Wednesday, December 17, 2014

INNGE - 2nd annual election for the board

Dear International Biogeography Society,

We are excited to announce the 2nd annual election for the board of the International Network of Next-Generation Ecologists (INNGE).

The call is available via this Google form ( The form must be filled before January 8th with the following information.

1.    your name
2.    your society (if applicable)
3.    your country
4.    your vision for INNGE, how would you like to see INNGE evolve over the coming years
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5.    how you can contribute to that vision (<100 span="" words="">
6.    your biography (one short paragraph or bullet points; may include URL link to additional info).

This information will constitute a candidature and will be included on the ballot.
The election schedule is as follows:

·        December 11th: Call for candidates
·        January 8th : Voting open
·        February 8th: Voting closed
·        February 10th: Results announcement

We invite you to read INNGE’s bylaws and to stay abreast of developments via the INNGE blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding the elections or the bylaws, or any other aspect regarding INNGE.

With best wishes,

Rachel White
(on behalf of INNGE’s Governing Board)

INNGE Governing Board member and Membership Coordinator

Dr Rachel White 
Lecturer in Ecology and Conservation
School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, University of Brighton, UK
Cockcroft  Building, Level 8, Room 804
Twitter: Rach_L_White
Skype: rachel.zoo

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Two Open Positions in Evolutionary Ecology and Ecosystem Modeling

The Appalachian Laboratory (AL) of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) invites applications for two tenure-track/tenured faculty positions at the Assistant or Associate Professor level.  We are searching for highly collaborative individuals who will complement our institutional expertise in landscape and watershed ecology. 

We seek an evolutionary ecologist who applies modern genomic and traditional genetic techniques to the study of terrestrial or aquatic ecosystems at broad spatiotemporal scales, consistent with UMCES’ perspective of “genes-to-ecosystems” and “mountain-to-the-sea” research domains.  Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate experience and vision for research that integrates across levels, from the molecule to the landscape, with the objective of improving understanding of how genetic diversity within ecosystems affects and is affected by current and emerging global change processes.  Potential study organisms include soil and sediment microbes, higher plants, or terrestrial and aquatic vertebrates.

We seek an ecosystem modeler who employs state-of-the-art data-model fusion techniques to address ecological questions and to integrate ecosystem processes across time and space.  Preference will be given to those candidates who demonstrate experience in using multiple datasets to constrain landscape, ecosystem, or earth system models, with the objective of utilizing systems modeling to improve our understanding of ecosystem responses to global change processes.  Scientists at AL and other UMCES laboratories are at the cutting edge of producing increasingly large and diverse datasets in hydrology, air and water quality, land use/land cover change, wildlife habitat, species distributions and genomic variation, biogeochemistry, and terrestrial and aquatic ecology, thus providing numerous opportunities for improved scientific understanding of ecosystems through interdisciplinary collaborations and systems modeling. 

The UMCES mission includes advancing world-class basic research, promoting graduate-level education, conducting community outreach and science application, and providing scientific expertise for regional environmental policies on topics such as air, land, and water management in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.  We seek to build faculty at AL and across our three sibling UMCES laboratories with complementary areas of expertise in the environmental sciences.  These faculty positions provide 75% of salary support, with the expectation of raising 25% salary from grants.  The successful candidates will be expected to mentor graduate students and carry a modest graduate-level teaching load.  The AL is located in the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, with a diverse range of forested and agricultural ecosystems found nearby.  While research relevant to the Chesapeake Bay watershed should become part of the successful candidates’ project portfolios, other regional, national, and global research domains are strongly encouraged.  

These two positions are the first of several coordinated new hires expected over the next few years.  Faculty positions at AL provide a unique opportunity to focus broadly on research, while also mentoring graduate students and participating in collaborative regional and global application and outreach of environmental science.  The AL offers strong administrative support and excellent research, computing, and teaching facilities, including isotopic, molecular, plant, soil, and water analysis laboratories, growth chambers, and a greenhouse.  The AL is located in Frostburg, MD, a small college town (Frostburg State University) in the heart of the central Appalachian Mountains, with excellent recreational and cultural activities nearby. 

Applicants should send the following electronically: (1) a curriculum vitae; (2) statement of research interests and a brief discussion of how their research aligns with one of the two job descriptions and would complement ongoing research at AL and UMCES; (3) statement on experience with and approach to graduate-level teaching and mentoring of graduate students; (4) up to five selected reprints and preprints; and (5) names of four references (including title, mailing address, telephone, FAX, and e-mail address) to  Review of applications will begin on January 20, 2015, and will continue until the positions are filled.  Information about the AL and UMCES and this search can be found at:   Inquiries may be addressed to the AL Director, Dr. Eric A. Davidson:

UMCES is an Affirmative Action/EOE.  Individuals with disabilities, veterans, women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.  

PhD Funding, Sax Research Group, Brown University

The Sax Research Group is broadly interested in the field of conservation biogeography. We have funding for a PhD student interested in studying species’ responses to climate change, with a special emphasis in understanding the relationship between species geographical distributions and climate. We will soon begin to pursue the research agenda described in a recent publication in Trends in Ecology and Evolution – Sax et al. 2013 (download PDF here). This work will characterize and map the realized, fundamental and tolerance niches of hundreds of plant species by taking advantage of species’ native, naturalized and horticultural distributions. Other active areas of work in the lab include species invasions and species extinction dynamics. Students interested in this opportunity should contact

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.