New Positions at ASU’s Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science

New Positions at ASU’s Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science

Global Coral Reef Monitoring
Postdoctoral Position Announcement

March 8, 2019—A postdoctoral research position is available for a remote sensing specialist with experience in time-series satellite image analysis. This position will be mentored and funded by Greg Asner as part of Paul Allen’s Vulcan Inc. partnership called the Allen Coral Atlas.

The partnership includes Arizona State University’s Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science (ASU-GDCS), Planet Inc., University of Queensland, and the National Geographic Society. This multi-organizational team is undertaking scientific research and engineering to implement a new global coral reef monitoring system. The system will utilize more than 100 Planet satellites currently in Earth orbit to map coral reefs and to monitor reef changes including mass bleaching, storm surge, ship groundings, and coastal runoff events.

We seek a postdoctoral researcher to develop scientific designs for a monitoring system that incorporates large volumes of satellite data to detect changes in reef cover and condition at high spatial resolution. Required skills include quantitative optical remote sensing, atmospheric correction, bathymetric modeling, and time-series analysis. The postdoctoral researcher will work closely with other scientists and engineers to implement, test and improve the coral monitoring system over time.

The position will be funded for an initial year at ASU’s Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science (GDCS) based in Tempe, Arizona. Funding may be extended for additional years. A Ph.D. in remote sensing is required. Candidates should send a cover letter, statement of research interests that includes your accomplishments and how this position will help you achieve your career objectives, current curriculum vitae, and the names of two references (please include email addresses and phone numbers). Review of applications will begin March 15, 2019, and continue until the position is filled.

Applications should be sent to Andrea Cottrell: andrea.cottrell@asu.edu

Carbon Neutral Landscapes
Postdoctoral Position Announcement

March 8, 2019—A postdoctoral research position is available for a quantitative ecologist/ecosystem modeler to develop modeling approaches that support pathways to regional scale carbon neutrality throughout the Hawaiian Islands. We seek a researcher who can combine multiple data sources, such as energy sector and remote sensing data, into models directly applicable to the management of carbon sources and sinks. This position requires strong statistical, computer programming and spatial analysis skills. The successful applicant will be part of a team of researchers that employs a suite of remote sensing and modeling methods to evaluate the natural, agricultural and societal sources and sinks for atmospheric greenhouse gases with the goal of moving Hawaii towards is legislated goal of carbon neutrality by 2045.

The position will be funded by Arizona State University’s Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science (GDCS), and based at the GDCS Facility inside the Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry (IPIF) in Hilo, Hawaii. The successful candidate will work closely with researchers on a carbon neutral landscapes working group that includes: Drs. Greg Asner (Arizona State University), Christian Giardina (USDA FS), and Zhiliang Zhu (USGS). The candidate will also interact with collaborators from Yale University, University of California Los Angeles, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, The Nature Conservancy, Hawaii Green Growth Initiative, Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, as well as postdoctoral researchers, field technicians, graduate students and undergraduate research assistants as part of daily activities related to the project. Responsibilities include model development and analysis, publishing in peer-reviewed journals and conducting outreach with environmental management professionals.

Funding is for up to two years. A Ph.D. in a discipline such as Ecology, Ecological economics, Geography, Sustainability Science or equivalent is required; strong quantitative, modeling and coding skills, as well as demonstrated experience are highly desirable. Demonstrated experience in working with diverse collaborators and in a working group environment is a positive. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, statement of research interests that includes your accomplishments and how this position will help you achieve your career objectives, current curriculum vitae, and the names of two references (please include email addresses and phone numbers). Review of applications will begin March 15, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

Applications should be sent to Andrea Cottrell: andrea.cottrell@asu.edu

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