Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program–Now Accepting Applications!

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of California Santa Cruz are now available.  Each March, 20 early-undergraduate Scholars from around the country are selected to participate in a two-year conservation mentorship program centered on the summers between academic years.  The goal is to serve students from groups traditionally underrepresented in conservation, across disciplines, who can contribute to diversifying, redefining, and strengthening efforts to protect land, wildlife and water.

During the first year Scholars participate on an eight-week, intensive summer course integrating conservation design, leadership and research experiences while traveling with a close group of peers and mentors.  During the second summer, Scholars pursue eight-week research and practice internships with nationally recognized conservation organizations and agencies.  A professional development retreat after the second summer brings together the Scholar cohort and prepares them to apply for jobs and graduate school. Throughout the two years and beyond, they work with home mentors at each Scholar’s campus to provide ongoing support. Scholars receive a $4,000 stipend each summer and become part of the national Doris Duke Conservation Scholars network for life.

Share this program information with faculty, freshmen, sophomores, eligible juniors, and others in your professional and community networks!  Applications for the 2018 class of Scholars are available on the website and due February 9, 2018.

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AQUATROP CALL FOR SPECIAL SESSIONS PROPOSALS Call open: October 1 – November 17, 2017

The Organizing Committee of the Congress on Tropical Aquatic Ecosystems in the Anthropocene - AQUATROP invites proposals for Special Sessions (Symposiums) at the congress, which will be held July 23-26, 2018 in Quito, Ecuador. The objective of AQUATROP is to promote scientific exchange and learning among stakeholders in various fields related to the study of freshwater ecosystems in the context of the major changes that are occurring in the Anthropocene. For this reason, we aim to involve a wide array of experts and
practitioners, from taxonomists and ecologists studying the diversity and ecology of aquatic organisms, to engineers and managers of aquatic ecosystems working on their sustainable use and management.

The person or group that proposes a Special Session is expected to act as the Session organizer by inviting potential speakers, and communicating with them all the relevant information regarding the Session being proposed. Please keep in mind the following:
 The topic of the session must be related to the AQUATROP general theme,
 The contents of the Special Session should not overlap with General Sessions of the congress, and similar sessions may be joined into one,
 The principal organizer should open the session by presenting an overview of the topic and future tendencies.

The proposals for a Special Session should contain the following information: title, a brief description (250 words), justification (100 words) and summary (50 words), contact details of the principal organizer and possible co-organizers(optional), as well as a list of six potential speakers and tentative subjects of their talks.

Our Scientific Committee will evaluate the proposals on a peer-review basis, focusing on scientific relevance, structure and organization, and the proposed speakers. You can submit your proposals by November 17, 2017 at aquatrop2018@gmail.com with the subject “Proposal Special Session AQUATROP”. The organizers of proposals will be notified on November 27, 2017, after which the accepted sessions will be posted at the AQUATROP website.

http://riostropicales2018.org/special-sessions-symposium-guidelines/?lang=en

http://riostropicales2018.org/welcome/?lang=en

 

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Tropical Aquatic Ecosystems in the Anthropocene AQUATROP

The Red Macrolatinos (RML), together with the Society for Freshwater Science (SFS), the Asociación Ecuatoriana de Limnología (AEL), and the Sociedad(e) de Odonatología Latinoamericana (SOL) cordially invite you to the Meeting “Tropical Aquatic Ecosystems in the Anthropocene AQUATROP“, which will be held July 23-26 2018, in Quito, Ecuador (with pre-meeting courses July 21 – 22, and post-meeting excursions starting July 27, 2018).

This will be the fourth meeting of the Red Macrolatinos (RML), the first of the Ecuadorian Association of Limnology (AEL), the first international initiative of the Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) and the second meeting of the the Sociedad(e) de Odonatología Latinoamericana (SOL). The meeting focuses on tropical freshwater ecosystems in the context of the major changes that are occurring due to human interventions. We live on a planet where the human footprint is inevitable and it is for that very reason that we need to understand how our ecosystems function in their natural conditions and when altered by humans. The objective of our meeting is to promote the dissemination of high quality scientific research in any of the areas related to the study of tropical and subtropical aquatic ecosystems in the Americas. We also seek to actively promote communication and collaboration between scientists, stakeholders, and members of the different scientific organizations with similar interests.

It is a great pleasure for us to welcome you to this meeting, which not only brings together the members and participants of the four collaborating associations, but also invites professionals, students and resource managers interested in biology, ecology, hydrology, management, management, conservation and restoration of freshwater ecosystems in the tropics and subtropics of the Americas.

Our meeting includes eight plenary sessions which will be of interest to the meeting participants, but also to the public of the city of Quito and all of Ecuador. We also expect to have over 100 oral presentations in diverse subjects and 100 posters presentations. Our Special Sessions or symposiums will cover a wide range of current and innovative topics relating to tropical freshwater ecosystems.

http://riostropicales2018.org/welcome/?lang=en

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University of Wyoming is Hiring in EEB!

University of Wyoming is hiring a number of new faculty members this year, including three in areas with particular relevance to ecology and evolution:
1) Aquatic ecosystem ecology (see ad here)
2) Computational biology (with expertise in genomics) (see ad here)
3) Plant-microbe interactions (see ad here)
More information about the cluster hire can be found here: http://www.uwyo.edu/epscor/microbial-ecology/facsearches.html
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Assist Ecologists Affected by Hurricanes and Earthquake

ESA is thinking about its members, their families, and their co-workers affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria and by the Mexico City earthquake. Ecologists well understand the impact of natural disasters on ecological systems, but have also witnessed nature’s ability to rebound after such disturbances.

For members whose lives were affected by the hurricanes and the earthquake, we hope your recovery efforts go well and that your daily life returns to normal as soon as possible. ESA wants you to know that you have our good wishes and thoughts during this difficult time.

Many members of the ESA community want to know how they can help get your research back up to speed, whether it’s space in a freezer or on a server, a temporary host for a graduate student, or equipment for your field season. ESA is facilitating member-to-member sharing by collecting offers of assistance and resources to share with those affected.

https://www.esa.org/esablog/ecology-in-the-news/assist-ecologists-affected-by-hurricanes-and-earthquake/

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Congreso Ecosistemas Acuáticos Tropicales en el Antropoceno AQUATROP

http://riostropicales2018.org/

La Red Macrolatinos (RML), junto con la Society for Freshwater Science (SFS), la Asociación Ecuatoriana de Limnología (AEL), y la Sociedad(e) de Odonatología Latinoamericana (SOL), se unen para realizar e invitar cordialmente al “Congreso Ecosistemas Acuáticos Tropicales en el Antropoceno AQUATROP”, el cual se realizará del 23 al 26 de Julio del 2018, en Quito, Ecuador (cursos pre-congreso 21 y 22 de Julio, excursiones post-congreso a partir del 27 de Julio 2018).

Este congreso es el 4to Congreso de Macroinvertebrados de la Red Macrolatinos (RML), el primer congreso de la Asociación Ecuatoriana de Limnología (AEL), la primera iniciativa internacional de la Society for Freshwater Science (SFS), y el 2do encuentro de la Sociedad(e) de Odonatología Latinoamericana (SOL). El tema del congreso hace referencia a los enormes cambios que están sufriendo los ecosistemas de agua dulce de esta región debido a la intervención de los seres humanos. Actualmente vivimos en un planeta donde la huella del ser humano es inevitable y por esta misma razón es necesario que entendamos cómo funcionan nuestros ecosistemas en sus condiciones naturales y alteradas por los seres humanos. El objetivo de nuestro congreso es promover la diseminación de investigaciones científicas de alta calidad en cualquiera de áreas que compete al estudio de ecosistemas acuáticos tropicales y subtropicales de las Américas. Además, buscamos promover la comunicación y colaboración entre científicos y gestores y entre miembros de diferentes organizaciones científicas con intereses similares.

Es para nosotros un enorme placer darles la bienvenida a este congreso, que no solo reúne a los miembros y participantes de estas cuatro asociaciones, pero además invita a profesionales, estudiantes y gestores que estén interesados en la biología, ecología, hidrología, gestión, manejo, conservación y restauración de ecosistemas de agua dulce de las zonas tropicales y subtropicales de las Américas.

Nuestro congreso incluye ocho charlas magistrales de invitados especiales de temas que serán de mucho interés para nuestros participantes, pero también para el público general de la ciudad de Quito y de todo el Ecuador. Además, esperamos más de 100 presentaciones orales  de diversos temas y 100 exposiciones de posters. También tendremos sesiones especiales o simposios de varios temas actuales y de vanguardia.

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Odum School Responds to Hurricane Maria

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Athens, Ga. – Students, faculty and staff at the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology are responding to the impacts of Hurricane Maria with a drive to raise funds for immediate and long-term aid.

The Odum School has long-standing personal and professional ties to Puerto Rico, dating back to the 1960s when UGA ecology faculty members Frank Golley, Carl Jordan, Dick Wiegert and Dave Coleman conducted research at the Luquillo Experimental Forest. Their work was part of a project at El Verde rainforest led by H.T. Odum—brother and collaborator of Eugene Odum—funded by the Atomic Energy Commission. This early ecosystem research was, at least in part, the basis for the Luquillo Long-Term Ecological Research project being funded by the National Science Foundation in 1988, according to Professor Alan Covich. He and fellow Odum School faculty members Catherine Pringle and Ford Ballantyne, alumnus Alonso Ramírez of the Institute for Tropical Ecosystem Studies at the University of Puerto Rico, and Thomas Mote of the UGA geography department, all have active research projects there now. Recent graduates Amber Falkner and Kelsey Morton are currently based at Luquillo, and a number of Odum students and alumni are Puerto Rican citizens.

Odum School efforts will be focused first on raising funds to provide immediate humanitarian assistance and collaborating with other UGA relief projects, then on supporting Puerto Rico’s ecology infrastructure and its scientists.

For more information and to learn how you can help, contact Darixa Hernandez at darixa.hernandez@uga.edu.

Hurricane Maria’s impacts on Puerto Rico’s ecosystems

Alan Covich has been quoted extensively in the media on the impacts of Hurricane Maria on the ecosystems of the island.

Hurricane Maria decimated the nation’s only tropical rain forest outside Hawaii

By John Hopewell, September 29, Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/09/29/hurricane-maria-decimated-the-nations-only-tropical-rain-forest/?utm_term=.a40fa63d934d

 

Debt-Ridden, Maria-Menaced Puerto Rico Faces Environmental Crisis

By Adam Allington and David Schultz, Sept. 27, Bloomberg BNA

https://www.bna.com/debtridden-mariamenaced-puerto-n73014470164/

 

The Only Tropical Rainforest in the National Forest System Was Devastated By Hurricane Maria

By Maddie Stone, Sept. 27, Earther.com

https://earther.com/americas-only-tropical-rainforest-was-devastated-by-hur-1818827517?rev=1506539053092

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The Program in Integrative Conservation at UGA is Accepting Applications!

The University of Georgia is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for Fall 2018 for our Integrative Conservation (ICON) doctoral program. Funded assistantships are available to outstanding students. The ICON Ph.D. program is open to students applying to one of four "home departments" including the Odum School of Ecology (http://www.ecology.uga.edu), the Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources (http://www.warnell.uga.edu), the Department of Anthropology (http://anthropology.uga.edu/), and the Department of Geography (http://geography.uga.edu/).

With the current rate of global change, conservation and management of our natural resources needs to adapt to a complex set of challenges. Responding effectively to these challenges requires both disciplinary expertise and agility to work across disciplines. The University of Georgia's ICON Ph.D. program is designed to meet that need by ensuring that students gain disciplinary depth while also learning to collaborate across fields of practice by engaging faculty from the natural and social sciences to train students in an integrative and holistic way.

At the same time, this program strives to move beyond the paradigm of interdisciplinarity by reaching outside of academia to bring together academics and practitioners. Through internships and collaborative research, students will interact with professionals engaged in management and conservation as partners and colleagues. These experiences, along with training modules led by communications experts, will ensure that students learn to communicate effectively and strategically with those from other backgrounds and disciplines as well as with lay audiences.

For more information, please contact Dr. Sonia Hernandez, ICON Program Graduate Coordinator (iconphd@uga.edu), at the Center for Integrative Conservation Research (CICR) at the University of Georgia or visit the ICON website: http://icon.uga.edu/.

 

Apply

 

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We still don’t know how to talk about floods

"As the tragedies of Harvey and Irma continue to unfold, it’s disconcerting but hardly surprising to hear a chorus of voices from all walks of life — laypeople, politicians and technical experts — perpetuate our ignorance of extreme weather and flood events."

Please visit this link to read a perspective article written by my friend and colleague, Brian Bledsoe.

"Brian Bledsoe, is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Georgia. His research focuses on the interface of hydrology, ecology and urban water sustainability."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/09/13/we-still-dont-know-how-to-talk-about-floods/?utm_term=.62a8c7b55cfa

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Ecohydrologist at Bama!

https://facultyjobs.ua.edu/postings/41629

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa invites applications for a full-time (9-month) tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Ecohydrology. The successful applicant will establish an extramurally funded and internationally recognized research program centered on the interactions and feedbacks between ecological and hydrological processes through any component of the water cycle. Applicants should employ integrative, multi-scale approaches that combine field-based work and modeling to characterize relationships between the water cycle, regional climate, and the dynamics of terrestrial and/or aquatic ecosystems, and must be committed to excellence in teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. We are particularly interested in applications from individuals with a strong foundation in biological and ecological sciences and a demonstrated record of research in improving our understanding of coupled processes at scales ranging from watersheds to regions and in the context of global environmental change. The successful candidate will be encouraged to leverage Alabama’s unique and diverse water resources to support an innovative research program, and to forge collaborations with the new NOAA National Water Center, which opened on the UA campus in 2014, and the diverse faculty at UA and Dauphin Island Sea Lab with interests in water-related research.

 

Applicants must have a Ph.D. and post-doctoral or equivalent experience. Evidence of significant intellectual contributions to the field and a demonstrated commitment to teaching in a biological sciences department at both the undergraduate and graduate levels are also required. Teaching responsibilities will include basic undergraduate courses in general biology or ecology, as well as specialized undergraduate and graduate courses in the successful candidate’s area of expertise.

 

Queries for additional details should be addressed to the chair of the search committee: Dr. Julia Cherry at cherr002@ua.edu. To apply, go to https://facultyjobs.ua.edu, complete the online application (Job #0810972), and upload: (1) a cover letter; (2) CV; (3) statement describing past research achievements and future goals; (4) statement of teaching interests and philosophy; and (5) a list of three to five references (including contact information). The search committee will request letters of reference as appropriate. Consideration of applications will begin 21 October 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. Prior to hiring, the final candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment background investigation. The start date is August 16, 2018. Additional information about the Department of Biological Sciences and this position can be found on our website at http://bsc.ua.edu. Applications from women and members of traditionally underrepresented groups in Biology are especially encouraged. The University of Alabama is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employer and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

 

Statement for Joint Advert: The University of Alabama is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Electronic application can be made at: http://jobs.ua.edu.

 

Position Request: Ecohydrology

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