We seek a postdoctoral researcher to join a multi-institutional project
focused on forecasting the effect of climate change on the distribution
and abundance of big sagebrush in order to inform sage grouse management
across the Intermountain West. The novelty of the work will come from a
synthesis of models based on spatial, temporal, and mechanistic
relationships between climate and sagebrush cover. The successful
candidate’s primary responsibility will be development of a sagebrush
functional type in the LPJ-GUESS dynamic global vegetation model, along
with implementation of a fire submodel. This work will be conducted with
Dr. Ben Poulter at Montana State University, Bozeman. The candidate will
also work closely with Dr. Peter Adler at Utah State University and Dr.
Bethany Bradley at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst to integrate
predictions from LPJ-GUESS with predictions from other models. Required
qualifications: a PhD in ecology, applied math, or a related field;
computer programming experience, or a demonstrated ability to quickly
learn programming; strong writing and communication skills; ability to
work in a collaborative environment. Desired qualifications: background
in plant or ecosystem ecology; experience with ecological modeling. We
are especially interested in applications from women and
underrepresented groups. For application instructions, go to
jobs.usu.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=61021. We will begin reviewing
applications Jan. 19. Contact Peter Adler (peter.adler [at] usu.edu) or
Ben Poulter (benjamin.poulter [at] montana.edu) with questions.