We seek a postdoctoral researcher to predict changes in suitable habitat for sea turtle species nesting in the southeastern US, using a biophysical niche modeling approach. The researcher will integrate existing future SLR and storm surge models, urban growth models, and landscape change with predicted coastal nesting species distributions under climate change to assess future sea turtle nesting habitat vulnerability across southeastern coastal National Parks. The postdoctoral researcher will be based at the University of Central Florida, as a part of the UCF Preeminent Postdoctoral Program (P3), and will work under the direction of Drs. Betsy von Holle and John Weishampel. The researcher will be expected to prepare results for peer reviewed journals as well as reports. There is the potential for novel, related project ideas to be developed, using the existing datasets and models. Appointment: Two years, contingent upon performance. As part of the P3 award, the postdoc will receive an additional $5K for professional development or to supplement research activities.
Experience with correlative niche models, biophysical niche models, GIS, and statistical modeling desired. A PhD is required as well as mathematical and programming skills. The candidate should be able to work both independently and collaboratively with the principal investigators and NPS stakeholders.
To apply: Please send letter of interest including related skills, CV, contact information for three references in a single pdf to Betsy von Holle (firstname.lastname@example.org) Please include “Quantitative ecologist” in the email subject heading. Review of applications will begin 10/1/2017 and continue until the position is filled.