Monthly Archives: December 2010

Santa’s sack

Santa’s sack is ready and waiting for all your presents in the foyer of B54.


Job Posting: Wildlife Biologist (Mountain Plover Research)

Position: Wildlife Biologist (Mountain Plover Research and Outreach)Agency: Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory

Location: Ft. Collins, CO or Scottsbluff, NE

Job Description:The biologist will be tasked with coordinating and implementing a Mountain Plover conservation program in western Nebraska. The project includes conducting research on Mountain Plover chick survival through banding and radio telemetry. In addition, the biologist will be tasked with conducting outreach to private landowners and engaging them in Mountain Plover conservation programs. The job will include organizing and implementing all of the logistical needs for the research project including hiring and supervising field technicians, collecting and analyzing data and report writing. The outreach efforts will include holding several Kimball County Conservation Cooperative meetings, visiting with individual landowners to increase awareness of Mt. Plover ecology and overseeing the Mt. Plover Nest marking program. The biologist will supervise and have support from a full time technician.

This job will require travel including coordinating the research and outreach efforts centered out of Kimball, Nebraska. It is expected that the biologist will be in the field on a regular basis from April through July. This is a unique opportunity to conduct both wildlife research efforts and cooperative conservation through education, outreach and collaboration. This position is currently funded for at least 19 months but may have longer term funding available through procurement of grants and partnerships.


· MS in Wildlife biology preferred or BS with relevant experience.

· Shorebird banding and radio telemetry experience highly desired.

· Private lands experience: Ability to effectively communicate and cooperate with local agricultural producers is critical.

· Experience supervising and managing a field study.

· Knowledge of Mountain Plover ecology and of flora and fauna of western NE.

· Independent, motivated, self-starter.

· Knowledge of agricultural practices.

· Solid communication skills through writing and public speaking.

· Computer skills, including: Excel, Word, ArcGis, Outlook, Program R, Program MARK

· Understanding of mark-recapture/survival concepts, methods and analyses.

Salary: Commensurate with experience, range ($30,000- $38,000). Benefits provided including, health insurance, sick time, vacation, holidays and retirement plan.

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume and at least 3 references in ONE WORD DOCUMENT titled “lastname-MOUP-Bio application” to

Last Date to Apply: January 16th (Open until filled)

Location is negotiable; Fort Collins, Colorado or Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Field work is non-negotiable; must be willing to work out of temporary housing in Kimball, Nebraska.

Posted by Lindsay

Christmas dinner & Secret Santa

This years Chirstmas dinner will be on the 22nd Dec 12.30 at Bungalows and Bears on Division Street. Hopefully you have recieved an email about it and the menu. If not, please contact Natalie (or Debs) in B54a.

Secret Santa gifts will be exchanged at the meal for those who wish to play.

Please let Natalie know if you want to play Secret Santa (ideally when you let her know what you want to eat). If you cant make the meal you are still very welcome to play Secret Santa.

For those who havent played before we buy a small gift (max cost 5 pound) for someone from the lab. The person recieving the gift is selected by picking a name out of a hat without looking.The gift should be something nice to suit the person you pick or sometimes gifts are a nice fun/joke gift. The names are pulled out of a hat at random and the identity of the person who bought the gift is kept secret.

You can have one “swop” of the name – in case you dont know the person well.

Natalie (or I) will bring the hat of names around on Friday at the latest and the gifts will be handed out by Santa at the xmas meal.


computer viruses- read and act!

Dear All (Stuart Pearce writes)*_All Windows users – Non Managed Desktops._*We are experiencing a significant number of virus problems at present, it is *imperative *that both *Windows updates* are regularly installed and *Anti-Virus software* is installed and kept updated.
Both of these processes are fully automatic when installed and the initial install is fairly painless!*

_Windows Updates_*In Windows XP, if updates are waiting to be installed it shows as a yellow shield in the Notification area or System Tray (bottom right of screen), other Windows versions, Vista and 7, have different symbols. When the mouse pointer is placed over the symbol it will say ‘updates’.

To install you can follow the link below:- From there you do an update check, download the latest updates and turn on Automatic updates if they are not on, so your PC prompts you when they are due.

*_Anti-Virus Software_*

Also ensure that anti-virus software program is up to date and installed, probably the best is Microsoft Essentials available from their website (below). If you already have Anti-virus software that you are happy with just keep it up to date.

Any difficulties please contact me or Steve Fletcher(24713, s.fletcher@shef)

Thanks- Stuart(24720, s.l.pearce@shef)

Terry’s Group meeting tomorrow!

B52, 12 noon

lab move/clean-up Monday 13th 10am-1pm

Hi all- we are having B67 lab removal and general clear-up from 10am-1pm on Monday 13th. The aim of this is to completely clear B67 and to assimilate everyone from there into B71, B73 and office spaces aswell as spruce the lab up 🙂 Can I ask that you all attend- even ‘office’ workers (please don’t plan to do any lab work for that time).

The plan is to

1) clear and clean your own bench/office space.

2) throw away anything that you don’t need.

3) do a  ‘normal clean’ of communal areas plus clearing stuff out of cupboards.

4) lend a hand to move stuff from B67 (any large things we can leave and get help later from John Shutt and maybe store elsewhere).

If you are not going to be here can you let me know and I’ll find you a job to do beforehand 🙂

Thanks in advance,


Next Mol Ecol Lab Group Meeting

Hi all,

our next meeting is this Tuesday, and Isobel and Emily are presenting at 10am in B52.
It’s a meeting for the whole lab, so please attend if you’re in!


384-well PCR blocks

…in preparation for the Tetrad being sent away for mending please remember that we have 2x 384-well blocks that at the moment are a bit under-utilised. If you have a ‘system’ that is already working and you have a lot of samples then this is for you 🙂