Economic Tools for Conservation course at the University of California Berkeley

Conservation Strategy Fund is now accepting applications for the 2017 Economic Tools for Conservation course from June 19-30 at the University of California Berkeley. CSF’s Economic Tools courses are regarded as the premier training event in applied economics for environmental professionals. This course will be hosted by the International & Executive Programs at UC Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources.

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During the comprehensive two-week session, participants will learn to use economics to be more strategic and successful in their work, and experience a transformation in how they view environmental issues. The course covers economic fundamentals, natural resource economics, valuation of ecosystem services, environmental policies, communication and negotiation techniques, and hands-on experience with cost-benefit analysis of projects and policies.

Please contact CSF Training with any questions.

Field Course: Ecology of the Amazon Rainforest, Manaus, Brazil

Ecologia da Floresta Amazonica

The 25th edition of the famous Ecology of the Amazon Rainforest Field Course (Ecologia da Floresta Amazônica – EFA) is taking place in Manaus, in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon from November 10th to December 9th 2016. Applications are open from May 11th to July 31st 2016.  In Portuguese. More Info:

Training in tracks identification (Brazil)

Jaguar track. Photo: Renata Leite Pitman.

Jaguar track. Photo: Renata Leite Pitman.

From April 21 to 25th, 2016 -Orla do lago da UHE Manso, borda Oeste da Chapada dos Guimarães MT, Brazil.

Learn how to identify mammal tracks with the recognized author and biologist Julio Dalponte. In Portuguese.  To apply:

Training in taxonomy and collection management & access to collections in Belgium

training museum belgin

The Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences is the country’s focal point for the Global Taxonomy Initiative (GTI). Qualified individuals from developing countries supported by Belgian Development Cooperation can apply for study visits in Belgium to train in taxonomic projects and biodiversity assessment projects that have strong taxonomic components. The call is restricted to trainees who benefited from the GTI support in 2014 and/or 2015. The application deadline is 27 February 2016.

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Data Analysis in Ecology: Statistics for Field Biologists and Ecologists

This is a final call for the ten week online short course Data Analysis in Ecology: Statistics for Field Biologists and Ecologists at the University of Oxford starting  24 February 2016.

 Application and enrollment deadline: 10 February 2016

 The course provides a thorough introduction to the statistical principles and methods encountered by ecologists, and covers training in QED Statistics and R.  The cost of QED statistics is included in the course fee, please visit our website for IT Requirements.

 The course will be of value to practitioners, students and researchers across ecology and the environmental sciences that are seeking the skills and knowledge to undertake effective ecological surveys from planning stages through to delivery and reporting.  A special student rate is available for currently registered graduate students, further information is available on our website.

 Visit for further information and how to apply, or contact the course team on and +44 (0)1865 2869523.

AGU Conference on Emerging Issues in Tropical Ecohydrology (Cuenca, Ecuador).

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) organizes small, topical meetings designed to permit in-depth exploration of specialized subjects in a manner not possible at large meetings (AGU Chapman Conference). The AGU Chapman Conference program has encouraged innovative research for over 35 years.

The AGU Conference on Emerging Issues in Tropical Ecohydrology will be held 5-9 June in Cuenca, Ecuador. One day will be devoted to a field trip and three days to oral and poster sessions. Invited speakers will be a mix of both new and more experienced scientists, with an emphasis on those who live and work in tropical regions. During the session dates, time will be allotted in the afternoons for informal group discussions and other interactions.

The conference themes will be cross-cutting and relevant to all the disciplines represented by participants. The specific half-day sessions are:

Session 1: Linking Ecohydrology and Ecophysiology in Tropical Systems

Session 2: Scaling Up and Spanning Gradients in Tropical Ecohydrology

Session 3: Transformative Impacts of Climate and Land Use Change on Tropical Ecohydrology

Within these sessions we will address the following themes:

(1) the influence of ecosystem degradation and recovery;

(2) ecohydrological approaches and techniques for linking plant ecophysiological responses with watershed hydrology;

(3) new concepts related to mechanistic assessment of the water balance across scales and across biomes (e.g., distributed modeling);

(4) new techniques for measuring plant- and stream-water fluxes (e.g., stable isotopes, dendrochronology, sapflow, remote sensing, eddy covariance, distributed modeling);

(5) methods for building explicit linkages between ecophysiologists and ecohydrologists.

Conference participants should arrive on Sunday, 5 June in advance of a Welcome Reception being held on that evening.

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STEMSEAS – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Student Experiences Aboard Ships

STEMSEAS aims to provide ship-based, 6-10 day exploratory experiences for undergraduates from diverse backgrounds aboard NSF-funded research vessels. Students will sail with experienced faculty mentors and engage in geoscience and oceanography activities (while also having fun)!


All expenses (travel to/from the ports of call, materials, and living expenses while on the ship) will be paid by the program- there is no cost to participants.


The tentative 2016 schedule is as follows:


May 10-18: Sail on the Oceanus from San Diego, CA to Honolulu, HI.

July 15-20: Sail on the Endeavor from Morehead City, NC, to Gulfport, MS.

August 16-24: Sail on the Sikuliaq from Seattle, WA to Nome, AK.




Application Process

The STEMSEAS 2016 application is now available. To be eligible, you must be 18 or over and enrolled in an accredited 2- or 4-year college or university. The application includes:


  • A completed application form
  • A copy of your latest official or unofficial transcript
  • completed recommendation form from a professor, adviser or employer (current or former)

DEADLINE to apply is 19 February 2016. Notifications will be made approximately one month later.

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NAPIRE (Native American and Pacific Islander Research Experience) in Costa Rica

Program Details

Where: Costa Rica

When: June 7- August 3, 2016

Duration: 8 weeks

Language: English

Deadline: February 15

The NAPIRE program introduces undergraduate students to scientific research by making them responsible for completing a research project. Students are supported to this end by giving them their basic living needs (travel, room and board), guidance by a Research Mentor, Home Mentor and OTS staff, a small budget for supplies, and a venue for presenting the Research results, the NAPIRE Symposium. All this takes place in Costa Rica, in the beautifully conserved biological stations of OTS.

Financial Aid

Tuition, room and Board

The NAPIRE award covers the cost of room, board and travel to and from Costa Rica. Students also receive funds to help cover costs of field equipment and a $4000 stipend.

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Upcoming webinar: From Aristotle to South Park: The ABT Framework as a New Tool for Science Communication.

Randy Olson

Tuesday, December 1, 2:00 p.m. EST

How to communicate complicated science and keep readers engaged? How to engage a broad audience totally disinterested in a scientific topic?  These is the expertise of Randy Olson. Randy Olson, as described in his webpage “was a humble, mild-mannered professor of marine biology at the University of New Hampshire. But then his brain sort of turned inside out and he shifted from scientist to artist. It happened in his first year as a professor. He hit a point where he realized that after fifteen years of telling stories OF science he had grown more interested in telling stories ABOUT science.

Despite his Harvard Ph.D., four years of post-doctoral research in Australia and Florida, and years of diving around the world from the Great Barrier Reef to Antarctica, he tossed it all in, resigned from his tenured professorship and moved to Hollywood to explore film as a medium for communicating science.”

Please join us and register here:


Earth Expeditions graduate courses and Master’s Program from Miami University


Miami University’s Project Dragonfly is accepting applications for its master’s degrees and graduate courses that take place at conservation sites internationally and at U.S. zoos. The deadline to apply to the Global Field Program is January 28, and the deadline to apply to the zoo-based Advanced Inquiry Program is February 28. Learn more at

Earth Expeditions international graduate courses, which are discounted because of support from Miami University, can be taken for stand-alone credit or apply to a master’s degree. Applicants may reside anywhere in the world, regardless of U.S. state or country of residence. Course sites for 2015 include the Amazon, Australia, Baja, Belize, Borneo, Costa Rica, Guyana, Hawai‘i, India, Kenya, Mongolia, Namibia, and Thailand. Learn more at