With funding from the National Park Service, we seek a scholar interested in studying the costs of light pollution for people and wildlife. We aim to develop and test mitigation techniques that rewild the night sky for animals and visitors to protected areas. Bats, birds, and insects will be our focal taxa. Data collection will take place in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming and Acadia National Park in Maine. This project is in collaboration with social scientists (Newman/Taff lab) at Penn State University and scientists in the Natural Sounds and Nights Skies Division of the National Park Service. Candidates should have a strong interest in collaborative interdisciplinary research, mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, and working with agency partners. For an introduction to some of our ongoing work on mitigating light pollution see: https://vimeo.com/382955989 . Start date flexible.
● Ph.D. in Human-Environment Systems, Ecology, Animal Behavior, or a related field
● Demonstrated ability to disseminate science via peer-reviewed publications
● A commitment to create a diverse and inclusive working environment
● Demonstrated ability to analyze data in R or Python