Postdoctoral Fellow Position:
Modeling climate and wildfire interactions

The Harvard Forest invites applications for a post-doctoral researcher to
work with Dr. Jonathan Thompson. The successful candidate will contribute
to a multi-institutional project, funded by the National Science
Foundation, working to understand the potential for climate change to
force a critical transition from a stable forest-dominated landscape to a
stable shrub-dominated landscape within the Klamath region of Oregon and
California. The researcher will utilize the LANDIS-II (
succession and disturbance modeling framework to simulate climate change
effects on wildfire regimes and vegetation dynamics, thereby projecting
the potential for and mechanisms driving a critical transition. There is
an expectation that the research will make significant contributions in
theoretical and applied ecology.  Learn more here:

Work Location: The post-doc will be based at Harvard Forest in Petersham,

Required Qualifications: Ph.D. (awarded by start date) in forest ecology,
forestry, geography, or related field; Capable of conducting complex
spatial analyses (e.g. landscape simulation, GIS, remote sensing, and
spatial statistics); Experience with simulation modeling of large data;
Skilled at scripting within the R and/or Python programming languages;
Evidence of strong scholarship, including peer-reviewed publications;
Proven ability to plan and conduct independent research projects from
beginning to end.

Preferred Experience: Prior use of LANDIS or other forest succession and
disturbance models; experience modeling wildfire using BFOLDS, FARSITE, or
other fire behavior or spread models;


Appointment: Review of applications will begin on 11/15/2014.  There is
flexibility around the start date, but not past April 2015. Initial
appointment of one year is renewable for up to an additional 1.5 years
based on performance.

Salary: $44000 plus health insurance benefits through Harvard University

To apply: Send CV, PDFs of relevant publications, and the names and
contact info for three references to Jonathan Thompson:

Harvard Forest, an internationally recognized center for basic and applied
research in ecology, conservation and ecosystem studies, with 40 full-time
staff is one of 26 Long Term Ecological Research sites across the country
sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The Forest facilities
include a research and administrative complex, 3500 acres of land, and
residential buildings. The Forest is located in Petersham, a small rural
town in north central Massachusetts about 70 miles west of Cambridge. For
more information, visit