Posts Tagged ‘biodiversity’

Graduate Assistantships/Fellowships are available for Ph.D. and M.S. students to conduct innovative and high-impact research in the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS) at Michigan State University.  Research topics may include:  ecology and management of wildlife (e.g., giant pandas in China, tigers in Nepal), systems modeling and simulation (e.g., agent-based modeling), sustainability science, coupled human and natural systems, biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services, climate change, land change science, forest and landscape ecology, natural resources and environment, systemsintegration (integration of ecology with demography, economics, sociology, and policy), telecoupling (socioeconomic and environmental interactions over distances through globalization, trade, species invasion, migration, and other means).

Examples of publications on these topics by CSIS faculty and students include Science (2012, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2003, 2001), Nature (2005, 2003) and PNAS (2012, 2009, 2008, 2007) (see http://csis.msu.edu/research/publications).  Successful candidates can build on these previous studies and explore new frontiers of research. They will also have opportunities to interact with leaders in these fields worldwide through various ways, such as the International Network of Research on Coupled Human and Natural Systems
(CHANS-Net.org) and the NASA-MSU Professional Enhancement Awards Program (http://csis.msu.edu/education/nasa_msu_award), which are organized byCSIS. More information about CSIS is available at http://csis.msu.edu.

Application materials include: (1) letter of application, (2) statement of professional goals, (3) CV or resume, (4) transcripts, (5) GRE scores, (6) TOEFL scores (for non-native English speakers only), (7) list of 3-4 references (names and contact information), and (8) up to three representative publications if any. Unofficial copies of GRE, TOEFL and
transcripts are OK initially.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible to ensure full consideration.  Please email the application materials to Dr. Jianguo (Jack) Liu at liuji@msu.edu. Questions about these opportunities can also be emailed to Dr. Liu.

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Positions of interest include:
Communications Assistant, Latin America in Costa Rica
Associate, Sustainable Agriculture Network Unit, Sustainable Agriculture Division in Ghana
Certification Services Associate in Ghana
Associate, Sustainable Agriculture Network Unit, Sustainable Agriculture Division in Honduras
Associate, Sustainable Agriculture Network Unit, Sustainable Agriculture Division in Bali
Agriculture Auditing Services Associate in Bali
Project Administrator, M-REDD- Climate Program in Mexico
Productivity Associate, Coffee & Cocoa in Peru
IT Support Assistant in New York, NY
Financial Analyst in New York, NY
Systems Analyst, Evaluation & Research in New York, NY
Junior Accountant in New York, NY
Systems Analyst, RA-Cert in Richmond, VT

The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. We envision a world where people and the environment prosper together.

Click here for more information and the full list of job opportunities

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Shenandoah National Park

George Mason University (Mason) provides scientific insight and solutions to
the rapidly changing demands of today’s global society by blending traditional
science education with sought-after programs in the high-profile discipline of

To accomplish this, Mason and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
have partnered to establish the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation
(SMSC). The School engages undergraduates, graduate students and
professionals from around the world in a range of compelling programs in
conservation biology focused on developing the knowledge required to address
some of the greatest threats to biodiversity facing society today. The SMSC
is rapidly becoming a benchmark for innovative education for current and
future generations of, conservation biologists, policymakers, and global
conservation leaders in the 21st century.

We currently offer the undergraduate Smithsonian-Mason Semester for
Conservation Studies.  Like a “study abroad” program, students spend a full
semester living, taking classes, and working at a Smithsonian research station
located near the Shenandoah National Park. Starting this Fall 2012, we offer
two distinct programs of study, Applied Conservation Strategies and Ecology
for Effective Conservation Practices.  Each program of study offers a set of
five integrated courses that include a practicum experience as well as classes
focusing on conservation theory and applications.  In addition, the practicum
work experience gives students in both semesters the opportunity to interact
with animal keepers and researchers working with endangered wildlife species.

We are currently providing scholarships to qualified students thanks to the
generous donation of the G. Halpin Family Foundation. Please circulate the
attached materials with your faculty and students who might be interested in
this exceptional opportunity or direct them to our website:
http://smconservation.gmu.edu.  If you have any questions, please do not
hesitate to contact our program at smithsem@gmu.edu.

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Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program (BBPP) is a cooperative between Drexel University (Philadelphia, USA) and the National University of Equatorial Guinea (Equatorial Guinea, West-Central Africa).

Project Description
The Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program (BBPP) is still accepting applications for their annual expedition to Bioko Island (West-Central Africa). This year’s expedition will provide a unique opportunity for participants to gain experience in a wide range of different scientific projects, in addition to our ongoing primate surveys. Participants will work alongside a team of expert scientists that have been assembled to conduct an extensive inventory of Bioko’s unique flora and fauna, aimed at documenting the full range of Bioko’s incredible biodiversity. This year’s expedition will be one of the largest and most exhaustive scientific inventories ever undertaken on the island. In addition to inventories, many additional species-specific studies will be conducted during the expedition, giving participants additional opportunities to gain valuable experience in tropical field research. <http://bioko.org/expedition/>

Research assistants must be physically fit and willing to endure primitive living conditions. In addition, a commitment to biodiversity preservation and the conservation of threatened and endangered species is integral, while
a sense of humor and enthusiastic nature is encouraged. This is an excellent opportunity for aspiring field biologists to gain experience, however we encourage and welcome applicants of all backgrounds. Applicants must be 18 years or older.

Costs: The cost of participation is $3000, which covers the following on-island expenses:


Field Equipment (personal gear excluded)

Pre-trip Educational Materials

Training in Field Techniques

Academic credit is available through Drexel University, at an extra charge. University students who come on this expedition usually arrange for credit (independent study) through their home university.

Expedition Dates
January 4th-25th, 2013

Application Deadline
November 15th, 2012

Online Application Form

Contact Information
E-mail:  calderaexpedition@gmail.com

Telephone Number: 215-895-6906

Mailing/Shipping Address:
Dr. Gail W. Hearn
Drexel University
Department of Biology
3245 Chestnut St. (PISB 503)
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Fax Number: 215-895-1273, Website: http://www.bioko.orghttp://www.drexel.edu/biology/hearn

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