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Job ID 1289
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Ecosystem Services Measurement and Valuation
This individual will play a key role in an interdisciplinary project exploring coupled social and ecological dynamics of land use/cover change in terrestrial ecosystems, and their relationship to regional watershed and lake ecosystem dynamics, at the urban/rural fringe in the American Midwest. Collaboration with researchers in both natural and social sciences will explore links between land management decision-making and practices, patterns of land use/cover change, and provision of bundled ecosystem services both in terrestrial and aquatic systems. We therefore seek someone with interests and skills in valuation and spatial modeling of ecosystem services, and the ability to compare and scale model estimates from land cover data with direct measurement of social and ecosystem dynamics in residential and agricultural landscapes.
The position home will be within the Department of Biology, but the postdoc will work with an interdisciplinary team of investigators in the Departments of Biology, Geography, and Statistics, and the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability. The research will also involve Miami’s new Center for Aquatic and Watershed Sciences and the Geospatial Analyses Center.
Appointment is for 1 year, renewable for a 2nd year depending on funding availability and performance.
Position is available August 1, 2015, but start date is negotiable.
Required qualifications include a Ph.D. in ecology, environmental science, or related field, with a demonstrated research expertise in ecosystem service valuation using multiple approaches. The ability to collaborate on an interdisciplinary team is essential.
Desired qualifications include a demonstrated knowledge of ecosystem function in both terrestrial and aquatic systems, expertise in techniques to value ecosystem services in a spatially explicit manner, and experience in the integration of ESS valuation and measurements from social, ecological, and economic perspectives.
Miami University, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with smoke- and tobacco-free campuses, is committed to a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities.
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