Monday, December 14, 2015

Postdoc Position - Massy University, Auckland, NZ

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Institute of Natural & Mathematical Sciences, College of Sciences, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand
We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to contribute to the project ‘Synergising ecology and evolution: discovering patterns of functional and phylogenetic diversity of New Zealand's marine fishes versus depth’. Applications close: 19 January (11:45pm, New Zealand Standard time).
Project Overview
Biologists know least about the largest habitat on earth - the deep sea. Fundamental patterns of functional and phylogenetic biodiversity, from coastal waters to the abyss, have never been quantified. Do biodiversity trends in the ocean follow the patterns in alpha and beta diversity seen in the terrestrial environment? New Zealand’s latitudinal range and nearshore continental shelf offers a unique opportunity to address trends in biodiversity and community structure and to disentangle the evolutionary and ecological drivers of these patterns. This project will complement an existing stratified and replicated depth by latitude dataset describing fish community composition. Specifically, this project aims to combine phylogenetic and functional information with knowledge of community composition for the fishes of New Zealand and to understand the ecological and evolutionary drivers of community composition from the sub-tropics to the sub-antarctic, and from the shallows to the abyss. The results of these analyses will have a major impact on the interpretation of the ecology and evolutionary history of New Zealand’s fish communities and biodiversity patterns in the ocean, and will contribute novel methods of analyses for biodiversity research.
Position Overview
We are seeking a motivated and innovative researcher, keen to make their mark in the field of quantitative biodiversity research. The ideal candidate will have a PhD in biology and will have experience in phylogenetics, diversification analyses, biogeographic analysis, comparative methods, trait-based analyses, ecological modeling, multivariate statistics, macroecology, and community ecology. Applicants with only a subset of these skills are encouraged to apply. A track record of publication in international journals and relevant statistical, computational and programming skills are expected. The appointed Fellow will conduct phylogenetic analyses of new and data-mined sequence data, and will combine these data with existing community data, and functional trait data to describe biodiversity patterns. The Fellow will contribute to the development of statistical methods to help test explicit hypotheses that will disentangle evolutionary and ecological drivers of diversity and turnover. The Fellow is not expected to have any prior experience in marine fieldwork, molecular genetic benchwork, or ichthyology. The appointee will be encouraged to supplement the primary research goals of the project with their own research objectives, in consultation with the wider research team that includes Prof. Marti J. Anderson (co-Primary Investigator, Chair in Statistics, Massey University), Dr. Clive Roberts (co-Primary Investigator, Head Curator of Fishes, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa), Dr. Libby Liggins (mentor/supervisory role, Lecturer in Marine Ecology, Massey University) and a recruited PhD candidate (responsible for functional trait analysis, Massey University). The Fellow will be expected and supported to publish and present their findings to international peers. Proficiency in written and spoken English is required.
Position specifics
The position is three years, starting March 2016 (a later start date may be negotiated for an exceptional candidate). The Fellow will be based in the Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences (INMS) at Massey University’s campus in Auckland, New Zealand. INMS is a recently formed multi-disciplinary research and teaching Institute incorporating Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Statistics. In conjunction with world-class researchers in the closely-linked Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), INMS has special strengths in quantitative biology and ecology, evolution, genetics, mathematical biology, computational science and modelling of complex systems. Massey University is in the north of Auckland, with easy access to the city of Auckland (New Zealand’s largest and most culturally diverse city) and recreational areas such as the harbour, islands, beaches, and forest parks. The Fellow will be joining a dynamic team of researchers working on the frontier of statistics, ecology, and evolution. The Fellow will also work closely with scientists of Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand, in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city. Te Papa holds New Zealand’s National Fish Collection and supports an active ichthyology research team.
Enquiries regarding the funded project and specific role of the Fellow should be directed to Dr. Libby Liggins (Email: or Prof. Marti J. Anderson (Email:
Information about the Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences can be found at; information about Te Papa Tongarewa can be found at

Friday, December 11, 2015

Call for nominations - MacArthur & Wilson Award

The International Biogeography Society 
Nominations Request 
MacArthur & Wilson Award

The MacArthur and Wilson Award was established by the International Biogeography Society to recognize an individual for a notable, innovative contribution to biogeography. This award targets comparatively early career investigators and has a guideline that recipients should have completed their PhD no more than 12 years before the deadline for nominations. The committee has some flexibility in regard to this criterion, to take account of differing life and career paths.  A pair of collaborators might be considered providing both are eligible by this criterion. The award is made once every two years. Previous recipients include Drs. Miguel Araújo and Daniel Rabosky.

The award will be presented at the IBS biennial meeting in Bahia, Brazil, 9-13 January, 2017.

Nominations are due no later than February 1, 2016. Nominations should consist of a supporting cover letter of no more than 800 words, co-signed by two members of the IBS, an abbreviated CV of the nominee, and pdfs of four key papers published by the nominee, at least two of which should have been published within the last three years. An individual can be nominated for a single paper or a ‘group of papers’ and it is anticipated that such a corpus of work will involve – in the spirit of MacArthur & Wilson’s famous monograph – scholarly collaborations with other co-workers. Nominations should be sent to

Call for Nominations - Alfred Russel Wallace Award

The International Biogeography Society 
Nominations Request
Alfred Russel Wallace Award

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. The award is made once every two years. Previous recipients include Drs. Jack Briggs, Jared Diamond, John Avise, Bob Ricklefs, Jim Brown and Dan Simberloff.

The award will be presented at the IBS biennial meeting in Bahia, Brazil, 9-13 January, 2017.

Nominations are due no later than February 1, 2016. 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. Nominations should be sent to

Thursday, October 29, 2015

IPBES comments invited - due Nov 3, 2015

This came in to IBS' IPBES committee, led by Lars Opgenoorth:

Ref: LE/2015-16
Dear Governments and Stakeholders,

Following up on Decision IPBES-3/1 on the Work Programme for the period 2014-2018 (section III.4), which approved a scoping process for a global assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services, based on the approach proposed in document IPBES/3/9, a group of experts, selected according to the rules of procedure, met in Bonn on 5-7 October 2015. This group produced a draft scoping report for this global assessment, which you can find here.

We would like to invite you to take part in an open consultative process on this draft scoping report, and to seek your views on the proposed approach, in particular from the point of view of users of this future assessment.

Following this round of comments, the document will be finalised by the experts and submitted for consideration by the Plenary at its fourth session.

Please provide your comments into the dedicated template and send back to no later than 3 November 2015.

Yours sincerely,

Anne Larigauderie | Executive Secretary
Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
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Monday, October 12, 2015

Postdoc Fellowship Available - Biosystematics - University of KwaZulu-Natal

Biosystematics Research: Postdoctoral Fellowship
KZN Herbarium, Durban

SANBI has been mandated to collect, generate, process, coordinate and disseminate information about biodiversity and the sustainable use of indigenous biological resources, and establish and maintain databases. A postdoctoral position, based at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, is available to conduct and publish taxonomic research on problematic plant taxa of KwaZulu-Natal.

Candidates must have a recent PhD (awarded in the last 5 years) in plant taxonomy and experience in taxonomic research. Candidates must be pro-active, enthusiastic, keen to work as part of a team and interested in doing excellent research that can make a difference. Candidates must be in possession of a valid driver’s licence.

The fellowship of R240 000 per year is offered for a period of two years. Running costs to the amount of R15 000 per year are attached to the position.

 Application procedure:
Application to be accompanied by a standard application cover sheet (contact for copy). Applicants are required to highlight in their applications how they see their skills being applied to the above-mentioned research area and the types of questions they are interested in addressing. Applications are to include a full CV; certified copies of ID, academic record and highest qualification; two letters of reference (academic); and an example publication.

Send all documents to with ‘SANBI Biosystematics Research Postdoc’ in the subject line.

To discuss details of the project please contact:
Ms Janine Victor, SANBI Deputy Director: Biosystematics Research e-mail: telephone 012.843 5132

SANBI reserves the right not to fill this fellowship.
If no response has been received within 21 days of the closing date, candidates may assume that their applications were unsuccessful.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Call for Symposia - 2017 Biennial Meeting of the International Biogeography Society

The International Biogeography Society seeks proposals for symposia for the 2017 Biennial Conference, 9-13 January, 2017 in Salvador, Brazil.  The symposia are an integral part of our meeting as they are in the form of plenary sessions in which all attendees participate.  These plenary symposia provide opportunity for several speakers (typically 5-6) to present cutting-edge work that will have a appeal to a broad cross-section of Biogeographers. Ideally these findings address a current debate or provide synthesis and integration for a selected theme or topic.  Symposia held at previous meetings are available at the IBS website,

Symposium proposals should include  the following information:

-       Name, institution and email of organizers.  Please delegate a single organizer as the point of contact between the organizers and the IBS.
-       Names (institution, email and tentative title) of 4-6 speakers.  Please only list speakers that you have contacted regarding the symposium and indicate their current level of commitment (tentative or confirmed).
-       Title of symposium
-       Session description (focus on the theme and strong justification): < 600 words.

IBS will provide partial financial support for travel of symposia speakers, but we expect that the remainder of expenses will be covered by symposium speakers and organizers. We strongly encourage organizers to convey this information to potential speakers and try to use the partial financial support in an optimal manner. 

Review process.  All proposals will be peer reviewed by external reviewers selected by the IBS board using a score system. 

Submission and questions: Please send proposals for symposia by email to Pedro Peres-Neto (, IBS VP for Conferences.  Deadline has been extended to Dec 1, 2015.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

24th Biennial Meeting - AMQUA - 2016

24th Biennial Meeting of the American Quaternary Association (AMQUA)

Retooling the Quaternary to Manage the Anthropocene
July 28-July 1, 2016, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Early registration: October 1, 2015 to May 1, 2016; Abstract deadline: April 10, 2016

In 2016, the International Commission on Stratigraphy will decide on whether or not the Geologic Time Table will designate a new Anthropocene Epoch, and where in time to drive the Golden Spike. This decision is apt to shine the spotlight on the Quaternarist, who surely will be challenged and motivated to discriminate how geological and ecological rates and processes in the Anthropocene deviate from the Holocene and other times past. 

The 24th AMQUA Biennial Meeting will address the theme, “Retooling the Quaternary to Manage the Anthropocene,” and kickoff on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 with three exciting, all-day fieldtrips addressing ongoing research on Geology and Paleohydrology of the Jemez Mountains; Vegetation, Fire, and Alluvial Histories in the Jemez Mountains; and Paleoindian Geoarcheology in Middle Rio
Grande Basin. Our meeting’s keynote speaker is the award-winning science writer Andrew Revkin, author of the New York Times blog DotEarth and himself a member of the Anthropocene Working Group of the Subcommittee on Quaternary Stratigraphy. Over two and a half days, our 25 invited plenary speakers (see program) will address different aspects of the “Retooling” challenges. The remaining presentations will be contributed posters, which will remain up for the entirety of the meeting.  All posters will be featured in one-minute lightning talks (1-2 slides) at strategic times during the technical program. The posters will remain up in for the entirety of meeting, with 3-hour poster sessions each afternoon. After the meeting adjourns at noon on July 1, we are offering a guided tour to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science in Albuquerque and an all-day Neotoma/Tilia/Bacon workshop at the University of New Mexico on July 2. 

We recognize the educational value of the meeting and strongly encourage students to register and apply for AMQUA Student Travel Grants on our meeting registration page. 

The 24th Biennial AMQUA meeting is sponsored by the University of New Mexico, USGS and other organizations. 

For more information, please visit the website at

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Job: Postdoctoral position in community ecology

The Belmaker (Tel Aviv University; and Chase Labs (German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research, Leipzig; are looking for a postdoctoral fellow to work on a collaborative biodiversity synthesis project. The research will focus on exploring novel methods to decompose and compare changes in biodiversity in space and time. The project will make use of existing global datasets, primarily of marine fishes. The successful applicant is expected to spend significant amounts of times in both Israel and Germany, but specific details are negotiable. This is a one-year fellowship renewable for a second year upon performance.  Start date is flexible but can be as soon as October, 2015.

Skills: The ideal candidate will possess a background in community ecology, a strong publication record and good programming skills in standard statistical platforms (e.g., R).
Contact: Interested candidates should send a C.V. (including references) to Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Faculty Position (open-rank), Brown University - Conservation Biology (with expertise in Ecology or Evolutionary Biology)

The Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (IBES) and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) seek to fill an open-rank faculty position in Conservation Biology. The successful applicant will be appointed at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor (with tenure) or Assistant Professor (tenure-track). We will consider outstanding candidates whose research addresses problems in conservation biology from a strong disciplinary foundation in ecology or evolutionary biology. The successful candidate will develop a vigorous externally funded research program that significantly advances disciplinary knowledge, and will actively engage in interdisciplinary collaborations with faculty and students. They will be expected to share a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. 
A successful senior candidate must have an outstanding record of national and international scholarly achievement, a proven record of successful research funding, and demonstrated excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching and advising. A successful junior candidate must be engaged in a research program with the potential to influence his or her field, demonstrate the intention to obtain external funding, and demonstrate the potential for excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching and advising. Candidates are encouraged to contact Professor Dov Sax, chair of the search committee, with questions about the nature of the position.
All candidates should submit: (1) a cover letter describing their interest in the position, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a research statement, and (4) a teaching statement. Senior candidates (full and associate) should include the names of five references who would be contacted at the appropriate time by the search committee. Junior candidates should have three letters of reference sent at the time of the application. To receive full consideration applications must be received by October 1, 2015. The search will remain open until the position is filled or the search is closed. Brown is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, and women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  Send materials to:

Friday, January 30, 2015

Postdoctoral stipend: Biogeographical regions as a conservation tool - SLU Uppsala

Postdoctoral stipend: Biogeographical regions as a conservation tool

A 12 month postdoctoral stipend is available at SLU Uppsala. The stipend corresponds to an average of about 25.000 SEK per month.

Project description:
The objective of this research project is to identify biogeographical regions within Sweden, which can aid conservation decisions. The overall applied aim is to increase adaptation of forest conservation measures to regional conditions. The result will have a large potential use as decision support when formulating recommendations about e.g. setting aside reserves, designing retention approaches at logging or planning of restoration measures. The main data source will be the extensive species data-bases within the Species Observations System at Swedish Species Information Centre, available through Swedish LifeWatch Other biophysical data-bases may also be used. The research implies handling of large datasets and statistical analyses mainly using multivariate methods. The postdoc will be part of a group who conducts policy-relevant research on forestry and biodiversity (

Lena Gustafsson (
lena/) will be the host for the postdoc but several other people will also be involved. More information can be obtained from Lena Gustafsson via email

Qualifications: The successful candidate should hold a PhD in ecology (or equivalent) and have a track-record in scientific publication. Strong skills in multivariate statistics and handling of large dataset are necessary. Good knowledge about nature conservation in forests is an advantage, but not a prerequisite. We are not allowed to give the stipend to anyone previously employed by SLU.

The application should include:
(1) a summary of previous research experience (max. a half page),
(2) a description of what you want to learn and deliver through the project (max. a half page),
(3) curriculum vitae and
(4) two reference persons.

Your complete application should be sent to Professor Lena Gustafsson, Box 7044, SE-750 07 UPPSALA, or, to arrive at the latest March 2 , 2015.