Postdoctoral Position

Will Cook cwcook at duke.edu
Thu Aug 15 15:02:41 EST 2002


Postdoctoral Position in Plant Physiological Ecology or Ecosystems Ecology

Water-use and productivity consequences of alien plant invasion in 
Hawaiian dry forest ecosystems

A postdoctoral research position is available for ecophysiological 
investigations of alien-grass impacts on forest water use and 
productivity relationships in Hawaii.  The objectives of the study 
include determination of water source interference and competition 
among native and non-native species, changes in ecosystem 
water-use/productivity relationships, and evaluation of past water 
relations based on tree-core analyses.  Studies will require the 
application of stable isotope analyses, natural abundance 14-C 
analyses, sap-flow systems, photosynthetic gas exchange, ecosystem 
productivity and other standard ecophysiology methodologies.
The position will be based at California State University, Fullerton, 
but the majority of the project will take place in Hawaii.  As such, 
the successful candidate will be expected to live in Hawaii for 
extended periods during the project.  The successful candidate will 
work closely with project investigators in California (Dr. Darren 
Sandquist, California State University, Fullerton) and Hawaii (Dr. 
Susan Cordell, USDA Forest Service, Hilo, HI) and potentially 
supervise graduate and undergraduate research assistants. 
Responsibilities will include design, implementation and evaluation 
of field and laboratory studies related to the research objectives of 
the project (see 
http://biology.fullerton.edu/dsandquist/Hawaii/Kaupulehu.html). 
Development of additional areas of interest that conform with the 
scope of the dry-forest research program will be encouraged.
Funding is guaranteed for two years with the possibility of a third. 
Opportunity for teaching is also available if desired.  A Ph.D. in 
Ecology, Plant Biology or equivalent is required. Good physical 
stamina for extended hours of field work under hot and sunny (or cold 
and rainy) conditions is a must.  Additional information and 
application materials will be forwarded upon request.  Applications 
accepted until position is filled.  Start date expected to be no 
later than Jan. 2002.
Interested candidates should contact Dr. Darren Sandquist, Department 
of Biological Science, California State University, Fullerton, 
California 92834  (phone: 714-278-2606).  Email inquiries may be sent 
to dsandquist at fullerton.edu.

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