Educational Opportunities, Call for Applications & Nominations, Positions Available

Educational Opportunities

Graduate Assistantships for Study of Plant Population and Evolutionary Biology at Georgetown University

Competitive teaching assistantships with a waiver of tuition are available for Ph.D. candidates in the Department of Biology at Georgetown University in Washington, D. C. Current research in plant biology focuses on evolutionary ecology and evolutionary genetics. Dr. Martha Weiss studies plant-insect interactions, plant reproductive biology and insect behavior. Dr. Matthew Hamilton studies plant population genetics, tropical forest genetics and conservation genetics. Individuals with demonstrated interests in these topics and satisfactory academic records are encouraged to apply.

Campus facilities include a greenhouse, recently renovated laboratories, automated DNA sequencers and equipment for molecular biology and molecular genetic research. Opportunities for field research include Atlantic coastal and salt marsh habitats, climax deciduous forest and tropical rainforest in Brazil. Georgetown is also located near the National Agricultural Library and herbaria at the Smithsonian Institution. Specialized coursework in addition to the offerings of the department is available through the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area.

Additional information about the Department of Biology is available at Detailed information about the research of Dr. Hamilton and Dr. Weiss can also be found at this web address by selecting the "faculty" link. Interested students should contact Dr. Weiss ( or Dr. Hamilton ( directly to discuss research opportunities and topics.

Application materials can be requested by writing to Committee on Graduate Students and Studies, Georgetown University, Department of Biology - Reiss 406, Washington, DC 20057-1229 USA or, or calling 202-687-6247. Complete applications must be received by February 1st to be considered for assistantship and tuition support.

Graduate Research Assistantship
M.S. or Ph.D., University of Maine

A research assistantship, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is available for a student interested in studying the dynamics of a fossil forest that once dominated the North Polar region.

Wood, leaves and cones of trees which grew 45 million years ago are well-preserved mummifications at a site on Axel Heiberg Island, Canada (80 N. latitude). The research will focus on information that can be gleaned from studying the woody remains of two species, Metasequoia and Larix, in an effort to better understand the unique ecophysiology of plants growing under continuous light and warrn temperatures.

For further information contact: Dr. Richard Jagels, Dept. of Forest Ecosystem Science, 5755 Nutting Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5755, Phone (207) 581-2884, Fax (207) 581-4257, Email

Calls for Applications and Nominations

Timothy C. Plowman Latin American Research Award

The Botany Department at The Field Museum invites applications for the year 2000 Timothy C. Plowman Latin American Research Award. The award of $1500.00 is designed to assist students and young professionals to visit the Field Museum and use our extensive economic botany and systematic collections. Individuals from Latin America and projects in the field of ethnobotany or systematics of economically important plant groups will be given priority consideration. Applicants interested in the award should submit their curriculum vitae and a detailed letter describing the project for which the award is sought. The information should be forwarded to the Timothy C. Plowman Award Committee, Department of Botany, The Field Museum, 1400 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605-2496 USA and received no later than 31 October 1999. Announcement of the recipient will be made no later than 31 December 1999. Anyone wishing to contribute to The Timothy C. Plowman Latin American Research Fund, which supports this award, may send their checks, payable to The Field Museum, c/o Department of Botany, The Field Museum, 1400 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605-2496 USA. Make certain to indicate the intended fund.

Katherine Esau Postdoctoral Fellowships
University of California, Davis

Applications and nominations are invited for Katherine Esau Postdoctoral Fellowships which will be awarded to outstanding young scientists interested in structural aspects of plants at the level of tissues, organs and whole plants. Included would be studies in which plant structure is integrated with development, evolution and/or function. Modern approaches to important questions in plant anatomy and morphology are encouraged. Preference will be given to candidates who have completed the Ph.D. within the past 5 years. Esau Fellowships will be awarded for a period of two years to enable successful candidates to work under the mentorship of a University of California, Davis faculty member. The Esau Fellowship stipend is $26,000 per year plus benefits plus a $3,000 per year research allocation.

Applications should include the identification of an appropriate faculty mentor(s), a complete curriculum vitae, graduate and undergraduate transcripts, reprints of published works, a proposal of the research that would be carried out under this program (limited to 5 single-spaced pages,12-point font, 1 -inch margins) and a statement of the relevance of the proposed research to the planned career in plant structure and development, evolution and/or function. Applicants are required to provide three letters of reference and a letter of commitment of laboratory space and ancillary support from the proposed UC Davis faculty mentor.

Please send your completed application to Professor Judy Jernstedt, Chair, Faculty Advisory Committee, Esau Fellowships Program, Department of Agronomy and Range Science, University of California, Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616. (FAX: [530] 752-4361). Inquiries may be made by e-mail to the chair (

Fellowships will be awarded on an annual basis. The next deadline for this program will be November 1,1999.

The University of California is an equal opportunity employer.

Positions Available

Terrestrial Ecologist
Kansas State University

The Division of Biology at Kansas State University invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in the area of Terrestrial Ecology, to begin in the 2000/01 academic year. We seek a broadly trained ecologist with research interests that will complement a well-established grassland ecology program. Potential areas of expertise include: application of remote sensing to ecological studies, ecosystem modeling, landscape ecology, or community ecology. Interdisciplinary research is especially encouraged. The successful candidate is expected to establish an extramurally-funded research program, take an active role in the Konza Prairie Long-Term Ecological Research program (, and participate in graduate and undergraduate instruction ( A Ph.D. or equivalent is required, and postdoctoral experience is preferred.

The Division of Biology is a large and diverse academic unit with an excellent record of research and teaching. Extramural research funding in the Division averages approximately $6,500,000 per year. Within the Division, there are a number of faculty with research interests related to ecology. The Konza Prairie Natural Research Area, a 3,487 ha tallgrass prairie research site located 10 km from the university, is a focal area for much of this research. Research on Konza Prairie is supported by the National Science Foundation's LTER program with additional funding from a variety of other sources, totaling over $1,000,000 per year. As of 1998, over 600 scientific articles and books have been published based on research at Konza Prairie, and over 100 scientists from KSU and elsewhere have active research projects on site.

Kansas State University is located in the city of Manhattan (, a pleasant community of about 45,000 individuals located in the scenic Flint Hills of northeastern Kansas, about 2 hours from Kansas City. Local recreational opportunities include a large lake/park system, sporting events, and a rich program in the performing arts. Manhattan also serves as the regional center for education, health care, commerce, entertainment and communications.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and brief description of research and teaching interests, and have three letters of reference sent to: John M. Blair, Chair; Terrestrial Ecologist Search Committee; Division of Biology; 232 Ackert Hall; Kansas State University; Manhattan, KS 66506-4901. Review of applications will begin October 4, 1999, and continue until the position is filled. KSU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Plant Biologist: Anatomy/Morphology
Louisiana State University

The Department of Biological Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position specializing in contemporary plant anatomy/morphology. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, experimental approaches to the role of plant structure in evolution, developmental processes in plants, functional anatomy and morphology, plant fungal/microbe interactions, and plant cell biology. Maintenance of an extramurally supported research program, supervision of graduate students, and teaching in the area of specialization and in the general biology program are expected. Review of applications will begin September 27, 1999 and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Qualifications require a Ph.D. or equivalent degree and interest in teaching a course in plant anatomy. Preference will be given to applicants with postdoctoral experience. Send curriculum vitae, selected reprints, statement of research and teaching interests, three letters of recommendation, and an outline for a course in plant anatomy at the senior/graduate student level to:

Dr. L. Urbatsch, Chair Plant Biology Search Committee, Ref. Log # 210 Department of Biological Sciences 508 Life Sciences Bldg. Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, LA 70803 email: Visit our website:


Integrated Orchard Management Systems Specialist
University of California, Davis

The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of California, Davis, invites applications and nominations for a 100% Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension in the Department of Pomology. Candidates will be expected to evaluate and extend research-based information that incorporates principles of sustainable production into Integrated Crop Management Systems for perennial fruit and nut crops in California, and function as the lead specialist for cooperative extension programs associated with almond and walnut production. Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in ecology, horticulture, agronomy, soil science, plant nutrition, water science or closely related discipline; demonstrated ability or potential to conduct independent research in agricultural systems; commitment to effective outreach; excellence in written and oral communication; a record of scholarly and academic achievement; computer literacy; the ability to work effectively with extension colleagues, faculty, staff and numerous clientele groups. Applicants should send (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) transcripts if less than 5 years since graduation, (3) copies of published and in-press articles, (4) a description of current and projected extension and research interests relative to this position, (5) a summary of teaching interests and experience, and (6) names and addresses of at least three references from whom letters of reference may be requested to: Prof. Steven A. Weinbaum, Chair, Integrated Orchard Mgmt. Systems Search Committee, Department of Pomology, One Shields Avenue, University of California, Davis, CA 95616-8683. All application materials, must be received by October 15, 1999 to be assured full consideration. For additional information about the department visit our web site at or The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Research Leader
USDA National Arboretum, Beltsville, MD

The USDA National Arboretum is accepting applications for a highly qualified individual with an established research record who will serve as Research Leader of the Floral and Nursery Plants Research Unit. Responsibilities include identifying high-priority research programs, obtaining support from the government and industry in diverse areas of genetics, physiology, pathology, entomology, systematics, and germplasm development. As Research Leader, the incumbent supervises a staff of approximately 47 employees that includes about 14 Ph.D. scientists in four locations. Applicants must have demonstrated their ability to guide and provide leadership to diverse research programs. The Research Leader is responsible for conducting a personal research program related to nursery and floral plants and coordinating research among the scientists. Applicants require a degree in a field of science that is related to horticulture/botany such as genetics, plant pathology, systematics, or physiology. Salary is commensurate with experience and ranges from $68,570-$104,851 per year. This is a full-time permanent position and applicants must be US citizens. For application procedures and qualification requirements, applicants MUST request a complete copy of the government vacancy announcement (announcement number ARS-X9E-9405), contact 301-504-1351 or by downloading the full text announcement from the ARS Web site Applications must be postmarked by November 22, 1999. USDA is an equal opportunity employer.

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