Research and Employment Opportunities

To post opportunities here please email BESinfo@caryinstitute.org. 

 Please include contact information, links and end date for applications. 

Updated 2018-01-10

The Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES) is now accepting applications for two Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) positions for the summer of 2018! 

 

Students will perform cutting-edge research of immediate relevance to people in urban areas as part of the BES Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program in Baltimore, MD (https://beslter.org/). In addition to their individual research projects, students will participate in BES seminars, and in selected activities in the Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN) Undergraduate Research Program (https://erams.com/UWIN/urp/) and the Cary Institute REU program (http://www.caryinstitute.org/students/reu-program). Students with interests in urban social ecological systems, aquatic or terrestrial ecology or related fields are encouraged to apply.

 

To apply: http://www.caryinstitute.org/students/reu-programs/baltimore-ecosystem-study-reu-program

Application deadline: Rolling. Applications will be reviewed starting February 12, 2018.

Dates: Up to 10 weeks between June 4 and August 10, 2018. Specific dates to be determined by student and mentor.

Eligibility:  Undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, juniors or first semester seniors. Must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its possessions.

Support: $525/week stipend, assistance with room and board on-campus or in nearby housing, travel assistance.

 

Projects for 2018:

A) Baltimore Old Forests Project.

Mentors: Dr. John Lagrosa (Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education (CUERE), University of Maryland Baltimore County) and Nancy Sonti (US Forest Service Baltimore Field Station).

B) The Effect of Urbanization on Riparian Spiders.

Mentors: Dr. Christine Hawn (University of Maryland Baltimore County), Dr. Emma Rosi (Cary Institute) and Dr. Chris Swan (University of Maryland Baltimore County).

 

For more information: Contact Dr. Alan R. Berkowitz, BES Education Team Leader, Phone: (845)-677-7600 ext. 311, Email: berkowitza@caryinstitute.org.

 

Detailed Project Descriptions:

A) Baltimore Old Forests Project.

Mentors: Dr. John Lagrosa (Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education (CUERE), University of Maryland Baltimore County) and Nancy Sonti (US Forest Service Baltimore Field Station).

 

We are working to understand the relationships among people, communities, and forests in Baltimore over the past 100 years. The distribution of landscapes that seem like “nature” or “wilderness” are actually the result of complex social histories. These insights will help contribute to local agency and non-profit goals for a more equitable future urban forest landscape for Baltimore City. The REU student will use several sources of historical aerial imagery to characterize change in Baltimore City’s forest cover over time (1926-27, 1937-38, 1952-53, 1964, and 1972). The student will gain skills in archival research, georectification, and land use classification using ArcGIS software. In addition, the student will have the opportunity to analyze the resulting historical forest patch data alongside other long-term social, economic, and ecological data sets for insights into which forest patches have been relatively stable or dynamic, and why. Finally, the student may work with scientists from the US Forest Service and the University of Maryland Baltimore County to expand the project onto a crowdsourced citizen science platform. Students with an interest in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), forest ecology, history, and/or citizen science are encouraged to apply.

 

B) The Effect of Urbanization on Riparian Spiders.

Mentors: Dr. Christine Hawn (University of Maryland Baltimore County), Dr. Emma Rosi (Cary Institute) and Dr. Chris Swan (University of Maryland Baltimore County).


Pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) have been detected in a variety of natural environments across the world. Although reported concentrations are generally low, PPCPs can persist in the environment for months to years. PPCPS are biologically active compounds that are designed to influence specific functions and behaviors in target humans and animals. The potential effects of active PPCPs in the environment on human and environmental health are a major concern for groups like the World Health Organization. BES researchers have detected PPCPs in Baltimore streams, however, the extent of exposure throughout the urban environment is unknown. The REU student will design a study to explore the effects of urban stream subsidies on riparian spiders and examine the concentrations of PPCPs in spiders, as indicators of the movement of these contaminants from urban streams to terrestrial consumers.  The student will sample tetragnathid spiders from streams along an urban rural gradient to measure the effects of urbanization in general on spider population density, body condition, and food availability. In addition, analysis of PPCPs levels in spider tissues can help determine whether there are relationships between these variables and PPCP concentrations.


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2018-01-03

Four Positions Available: Three Postdocs and a Research Support Specialist ("RA") for social-ecological assessment of green infrastructure.

Our interdisciplinary, social-ecological research team is pleased to announce the availability of four research positions to assist with a project entitled, "Environment, Health, and Poverty: is Green Infrastructure a Universal Good?"

We use green infrastructure to investigate the relationships between environment, health, and poverty in cities. Improved scientific knowledge is required to support better use of green infrastructure in light of the needs and constraints in underserved neighborhoods. To support this goal, the project identifies three objectives: 1) to document the biophysical environment and social context of existing and proposed green infrastructure projects in Baltimore, MD, where we have a long history of research and engagement, and which is home to significant underserved populations; 2) to understand how residents, particularly those in underserved neighborhoods, perceive and relate to existing and potential green infrastructure projects; and 3) to evaluate how sustainability plans in various cities conceive of green infrastructure and its relationship to social processes. Our research is intended to support a civic outcome of an improved and more equitable use of green infrastructure.

 A brief overview of the currently available positions and links to the formal, detailed advertisements with equal opportunity statements, are below:

 We will employ three postdoctoral associates, one for each of the three objectives:

·         Post Doc I: Postdoctoral Research Associate -Spatial Context of Green Infrastructure in an Urban Landscape (AJL ID# 833942), housed at UC Davis (https://grad.ucdavis.edu/postdoctoral/job-listings);

·         Post Doc II: Social Perceptions of Green Infrastructure in Baltimore Neighborhoods (http://bit.ly/2CzpShm); and

·         Post Doc III: Document Analysis of the Sustainability or Other Relevant Plans of Baltimore and 15 Additional Cities (http://bit.ly/2CAya96).  Post Docs II and III will be housed at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook NY.  All will occasionally travel to Baltimore as part of the project.

 We are currently seeking the first of several Research Support Specialists to assist with Objective III, and this person will be housed at either the Cary Institute in Millbrook, or The New School University in New York City (http://bit.ly/2CzW58A).

 The senior research team consists of Joshua Ginsberg, Steward Pickett, Emma Rosi, and Shannon LaDeau at the Cary Institute, Timon McPhearson at the Cary Institute and the New School University, Mary Cadenasso at the University of California Davis, Peter Groffman at the Advanced Science Research Center of the City University of New York, and Morgan Grove at the USDA Forest Service.

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2017-11-12

Assistant Professor of Urban Horticultural Crops

Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis
Title: Assistant Professor of Urban Horticultural Crops.

The Department of Plant Sciences in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis is recruiting an Assistant Professor of Urban Horticultural Crops. The successful candidate should apply fundamental plant biological, crop physiological or ecological concepts in the context of urban ecosystem functioning. Potential areas of research could include but are not limited to, environmental horticulture, urban agriculture, indoor food production, precision application of water and nutrients, the use of plants in sustainable green design, or ecological restoration of polluted lands. This is an academic year (9‐month), Assistant Professor tenure‐track position with teaching, research, outreach/engagement and service responsibilities and includes the expectation that the
appointee will conduct mission‐oriented research and outreach/engagement of relevance to the California Agricultural Experiment Station (http://caes.ucdavis.edu/research/agexpstn).
The appointee is expected to establish a competitively funded research program in urban horticulture to address critical or emerging scientific questions and/or societal issues in the use of vegetation and vegetation management in urban areas.

Responsibilities:
The appointee is expected to establish a competitively funded research program in studying basic concepts in plant biology and vegetation ecology to address critical or emerging scientific questions and/or societal issues in use of vegetation and vegetation management in urban areas. The appointee will be responsible for teaching undergraduate and graduate classes, which will include Introduction to Environmental Plants (ENH 6), and Taxonomy and Ecology of Environmental Plant Families (ENH 105). Additional teaching may include classes in the Horticulture and Agronomy, Ecology and/or Geography graduate groups. The typical teaching expectation is two courses per year. Participation in departmental and university service is expected.

Qualifications:
Ph.D. or equivalent degree in plant science, horticulture, ecology, agronomy, soil science, or a related field. Post‐doctoral experience is preferred. Evidence of research excellence is expected. The candidate should have the ability to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses and the ability to develop and conduct extramurally funded research in the area of urban horticulture. Candidates with a willingness to build relationships with industry, community organizations and relevant State of California and federal agencies are desired.

Salary:
Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications:
Application materials must be submitted via the following website:
https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF01963

The position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, applications should be received by January 31, 2018.

Required application materials include: 1) curriculum vitae including publication list, 2) up to three publications, 3) transcripts if the applicant is within five years of Ph.D. degree, 4) statement of research accomplishments, 5) statement of teaching accomplishments and philosophy, 6) statement of future research plans relevant to the position 7) Statement of Contributions to Diversity, and 8) the names, addresses, including e‐mail, of four professional references. 

Additional inquiries should be directed to the search committee chair, Astrid Volder (avolder@ucdavis.edu).

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. Applicants with disabilities can contact University of California, Davis, Accessibility Services with questions at http://accessibility.ucdavis.edu/index.html


Assistant
Professor
of
Urban
Horticultural
Crops
Department
of
Plant
Sciences,
University
of
California,
Davis
Title:
Assistant
Professor
of
Urban
Horticultural
Crops.
The
Department
of
Plant
Sciences
in
the
College
of
Agricultural
and
Environmental
Sciences
at
the
University
of
California,
Davis
is
recruiting
an
Assistant
Professor
of
Urban
Horticultural
Crops.
The
successful
candidate
should
apply
fundamental
plant
biological,
crop
physiological
or
ecological
concepts
in
the
context
of
urban
ecosystem
functioning.
Potential
areas
of
research
could
include,
but
are
not
limited
to:
environmental
horticulture,
urban
agriculture,
indoor
food
production,
precision
application
of
water
and
nutrients,
the
use
of
plants
in
sustainable
green
design,
or
ecological
restoration
of
polluted
lands.
This
is
an
academic
year
(9
month),
Assistant
Professor
tenure
track
position
with
teaching,
research,
outreach/engagement
and
service
responsibilities
and
includes
the
expectation
that
the
appointee
will
conduct
mission
oriented
research
and
outreach/engagement
of
relevance
to
the
California
Agricultural
Experiment
Station
(
http://caes.ucdavis.e
du/research/agexpstn
).
The
appointee
is
expected
to
establish
a
competitively
funded
research
program
in
urban
horticulture
to
address
critical
or
emerging
scientific
questions
and/or
societal
issues
in
use
of
vegetation
and
vegetation
management
in
urban
areas.
Responsibilities
:
The
appointee
is
expected
to
establish
a
competitively
funded
research
program
in
studying
basic
concepts
in
plant
biology
and
vegetation
ecology
to
address
critical
or
emerging
scientific
questions
and/or
societal
issues
in
use
of
vegetation
and
vegetation
management
in
urban
areas.
The
appointee
will
be
responsible
for
teaching
undergraduate
and
graduate
classes,
which
will
include
Introduction
to
Environmental
Plants
(ENH
6),
and
Taxonomy
and
Ecology
of
Environmental
Plant
Families
(ENH
105).
Additional
teaching
may
include
classes
in
the
Horticulture
and
Agronomy,
Ecology
and/or
Geography
graduate
groups.
The
typical
teaching
expectation
is
two
courses
per
year.
Participation
in
departmental
and
university
service
is
expected.
Qualifications:
Ph.D.
or
equivalent
degree
in
plant
science,
horticulture,
ecology,
agronomy,
soil
science,
or
a
related
field.
Post
doctoral
experience
is
preferred.
Evidence
of
research
excellence
is
expected.
The
candidate
should
have
the
ability
to
develop
and
instruct
undergraduate
and
graduate
courses
and
the
ability
to
develop
and
conduct
extramurally
funded
research
in
the
area
of
urban
horticulture.
Candidates
with
a
willingness
to
build
relationships
with
industry,
community
organizations
and
relevant
State
of
California
and
federal
agencies
are
desired.
Salary:
Commensurate
with
qualifications
and
experience.
Applications:
Application
materials
must
be
submitted
via
the
following
website:
https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF01963
The
position
will
remain
open
until
filled.
To
ensure
consideration,
applications
should
be
received
by
January
31,
2018.
Required
application
materials
include:
1)
curriculum
vitae
including
publication
list,
2)
up
to
three
publications,
3)
transcripts
if
the
applicant
is
within
five
years
of
Ph.D.
degree,
4)
statement
of
research
accomplishments,
5)
statement
of
teaching
accomplishments
and
philosophy,
6)
statement
of
future
research
plans
relevant
to
the
position
7)
Statement
of
Contributions
to
Diversity,
and
8)
the
names,
addresses,
including
e
mail,
of
four
professional
references.
Additional
inquiries
should
be
directed
to
the
search
committee
chair,
Astrid
Volder
(avolder@ucdavis.edu).
UC
Davis
is
an
affirmative
action/equal
employment
opportunity
employer
and
is
dedicated
to
recruiting
a
diverse
faculty
community.
We
welcome
all
qualified
applicants
to
apply,
including
women,
minorities,
veterans,
and
individuals
with
disabilities.
Applicants
with
disabilities
can
contact
University
of
California,
Davis,
Accessibility
Services
with
questions
at
http://accessibility.u
cdavis.edu/index.htm
Assistant
Professor
of
Urban
Horticultural
Crops
Department
of
Plant
Sciences,
University
of
California,
Davis
Title:
Assistant
Professor
of
Urban
Horticultural
Crops.
The
Department
of
Plant
Sciences
in
the
College
of
Agricultural
and
Environmental
Sciences
at
the
University
of
California,
Davis
is
recruiting
an
Assistant
Professor
of
Urban
Horticultural
Crops.
The
successful
candidate
should
apply
fundamental
plant
biological,
crop
physiological
or
ecological
concepts
in
the
context
of
urban
ecosystem
functioning.
Potential
areas
of
research
could
include,
but
are
not
limited
to:
environmental
horticulture,
urban
agriculture,
indoor
food
production,
precision
application
of
water
and
nutrients,
the
use
of
plants
in
sustainable
green
design,
or
ecological
restoration
of
polluted
lands.
This
is
an
academic
year
(9
month),
Assistant
Professor
tenure
track
position
with
teaching,
research,
outreach/engagement
and
service
responsibilities
and
includes
the
expectation
that
the
appointee
will
conduct
mission
oriented
research
and
outreach/engagement
of
relevance
to
the
California
Agricultural
Experiment
Station
(
http://caes.ucdavis.e
du/research/agexpstn
).
The
appointee
is
expected
to
establish
a
competitively
funded
research
program
in
urban
horticulture
to
address
critical
or
emerging
scientific
questions
and/or
societal
issues
in
use
of
vegetation
and
vegetation
management
in
urban
areas.
Responsibilities
:
The
appointee
is
expected
to
establish
a
competitively
funded
research
program
in
studying
basic
concepts
in
plant
biology
and
vegetation
ecology
to
address
critical
or
emerging
scientific
questions
and/or
societal
issues
in
use
of
vegetation
and
vegetation
management
in
urban
areas.
The
appointee
will
be
responsible
for
teaching
undergraduate
and
graduate
classes,
which
will
include
Introduction
to
Environmental
Plants
(ENH
6),
and
Taxonomy
and
Ecology
of
Environmental
Plant
Families
(ENH
105).
Additional
teaching
may
include
classes
in
the
Horticulture
and
Agronomy,
Ecology
and/or
Geography
graduate
groups.
The
typical
teaching
expectation
is
two
courses
per
year.
Participation
in
departmental
and
university
service
is
expected.
Qualifications:
Ph.D.
or
equivalent
degree
in
plant
science,
horticulture,
ecology,
agronomy,
soil
science,
or
a
related
field.
Post
doctoral
experience
is
preferred.
Evidence
of
research
excellence
is
expected.
The
candidate
should
have
the
ability
to
develop
and
instruct
undergraduate
and
graduate
courses
and
the
ability
to
develop
and
conduct
extramurally
funded
research
in
the
area
of
urban
horticulture.
Candidates
with
a
willingness
to
build
relationships
with
industry,
community
organizations
and
relevant
State
of
California
and
federal
agencies
are
desired.
Salary:
Commensurate
with
qualifications
and
experience.
Applications:
Application
materials
must
be
submitted
via
the
following
website:
https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF01963
The
position
will
remain
open
until
filled.
To
ensure
consideration,
applications
should
be
received
by
January
31,
2018.
Required
application
materials
include:
1)
curriculum
vitae
including
publication
list,
2)
up
to
three
publications,
3)
transcripts
if
the
applicant
is
within
five
years
of
Ph.D.
degree,
4)
statement
of
research
accomplishments,
5)
statement
of
teaching
accomplishments
and
philosophy,
6)
statement
of
future
research
plans
relevant
to
the
position
7)
Statement
of
Contributions
to
Diversity,
and
8)
the
names,
addresses,
including
e
mail,
of
four
professional
references.
Additional
inquiries
should
be
directed
to
the
search
committee
chair,
Astrid
Volder
(avolder@ucdavis.edu).
UC
Davis
is
an
affirmative
action/equal
employment
opportunity
employer
and
is
dedicated
to
recruiting
a
diverse
faculty
community.
We
welcome
all
qualified
applicants
to
apply,
including
women,
minorities,
veterans,
and
individuals
with
disabilities.
Applicants
with
disabilities
can
contact
University
of
California,
Davis,
Accessibility
Services
with
questions
at
http://accessibility.u
cdavis.edu/index.htm