Postdoctoral Fellow in Ecohydrology

Colorado State University | Posted Nov 1, 2023

Deadline: Nov 12, 2023

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A postdoctoral position is available with Dr. Ryan Morrison at Colorado State University (CSU) to work collaboratively with the US Geological Survey (USGS) Fort Collins Science Center and the National Park Service on a research project aimed to understand interactions among river flow, channel change, and riparian vegetation in the Green and Yampa Rivers of Colorado and Utah. This research will require expertise in hydrology-ecology interactions, geomorphology, ecological modeling, or some combination of these topics. Research performed in this position is important for understanding how to protect rivers in National Parks from the effects of climate change, and the successful candidate will be working with an established research group committed to ensuring the ecological integrity of rivers.

Research for this position will include using hydrologic, geomorphic, and riparian ecological field data in a variety of ecological models to understand how shifts in climate and reservoir releases may affect river channel geometry and native and invasive riparian vegetation. The postdoctoral researcher will lead or contribute to tasks such as 1) aggregate and synthesize ecological and hydrologic time-series datasets; 2) develop quantitative models to predict effects of changing river flows on riparian vegetation; 3) write and publish peer-reviewed manuscripts based on research findings.

The ideal candidate will have strong quantitative ecological modeling skills and a broad understanding of riparian ecology, geomorphology, and hydrology principles. In addition, the ideal candidate will have experience using large datasets and strong skills with R or python programming. Strong written and verbal communication skills are also required, as is the ability to work well with an interdisciplinary team of scientists and managers.

The initial appointment will be for one year with the possibility of extension contingent on funding and performance. Compensation will include an annual full-time salary of $58,000 – $65,000 per year and funds for travel. Part-time work may be an option. This position will be hosted at CSU in Fort Collins, CO; however, remote work may be a possibility for active communicators with strong virtual communication skills. Throughout these projects, the postdoctoral researcher will work in close collaboration with partners and staff at the USGS Fort Collins Science Center, engaging with agency scientists and analysts to complete analyses.