[ES_JOBS_NET] Ecosystem ecologist postdoc Univ Alaska Anchorage

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Tue Aug 13 09:54:49 MDT 2013

Postdoctoral Fellow: NSF funded-Ecosystem Ecologist position. The
University of Alaska
Anchorage (UAA) is seeking an Ecosystem Ecologist for a 3-year postdoctoral
fellowship. The
research will quantify the biogeochemical and feedback consequences of
changes in the interactions
between geese and wet sedge ecosystems that are occurring as a result of
shifts in the timing of
migration and vegetation phenology and is focused in the Y-K Delta of
western Alaska. He/she will
undertake summer-long measurements of carbon cycling in a manipulated field
study to characterize
how the timing of goose grazing affects carbon exchange, plant growth, soil
and plant mineral
nutrition, and biosphere-atmosphere feedbacks. He/she will use a suite of
measurement packages
including in situ CO2 exchange system (LiCor 8100a), stable isotopes of
plants, soils, geese (δ13C and
δ15N), and micrometerological stations. The successful candidate will also
work with collaborators to
parameterize the SAVANNA model in an effort to expand the spatial and
temporal resolution of
research findings. The project team consists of faculty, students and
scientists from: University of
Alaska-Anchorage, Utah State University, University of Nevada Reno,
Colorado State University, and
the USGS Alaska Science Center.
We seek individuals with training in ecosystem ecology, field-based C
exchange measurements, and
ecosystem process modeling. Additional interests in plant-animal
interactions, food web ecology, bird
migration studies, diet ecology, or climate change in arctic systems is
desirable. The postdoctoral
scientist will be supervising graduate and undergraduate students and will
have some intellectual
flexibility to pursue associated studies.
The successful individual will be based at UAA in Anchorage and will be a
member of the J Welker
lab (http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/biology/facultyandstaff/WelkerLab/index.cfm),
and stationed at a
remote field camp from May to August. The appointment is expected to begin
February 2014.
Screening of applicants will begin September 1, 2013 and continue until
filled. To be considered
please apply to the CAS Postdoctoral pool posting #0066898 at
http://www.uakjobs.com/. If you have
questions, you may contact Jeff Welker at jmwelker at uaa.alaska.edu. Salary
will be ~$4,000 per
month depending on experience and includes benefits.
Anchorage is a coastal city nestled against the Chugach Mountain Range that
rises to over 6,000 feet
along Cook Inlet, adjoining the Gulf of Alaska. Anchorage is the
environmental research center of
Alaska with academic (University of Alaska Anchorage, Alaska Pacific
University), Federal (US
Geological Survey & Climate Center, US Fish and Wildlife Service, &
National Park Service), state
(Department of Environmental Conservation & Department of Natural
Resources), and Conservation
(Wilderness Society, The Nature Conservancy, & the Audubon Society)
research, outreach and
education programs with local to global reach.
Anchorage is the epicenter of the finest outdoor adventures in the US. This
includes deep powder
skiing at Alyeska (30 min from town-home of the Extreme Skiing
Championships), thousands of acres
of backcountry skiing, and championship skate and x-country skiing trails
throughout the city, 50 miles
that are lit all winter. Anchorage is a mere 60 minutes from Prince William
Sound and the picturesque
scenery of dozens of glaciers calving into the ocean, orcas and sea birds,
and is within 1 hr of worldfamous
salmon fishing on the Kenai Peninsula.

Jeff Welker
Fulbright Distinguished US Arctic Chair
Professor of Ecology
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Alaska Anchorage
jmwelker at uaa.alaska.edu
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