Postoctoral positions -- Modeling fire/climate/ecology in boreal forest

Joe McFadden mcjoe at uclink.berkeley.edu
Mon May 4 08:42:47 EST 1998


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                TWO POSTDOCTORAL/RESEARCH ASSOCIATE POSITIONS

               ECOLOGICAL MODELING OF FIRE-CLIMATE INTERACTIONS
                         IN THE ALASKAN BOREAL FOREST

Applications are invited for two postoctoral fellowships at the University
of Alaska, Fairbanks to participate in a research project that investigates
interactions between wildfire and climate in the Alaskan boreal forest.  We
seek two scientists, who are interested in modeling important terrestrial
feedbacks to climate including water/energy exchange, carbon cycling, and
vegetation dynamics.  The successful candidates will work as part of a
research team to study feedbacks between wildfire and high-latitude
climate.  The research is part of an interdisciplinary program involving an
experimental burn of a 1100 ha watershed, in which the important hydrologic
and climatic consequences of the fire will be documented.  There are
several modelers involved in the research program including Amanda Lynch
(regional climate model; Univ. of Colorado), Dave McGuire (dynamic
vegetation-biogeochemistry-ecosystem models; Univ. of
Alaska), Tony Starfield (vegetation-fire models; Univ. of Minnesota), Eric
Kasischke (fire-carbon balance models; Univ. of Michigan), John Yarie
(productivity models; Univ. of Alaska), Sam Sandberg, Roger Ottmar, Brian
Stocks (fire behavior models; Oregon State Univ.). The overall program goal
is to study the role of fire in a coupled regional system.

The project is funded for three years.  Both positions are available
beginning as early as May 1998.  The successful candidates will work
closely with two or more modelers and with experimentalists to develop and
parameterize some aspect of the fire-climate feedback.  The purpose of
working with at least two modelers is to bridge across the different
modeling approaches that are involved in the project.  Examples of
potential modeling projects include:
        1. climate feedbacks resulting from alternative vegetation
trajectories following fire
        2. the relative importance in regional carbon sequestration of
steady-state ecosystem dynamics and disturbance regime in a changing
climate
        3. modeling of fire probability and severity as a function of
climatic change

        The modeling effort will be centered at the University of Alaska,
Fairbanks, but postdocs will spend significant amounts of time at other
institutions involved in the modeling research, with the time allocation
depending on the modeling needs and the interests of the successful
candidates.

        The successful candidates must have experience in simulation
modeling, preferably with ecological or climate systems.  A PhD or
equivalent experience is required.  The successful candidate must be able
to develop, test, apply, and analyze simulation models and prepare results
for publication in the open literature.

Please send a statement of interests, a curriculum vitae, and names, phone
numbers and email addresses of three professional references to:

Institute of Arctic Biology
PO Box 757000
Irving Building I, Room 309, West Ridge
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7000
ATTN:  MARTA CONNER
Ofc. No.: 907-474-6676; Fax No.: 907-474-7666

Send any inquiries for additional information to:
F. Stuart Chapin, III                   OR      David McGuire
Department of Integrative Biology               Institute of Arctic Biology
University of California                        University of Alaska
3060 Valley Life Sciences Building              Fairbanks, AK 99775
Berkeley, CA 94720-3140 USA                     email: ffadm at aurora.alaska.edu
email: fschapin at socrates.berkeley.edu           fax: 907-474-6967
FAX 510-643-6264                                phone: 907-474-6242
phone 510-642-1003

Applications will be received until the positions are filled. Women and
minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.




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