Working Lands for Wildlife Research Scientist: NEBRASKA (remote working possible)

Agency
University of Nebraska
Location
Lincoln, NE (remote working possible)
Job Category
Post Doctoral Appointments
Salary
$55,000 – $70,000 DOE
Last Date to Apply
04/01/2021
Description
Position description: The Great Plains Working Lands for Wildlife Science Team invites motivated individuals to apply for a research scientist position to work on a new biome-scale conservation initiative to conserve the last remaining and iconic grassland regions of the Great Plains. This position will join a collaborative national science team and lead a series of geospatial analyses that will aid prioritization and evaluation of conservation practices for this initiative. A ‘Call to Action’ has emerged in the Great Plains to scale-up conservation on private lands, address the major threats to the biome, and meet the sustainability targets that benefit wildlife, rural livelihoods, and other ecosystem services on America’s grasslands. Quantifiable solutions are needed that address the continued loss of grasslands at large scales to (i) woody encroachment and (ii) land use conversion, the two biome-scale threats to grasslands outlined in the Great Plains Grassland Biome Framework for Conservation Action. An unprecedented opportunity now exists to track outcomes fundamental to rangeland conservation. Advances in technology, combined with key collaborations between the University of Nebraska and University of Montana, have led to seamless geospatial tracking of productivity, cover, and state transitions (hosted on the Rangeland Analysis Platform). These three metrics have dominated the history of the rangeland profession’s theory, monitoring and application, and they serve as the foundation for the measurement of more specialized outcomes-based assessments (e.g., wildlife responses). This position will leverage new technological advancements to develop customized mapping products and analyses and track these key rangeland outcomes at multiple scales and contexts – from the implementation of a single treatment to the trajectory of rangeland change happening for an entire biome. Responsibilities: • Conduct big-data analyses with new geospatial rangeland data that evaluate spatiotemporal trends in rangeland productivity, cover, and state transitions at regional extents and specific to large-scale private lands collaborations in the Great Plains. • Lead efforts engaging with stakeholders to compile and synthesize conservation practices and outcomes related to woody encroachment within newly developed priority regions for grassland conservation. • Prepare peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts and support transfer of scientific findings to partners.
Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. degree and expertise in landscape ecology, rangeland ecology, computational biology, geography, or a related field. Individuals should have experience with spatial data analysis platforms (Google Earth Engine, GIS) and programming experience (e.g., JavaScript, Python, R) is preferable. Candidates should have demonstrated evidence of excellent writing and communication skills and be highly motivated to publish in scientific journals. Interested applicants should send a single PDF with the following to Dirac Twidwell (dirac.twidwell@unl.edu) for immediate consideration: (1) a statement of interest with well-articulated career goals, current and future research interests, and relevant experiences; (2) a curriculum vitae; and (3) contact information for three professional references. Start date is flexible (but as soon as possible).
Contact Person
Dirac Twidwell
Contact eMail
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