- Postdoctoral Researcher
USGS Alaska Climate Adaptation Science ORISE Postdoctoral Fellowship
Research Project: The research will focus on the roles of climate variability and change in forest ecosystem responses in Alaska. Existing downscaled historical climate and future climate projections will be used to evaluate current climatic controls on forest responses (potentially including insect-driven forest mortality, wildfire regimes, or tree growth). The participant will be involved in exploring the statistical modeling of these relationships and developing future plausible impacts for climate futures. The participant will also be involved in the translational science process – collaborating with land / resource managers or other decision makers to develop information useful in existing planning processes.
The participant will join a team conducting research on regional climate impacts pathways in Alaska, engage with federal and non-federal decision makers and researchers, and gain valuable experience being a part of a partnership-driven program within a federal science agency. Collaborative, use-inspired research is a core component of the AK CASC, and this opportunity will leverage existing partnerships and established needs for climate impacts information on climate-driven forest responses and related hydrologic changes. Results of this research will fill important gaps in understanding of climate-driven disturbance in southeast and southcentral Alaska.
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: May 2022. Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.
Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year, but may be extended upon recommendation of USGS and is contingent on the availability of funds.
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