Invasive species range shifts under climate change
Salary: $53,000 (plus benefits; 2-year position)
Start date: January 1, 2021
Location: University of Florida, Gainesville
The Global Change and Ecology Lab (www.schefferslab.com) at UF seeks a postdoctoral scientist interested in modeling the range shifts of invasive animal species of the SE USA and devising management scenarios for range shifting invasive species. The post-doc will be part of a large collaborative team of researchers and managers including University of Florida, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, USGS, and other regional partners. This postdoc position is funded by the Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (SE CASC).
This project has theoretical roots in biogeography and macroecology of invasive species but strongly emphasizes management and stakeholder engagement. In addition to predicting the response of invasive animal species to climate change, the successful applicant will implement prioritization schemes, assess the extent to which different management programs may help limit future invasion, and work closely with regional stakeholders to address issues on invasive species range shifts.
The applicant should be familiar with principles of invasion ecology or conservation biology. Desirable skills and experience include spatial analyses (e.g., connectivity analyses, spatial prioritization, stochastic spatial processes) and wildlife and/or invasive species management. A strong familiarity in R and/or Python is a necessity for this position.
We seek to find an applicant with a strong work ethic, showcasing a consistent track record in publishing research. Other desirable qualifications include creativity in addressing classical problems, clear and concise writing skills, and strong communication skills.
A PhD must be defended by December 2021 in an ecological or conservation related field. To be considered for this position, please send a single .pdf containing a 1-2 page cover letter describing your research experience and interest in this position; a curriculum vitae; and contact information for three professional references (name, affiliation, email) to Brett Scheffers (firstname.lastname@example.org) with subject heading: Scheffers Invasion Post-doc
Review of applications will begin on Sept 18th, 2020 and remain open until position is filled. Short-listed applicants will be notified and invited for an interview.