Summary of Position: We are currently seeking a postdoctoral candidate for a NASA-funded project "Mapping changes in forest diversity and disease in North American temperate forests” at the University of Minnesota and University of Wisconsin-Madison to work with a team of researchers to detect threats to North American forests from invading pests and pathogens and changing climate. The study involves monitoring the potential impacts of these threats using hyperspectral remote sensing to detect forest composition and diversity and the signals of stress caused by disease, drought and other factors. The postdoctoral associate will be based at the University of Minnesota in the lab of PI Jeannine Cavender-Bares and will also work with researchers at UW Madison in the lab of Co-PI Phil Townsend and will be also be involved in the NSF-funded Biology Integration Institute ASCEND Advancing Spectral biology in Changing Environments to understand Diversity.
Essential and Other Functions: 85% Research: Data collection, compilation, pipeline development, data analysis, and manuscript preparation
10% Training students and communicating with collaborators
Essential Qualifications: 1. Ph.D. (awarded or expected prior to start date) in plant biology, remote sensing, spectroscopy, computer science or related fields 2. First author publication(s) in peer-reviewed journals. 3. Strong communication skills, both oral and written.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience in- • Plant physiology • Phylogenetic analysis and trait evolution modeling • Statistical methods • Quantitative and programming skills • Field research experience in plant community and ecosystem ecology • Experience working with spectroscopic and remote sensing data (e.g., visual, hyperspectral, lidar or other point cloud data) • Hyperspectral imaging
Internal Number: 339235
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