS, media relations, and working with First

About the Organization
CPAWS NAB is a well-established, conservation group that engages with
governments, industry, and the Canadian public, and is the pre-eminent voice
for protecting wilderness and biodiversity in the northern two-thirds of
Alberta. The ED will work collaboratively with the Board, staff, key
volunteers, the CPAWS national network, and other key stakeholders to
achieve our conservation goals. For more information on our chapter visit:

About Edmonton
If you are passionate about wilderness, then Edmonton is the city for you!
The city boasts the longest connected urban parkland in North America,
offering up over 97 km of trails for biking, hiking, skiing and running. Elk
Island National Park is less than an hour away, and weekend trips to the
Rocky Mountain parks are a must. Edmonton has fantastic restaurants that
focus on fresh, local ingredients, and it also boasts a vibrant music scene.
The CPAWS-NAB office is centrally located in the heart of the downtown with
great links to transit, and steps away from Alberta’s political hub to keep
you in the center of conservation action.

Position and Remuneration Details
The salary will reflect the candidate’s experience and length of work-week
while being competitive with other small non-profits in the Edmonton region.
CPAWS offers a comprehensive benefit package. A flexible work-week will be
considered however a strong presence in the chapter’s downtown Edmonton
office is required.

Application Process
Please submit your resume with a covering letter via email to:
Amber Nicol, Board Chair, CPAWS NAB

Your cover letter should address which operational model you are applying
under and include your salary expectations. The deadline is April 25, 2014.
Interviews will be scheduled for the following week with a target start-date
for the position of mid-May.

CPAWS Northern Alberta thanks all applicants for their interest; only those
invited for an interview will be contacted.

14 de abril de 2014

Volunteers needed for help with a feral horse study (USA)

USGS and Colorado State University are conducting scientific research to aid the BLM in management of free-roaming horses on public lands. We are undertaking a study to examine the population genetics of feral horses through non-invasive sampling of DNA in their dung. We are seeking volunteers to help collect samples in three sessions over 7─10 days starting May 19th, August 18th, and November 10th. We are happy for volunteers to participate in one or all sessions. This is an opportunity to explore an area of outstanding natural beauty, learn about scientific procedures of genetic and ecological studies, and contribute to important research. Training on sample collection and field storage will be provided.

Field work will consist of collecting samples of feral horse dung from across a Horse Management Area. Volunteers must be willing and able to spend all day hiking across remote and rugged terrain in varied weather conditions, and capable of carrying loads of up to 30lbs. Volunteers will be eligible for a travel camping per diem of $20/day at the end of the field session. We will camp for the duration of each field session. Transport will be provided to and from the field site from Fort Collins or Boulder, Colorado.

To apply please send a letter of interest to Dr. Sarah King at sarah.king@colostate.edu. Review of applicants is ongoing and will continue until 3-5 posts are filled.

13 de abril de 2014

Postdoc in quantitative genetics and speciation (Brazil)

Another postdoctoral position (up to two years funding) is now available
at the Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (UFSCar) working with Reinaldo
A. de Brito, in collaboration with Jason Wolf (University of Bath). The
collaboration offers the opportunity for the postdoc to spend time in
both Bath (UK) and Sao Carlos (Brazil), with empirical components being
done in Sao Carlos and computational work being split between institutions.

The project is focused on understanding the genetic architecture of
species differences in South American fruit flies of the group
Anastrepha fraterculus (Diptera: Tephritidae). The primary goal of the
project is to understand the nature of variation underlying traits that
distinguish species (including major ecologically relevant traits as
well as traits potentially involved in mate recognition) and how the
species differences relate to within species variation.

The postdoc will contribute to empirical and computational components of
the project. Empirical work will involve implementation of
multigenerational breeding schemes, phenotyping and next-generation
genotyping. Computational work will involve genome scale analysis of
associations using marker and sequence data.

This is a second post-doc opportunity associated with the project
previously advertised. We expect that this position will be filled by
July (to ensure that the full two years of funding is available).  We
are looking for people interested in discussing the details of the
project and the application process.  If you expressed interest in the
previously advertised position and would like to be considered for this
second position, please let us know and send an updated CV.

Please contact either one of us for more information or to express interest.

Reinaldo A. de Brito
CCBS- Depto de Genetica e Evolucao
Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos

Jason B. Wolf
Dept. of Biology & Biochemistry
University of Bath

12 de abril de 2014

Voluntariado en España (Ecología del comportamiento en avispas)

VOLUNTEER FIELD ASSISTANT sought immediately for 4-6 weeks (starting mid-April 2014), to help with a study of paper wasp (Polistes) behavioural ecology in southern Spain. The work will involve helping a postdoctoral researcher/PhD student to census and observe colonies as part of experiments to elucidate the basis of helping behaviour in these wasps, which live in small colonies of <20 a="" ability="" about="" advantages="" an="" and="" animals="" any="" applicant="" applicants="" be="" because="" behavioural="" biology="" but="" colour-blind.="" colour="" cutting-edge="" do="" driving="" ecology.="" enthusiasm="" essential.="" evolutionary="" excellent="" experience="" fieldwork.="" for="" group="" hard="" have="" http:="" in="" individual="" individuals.="" information="" insect="" interest="" involves="" is="" job="" kind="" licence="" lifesci="" marks="" more="" must="" neither="" not="" obtain="" of="" on="" our="" p="" prepared="" recording="" research="" see="" someone="" spanish="" speak="" successful="" suitable="" the="" to="" we="" website="" who="" will="" work="" would="" www.sussex.ac.uk=""> fieldlab/).

Air fare (from the UK) and accommodation expenses will be provided, with the applicant needing to pay for only their own food/personal expenses, which are relatively cheap in Spain, their travel to/from the airport in their home country, and their travel insurance. A successful applicant will also receive a Ł250 contribution towards their expenses, on completion of the work. Accommodation will be in a large house shared with the other members of the research group - including shower, cooking facilities, TV, large garden etc. Accommodation is in a medium-sized coastal town with nice beach.

Please send a covering letter and CV, including contact details (including e-mail addresses/tel nos.) for the applicant and 2-3 referees who would be available to provide references. Email as a single Word document to: j.field@sussex.ac.uk

Applicants can come to Sussex University, to discuss the project, either 10/11 April or 15/16th. In your cover letter, please indicate which of these dates you are available. Skype interview may also be possible, but meeting in person is preferred. The position will be allocated as soon as a suitable person is identified.

Informal enquiries: j.field@sussex.ac.uk

Professor Jeremy Field
School of Life Sciences,
John Maynard Smith Building,
University of Sussex,
Brighton BN1 9QG, UK

11 de abril de 2014

Postdoc in genomics (Arizona, USA)

[A pdf of this ad is available at http://cartwrig.ht/postdocs.pdf]

The Cartwright Lab at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ is seeking
multiple Postdoctoral Research Associates in the areas of Evolutionary
Genomics, Statistics, and Bioinformatics to develop methodologies and
study evolutionary questions related to mutation and short-read
sequencing. Successful applicants will join a rapidly growing and
well-funded lab involved on a variety of active research projects and
collaborations. Current projects include (1) the analysis of cilliate
mutation accumulation lines, (2) the development of software for
de-novo mutation detection from traditional and single-cell sequencing
datasets, (3) the analysis of non-pathogenic somatic mutation patterns
in mammals and plants, (4) the study of indel patterns across the tree
of life, (5) characterizing mutations and fitness-landscapes of
metabolically engineered microbes, (6) population genetics of malaria
parasites, (7) the construction of phylogenies from short-read, whole
genome datasets, and (8) simulation techniques for molecular evolution

The Cartwright Lab is part of the Center for Evolutionary Medicine and
Informatics (CEMI), one of 10 research centers in Arizona State
University's Biodesign Institute. Research in the Cartwright Lab
covers many different questions in population genetics and molecular
evolution, at the interface of biology, statistics, and computer
science. A majority of our research involves developing, implementing,
and applying novel methodologies to study genomic datasets. Members
have the opportunity to develop both dry-lab and wet-lab research
programs through interactions with both national and international

As part of this project, the Postdoctoral Research Associates are
expected to be able to:

1) Assemble microbial or metazoan genomes from short-read sequences
and identify variable sites and regions.
2) Develop novel, high-throughput methodologies to study mutations
from next generation sequencing of related individuals and cells.
3) Work closely with collaborators to customize methodologies to
specific experimental designs.

Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in genomics, bioinformatics, or a related field

Desired Qualifications: Experience working with genomes and
evolutionary analyses; Knowledge of programming languages including R,
Python, and C++; Knowledge of statistical methodologies; Experience
with short-read sequencing

Application must contain: (1) Resume, (2) Cover Letter,  (3) Names,
addresses, and phone numbers of three professional references

Deadline for applications is May 1, 2014. Applications will continue
to be accepted and considered until the job is filled/closed.

For more information see http://cartwrig.ht/lab/ or

To apply, forward one document that includes a cover letter, detailed
CV, and names of 3 references to cartwright@asu.edu. Please put the
job title in the subject line of the letter.

Arizona State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
employer. A background check is required for employment.

A pdf of this ad is available at http://cartwrig.ht/postdocs.pdf

8 de abril de 2014

5° Curso de Manejo de Pastizales y Reconocimiento de Especies (Argentina)

24-25 Abril 2014 Centro Regional Chaco-Formosa – EEA El Colorado
Lugar: EEA El Colorado – Campo de productores de la zona
1. La ganadería en el Área Territorial III, Región Este de Formosa. Ing Agr Oscar Palaoro. EEA El Colorado
2. La Vegetación del Chaco:
ß Pastizales y pajonales típicos de Formosa y el Chaco. Ing Agr Adolfo Cabral. EEA El Colorado
ß Reconocimiento de gramíneas, leguminosas. forrajero. Dr. Ricardo Vanni. Dra. Gabriela Lopez. UNNE
ß Recorrida de ambientes e Identificación a campo.
3. Manejo de Pastizales. Ing Agr Cristina Goldfarb. (EEA Corrientes)
· Interacción planta-animal. Cálculo y ajuste de la Carga Animal. Sistemas de Pastoreo rotativo, alternativo,
continuo. Ing Agr Luis Luisoni. (EEA Reconquista)
ß Monitoreo de Pastoreo y Ganadería de Precisión. Ing Agr Diego Bendersky. (EEA Mercedes)
ß Control de leñosas invasoras. Ing Agr Miguel Ferreyra. Dow Agrosciences

Inscripción $ 250 (incluye material didáctico y 2 refrigerios) – Estudiantes $ 125 -- Cupos Limitados

Coordinación: Ing Agr Guillermo O. Chiossone. Tel 3704-480005 (int 126) - Cel 3704-360824
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