PUBLICATION – Vertigo: la revue électronique en sciences de l’environnement

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Volume 13, number 2 of the Quebec electronic journal “Vertigo” has just come out, having as its main theme “Environmental controversy: expertise and expertise in expertise”. The full (electronic) version of the journal (in French) is available on this link.

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JOB – Postdoc, Metaphysics of Species & Gene Concepts

FieldMuseumScience and Education, The Field Museum of Natural History
Chicago, Illinois, United States

The Integrative Research Center (IRC) at the Field Museum seeks a philosopher of biology or similarly qualified individual for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship, focusing on the metaphysics of species and gene concepts.  At the Field Museum there is a strong research component pursuing species-level systematics using molecular data.  To integrate this research, investigations are underway to assess similarities and differences of species delimitation involving both different methods (algorithms) and different taxonomic groups.

The postdoctoral fellow is expected to interact closely with the scientists working in the IRC to investigate the metaphysical nature of the species and gene concepts at play in the diverse research programs participating in this integrative effort.  An important emphasis will be assessing the ontological commitment made by these concepts, if any, and determining possible consequences for biodiversity inventory and conservation.

To Applyspecies

Interested applicants may submit their application to Olivier Rieppel, Director, Integrative Research Center, The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605-2496, USA. Or

The application should include a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a brief statement of interests, and the names of three referees.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Review of applications will begin October 1, 2013.

JOB – University of Washington Tacoma, Asst./Assoc. Professor of Environmental Studies

University of Washington TacomaThe University of Washington Tacoma invites applications for a full time tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor in Environmental Studies in the Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (IAS) Program. The successful candidate will conduct research and teaching that incorporates rapidly changing social, political, and environmental issues and search for theoretical and/or applied solutions to environmental problems with a focus on sustainability.  Appropriate research areas include sustainability, environmental ethics and philosophy, environmental policy, environmental communication, environmental anthropology, environmental justice, and other related fields.  A research focus on climate change is a plus.  This position will play a leading role in developing and coordinating a new Minor in Sustainability and in retooling an existing B.A. in Environmental Studies

We are especially interested in candidates who will work collaboratively with faculty in the social sciences, environmental sciences, and humanities in the IAS Program, as well as build connections with relevant faculty in Urban Studies, Nursing, and Business.  The successful candidate will be expected to work with diverse student populations, involve students in faculty research and field-based experiences, build community connections and service learning opportunities, and integrate new pedagogical techniques and technologies into teaching/learning. The position primarily contributes to an interdisciplinary B.A. in Environmental Studies and a minor in Sustainability, but may also contribute to other interdisciplinary majors at UW Tacoma, such as: Environmental Science; Global Studies; and Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. The position begins September 16, 2014, requires an earned doctorate or foreign equivalent in an appropriate field at the time of appointment, and is contingent on funding. A candidate in the final stages of his/her dissertation would be appointed on an acting basis.

Environmental Studies Word CloudIAS offers a range of innovative interdisciplinary majors. We welcome applicants representing diverse perspectives and approaches. One of three University of Washington campuses, UW Tacoma is located in new and historic facilities in downtown Tacoma and serves students of a wide range of ages and backgrounds in the South Puget Sound region. The South Sound is a beautiful place to live with outstanding opportunities for both cultural and recreational activities. It also has vibrant business and nonprofit communities including organizations like the world-renowned Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum, Amazon, Boeing, Microsoft, Nordstrom, RealNetworks, Starbucks, Weyerhaeuser, the Port of Tacoma, and more.

Application Procedure

To apply, please submit the following:

  • a letter delineating your interests and qualifications, description of research interests, teaching experience, examples of connecting to community or service learning, and previous activities mentoring members of under-represented groups;
  • a curriculum vitae, including a list of courses taught;
  • a statement of your teaching philosophy;
  • an article-length writing sample;
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness; and
  • three letters of reference.

Submit all application materials through  Application materials, including letters of recommendation, received via email will not be considered. Priority will be given to complete applications received by November 1, 2013 and screening of applicants will continue until the position is filled. For further information, e-mail Jim Gawel, search chair, at

JOB – Asst. Prof., Urban Ecology, Portland State Univ.

portland stateEmployment Opportunity
Assistant Professor of Urban Ecology
Portland State University

Position Number: D97497
Job Title: Assistant Professor
Department: University Honors
FTE: 1.0 benefits eligible
Job Type: Tenure Track
Posted Date: April 29, 2013
Start Date: September 2013

Position Summary
The University Urban Honors Program invites applications for a 9-month tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of Urban Ecology. This faculty member will ideally have demonstrated effectiveness as a classroom teacher and will participate in an interdisciplinary core curriculum focused around the ecology, history, urban policy, development, and the representation and cultural significance of cities. The successful candidate is expected to work collaboratively and across disciplines to pursue an active program of scholarly research, publication, and external grant funding. Candidates must possess a PhD degree and be committed to both environmental research and teaching ecological science and general education writing intensive courses. This position might appeal particularly to people in environmental studies, environmental science, urban ecology or landscape architecture. This position is part of a project of re-envisioning an “urban honors program.” Faculty will be expected to collaborate with students, university colleagues and community partners to create engaging learning experiences throughout the metropolitan region and to help to build a sense of small college community for students in our new residence hall.

Responsibilities include:
Teaching in the core curriculum of the University Honors program, including courses in ecological science and writing intensive seminars.
Pursuit of an active scholarship program.
Pursuit of external funding opportunities.
Collaboration with scholars and professionals across campus to support the mission of the University Honors Program.
Mentoring of undergraduate students as researchers and future professionals.
Helping to support the development of an on-campus Honors residence program.

PhD in hand by June 2014.
Successful completion of a background check.

Preferred Qualifications
Postdoctoral experience (1-2 years).

The starting annual salary rate for this position is competitive (dependent upon qualifications and experience) with an excellent benefits package including fully paid healthcare; a generous retirement package; and reduced tuition rates for employee, spouse or dependant at any of the Oregon University System schools.

To Apply
Send c.v., letter of application, a statement of teaching philosophy and 3 letters of recommendation to:

Urban Ecology Search
University Honors Program
Portland State University
P.O. Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751

Electronic submissions should be sent to with a subject
line: Urban Ecology Search.

The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until
finalists are identified.

LECTURE – “Biological Invasions”, McGill (Canada)

mcgill ricciardiMcGill University’s Cutting Edge Lectures in Science at the Redpath Museum presents: “Biological Invasions: The Ecological and Societal Impacts of Non-native Species”

Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 6pm

By Anthony Ricciardi (Redpath Museum and McGill School of Environment)

Driven by the movement of people and cargo across the planet, thousands of species of plants, animals and microbes are spreading into new regions faster and farther than at any other time in Earth’s history. These “biological invasions” can cause extinctions, disrupt ecosystems, alter natural resources, threaten human health, and even pose national security problems. Despite these risks, some ecologists have advocated planned invasions to rescue species threatened by climate change. Termed “assisted colonization”, their proposal involves moving potentially large numbers of species to favorable habitats well beyond their native range. This talk will evaluate this controversial strategy and the ecological and societal impacts of invasions worldwide.  Dr. Anthony Ricciardi is an associate professor in both the Redpath Museum and the McGill School of Environment, where he teaches courses on animal diversity, environmental science, and the ecology of species invasions.  He received his PhD from McGill (in 1997), and was an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at Université Laval and a Killam Fellow at Dalhousie University. He is an associate editor for the journal Diversity and Distributions and the journal Biological Invasions, and he serves on the scientific committee of the Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network – a national NSERC-funded research group that assesses the risks of invasion in Canada’s lakes, rivers and coastal waters.

Where: Auditorium, Redpath Museum, 859 Sherbrooke Street West (Metro McGill/Peel), Montréal, Québec, Canada.
Seating is limited. No reservations necessary.
When: 6 PM, followed by a reception.
Cost: Free, everyone welcome.

For more information, visit this webpage.