martes, marzo 05, 2019

University of California is seeking a postdoctoral scholar to carry out research on a NSF-funded

The Department of Earth Sciences at the University of California at Santa Barbara is seeking a postdoctoral scholar to carry out research on a NSF-funded project: "Using organic carbon isotopes of single microfossils to illuminate Proterozoic eukaryotic ecosystems ”. The project will be carried out at UCSB, Syracuse University, and Williams College.

Basic Qualifications: Applicants must have completed all requirements for a PhD (or equivalent) except the dissertation at the time of application.

Additional Qualifications: 1 year PhD research experience in stable isotope geochemistry and/or micropaleontology. PhD conferral at the time of appointment required.

Preferred Qualifications: Research interest and experience in studying isotopes, the habitats and metabolisms of early eukaryotes, and microfossil picking. Be able to analyze bulk, kerogen, and fossil samples that span the history of Proterozoic eukaryotes. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to work independently, under direction and also collaboratively within a multidisciplinary research teams.

Important details: The fellowship is for 2 years and also includes funds for travel to conferences. For primary consideration apply by April 15, 2019. Open until filled. Position is expected to begin on August 1, 2019. 


To apply, please upload a cover letter, CV, Research Background and Interest Letter, no more than three publications (optional), and contact information for three references to: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF01469. Email Susannah Porter at porter@geol.ucsb.edu for any questions related to the position.

Project details: Recent advances in NanoEA-IRMS now allow us to reliably measure the carbon isotopic composition of a single organic microfossil and compare that value to the bulk δ13C. We seek to use this new technique to explore how organic carbon isotopes can illuminate two persistent unknowns in the Proterozoic Earth-life system: What were the habitats and metabolisms of early eukaryotes? What can single microfossil δ13C reveal about the controls on bulk δ13Corg in the Proterozoic stratigraphic record? We will approach these questions by analyzing bulk, kerogen, and fossil δ13Corg samples from four fossiliferous units that span the history of Proterozoic eukaryotes. The Postdoctoral Fellow will lead the research efforts, overseen by all three PIs. They will be responsible for macerating fossiliferous samples and microfossil picking, and will run many of the δ13Corg analyses (at Syracuse University). They will be a primary participant in data analysis and interpretation, manuscript preparation, and research dissemination. They will also help the PIs develop educational initiatives, and mentor undergraduate research assistants from Williams, Syracuse, and/or UCSB.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position.

miércoles, febrero 27, 2019

Are you interested in outreach and education in paleontology?

Are you interested in outreach and education in paleontology?

The Paleontological Society offers outreach and education grants to support activities involving educational outreach and community engagement in paleontology.

Potentially fundable projects include (but are not limited to):
- opportunities for undergraduates to become involved in paleontological outreach
- development of new educational “apps” or technologies
- production of educational materials that could be distributed more widely
- field trips to fossil sites and/or museums for teachers and pre-college students
- educator training and curriculum development
- participation in local community initiatives
- development of educational materials for classroom use
- website or other online material development

Amount of grant
Up to $2,500 per grant

Deadline
Friday March 2, 2019

To learn more, please see:
http://paleosoc.org/grants-and-awards/paleontological-society-outreach-and-education-grant/

Questions?
Please email Rowan Lockwood (rxlock@wm.edu) rather than replying to Paleonet.

martes, febrero 26, 2019

9th interdisciplinary course SCIENCE & PAST

The Environmental Sciences Institute (IUCA) of the University of Zaragoza is organizing the 9th interdisciplinary course SCIENCE & PAST, to be held in Zaragoza (Spain) on March 13-15, 2019.
 

This edition "Science and Past: Studying and Preserving Organic and Biomaterial Heritage" is focused on the development and use of scientific techniques in order to extract archaeological, historical and conservation information from organic and biomaterials belonging to our cultural heritage. In this edition, special focus will be given on understand and preserve these type of materials through an in-depth scientific approach.

The lectures are addressed to students, researchers and professionals in chemistry, physics, geology, biology, archaeology, conservation science, palaeontology, etc., to acquire a solid knowledge on the state of art of this topic, applied to the study, safeguarding, conservation and authentication of material heritage.

DOWNLOAD PROGRAM (FINAL PROGRAM)


REGISTRATION
Please use this on-line registration form for the registration

Registration fees:
Early registration (until February 27th, 2019): 80 € students; 150 € seniors.
Late registration (from February 28th, 2019): 100 € students; 200 € seniors.

Students form the University or Zaragoza: 20 €

More information: http://iuca.unizar.es/noticia/science-and-past-studying-and-preserving-organic-and-biomaterial-heritage/

jueves, febrero 21, 2019

Timefulness. Now thinking like a geologist can help save de world

Un libro para leer que nos recomienda la aragosaurera Gloria Cuenca Leer las rocas, leer el tiempo, cómo pensar como un geólogo puede ayudar a salvar la sociedad, la economía y la cultura humanas. De la autora Marcia Bjornerud. En inglés Timefulness. Now thinking like a geologist can help save de world.

Esta profesora de geología y estudios ambientales de la universidad de Lawrence, en Wisconsin, Estados Unidos, es la autora de varios libros sobre cómo la geología puede ayudar a leer el paisaje, entendiendo lo que nos “dicen” las rocas.


Sus libros, bien conocidos por el público de lengua inglesa,
•    El planeta azul: una introducción a la ciencia del sistema de la Tierra,
•    el libro de divulgación de las ciencias de la tierra: Leyendo las Rocas, la autobiografía de la Tierra (Reading the Rocks: The Autobiography of the Earth)
•    y el libro recientemente publicado, Tiempo (Timefulness): Cómo pensar como un geólogo puede ayudar a salvar el mundo.


Todavía no he tenido el placer de leer los dos primeros; el tercero sí. Y he descubierto que es una joya que ayuda a entender el papel de las ciencias ambientales, el papel de la vida y la profundidad del tiempo en nuestro planeta.
El principal objetivo de la autora es transmitir a los lectores que conocer los ritmos temporales de la tierra es importante para nuestra supervivencia planetaria.


Pero reconoce la autora que la geología sufre de una falta de comprensión por el público general que generalmente la asocia a museos polvorientos o a voraces mineros y petroleros. Para ella la geología es una ciencia intelectual, activa, dinámica, vibrante, que nos capacita a enfocar y desenfocar la escala del tiempo para ver paisajes desaparecidos y el corazón de la tierra que nunca podrán ser vistos directamente.


La autora asegura que la tierra nos habla desde cada roca, cada montaña, cada ser, cada ecosistema, desde el ser invisible del nanocosmos a los grandes vertebrados como somos nosotros. La esencia de la vida está en nuestro planeta y descubrirla es descubrirnos a nosotros mismos. Tenemos que comenzar a pensar dice la profesora Bjornerud, como una montaña, tomando conciencia desde su formación a todo el complejo de seres que la habitan y que acabarán por erosionarla y desgastarla y formar parte de otras montañas.


El futuro está en pensar como un geólogo. Pero no pensando que somos los seres que llegaron en el último minuto sino como seres que tienen sus profundas raíces en el árbol de la vida. Pensar como un geólogo puede ayudar a salvar el futuro de la sociedad, la economía y la cultura humanas porque el pensamiento a largo plazo que nos revela el conocimiento y el estudio de la tierra es necesario para aprender a planificar a largo plazo y tener argumentos para protestar ante el cortoplacismo al que estamos sometidos en este momento por inversores, jugadores de bolsa, votantes e intereses corporativos.


 Se puede conseguir en Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Timefulness-Thinking-Like-Geologist-World/dp/0691181209

lunes, febrero 11, 2019

grants annually for small-scale research projects in the field of systematics

The Councils of the Linnean Society (https://www.linnean.org/) and the Systematics Association (http://www.systass.org/) jointly administer the Systematics Research Fund (SRF) that provides grants annually for small-scale research projects in the field of systematics.

Typical activities supported include contributions to fieldwork expenditure, the purchase of scientific equipment or expertise (e.g. buying time on analytical equipment), specimen preparation (including the cost of temporary technical assistance), and contributions to publication costs. However, please note that it is unable to fund the cost of article publication charges. Projects of a more general or educational nature will also be considered, provided that they include a strong systematics component. Typical activities not supported include attendance at scientific meetings and contributions to student maintenance or tuition fees. The fund does not provide payments for Bench Fees. Projects already substantially funded by other bodies may be disadvantaged. Applications of all nationalities are welcome but applicants must be a current member of the Systematics Association or Linnean Society of London.

Successful projects are selected by a panel of systematists who represent a wide range of conceptual interests and taxonomic groups. Generally, applications in the range of £500-£1000 are preferred, the value of any single award will not exceed £1500.

Deadline: 20 February 2019
More information on SRF on the Systematics Association webpage: http://systass.org/grants-and-awards/srf/

Questions about the application procedure can also be sent to the SRF Administrator
(srf@systass.org)

jueves, febrero 07, 2019

ADN antiguo proporciona información sobre la evolución de los pingüinos y desvela dos nuevos taxones de pingüinos extintos

El aragosaurero Pere Bover ha participado en el estudio publicado recientemente en la revista Molecular Biology and Evolution, sobre el análisis de genomas mitocondriales de pingüinos actuales y extintos. 
 
El estudio, liderado por Theresa L. Cole de la University of Otago y Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research de Nueva Zelanda y al que han contribuido diversos investigadores de otros paises como Nueva Zelanda, Australia, Estados Unidos, Reino Unido, Sudáfrica, Dinamarca, España y China, ha usado secuencias mitocondriales para realizar el análisis de las relaciones filogenéticas de este grupo de aves. Su estudio ha permitido demostrar que algunas especies de pingüinos aparecieron poco después de la formación geológica de las islas que habitan, incluyendo las Islas Antípodas y Chatham, Isla Macquarie, Isla de Gough y las Islas Galápagos.

Este estudio, el cual incluye la secuenciación de ADN y el análisis morfológico de cientos de huesos prehistóricos de Nueva Zelanda, también ha permitido confirmar la presencia de una especie única, ahora extinguida, de pingüino crestado en las Islas Chatham hasta hace unos pocos siglos. Además, también proporcionó un resultado sorprendente, el del descubrimiento de una subespecie desconocida hasta la fecha de pingüino ojigualdo de pequeño tamaño que habitó estas mismas islas. 

Ambos taxones (Eudyptes warhami y Megadyptes antipodes richdalei) habitaron las Islas Chatham hasta hace solo unos pocos cientos de años y se extinguieron después de la llegada humana a estas islas.

Link al artículo: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/molbev/msz017

Autor del dibujo: Sean Murtha. Eudyptes warhami en primer plano, con Megadyptes antipodes richdalei en el fondo.

miércoles, febrero 06, 2019

2019 John W. Wells Grant-in-Aid of Research

The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) invites applications from graduate students and post-doctoral researchers for the 2019 John W. Wells Grants-in-Aid of Research Program to support collections based research in any field of paleontology. The program awards grants of up to $500 to visit PRI’s collections.  Please note that the 2019 application deadline has been extended until March 15, 2019.

This grant honors John W. Wells (1907 – 1994), past President of the PRI Board of Trustees, a long-time geology faculty member at Cornell University, and one of the world’s leading authorities on fossil and living corals.
PRI houses one of the largest collections of invertebrate fossils in North America, with particular strengths in Cenozoic mollusks from the Western Hemisphere, and marine invertebrates of the northeastern U.S., especially the Devonian of central New York.


 Applications should include a brief (one page) description of the research project, a budget justification and a letter of recommendation.
 Application deadline is March 15, 2019.


 Please e-mail your application material to Dr. Gregory P. Dietl, Curator of Cenozoic Invertebrates at gpd3@cornell.edu

viernes, febrero 01, 2019

Burke Museum – Paleontology & Geology Collections Manager (Program Operations Specialist)

The University of Washington Burke Museum invites applications for the full-time position of collections manager of paleontology and geology. The Burke Museum, located on the university campus in Seattle, is a repository for research collections and has substantial exhibit and K-16 outreach programs. Fossil collections at the Burke Museum are actively growing and include over three million specimens distributed in several subdisciplines: vertebrate paleontology, paleobotany (including pollen and phytoliths), invertebrate paleontology, and micropaleontology. A smaller collection of minerals and meteorites is also part of the divisional holdings. Currently, the fossil collections are managed by four half-time faculty curators, one full-time fossil lab manager, and one collections manager. The volume of the collection exceeds proportionally the number of individuals tasked with managing both the specimens and the accompanying digital resources.

This position must support diverse paleontogy collections, to include vertebrate paleontology, invertebrate paleontology, paleobotany,micropaleontology, and geology, on and off-site. Each collection must be managed appropriately, and each set of data is housed in a different database file. There is much work to be done to bring all of the collections under the appropriate level of care and organization, as the use of the collections for research is determined by their accessibility both digitally and tangibly.

Basic Functions:
The successful candidate will assist the curators in day-to-day collections operations. Specific responsibilities include:

Management and Maintenance of Collections:  75%
Growth of the Collections:  10%
Public Outreach:  15%

Required Qualifications:
·         Masters Degree in Paleobiology or related field
·         Four to five years related work experience
·         Proficient experience with computer databases and online access of natural history collections

Desired Qualifications:
·         PhD in Paleobiology or related field
·         Experience with GPS mapping and GIS technology
·         Experience with MySQL or related relational database systems
·         Experience writing funded grant proposals

Conditions of Employment:
·         Work in a lab that is visible to the public; work weekends as scheduled

Application Process:
The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.

Here is the link: https://uwhires.admin.washington.edu/eng/candidates/?szLocationID=88&_ga=2.164298237.337529311.1548776092-1503876941.1514918516