[ES_JOBS_NET] Ecologist (Hydrology-Ecosystems-Ecosystem Services) USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center, La Cross, WI

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Fri Jul 24 11:28:07 MDT 2015

*Ecologist (Hydrology-Ecosystems-Ecosystem Services) USGS Upper Midwest
Environmental Sciences Center, La Cross, WI*

Funding is available for a term (13-month) post-graduate appointment at the
U.S. Geological Survey’s Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center in La
Crosse, WI. Additional funding may be available to continue to support the
position in future years.

The researcher will explore the state-of-the-art in interdisciplinary
science to evaluate how changes in river-floodplain connectivity influence
floodplain ecosystem processes and the provision of valuable ecosystem
services.  The successful candidate will be expected to link these fields
of study in ways that allow for practical application and quantitative
evaluation of the effects of alternative management and climate change
scenarios on river-floodplain hydrology, ecology, and ecosystem services.

A strong emphasis will be placed on the effects of river-floodplain
connectivity on biogeochemical processes (N, P, and C transformation) and
floodplain plant community dynamics, and the ecosystem services these
processes support (e.g., clean water and recreational opportunities).

The researcher will be joining a collaborative group of hydrologists and
ecologists from the U.S. Geological Survey and ecosystem services
scientists from The Nature Conservancy. It is therefore not necessary that
the candidate possess all skills needed to work independently. This is a
multi-disciplinary topic and will require collaboration. However, the
successful candidate will possess expertise in at least one of the
following fields, with a working knowledge of the other fields: 1)
river-floodplain hydrology and hydrodynamics, 2) quantitative and spatial
modelling of ecosystem processes (e.g. nutrient cycling and plant
succession), and 3) evaluation of ecosystem services.

Specific Tasks:

Review and summarize relevant hydrological, ecological, and ecosystem
services literature

Gather and manage spatial and other relevant data and perform analyses

Produce maps and other graphic output and products

Write scientific papers

Qualifications required:

The successful candidate will be highly motivated to advance the fields of
river-floodplain hydrology, ecosystems ecology, and/or ecosystem services,
as well as develop practical applications for improving the management and
restoration of rivers and their floodplains.  An MS or PhD is required, as
is a record of publication in peer-reviewed journals in the areas of
hydrology, geomorphology, ecology, or ecosystem services.


This position will be filled as either a GS-9 (post MS, ~$48,400) or GS-11
(post-doc, ~58,500) Ecologist.

For more information and how to apply:

People interested in this position are welcome contact and/or send a
statement of interest and CV to Nathan R. De Jager (ndejager at usgs.gov).
However, this position will be formally announced at
https://www.usajobs.gov/  and only those applying to the position via
usajobs can be considered.
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