Position Title: Research Landscape Ecologist
- Location: Delaware, Ohio
- Closing Date: On or about August 18th-- official closing posted with upcoming vacancy announcement
- Position Description: The scientist is a research landscape ecologist at the Northern Research Station (NRS) Research Work Unit NRS-06, Climate, Fire, and Carbon Cycle Sciences, stationed at the Forestry Sciences Laboratory, Delaware, Ohio. The work unit’s research falls into three main topic areas: climate change research, fire research, and carbon cycle research. As a unit we embrace and value diverse perspectives that reflect our broad array of talented scientists that make up our supportive community. The scientist focuses on research in the areas of climate vulnerability and adaptation and is integral to the Landscape Change Research Group within the unit. This group is responsible for the research, development, and delivery of the nationally and internationally recognized Climate Change Atlas, which documents the current and possible future distribution of 125+ tree species and 140+ bird species in the Eastern United States under climate change emission scenarios. The group also works closely with colleagues in the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS), providing research products relevant to management and fostered through the adaptation coordinators of NIACS. The research scientist takes a landscape approach to characterizing ecological processes and stresses, as well as ecosystem management practices and anthropogenic perturbations. This broad-scale characterization is applied at multiple temporal and spatial scales using a variety of techniques to elucidate and model complex systems. Together, these techniques address how a changing climate may affect forest ecosystems, with cascading effects on wildlife populations. Working across scales helps reveal how landscape patterns influence ecological processes and species diversity, producing results that are directly relevant to existing and proposed management practices. This position is permanent, full-time, and is eligible for flexible work arrangements, but it is not a virtual position. Government housing is not available.
- How to Apply: Respond to the pre-announcement at the following link to be put on a list to receive the upcoming vacancy announcement: https://fsoutreach.gdcii.com/?id=E232CD1C243546038A7DD71A9B4E996E
- Salary: $80,208-$95,377 commensurate with experience
- Duration of Appointment: Permanent
- Qualifications Required: PhD in landscape ecology or a related field, and extensive experience modeling species responses to climate change. A critical requirement of this position is a broad-based and integrative knowledge of plant ecology, wildlife ecology, biogeography, forestry, and statistics, including spatial statistics, and a working knowledge of related disciplines of plant physiology, soils, meteorology, geography, geology, and social sciences. Exceptional resourcefulness and initiative is required to identify promising avenues of research to ensure the impacts of the research results are fully realized. Also required is a high degree of creativity and the ability to test, develop, and extend the fundamental understanding of species distribution patterns and traits that drive ecological processes, derived from a transdisciplinary knowledge that can draw from multiple scientific disciplines. The scientist must formulate novel technical aspects of the assignment because there are current gaps in understanding, and because many modeling and data synthesis methodologies are not applicable or are of limited utility, when integrating among multiple disciplines. As a landscape ecologist, much of the scientist's research is in geographic information systems, remote sensing, spatially explicit models, and spatial statistics in conjunction with new streams of data, such as citizen science, open access, and other internet-available datasets becoming available for large geographic extents.
- For More Information: Visit the outreach pre-announcement at https://fsoutreach.gdcii.com/?id=E232CD1C243546038A7DD71A9B4E996E, or contact Erik Lilleskov (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Position Title: USGS Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
- Location: Lakewood, Colorado, USA
- Closing Date: July 31, 2021
- Position Description: USGS Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship to research advanced methods for simulating wildfire behavior, burn severity, and post-fire impacts on ecological and hydrological systems. The United States Geological Survey is recruiting a post-doctoral scientist for a multi-disciplinary project focused on (1) evaluating and synthesizing methods, approaches, and projects related to burn severity mapping and prediction, (2) improving burn severity modeling using statistical, machine learning, and/or mechanistic modeling approaches, (3) linking burn severity modeling efforts to ongoing work with computational fluid dynamics fire models, and (4) using results to inform decision making. The post-doc will participate in framing and performing analyses and authoring and presenting results of research. The project supports ongoing research and offers opportunities to collaborate with a broader community of investigators and decision-makers through the USGS Core Science Systems, Ecosystems, Natural Hazards, and Water Resources Mission Areas. Funding for the fellowship is for one year and is subject to renewal up to 3 additional years depending on available funding. Remuneration is US$ ~$84,000, plus benefits. The post-doc will work with project co-leads Todd Hawbaker (USGS Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center), Rachel Loehman (Alaska Science Center), and Paul Steblein (USGS Fire Science Coordinator). The research fellow’s duty station is the Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center, located in Lakewood, CO.
- How to Apply: To apply, please prepare a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts, and contact information for three references and send them to email@example.com via email with the subject line “Fire Modeling Post-Doc.” In the cover letter, please explain your interest in the position and relevant experience, as well as citizenship status. For eligibility requirements, see (https://www.usgs.gov/about/organization/science-support/human-capital/usgs-postdoctoral-research-fellowship-program). The successful applicant will develop a research proposal in collaboration with the research team as a requirement of the hiring process. Application will be accepted until July 31st or the position is filled.
- Salary: $84,960
- Duration of Appointment: 1-4 years
- Qualifications Required: Applicants should possess strong understanding of the drivers and controls of vegetation/fuel production, fuel flammability, fire behavior in ecosystems of the western US, and how land management practices influence them. Experience with geospatial methods/GIS skills is also necessary, as is advanced statistical expertise. Python and/or R programming skills; knowledge of C, C++, and/or Fortran programming is a strong plus for model development and integration.
- For More Information: https://www.usgs.gov/special-topic/fire
Position Title: MA/ MS / PhD Geography and Environmental Sustainability
- Location: Norman, OK
- Closing Date: September 1, 2021
- Position Description: The Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma is currently recruiting MA, MS and PhD students for Spring 2022. Competitive funding packages are available and include tuition waiver, stipend and health insurance.
- What we do and what we are looking for: With nearly two dozen faculty and more than 50 graduate students, expertise on the physical and humanized earth runs the gamut from technical and field-based science to critical-theoretical and geohumanities perspectives.
- Here’s some of what we do: applied climatology; biogeography; climate change and variability; conservation biology; cultural geography; geopolitics; geospatial analysis; GIS; green community entrepreneurship; historical geography; human health geography; hydrology and watershed processes; Indigenous geographies; LULC change modeling; media geographies; natural hazards; political geography and political ecology; remote sensing; renewable energy; socio-ecological systems; socio-technical systems; sustainability of energy and water systems; time geography and animal movements; transportation geography; urban sustainability, planning and studies; and water resources.
- How to Apply: Email professor of interest directly to discuss
- Salary: Depends
- Duration of Appointment: 2 / 4 years
- Qualifications Required: For spring 2022 we are particularly looking for: students who have experience and interest doing geospatial analysis using any of the following tools and languages: Python, R/RStudio, ArcGIS Pro, QGIS, Open Refine, PostGIS, Google Earth Engine or OpenDroneMap.
- For More Information: https://www.ou.edu/ags/geography/degree-programs/graduate-program
Position Title: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Subalpine Fir Decline
- Location: Corvallis, Oregon
- Closing Date: July 30, 2021
- Position Description: USFS Office/Lab and Location: A research opportunity is available with the US Forest Service (USFS), Pacific Northwest Research Station located in Corvallis, Oregon. The Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station is a leader in the scientific study of natural resources. We generate and communicate impartial knowledge to help people understand and make informed choices about natural resource management and sustainability. The Station has 11 laboratories and research centers in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington, as well as 12 active experimental forests, ranges, and watersheds. The PNW Research Station is an integral component of USDA Forest Service Research and Development (R&D), which is the most extensive natural resources research organization in the world. Forest Service R&D is comprised of five regional research stations, the Forest Products Laboratory, and the International Institute of Tropical Forestry. For more information about the PNW Research Station, go to https://www.fs.usda.gov/pnw/
- Research Project: The Fellow will collaborate with a team of PNW Research Station scientists (Harold Zald, David Bell, and Andrew Gray) to develop a understanding of the status, trends, and vulnerability of subalpine fir (Abies lasiocarpa) forests in the western U.S. Due to their distribution at high elevations and low use for extractive ecosystem services, the status and trends in subalpine fir have received less attention compared to more commercially valuable and accessible species. However, subalpine fir provides critical regulatory and supporting services in high elevation subalpine ecosystems. Recent evidence suggests subalpine fir is experiencing high levels of mortality, but the drivers of this mortality remain unclear. Additionally, climate change is expected to increase temperatures in high elevation ecosystems, increasing the vulnerability of subalpine fir to the invasive balsam wooly adelgid (Adelges piceae) whose expansion into fir forests of western North America is currently believed to be thermally limited. Since the adelgid’s distribution is currently restricted by cold winter temperatures, subalpine fire exposure to the insect may increase as climate warms. The fellow will collaborate with the PNW Research Station team listed above to 1) assess the current status and trends of subalpine fir in the continental U.S. (CONUS) using field data from the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program, 2) quantify disturbance history within CONUS subalpine fir forests using satellite times series imagery and other geospatial data, and 3) develop a vulnerability assessment of subalpine fir forests in the CONUS to balsam wooly adelgid in the context of climate change.
- Learning Objectives: The participant will learn advanced techniques in analysis of the FIA database, satellite imagery, and climate data to understand the recent status and trends, drivers of decline, and potential vulnerability to future decline of subalpine fir forests of the western U.S. These techniques may include:
- Query and statistical analysis of the FIA database to determine recent status and trends in subalpine fir, and what environmental and biological factors are related to observed subalpine fir mortality.
- Geospatial processing and time series analysis of the Landsat time series and aerial detection surveys in Google Earth Engine (GEE) to quantify disturbance agents (wildfire, insect mortality) within subalpine fir forests.
- Integration of current subalpine fir status with climate data and projected future climate to assess future potential vulnerability of subalpine fir to the invasive balsam wooly adelgid.
- The project will provide several opportunities to gain exposure and develop professionally. The fellow will collaborate closely with the mentors and other scientists at the Corvallis Forest Science Laboratory, a USFS facility housing USFS, Oregon State University, and USGS scientists in Corvallis OR. This multi-institutional environment will allow the fellow to consider different career paths, including government research. The fellow will have the opportunity to present at academic conferences, as well as gain regional, national and international exposure. This will allow them to make key connections with researchers working in different forest types around the world and provide broader exposure to forest disturbance, invasive pests, and climate change research. The fellow will also have the opportunity to collaborate with and share findings with key state and federal land managers engaged in issues surrounding forest health and protection, and climate change impacts in the western U.S. This opportunity will allow the participant to develop skills in co-production, communication and science delivery.
- Mentor(s): The mentors for this opportunity are Harold Zald (firstname.lastname@example.org), David Bell (email@example.com) and Andrew Gray (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentors.
- Anticipated Appointment Start Date: between September 1, 2021 and January 1, 2022. Start date is flexible and negotiable, and will depend on a variety of factors.
- Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year, but may be extended upon recommendation of USFS and is contingent on the availability of funds.
- Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.
- Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. The annual stipend will be $68,992, plus a health insurance stipend. A travel and supplies stipend, and computer will also be provided.
- Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) only.
- ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and USFS. Participants do not become employees of USDA, USFS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.
- Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email USForestService@orise.orau.gov and include the reference code for this opportunity.
- How to Apply: https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/USDA-USFS-2021-0154
- Salary: $68,992 per year; plus health insurance, travel stipend and a computer will be provided
- Duration of Appointment: One year initially, with option to extend further
- Qualifications Required: Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 months or anticipated to be received by 12/31/2021; Overall GPA: 3.00; Citizenship: LPR or US citizen.
- For More Information: Visit: https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/USDA-USFS-2021-0154