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Ecological Forecasting Postdoctoral Fellow

University at Buffalo
University At Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, USA
$50,000 - 60,000 + benefits + travel
Closing date
Aug 25, 2021

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Biogeosciences, Global Environmental Change
Career Level
Student / Graduate
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The Department of Geography at the University at Buffalo (UB) invites applications for a postdoctoral scholar position for a NASA-funded project on ecological forecasting and biodiversity. This project aims to integrate remote sensing, field observations, and environmental variables to predict and evaluate near-real-time changes in an open ecosystem: the fynbos of the Cape Floristic Region of South Africa. Novel statistical modeling and geospatial artificial intelligence (GeoAI) methods will be developed to fuse these large geographic datasets and perform ecological forecasting and anomaly detection to advance our understanding on the vegetation dynamics in the study region. 

The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary research team, and will be co-advised by the PIs, including Adam M Wilson and Yingjie Hu at the University at Buffalo, Jasper Slingsby at the University of Cape Town, and Glenn Moncrieff at the South African Environmental Observation Network. The candidate can pursue part-time independent research related to the project objectives, and will develop and enhance skills in ecological forecasting and novel computational methods. The selected postdoctoral scholar is expected to start September 15, 2021. Depending on the COVID-19 situation, the scholar can work remotely for some time period. 

Key responsibilities: 

  • Analyzing and fusing big geodata from a variety of sources 
  • Developing statistical and GeoAI models for ecological forecasting 
  • Planning and facilitating communications & meetings for team members and consultants 
  • Facilitating communications with stakeholder groups 
  • Project reporting 
  • National and international travel will be expected following current state and federal guidance 

 This position is affiliated with the Department of Geography and the Department of Environment and Sustainability at the University at Buffalo (UB), a large R1 Research University on the shores of Lake Erie.
Outstanding Benefits Package
Working at UB comes with benefits that exceed salary alone. There are personal rewards including comprehensive health and retirement plan options. We also focus on creating and sustaining a healthy mix of work, personal and academic pursuit – all in an effort to support your work-life effectiveness. Visit our benefits website to learn about our benefit packages.

About UB
The University at Buffalo is SUNY’s most comprehensive public research university, and an outstanding place to work. UB amplifies ambition for faculty and staff by offering endless possibilities to achieve more. Here, people from all backgrounds and cultures challenge and inspire each other to discover, learn and succeed. Dedicated staff and engaged faculty collaborate to further knowledge and understanding, and develop tenacious graduates who are valued for their talents and their impact on global society. Visit our website to learn more about the University at Buffalo
As an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer, the Research Foundation will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin and veteran or disability status. 

This position is affiliated with the Department of Geography, the Department of Environment and Sustainability, and the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA), at the University at Buffalo (UB), a large R1 Research University on the shores of Lake Erie.


Assitant professor of global environmental change in the Geography department at the University at Buffalo. Prior to this position he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Yale Climate and Energy Institute where he studies the ecological implications of global environmental change. Dr. Wilson earned his Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut with interdisciplinary research in South Africa investigating the effects of climate change on species distributions, ecosystem resilience, and wildfire.

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