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US Geological Survey Mendenhall Post-doctoral Research Fellowship

US Geological Survey Mendenhall Post-doctoral Research Fellowship

Investigating the response of coastal wetlands to sea-level rise (SLR): Understanding how macroscale drivers influence local processes and feedbacks

The USGS seeks a postdoctoral fellow that will help advance our understanding of coastal wetland responses to sea-level rise as part of a coupled earth atmosphere system and develop tools to transfer research to actionable science for coastal wetland managers to anticipate and prepare for the effects of future changes. We envision that the postdoctoral fellow will have strong quantitative data science skills (i.e. using machine learning approaches to make predictions, applying existing machine learning tools to model time-series dynamics, and applying machine learning to data analysis problems) and use their expertise in landscape ecology and coastal wetland ecosystem dynamics, in combination with innovative approaches for integrating existing geospatial data, to investigate complex problems revolving around the resilience of coastal wetlands to changes in sea-level rise, sediment supply, and other external forcing. The goal of this research opportunity is to investigate the resilience of coastal wetlands to changing environments by focusing on the interaction between macroscale drivers and local processes alongside the feedbacks between physical and ecological processes to improve our understanding of the general mechanisms affecting their resilience to disturbance. This can be achieved by advancing our understanding in several possible areas: (1) How does geomorphic setting influence marsh response to sea-level rise? (2) How do differences in marsh vegetation and/or marsh surface elevation influence marsh resiliency to sea-level rise? (3) How does the lateral extent and vertical stability of salt marshes experiencing rising sea levels depend on interacting drivers and feedbacks and geomorphic settings? (4) How can management and restoration efforts increase the ecological resilience of coastal wetlands in the face of sea-level rise? These questions can be approached using remote sensing approaches to evaluate coastal wetland geomorphic and vegetation patterns, spatial models of coastal wetland dynamics, and/or broad scale assessments of marsh resilience using existing data.

Areas of PhD: Geology, biology, ecology, geography, mathematics, or related fields (candidates holding a Ph.D. in other disciplines but with extensive knowledge and skills relevant to the Research Opportunity may be considered). 

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Additional Info

Job Type : Temporary, Full-Time

Education Level : Doctoral

Experience Level : Entry Level

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