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Graduate Opportunities in Fish Ecology and Evolution

Date Posted: 20 Dec 2016 (Show details)

The Albert Lab in the Department of Biology at Louisiana at Lafayette is recruiting graduate students for Fall 2017. Research in the lab focuses on the diversity, evolution and biogeography of tropical freshwater fishes with a focus on the Amazon Basin. Projects can include but are not limited to: molecular phylogenetics and species-delimitation using morphological and next-gen sequencing approaches (e.g. UCEs), dispersal and feeding ecology using stable isotopes, continuous trait evolution using data from computed tomography, 3-D geometric morphometrics and biomechanical modeling, and Community Phylogenetics using GIS, parametric biogeography, and landscape evolution modeling approaches. Students have opportunities to develop independent research projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The UL Lafayette Department of Biology has a strong tradition of teaching and research in sub-tropical and tropical biology. Course work centers on areas of students' interest in evolutionary or ecological theory.

Deadlines for application are Sept. 15 and Jan. 15th. Candidates from groups underrepresented in STEM are especially encouraged to apply. For further information please visit the Department of Biology Website, or contact James Albert at 

JMIH 2016 Conference Grants for Students

Date Posted: 19 Jan 2016 (Show details)

Conference Grants to attend JMIH in New Orleans are available from the Gans Collections and Charitable Fund. The applications are due on 15 March 2016.  More information and online application can be found at

George Maier Fund for killifish research call for proposals

Date Posted: 14 Jan 2016 (Show details)

The Board of Directors of the George Maier Fund has approved a grant budget for the 2015-2016 grant cycle. We are accepting proposals through April 30, 2016.

The purpose of all submitted proposals must be to directly enhance the knowledge of killifishes, especially as applied to one or more of the following: reproduction, life cycle, maintenance, nutritional requirements and food sources, biology, ecology, habitat, conservation, nomenclatural and biological relationships. One or more grants may be issued at the discretion of the independent grant selection committee. We stress that both professional and non-professional projects are eligible and those of interest to the killifish hobby are encouraged.

Grant Number reference: GMF A-15
Application Deadline: April 30, 2016.
Grant Awards: Announced no later than May 30, 2016
Total Available Funding: Up to $7,500
Length of Project Period: Up to 2 years

Subject to the following limitations, grants are open to both professional and non-professional individuals and organizations whose proposals meet the above criteria, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or religious affiliation, The individual applicant cannot be a legal relative of any Officer, Board member or Grant Committee member. An organizational applicant can neither be the direct employer of, nor have a consulting relationship with any Officer, Board member or Grant Committee member.

Proposals must be in accordance with document GMF P-1 and are to be submitted via e-mail in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. Request copies of relevant documents and send completed proposals to Charles Nunziata at epiplaty [at] tampabay [dot] rr [dot] com. Please refer to grant number GMF A-15 in all correspondence.

The Fund was created to Honor the memory of George Maier Founding member of the American Killifish Association and the Chicago Killifish Association. IRS EIN: 80-0531667. Document Location Number: 17053243357000 FLORIDA Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. George Maier Fund: registration #: CH33046 expiration: date: September 3, 2016. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the division of consumer services by calling toll-free (800-435-7352) within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.

NANFA Conservation Research Grant announcement

Date Posted: 8 Jan 2016 (Show details)

Since 2001 NANFA (North American Native Fishes Association) has funded the Conservation Research Grant, focusing on supporting research relating to the conservation of North America's indigenous fish fauna, particularly those that are threatened or endangered. The Conservation Research Grant could be awarded to someone in academia, a conservation group, or to an independent researcher. The maximum award for any one proposal is budgeted at $1000. The deadline for submission of an application is January 22, 2016.

Application Guidelines

Qualifying applicants must be members in good standing of NANFA. Membership dues will be accepted with funding applications, or paid separately to:

P.O. Box 1596,
Milton, WA 98354-1596.

Annual dues are $30 (U.S.), $35 (Canada and Mexico), and $44 (all other countries).

Research proposals should be no longer than 2 double-spaced pages, plus a separate short budget and timeline, and 4 copies of all application materials should be submitted. Proposals should include a clear statement as to how this research will benefit the study organism and/or its environment.

Proposal format should be as follows:

  1. Question to be investigated
  2. Objectives
  3. Description of work (methods, design, assumptions, constraints)
  4. Benefits
  5. Accomplishments (related research efforts)

Proposals should be accompanied by a one-page resume from the applicant, and a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s major professor or from someone familiar with your background and research. This letter of recommendation should include an e-mail address for verifying references. Electronic submissions are acceptable; send either a .pdf or a .doc file. If you have any queries as to whether you qualify for this grant, please contact Bruce Stallsmith, below.

Please list other sources of financial support for your project.

Researchers must obtain all necessary permits for conducting their research.

NANFA asks that the recipient write a non-technical article on their research for American Currents, NANFA’s quarterly journal, to be submitted as soon as the research is complete. Recipients are also encouraged to attend an annual NANFA Convention to present research findings.

The deadline for applications is January 22, 2016. The award decision will be announced by March 31, 2016.

Submit applications to:

Dr. Bruce Stallsmith
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Alabama in Huntsville
Huntsville, AL 35899.
Phone: 256-824-6992.
E-mail: stallsb [at] uah [dot] edu.

(Complete applications in .pdf or .doc format may be sent to the e-mail address above.)

Request for Video or Film Footage of Saw Sharks

Date Posted: 24 Sep 2015 (Show details)

Chocklog Productions is currently seeking footage featuring any species of saw shark (Pristiophoriformes) for the new Sharks! exhibit at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium. They would prefer HD or higher resolution footage that would be available for licensing for a single site exhibition in perpetuity.

You can see examples of their work at Chocklog recently produced the films installed at the Museum of Natural History of LA County’s new dinosaur wing and in years past have done exhibit work with the Sony Wonderlab, Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Florida Aquarium, Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument, Walnut Creek National Wildlife Refuge, Baltimore Aquarium, and Monterey Bay Aquarium.

If you have such footage available for licensing, please contact:

Lee Ann Hoover
Chocklog Productions
leeann [at] chocklog [dot] com

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