Postdoctoral Scholar in Hyperspectral Remote Sensing of Invasion Ecology
A full-time postdoctoral scholar position in hyperspectral remote sensing of invasion ecology is available at the University of California Merced. The focus of this research is to study the ecosystem engineering impacts of water primrose (Ludwigia spp.) in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the landward end of the San Francisco Estuary. Water primrose is a highly invasive, non-native floating macrophyte in that, in recent years, has extended its niche into marsh habitat, causing extensive mortality of marsh vegetation. The goals of the project are to understand how water primrose invades and overtakes marsh as well as the factors that make marshes vulnerable to invasion. Hypothesized mechanisms include water primrose traits associated with growth strategy, its allelopathic properties, or factors related to marsh community structure. A main deliverable of the study is to identify and map the marshes most vulnerable to loss due to invasion and quantify the spatial trajectory of marsh loss due to invasion during the past 15 years. The postdoctoral position will be in the Earth Observation and Remote Sensing Lab in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at UC Merced. The postdoctoral scholar will be based in Merced, California and will work under the supervision of the PI, Dr. Erin Hestir, in close collaboration with Dr. Shruti Khanna from California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and scientists from the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
This position is for one year but is renewable based on funding and performance.
For more information, please see the complete job announcement at: https://aprecruit.ucmerced.edu/JPF01140.
Job Type : Full-Time
Education Level : Doctoral
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