The postdoc will work on research projects relating to the geographical ecology of stream and rivers, with an emphasis on intermittently flowing systems. Up to 5 years of funding is available with flexible start date, but ideally no later than June 2019. Please submit a CV, Letter of Interest with potential start dates, and contact information for three professional references. Additionally, up to three representative publications may be sent as a separate pdf files at the discretion of the applicant. Candidates from groups underrepresented in STEM are encouraged to apply.
The postdoc will primarily work on StreamCLIMES, a new NSF-funded collaborative Macrosystems Biology project studying how drying affects stream ecosystems across the southern half of the US. The work includes a significant field-based component that integrates NEON stream research sites, where we will document the biodiversity, food web structure, adn genetic connectivity of the stream benthic invertebrate communities at perennial (continuously flowing) and intermittent (non-continuously flowing) stream sites. Other parts of the project include the development of a smartphone app designed for researchers and citizen scientists to map wet and dry reaches of streams and rivers, the development of hydrological models that will predict stream drying patterns in the study river systems under different climate scenarios, and spatial ecological models that will integrate field-collected data and hydrological model outputs to project how stream ecosystems will respond to large scale climate variability. Collaborators on this project include Michael Bogan and Katie Costigan.
The postdoc will also have the opportunity to work with the Dry Rivers Research Coordination Network. The DryRiversRCN is another new NSF-funded research project which will bring hydrologists and ecologists together in expert work groups to synthesize current knowledge on the hydrology and ecology of intermittent streams and rivers. Three work groups will be formed each year from the 2019-2021 that the postdoc will have the opportunity to participate in.
Required Education: PhD in Ecology or a related field by the time of employment
- Experience successfully leading field research projects in streams.
Advertised Physical Requirements:
- Previous experience working with stream benthic macaroinvertebrates and /or stable isotopes.
- Track record of quality publications in scientific journals, as appropriate for the career stage of the applicant.
- Interest in using stable isotope methods, and gaining hands-on experience in a stable isotope lab.
- Previous experience mentoring students.
Supervision: Yes. Grad and undergrad students.
Special Instructions: If you are selected as a final candidate for this position, you will be subject to The University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Tuberculosis Testing policy. To view the policy, visit https://hr.ou.edu/Policies-Handbooks/TB-Testing