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Qualified applicants are invited to apply for the following position:

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Modeling the consequences of landscape change on ecosystem services and wildlife

The GECSC is recruiting a postdoctoral fellow in landscape ecology, ecosystem services and spatial modeling. The post-doc will play a key role in the project "Probabilistic Integrated Resource Assessment Tool for Ecosystem Services" (PIRATES). It endeavors to address the question of how landscape change is likely to impact a suite of resources and how those impacts can be limited through alternative management strategies. The current focus of the project is on the development of energy resources and wildfire as drivers of land transformation.

Applicants should have advanced skills in modeling using ecological or biophysical simulations, with additional expertise in some combination of statistics, landscape ecology, applied geography, or ecosystem services; experience publishing in peer-reviewed journals is required. Coding expertise in R, Python, Java and/or C++, and strong geospatial expertise are desirable. Experience modeling ecosystem services is not required, though useful.

Funding for the fellowship is for 2 years and is subject to renewal for 2 additional years, pending the availability of funding. Remuneration is US $73,848/yr, plus benefits. Applicants must have received their doctoral or equivalent graduate degree within the past five years. The degree must be in hand by the selectees starting date. The position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found.

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Our world is being transformed due to climate variability, population growth, intensive land use, and the increasing demands on water, ecological, agricultural, energy, and mineral resources. To address these issues, the Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center (GECSC) conducts research on (1) climatic, environmental, and landscape changes, (2) the geologic framework of natural resources and hazards, (3) ecological disturbance patterns resulting from natural and anthropogenic changes, and (4) the interactions among geologic, biologic, hydrologic, and human systems. This work supports policy and management decisions, the search for new sources of key materials, and the assessment of the combined environmental impacts of climate variability and human activities.

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