Postdoctoral Research Associate – Evaluating drivers of river metabolism in the Colorado River basin

Utah State University
The successful applicant will be based out of the Department of Watershed Sciences at Utah State University in Logan, UT but will be expected to occasionally visit Flagstaff, AZ to work with GCMRC colleagues. Logan is a relatively small college town located at the base of the Bear River Range and the Cache National Forest, offering a diversity of outdoor recreation opportunities, as well as being within a short drive of Salt Lake City and its many amenities. For additional information describing the department, faculty, and programs see
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Post Doctoral Appointments
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We seek a postdoctoral research associate to examine ecosystem metabolism across gradients of river alteration and link ecosystem metabolism to invertebrate and fish population and assemblage dynamics. This project aims to provide insight into ecosystem processes at a broad spatial extent, where basic knowledge of these processes is limited despite various watershed alterations. The postdoc will have the opportunity to conduct original research in rivers of the upper Colorado River basin. This position will require field work to deploy and maintain a network of oxygen and temperature sondes, and collect data on benthic algae and macroinvertebrates. Expertise in modeling river metabolism and analyzing data from oxygen and temperature sondes is preferred but not required. The associate will work directly with Drs. Casey Pennock (Utah State University) and Phaedra Budy (U.S. Geological Survey, Utah State University), and will work closely with Dr. Charles Yackulic and other researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey, Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center (GCMRC) with expertise in modeling. The associate will also be expected to help mentor graduate and undergraduate students in the Fish Ecology Lab ( and play an active role in the Department of Watershed Sciences.
Completed PhD in aquatic ecology or closely related field before start date and interest in freshwater ecosystem conservation. Candidates should have knowledge and interests in R programming and strong quantitative skills.
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Casey Pennock
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