Dec 16 2015


Postdoc: US EPA: Safe and Healthy Communities

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There is a NRC postdoc opportunity at US EPA. Contact Ahjond Garmestani (garmestani.ahjond@epa.gov) with questions. Safe and Healthy Communities is a program at US EPA, which suggests an approach to environmental management that protects human health while incorporating what is valued most about our natural resources. Within this framework, sustainability research involves advancing the field of resilience science by exploring the interdependence of human and natural systems to inform community planning. Our research integrates ecological and social perspectives to devise management approaches to address environmental change. The project will assess resilience in social- ecological systems. National Risk Management Research Laboratory’s Sustainable Technology Division uses a multidisciplinary approach, which employs ecologists, economists, engineers, environmental scientists, physical and social scientists, to address sustainability issues in regional environmental management. Together with other team members, the Associate will produce studies on ecological and social indicators of resilience for environmental management and sustainability. The Associate is expected to conduct quantitative and qualitative research on resilience and create peer-reviewed publications. The ideal candidate is a Ph.D. ecologist with strong quantitative skills and a focus on resilience, social-ecological systems, and environmental management. Visit the NRC website for more information or to apply (http://nrc58.nas.edu/RAPLab10/Opportunity/Opportunity.aspx? LabCode=22&ROPCD=220302&RONum=B8112).

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Dec 16 2015


Research Asst: Ethiopian Church Forests

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A research team, based at Colgate University in New York, USA, and funded by the National Science Foundation, is studying the extent, status and conservation of Ethiopian church forests. The project’s main goals are to explain the mechanisms of church forest protection, and determine why some church forest communities are responding well to social change while others are witnessing severe forest degradation. The research team uses mixed methods, including ecological sampling, geographic information science, ethnography, interviews, and archival analysis.

Two research assistants (one in ecology/forestry, and one in the social sciences) are sought to conduct fieldwork and data processing for an interdisciplinary project on the conservation of church forests in South Gondar, Ethiopia.

Start Date: May 1st, 2016

Duration / Compensation: one year with possible 2 year renewal (up to 3 years), competitive salary will be provided commensurate with experience.

Project Location: The project office is based in Bahir Dar with frequent travel to rural field sites (100-200 km radius).

Social Science Research Assistant:

Will conduct research on the human drivers of land use change as part of a collaborative research project.

Duties include:

1.Conduct social science field work regularly, 2-3 weeks/month, interviewing and administering surveys in Amharic (and translating to

English) about perceptions and use of the church forests 2.Conduct data processing and coding of completed questionnaires 3.Data analysis and manuscript preparation 4.Regular communication via email, phone, or Skype with the PI’s 5.Facilitate to secure ethical clearance, and collaboration from stakeholders 6.Assist logistics arrangements during data collection.

7.Perform any other related activities as assigned by PI’s.

Applicants must have a Master’s or Doctoral degree in anthropology, geography, history, sociology or some other relevant discipline that informs understanding of the complex socio-cultural dynamics of land-use change and natural resource use. Experience conducting interviews and fluency in both English and Amharic is essential.

Ecology/Forestry Research Assistant:

Will conduct fieldwork and process data as part of a collaborative project on the conservation of church forests in South Gondar, Ethiopia.

Duties include:

1.Conduct ecological field work regularly (2-3 weeks/month) on forest status as part of a collaborative research project 2.Data input and management (e.g. Excel) 3.Regular communication via email, phone, or Skype with the PI’s 4.Assist logistics arrangements during data collection.

5.Perform any other related activities as assigned by PI’s.

 

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in biology, ecology or forestry. Master’s and Doctoral students are encouraged to apply.

Experience conducting fieldwork and fluency in both English and Amharic is essential.

Application:

Please fill out the appropriate application below and send your Curriculum Vitae and have three letters of reference sent to Dr.

Cardelús via email (ccardelus@colgate.edu).

Review of completed applications will be March 1st, 2016 and interviews will take place in mid- March 2016.

Social science position application: http://goo.gl/forms/YT111i8ROI Ecology/Forestry position application: http://goo.gl/forms/NJ6OOsUlbd

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Dec 16 2015


RESEARCH POSITION: TREE/FOREST RESPONSES IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST

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RESEARCH POSITION: TREE/FOREST RESPONSES IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST

 The USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station in Olympia, WA is advertising to fill a research (post-doc) position on understanding and modeling tree/forest responses to the environment or management. The candidate will contribute to on-going studies that focus on growth and function of northwest tree species, especially in relation to climate change (see team website for examples of studies on genecology, phenology, physiology and forest management). The candidate should have strong data analysis and statistical/modeling experience using R in studies of plant physiology or forestry. Most projects involve limited data collection (as several data sets already exist), however, opportunities exist for collection of new data in some projects.  Most projects will emphasize compilation of data from multiple sources, editing, and analysis of complex data sets and writing up results for scientific journals.  The candidate may also provide training and equipment support to other staff.

The team website can be found at: http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/olympia/silv/   Information about the Olympia area is at: http://www.ci.olympia.wa.us/

Initial appointment will be for 2 years but may be renewed for 1 or more additional years depending on funding and accomplishments. Note, this could be a sabbatical opportunity. Position will be filled in spring or summer 2016. Salary approximately $62,486 per year (GS-11) depending on qualifications.  Position includes paid holidays, vacation and sick days as well as health care benefits.

This position would likely be filled as either a research forester or research plant physiologist. Qualifications: (1) US citizen with a PhD in natural resources or plant biology completed prior to beginning of employment; (2) Knowledge of forestry or tree physiology, genetics and ecology. (3) High proficiency in data analysis and statistical modeling in R; and (4) Experience in publishing in peer reviewed journals.

To apply: Send one pdf document which includes a letter of interest (including date when you could start), CV, list of references with contact information, and transcripts to:  Connie Harrington (charrington@fs.fed.us) by January 11, 2016. You may send a second document which includes a recently authored publication related to the position if that publication would not be readily available online.

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Dec 14 2015


U Mich Post Doc: Human Adaptation to Climate Change in Forest Ecosystems

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POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER

Human Adaptation to Climate Change in Forest Ecosystems

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, ANN ARBOR

Postdoctoral researcher sought for study of human adaptation to climate change in fire-prone temperate forest ecosystems. The goal of the study is to improve understanding of and methods for projecting socio-ecological interactions in the context of climate change. The postdoctoral researcher will design and administer a social data collection instrument that incorporates climate scenarios, and develop conceptual and simple quantitative models of human adaptation.

Start date: Flexible (ideally by May 1, 2016)

Term: 1 year, 1.00 FTE

Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Salary: $45,000 (benefits eligible)

Institution: School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE), University of Michigan

The candidate for the assistantship should be an interdisciplinary researcher with a PhD in human geography, complex systems, natural resources, environmental science, social psychology, sociology or a similar field. The ideal candidate should have:

  • Expertise in social science research
  • Experience with quantitative social and/or ecological modeling
  • Familiarity with climate data and climate projections

A team of three University of Michigan faculty will oversee the postdoctoral researcher. The hire can choose to have office space in the research labs of any one of these faculty:

The University of Michigan, a leader in undergraduate and graduate education and one of the world’s premiere research universities, offers rigorous academic programs, outstanding faculty, and diverse cultural and social opportunities in a stimulating intellectual environment.

To apply, please submit the following in a single pdf file to Dr. Paige Fischer at apfisch@umich.edu:

  • Cover letter describing your relevant experience and scholarly interests
  • Curriculum vitae
  • One or two relevant publications
  • References

Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity employer

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Alexandra Paige Fischer
Assistant Professor
School of Natural Resources and Environment
University of Michigan
apfisch@umich.edu
734-763-3830 office

541-740-6992 cell
http://www.snre.umich.edu/profile/paige_fischer

PostDoc UM 2016 human adaptation to CC

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Dec 14 2015


U Mich PhD Assistantship : Human Dimensions of Environmental Change

GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIP

HUMAN DIMENSIONS OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, ANN ARBOR

 

Prospective PhD students interested in research on human dimensions of environmental change are invited to apply to the School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan for the academic year starting in September 2016. If accepted to the PhD program, which is very competitive, applicants will be eligible for a graduate student research assistantship for work on human adaptation to environmental change in forest systems in the United States. The position includes up to five years of monthly stipends, graduate tuition, and health benefits.

The ideal candidate for the assistantship has a well-developed interest in environmental research questions, a master¹s degree in human geography, sociology or a similar field, and experience with survey methods and statistical analysis. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills are required. Experience with qualitative interviewing is also desirable.

The University of Michigan, a leader in undergraduate and graduate education and one of the world’s premiere research universities, offers rigorous academic programs, outstanding faculty, and diverse cultural and social opportunities in a stimulating intellectual environment.

The School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) is a diverse collection of natural scientists, social scientists, engineers, and designers working collectively in an integrative setting. SNRE’s mission is to contribute to the protection of the Earth’s resources and the achievement of a sustainable society. Through research, education, and outreach, the faculty, staff, and students are devoted to generating knowledge and developing policies, techniques, and skills to help practitioners manage and conserve environmental resources to meet the full range of human needs on a sustainable basis.
To express interest in the assistantship, please submit the following in a single pdf to Dr. Paige Fischer at apfisch@umich.edu before January 5, 2015:

  • Cover letter describing your relevant experience and scholarly interests
  • Curriculum vitae
  • GRE scores, and unofficial transcripts
  • One or two relevant publications or a writing sample

To apply to the SNRE¹s PhD program, submit materials no later than January 5, 2016 via http://www.snre.umich.edu/prospective_students/apply_now

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity employer
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Alexandra Paige Fischer
Assistant Professor
School of Natural Resources and Environment
University of Michigan
apfisch@umich.edu
734-763-3830 office

541-740-6992 cell
http://www.snre.umich.edu/profile/paige_fischer

GSRA UM SNRE fall 2016 human dimensions enviro change

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Dec 05 2015


Open faculty position in forest biomaterials

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Assistant Professor of Forest Biomaterials


School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Michigan Technological University

 

JOB DESCRIPTION: The School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science at Michigan Technological University (http://forest.mtu.edu) invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Forest Biomaterials. This is a nine-month, tenure-track position and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The successful applicant will lead an ambitious research and teaching program in Forest Biomaterials, which is identified as a University-wide strategic initiative. In 2013, the School established the statewide Michigan Forest Biomaterials Initiative (http://biomaterials.forest.mtu.edu) and the candidate is expected to align with its exciting opportunities.

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Dec 05 2015


W16: Coastal Policy this Winter

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Check out the flyer for more about ‘The Policy and Law of U.S. Coastal Governance’, being offered this winter.  This course examines federal and state coastal policy, public beach access rights; ownership and use of tide and submerged lands, including the Public Trust Doctrine and the federal and state navigation servitudes, water quality, wetland conservation, and the Federal Coastal Zone Management Act.

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Dec 05 2015


Job: Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Applied Quantitative Ecology

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Faculty Position Announcement in the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology at New Mexico State University

Position: Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Applied Quantitative Ecology, full-time, 12 month, approximately 70% research and 30% teaching.

Specialty: Applied Quantitative Ecology/Resource Management. We are searching for an ecologist who uses contemporary statistical approaches (e.g., Information Theory, Bayesian statistics, spatial
analysis) with modeling/programming skills for addressing applied problems in wildlife ecology and resource management. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, population, community, or landscape ecology. We welcome applicants working with any vertebrate species and someone with the flexibility to develop quantitative solutions to interdisciplinary problems and who is willing to collaborate with scientists from other departments.

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Dec 05 2015


Tenure-track Water Resources Faculty Position

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DESCRIPTION

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Davis, invites applications for a tenure track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in the area of Water Resources Engineering. Requirements include a doctoral degree in engineering or a related field and demonstrated success or potential for success in research and teaching.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a significant independent research program in any area related to water flow in the environment and in engineering systems.
Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, subsurface flow and pollutant transport, ecohydrology, hydrologic applications of data science and remote sensing, sediment transport, resilient and sustainable water infrastructure, and computational/experimental environmental fluid mechanics. The candidate’s teaching responsibilities will include undergraduate and graduate courses and mentoring within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

This recruitment is conducted at the Assistant Professor rank. Applications should be submitted by January 15, 2016 to assure full consideration, although the position will remain open until filled.

OPEN DATE: NOVEMBER 23RD, 2015

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Dec 04 2015


Job Announcement: Forest Program Associate

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Job Announcement: Forest Program Associate
Background:
Sustainable Northwest brings people, ideas, and innovation together so that nature, local economies, and rural communities can thrive. We work to create healthy and productive landscapes that benefit both human and natural communities. Our vision is a Northwest where rural communities thrive in harmony with the landscape. In all of our work, we promote: 1) collaborative, community-based solutions, 2) networks that connect people and ideas, and foster innovation, 3) business models and markets that are sized appropriately to the sustainable natural resource base, and 4) public policy that supports sustainable natural resources management. This is an exciting time as collaboration and innovation are strongly influencing natural resource management in the Northwest, and Sustainable Northwest is at the forefront of using these approaches to benefit wildlife and people.

Job summary:
The Forest Program Associate will work as part of a team and independently at Sustainable Northwest. The Program Associate will work to increase the team’s effectiveness and impact. Responsibilities will include but not be limited to working with diverse stakeholders, agencies, academic institutions, and funders to: 1) research and convey the newest forestry-related science, technology, and policy; 2) assist in the development and delivery of well-organized and transparent collaborative processes and educational programs; 3) facilitate and plan forest collaborative meetings and field tours that work to advance agreements on forest restoration projects; and 4) support fundraising activities in the Forest Program. This position is based in Portland, Oregon.

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