Postdoc Opportunity – Watershed Ecosystem Services

The University of New Hampshire seeks a Postdoctoral Research Associate to play a central role in a collaborative effort to understand coupled terrestrial-aquatic ecosystem services in New England. We seek individuals interested in dynamic modeling of ecosystem response to climate and land use change, and how the resulting services change over time. Scenarios are currently under development by the project team. The overall project goal is to understand how ecosystem services are linked in order to anticipate potential unintended consequences and threshold responses, and to analyze and evaluate tradeoffs. We seek individuals with an interest and background in one or more of the following: coupled hydrological and biogeochemical cycles at watershed to regional scales; linking terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem models; mapping of ecosystem service source locations; valuation of watershed ecosystem services using techniques from economics and decision science; and working with large collaborative teams of interdisciplinary researchers. The post doc will interact with ecosystem modelers, field researchers, and social scientists. The position is funded through an NSF EPSCoR grant to the University of New Hampshire, Dartmouth College, Plymouth State University and other New Hampshire colleges.

Qualifications:  The candidate must have a Ph.D. in environmental economics, environmental policy and governance, ecology, hydrology, geography or closely related field.  The preferred candidate will have experience with techniques including GIS, process-based environmental modeling, and ecosystem service valuation. The ability and desire to collaborate on an interdisciplinary team is essential.

Duration and Start Date:  Initial appointment is for 1 year, and may be renewed for a total of 2 years depending upon satisfactory performance.  Position is available immediately, but start date is negotiable. The position will be located at UNH in Durham NH, but will include significant interactions with researchers at Dartmouth College and Plymouth State University.

To Apply:  Send a letter of application, statement of research interests, curriculum vitae, up to three relevant reprints, and contact information for three references (electronic versions of all materials are required) to Dr. Wilfred Wollheim ( with “EPSCoR Ecosystem Service Postdoc” in the subject line.  For more information concerning the nature of this position please contact Dr. Wil Wollheim at UNH or Dr. Richard Howarth ( at Dartmouth College.

Deadline:  Review of applications will commence 8 March, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. 


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