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  • Bird Migration Forecasting for Conservation Applications Postdoc

    Guest Kyle Horton
    • Employer: Colorado State University
      Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 10/31/2021
      Open Until Filled: No

    Project: The project focuses on testing a key prediction of sustainability transformations science theory – that innovations originate within advocacy coalitions then accumulate at the subsystem level to drive sustainability transformations (e.g., new policies). During phase one the investigation gathers detailed national survey information on the ALAN system and creates transformational technological improvements in existing bird migration forecasts specific to impacts of ALAN. This new social and ecological knowledge will then be used to engage with advocacy coalitions in specific urban testbed sites to co-implement sustainability transformation experiments during phase two. These experiments will use targeted messaging campaigns to foster ALAN mitigation. Experiments will be focused on sustainability-oriented coalitions because these advocates are predicted to have high leverage to affect radical transformation toward sustainability across the ALAN subsystem. Impacts of the experiments on ALAN, impacts of ALAN on migrant birds, and human behaviors and attitudes toward ALAN will be quantified. Through this two-phase approach this project will produce a new understanding of how innovations derived from a convergence research approach can be employed in a sustainability science and policy framework to accelerate transformations. These outcomes will contribute understanding of how communities and researchers can co-engage with wicked environmental problems more broadly to drive transformations toward sustainability. Results will create new, and potentially transformative, understanding of how ecological forecasting contributes to sustainability transformations. 


    NSF Award info: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=2123405&HistoricalAwards=false

    CSU AeroEco Lab info: https://aeroecolab.com

    Position: Postdoctoral Researcher. This post-doc will be supported for two years, with the possibility a third year.

    Position Summary: The Postdoctoral Researcher will be responsible for processing, analyzing, and synthesizing radar and remote sensing data through peer reviewed publication. The scope of this work is largely computer-based and heavily analytical. 

    Proposed Annual Salary Range: $60,000-$62,000

    Institution: Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 

    Department: Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology 

    State Date: November 22nd, 2021 

    Qualifications: Ph.D. degree in a pertinent biological, remote sensing, or computer science field by start date of position. Must also have demonstrated experience publishing scientific papers in the areas of ecology, quantitative ecology, remote sensing, or movement ecology. Demonstrated competency in statistical modeling, proficiency in R or Python coding, extensive experience in remote sensing, and ability to handle and organize large datasets. This position is embedded within a larger team at Colorado State University and University of Oklahoma. 

    To Apply: Application materials consist of the following:

    1.     Resume/CV

    2.     Cover Letter

    3.     Three professional references.

    4.     1-page commitment to diversity statement (including broadening diversity, enhancing equity, and inclusive instruction and research techniques)

    References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

    Within your cover letter, please reflect on how your experiences lend to this project, why you are interested in this project, and how this position helps fulfill your career aspirations. Please apply here: https://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/93719

    Deadline to Apply: October 31st, 2021. 

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