Summary of Position: A postdoctoral position is available in the Isbell Biodiversity Lab at the University of Minnesota to collaborate on multiple projects designed to scale-up understanding of effects of biodiversity on ecosystem productivity from local to landscape scales. Biodiversity loss is altering ecosystem functioning and reducing many of nature's contributions to people. Hundreds of local biodiversity experiments have rigorously tested the effects of local species loss on plant productivity and other ecosystem functions. It remains unclear, though, whether and how these results can be extended to larger spatial scales. For example, at landscape scales, productivity can depend not only on local abiotic conditions and species interactions, but also on dispersal processes. A major current effort in our lab is to scale-up knowledge of the effects of biodiversity on ecosystem functioning. We are using field experiments and remote sensing observations to test metacommunity theory and predictions for extinction debts and resultant ecosystem service debts. We have recently established a new landscape-scale grassland experiment that manipulates dispersal by habitat fragmentation and seed addition treatments. We are sampling this, and other experiments with drones carrying hyperspectral and lidar sensors, allowing observations of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning at multiple scales. The successful applicant will coordinate, supervise, and conduct field research
The position responsibilities will include some field research at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve but will primarily involve publishing scientific journal articles and analyzing data. The successful applicant will be encouraged to develop independent projects within the broad scope of the project. Please see the Isbell lab website for a more detailed description of expectations and support for postdocs.
There is some flexibility in the start date, but the position will ideally begin by September 2021. Please indicate your preferred start date in the cover letter.
Essential and Other Functions: 40% Write, submit, and publish peer-reviewed scientific papers Write and submit at least one publishable paper per year; contribute as a coauthor on additional publications
35% Analyze data and models Obtain results by analyzing data from field studies, including remote sensing data and plant and soil data
25% Coordinate, supervise, and conduct field work at Cedar Creek Execute field work from planning to completion including establishing experimental plots, supervising undergraduate student researchers, and sampling plants and soils
Essential Qualifications PhD in Ecology or related discipline at the time of appointment; ability to independently design, conduct, and publish research
Preferred Qualifications: Field research experience in plant community and ecosystem ecology; experience collecting or analyzing remote sensing data (e.g., visual, hyperspectral, lidar)
Internal Number: 339475
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