Quantitative ecologist (Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative)

S.O. Conte Research Center, 1 Migratory Way, Turners Falls MA 01376
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Post Doctoral Appointments
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The Department of Ecosystem Science and Management seeks a Postdoctoral Scholar (Researcher) in Quantitative Ecology who will engage in research that will support the Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative (ARMI) program. During the late 1980’s scientists recognized that amphibian populations were declining globally. In response to this crisis, USGS developed an Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative (ARMI) in order to make inference to the dynamics of North American amphibian populations. The ARMI program has led to much useful research (armi.usgs.gov), and inferences include reduced populations of N. American amphibians over the last 1.5 decades. The success of the ARMI program has resulted from collaboration between field scientists and statistical ecologists. For more than a decade, the ARMI program has hosted a post-doctoral scholar researcher who works with the program to further research goals in the application of conservation science for amphibian populations. The research will include developing new statistical methodology, as well as tailoring existing methods to specific ARMI uses. This includes assistance with nonstandard statistical problems that arise during ARMI investigations. The person hired into the position will work with the PIs (a collaboration between PSU and USGS researchers) to identify 1-2 research topics that focus on statistical and applied ecological issues in amphibian population dynamics and ecology and address ARMI program needs. Potential areas of interest include work on data integration to estimate species distributions and dynamics, measuring community responses to climatic variation and other drivers, improving methods to simultaneously estimate growth and survival from mark-recapture data, or dealing with disease state uncertainty in estimating infectious disease dynamics. Selection of the topic areas will depend on the interest of the postdoc and needs of collaborators and may go beyond those listed here. Examples of work done by ARMI PIs and collaborators can be found at https://armi.usgs.gov/search/. The work will be conducted in collaboration with the USGS ARMI program; the postdoc will be supervised by Dr. Evan Grant at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center (Northeast ARMI) and Dr. David Miller, The Pennsylvania State University (Applied Population Ecology Lab). The post-doc will also interact and collaborate with other USGS researchers associated with the ARMI program (armi.usgs.gov). This is a limited term position.
Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate in an appropriate field and be able to provide evidence that all requirements have been met for completion of the Ph.D. prior to the effective date of hire. We strongly encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, and particularly welcome applications from underrepresented groups in amphibian ecology, quantitative ecology, and statistics. The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusive excellence that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusive excellence as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission. 
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Dr. Evan Grant
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