This 2-year postdoctoral research position is created with funding from the US Department of Energy to collect and model high-resolution spatial data of threatened avian species in regions of high potential wind development. Our interdisciplinary research team is currently collecting and analyzing unique high-frequency GPS telemetry data on movement ecology of golden eagles migrating through the central Appalachian region. We are producing large-scale models of eagle movement in the context of wind and topography and modeling local-scale movements of eagles in response to these same parameters. Our initial work will generate first-cut probabilistic maps showing relative risk to eagles of development of wind energy in the central Appalachians region. This position is created to further this work, by advancing the current models, by holistically integrating the large- and local-scale models of eagle movements, and by extending these models to include data collected on movements of other local migratory birds of prey.
The ideal candidate for this position will have extensive spatial modeling and programming skills and experiences, as well as a strong background in statistics and mathematics. A Ph.D. is required for this position; applicants who have not yet completed their degree should indicate their expected date of completion. The successful candidate should show a strong record of publication, the ability to conduct research independently and the capacity to function as a collaborator on a diverse research team.
- Create spatially explicit empirically-based models that describe movement patterns of golden eagles and other birds of prey, through the central Appalachian region. Models should incorporate meteorology and topography and be useful in predicting relative risk to migratory birds from development of wind energy.
- Publish, on a regular basis, the results of these modeling exercises. On average at least two publications per year are expected from this research.
- Function as a collaborator and team member to a vibrant interdisciplinary migratory raptor and wind energy research team.
- PhD required in a quantitative field such as statistics, mathematics, landscape ecology, mathematical biology or related study area. Degrees or evidence of experience in ecology, 3D spatial modeling, movement ecology, bird flight dynamics, or related field is important to this position.
- Background programming in C, R, perl, python and/or other modern languages.
- Experience working with large databases, especially related to weather and GIS data, such as the NCEP North American Regional Reanalysis (NARR).
- Must have the ability to communicate effectively - verbally and in writing - in English in public and in professional settings.
- Must be able to function as a team member, within the National Aviary and with outside organizations.
- Excellent organizational skills.
- Must have experience planning and conducting research projects and working with a diversity of researchers, academic and non-academic.
Applicants should send a cover letter, cv, copies of publications, and the names and contact information for three references.
Applications and inquiries can be sent to: Todd Katzner, Director of Conservation and Field Research, National Aviary, 700 Arch St., Allegheny Commons West, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, mailto:email@example.com