In Brief: Seeking an exceptional post-doc to advance the Harvard Forest’s Long Term
Ecological Research (LTER) program and a Coupled Natural and Human systems (CNH)
project, both focused on scenario and simulation modeling of forest insects, land use, and
climate change impacts on New England forests. This is an exciting opportunity for a
landscape or macrosystems ecologist with interests in global change and coupled human
and natural systems.

Work Location: The post-doc will be part of Jonathan Thompson’s Lab at the Harvard
Forest in Petersham, MA

The Position:
– We’ve spent several years assembling datasets, engaging with stakeholders, and
building simulation models to help us understand the interactive effects of climate and land-
use change on the New England landscape. We are now seeking an extremely motivated
post-doc to exploit these resources by conducting novel analyses, publishing impactful
papers, and creating public-facing tools and publications. The position comes with all the
ingredients needed for an early career scholar to build a reputation as a leader in the fields
of ecology and sustainability science. While the general themes of the work are dictated
by the funding, the position comes with considerable autonomy to shape the direction of the
– The position is closely linked to a Research Coordination Network called Scenarios
and Services for Society. The S3 RCN has resources and relationships that will facilitate
the Post-doc’s collaborations with RCN sciences working throughout the region, including
at: Harvard, Highstead Foundation, U. of Massachusetts, The Gund Institute at the U. of
Vermont, and the U. of New Hampshire.
– The position is partially funded by an NSF CNH grant called: “Assessing the potential
for climate change and forest insects to drive land-use regime shifts.” The incumbent will
collaborate closely with the project Co-PIs including: Dave Orwig and David Foster of
Harvard Forest; Marla Lindsay and Dave Kittredge of U. of Massachusetts; Brett Butler of
the U.S. Forest Service, and Mark Borsuk of Duke. As part of this project, we’ve just
developed a unique coupled modeling framework to mechanistically explore ecosystem and
landowner responses to forest pests and climate change. The post-doc will use this model
compare the direct and indirect (socially mediated) impacts of insects and climate change
on forest ecosystems.

Job Duties: The post doc will be responsible for using simulation models to conduct
landscape-scale analyses designed to understand the regional-scale consequences of
diverse forest processes land-uses, including: land owner response to insect outbreaks,
land protection, harvesting, and alternative development patterns. The incumbent will build
upon previous parameterizations of landscape simulations models (LANDIS-II-PnET,
Dinamica, land-owner systems models etc). The post-doc will collaborate with PIs to
publish results in high-impact scientific outlets and collaborate with science communication
experts to maximize the application and impact of the research.

Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in forest ecology, forestry, geography, or related field;
Evidence of strong scholarship, including high-impact peer-reviewed publications; Capable
of conducting complex spatial analyses (e.g. landscape simulation, GIS, remote sensing,
and spatial statistics); Skilled at scripting within the R and/or Python programming
languages; Proven ability to plan and conduct independent research projects from beginning
to end.

Preferred Experience: Research within coupled human-natural systems; systems modeling;
quantifying ecosystem services; Ability to program in C++ or C# would be a major asset.

Appointment: Initial appointment of one year is renewable for additional years based on
performance. The position is available immediately, and preference will be given to
applicants who can start sooner than later.

Harvard Forest: An internationally recognized center for basic and applied research in
ecology, conservation and ecosystem studies, with 40 full-time staff is one of 26 LTER
sites across the country sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The Forest
facilities include a research and administrative complex, 3500 acres of land, and residential
buildings. The Forest is located in Petersham, a small rural town in north central
Massachusetts about 70 miles west of Cambridge. For more information, visit Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer
and all qualified applicants will receive receive consideration for employment without regard
to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability
status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Salary: $45,000-50,000 per annum DOE, plus health insurance benefits through Harvard

To apply: Send cover letter, CV, PDFs of relevant publications, and the names and contact
info for three references to Jonathan Thompson: [email protected]

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