Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Job - Assistant/Associate Curator of Arachnology

California Academy of Sciences seeks an inspirational scientist who exemplifies the Academy’s mission to “explore, explain, and sustain life on Earth.”  The candidate is expected to develop an internationally recognized research program on arachnids, communicate effectively with diverse audiences and address local or global sustainability issues.  We value innovation and creativity in both funding and engaging public audiences. The endowed position includes an appropriate start-up package, modest annual funds for research and a full-time postdoctoral position.

Application Instructions:
Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of their research interests (not more than 3 pages), a statement of their sustainability and outreach goals (not more than 3 pages), and contact information for three references.  Inquiries may also be directed to Dr. Brian Fisher (, Chair of the search committee.  Review of applications will begin January 2015. We encourage submission before that date, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Please apply online through

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) grants fellowships for international highly qualified PhD students and young post-doctoral researchers to pursue their research in Turkey in the fields of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Technological Sciences, Medical Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities. The program aims to promote Turkey’s scientific and technological collaboration with countries of the prospective researchers. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate the potential to contribute significantly to Turkey’s goal of international cooperation in scientific and technological development.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 2014-15, University of California

We invite biogeographers eligible for the University of California's Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (PPFP; to contact us about projects at the intersection of paleoecology (Blois Lab) and evolution (Dawson Lab). We are looking for a colleague and collaborator who will enrich an ongoing study of community responses to environmental change using tropical marine lakes as a model system ( For more information, see our labs' websites (;, the project abstract (, then write to us (; Successful PPFP applicants receive salary support and research funds for 2 years and subsequently are eligible for the University of California President's hiring incentive ( to encourage transition of fellows into tenure track faculty positions at any of the UC campuses. The deadline for submitting applications to the University of California is 01 November 2014.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

2015 Alfred Russel Wallace Awardee - Daniel Simberloff

The IBS Board is pleased to announce that Daniel Simberloff will be the next to join the distinguished list of  recipients of the Alfred Russel Wallace Award.  The Wallace Award will be given at the upcoming IBS biennial meeting in Bayreuth, Germany (January 8th to 12th, 2015), and was established by the IBS in 2004 to recognize a lifetime of outstanding contributions by an eminent scholar in any subdiscipline of biogeography.

Daniel Simberloff received his A.B. at Harvard College in 1964 (with magna cum laude) and his Ph.D. in Biology at Harvard University in 1969, and is currently a Professor at the University of Tennessee (1997-present).  His work on island biogeography, reserve design, null models, plant-insect interactions, character displacement, biological invasions, etc., is cited in every single textbook on our shelves and his early experimental papers with E.O.Wilson are textbook classics.

Througout his career, Simberloff has never shied away from controversies in ecology and biogeography, publicly challenging the most important paradigm in ecology, biogeography and the growing field of conservation biology with his 1976 Science paper, which cautioned against making broad generalizations without sufficient data.  A former student of E.O. Wilson, and having had Robert MacArthur on his committee, Simberloff is arguably a perfect hybrid of the two – exceptionally quantitative and rigorous, while displaying a love of organisms and a passion for the preservation of biodiversity.  Simberloff’s lifelong contributions to the field have forever changed the face of biogeography, making the field as a whole, a much more rigorous science for his efforts.


The IBS Board notes with thanks the work of the Wallace Award Committee:  Felisa Smith, Catherine Badgley, Jens-Christian Svenning, Pablo A. Marquet, and Carsten Rahbek (chair)

MacArthur & Wilson Award 2015 - Daniel L. Rabosky

MacArthur & Wilson Award

The International Biogeography Society Board is pleased to announce that the MacArthur & Wilson Award will be presented to Daniel L. Rabosky at the society’s biennial meeting in Bayreuth, Germany, happening from the 8th to 12th of January 2015.  This award, which is sponsored by Frontiers of Biogeography, was created to recognize an outstanding early-career scientist that has made innovative, substantive, broad and important contributions to the discipline of biogeography and is named in honor of Robert H. MacArthur and Edward O. Wilson. 

Daniel Rabosky received his PhD from Cornell University in 2009, completed a post-doctoral position at the University of California Berkeley, and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan.  Interested in evolutionary diversification, ranging from the role of ecological interactions in the speciation process to factors that determine the fates of clades over epochal timescales, Daniel was nominated by IBS members for his work involving both comparative analyses of diversification as well as the development of analytical tools for hypothesis testing.  His work is published in the highest-profile scientific journals, such as Systematic Biology, PNAS, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Nature, and Science.  A fuller account of his work will be featured in a future edition of Frontiers, following the presentation of this award at the upcoming biennial conference.

The IBS Board notes with thanks the work of the MacArthur & Wilson Award Committee: Miguel B. Araújo, Christy M. McCain, Robert E. Ricklefs, Brett R. Riddle (chair)

Friday, May 30, 2014

IPBES - Second call, for next set of experts

Dear IBS members,

The IPBES has opened its second call for experts this time to
1)     Scope a set of regional and sub-regional assessments
a.     Expert group for Africa
b.     Expert group for Asia and Pacific
c.     Expert gropu for the Americas and the Carribbean
d.     Expert group for Europe and Central Asia
e.     Expert group for Antarctica (NB: Arctic regions will be integrated in relevant regional scopoing meetings)
2)     Scope a thematic assessment of land degradation and restoration

If you are an expert on any of these regions (scope 1) or theme (scope 2), are an IBS member and want to contribute to the IPBES process you can get nominated through the International Biogeography Society. Any other organisation as well as country delegation may nominate you as well. The nomination process through IBS works as follows:

1)      You need to fill out an Application form and attach your Curriculum Vitae through the dedicated web portal ( If you come from a supported country you are requested to submit a scanned copy of your passport to facilitate travel arrangements in case you are selected.
2)      The Application Form will automatically be sent to the Nominating Organisation (Nominator – in other words, IBS if you go through us) indicated by you with an email which will provide a link to a Nomination Form inviting us to approve and submit your nomination.
3)      If we (the IBS Special Committee on IPBES) approve your nomination you will receive an acknowledgement message once the Nomination Form confirming the nomination is submitted by us.

Important Notes: Before you submit your nomination request – please make sure that
1.     you are available at the respective dates for the expert group you want to be involved in
2.     if you are not from a supported country – that you have funds to attend the working group meetings. The International Biogeography Society does not have funds to support you.

Please note that a subsequent call for nominations for experts to contribute to other work programme deliverables (invasive alien species, and sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity; work programme deliverables 3bii and 3biii)) will be circulated later this year.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Region update - California

A lot can change in 1.5 months.  Although rainfall and water supplies are still below average for the year, a suite of late winter storms during March has bolstered reservoir supplies in California. For example,
Fields are verdant again, the air clear, and views of snow-capped Sierras spectacular. 

And emerging on the horizon is the seemingly increasing likelihood of a much wetter winter 2014/15.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Professorship in Remote Sensing in Earth Surface Dynamics

Professorship in Remote Sensing in Earth Surface Dynamics

The Faculty of Geosciences and Environment at the University of Lausanne invites applications for a
professorship in Remote Sensing with a particular focus upon the development of cutting-edge methods, algorithms and techniques and with application domains that relate to the research interests of the newly created Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics.

We expect the successful applicant to be expert in one or both of:
• the processing and analysis of satellite or airborne remote sensing data (multi-, hyper-spectral, radar, ultra high resolution, etc.);
• statistical image and signal processing, pattern recognition, statistical data analysis for remote sensing;

The candidate must have a sufficient background in and a strong commitment to excellence in teaching remote sensing at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Teaching activities will also include participating in doctoral programs and supervising Master and Ph.D. theses and the candidate should have a track record in this area.  A good command in both French and English is preferable.
The successful candidate is expected to have a proven capacity or potential of developing an internationally competitive research program in the field of Remote Sensing, and to interact and create synergies with researchers of the Faculty of Geosciences and Environment.

Application deadline: May 10, 2014

Starting date: February 1, 2015 (or to be agreed upon)

Applications are to be submitted by e-mail only to the Faculty of Geosciences and Environment ( 
The application material should include:
• a letter explaining the reasons for applying
• a Curriculum Vitae including the date of birth and the date of thesis with its title
• a list of publications
• a statement of research and teaching goals and interest (not exceeding 3 pages)
• pdfs of the five most significant publications
• the names and contact information of five referees.

Please note that the maximum file size that can be received by the University of Lausanne e-mail system is 10 Mb. Larger files should be split accordingly and sent sequentially.

For any specific enquiries, please contact Prof. Stuart Lane ( Director of the Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics.

The application should be sent electronically to: An automatic reply will acknowledge reception of the file.  In case of problem, please contact (

Monday, March 17, 2014

Job Announcement - Tenure track position - University of Oxford

Lecturing position biogeography or biodiversity conservation science, Oxford University
Closing date 21st March at 12.00 GMT

Full time, tenure track position at University of Oxford, in School of Geography and the Environment

Post advertised at

The main duties of the postholder will be to engage in research and produce high-quality publications of an international standard. Applications are welcome from all areas of physical geography but preference may be given to applicants with research expertise in biogeography or biodiversity conservation science and with a doctorate in geography or a closely related field. The successful candidate will teach, supervise and examine undergraduate and graduate students. The post is in association with St Peter’s College Oxford.

For activies and other staff members working in the Biodiversity, Ecosystems and Conservation research cluster, within the School,  see:

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Region Update - Russia

The new paper concerning Southern African succulents of tribe Senecioneae have been published by Russian botanists in the Journal of General Biology ( At this Website you can also find more materilas in the field of biogeography including the short abstacts of papers.

Authors of abovementioned paper explain the differences in adaptation and distribution of different phylums by Gause's law of competitive exclusion and different time of expansion on the territory. Besides this data don't explain the predisposition of some Senecioneae phylums to some specific adaptations. According to this it will be interesting to do comparative analysis of plant traits within different taxa and find out the environmental factors limiting them.