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, http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cdecapp/resapp/resDetailOrig.action?resid=FOL
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 (teledetection.gse@unil.ch). 
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 (stuart.lane@unil.ch) Director of the Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics.

The application should be sent electronically to: teledetection.gse@unil.ch. An automatic reply will acknowledge reception of the file.  In case of problem, please contact (florence.parmelin@unil.ch)

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 (http://elementy.ru/genbio/abstracts?artid=404). 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.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Accepting Nominations - C. Hart Merriam Award (ASM)

The American Society of Mammalogists is now accepting nominations for the C. Hart Merriam AwardThe C. Hart Merriam Award is given to eminent scholars in recognition of outstanding research in mammalogy over a period of at least 10 years. C. Hart Merriam was the first chief of the Division of Economic Ornithology and Mammalogy of the United States Department of Agriculture, and a founding member of the American Ornithologists' Union, the National Geographic Society, and the American Society of Mammalogists. Among other contributions, he developed the concept of "life zones" to classify biomes found in North America. Nominations for the Merriam Award will be considered without regard to national citizenship or activity in the ASM.  Persons interested in nominating someone for the Merriam Award should send a single letter of nomination and a copy of the nominee’s CV via email to Felisa Smith (fasmith@unm.eduby 10 February 2014.

Felisa A. Smith, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
DirectorProgram in Interdisciplinary Biology & Biomedical Science (PiBBs)

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Region update - California

It's often dry in California's Central Valley, a massive region with agriculture that provides a large portion of food for the USA, but we're apparently in the middle of something special.  Usually around this time of year we'd be donning a light water-proof jacket or carrying an umbrella (you never need to wrap up against the cold). Instead, Governor Jerry Brown just declared a drought emergency.


The unwatered lawns around town are brown, instead of the usual January green.  Daffodils are emerging in my garden, and the air has it's usual summer haze; just the wrong time of year.  With reports of snowpack at ~20% of normal (snowpack usually provides ~2/3rds of the State's water) and indications that much farmland will be left fallow, it sounds like the start of a tough year.

If you've watched Ken Burn's "The Dust Bowl" http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/dustbowl/ recently, as I did the last two nights, or read Timothy Egan's "The Worst Hard Time" (New York Times Review), this isn't anything like that yet, but you'll understand why there might be a tangible air of pessimism.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Alfred Russel Wallace Award - call for nominations

The Alfred Russel Wallace Award was established by the International Biogeography Society in 2004 to recognize a lifetime of outstanding contributions by an eminent scholar in any subdiscipline of biogeography.  Previous recipients have included Drs. Jack Briggs, Jared Diamond, John Avise, Bob Ricklefs and Jim Brown. 

We are now in the process of accepting nominations for the 2015 award.  Nominations should consist of a supporting cover letter of no more than 800 words, co-signed by two members of the IBS, plus an abbreviated CV of the nominee.  The selected recipient will be invited to address the society at its next biennial meeting.

Please forward nominations to Carsten Rahbek (crahbek@snm.ku.dk), chair of the Awards Committee, by February 24th, 2014.

E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Symposium

Announcing the
The University of Alabama | April 22-24, 2014

Join Dr. Edward O. Wilson and a panel of biodiversity experts for three days of briefings and stimulating dialog on the state and future of biodiversity on our planet.

Dr. E.O. Wilson, Harvard University
Dr. P. Dee Boersma, University of Washington
Dr. R. Scot Duncan, Birmingham-Southern College
Dr. Ryan Earley, University of Alabama
Dr. Scott V. Edwards, Harvard University
Dr. Harry W. Greene, Cornell University
Dr. Juan Lopez-Bautista, University of Alabama
Dr. Jonathan B. Losos, Harvard University
Dr. Meg Lowman, North Carolina State University
Dr. D. Bruce Means, Coastal Plains Institute and Land Conservancy & Florida State University
Dr. Michael B. A. Oldstone, The Scripps Research Institute
Dr. Richard Richards, University of Alabama
Dr. Leslie J. Rissler, University of Alabama
Dr. Sahotra Sarkar, University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Diana H. Wall, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory & Colorado State University

REGISTRATION is required. Seating is limited to 400!

MORE INFORMATION: biodiversity.ua.edu

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

American Society of Naturalists (ASN) - Awards

The American Society of Naturalists (ASN) solicits nominations and applications for the following awards (deadline is January 1st, 2014, for each):

The Edward O. Wilson Naturalist Award: This is given to an active investigator in mid-career who has made significant contributions to the knowledge of a particular ecosystem or group of organisms. Individuals whose research and writing illuminate principles of evolutionary biology and an enhanced aesthetic appreciation of natural history will merit special consideration. The recipient need not be a member of the Society. The award will consist of an especially appropriate work of art and a prize of $2,000, presented at the annual meeting. A letter of nomination, curriculum vitae including a publication list, and three key publications should be sent electronically to Douglas Schemske (schem@msu.edu). Please indicate "E. O. Wilson Award" in the subject line. 

The Sewall Wright Award: This honors a senior but active investigator who is making fundamental contributions to the Society's goals in promoting the conceptual unification of the natural biological sciences. The award includes an honorarium of $1,000. The recipient need not be a member of the Society. A letter of nomination and curriculum vitae (including publication list) should be sent electronically to Michael Wade (mjwade@indiana.edu). Please indicate "Sewall Wright Award" in the subject line.

The Jasper Loftus-Hills Young Investigator Award: Jasper Loftus-Hills (1946-1974) was an Australian biologist of exceptional promise who had published 16 articles when he was killed by a hit-and-run driver while recording frog calls along a Texas highway, three years after receiving his degree. The award was established in 1984 to recognize promising outstanding work by investigators who received their doctorates in the three years preceding the application deadline, or who are in their final year of graduate school. It involves presentation of a research paper in the Young Investigator's Symposium at the ASN annual meeting and includes a $500 prize, a travel allowance of $700, cost of registration for the meetings, and a supplement of $500 in case of intercontinental travel. Four awards are made annually. Recipients need not be members of the Society. The prize committee encourages direct applications and welcomes suggestions of people who should be encouraged to apply. Applications should consist of no more than three pages that summarize the applicant's work (excluding tables, figures, and references), no more than four appropriate reprints, and a CV. Two letters from individuals familiar with the applicant's work should be sent separately. All application materials should be sent electronically to Leonie Moyle (lmoyle@indiana.edu). Please indicate "Young Investigators' Award" in the subject line, and for reference letters, the name of the applicant. 

The ASN Student Research Awards: These awards support research by student members that advances the goals of the society: the conceptual unification of ecology, evolution, and behavior. Each award consists of $2,000. A total of 10 proposals will receive awards (increased from 6 in 2013). The applicant must be a member of the ASN (membership is international), must hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent, must have passed to candidacy in a Ph.D. program or equivalent, and must be at least one year from completing the Ph.D. Applicants should send a two-page proposal (not including references), a budget with justification (one page), a short curriculum vitae (two pages), plus a statement from the Ph.D. supervisor that verifies that the applicant meets the eligibility requirements, as well as indicating support for the proposed research (one page). Projects in all areas (i.e., laboratory, field, theory) are encouraged. Proposals will be judged on originality, strength, and significance of the questions being addressed plus the match between the proposed research and the ASN mission. All materials should be compiled into one PDF file and sent by January 1, 2014 to Rebecca Fuller (fuller@life.illinois.edu), with "ASN Student Research Award" in the subject line. See details on the Awards page. http://www.amnat.org/awards.html#SRA

Lists of past winners of all the awards can be found here:

The American Society of Naturalists

Friday, November 29, 2013


Place: Tula, Russia
Time: 5-15 June 2014
Conference homepage with online registration:
Registration deadline: 31 January 2014
 The European Dry Grassland Meetings are organised annually by the European Dry Grassland Group (EDGG, http://www.edgg.org), a network of dry grassland/steppe researchers and conservationists from all disciplines. EDGG is affiliated with the IAVS (International Association for Vegetation Science) as a Working Group as well as with the EFNCP (European Federation for Nature Conservation and Pastoralism), and membership is free of charge.
 There will be also a SF organised selecting primarily from the conference proceedings in one of the ISI journals of the field strongly linked to Eurasian steppes.
 We are looking forward to seeing you in Tula, Russia!
 On the behalf of the local Organizing Committee and EDGG Executive Committee
 Péter Török
Contact officer of the EDGG