We are seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher with expertise in quantitative ecology, wildlife ecology, global change biology, and/or conservation biology to be jointly advised by Daniel Karp and Rahel Sollmann in the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology at the University of California, Davis. The appointment will be for one-year, with the possibility of extension based on funding availability and performance. The postdoctoral researcher will join a collaborative and interdisciplinary team of faculty and conservation practitioners focused on analyzing ‘big data’ to explore regional-to-global trends in wildlife occupancy across space and time. Specifically, the postdoc will be charged with analyzing data and producing analytics for ‘Wildlife Insights’ (https://www.wildlifeinsights.org/), an open-source platform developed by Conservation International and others to share and analyze wildlife data worldwide. Though based at UC Davis, the postdoc will work closely with the Wildlife Insights science advisory board (https://www.wildlifeinsights.org/meet-the-team).
Monitoring changes in wildlife populations, identifying threats, and evaluating conservation interventions requires reliable, contemporary data on wildlife occurrences and distributions. Scientists and conservation practitioners often use camera traps to monitor wildlife; however, no platform currently exists to share and analyze the vast numbers of wildlife photos collected globally each year. Wildlife Insights was developed to fill this need, harnessing the power of the data revolution to integrate cutting-edge technology and science to develop a global monitoring system for wildlife. The project postdoc, with advice and mentorship from Karp, Sollmann, and the Wildlife Insights science team, will be responsible for analyzing data from Wildlife Insights to explore the impacts of global change on wildlife occurrences and/or distributions. The postdoc will also produce basic analytics for the Wildlife Insights platform to allow data contributors and other users to better explore and/or visualize their own data. Specific questions and approaches will be developed through an exchange of ideas between the postdoc, Karp, Sollmann, and the Wildlife Insights team; however, we envision community occupancy modeling as playing a central role in analyses.
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Please apply by preparing: (1) your CV inclusive of publications, awards, and research experience, (2) a cover letter discussing your qualifications, research interests, quantitative skills, and motivations for this position, (3) a 1-2 paragraph summary about your commitment to and/or experience with furthering diversity in the sciences, and (4) contact information for 3 references. Send all materials to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com with the subject line: “Wildlife Insights Postdoc Application.”