[ES_JOBS_NET] postdoc and research scientist positions at University of New Mexico

Hi everyone,

Please see ad below for a  postdoc
and technician position at University of New Mexico to work on newly
funded project from NSF Ecosystems with Will Pockman. Marcy Litvak, Andy
Fox and Susan Schwinning. 

Thanks and hope everyone is having a great summer!

Marcy

Project:   This research is designed to improve our
ability to predict the impact of large numbers of trees dying in semi-arid forested
ecosystems. Forest mortality caused by drought has recently increased on every
forested continent and is now recognized as a global phenomenon. The study
focuses on piñon-juniper woodlands, the third largest biome in the U.S. In the
Southwestern US, higher temperatures and decreased precipitation have increased drought severity, reducing tree health, and
triggering widespread regional forest mortality across the
region.
This research is motivated by previous research showing that piñon
mortality unexpectedly
triggers one or more mechanisms that lead these woodlands to become both
hotter
and drier, potentially altering the environmental conditions that
control
future vegetation and ecosystem recovery. These surprising results
challenge
our expectations that that more water would be available for those trees
that
survived in forests following disturbance. Drought-induced mortality is
predicted to increase globally in the coming decades. This work will
contribute
key data on the specific roles of woody plants in regulating water
availability
and ecosystem services in water-limited semiarid ecosystems when large
numbers
of trees die. The modeling will provide explicit predictions of biomes
that are
vulnerable, or likely to be vulnerable, as climate changes, and key
environmental factors that increase that vulnerability.  We are looking
for one postdoctoral researcher and one research technician to start as
soon as possible.   The positions will both be based out of University
of New Mexico, but will require several days spent each week at the
field site. 

Postdoctoral Required qualifications: Ph.D.,
at time of appointment, in Plant Physiological Ecology, Ecosystem
Ecology, Earth System Science, Forest Hydrology, or a related field. 
Excellent mathematical and spoken and written English language skills
required.  Knowledge and understanding of plant physiological processes
and soil moisture dynamics is preferred and experience with hydrologic
partitioning in arid-land ecosystems is a plus.  Preferred
qualifications: Experience measuring or modeling sap flux, soil water
dynamics, and/or mechanistic modeling of plant physiological processes,
especially in regard to plant and soil hydraulic function and site
hydrology, and experience with: field or laboratory manipulations of
plant- soil systems, modeling and large datasets, and fluency in an
analysis environment such as R, Matlab, or Python. 

Inquiries and applications (cover
letter, CV, and the names and contact information for a minimum of 3
references) should be directed to Dr. Marcy Litvak (mlitvak@unm.edu) or Dr. William Pockman (pockman@unm.edu). Applications will be considered until the position is filled.  Ability to start by July 2016 strongly preferred.

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