[Coral-List] Position Announcement: Postdoctoral Quantitative Marine Scientist with the Natural Capital Project

Katie Arkema karkema at stanford.edu
Wed Mar 31 11:07:34 EDT 2010


Position Announcement

Postdoctoral Quantitative Marine Scientist

The Natural Capital Project seeks a quantitative marine scientist.  We are
developing tools to model and map the distribution of biodiversity and the
flow of multiple ecosystem services across land- and seascapes, with a focus
on TROPICAL coastal and marine services.

We seek an imaginative individual for an 18 month post-doc (extension
possible based on additional funding) to support development and application
of the marine InVEST (Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and
Tradeoffs) models in a tropical setting. The successful applicant will help
design, adapt, document and implement a series of marine biophysical and
socio-economic models of ecosystem services (food from fisheries and
aquaculture, nursery habitat, coastal protection, recreation, etc.). The
postdoc and other postdoctoral researchers and project collaborators will
apply these models within an Integrated Coastal Zone Management Process in
Belize. Together, these models will provide a spatially explicit tool that
tracks the production and valuation of ecosystem services. The models are
intended to aid in the support of coastal and marine management decisions
and to be widely applicable, so applicants must be passionate about creating
simple, elegant, scientifically robust models for decision-making purposes.
The post-doc also will analyze data to parameterize and validate these
models for Belize.

The position is located in Seattle, WA at NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science
Center and will require extensive interaction with interdisciplinary teams
and travel to Stanford University and Belize.

Required Qualifications

A Ph.D. in marine ecology, oceanography, quantitative ecosystem sciences, or
a related field

Experience conducting quantitative analyses and modeling with ecological or
oceanographic data

Experience integrating ecological or oceanographic models with other
biological, physical, social, or economic models

Experience working with collaborators from diverse backgrounds and capacity
and interest to work with interdisciplinary teams

Excellent communication and computer skills

Experience working in tropical marine systems desired

How to Apply: For full consideration, please submit a cover letter, CV, and
the names of three references to marine at naturalcapitalproject.org with
“QUANTITATIVE MARINE SCIENTIST” listed in the subject line.  We will begin
reviewing applications May 1st 2010 and the position will remain open until

Stanford University is committed to equal opportunity through affirmative
action in employment and we are especially eager to identify minority
persons and women with appropriate qualifications.

More information on the Natural Capital Project, a partnership among
Stanford University, WWF, and TNC can be found at

Katie Arkema
Postdoctoral Ecologist
The Natural Capital Project, Stanford University
Phone: 206-302-2434
Mailing address: NOAA Fisheries, Northwest Fisheries Science Center
2725 Montlake Blvd E. Seattle, WA 98122, USA

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