Thursday, December 31, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Audubon of Florida’s
In addition to the duties described above, technicians will be expected to assist with other on-going projects at this research center which include SAV surveys, as well as banding and nest monitoring of roseate spoonbills. Applicants may be required to work long and unpredictable hours alone, in the sometimes-harsh environment of South Florida (e.g., heat and humidity, intense sun exposure, boating in rough seas, exposure to myriad biting insects including mosquitoes and flies), capable of working in close proximity to crocodiles, alligators and snakes, and tolerate project mishaps like broken boats/vehicles, schedule cancellations due to weather, etc. with good humor.
B.S. with a background in marine, estuarine, or wetlands ecology (or similar work experience).
Applicants need to have a valid driver’s license, experience with small boats, and operating vehicles with trailers.
Heavy lifting is required.
A successful candidate will exhibit a strong work ethic, work well in teams and independently in the field.
Individuals who have field experience in
Additionally, a basic knowledge of boat maintenance and repair is preferred.
If interested in the position please send a cover letter and resume with 3 references electronically to Michelle Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing Date for this posting is November 8, 2009 and the starting date for the position will be in early January 2010.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Armitage, A.R. and J.W. Fourqurean. In press. Stable isotopes reveal complex changes in trophic relationships following nutrient addition in a coastal marine ecosystem. Estuaries and Coasts.
Armitage, A.R., V. Gonzalez, and P. Fong. 2009. Decoupling of nutrient and grazer impacts on a benthic estuarine diatom assemblage. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 84: 375-382.
Frankovich, T.A., A.R. Armitage, A.H. Wachincka, E.E. Gaiser, and J.W. Fourqurean. 2009. Nutrient effects on seagrass epiphyte community structure in Florida Bay. Journal of Phycology 45: in press.
Ho, Chuan-Kai, Steven C. Pennings, and Thomas H. Carefoot. 2009. Is diet quality an overlooked mechanism for Bergmann's rule? American Naturalist in press.
Friday, July 31, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Our last night on Sapelo Island, we had dinner at George and Lulu's - a local restaurant serving traditional Gullah/Geechee cuisine.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
The next morning we hiked past some areas covered with Sphagnum moss, which are what give the Okefenokee swamp the name "Land of the trembling earth." Gases produced by the moss get trapped underneath the mats so that when you walk on the moss, the ground seems to give and large areas move under your feet.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Pond cypress and Spanish moss
Growing on the reeds below are eggs from the non-native, invasive apple snail. It is a voracious herbivore that can alter plant communities and displace native snails. In one area that was fenced off and designated as "native snail habitat," the only gastropod to be seen was an apple snail. From the number of eggs we saw, apple snail control programs appear to be somewhat ineffective.
Monday, June 1, 2009
Then we drove to see pitcher plant bogs in Florida, where we saw at least six different species of predatory plants.
This one shows the pool of water inside the pitcher and the downward-pointing hairs along the walls to prevent insects from climbing out once they've fallen in.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
In addition to tree(?) and cricket frogs, we heard the rumbling of bull frogs and the occasional hoot from a barred owl.
The next day, Dr. Keim gave us a tour of some of the flood control structures around New Orleans, such as the Bonnet Carre spillway (below), which releases extra water from the Mississippi into a floodplain. Marshes inside the floodplain have fresher water and higher plant diversity than marshes outside the floodplain. We also toured ghost cypress forests, which are former cypress forests where the trees have been killed following the anthropogenic introduction of salt water. In many cases, the dead trees remain standing, with just their leafless trunks sticking out of the water.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Small mounds of Spartina alterniflora were planted in a brackish marsh restoration project near Port Arthur, Texas. Spartina alterniflora is a common marsh plant, but as the competitive dominant, it may exclude other plant species. Will that impact the insect community?
Monday, April 27, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
This observation suggests a hidden benefit to using this strain of Spartina: Maybe its rapid growth will increase marsh spreading rates?
Some of our research "fleet": a pirogue and a towed inflatable for samples.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Seeking Graduate and Undergraduate Field Technicians to work on a Recreational Use Attainability Analysis of streams in the
Participating in field training April 18, 19, 25, and 26
Working most, and preferably all Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays between
May 1 - July 31, 2009
Driving project vehicles
Staying in hotels 1-2 hours away from
Working independently in 2-person teams
Following a standard scientific sampling methodology
Navigating to sampling points using maps and handheld GPS units
Collecting recreation and habitat data on stream segments
Conducting interviews of people using streams
Entering data on field sheets and handheld field computersMaintaining field equipment
Desired skills include
Ability to swim
Hiking in rough terrain
Towing a boat trailer with a full size pickup truckExperience with Microsoft Excel
Applicants will be hired based on
Availability during periods needed for the project
Prior work experienceExperience working outdoors in tough conditions
Hired field technicians will generally work between 10-13 hours per day at a pay rate of $15/hour
To apply, please email/drop off resumes with attached references to
Kirk Winemiller Aquatic Ecology Lab
Monday, March 2, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
BS in biology with related college courses in plant and community ecology and relevant work experience is desired.
The position is 30-40 hours/week and is eligible for benefits. Salary is $9.49/hour (negotiable).
To apply, submit an application online here (search for job posting# 090580). Position is available immediately and will remain open until filled.
TWO PART-TIME STUDENT WORKER POSITIONS ($7.25/hour) FOR TAMUG STUDENTS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE STARTING IMMEDIATELY! VIEW JOB POSTING OR CONTACT DR. ARMITAGE IF YOU ARE INTERESTED.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Title: Sanctuary Management Interns (2)
Job Description: Assist with management of Houston Audubon Sanctuaries on the
Duties: Control exotic plant species by cutting, pulling, mowing and herbicide application. Erect sanctuary signs, post boundaries, maintain fences, pick up trash, and perform other tasks as necessary. Interact with sanctuary visitors. Bird censusing and nest monitoring may be included. Use all tools and equipment in a safety conscious manner at all times.
Qualifications: Excellent physical condition. Ability to perform hard physical work for extended and irregular periods, under adverse conditions and in all extremes of weather. Mechanical aptitude and knowledge of machinery. Experience with chainsaws and other power tools. Ability to work with a wide variety of people and to work independently of supervisor. Enthusiasm for working outdoors. Personal vehicle necessary.
Minimum Qualification: College coursework in natural or biological sciences.
Benefits: Travel expenses between sanctuaries reimbursed.
Salary: $10 / Hour (10-hour week)
Last date to apply: February 16, 2009
Starting date: March 10, 2009
Documentation needed: Resume with cover letter and 2 references.
Contact: Winnie Burkett
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Most Texas salt marshes are dominated by Spartina alterniflora (cordgrass). This forms a dense, complex canopy (left) that is critical habitat for a variety of animals, including snails, shrimp, and juvenile fish. But, in some parts of the Texas coast, native mangroves (Avicennia germinans) are behaving like invasives and converting marshes into dwarf mangrove forests. This change may have been influenced by climate change, which brings milder winters and less frequent freeze events to limit the spread of mangroves. Continuing climate change may accelerate mangrove proliferation, particularly in transition zones like Port Aransas.
Mangroves have aerial root structures (left) that may provide analogous habitat to salt marshes for marsh fauna. I have observed snails using marsh grasses and mangrove pneumatophores in similar ways. But will other important marsh fauna, like brown shrimp or juvenile fish, use marsh and mangrove structures in the same way? In other parts of the world, the answer is "no," but here in Texas, where we are at the transition between marsh and mangrove habitats, the answer is unknown. We will soon begin collecting fauna from both habitats to find out.