#EESpublishes: Proff Peter Groffman on Nitrogen oligotrophication in northern hardwood forests

Professor Peter Groffman of ASRC, Brooklyn College, and EES has first-authored a paper in Biogeochemistry entitled “ Nitrogen oligotrophication in northern hardwood forests”.  


While much research over the past 30 years has focused on the deleterious effects of excess N on forests and associated aquatic ecosystems, recent declines in atmospheric N deposition and unexplained declines in N export from these ecosystems have raised new concerns about N oligotrophication, limitations of forest productivity, and the capacity for forests to respond dynamically to disturbance and environmental change. Here we show multiple data streams from long-term ecological research at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire, USA suggesting that N oligotrophication in forest soils is driven by increased carbon flow from the atmosphere through soils that stimulates microbial immobilization of N and decreases available N for plants. Decreased available N in soils can result in increased N resorption by trees, which reduces litterfall N input to soils, further limiting available N supply and leading to further declines in soil N availability. Moreover, N oligotrophication has been likely exacerbated by changes in climate that increase the length of the growing season and decrease production of available N by mineralization during both winter and spring. These results suggest a need to re-evaluate the nature and extent of N cycling in temperate forests and assess how changing conditions will influence forest ecosystem response to multiple, dynamic stresses of global environmental change.

Geography Professorship at @UOFIGSS

The University of Iowa, Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences Visiting Assistant Professor The University of Iowa Department of Geographical & Sustainability Sciences invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor position for academic year 2018/2019. We seek
candidates with the ability to teach introductory physical geography and introductory climatology. Additional course assignments will depend on the candidate’s expertise and will be consistent with the programmatic needs of the department. Courses in one or more of the following areas are of particular interest: wetlands, landscape ecology, water resources, sustainability, and environmental impact assessment. The ability to teach both lower and upper
division courses is desirable, with a normal load of three courses per semester. The appointment will begin in August 2018 with a possible one year extension depending on funding and need. A PhD or equivalent terminal degree in Geography or related field is required at the time of appointment.
Candidates must submit applications online at http://jobs.uiowa.edu/ (requisition # 72753). The submitted application materials should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching interest, evidence of teaching ability and three letters of recommendation. Screening of
applications begins June 15, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding this position can be directed to Dr. Marc Linderman (marc-linderman@uiowa.edu).
The Department and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences are strongly committed to diversity; the strategic plans of the University and College reflect this commitment. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

EES prof Dr. Nazrul Khandaker honored with the GSA’s Distinguished Service Award for 2018

The Council of the Geological Society of America named EES professor, Dr. Nazrul Khandaker, as one of the GSA’s Distinguished Service Award recipients for 2018. GSA’s Distinguished Service Award was established by the GSA Council to acknowledge exceptional service to the Society. The award will be presented at the Presidential Address and Awards Ceremony, on Sunday, 4 November, during the 2018 GSA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Professor Khandaker has been with the GSA since 1986 and served in various capacities including chair of the Minorities and Women in the Geosciences Committee, International Interdisciplinary Interest Group, member-at-large: GSA Education Division, and coordinator: First-Joint International Meeting between the Geological Society of America and China, held in Chengdu, Sichuan Province in 2013.

Plant Scientists needs at Brooklyn Navy Yard

A Brooklyn Navy Yard-based business is looking for an outstanding  Lead Plant Scientist  and Plant Scientist whom will combine superb technical, research and analytical capabilities with a demonstrated ability to get the right things done quickly and effectively. An ability to embrace uncertainty and continued learning is vital to this role. These individuals will be leading experiment execution and analysis to improve crop quality in our indoor farming systems.



CUNY Cultural Corps Needs More Grad Students! Deadline May 28th

Attention current CUNY Graduate Students:

CUNY Cultural Corps has extended our application deadline for the 2018-19 Academic Year just for you! *The application can only be accessed through this email. Please read more details about the program below and on our website.

  • Currently enrolled students at any CUNY college interested in gaining professional experience in the arts and culture sector will participate in a 21-week part-time work experience over their fall and spring semesters.
    • Students work in different types of departments, which is why our program is open to all degrees. Corps members in the past have worked in: Development, Marketing, Finance, Operations, Education, Curatorial, Programs, and more.
    • Students will receive a wage of $15/hour and work 12 hours per week.
    • Prior to starting at their site, students will complete a pre-program professional development training and throughout the year will participate in a cultural enrichment activities.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be working towards a degree at a CUNY college (Community College, Senior College, or Graduate School)
  • Be registered for at least 6 credits while enrolled in the program
  • Have a cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 2.5
  • Have addressed any remedial education needs prior to beginning Fall 2018 classes
  • Be available to work part-time (12 hours/week) during semester(s) a part of program
  • Have the proper work authorization required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

We have set Memorial Day (May 28th) as the deadline for you to submit your application and recommendations. All applications must be completed online here.

Lecturer in Women’s and Gender Studies at @IowaStateU

The Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) Program at Iowa State University invites applicants for a lecturer position with primary responsibilities in teaching. Teaching interests might include, but are not limited to: critical race feminisms, transnational feminisms, queer theory, and/or environmental feminisms.
The successful applicant will instruct a variety of courses related to WGS based on the needs of the program, and possibly one undergraduate or graduate course in the candidate’s area of expertise. This position may teach face-to-face or online sections of courses, as needed.

The Women’s and Gender Studies Program is centered on teaching, research, and outreach to the university campus, local community, and broader areas of society. The Program has a dynamic undergraduate program with a major and minor and a graduate minor and is located in the college of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The curriculum includes three areas of emphasis; 1) Communication and Cultural Representations, 2) Identities and Sexualities, and 3) Leadership and Social Justice. Additional information about the program is available at www.womensgenderstudies.iastate.edu .

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NOFO- Natural Resource Stewardship Communication due 5/25

Funding Opportunity: The goals of the Natural Resource Stewardship Communication grant are: better understanding of audience beliefs, attitudes, opinions, and motivations related to non-compliant behavior; better understanding of what communication approaches would work for non-compliant behavior, and; increased ability for managers to develop messages and communication strategies that benefit resource stewardship and visitor experience.

Agency Name: National Park Service
Description: In accordance with 54 U.S.C. § 100703, Cooperative Study Units, this funding opportunity is limited to public or private educational institutions that are part of the Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units Network.

Grantor Contact Information: If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:  Steve Livingston, Contract Specialist, Phone 303-969-2690, steve_livingston@nps.gov

Application Due Date: May 25th, 2018, 5:00 PM, Time Zone – MT An applicant’s failure to meet an eligibility criterion by the time of the application deadline will result in the application being excluded from consideration. This includes but is not limited to late and incomplete application packages.  

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#EESPublishes: EES teams up with City agencies to find long term affordable solution to urban garden soil pollution

PhD student Sara Perl Egendorf and research Advisor Professor Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng from the Brooklyn College Urban Soils Lab, the New York City Urban Soils Institute and the CUNY Graduate Center PhD Program in Earth and Environmental Sciences were lead authors of an article just published in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning, along with Dr. Peter Groffman from Brooklyn College and the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center, PhD candidate Anna Paltseva, post-doctoral researcher Maha Deeb, undergraduate student Victor Flores, Dr. Daniel Walsh from the Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation, and Dr. Howard Mielke from Tulane University . Egendorf and Cheng were also co-authors of a related article just published in the Journal of Environmental Management.  The pair of articles presents a practical solution that can help remove the health risk from exposure to contaminants (such as lead) in garden soils. This is a collaboration between Brooklyn College, the Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation, GreenThumb (part of the Department of Parks and Recreation), and community organizations such as the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust, the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, East New York Farms!, Sterling Community Garden, East 43rd St. Block Association Garden,as well as many individual gardeners. Egendorf’s MS Thesis research at Brooklyn College studied nine raised bed vegetable plots filled with soil mixes composed of variable proportions of pristine Clean Soil Bank sediments and compost material. The team found that the mixed soil can produce sufficient yield of chemically safe vegetables. This engineered clean soil also serves as a barrier to contaminants commonly present in urban garden soils. The use of Clean Soil Bank sediments and compost is a beneficial use of waste material that has historically been transported to landfills. The City has large volumes of clean sediments and compost available. The mixed engineered soil can be a long term and affordable solution to urban soil pollution, one that promotes the many benefits of urban green spaces and gardening. The collaborative method of soil construction and distribution being created here is the first of its kind, and this model is applicable to many other cities around the world.




Data analysis and visualization job at NYC DOT

Job ID: 336960 

# of Positions: 

Business Title: Asset Management Coordinator


Title Code No: 56058 

Level: 00 

Title Classification: Non-Competitive 

Job Category: Communications & Intergovernmental Affairs 

Proposed Salary Range: $ 50,362.00 – $ 78,177.00 (Annual) 

Career Level: Entry-Level 

Work Location: 55 Water St Ny Ny 

Division/Work Unit: Financial Management &Analysis 

Job Description 

The Performance and Asset Management unit is seeking to hire Asset Management Coordinator to assist with the Asset Management team with its data analysis and visualization needs. The Asset Management team supports the agency’s efforts to maintain a safe, resilient and sustainable transportation network that serves the mobility needs of New Yorkers, in particular as it relates to such critical initiatives as Open Data, the Pedestrian Ramp Program, Vision Zero, Great Streets, and OneNYC sustainability and resiliency goals, initiated by The Mayor to address the community needs and concerns for improving the city livability standards.

Reporting to the Deputy Director for Data/Asset Management, the successful candidate will be responsible for the planning, implementation, and coordination of a database inventory of agency assets used to prepare evaluation reports; performing data analysis and data visualization; reviewing program plans, funding and performance, and contributing to the recommendation for policies and procedures.  As such, this role includes the creation of maps, statistical analysis of data, automation of workflows for repetitive tasks, and the creation of metadata and data dictionaries.

In addition, the successful candidate will also develop an understanding of current processes in order to identify problems, determine root causes, and make recommendations for improvements. The preferred candidate must demonstrate strong analytical, communication, and presentation skills; a willingness to increase skill set; and the ability to work in a collaborative, creative, and results-oriented environment and demonstrate flexibility and diplomacy in dealing with and conveying information to agency personnel at all levels. 

Minimum Qual Requirements 

1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and two years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to the duties described above; or

2. High school graduation or equivalent and six years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to the duties as described above; or

3. Education and/or experience which is equivalent to “1” or “2” above. However, all candidates must have at least one year of experience as described in “1” above. 

Preferred Skills 

Ability to learn quickly and independently, think creatively, and increase efficiency of workflow.

Advanced computer skills are preferred. 

To Apply 

All resumes to be submitted electronically using one of the following methods:

Please go to www.nyc.gov/careers/search and search for the Job ID#336960.

Current City employees please log on into Employees Self Service follow the Careers Link and search for the Job ID#336960.

Most Public Libraries have computers available for use.

No phone calls, faxes or personnel inquiries permitted.

Only applicants under consideration will be contacted.

Appointments are subject to Mayors Office of Management and Budget approval.

For more information visit www.nyc.dot.gov 


Office Hours: 9AM-5PM 

Work Location 

55 Water St Ny Ny 

Residency Requirement 

New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview. 


Call for Participants Prelude to The Shed: Schema for a School

Application deadline: Mar 31, 2018

The Shed, New York’s new multi-arts center designed to commission, produce, and present all types of performing arts, visual arts, and popular culture will open in Spring 2019. Committed to commissioning new work by a range of artists, their building features versatile spaces for the broadest range of performance, music, visual art, multi-disciplinary work, events, and a free experimental lab for local artists and collectives. Before the building opens, The Shed is producing and presenting a series of new works and community engagement programs throughout New York City.

The Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY is delighted to be working together with The Shed and with artist Asad Raza on a call for participants to collaborate on an artwork/experiment Schema for a School, an experimental school program that aims to enact new models for teaching and learning, available by individual application for CUNY Graduate Center students and others from institutions across the city region. For more information about this opportunity, program, and to apply, please click here. Deadline for completed online application is March, 31, 2018.

The organizers are looking to assemble a diverse group of motivated students. Students are expected to be absolutely reliable in their attendance: anyone unsure about their ability to commit to the times and dates stated on the application form should not apply. We are able to offer each successful CUNY Graduate Center student an additional stipend of $300 to help cover expenses, e.g. Metrocard, occasional meals, or to make up for missed tutoring sessions or other part-time work that might need to be put on hold while attending/supplementing Schema for a School. The capacity of the experimental school is approximately 22 students. If you are accepted to participate then please contact Cara Jordan at the Center for the Humanities to arrange reimbursement, or for questions or further information about this opportunity at: cjordan@gradcenter.cuny.edu.

The Center for the Humanities
The Graduate Center, CUNY

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