The Allen Lab at the University of Oklahoma is recruiting a postdoctoral research fellow to work on StreamCLIMES, a new NSF-funded collaborative Macrosystems Biology project studying how drying affects stream ecosystems across the southern half of the US. Up to 5 years of funding is available. The work includes a significant field-based component that integrates NEON stream research site to study the biodiversity, food web structure, and genetic connectivity of stream benthic invertebrate communities at perennial (continuously flowing) and intermittent (non-continuously flowing) stream sites. Other parts of the project include hydrological modeling to predict stream drying patterns under different climate scenarios, spatial ecological models that will integrate field-collected data and hydrological model outputs, the development of a smartphone app designed for researchers and citizen scientists to map wet and dry reaches of streams and rivers. Collaborators on this project include Michael Bogan at the University of Arizona, Katie Costigan at the University of Louisiana Lafayette, Meryl Mims at Virginia Tech, Ben Ruddell and Abe Springer at Northern Arizona University, Albert Ruhi at the University of California Berkeley, Robert Pastel at Michigan Tech University, and Tom Neeson and Yang Hong at the University of Oklahoma.
The postdoc will also have the opportunity to work with the Dry Rivers Research Coordination Network. The Dry Rivers RCN is an NSF-funded research project which will bring hydrologists and ecologists together in expert workgroups to synthesize current knowledge on the hydrology and ecology of intermittent streams and rivers. The Dry Rivers RCN will form three workgroups between 2019-2021 that the postdoc will have the opportunity to participate in.
Required qualifications: PhD in ecology or a related field by the time of employment and experience successfully leading field research projects in streams. Previous experience sampling and identifying stream benthic macroinvertebrates.
Desired qualifications:Track record of quality publications in scientific journals, as appropriate for the career stage of the applicant. Experience with stable isotopes or metabarcoding. Previous experience mentoring students.
To apply: Send a CV, letter of interest with potential start dates (a starting date during Summer 2019 is desired), and contact information for 3 professional references to . Additionally, up to 3 representative publications may be sent as separate pdf files at the discretion of the applicant. Review of applications will begin April 1, 2019, applications submitted afterwards will be reviewed until the position is filled. Candidates from groups underrepresented in STEM are encouraged to apply.