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Updated 2019-22-01

Postdoctoral Research Position in Urban Ecology: Deadline Jan 31


Job Title                      Postdoctoral Research Position in Urban Ecology          

Campus/Location        Campus: Tempe            

Department Name       ASU Wrigley Institute 

Full-Time/Part-Time    Full-time

Job Description            

The Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Program has been funded by the National Science Foundation's Long-term Ecological Research Program (LTER) for more than 20 years to study the ecology of the metropolitan Phoenix urban ecosystem. We are seeking a highly motivated post-doctoral scholar to conduct interdisciplinarysocial-ecological research with CAP scholars to explore the drivers and outcomes of ecological patterns/processes across residential and open space landscapes (riparian areas, desert preserves, and/or urban parks) within the CAP ecosystem. 

The ideal candidate will develop his or her own research ideas in collaboration with a primary faculty mentor(s) within two of the CAP LTER Interdisciplinary Research Teams (IRTs) that organize our work: Parks & Rivers and Residential Landscapes. Ideally, the post-doctoral scholar will utilize existing long-term datasets (biophysical, land cover, and social surveys) to answer interdisciplinary research questions about the structure and functioning of cities as ecosystems, including possible topics such as: (1) the social-ecological drivers of plant and wildlife community structure and dynamics in cities through time as linked to climate change, management decisions, demographic shifts and/or urban sustainability practices at multiple scales; and/or (2) the spatio-temporal patterns in actual and perceived ecosystem services and disservices associated with residential and open space landscapes in cities. 

Essential Functions       

Responsibilities of the post-doctoral scholar will include: 

·         Developing relevant original research and answering testable questions using long-term CAP datasets

·         Data analysis and manuscript preparation/publication

·         Dissemination of research at national conferences

·         Advising students

·         Working closely with CAP collaborators

·         Other duties as discussed with the post-doctoral mentor(s) 

Required Qualifications  

·         The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in ecology or other natural resource disciplines, geography, or other interdisciplinary environmental or related areas of study by the start date of the appointment.

·         Excellent written and spoken communication skills

·         A reasonable record of peer-reviewed publications, highlighting interdisciplinary social-ecological scholarship

Desired Qualifications 

·         Experience with the LTER Network and/or using long-term datasets 

·         Experience integrating different types of datasets (ecological, spatial, and/or social data)

·         Strong background in spatial analysis/ArcGIS, and statistical or ecological modeling

·         Ability to work both independently and as part of a team

·         Commitment to meeting the needs of diverse communities and interacting cooperatively with a range of CAP faculty, students, and staff


Application Procedure

To review and apply to this position, please visit:  The application deadline is January 31, 2019, if not filled; reviews will occur every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed. 

To apply, candidates will be asked to submit the following through their Interfolio Dossier:

·         Cover letter outlining qualifications and experience (1 page) 

·         Curriculum Vitae, including links to authored publications 

·         Research statement (1 to 2 pages) of past and future research experiences and interests.  Please include possible research questions of interest to the candidate with reference to specific long-term CAP LTER datasets

·         Name, phone number, address, and e-mail address of three (3) references

·         Unofficial graduate transcripts 

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position. Only electronic applications will be accepted. Any inquiries should be addressed to

General Information    

The School of Sustainability is the first of its kind: A comprehensive degree-granting program with a transdisciplinary focus on finding real-world solutions to environmental, economic, and social sustainability challenges (see  Established in 2006, the School is part of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.


"Our mission is to educate a new generation of scholars and practitioners and create innovative modes of scholarship by bringing together people from multiple disciplines, leaders and stakeholders to develop effective solutions to the most pressing sustainability challenges."


The School of Sustainability takes a transdisciplinary approach in its curriculum, addressing a broad spectrum of global challenges, including: 1) energy, materials, and technology; 2) water quality and scarcity; 3) international development; 4) sustainable ecosystems; 5) social transformations; 6) food and food system sustainability, and; 7) policy and governance. 


A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,  religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law (see


Updated 2019-02-01

Postdoctoral Associate (2)

Full-Time in  Millbrook, NY -  Scientific

POSITION:  Recruiting two Postdoctoral Associates to work on synthetic analyses for the the Baltimore Long Term Ecological Research project.  We seek postdoctoral researchers interested in synthesis of long-term urban ecological and social science data collected over the past 20 years.  Postdoctoral Associates will be based at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY.

Postdoc will participate in synthesis of ecological and social data to investigate long-term patterns in urban ecology of Baltimore.  For example, a research project may include the examination of how long-term watershed nutrient cycling is linked to changes in the urban forest or people’s perception of environmental condition. Preferred candidates will have expertise in ecosystem science, hydrology and biogeochemistry of urban ecosystems and quantitative synthesis. Expertise in GIS and/or Bayesian modeling would also be desirable and an interest in linking socio-ecological research areas is a must.

Finalist candidates must successfully complete a background check.

Candidates must be authorized to work in the U.S. 

This is an exempt, full-time, benefited position.

DURATION:  Full-time. One year position with possible extension.

BACKGROUND:  Ph.D. in Ecology, Environmental Science and/or Ecological Synthesis. Competence in hydrology, biogeochemistry, GIS or modeling is highly desirable.

CLOSING DATE:  Oct 15, 2019 or until filled.

ORIGINATOR: Drs. Emma J. Rosi, Shannon LaDeau, and Peter M. Groffman

TO APPLY: Please submit job application via http include a single PDF file consisting of a letter of application, a resume, and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references.  Be sure to cite Job Number 19007-I in your correspondence.

The Cary Institute is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative  Action (AA) employer. It is the policy of the Company to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, familial status, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.


Assistant Professor of Urban Plant Science  - UC Davis

The University of California at Davis is pleased to announce the recruitment for a tenure-track faculty position in Assistant Professor of Urban Plant Science. The successful candidate should focus on translating fundamental plant biology and/or ecological concepts in the context of urban ecosystem functioning and sustainability in built environments. The successful candidate will join the Department of Plant Sciences in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the rank of Assistant Professor.

Criteria for appointment include: a Ph.D. or equivalent plant science, ecology, horticulture, soil science or a related field, a record of excellence in scholarly research, and demonstrable potential to establish a competitively-funded research program. The appointee will be responsible for teaching undergraduate and graduate classes which will include Introduction to Environmental Plants (ENH 6), and Taxonomy and Ecology of Environmental Plant Families (ENH 105). The typical teaching expectation is 2 courses per year. Participation in departmental and university service is expected. The appointee is also expected to guide and mentor graduate students and participate in research and outreach/engagement programs consistent with the mission of the CA Agricultural Experiment Station.

Applicants should submit materials via the following website:

Additional inquiries can be directed to Astrid Volder, search committee chair ( Applications received by February 15, 2019 will receive full consideration. The position is open until filled.

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.


Updated 2019-02-01


 TITLE:                                                 Program Assistant - Urban Ecosystem Education

PURPOSE:                                         To assist the BES Education Team in infusing BES research into the public sphere.


The Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES) is part of the National Science Foundation’s Long Term Ecological Research Network.  BES conducts ecological research in the Baltimore area including studies on streams and watersheds, vegetation and animal diversity and human interactions with the environment.  Current BES education programs include the Integrating Chemistry and Earth science (ICE) project bringing local phenomena and datasets into the high school chemistry curriculum and Comp Hydro that integrates computational thinking with hydrology for high school science classrooms. BES also offers an annual Baltimore Data Jam program, an art and science competition for middle and high school students in Baltimore City, Baltimore County and the surrounding five counties.  We approach education from the stance that all students should have direct, authentic experiences with ecology and the environment as they work their way to becoming an environmentally literate citizen. 

LOCATION:                                       Position office located at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).  Travel required throughout the Baltimore Region.

DURATION:                                      28 hours per week (actual schedule flexible).  Start date immediately.  Appointment through June 2020, with continuation beyond then contingent on fundingMust be available during school day hours (~7:30am-4pm, M-F).  

SALARY:                                            Commensurate with experience.  This is an exempt, benefited position.


1)     Support teachers in implementing BES education programs through telephone and electronic communication and one-on-one in-school support. Access to personal transportation required.

2)     Support the annual Baltimore Data Jam program through classroom presentations, and assistance to teachers and students.

3)     Assemble, format and revise data sets, lessons and other resources for posting on-line for teacher and student use. Assure that curriculum are aligned to City, State and national science standards.

4)     Complete monthly e-newsletters for teachers.

5)     Additional administrative duties as needed such as completing inventory of supplies, database updates, meeting attendance, etc.

                Duties may change depending on the needs of the BES education program.

 BACKGROUND:                               Bachelor’s degree in ecology, environmental science, science education or related field required.  Experience in science education and curriculum development preferred.  Familiarity with Maryland State Education and Next Generation Science Standards.   Excellent writing, communication and organizational skills.  Excellent computer skills including experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint and social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.   Knowledge of Baltimore’s regional ecology a plus.

CLOSING DATE:                               January 31, 2018 or when position is filled. Applications will be reviewed immediately.

ORIGINATOR:                                  Bess Caplan

TO APPLY:                                        Please complete an online application at and include a single PDF file consisting of a cover letter which includes Job Code 19006-I, a resume, and the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references. 

                                                             For more information, please contact Bess Caplan at or 410-455-1863.                                         

                                                         The Cary Institute is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action (AA) employer. It is the policy of the Company to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, familial status, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. 


Updated 2018-12-27

UWIN summer research opportunities

The Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN) is now accepting applications for its Undergraduate Research Program for the summer of 2019.


Students will be given the opportunity to perform cutting edge research of immediate relevance to people in urban areas at institutions in urban areas across the nation. Students with different research interests in urban water sustainability - social sciences, natural sciences, engineering – are invited to apply.

To apply:
Application deadline: January 25, 2019 Midnight


Dates: May 29 to August 1, 2019 (9 weeks)

Eligibility: Undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, juniors or first semester seniors. Must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its possessions. Underrepresented minorities and first generation college students are encouraged to apply.

Stipend: $4,500 stipend

Other support:  On-campus or nearby housing, travel assistance. The program starts and ends at Colorado State University in Fort Collins CO.


For more information about UWIN, visit:

For more information about the program, contact Aude Lochet, program coordinator: