Forest Ecology/Remote Sensing
A postdoctoral position is available to conduct research on the vulnerability and responses of forest ecosystems to drought in the Brazilian Amazon at the Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence (GSCE), South Dakota State University.
This research project, recently funded by NASA Terrestrial Ecology Program, will examine the combined effects of drought and forest fragmentation on forest ecosystems in the southern Amazon that has experienced severe drought events in 2005 and 2010. We will combine remote sensing and field study to analyze vulnerability and responses of forest to recent drought events and leverage land cover change-climate modeling to predict potential response of Amazonian forest ecosystems in the future conditions. The selected post-doctoral scientist will be responsible for field sampling in the southern Amazon, satellite data processing, spatial modeling and dissemination of the research results through manuscript publications.
Applicants should have a Ph.D. in forest ecology, landscape ecology, geography or related fields with skills and experience in field forest measurement, remote sensing and spatial analysis. Candidates who can speak Portuguese and have research experience working in Brazil are preferred. This position is initially for one year but may be renewable for two years based on qualifications and performance.
The desired start date is June 1st, 2014, but the position should be filled no later than July 1st. Applications, including a cover letter (in English or Portuguese), copy of a CV, representative publications and the names and addresses of three referees, should be sent by email to Dr. Izaya Numata (firstname.lastname@example.org). Application review will begin April 21, 2014. Informal inquiries are welcome via email.