[GilbertClub] Available Postdoc: Spatial modeling of ecosystem services in an agriculturally impacted stream.

Postdoctoral Research
Associate, Department of Geosciences, Idaho State University

Purpose: The
successful applicant will use spatial modeling skills to evaluate the
effectiveness of soil conservation and stream restoration practices at
improving both biophysical measures and social perceptions of water
quality.  This research into coupled
human and natural systems will be collaborative with social scientists,
ecologists, hydrologists, modelers, stakeholders and other members of the Idaho EPSCoR MILES project.  As such, the applicant should be comfortable thinking
across multiple disciplines.

Responsibilities: 

Compare recent investments in soil conservation and stream restoration against
records of water quality and stakeholder satisfaction (75% of time).  This comparison will be made using a
spatially explicit, socio-ecological model that integrates three decades of
conservation activities with over a decade of high frequency water quality
measurements.  The model will be used to
evaluate which types of conservation investments have resulted in positive,
neutral or negative changes in habitat, water quality and stakeholder
perceptions of the river.  The findings
will be used maximize the effectiveness of future conservation/restoration investments.  

The applicant will also help mentor 2
M.S. graduate students studying the geomorphic processes that generate and distribute
sediment through the watershed (15% of the time). 

The applicant will communicate
results and implications of this work to MILES collaborators, local
stakeholders, and environmental agencies, and participate in MILES workforce
development activities (10%).

Qualifications: The
successful applicant will, at minimum, have completed a PhD in the past five
years in an environmental science field (geology, environmental science,
environmental engineering, etc.) with experience in spatial analysis and water
quality data. Preferred qualifications include experience in statistical,
numerical or spatial modeling. 
Applicants with experience in studies of coupled socio-ecological
systems are highly sought.

Application: Please
submit the following documents via our online application system:

CV, Cover letter and 3 professional references

Position will remain open until filled.

Salary will be commensurate with education and
experience. Includes a competitive benefits package.  

Questions should be addressed to Dr. Ben Crosby, crosby@isu.edu. Review of applications begins
July 1, 2016, and we anticipate a start date in August, 2016.

Idaho State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative
action employer. We have an institution-wide commitment to inclusion and
diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply. Veterans’
preference.  Upon request, reasonable
accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with
disabilities.

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