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Postdoctoral Research Associate:  Scaling of Forest Structure using Remote Sensing

The research group of Dr. Sydne Record (https://umaine.edu/wle/faculty-staff-directory/sydne-record/) seeks applicants for one postdoctoral position at the University of Maine in Orono in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology starting in February 2023. Our research group focuses on population and community ecology from a biogeographical perspective. We apply computational methods to data from various environmental observatory networks to explore ecological dynamics across space and time. Funding for this position comes from a National Aeronautics and Space Administration grant. The postdoctoral researcher will conduct research to incorporate disturbance through time and remote sensing into a scaling framework of forest structure and functional diversity using in-situ and remotely sensed data. The preferred start date for this position is early spring 2023. This position is fully funded for up to 36-months pending satisfactory performance. Our research group is committed to anti-racism and values diverse perspectives. Applicants from historically excluded groups are encouraged to apply.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. in ecology, geography, environmental data science, statistics, or other relevant discipline at time of hire. Experience with management of big data sets (e.g., USFS Forest Inventory and Analysis, remotely sensed data, such as LiDAR), analyses in R, Python, and STAN (e.g., deep learning, Bayesian regression models, spatial analyses), and running analyses on a high-performance computing cluster. The ideal applicant will also have a strong background in ecology and environmental science, creativity, a strong publication record, and an excellent history in seeing projects through from start to finish. Successful applicants will work well both independently and collaboratively, mentor undergraduate and graduate students, and publish and present research results. This is project involves computational work and no field work. Good oral and written communication skills and flexibility given the unexpected nature of research are highly valued. Hiring of the selected candidate will be conditional on a background check performed by the UMaine Office of Human Resources.

Location: The University of Maine Orono campus is a community of ~12,000 undergraduate and graduate students. UMaine is in beautiful central Maine with an excellent quality of life (little traffic, reasonable cost of living, safe neighborhoods). Outdoor recreational activities abound with Mount Katahdin (Baxter State Park) and Acadia National Park within one hour drive and fifteen miles of running, biking, and cross-country skiing trails on campus.

Closing date: review of applications will begin 11/18/22, open until filled.

Contact: Please apply at https://umaine.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobid=78851

Email sydne.record@maine.edu with the subject line “NASA Postdoc” if you have questions.


Postdoctoral Research Associate:  Effects of land use on national ecological observatory network sites sentinel organisms

The research group of Dr. Sydne Record (https://umaine.edu/wle/faculty-staff-directory/sydne-record/) seeks applicants for one postdoctoral position at the University of Maine in Orono in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology starting in Fall 2022. Note that a second postdoc position on a different project funded by NASA will also be advertised shortly. Our research group focuses on population and community ecology from a biogeographical perspective. We apply computational methods to data from various environmental observatory networks to explore ecological dynamics across space and time. Funding for this position comes from a National Science Foundation grant. The project will connect fine-grained measurements of individual organism traits, like body size, to cross-scale drivers of biodiversity from plot to continental scales. The postdoc will: lead manuscripts, collate a database of spatially explicit recent and current land use histories of NEON sites from historical documents and aerial imagery; analyze drivers of intra- and inter-specific trait variation across NEON organisms (e.g., mammals, fish, beetles); and develop hierarchical models explaining NEON’s biodiversity across the United States as a function of local- to continental-scale drivers. The preferred start date for this position is Fall 2022. This position is fully funded for up to 24-months pending satisfactory performance. Our research group is committed to anti-racism and values diverse perspectives. Applicants from historically excluded groups are encouraged to apply.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. in ecology, biology, environmental data science, statistics, or other relevant discipline. The ideal applicant will have quantitative skills (e.g., R, Python, geographic information systems, hierarchical Bayesian modeling), previous research experience and a strong background in ecology and environmental science, creativity, a strong publication record, and an excellent history in seeing projects through from start to finish. Successful applicants will be expected to work both independently and collaboratively, mentor undergraduate and graduate students, and publish and present research results. This is project involves computational work and no field work. Good oral and written communication skills and flexibility given the unexpected nature of research are highly valued. Hiring of the selected candidate will be conditional on a background check performed by the UMaine Office of Human Resources.

Location: The University of Maine Orono campus is a community of ~12,000 undergraduate and graduate students. UMaine is in beautiful central Maine with an excellent quality of life (little traffic, reasonable cost of living, safe neighborhoods). Outdoor recreational activities abound with Mount Katahdin (Baxter State Park) and Acadia National Park within one hour drive and fifteen miles of running, biking, and cross-country skiing trails on campus.

Closing date: review of applications will begin 9/30, open until filled.

Contact: Please apply at https://tinyurl.com/NEONpostdoc2022Record

Email sydne.record@maine.edu with the subject line “NEON Postdoc” if you have questions.

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Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship in Freshwater Mussel Ecology

Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Conservation Biology, University of Maine, Orono

Project Background: The Yellow Lampmussel (YLM), Lampsilis cariosa, is a medium-sized freshwater mussel occurring in freshwater rivers and lakes from Georgia, USA to Nova Scotia, Canada. The species is declining throughout its range and is a Northeast Regional Species of Greatest Conservation Need. The overall goal of this project is to conduct research to inform and guide conservation and restoration planning for YLM by 1) Assessing landscape-scale threats and potential restoration sites for YLM across its range and 2) Assessing habitat for YLM and potential locations for YLM surveys and restoration. This is a highly collaborative project including state and federal partners. A key part of this position will be engaging with stakeholders, in addition to data collection and analyses.

 Qualifications: M.S. or equivalent experience in ecology, biology, GIS, computer science, statistics, or other relevant discipline required. Experience with GIS and R, an interest in freshwater ecology, strong oral and written communication skills, and excellent record in seeing projects through from start to finish are highly desirable. Successful applicants will be expected to work both independently and collaboratively, mentor undergraduates in the group, develop independent research questions related to overall project goals, operate federal vehicles and boats, embrace environmental data science, and publish research results. We are committed to anti-racism and value diverse identities, experiences, and skills.

Salary: Approximately $26,000 per year for 4 years will be covered by the research project.  Tuition and a minimum of half of health insurance premiums will be covered. There may be an additional opportunity for one or two semesters of Teaching Assistantship support.

To Apply: See https://tinyurl.com/YellowLampmussel

For full consideration, please apply prior to January 15, 2023. Open until filled.

Questions? Please email christina.murphy@maine.edu with the subject header “Freshwater Mussels PhD Assistantship”

Project Team:

Dr. Christina Murphy (christina.murphy@maine.edu), U.S. Geological Survey, ME Coop Unit, UMaine

Dr. Sydne Record (sydne.record@maine.edu), University of Maine

Dr. Allison Roy (aroy@eco.umass.edu), U.S. Geological Survey, MA Coop Unit, UMass Amherst

Dr. David Perkins (david_perkins@usfws.gov), U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

 

We especially encourage applicants from historically excluded groups to apply. The University of Maine Orono is an EEO/AA employer and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status and gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities.

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MS Assistantship: Bicknell’s Thrush Habitat Modeling

Location: University of Maine (Orono, ME)

Stipend:  $22,667 per year plus tuition (up to 15 credits per academic year) and ½ health insurance premium

Description:  Dr. Amber Roth seeks a graduate student to pursue a MS degree to be completed in association with the School of Forest Resources and Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology at the University of Maine. The student will model spatial characteristics of Bicknell’s Thrush breeding habitat in the Northeast US and Southeast Canada to aid managers of working forests. This position is supported by a Research Assistantship for 2 years. The student has the option to pursue a degree in Wildlife Ecology, Forest Resources, or Ecology & Environmental Science. Peer reviewed publications are expected as a product of this research. The program of study will begin January 1, 2023 with an expected graduation date of December 2024.

Qualifications: Qualified applicants will possess a BS/BA degree in biology, ecology, natural resources, environmental science, GIS, or other relevant field and have strong interpersonal skills. Competitive candidates will also have 1) spatial analysis skills and experience using GIS and remotely sensed datasets, 2) strong communication skills to coordinate a large group of collaborators on both sides of the US-Canada border and to develop communication tools tailored to the needs of forest managers, and 3) interest in a modeling-intensive project using primarily existing datasets. Additionally, I’m seeking someone who has a strong work ethic and an outgoing personality.

To apply: Email your resume, cover letter summarizing your experience and interests, college transcripts, GRE scores (optional), and contact info for three references to Dr. Amber Roth via amber.roth@maine.edu

Deadline for applications: November 4, 2022, or until filled.

We especially encourage applicants from underrepresented or historically excluded groups to apply.


M.S. in Wildlife Ecology or Ecology and Environmental Sciences

Topic: Using Citizen Science to Map Amphibian Road Crossings in Acadia National Park

Project Background: This position will be funded by a grant from the National Park Service. Roadway mortality poses a substantial threat to the survival of amphibian populations, particularly in rural landscapes bisected by roadways such as in Acadia National Park, a world-class 47,000-acre mountainous coastal landscape in Maine.  Acadia hosts at least 11 species of salamanders and frogs, which are a critical part of the local ecosystem and park values, and several of these species have faced local declines in recent decades.  This project will generate a set of resources which can be used to reduce mortality of amphibians on roadways within Acadia National Park, and serve as a model for future efforts in other locations.  The master’s student will conduct nighttime road surveys for amphibian activity and will be responsible for coordinating a citizen-science campaign of volunteers conducting parallel surveys throughout the park.  The student will also be responsible for combining the survey data with GIS layers and weather data to create park-wide maps of vulnerability, to generate predictive tools for park management and to make recommendations for mitigation efforts.  A key part of this position will be engaging with stakeholders, including both community volunteers and park managers.

The University of Maine, an R1-institution, is a friendly community in the small, bike-able town of Orono, just a few minutes from the city of Bangor.  The campus is surrounded by lots of forest, bogs, rivers and lakes, set in between the famous Hundred-Mile Wilderness of the Appalachian Trail and the spectacular rocky coastline of Acadia National Park.

Qualifications: B.S. in biology, ecology, statistics, or other relevant discipline; capacity to organize and inspire a community citizen science campaign; strong quantitative skills, preferably including experience with GIS and R; interest in amphibian ecology; strong oral and written communication skills; and excellent work ethic. We are committed to valuing diverse identities, experiences, and skills.

Duration: September 2023 through May 2025

Salary: Approximately $23,000 per year, with anticipated 24 months of Research Assistantship plus 9 months of Teaching Assistantship.  Tuition and a minimum of half of health insurance premiums will be covered by the project.

To Apply: Please Click Here and complete the application posted at this link.  For full consideration, please apply prior to December 12th, 2022.

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updated 10/27/2022