REU Summer 2015 in Aquatic Ecology, Portland State University

NSF-Sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates in Aquatic Ecology, Portland State University

The Strecker Aquatic Ecology Lab at Portland State University invites applications for an REU position on an NSF-funded project on the effects of hydrologic alterations and climate change on freshwater ecosystem connectivity and ecology on the Columbia Plateau. The candidate will have numerous opportunities to enhance their career by working with ecologists and other scientists, including members of the PI’s lab ( The REU project will focus on a unique feature of some aquatic invertebrates, which can produce resting eggs that undergo prolonged dormancy in the sediment of waterbodies and hatch under favorable conditions. The project will work on a research question related to hatching success of zooplankton resting eggs in different environmental conditions and at different historical time periods.

A stipend of $4500 is available, in addition to $600 for subsistence and help with travel costs to and from Portland. On-campus housing will be provided.

Application: Applicants must provide their (unofficial) transcripts and two letters of recommendation from professors familiar with their academic performance. A one page essay describing their experience, motivation, qualifications, and research interests is required. All materials should be sent to Dr. Angela Strecker (strecker).

Selection Criteria: A background in ecology, biology, environmental science, or a related field, with a strong interest in aquatic ecosystems is required. Previous research experience is not required. Students from underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Additional selection criteria include:

  • Motivation and enthusiasm to develop research skills and techniques
  • Successful completion of college-level courses relevant to research
  • An academic record with consistent progress
  • Ability to participate in the entire 10 week program – start date is negotiable
  • Applications are due by March 22nd, with a decision expected by April 10th

Eligibility: Students graduating in the year of the program are not eligible. Students must also be United States citizens or permanent residents. Students must be enrolled in a community college, college or university and have good academic standing.

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NPAFC Internship Applications due March 12, 2015

Announcement: 2015 NPAFC Internship Program


The North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC) invites citizens from its member countries (Canada, Japan, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, and USA) to apply for the NPAFC Internship Program. One intern will be accepted upon approval of the Commission. The intern will work at the NPAFC Secretariat office in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

The intern will gain experience and knowledge in operations of the NPAFC and provide an opportunity to test their interest in international governmental organizations, management, fisheries, biology, ecology, and fisheries enforcement. The intern will work under the supervision of the Executive Director and/or his designate. In general, the intern will assist in a variety of tasks, including

Preparing information and support for scientific projects

Assisting, organizing, and editing various NPAFC publications

Coordinating international cooperative programs

Assisting Secretariat activities and special projects

Internship period: Starts on or about September 1, 2015, for a period up to a maximum of 6 months. The intern is expected to perform their tasks at the Secretariat office on a daily basis, Monday-Friday, 7.5 hours per day.

Qualifications: Applicants must be a citizen of a NPAFC member country, have a university degree, the ability to read, write, and speak English, the ability to use computers and the internet; and demonstrated personal initiative. Applicants must currently be a part of the government or academic sector, a recent graduate, or currently enrolled in school for an advanced degree.

Financial support: NPAFC will provide a stipend of $2000 CDN per month. Travel cost to and from the intern’s place of residence and the location of the Secretariat office and cost of medical insurance will be at the intern’s own expense or by home country support. Travel expenses associated with the Intern’s work in the Secretariat will be covered by NPAFC.

Applications: Completed applicationsmust include all of the following:

· cover letter describing the applicant’s interests and qualifications,

· resume showing academic and/or work experience,

· three professional letters of reference

Email the completed application to secretariat.

For complete information: Go to secretariat.

2015 NPAFC Internship Program.pdf

Seabird post-doc

Post-doc Studying Population Dynamics of Seabirds of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge

A 1-year research position is available to expand the inference of 4 decades of colony-based seabird monitoring to regional and landscape scales that would allow inferences beyond individual colonies. Metrics of seabird ecology will be evaluated for their links to ecosystem-wide environmental change at a variety of trophic levels. Both efforts will improve the understanding of complex linkages in the marine system and guide monitoring efforts by the Refuge and others focused on conservation in the region. The overall goal is to develop a suite of population models for a couple of index species like murres and kittiwakes, including evaluation of spatial clustering of populations that co-vary, in order to: 1) assess implications of environmental covariates with identified mechanisms and appropriate temporal (pre-breeding condition, summer, rearing, overwinter survival, etc.) and spatial scales; 2) evaluate the feasibility of combining seabirds into foraging guilds and determine whether patterns assessed are similar within guilds; and 3) improve understanding of population dynamics of key seabird species on the Maritime Refuge and implications for those populations in the broader landscape. This analysis will involve close collaboration with scientists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries to explore how connections can be made that might afford improvements in detecting changes in the ecosystem. Primary responsibilities will be to statistically evaluate 4 decades of monitoring data; acquire relevant environmental variables portrayed in a GIS; develop quantitative models for analyzing annual rates of change for individual colonies and metapopulations distributed over large landscapes encompassing multiple colonies; apply these models to previously collected monitoring data; and write reports and manuscripts for publication in the peer-reviewed literature. Preference will be given to applicants with (1) a Ph.D. in wildlife biology, ornithology, ecology, landscape ecology, conservation biology, marine biology, fisheries biology or related discipline, (2) previous research experience modeling animal populations, (3) strong skills in quantitative modeling, GIS analysis, and ability to understand and create computer programs for new statistical methods and model simulations (e.g., familiarity with statistical computing software R, SAS, etc.).

An annual salary of $45,000-$55,000 will be provided with full benefits. The position will be in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Science at the University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho. This work will be conducted in close collaboration with researchers and managers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA Fisheries, and the Aleutian and Bering Sea Islands Landscape Conservation Cooperative.

This is a preliminary announcement but additional information is available from Oz Garton (ogarton). Detailed information and application information will be available in February from the University of Idaho’s Human Resources (

Review of the applicants will begin March 1, 2015. The position will start approx. April 1, 2015.

Heather RennerSupervisory Wildlife Biologist
Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge
95 Sterling Highway, Suite 1
Homer, Alaska 99603
(907) 226-4623

Peace Corps Environmental Panel Discussion

Hello, I’m emailing from the Peace Corps office in Seattle to let the College of the Environment know that we are having a panel discussion on Environmental work this Thursday, February 26th, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM in Savery Hall, Room 264.

This is a great event for students interested in international or community-based environmental work, and we’d love it if you could spread the word to students via email, social media, and/or your calendar.

Here is a short blurb about the event:

Panel Discussion: Environmental Volunteers Share Stories from the Field: Thursday, February 26th – 6:00 to 7:30 PM – Savery Hall, Room 264:

Peace Corps Volunteers working in the environmental field are at the forefront of efforts to live harmoniously and productively with the natural world. Environmental workers are in demand around the world as communities increasingly recognize the value of conservation, environmental education, and sustainable agriculture.

Join us at this panel discussion featuring returned Volunteers from around the globe to learn about environmental assignments, and how Peace Corps can launch an environmental career.

Let me know if this is possible, and thank you for your support!


Ben Conway
Regional Recruiter
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Peace Corps | West Coast Region | Seattle Office
Direct Line: 206.239.6613 | Seattle Office: 206.553.5490
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