Feb 26 2015

International Fellowship Program at the World Forestry Center in Portland, Oregon, USA








International Fellowship Program at the World Forestry Center in Portland, Oregon, USA


6-12 month program: International Fellowship 


Curious about forest management in the US?  Want to learn about best management practices in the US, and in particular the Pacific Northwest?  Have research questions that would benefit from networking with American counterparts and visiting sites in the field?  The WFI International Fellowship offers professionals in natural resources–such as foresters, environmental educators, land managers, NGO practitioners, and researchers–the opportunity to participate in weekly field trips, interviews and site visits to Northwest forestry organizations, parks, universities, public and private timberlands, trade associations, mills, and corporations. The Fellowship is a unique opportunity to learn about sustainable forestry from the Pacific Northwest forestry sector, and to work with colleagues from around the world. Fellowships are open to any country, and over 100 Fellows from 30 countries have participated to date.  Applications are accepted year-round.  For details, visit:  http://wfi.worldforestry.org/.


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The World Forestry Center is a 501(c)(3) non profit dedicated to educating people about the world’s forests and environmental sustainability. By visiting our museum, tree farms, and attending our events, you are helping to support our very important mission. Learn more at www.worldforestry.org.

World Forestry Center
4033 SW Canyon Road
Portland, Oregon 97221

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Feb 25 2015

Job: Research Program Assistant in Forest Health and Silviculture

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Job: Research Program Assistant in Forest Health and Silviculture

POSITION: The Arkansas Forest Resources Center, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, is seeking to fill a Program Associate position to support faculty research in forest health and silviculture that advances our understanding of forest systems’ response to natural and anthropogenic disturbances. This position is a 12‐month, one year appointment with the possibility of extension based on satisfactory performance and funding availability.

LOCATION: The Arkansas Forest Resources Center is headquartered at the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus in partnership with the School of Forest Resources. The Arkansas Forest Resources Center, a University of Arkansas Center of Excellence, has the mission of developing and delivering superior programs in research and extension that enhance and ensure the sustainability of forest‐based natural resources. Research is administered through the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate is expected to work independently on assigned duties ranging from assisting in proposal preparation and publication in peer‐reviewed journals, supervising program technicians and temporary staff and students, and conducting field research. Research related responsibilities include data management and statistical analysis, maintenance of accurate records, maintenance of laboratory facilities, preparation of progress reports and presentations, equipment acquisition, and budget monitoring. Information transfer duties include providing technical assistance in support of experimental design and statistical analyses, and independently delivering oral and poster presentations at meetings, conferences, and field‐tours.

QUALIFICATIONS: REQUIRED: M.S. degree in Forestry or other Natural Resources related field; strong quantitative background including spatial analysis and modeling; proficiency with spatial analysis and statistical software such as SAS, R, ArcGIS; ability to develop and proficiently carry out vegetation sampling and measurement; experience in use of a wide variety of measurement tools and equipment; working knowledge of relational databases; familiarity with southern forest systems including a mastery of plant identification; effective oral and written communication skills; willingness and ability to work outdoors, in adverse weather conditions; strong knowledge of field and laboratory safety procedures; ability to travel, including overnight travel, a valid driver’s license; ability to lift 50 lbs; proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

ADDITIONAL PREFERRED: Experience with grant writing and submission procedures; demonstrated record of referred journal publications; knowledge and experience in fire management, forest health, and/or silviculture; experience with tree‐ring data collection and analysis; familiarity with reference management software.

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications. Excellent benefits.

APPLICATION: Please visit jobs.uark.edu to apply for this position, #0603604. You must electronically submit your cover letter, resume, a copy of your academic transcripts, any prior publications, and contact information for 3 references. Review of applicants will immediately and continue until the position in filled.

CONTACT: For application questions, please contact Rhonda Parris at parris@uamont.edu. For additional information about this position, contact Dr. Mohammad Bataineh (870‐460‐1449; Bataineh@uamont.edu) or Dr. Andrew Nelson (870‐460‐1790; NelsonA@uamont.edu).

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Feb 25 2015

Job Posting: Assistant Professor of Biometry and Quantitative Ecology, NC State University

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Assistant Professor of Biometry and Quantitative Ecology Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources College of Natural Resources, NC State University

Position Description: We seek a tenure-track Assistant Professor (45% Research, 45% Teaching, and 10% Service) in biometry and quantitative ecology. The position is a 9-month appointment. The successful candidate will be expected to bring traditional forest biometry skills and new quantitative modeling skills to our interdisciplinary teams in the research areas of forest/ecosystem management, ecosystem modeling, and/or forest/environmental economics. We seek candidates with the potential to develop a high-quality, individual, extramurally-funded research program and to participate in interdisciplinary research and instructional activities.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students and teach: (1) a 3-credit junior-level mensuration course in the Forest Management Curriculum each year; (2) a 1-credit, graduate-level mini-course in Forest Measurements each year; and (3) a graduate level course in the area of the candidate’s interest, emphasizing quantitative analysis of forest goods or forest ecosystem services.

The successful candidate will be able to obtain extramural funding to support research on traditional (e.g., growth and yield) and/or new quantitative (e.g., ecosystem process) models to address pressing environmental challenges that may include (but are not limited to) climate change effects and their mitigation, conservation biology, land use-water interactions, bioenergy feedstock systems, ecosystem service provisioning, invasive species management, effects of disturbances such as wildfire and insect outbreaks, or sustainable urban ecosystems. These research areas are relevant to the College of Natural Resources and the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources strategic plans and offer exceptional opportunities for extramural support and for collaboration with forestry and natural resource constituents. The successful candidate will build collaborative relationships across the NCSU campus and be a highly sought collaborator for campus and multi-institutional forest-related initiatives.

A Ph.D. at the time of hiring is required. Ideally, the successful applicant will have at least one degree in forestry or a closely related field.

To Apply:
Each applicants must apply electronically at http://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/48040. Review of applications will begin March 13 and continue until a suitable candidate is selected. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter describing the applicant’s teaching experience and philosophy and research interests, an unofficial transcript of graduate courses, and the names and contact information for three references.

For more information, contact: Barry Goldfarb, Search Committee Chair, 919-515-4471, bgg@ncsu.edu or S. Tom Gower, Department Head, 919-515-3873, stgower@ncsu.edu.

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. In addition, NC State University welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation or genetic information. We welcome the opportunity to work with candidates to identify suitable employment opportunities for spouses or partners. Inclusiveness and diversity are academic imperatives and thus are university goals. We are particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for students from underrepresented groups.

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Feb 25 2015

Climate-Forest Postdoc in Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project

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Postdoctoral Fellowship Position:
Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project (BDFFP), Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil—Interactive Effects of Climate and Fragmentation on Biomass Dynamics

The BDFFP project, one of the longest running and largest ecological experiments in the world (est. 1979), is seeking outstanding candidates for one (1) postdoctoral position to coordinate and develop research in the project “How do forests of central Amazonia respond to climate change?
Effects on forest dynamics and interaction with forest fragmentation” (CNPq / LBA Program) lead by Dr. Rita Mesquita.

Key Information & Requisites:
– Fellowship lasts 24 months with a monthly salary of R $ 4,000.00 administered by the Brazilian National Scientific and Technological Development Center (CNPq). (Classified as a ‘Technological Development, DTI
– Level A’ fellowship.)
– This full-time fellowship is intended for a professional scientist with a PhD in an area of the Life Sciences (e.g., ecology, forestry, geography, biogeochemistry).
– Fluency or high proficiency in Portuguese and English are required.
– The expected start date for this fellowship is March/April 2015.
– The fellowship recipient must live in Manaus for the duration and will be based in the BDFFP Project office located on campus II of the Brazilian National Institute for Amazonian Research (INPA) with regular visits to the BDFFP site (~2.5 hours north).
*- For full consideration applications must be submitted by the 25th of February 2015.* [Contact Ze Luis Camargo, zeluiscamargo at gmail dot com, and Scott Stark, scott.c.stark at gmail dot com, with brief summary of credentials and justification, if you wish to request short extension for full consideration.]

Detailed Description:
The selected researcher will coordinate and develop research activities and manage a team of project technicians to achieve the following objectives:
(1) Test predictive models of biomass dynamics with remote observations of three-dimensional structure (LiDAR) across sites including mature, fragmented and regenerating forest; (2) Develop an integrated ‘environmental drivers’ dataset for the BDFFP that draws on existing and new collections of soil, rainfall and climate variables through time and relate this dataset to forest dynamics in the BDFFP plot network. (3) The successful candidate will be expected to take a leadership role in 2 publications (one for each year) intended for high quality international journals detailing project findings. The first will likely focus on environmental drivers, fragmentation and biomass dynamics. The second, while a team effort, will reflect the successful candidate’s core interest in the project, an opportunity for significant additional professional development.

Qualification Requirements:
• Experience with research in ecology and publications in high impact journals; • Interest and ability for multidisciplinary research focused on ecological issues; • Ability to manipulate and analyze databases, including georeferenced data in a GIS environment; • Experience involving teams coordination and / or management of people in the field; • Good capacity for synthesis, organization and proactivity; • Willingness to work in a team and to interact with other project participants; • Analysis and management of data in scripting language (eg R); • Good oral language skills in Portuguese (for foreigners) and good oral and written skills in English.

Additional desirable candidate skills:
• Experience or knowledge in geo-referencing; • Experience with hydro-meteorological instrumentation; • Experience in forest monitoring in permanent plots; • Experience with remote sensing and integrated summaries with field data; • Collaboration in research networks.

BDFFP Study Area Description:
BDFFP study areas are located 80 – 100 km north of the city of Manaus, making up the Area of Relevant Ecological Interest for the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project (ARIE BDFFP -ARIE PDBFF – http://www.icmbio.gov.br/portal/biodiversidade/unidades-de-conservacao/biomasbrasileiros/amazonia/unidades-de-conservacao-amazonia/1907-arie-projeto-dinamica-biologicade-fragmentos-florestais.html),
a federal conservation area managed by the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio; CONAMA Resolution 005 of June 5th 1984) together with INPA. The ARIE BDFFP consists of 23 forest plots established between 1979 and 1990, of which 11 are forest fragments and 12 are located in areas of contiguous primary tropical rain forest. Fragment plots are surrounded by areas ranging from old pasture to secondary forests. Through the 35-year history of BDPPF more than 650 publications have contributed to a transformative research legacy regarding such issues as the effects of fragmentation on biodiversity. The current project represents a significant new direction for the BDFFP that leverages the long-term dataset to understand synergistic effects of climate and fragmentation on forest function and biosphereatmosphereinteractions.

The BDFFP has six camps with complete infrastructure (kitchen, dining, lab space, hammock sleeping quarters, generators, wells and radios). Open sided but roofed with cement floors, these camps are comfortable but rustic and are enjoyable places to live and work for periods. There are also toilets and showers. Transportation is by INPA vehicles and will be coordinated with the project.

Selection Process:
The applicant must submit electronically the following documents:
• Lattes (or CV for foreigners) updated specifying academic and extracurricular training, work experience, participation in research projects and scientific and technical publications; • A concise (one page) cover letter containing:
– Your motivation for application;
– How your academic and professional experience meets the criteria and has prepared you for work in this project;
– Your professional objectives beyond the project;
– If resident in another region, your motivation for seeking to work in the Amazon;
– Stating your ability to commit to living and working in Manaus;
– Name and contact information for two professional references – we may contact these references by email and or phone to solicit recommendations.

Deadline and Submission Instructions:
For full consideration documents must be submitted by February 25th, 2015 in pdf format via email to netemoura@gmail.com, copying the Scientific Coordinator of BDFFP Jose Luis Camargo, zeluiscamargo@gmail.com. The email must be entitled as follows “SELEÇÃO DE BOLSISTAS – BOLSA Postdoc – [YOUR NAME]”.

Please include the following documents and information:
1) Lattes CV (for Brazilians) or short CV for foreigners;
2) Cover letter as specified above;
3) Name and contact information of two professional references (in email body);
4) One scientific publication authored by the candidate.

After document review, short-listed candidates will be contacted to schedule in person or Skype interviews according to availability. A note for foreign candidates: a work/research visa is required. Information about visa application would be provided after final selection.

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Feb 25 2015

Forestry Postdoc New Mexico State University

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New Mexico State

The John T. Harrington Forestry Research Center at New Mexico State University invites applications for a post-doctoral position. The research center is located in beautiful northern New Mexico in the community of Mora and is close to Santa Fe and Taos, NM. We seek recent doctoral recipients from any academic discipline who have applied forest nursery systems, forest regeneration, ecological restoration, and/or ecophysiology in their academic research. Applicants must have exhibited a strong record of independent research leading to peer-reviewed articles in professional journals.

The successful candidate will have an opportunity to collaborate with the Center Director to craft a research program that meet mutual interests of the candidate and the Center. A sub-sample of current and planned research initiatives at the Center that the candidate could pursue include:

· Populus tremuloides restoration via artificial planting.

· Nucleation planting strategies for forest restoration (e.g., mine sites, post-fire, deforestation).

·Quantification of secondary metabolite production in native tree and shrub species of New Mexico as it relates to herbivory patterns and climate change.

·Innovations in nursery technologies.

·Sustainable nursery systems for developing countries.

Requirements for the position include a Ph.D. in natural resources or related discipline, evidence of independent research, record of publishing in professional journals, and a commitment to conservation of natural resources. The position is open to U.S. and non-U.S. citizens.

The position will be a 2-year appointment (commensurate with experience) that includes benefits and a discretionary research fund of $5,000 in addition to any external research funds. Extension of the appointment will be based on funding and mutual agreement between Dr. Owen Burney and the candidate.

To apply to the post-doctoral position, candidates must submit a) curriculum vitae, b) contact information for three references, and c) letter of research experience and interest (2-page limit). Materials should be submitted as pdf files via email to oburney@nmsu.edu with the subject line “Forestry Postdoc NMSU”. The deadline for receiving applications is 1 May 2015. Questions concerning this position should also be addressed to Dr. Owen Burney at oburney@nmsu.edu.

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Feb 25 2015

PhD opportunity in forest ecology and silviculture at Michigan Tech

PhD opportunity in forest ecology and silviculture at Michigan Tech

The Silviculture and Applied Forest Ecology Lab at Michigan Technological University is seeking a PhD student interested in the ecology and silviculture of the Lake States forests beginning in the fall of 2015. Research in the lab focuses on the inter-relationships among forest composition and structure, ecological processes, and the full range of ecosystem services across scales from individual trees, to stands and landscapes. We are specifically interested in recruiting a PhD student to study silvicultural treatments in Northern Hardwoods forests supported through a research assistantship.

Successful applicants will be expected to collaborate as an active member of a research group, be self-motivated and comfortable working independently, and conduct fieldwork in variable weather conditions. Strong written and verbal communication, and computational skills are required. Prior experience participating in or leading field research is desired. A Master’s degree or work experience in a related field is an advantage.

Michigan Tech’s School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science (http://www.mtu.edu/forest/) is particularly well known for its excellence in the fields of forestry, applied ecology, forest molecular genetics, and wildlife management. We currently employ 24 tenure-track faculty, 8 research faculty, 23 research professionals, and 14 administrative/support professionals and enroll 155 undergraduate and 75 graduate students.

Established in 1885, Michigan Tech is a nationally recognized research University, enrolls nearly 7,000 students and is a leader in science and engineering education. Michigan Tech is an ADVANCE institution, one of a limited number of universities in receipt of NSF funds in support of our commitment to increase diversity and the participation and advancement of women in STEM.

Located in Houghton, on the shore of Lake Superior, Michigan Tech offers a friendly, safe, and affordable living environment with excellent opportunities for exceptional, year-round outdoor recreation opportunities.

Interested candidates should contact me (Dr. Yvette Dickinson, yldickin@mtu.edu). To apply, please email your CV, GPA, GRE scores (if available) and a written statement describing your research interests and previous research experience. Review of applications will begin 20 February 2015 but will continue until the position is filled.

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Feb 25 2015

Connect your science to journalists, the right way

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Scientists! How do you increase the odds that your science will be reported accurately in the media?
How do you increase the chances that your research will be reported on at all? If you have been wondering about questions like this from the world of science journalism, SciFund Challenge has a FREE panel discussion for you. For this month’s SciFund Voices, we’ll be interviewing an online panel of distinguished science journalists to understand how their world works and how to make that world work for you. And we’ll be fielding questions from the audience, via Google+ and Twitter (use the #SciFund hashtag)!

Connect your science to journalists, the right way!
Thursday, February 26: 2:30-3:30 PM Pacific Time

YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz-TnU9cwzA
Google+ link: https://plus.google.com/events/cmcukvhb5rc8h6b82teehprglb8

Shraddha Chakradhar (Asst. editor, Nature Medicine) David Harris (former editor, PNAS news) John Rennie (former editor in chief, Scientific American) Dr. Jai Ranganathan, SciFund Challenge (moderator)

Can’t make the discussion? The panel will be archived on Google+ and YouTube, at the links given above. This panel is sponsored by SciFund Challenge, a nonprofit focussed on science outreach, and is part of SciFund Voices, a monthly online discussion series on science outreach and science crowdfunding.

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Feb 20 2015

Spr’15 Course: Global Environmental Change

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New E-Campus Course, Spring 2015

Global Environmental Change: Using Spatial Data to Inform Decision – BEE 411 CRN # 58732 – BEE 511 CRN # 58733 Undergraduate and Graduate Levels 3 CREDITS * SPRING/FALL 2015 *Instructor: Dr. Dominique Bachelet (dominique@consbio.org) Biological and Ecological Engineering Each week students will engage with each other using course materials 1) to discuss and examine geographic information resources (GIS) and on-line mapping tools, 2) to explore and critique current conservation datasets and information used by managers; and 3) to propose practical applications to address global environmental change questions.

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Feb 20 2015

Spr’15 Course: Managing America’s Massive Outdoor Playground

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Managing America’s Massive Outdoor Playground: Spring Term: FES 251-Recreation Resource Management

This 4-credit course examines the multitude of land and water resources used as staging grounds for outdoor recreation. We consider the ecological impacts of outdoor recreation, and how natural, historical, and cultural resources can be sustainably managed within the context of these impacts. You are introduced to various agencies and interest groups, issues confronting these stakeholders, and contemporary management approaches for addressing topics such as satisfaction, crowding, and conflict. FES 251 meets core requirements within the NR Degree Program, and accommodates several Specialty Options within that program. What’s more, students enrolled in FES 251 are connected to real-world recreation projects taking place on the Oregon Coast, in the Oregon Cascades, and within Oregon State Parks. You are also made aware of internship and employment opportunities available through various natural resource management agencies. For registration information, visit ecampus.oregonstate.edu, or call 1-800-667-1465. Click Here for the course flyer.

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Feb 20 2015

Spr’15 Course: Research Across Boundaries

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Spring Class 2015 – FES507, P/NP, 1 credit, Tuesdays 12-1:20 in RH 313

Seminar Series: Research Across Boundaries in the College of Forestry

This seminar series will feature the breadth of the cross-, inter-, trans–disciplinary work done by COF faculty. Students will meet as a class with instructor, Michael Nelson (FES) 3 times during the term and host and attend the individual seminar speakers during the other weeks of the class. Requirements for the class will include regular attendance, writing short briefs on each of the presentations, active engagement in class conversations, and serving as host/introducer for one of the seminar speakers. Please direct questions to Michael Nelson, mpnelson@oregonstate.edu

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