Position Announcements

Post-doctoral opening: Optimizing restoration of aquatic ecosystem connectivity

We seek a
post-doctoral researcher for an ongoing project to minimize the impact of in-stream
barriers on native fish migrations between the Laurentian Great Lakes and their
tributaries.  Native and invasive fish
migrations into rivers and streams are a key feature of the Great Lakes
ecosystem, but they are commonly blocked by dams and road culverts.  Given the enormous number of potential
barriers (~ 276, 000; Januchowski-Hartley et al. 2013), there is a need to
prioritize them for removal based on their passability to native migratory fishes,
their role in controlling the spread of invasive species, the direct economic
cost of barrier removal, the amount and quality of upstream fish habitat, and
other factors.  Our team has recently
developed a cutting edge spatial optimization model to identify important
removal projects based on diverse cost and benefit considerations.  Our current aims are to refine this model using
new and improved data, and to work with stakeholders to support real-world
barrier removal decisions. 



The post-doc
will take a leadership role in developing key spatial datasets (barrier removal
costs, likelihood of species invasions, breeding habitat quality) and
integrating them into the optimization model. 
Other important tasks include coordinating outreach to stakeholders and
assisting with progress reports.  There
will be ample opportunities to
contribute new perspectives and innovations as this team project continues to
evolve.



Essential
qualifications for the position include substantial expertise in managing and
manipulating large spatial datasets; spatial analysis using GIS and modeling software;
strong writing abilities reflected by a successful publication record; a
collaborative approach to research; and a genuine interest in outreach and
restoration outcomes.  Candidates with
specific experience in the Great Lakes or migratory fish research are
encouraged to apply, but these are not necessary qualifications.  The successful applicant will be expected to
lead analyses, work closely with our project team, and be a positive member of
the Center for Limnology community.



The position
will begin during fall 2013, preferably in early September (but flexible).  Funding is available for 24 months, pending
satisfactory performance.  A competitive
post-doc salary will be provided, including health benefits.  



This project
is a collaboration between the Center for Limnology at UW-Madison, The Nature
Conservancy’s Great Lakes Project, the Wisconsin Department of Natural
Resources, and the UW Institutes for Discovery. 
It also involves important partnerships with numerous other agencies and
NGOs throughout the basin.  Work will be
based in the McIntyre lab at UW-Madison, but will involve frequent interactions
with all collaborators.  The Center for
Limnology is home to a renowned cluster of aquatic scientists, and features a
vibrant and collegial atmosphere.  UW-Madison
is one of the top research universities in the nation, and Madison is widely
recognized for high quality of life (outdoor access, arts, public
transportation) and moderate costs of living.




To
apply, please submit a single .pdf file comprising a letter of application, CV,
three reprints, and the phone number and email address of three references to Alyssa
Winters (ajluckey@wisc.edu)
using the subject line “connectivity post-doc”.
 The letter of application should be no
more than two pages, and should summarize relevant experience/expertise with manipulating
and analyzing large spatial datasets, modeling species distributions, optimizing
costs vs. benefits of conservation actions, and collaborating with NGOs and
agencies. Review of applications will begin on 15 July 2013 and will continue
until the position is filled.  Questions about
the project may be directed to Tom Neeson (neeson@wisc.edu)
and Matt Diebel (Matthew.Diebel@wisconsin.gov)
using the subject line “connectivity post-doc”
.