Upcoming ES Events: Back from the Future, Lakes, GIS and Graduate School after Colby; MA Executive Office of Environmental Affairs Climate change adaptation and summer internship information session
Around Campus: Tri-tropic ecology talk; Community Water Solutions fellowship information session
Beyond Campus: Feb 28th- NRCM Citizen Action Day
In the News: Some label toxin spike as positive; Occupy our food supply
Scholarships, fellowships, graduate opportunities: Chewonki teaching fellowships available; Master of Science fellowship in human dimensions of ecosystem science and management
Jobs and Internships: Great lakes summer research position; NRCM summer internships; ME Wildlife technicians; International Union for the Conservation of Nature summer internship; Smithsonian Institute Ocean Portal summer internship
Upcoming ES Events
Back from the Future: Lakes, GIS, and Graduate School After Colby
Ian McCullough, Master of Science Candidate at University of Maine, Orono and Colby alum ('10)
Wednesday, Feb 29th
11:30 lunch, 12:00 lecture
Fairchild Room, Dana
****Counts towards ES 402
MA Executive Office of Environmental Affairs- Conversations about Climate Change adaptation and summer internship opportunities
John Clarkeson, Assistant Director of Water Policy, MA EOEA
Please join the ES program to hear about MA recent climate change adaptation report and summer internship opportunities (Kelly Kneeland interned with them last summer and had a great experience!)
Thursday, March 1
Fairchild Room, Dana
Tri-trophic ecology: from self-medication behavior to community dynamics
Dr. Michael Singer, Wesleyan University.
Friday, March 2, in Olin 1, at 1:00 pm.
"Dr. Singer is interested in the significance of tri-trophic and other species interactions for generating biodiversity and ecological specialization, as well as empirically testing particular evolutionary and ecological hypotheses by using information at several levels of biological organization. Consequently, this work is often collaborative, involving the domains of community ecology, evolutionary ecology, chemical ecology, behavioral science, neurophysiology, biochemistry, systematics, conservation biology and natural history."
Interested in volunteering in Africa? Looking for something interesting, meaningful and fun to do this summer? Come learn more about a summer Fellowship Program with Community Water Solutions! CWSimplements sustainable water businesses in communities of the developing world. The CWS Fellowship Program is a three-week water education and leadership training experience in Northern Region Ghana. The purpose of the fellowship is to teach individuals about the global water crisis, and inspire them to become leaders in the field of international development. Fellows are grouped in teams of four and paired with a rural community in Northern Region Ghana. Each team works together to raise the fellowship fee before traveling to Africa. On the ground, teams are first trained in water quality testing, and the CWS water treatment methods. They then spend two weeks in the field implementing and monitoring a CWS water business in their village. Through three years of Fellowship Programs, CWS has provided clean water to over 20,000 people in Ghana!
Come to the info session to learn more!!
Thursday March 1, 2012, 7:00 PM
FMI: Email Emma Suojanen (email@example.com)
2012 Natural Resources Council of Maine Citizen Action Day
Learn first-hand from NRCM staff about our priorities for the upcoming legislative session; Participate in the legislative process by meeting your legislator during our visit to the State House; and Meet other NRCM members and activists who care about Maine’s environment. FMI:
In the News
Some Label Toxin spike as positive
Occupy Your Food Supply: Vandana Shiva
Scholarships, Fellowships, and Graduate School Opportunities
Master of Science (MS) Fellowship in Human Dimensions of Ecosystem Science and Management,
Chewonki seeking 2-3 teaching fellows
Utah State University, starting Fall 2012 This fellowship will support a MS student to pursue a degree in the Human Dimensions of Ecosystem Science and Management (HDESM) program in the Department of Environment and Society at Utah State University (USU) starting August 2012. This fellowship is funded by USDA National Needs Graduate Fellowship Competitive Grant No. 2011-38420-20087 from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The full proposal is available at http://www.cnr.usu.edu/wild/htm/available-ms-fellowships. Our goal is to create a small cohort of graduate students whose research will be linked under the theme "Managing for Resilience in Forested Ecosystems of the Intermountain West." Current topics related to management, adaptation, resilience and human dimensions of forest ecosystems in a changing climate will be emphasized. Student fellows will participate in several outreach projects in cooperation with USU Extension Forestry including the planning of a Restoring the West regional conference and p ublication of at least one article each in the Utah Forest News. The student fellows will also benefit from coordinated mentoring by an Advisory Board of faculty members from the Wildland Resources and Environment and Society departments in the College of Natural Resources - Dr. Karen Mock, Dr. Jim Long, Dr. Mike Kuhns, and Dr. Zhao Ma; and Dr. Barbara Bentz with the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station, and Dr. Paul Rogers with the USU-affiliated Western Aspen Alliance. Research topics for the HDESM MS student will be developed through discussions among current student fellows, their supervisory committees, and faculty Advisory Board members, and may include: * Assessing "tipping points" in human systems that are linked to forest ecosystem thresholds, * Assessing forest landowner perceptions of and responses to increasing drought, insect outbreak and fire under changing climatic conditions, * Determining the ecological and non-ecological factors affecting the decision-making process of forestry institutions, * Assessing how forestry institutions prioritize aspen regeneration, bark beetle control, and other aspects of forest management and conservation, * Identifying opportunities for promoting the adaptive capacity of forest landowners, managers, and institutions to cope with a changing climate. The fellowship support includes a stipend of $17,000 per year for 2 years (Fall 2012 through Spring 2014), an out-of-state tuition waiver, and subsidy for student health insurance. Utah State University is an equal opportunity employer and we strongly encourage applications from groups who are underrepresented in natural resources professions. Fellowship candidates are required to be a citizen or national of the United States of America.
Jobs and Internships
The Natural Resources Council of Maine
Great Lakes Ecosystem summer research experience
Central Michigan University is offering a 10 week undergraduate research experience at its Biological Station (CMUBS) on Beaver Island. This program will provide funding for 5-7 undergraduates to work with CMU faculty on research projects related to the Great Lakes ecosystems. Students will live and work on Beaver Island from June 4 – August 10, 2012, receiving a $4,000 stipend, together with free room and board and up to $500 for travel to Beaver Island. More information on potential projects and the online application are available at: http://www.cst.cmich.edu/CMUBS/students/summer_research/. Applications are due by Friday, March 23, 2012, with the final selection of participants expected by April 13. Questions can be directed to Jessica Lapp, coordinator of the Institute for Great Lakes Research, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone to 989-774-4401.
Vermont Center for Ecostudies (Mountain birdwatch and rusty blackbird internships)
Internships Info: http://www.nrcm.org/employment.asp
**** Please email Lia if you are interested email@example.com
ME Wildlife Field Technicians
The University of Maine: Dept of Wildlife Ecology Orono, ME Wildlife Field Technicians Info & apply: cover letter, resume and 3 contacts to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 5
Two marine focused internships below- Please contact Loren McClenachan <email@example.com> if your are interested in the positions.
International Union for the Conservation of Nature
Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network Washington DC, Summer 2012 (potential also other dates, e.g., during Jan Plan, future summers) Intern will work closely with GCRMN staff to compile information on coral reefs in Caribbean and Pacific subregions and prepare brief descriptions of threats, status, and historical trends in each location.
Smithsonian Institution, Ocean Portal (http://ocean.si.edu/) Washington DC, Summer 2012 (potential also other dates, e.g., during Jan Plan, future summers) Intern will help to maintain and develop content for communication & education of marine science & conservation issues.