Postdoctoral Research Associate
The Department of Ecosystem Science & Management at Texas A&M University invites applications for a post-doctoral research associate to contribute to an USDA-NIFA funded project investigating agricultural vulnerability to climate change in the U.S. Great Plains. The incumbent will work with a transdisciplinary group of USDA scientists and several USDA Climate Hubs. Responsibilities include assessing climate change impacts on rangeland ecosystems, including extensive cattle production enterprises, and evaluating the potential benefits of adaptation strategies on agricultural vulnerability. Assessments will be based on historical data from the National Agricultural Statistical Survey (NASS) and projections of NPP and vegetation change from the MC2 Dynamic Global Vegetation Model. Metrics of beef cattle production will be derived from MC2 model output and the consequences of various adaptation strategies on these production metrics will be accessed from the relevant literature. Tradeoff models will evaluate the agricultural and ecological consequences of land use shifts among rangeland and cropping systems in future climates.
Incumbent must hold a Ph.D. in ecology, range science or closely related field. Knowledge of climate change impacts on rangelands and associated adaptation strategies is required. Experience with data management, data analysis and interpretation, geospatial data processing, and transdisciplinary research is highly desirable.
Position available January 1, 2018 for a 2-year period, but an extension is possible. Salary is $50,000/year, plus benefits. Direct inquires to David D. Briske (email@example.com). Submit applications at greatjobs.tamu.edu; NOV: 10478; PIN: 006467. Applicant evaluation will begin December 1, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.