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By SuperUser Account on 7/17/2017 12:28 PM
A postdoc position is available in the Amend Lab in the Department of Botany at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The successful applicant will join a dynamic group of researchers interested in microbial ecology and evolution within the unique Hawaiian archipelago. In collaboration with the Perry lab at CSUEB, the researcher will primarily be responsible for analysis and authorship of studies characterizing the factors that determine leaf surface fungal communities in and on native Hawaiian plants, as well as connectivity with other habitats. The researcher will have access to several large existing datasets, and will be integral to a nascent University-wide microbiome research initiative involving collaboration with multiple labs and departments across the University. While some laboratory experience will be helpful, the position will be largely analytical with ample opportunity for publication from the onset.

By SuperUser Account on 7/17/2017 12:26 PM
A postdoctoral research position is available at the University of Minnesota to investigate the invasive ecology and adaptation of Fusarium virguliforme, the causal agent of soybean sudden death syndrome (SDS). The project will investigate traits of this fungal pathogen that may enable spread and establishment of the pathogen. The studies will include experimental bioassays to assess variation in selected phenotypic traits across a panel of isolates from a broad geographical distribution of the fungus combined with next-generation sequencing and genome-wide association mapping to identify genetic loci associated with variation for key traits or demonstrating evidence of adaptive evolution. The project also aims to investigate the role of secondary metabolites in the ability of this pathogen to establish and compete in soil microbial communities. This position is part of a larger project funded through the Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center at the University of Minnesota that will also study...
By SuperUser Account on 7/17/2017 12:20 PM

A position is available for a graduate research assistant at the M.S. or Ph.D. level in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Minnesota (  The overall goals of the project are to understand the roles of biotic and abiotic interactions in contributing to the spread and invasiveness of Fusarium virguliforme, the causal agent of soybean sudden death syndrome (SDS). The project will investigate traits of this fungal pathogen that may enable spread and establishment of the pathogen in multiple cropping environments, including bioassays to assess variation in selected phenotypic traits across a panel of isolates from a broad geographical distribution.

This will be a joint position between the Malvick Lab in the Dept. of Plant Pathology ( and the Bushley lab in the Dept. of Plant and Microbial Biology ( ...
By SuperUser Account on 6/21/2017 10:25 AM
The Murray and Walker Labs at Tennessee Technological University are currently seeking applications for MSc students to advance research on the alligator nest microbiome. The proposed work will take a multidisciplinary approach between a crocodilian physiologist (Dr. Chris Murray) and microbial ecologist (Dr. Donald Walker). The research will utilize a cutting-edge molecular approach to assess spatial and temporal structure of the alligator nest and egg shell microbiome. The project will include both a field and lab component. Field work will occur in the bayou ecosystems of Alabama, Louisiana, and southeastern Texas.    

Prior experience or training in microbiology, mycology, herpetology, or molecular biology is preferred. The MSc position is to begin in August 2017. Prospective students should inquire directly with Donald Walker ( or Chris Murray ( and include your CV, a statement of interest, and unofficial transcripts...
By SuperUser Account on 6/21/2017 10:21 AM
The Department of Biology at Saint Mary's University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, effective July 1st, 2018. We are seeking a Fungal Systems Biologist who is able to support our undergraduate curriculum in the areas of Fungal Ecology and Microbiology. The successful candidate will support and contribute to our curriculum more specifically through his or her areas of research specialization. The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D. in Biology and provide evidence of a strong research record or an emerging scholarly profile focusing on microbiology and fungal biology, have a record of a high standard of teaching in the field (preferably in the courses noted above), and have a strong commitment to collegial service. The Faculty of Science, which houses the Department of Biology, has gone through significant renewal in the past decade, with many new and active faculty involved in teaching, research, and service activities. We are working to establish...
By SuperUser Account on 6/15/2017 12:47 PM
The Forest Pathology Lab ( at Michigan State University is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to perform diagnostic and survey testing, data analysis, and applied research into plant pathogens of conifers grown in nurseries, Christmas tree and landscape settings. The incumbent Research Associate will drive a research project designed to quantify disease issues across conifer tree crops. The research project will include the development and evaluation of molecular assays designed to detect pathogens affecting tree crop industries in Michigan. The RA will provide a streamlined approach to link research with the deployment of Dead and Alive Detection of Pathogens (DAD-Path) and chemical treatment evaluations. The overall goal of this project is to provide a rapid response to new disease incursions, a predictive focus to evaluate new disease risks and the means by which current detection and treatment methods of priority diseases can...
By SuperUser Account on 4/17/2017 9:43 AM

The Grubisha Lab at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay is seeking a MSc graduate student to conduct research as part of our orchid mycorrhizal fungi conservation project in collaboration with the Ridges Sanctuary and the Smithsonian Ecological Research Center. The Ridges Sanctuary is a hotspot of North American orchid biodiversity situated along northern Lake Michigan in beautiful Door County, Wisconsin. The research project will include field work at the Ridges Sanctuary, greenhouse experiments, soil nutrient analyses, isolation and maintenance of pure fungal cultures, and molecular analyses. Prior experience or training in mycology, microbiology, or plant biology is preferred. Students should be able to start in August 2017 or January 2018 in our Environmental Science & Policy graduate program, Ecosystems Studies track ( Interested students should contact Lisa Grubisha directly ( and include your CV, unofficial transcripts, and a statement of your interests. For more information about the Grubisha Lab see


By SuperUser Account on 3/31/2017 9:19 AM

The Forest Pathology Lab at Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI) is accepting applications for a graduate student (PhD level) to start as a research assistant in the Summer of 2017 and to enroll for Fall 2017. We are looking for a highly-motivated individual to study the population genomics of Ceratocystis fagacearum, the pathogen behind the devastating disease of oaks “oak wilt”. This is a unique opportunity to combine traditional plant pathology research (microscopy, field and culture work) with molecular and bioinformatics approaches (PCR, qPCR and genome resequencing analyses). The candidate will identify the population structure of C. fagacearum in the US and evaluate known assays and, if required, develop novel molecular assays to detect the pathogen. Furthermore, the candidate will investigate seasonal variation in infection of red oak by C. fagacearum and seasonal variation in red oak susceptibility. The candidate will be part of a larger project focused on identifying high-risk periods of C. fagacearum transmission and infection in Michigan. For further information please go to the following web link:

The Graduate student will have the option of a degree from either the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences or the Department of Forestry, depending on their interests. The student will be supported with three years of stipend, tuition waiver and health insurance. Additional fellowship opportunities for graduate students at Michigan State University are also available.

Position Requirements:

The ideal applicant will have an MSc and experience and interest in molecular biology of tree pathogens, particularly in population genetics/genomics and detection assays. Applicants must have a degree in a relevant area, including plant pathology, forestry, mycology, genomics, bioinformatics, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, botany, or other biological sciences. They should be self-motivated, have strong interpersonal skills and be capable of working in a multidisciplinary team. They must be able to perform experiments independently and write scientific publications and other documents. Applicants with prior experience in next-gen sequencing, bioinformatics, pcr and qPCR are encouraged to apply. Excellent communication, reading, and writing skills in English are also desired. The selected candidate must meet eligibility requirements for work in the U.S. by the start date. Additionally, candidates will need to meet the minimum requirements outlined by Michigan State University’s Graduate program (

Instructions For Applying:

If you are interested in this position please contact Dr. Monique Sakalidis via email at Include a short statement of interest, your CV and the contact details of three references. To be accepted into the graduate program you will need to apply through the MSU Graduate School Applications must be received by April 20th, 2017 to receive full consideration.

Specific information regarding the Plant pathology graduate program please see

Specific information regarding the Forestry graduate program please see

Organization Description:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer and the Department Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences and the Department of Forestry is committed to promoting diversity in research.

Organization Website:

Closing Date: April 20th 2017

By SuperUser Account on 3/27/2017 3:44 PM

Registration and Abstract Submission are now open for the Inaugural Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference, 5-6 June 2017, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Conference sponsors include iDigBio, the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, the University of Michigan Herbarium, and the University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology.

Abstracts: Registered attendees will receive a link via email for abstract submission and may submit abstracts for posters or presentations. Abstracts should not exceed 200 words. Multiple abstract submissions are permitted. Please see Suggested Themes for Presentations and Posters below.

The deadline for submitting abstracts is 15 April 2017.

Registration Fees:
Students: $20.00
Professionals: $50.00

Conference capacity is limited. Early registration is encouraged. Registration closes 15 May. However, the limited capacity for this conference might require an earlier closure.

To Register:
More about the conference is available below. Please note that you will be requested to select your preferred workshop (list below) as part of the registration procedure.
Afternoon Workshops
Three Monday afternoon workshops are offered (1:30-5:00 p.m.). You will be asked to rank your choices during the registration process. Below are the workshop titles, leaders, and descriptions. Specific instructions for each workshop will be emailed to you following the close of registration.
Digital Data and the North American Nodes of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Leaders: Bob Hanner, Stinger Guala, James Macklin
We are especially pleased to announce that the North American Nodes of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) are joining the conference program. GBIF ( serves as the global aggregator of species occurrence data and succeeds through the cooperation of a massive global network of regional nodes and other collaborators. GBIF leaders will host an afternoon, town hall style session that will clarify and discuss the relationships, contributions, collaborations, and immediate plans for cooperative work across the Canadian ( and US ( country nodes, the North American Node, and collaborators such as the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (, the ITIS/Species2000 Catalogue of Life ( and iDigBio ( The use of GBIF data in biodiversity research will be featured.
Automated Species Range Map Construction through Aggregated Global Museum Records
Leaders: Pascal Title, Alison Davis Rabosky
This afternoon workshop will teach participants how to use automated pipelines in the R software environment to create, standardize, quality check, and curate species range polygons for any terrestrial vertebrate species that is represented in digitized museum collections.  We will explore batch processing for hundreds to thousands of species at once, using tests of spatial co-occurrence hypotheses as a framework for the ecological questions that can be answered through these methods.  We will also examine the rapid generation of high quality figures demonstrating a) range overlap, and b) diversity “heat maps” for both research and teaching uses.
Computational Macroevolution: Analysis and Visualization of Complex Evolutionary Dynamics on Phylogenies
Leader: Dan Rabosky, Jonathan Mitchell
This workshop will focus on the analysis and visualization of macroevolutionary rates on phylogenetic trees using BAMM and other methods. Analyses will include speciation-extinction dynamics as well as phenotypic evolution. The workshop will assume familiarity with the R environment and some prior usage of command line programs. Participants will need to work on their own laptops and are welcome to bring at least one suitable data set (time calibrated phylogenies, possibly with trait data) for use during the workshop, although example datasets will be provided. 
The current list of featured plenary speakers includes:
·         Beth Brainerd, Brown University

·         Dori Contreras, Museum of Paleontology, University of California, Berkeley

·         Mike Donoghue, Yale University

·         Dan Fisher, Museum of Paleontology, University of Michigan

·         Lawrence Hudson, Natural History Museum, London

·         Maureen Kearney, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution

·         Peter McCartney, U. S. National Science Foundation

·         Stephen Smith, University of Michigan

·         Pam Soltis, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida

·         Adam Summers, University of Washington

·         Mike Webster, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Cornell University

The rapid mobilization of digitized biodiversity data, led largely in the United States by the National Science Foundation’s Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections program, has resulted in a substantial increase in available data for research and related activities. This conference will encompass the uses of digitized data across all biodiversity disciplines, with special emphasis on digitized specimen data and the potential for “big data” analytics in organismal biology. This conference will provide an important opportunity to explore digital data tools, techniques, discoveries, and outcomes across the biodiversity sciences.

Suggested Themes for Presentations and Posters

Oral presentations and posters should emphasize the use of digital data for biodiversity research, inclusive of the neontological and paleontological domains. Emphases might include:

·         published or publishable biodiversity research that depends on digital datasets,

·         systematics and the use of digital data,

·         ongoing research projects that derive from and use digital datasets,

·         gaps and deficiencies in currently available digital data that hinder effective use,

·         user critiques of digital data aggregators and providers,

·         integrated digitization/data use/research pipelines,

·         standards and practices for depositing and documenting open access digital datasets,

·         the role and relevance of “Big Data” in biodiversity research,

·         use of digitized biodiversity data within the ecological sciences,

·         the relative importance of digital data derived from specimens vs. observations,

·         managing digital biodiversity data in support of research pipelines, and

·         analyzing and visualizing biodiversity digital data.


The planning team for the conference includes: Chris Dick, Dan Fisher, Rich Rabeler, Alison Davis Rabosky, Dan Rabosky, Adam Rountrey, Cody Thompson, and Priscilla Tucker from the University of Michigan, and Gil Nelson, Larry Page, Pam Soltis, and Alex Thompson from iDigBio.

For further information or to ensure that you are on the email list, please contact Gil Nelson at iDigBio (

By SuperUser Account on 3/16/2017 1:12 PM

Background:  Michigan State University is the Pioneer Land Grant University and is a national leader in agricultural research and extension programming.  Michigan agriculture includes a wide diversity of cropping systems. 

This position is 60% Extension and 40% Research in the area of potato and sugarbeet pathology.