[pccgrads] FW: 3-year funded postdoctoral research position in species' adaptive capacity and vulnerability to climate change

UW PCC uwpcc at u.washington.edu
Mon May 2 13:55:53 PDT 2016


*Pre-announcement for a 3-year funded postdoctoral research position *

*in species adaptive capacity and vulnerability to climate change*

An exciting research opportunity is opening at the USGS Northern Rocky
Mountain Science Center on the Montana State University campus for a
passionate postdoctoral researcher interested in patterns of species
vulnerability and resilience to contemporary climate change, as they relate
to adaptive capacity. Adaptive capacity (AC) has been described as one of
three main elements that influence vulnerability to climate change, in
addition to exposure and sensitivity. Primary components of AC include
dispersal and colonization abilities, evolutionary capacity, and phenotypic
plasticity. Because AC is poorly understood, it has often been excluded
from climate change vulnerability assessments, and natural resource managers
are hindered in their ability to consider AC in various analyses and
conservation planning activities and decisions. The successful applicant
will draw from diverse literatures (e.g., genetics, ecophysiology,
evolutionary biology, conservation biology), and from interactions with
state and federal resource managers, other conservation practitioners,
university and agency researchers, and NGO scientists to identify knowledge,
management needs, and scientific gaps with regards to adaptive capacity.Â
Well-developed interpersonal skills, a strong work ethic, and a desire to
collaborate with agency scientists, resource managers, and university
researchers from across the nation and world are required for success in
this exceptional opportunity. The researcher will lead the organization,
progress, and completion of several peer-reviewed publications, and be
centrally involved in organizing two workshops and using input from numerous
resource managers and researchers to develop a framework that will help
natural resource managers and other conservation practitioners assess the
likely AC of species within a local or regional biota in response to ongoing
and projected climate change.

The successful candidate will be hired as a GS-11 Biologist after a
nation-wide announcement on USAJOBS, and will be eligible for a benefits
package. More information on benefits for USGS employees can be found
at: http://www2.usgs.gov/humancapital/pb/

At their earliest convenience (ideally before 29 May 2016), highly qualified
and interested individuals should contact Dr. Erik A. Beever
(EBeever at usgs.gov <mailto:EBeever at usgs.gov>; +1-406-994-7670) and send your
CV and a ~1-page statement of interest that outlines pertinent experience,
general qualifications, and your graduate degrees and topics. Do not
include your social security # or phone # in these documents. Previous
experience with ecological or species€™ responses to contemporary climate
change, disturbance ecology, and species endangerment, as well as evidence
of initiative, innovation, leadership, and sustained productivity in
publications are important skillsets for this opportunity. General
information on the project is available at
https://www.usgs.gov/centers/norock/science/adaptive-capacity-linchpin-under
standing-and-addressing-species-vulnerability (on the Science tab), and
information on the researcher in whose lab the position will be physically
located is at https://www.usgs.gov/staff-profiles/dr-erik-beever . His
publication list is at
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=0UJu_pcAAAAJ&hl=en.


Information about the Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center can be found at
https://www.usgs.gov/centers/norockand about its research staff at
https://www.usgs.gov/centers/norock/connect.

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