FTA Communications and Editorial Consultant, CIFOR, Indonesia
Reference number: 1638
Job Category: Consultancy
Duty Station: Bogor, Indonesia
CIFOR is the lead center for the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA).
The FTA program gathers world-renowned experts in the area and generates a large volume of innovative research outputs (papers, databases, projects results, etc.). FTA publishes a wide variety of knowledge products, including specific, tailor-made content for different audiences, from raw research results, to cutting-edge videos, blog stories and presentations at key events. These are featured on the website ForestsTreesAgroforestry.org, on FTA partner websites, and disseminated through various channels, social media and conferences. Working closely with members of CIFOR and partner centers, including technical, scientific and outreach staff, the Consultant will be responsible for contents development and the development of the FTA web communications platform, and other communication channels, under the direct supervision of the Editorial and Multimedia Manager, and overall supervision of the Director, FTA.
Duties and responsibilities
- Maintain the program website (at ForestsTreesAgroforestry.org) and develop, write, edit, source and upload materials to ensure all content remains up to date, accurate and appropriate
- Plan, develop and write outcome stories, and content packages to showcase FTA research
- Coordinate submissions, events, announcements and content from partners
- Participate in strategic communication planning, and develop high-impact tactics and products
- Build and maintain internal communications channels between FTA center focal points, including scheduling and coordinating regular communications meetings, sharing center information and communicating FTA decisions
- Support the FTA Management Support Unit in the production of plans of works and annual reports to funders
- Monitor FTA’s presence and identity online: communicate with partners and stakeholders to increase and improve branding, links, messaging
- Work with partner centers to build and maintain FTA pages on their center websites
- Develop contents and coordinate the production of the FTA newsletter (6 editions per year)
- Help build and grow a mailing list of FTA stakeholders
- Explore, develop and maintain appropriate social media channels for FTA
- Help establish branding for standardizing communications products across FTA
- All related tasks as assigned by FTA Director and Editorial and Multimedia Manager.
The application deadline is 08 Jan-2017
More about the position is available here.
Professor in Ecology, University of Liverpool, UK
Closing Date: 27 January 2017
You will play a lead role in research and teaching in the School of Environmental Sciences to further enhance our national and international profile in ecological science. You will build a world-class research group at Liverpool in particular in one or more of the fields of community ecology, macroecology, biogeography, conservation or paleoecology. With interests in marine, freshwater or terrestrial systems you will provide intellectual leadership across all areas of ecological research, and help develop and maintain the research strategy of the School of Environmental Sciences. You will have a strong record of external funding (RCUK, ERC, EU, Government, Industry etc.) and will be able to develop multi-disciplinary collaborations within the School of Environmental Sciences and elsewhere, both internally and externally to the University. You should be capable of recruiting postgraduate research students both inside and outside of Doctoral Training Partnerships and, as we seek to continue growth in our student numbers, you will take a key role in the development of our taught undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes.
Informal enquiries to Professor Douglas Mair Head of School on 0151 794 3085
See details about the position here.
The Garden Club of America Scholarship Opportunities
CCI Landscape Restoration Programme Manager
(contract post 12 – 18 months from October/November 2016)
Three new faculty positions in University of Zurich, Switzerland
The University of Zurich in Switzerland is seeking candidates to fill three positions in its Faculty of Science. The openings are for a Professor of Ecology, a tenure track Assistant Professor of Earth System Science and a non-tenure track Assistant Professor of Ecological Modelling. Each of the positions will focus on research exploring the interactions between global change and biodiversity.
For consideration, applicants must submit “a motivation letter, a full curriculum vitae, a vision statement of research and teaching interests outlining major unsolved problems and how they could be tackled and the names and addresses of three potential referees.” The deadline for all positions is 7 October.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow / Research Fellow, James Cook University
The Postdoctoral Research Fellow / Research Fellow works in collaboration with a team of researchers at Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science (TESS) to research road and infrastructural development impacts on sensitive landscapes as a key indicator to biodiversity loss and sustainability. The incumbent’s specific interest to explore and better understand the impacts of roads proposed for Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea contributes in the review and re-negotiations of the planned infrastructural development projects in these regions.
Division of Tropical Environments and Societies
College of Science and Engineering
- Actively engage in building collaborative relationships with local partners and assist in the acquisition of needed datasets.
- Help to organise and lead several stakeholder workshops, to be held in various key project regions across the study region throughout the lifetime of the project.
- Effectively monitor and report the project progress against the agreed milestones with stakeholders.
- Report and present project outcomes via peer-reviewed publications and national / international conference and workshop presentations.
- Contribute to providing technical support to project teams, including the development and implementation of project plans, resource management, scheduling, and reporting.
- Conduct research independently and as part of a team which contributes to the achievement of the aims of the TESS group.
- Support the University’s commitment to the principles of reconciliation, which exemplify respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and the valuing of justice and equity for all Australians.
- Demonstrate a commitment to the University values.
- Support the principles of the TropEco program and engage in commitment to JCU sustainability goals and objectives.
There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff.
- The Postdoctoral Research Fellow / Research Fellow is required to observe the lawful and reasonable directions, policies and decisions of the University Council, understand and comply with the Enterprise Agreement, the Statutes and Rules of the University, the policies and decisions of the University Council and other appropriate University authorities, as in force from time to time.
- The Postdoctoral Research Fellow / Research Fellow is required to demonstrate a personal commitment to ensure personal safety and the safety of others and contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance. This includes the effective implementation and compliance with James Cook University WHS policies, procedures and safe systems of work, together with all relevant legislation, duties and obligations. Contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance.
- The Postdoctoral Research Fellow / Research Fellow is required to exercise proper discretion in all matters affecting the well-being of the University which involve public writing or speaking in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct.
- It is a requirement of this position to be fluent written and verbally in Bahasa and English.
- It is a requirement of this position to travel extensively and frequently in the Asia-Pacific region.
Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.
- A PhD (or evidence of near completion) qualification in any Tropical Environmental Sciences theme such as Ecology, Land-Use Change Science, Geography, or Human-Environment Interactions.
- Strong diplomacy and communication skills and the ability to actively engage in building collaborative relationships with local partners and stakeholders in the study region, and a willingness to provide detailed written summaries of these engagements in English.
- A capacity to collect relevant spatial datasets needed for the development of land-use change models, and to collaborate with team members with such modelling expertise.
- Demonstrated field and/or travel experience in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in Southeast Asia and Papua New Guinea.
- Demonstrated proficiency to carry out high quality research, and record of professional achievement in the relevant discipline area in published papers.
- Capacity to learn and develop new skills in Environmental Research and Land-use Planning, and an ability and willingness to communicate key conclusions from this research to a variety of government and nongovernmental stakeholders (through diverse publication and media platforms) in the Asia-Pacific region.
- Experience working in a multidisciplinary environment, and an ability to work both in a team environment and also independently, especially while traveling overseas.
COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER, GLOBAL RESTORATION INITIATIVE
Location: World Resources Institute (WRI), Washington, District of Columbia
The World Resources Institute seeks a Communications Officer to support the Global Restoration Initiative’s mission by writing and developing outreach materials, online communications, partner and community management, and media outreach. The position will report to the Communications Manager of the Forests Program for day-to-day projects and the Director of the Global Restoration Initiative for high-level priorities. The position will also work closely with WRI’s central Communications team and the Global Restoration team.
The Global Restoration Initiative aims to catalyze a political and social movement to restore vitality to degraded lands. These degraded lands can be restored into healthy mosaics of sustainable agriculture, agroforestry landscapes (or mixed-forest agriculture), and restored forest ecosystems generating economic, ecological and social benefits to people and planet.
The strategy to build this global restoration movement has three components:
- Inspire: map opportunities, quantify benefits, conduct awareness campaigns, secure restoration commitments, build restoration champions at the global, national, subnational and community levels;
- Enable: address gaps in governance systems and financial institutions that support restoration, e.g. access to information, appropriate policies, participation, processes and institutional capacities and coherence;
- Mobilize: ensure sufficient technical knowledge, financing and monitoring systems in place to replicate and scale up restoration activities.
By 2020, the Global Restoration Initiative aims to have catalyzed the following sub-objectives:
- Conduct restoration opportunity assessments and deliver strategy recommendations in 30 countries;
- Secure commitments to restore 200 million hectares of degraded land, thereby positioning $100 billion in benefits to be delivered to the estimated 160 million people living within these landscapes;
- Support partners in beginning restoration activities on 50 million hectares of degraded lands identified during the restoration opportunity assessment by strengthening governance systems and building the capacity of practitioners;
- More favorable enabling conditions for restoration are in place in 15 countries, which can include cross-sector working group formation, policy change and/or incentives for restoration;
- Align and/or mobilize $10 billion in finance to support national and subnational restoration commitments in the form of grants, guarantees, loans and equity;
- Extend the Global Forest Watch system to be able to effectively monitor regrowth;
- WRI proves strong collaborative leadership to the restoration movement by activating restoration on the agenda of at least 20 donors, 20 impact investors, 30 international partners and 100 in-country implementation partners.
Additionally, WRI is committed to advancing gender equity across our program portfolios and influencing peers and partners in the sectors in which we work. As such, the Communications Officer will support attention to gender in all products, where relevant.
The Communications Officer will manage communications for the Global Restoration Initiative by supporting the implementation of communications strategies (both globally and for regionally-focused projects in Latin America and Africa), serving as product and content manager for an emerging restoration web platform, and managing multiple communications channels for the Global Restoration Initiative (such as blogs, journalist outreach, social media, publications, events, and targeted communications products for influential individuals). This position will collaborate closely with the coordinator for the Global Restoration Council, a group of high-profile individuals seeking to raise the profile of restoration efforts worldwide. Areas of responsibility include:
Manage Communications Activities for the Global Restoration Initiative
- Manage the communications workplan for the initiative, including coordinating outreach for key reports, events, conferences, and news opportunities;
- Helping project teams create clear, concise messaging to advance impact;
- Write and edit blogs and op-eds about restoration, forestry, agriculture, and other related issues;
- Support media outreach to traditional & new media through pitching, research, handling incoming requests, and monitoring daily news coverage. Additional outreach may include writing materials such as press advisories and statements, send media distributions, develop messaging, coach staff and arrange media interviews;
- Manage Global Restoration Initiative social media accounts and email contact lists;
- Develop interactive media products including slideshows, charts, postcards and videos, and support their design and promotion;
- Plan events for publication launches, meetings, and other announcements. Identify speaking opportunities and maintain the Restoration events calendar. Develop event programs and panels, coordinate with partners and event organizers. Prepare presentations, graphics, branding, and outreach materials for events;
- Monitor and support the publications process, including outreach planning, production, and distribution;
- Write targeted communication and emails to high-profile audiences (such as senior government officials);
- Support the development of compelling fundraising materials, including proposals and presentations;
- Provide general support such as scheduling, event logistics, and other responsibilities as needed.
Communications Strategies for the Global Restoration Initiative
- Support the Forest Communications Manager in developing a communications and outreach strategy for the Global Restoration Initiative
- Serve as key communications liaison for region restoration projects including AFR100 (Africa) and Initiative 20×20 (Latin America), helping them develop and implement targeted regional communications workplans.
Product and Content Management for the Global Restoration Platform
- Work closely with a web vendors to manage the Global Restoration Web Platform, a proposed network of web sites that will seek to provide a one-stop shop for restoration. The web platform will be a place for people to join the restoration movement by accessing and sharing information, making connections, sharing or accessing funding, telling stories, and voicing support. In the current vision, it will be organized around detailed profile pages for countries and restoration projects;
- Serve as content manager for the Web Platform, liaising with members of the WRI Restoration team and partners to ensure that profile pages are populated and kept up to date;
- Developing and implementing an outreach strategy to drive traffic to the web platform, and use analytics to improve strategies and performance;
Provide Communications Support for the Global Restoration Council
- Support the communications efforts of the Global Restoration Council, a group of high-profile individuals seeking to raise the profile of restoration efforts worldwide. Communications activities may include setting up media opportunities and writing and placing op-eds.
There may be future opportunities for this position to hire and manage an additional communications assistant or coordinator, depending on funding.
Some travel may be required. However WRI emphasizes video and conference calls over travel, so this position will need to participate in limited after-hours calls to ensure international staff have the support they need in developing and delivering impactful communications.
Education & Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in journalism or other related field (ex: communications, public relations, economics, or environmental studies);
- Minimum 3 years full time relevant professional experience working in public relations, journalism, or communications with salient link to climate, energy or broader environmental issues;
- Proven ability to lead the planning, coordination, and execution of communications products, influence strategies, and audience targeting;
- Experience with communications planning, publications development, marketing, social media, and other specialized communications skills;
- Strong communication skills and ability to produce materials focused on diverse external audiences;
- Experience working with reporters or members of the media (and established media contacts) preferred;
- International experience or prior work in a global organization preferred;
- Existing relationships with influential business, energy or environmental reporters at leading media outlets preferred.
Skills & Qualifications
- Strong written and oral communications skills required;
- Experience publishing stories in professional media outlets or blogs;
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced office environment, both independently and as part of a global team;
- Excellent inter-personal communication skills, including the ability to encourage collaboration with other programs, international offices, and partners;
- Articulate, versatile, highly skilled writer with professional writing experience (professional clips or writing samples preferred);
- Highly motivated, proactive work style and excellent organizational skills;
- Strong interest in and commitment to the environment or international development desirable; knowledge of forest science and policy preferred;
- Strong online research and computer skills;
- Understanding of social media and how to use it to impact audiences;
- Ability to think creatively and collaboratively about all elements of communications work;
- Visual skills, such as photography, graphic design, and Adobe Photoshop are desirable;
- Adaptable to rapidly changing priorities and able to manage multiple deadlines and deliver high quality work products;
- Experience in engagement with influential individuals (leaders, board members, etc.) preferred;
- Web development experience, especially in product management preferred;
- Written and spoken fluency in a second language such as Spanish, Portuguese, French, Hindi, Indonesian, Chinese Mandarin, etc. desirable.
Final candidate will be required to take a writing test.
Finalists will need to submit 2 writing samples.
Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience and skills. WRI offers a generous, comprehensive benefits package.
How to Apply
Qualified applicants should apply online at careers.wri.org. All applications must be submitted online through this career portal in order to be formally considered.
DIRECTOR, NCE LAND USE SPECIAL INITIATIVE
Location:Washington, District of Columbia
Position Type:Regular full-time
World Resources Institute is a global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. Our 500 experts and staff work with partners in more than 50 countries; we have offices in Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United States. WRI is consistently ranked as the top global Think Tank working on environmental issues.
In 2014, WRI was ranked one of the Top Workplaces by the Washington Post.
The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate is a major international initiative to analyse and communicate the economic benefits and costs of acting on climate change. Chaired by former President of Mexico Felipe Calderón, the Commission comprises former heads of government and finance ministers, and leaders in the fields of economics and business. The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate was commissioned by seven countries – Colombia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Norway, South Korea, Sweden and the United Kingdom – as an independent initiative to report to the international community.
The New Climate Economy (NCE) is the Commission’s flagship project. It provides independent and authoritative evidence on the relationship between actions which can strengthen economic performance and those which reduce the risk of dangerous climate change. The Commission published its inaugural report Better Growth, Better Climate in September 2014, and its second report Seizing the Global Opportunity in July 2015.
The project is undertaken by a global partnership of research institutes and a core team led by Programme Director Helen Mountford. The majority of the NCE secretariat is based in London and Washington DC, and works closely with a number of partner institutes in delivering the work, including but not limited to: the World Resources Institute (WRI), Climate Policy Initiative (CPI), Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI), Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), and Tsinghua University.
The NCE seeks a Director to develop, lead, and drive forward the proposed NCE Land Use Special Initiative, drawing on support from relevant experts in NCE institutions and partners.
The NCE Land Use Special Initiative is a new initiative that will look to identify and catalyse action around a “produce-protect-prosper” approach to land use that can simultaneously lead to more inclusive and sustainable economic growth (“better growth”), enhanced climate mitigation and adaptation (“better climate”), and improved equity and distributional outcomes (“better lives”) relative to business-as-usual development. It will engage key economic decision-makers from government, private sector, and civil society in select countries to identify and adopt an approach that enhances the productivity of agricultural and forest lands, and protects against deforestation and forest degradation, all while ensuring prosperity and equity for local communities. The Initiative’s outputs will include a number of contributing research papers in key focus areas, Country Deep Dive reports led by in-country partners, and a Flagship Report in 2018.
The Director will develop the work programme (based on an existing proposal) and oversee the delivery of the substantive analysis and engagement through the NCE land use partnership, including experts from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), World Resources Institute (WRI), and the Climate Policy Initiative (CPI), connecting to other partner institutes with expertise and in-country presence as relevant. The Director will be responsible for ensuring that the NCE Special Land Use Initiative research products provide leading-edge new insights of relevance to decision-makers, meet rigorous research standards and are delivered on time and to budget. The Director will be responsible for working with NCE colleagues and partners to ensure that the research is embedded within a strategic engagement and communications strategy in order to maximise impact. The successful applicant will join a world-class team of economists, policy and business experts and communications and engagement experts.
The Director will be responsible for overseeing NCE’s Land Use Special Initiative. He or she will be expected to present NCE findings at a variety of external meetings including conferences, summits, and donor meetings. The Director will also have programme management responsibilities linked to fundraising, grant, and contract oversight.
WRI is committed to ensuring gender equity across our program portfolios. As such, the Director will support attention to gender where appropriate.
The Director of the NCE Land Use Special Initiative will report to the New Climate Economy Program Director, based at WRI.
- Masters in economics or relevant discipline, PhD preferred.
- Minimum 15 years’ experience demonstrating extensive, world-class and deep knowledge of relevant issues and organisations, with experience working in international institutions preferred.
- Strong quantitative, analytical research skills.
- Minimum 15 years’ experience in programme management, including in senior management roles.
- Demonstrated ability to coordinate across teams and research partners in multiple countries.
- Exceptionally good communication and interpersonal skills, and comfortable working with high-level decision-makers.
- Detail-oriented and organized thinker who can juggle multiple, competing priorities.
- Ability to travel when needed.
- Experience managing programs across multiple departments and/or institutes.
- Experience working in different countries and across a variety of cultures.
Final candidates will be required to take a writing/analytical test.
Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience and skills. WRI offers a generous, comprehensive benefits package
How to Apply
Qualified applicants should apply online at careers.wri.org. All applications must be submitted online through this career portal in order to be formally considered.
The World Resources Institute (http://www.wri.org) is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives.
More details available at https://careers.wri.org/JobDescription.asp?SuperCategoryCode=15758&JobNumber=784721&JobTitle=DirectorNCELandUseSpecialInitiative&lang=en&utm_campaign=socialmedia&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=worldresources&utm_content=smgraphic.
Smithsonian-NTU Programme Coordinator
Location:Washington, District of Columbia
Position Type:Regular full-time
Young and research-intensive, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore (NTU) is ranked 13th globally. It is also placed 1st amongst the world’s best young universities. In 2015 the newly established Asian School of the Environment (ASE) at NTU embarked on a long-term partnership with the Forest Global Earth Observatory programme of the Smithsonian Institution (ForestGEO) to capitalise on the strengths and dynamism of both institutions. Together, NTU and ForestGEO will collaborate on research, training and capacity development in forest science, and create a cosmopolitan hub for forest ecology in Asia.
ASE and ForestGEO invite applications for the position of Programme Coordinator for the ForestGEO Asia Program.
The position will oversee and coordinate ForestGEO activities in Asia, implement and guide future research directions, foster collaboration that encourages broad use of the regional network, conduct independent research related to the ecology of Asian forests, lead training and capacity strengthening activities for students and researchers associated with ASE and ForestGEO sites, seek external funding, and promote ForestGEO and ASE to diverse audiences.
The successful candidate will have a PhD in ecology or related field (including but not limited to population and community ecology, physiological ecology, ecosystem science, global change biology, and plant systematics and evolution), at least 5 years experience working on the forests of tropical Asia, and experience with data management and ecological analysis.
Interested candidates should submit a single PDF containing a summary of research accomplishments and interests, curriculum vitae, three significant reprints, and the names and contact information of three referees to Ase_humanresources@ntu.edu.sg. We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified. More information can be found at www.ase.ntu.edu.sg/careers and http://www.forestgeo.si.edu/ or by contacting Stuart Davies (email@example.com).
Smithsonian is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce for all employees, interns, research associates, fellows, volunteers, and other individuals associated with the Smithsonian.
Three Faculty Positions in Ecology
The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan seeks applicants for three assistant professor (tenure-track) positions in ecology. These are university-year appointments with an expected start date of September 1, 2017.
(1) Ecosystem Ecologist. We welcome applicants who study ecosystem processes in any of the planet’s major ecosystems, including aquatic, terrestrial, wild-land, managed, and urban ecosystems. We are especially interested in individuals who include field and experimental approaches in their research. Areas of interest include, amongst others, biogeochemistry, carbon sequestration, and the effects of environmental change on ecosystem pools and fluxes.
(2) Population/Community Ecologist. We welcome applicants who study processes in any ecosystem or habitat type, including managed and urban systems. We also encourage individuals interested in interdisciplinary research. Areas of interest include, amongst others, mechanisms of population regulation; causes of species extinctions; and maintenance of biodiversity, community structure and ecosystem function under environmental change. Ideally, candidates will have an empirical research program that bridges to ecological theory.
(3) Theoretical Ecologist. We seek applicants who bring cutting-edge theoretical, mathematical, and computational tools to the study of ecological systems of any kind, including traditional fields such as population dynamics and community assembly as well as emerging subdisciplines such as urban ecology, macroecology, microbial ecology, disease ecology, and eco-immunology. Applicants with inter- and trans-disciplinary interests and who integrate theoretical development with empirical tests, whether alone or in collaboration, are especially encouraged to apply. This position will be a joint appointment with the University of Michigan Center for the Study of Complex Systems.
For all three positions, we are especially interested in individuals who will leverage the facilities available at the University of Michigan, including world class biodiversity collections, a local field research facility (the Edwin S. George Reserve), and a large educational and research facility in northern Michigan (the University of Michigan Biological Station).
Applications should include a cover letter, CV, a concise statement describing their current and future plans for research, a statement of their teaching philosophy and experience and evidence of teaching excellence (if any), and a statement of activities contributing to diversity, equity and inclusion in Academia. Applicants should also include the names and email addresses of three references.
EEB is committed to fostering ethnic and gender diversity throughout the department, and is especially interested in candidates contributing to the diversity and excellence of our academic community through their teaching, research, and/or service. To apply, use the link(s) below and arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted through the same website. Review of applications will begin on September 1, 2016 (Ecosystem Ecologist), September 15, 2016(Population/Community Ecologist), and October 1, 2016 (Theoretical Ecologist) and will continue until the positions are filled.
Women and minorities are encouraged to apply and the University is supportive of the needs of dual career couples. The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
To apply: http://www.resources-eeb.lsa.umich.edu/search16/index.php
The regrowth of tropical forests: remote sensing functional traits of the forest succession
The regrowth of tropical forests play a key role in global biogeochemical cycles and climate. Secondary forests accounts for approximately 66% of the total fluxes of the carbon sink worldwide. While it has been estimated that 20% of total past deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon is now covered by secondary forests, their extent, age and location remain uncertain.
The study will make use of a multi-scale remote sensing approach and comprehensive forest inventory data in order to model and predict the carbon sink of secondary forests. Data from airborne and terrestrial LiDAR (light detection and ranging) will be combined with satellite images to address the following questions: (i) How do forest carbon stocks estimates by airborne LiDAR (tree heights) compare to those measured in permanent plots of secondary forests (biomass)? (ii) How do the soil, climate and land-use processes interfere in the successional trajectory of secondary forests? (iii) What are the extent, rate of recovery and resilience of secondary forests in the Amazon?
The position will suit an enthusiastic PhD candidate willing to learn remote sensing, tropical ecology and statistical modeling simulations. The PhD candidate will be supported by a NERC fellowship during 3.5 Years with additional grant money facilitating their scientific travels to the Amazon, meetings and conferences.
At the end of this doctoral training the successful applicant will have developed an ability to (1) undertake numerical simulations and mappings of land-use processes underpinning forest succession, (2) develop a characterization of the recovery of secondary forest across the Brazilian Amazon, and (3) produce innovative methodologies to combine remote sensing (LiDAR or satellites) with forest inventory plots (forest structure or biodiversity).
Applications should hold a minimum of a UK Honours Degree at 2:1 level or equivalent in subjects such as Natural Sciences, Biology, and Ecology. Some experience of remote sensing and environmental field work will be advantageous. Applicants should be willing to learn Portuguese and be pro-active in engaging with an international network of partners, including non-scientific stakeholders such as Amazonian farmers or reserve managers.
For further details please contact Dr. Fernando Del Bon Espirito-Santo firstname.lastname@example.org