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Assistant Professor of Ecology
University of Washington Tacoma
The University of Washington Tacoma invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Ecology in the Division of Science and Mathematics in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (SIAS). This is a full-time position with a 9-month per year service period that begins September 2022. The successful candidate will be expected to apply rigorous ecological principles and approaches to address pressing environmental problems and involve undergraduate students in faculty research. They will teach courses in ecology, as well as introductory biology, general science courses for non-majors, and/or a course in their area of specialization, and will contribute to our Environmental Science major (including our Conservation Biology and Ecology option) and will support other majors ( at UW Tacoma. Additionally, this candidate will create inclusive spaces to support the success of students from diverse racial/ethnic and cultural populations, and integrate new pedagogical techniques and technologies into teaching/learning.
Hakai Coastal Initiative Postdoctoral Fellowship in Sea Star Wasting Disease
UBC, Hakai Institute, TNC, FHL
Novel and wide-scale disease outbreaks that are driving declines in host species have increased globally and are predicted to increase with the changing environment. Starting in 2013, a mass sea star mortality event extended from Baja California to Alaska, known as sea star wasting disease. Initial metagenomic and experimental work suggested that mortality was caused by a virus, although the causative agent remains elusive.

The global population of the sunflower star (Pycnopodia helianthoides) declined by 90.6% in the epidemic and is now listed on the IUCN red list as critically endangered (Gravem et al. 2020). More knowledge of the causative agent and mechanisms of disease resistance is needed to support recovery and conservation of imperiled P. helianthoides. In collaboration with researchers at The Nature Conservancy, Friday Harbor Laboratories, and The University of British Columbia, the Hakai postdoctoral fellow will lead transcriptomic and metagenomic studies on microbial discovery and disease resistance in sea stars. Opportunities to collaborate more widely within our network of experts on sea star recovery, virus discovery and invertebrate immune responses are encouraged.

Assistant Professor: Global Change Biology
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
The Biological Sciences Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) invites applications for a tenure-track, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR position in Global Change Biology, beginning in the 2022-2023 academic year. The area of specialty is open, but candidates who address large-scale questions and who specialize in computational, modeling, or data-mining approaches are encouraged to apply. A Ph.D. in biology, ecology, or a related science discipline and post-doctoral experience are required. Previous teaching experience is highly preferred. The successful candidate will have the potential for excellence in undergraduate teaching, for developing an externally-funded research program that will involve undergraduate and Master's students, and for collaborating with faculty in a diverse set of fields, including ecotoxicology, marine conservation, remote sensing, and restoration. Teaching responsibilities may include ecology, global change biology, or introductory biology courses, as well as undergraduate and graduate courses related to the candidate’s area of specialty, such as ecoinformatics, landscape ecology, remote sensing, or GIS.
Graduate Research Assistant
University of South Carolina
A graduate student position is available to work with Dr. Robert Dunn and collaborators on questions related to the effects of environmental variability on shrimp populations (white and brown shrimp) within estuaries of the southeastern U.S., with a focus on three National Estuarine Research Reserve sites: Sapelo Island (Georgia) and the ACE Basin and North Inlet-Winyah Bay (South Carolina). This position is grant-funded for at least three years, with additional support expected to come from a combination of instructional (teaching) assistantships, research assistantships, or external fellowships.

The graduate student will conduct research based at the Baruch Marine Field Laboratory and North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Georgetown, South Carolina. As part of the funded project, the student will have the opportunity to work with researchers and students from other regional institutions, including South Carolina Dept. of Natural Resources, Coastal Carolina University, Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources, and local Sea Grant organizations. Students will be expected to contribute to the completion of the funded project outcomes as well as to develop additional investigations in areas of their own interest.
California Naturalist Program Regional Educator 2
The California Naturalist Program Regional Community Educator and Partner Coordinator (CES 2) for the Central Valley and Sierra Nevada Region represents the California Naturalist program including both the California Naturalist and the Climate Stewards course. The regional coordinator (incumbent) provides backbone support to local partner organizations delivering either or both the California Naturalist and Climate Stewards courses and advances the larger strategic objectives of the California Naturalist Program.
Environmental Educator (Part-time, Seasonal)
I love a clean San Diego
The Environmental Educator implements ILACSD’s K-12 environmental education presentations, programs, and outreach events. Duties include presenting to schools and community organizations, as well as attending outreach booths and cleanups throughout San Diego County. Candidates must be available weekly on three weekdays during school hours (7am-4pm) and one weekend day. The ideal candidate will be available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Hours vary from week to week, averaging 15-20 hours per week throughout the school year. Potential for continued opportunities from June-August based on the needs of the organization.
Postdoc for The Diversity Project at UCLA
The Diversity Project ( is a research intensive summer program focused on increasing diversity in Marine Science. We are seeking a postdoctoral scholar to join our team who has a passion for marine ecology and for advancing the success of students from underrepresented and underserved backgrounds. The postdoctoral scholar will work with students in the field during the summer and contribute to sustained mentoring (manuscript preparation, scientific conferences, etc) at the conclusion of formal summer activities. The postdoctoral scholar will also have the ability to develop their own research projects associated with program field sites in Mo'orea and locally in California. Position is currently funded for two years and would be supervised by Paul Barber and Peggy Fong.
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