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$47,500 – $50,000 annually, DOE
The Center for Biodiversity Outcomes (CBO) (www.biodiversity.asu.edu) at Arizona State University is pleased to invite applications for a post-doctoral position in collaboration with Conservation International (CI) (www.conservation.org/).
A post-doctoral fellowship is available at Arizona State University to work on a joint collaboration with Conservation International (CI – based in Arlington, VA, www.conservation.org) to explore the role of nature in sustainable development, specifically in the context of achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The 17 SDGs (and their 169 associated Targets), for the first time at the global level, bring environmental, social and economic objectives together into a consistent structure, recognizing the close connections between environment and development. However, the role of natural capital in achieving the SDGs is both poorly articulated and almost entirely unquantified. This position will build on nascent research that has begun to develop the conceptual underpinnings for defining the ‘natural capital component’ of relevant goals and will test that framework by quantifying the role of nature in achieving a selection of the goals and/or their underlying targets, at the global scale, complemented by appropriate national scale case studies. Such an approach is critical to understand, for example, the degree of dependence of many of the goals and targets on natural capital for their achievement, as well as the spatial distribution of ecosystems most critical for providing the associated ecosystem benefits. This approach will permit the exploration of inevitable trade-offs between goals and targets as they interact over space and time, in order to assess sustainability through 2030 and beyond.
The Fellow’s work will have the potential to impact global scale policy interventions and instruments, including processes such as IPBES, and will also be critical for informing “nationalization” of the SDGs; how should individual countries integrate the role of nature as they each define and implement a pathway to achieving the SDGs over the next few years?; a key question for CI and its partners.
Under the supervision of Leah Gerber (CBO, Director) and Dave Hole (Senior Director in Conservation International’s Moore Center for Science), the postdoctoral fellow will explore both the conceptual basis underpinning the role of nature in achievement of the SDGs, and the practicalities of attempting to quantify that role, through relevant, highly interdisciplinary research and modeling (using for example, state of the art ecosystem service or earth-system models), and based on a wide range of appropriate underlying environmental, social and economic datasets, at multiple scales.
Conduct highly interdisciplinary research; compile, analyze, and synthesize data into high-profile scientific publications; liaise with additional academic/other partners as necessary, to achieve objectives.
- Applicants must have completed their Ph.D. in environmental science or a relevant field by the start date of the appointment. Applicants who have not yet completed their doctorate must indicate the date the degree is expected.
- Applicants must have training or experience in one or more of the following disciplines: sustainability science, ecosystem services, earth system science.
- Strong quantitative skills in working with and analyzing large data sets and geospatial data.
- Evidence of ability to conduct independent research, to collaborate across disciplines, and to publish research results.
Demonstrates experience in one or more of the following skills: survey research methods; statistical analysis or modeling; compilation and analysis of existing data from public sources; ecological modeling; institutional analysis.
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