A postdoctoral position is available with the Applied Wildlife Ecology (AWE) Lab at the Yale School of the Environment under the supervision of Prof. Nyeema C. Harris, Knobloch Family Associate Professor of Wildlife and Land Conservation. The AWE Lab investigates antagonistic interactions in mammal systems including parasitism, competition, and predation namely in terrestrial carnivores. Ongoing and future projects include human-wildlife conflict, spatial variation in consumption through diet and stable isotope analysis from hair and feces; blood meal analysis from mosquito and ectoparasites; assessing microbial and parasite diversity; carnivore movement from radio-collars; and mammal monitoring via camera-trap surveys. Our work has direct implications to protected area effectiveness and species conservation.
We seek an inquisitive and ambitious individual to harness multiple sources of publicly available geospatial data and integrate information regarding animal distribution and movement, protected areas and landuse change, human-wildlife conflict, environmental conditions, ecological interactions such as predation and parasitism, and human pressures and behavior. Additionally, the candidate will support and use newly acquired movement data from carnivores to investigate socio-ecological dynamics in urban environments.
Qualifications for the position include a Ph.D. in geography, landscape ecology or a related field, experience in collecting and analyzing movement data, strong publication record, and exceptional research and communication skills. The candidate should have demonstrated competency using GIS, python, R, Google Earth Engine and remote sensing, Github as well as occupancy modeling, step selection, agent-based modeling, circuit theory and habitat selection. The position responsibilities include tasks related to these research topics, co-authoring papers, and mentoring students. AWE Lab members are expected to participate in lab meetings, retreats, and training activities, as well as public engagement initiatives. Public engagement and public science are core values of the AWE Lab, which seeks to inspire new generations of scientists and create opportunities for non-scientists to develop empathy for wildlife and a greater investment in the ecological and environmental challenges facing our planet. Diversity, equity, justice and inclusion are also core values in the AWE Lab and we are committed to ensuring the lab reflects those values. As such, we strongly encourage applications from researchers identifying as members of marginalized or underrepresented groups.
The position is based at Yale University with the Peabody Museum, Institute of Biospheric Studies, Max Planck-Yale Center for Biodiversity Movement and Global Change, all providing a stimulating academic community. The university offers its postdocs and staff a generous benefits package and is located in New Haven (75 miles north of New York City). This is a one-year position supported by an Endowed Postdoc Fellowship through Provost Office, beginning summer 2022 with reappointment for an addition year based on outstanding performance and availability of funds. In addition to a competitive salary and full research support, the successful candidate will receive an annual professional development budget for additional trainings and conference participation.