Post-doc: Climate Smart Connectivity Planning for Southern California Communities

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to join an interdisciplinary research team that will be exploring how an integrated, ecosystem-based approach to planning for connected landscapes can support climate smart and resilient planning in Southern California’s ecosystems and local communities. Specifically, this research focuses on reducing wildfire risk, enhancing water sustainability, and land and wildlife conservation to support sustainable ecosystems and local communities in southern California. This research project is funded by an award from the California Strategic Growth Council Climate Change Research Program.

Postdoctoral Researcher
Qualifications: A PhD is required as well as training or experience in applied conservation, connectivity planning, and/or decision support. Experience in interdisciplinary and innovative, integrated research approaches is a plus. The candidate must be fluent in R and GIS and should be able to work both independently and in a collaborative setting with project team members and stakeholders. Familiarity with Southern California ecosystems is desirable.

Job Description: Start date as soon as possible with position extending approximately 1.5 years. This position will focus on the applied conservation aspects of the project and integration with hydrologic and wildfire planning components of the analysis. The selected candidate will work on analyses and decision support development on the climate connectivity aspects of the project. Experience in evaluating multiple benefits from wildlife conservation efforts would be beneficial, as well as knowledge of land-use planning processes and strategies.

Position will be based at San Diego State University (SDSU) and will work under the direction of Drs. Rebecca Lewison and Megan Jennings. The project may require travel within California. Compensation scale will start at $55-60K, commensurate with experience, and benefits.

To apply: Please send your letter of interest, CV, contact information for three references and any inquiries to Megan Jennings at mjennings@sdsu.edu.  Please put “Integrated Planning Postdoc” in the email subject heading. The position will remain open until filled, and applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Sawyer postdoc in Urban Futures at UIC

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER

Title: Postdoc Research Associate (UIC)

Job Category: Academic Professional

The Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago seeks an outstanding individual for a one-year Postdoc Research Associate position to begin September 2019. The successful candidate will participate in the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Sawyer Seminars entitled, “Urban Edges: Dreams, Divisions and Infrastructures – Comparative Cross-Disciplinary Dialogues about 21st Century American Cities.” The purpose of the seminars is to critically examine cities and the sociality of urban life, with a particular focus on Chicago in comparative dialogue with New York City, Detroit and Jackson, Mississippi. The seminars will bring together humanists, social scientists, artists and architects to draw upon our cross-disciplinary analytical and creative tools to explore how narratives and social infrastructures contour urban edges and spaces of inclusion and exclusion. The seminars will be organized around three distinct yet overlapping themes: inequity and collective prosperity; exclusion, inclusion, borders and bridges; and alternatives, experimentation and new visions for cities. Across these themes we will engage cross-cutting issues and enact analyses of cultural projects, radical infrastructures and alternative economies as a way to detail inequity and propose more just alternatives.

Duties: The Sawyer Postdoc Research Associate will assist with building the intellectual infrastructure of the three seminars and with the implementation of each seminar during the 2019-2020 academic year. The primary responsibilities of the Postdoc include developing brief provocations (written and/or visual) for seminar participants to engage; collecting historical and contemporary data representing seminar themes in Chicago and comparative cities; developing intellectual work linking the cities’ histories and futures; following up with scholar and artist participants in each city to ensure productive participation in the seminars; advancing postdoc’s scholarship and research agenda; presenting work during at least one seminar; working with Sawyer Seminar PIs and staff; and performing other duties pertaining to seminar implementation and final report production.

Qualifications: Candidates for the Sawyer Postdoc Research Associate must have earned their Ph.D. between January 2014 and July 2019 in an urban related discipline. Fields might include history, urban studies, geography, urban planning, sociology, anthropology, political economy or a closely related field. Postdocs should have in-depth scholarly knowledge of at least one of the seminar cities (Chicago, New York City, Detroit or Jackson) but, ideally, be engaged in comparative urban studies.

For full consideration, candidates must apply by submitting a letter of interest, CV, writing sample (no longer than 10 pages) and names/affiliation/email/phone numbers of three professional references by February 4, 2019 to UIC-SawyerSeminar-Postdoc. If you have additional questions, please contact Prof. Stacey Sutton at suttons@uic.edu

Woodrow Wilson STEM Teaching Fellowship


Great teaching could make a world of difference for children in high-need schools. For your friends and colleagues who are eager to share their math or science knowledge with young people who need them most, the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship is an unparalleled opportunity. Please pass on this email to anyone you think would be a good candidate.

For top applicants, this prestigious Fellowship offers a generous stipend toward completion of a master’s degree program in education at a Woodrow Wilson partner institution in Georgia or Pennsylvania.The program includes a yearlong clinical experience in a local high-need school, rigorous subject matter courses, professional development opportunities, and one-on-one mentoring throughout the three-year teaching commitment. In addition, Fellows gain access to a network of over 22,000 outstanding teachers and scholars, including Nobel Laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, and Field Medalists.

 January 31 is the the final deadline for 2019

Provost’s Office Summer Science Research Awards 2019

CUNY Summer Fellowship

Provost’s Pre-Dissertation Science Research Fellowship

This pre-dissertation grant program is made possible through a generous grant from Graduate Center Foundation Board member Robert Raucci.

Deadline for Applications: Friday, February, 8th, 2019, 3:00 pm

The Provost’s Office is pleased to announce the following pre-dissertation fellowship competition for doctoral students in the following doctoral programs: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Environmental Science, Mathematics, Nursing Science, Psychology, Speech-Language Hearing Sciences, and Physics. These summer awards provide $5,000.

This fellowship program has three objectives:

  • To allow students to conduct early stage research and training following completion of the first doctoral exam.
  • To support the development of a dissertation research proposal suitable for submission to an external funding agency.
  • To support travel to a national/international scientific meeting.

This program seeks to facilitate the transition from coursework to advanced individualized research and assist in science PhD students’ professional development.  These awards will allow students to strengthen their proposals by:

  • Refining their research topic into a well-defined research problem;
  • Determining appropriate research design, methods, research locale(s), and skillset(s);
  • Assessing project feasibility and determining necessary affiliations and approvals.
  • Participating in conference presentations to develop professional networks.

In addition, fellowship recipients will work in collaboration with a team of digital fellows to produce an individual research profile for the Science Summer Fellows site (https://sciencesummer.commons.gc.cuny.edu/) (including public facing blog posts, project descriptions, and accompanying visual materials) which will be due in mid-August. Fellows will also be required to present their research in a public forum which will be held in the fall semester. Additional opportunities for social media contributions are possible.

The successful applicant will address how their proposed summer research will lead to an improved proposal with regard to the above categories. Recipients will undertake such activities as (but not limited to): field or laboratory work, data collection, travel related to research, supplementary training in methods or techniques.

 

Eligibility

  • Students must be at level II.
  • Applicants must conduct at least six weeks of summer research during the period covered by this award.

N.B. Students who have already received a Dissertation Fellowship from the Provost’s Office are ineligible to receive these awards.

Summer Fellowship funds are in addition to any committed funds from mentors or campuses and cannot be used to meet CUNY Science Scholarship commitments.

 

Each application must include the following: 

 

1)      Cover Sheet (below and attached).

2)      Research Proposal that includes the following sections:

  1. Describe what you currently expect will be the topic, research question(s), supportive literature, methods of investigation, approach to data analysis, and theoretical contribution of your proposed dissertation project (up to 1,200 words).
  2. List up to 20 research publications that have most significantly informed the formulation of your research topic, questions, theories, and methods.
  3. What are your plans for summer research? (up to 500 words) Please include: a justification for your choice or research site(s) and/or sources of data and information; a brief description of your anticipated approaches to investigation; a timeline; and any local professional contacts you might have made.
  4. Describe how you think this summer research will assist you in developing your dissertation proposal and preparing for long term dissertation research. (up to 250 words)

Note: if you have previously conducted exploratory research at any of your proposed research site(s) or on a related topic, please explain how the additional research proposed will enable you to build upon your past experience(s).

3)      Budget justification. Justify what the funds will be used for (research supplies, conference travel, salary support….).

4)      Two-page NSF style curriculum vitae (https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf15001/gpg_2.jsp#IIC2f).

5)      Current Graduate Center transcript.  (Students may submit the unofficial student copy that can be printed from CUNYFirst.)

6)      One letter of reference to be submitted electronically by your adviser or faculty mentor (see instructions below).

 

Recipients of these fellowships must agree to the following conditions as part of their acceptance of the award:

 

1)      Attend a one-hour proposal writing workshop in May 2019.

2)      Write a one-page summary of their summer research work (due by 21 August 2019).

3)      Provide a 7-10 minute public presentation of their work at a doctoral student research conference to be held at the Graduate Center early in the Fall 2019 semester.

4)      Attend a grant writing workshop at the Graduate Center in the 2019-20 academic year designed to assist you in applying for future grants and fellowships (multiple sessions of the workshop will be held in order to accommodate potential scheduling conflicts).

5)      Agree to have some version of their summer work potentially featured on a Student Research Collaborative webpage currently under construction by the Early Research Initiative Research Collaborative.

 

Instructions for submitting your application:

 

1)      Combine your cover sheet, research proposal, curriculum vitae, and transcript into a SINGLE file (either as a pdf document or a word document).

 

Use the following format when naming your document:

Last Name, First Name, Program

 

2)      Email the file as an email attachment to fellowshipapps@gc.cuny.edu

Instructions for Faculty Recommenders 

1)      Prepare your reference letter as a regular word or pdf document.

Please use the following format when naming your document:

Student Last Name, First Name

2)      Email the file as an email attachment to fellowshipapps@gc.cuny.edu

If you have questions, please contact Rachel Sponzo at rsponzo@gc.cuny.edu, or 212-817-7282.

 

 

2019 Provost’s Pre-Dissertation Summer Science Research Grants

Application Cover Sheet

 

 

Name:

 

 

EMPL ID number:

 

 

Doctoral Program:

 

 

Doctoral Level:

 

 

Have you submitted a proposal/prospectus to your program for approval? ___ Yes   ___ No

 

 

Title of Proposal:

 

 

 

Name of Adviser who will write a letter of recommendation:

 

 

 

 

 

Have you received a Provost’s Summer Research Award in the past? ___ Yes   ___ No

If yes, for what years?  ____2017 ____2018

 

 

 

 

 Provost’s Office Summer Science Research Awards 2019 Cover Sheet

Provost’s Office Summer Science Research Awards 2019

#EESpublishes: SHRIMP U–Pb zircon evidence for age, provenance, and tectonic history of early Paleozoic Ganderian rocks, east-central Maine, USA

New first authored paper by Prof Allan Ludman in the journal of Atlantic Geology SHRIMP U–Pb zircon evidence for age, provenance, and tectonic history of early Paleozoic Ganderian rocks, east-central Maine, USA
SHRIMP U–Pb zircon ages from Ganderia in eastern Maine clarify the ages and provenance of basement units in the Miramichi and St. Croix terranes and of cover rocks in the Fredericton trough and Central Maine/Aroostook-Matapedia basin (CMAM). These new data constrain timing of orogenic events and help understand the origin of the cover rock depocenters.
Detrital zircon data generally confirm suggested ages of the formations sampled. Zircon grains with ages of ca. 430 Ma in both depocenters, only slightly older than their host rocks, were probably derived from the earliest volcanic eruptions in the Eastport-Mascarene belt. Their presence indicates that unnamed CMAM sandstone units may be as young as Pridoli and their absence from the Appleton Ridge and Digdeguash formations suggests that these formations are older than initial Eastport-Mascarene volcanism. Detrital and volcanic zircon ages confirm a Late Cambrian to Middle Ordovician age for the Miramichi succession and date Miramichi volcanism at 469.3 ± 4.6 Ma. In the St. Croix terrane, zircon grain with an age of 477.4 ± 3.7 Ma from an ashfall at the base of the Kendall Mountain Formation and age spectra and fossils from overlying quartz arenite suggest that the formation may span Floian to Sandbian time. The main source of CMAM and Fredericton sediment was recycled Ganderian basement from terranes emergent after Late Ordovician orogenesis, supplemented by Silurian tephra. Zircon barcodes and lithofacies and tectonic models suggest little, if any, input from Laurentia or Avalonia.
Zircon- and fossil-based ages indicate coeval Upper Ordovician deformation in the St. Croix (ca. 453 to 442 Ma) and Miramichi (ca. 453 to 446 Ma) terranes. Salinic folding in the southeastern Fredericton trough is bracketed between the 421.9 ± 2.4 Ma age of the Pocomoonshine gabbro-diorite and 430 Ma detrital zircons in the Flume Ridge Formation. Zircon ages, lithofacies analysis, and paleontological evidence support the origin of the Fredericton trough as a Salinic foredeep. The CMAM basin cannot have been an Acadian foreland basin, as sedimentation began millions of years before Acadian subduction.

Professor Andrew Maroko on Environmental Justice Versus Environmental Gentrification

Professor Andrew Maroko coauthored an article in the journal – International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health entitled Brownfields to Greenfields: Environmental Justice Versus Environmental Gentrification.

Abstract: Gentrification is a growing concern in many urban areas, due to the potential for displacement of lower-income and other vulnerable populations. This process can be accelerated when neighborhood “greening” projects are undertaken via governmental or private investor efforts, resulting in a  phenomenon termed environmental or “green” gentrification. Vacant land in lower-income areas is often improved by the existing community through the creation of community gardens, but this contributes to these greening efforts and paradoxically may spur gentrification and subsequent displacement of the gardens’ stewards and neighbors. “Is proximity to community gardens in less affluent neighborhoods associated with an increased likelihood of gentrification?” Continue reading “Professor Andrew Maroko on Environmental Justice Versus Environmental Gentrification”

New book edited by Prof Setha Low: The Routledge Handbook of Anthropology and the City

Professor Setha Low has edited a new book entitled The Routledge Handbook of Anthropology and the City.

The Routledge Handbook of Anthropology and the City provides a comprehensive study of current and future urban issues on a global and local scale. Premised on an ‘engaged’ approach to urban anthropology, the volume adopts a thematic approach that covers a wide range of modern urban issues, with a particular focus on those of high public interest. Topics covered include security, displacement, social justice, privatization, sustainability, and preservation. Offering valuable insight into how anthropologists investigate, make sense of, and then address a variety of urban issues, each chapter covers key theoretical and methodological concerns alongside rich ethnographic case study material. The volume is an essential reference for students and researchers in urban anthropology, as well as of interest for those in related disciplines, such as urban studies, sociology, and geography.

Setha Low is Professor of Anthropology, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Geography), Environmental Psychology, and Women’s Studies at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, USA. Her most recent books are Spatializing Culture: The Ethnography of Space and Place (2017), and Spaces of Security: Ethnographies of Securityscapes, Surveillance and Control (2019), edited with M. Maguire. She is former President of the American Anthropological Association and served as Deputy Chair of the World Council of Anthropological Associations.

Tenure track position at Northern Illinois University–women’s and gender studies

DESCRIPTION
The interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Northern Illinois University is looking for a dynamic scholar to fill the position of Assistant Professor to begin in the fall of 2019, with expertise in Critical Race Theory. The successful candidate will be a joint appointment tenure-track faculty member in the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, with a tenure home in an appropriate academic department (open). The candidate will be expected to teach courses to both undergraduate and graduate students in both units, as well as engage in an active research agenda and perform professional service in keeping with rank and position. Applications are invited from those whose research and teaching interests focus on Critical Race Theory in the context of any of the following: A) intersectional feminist, queer, and/or trans* theories, B) women, gender, and/or sexuality in social and political movements, or C) feminist, queer, and/or trans* research methods. The typical teaching load is two courses per year in the Center, and two courses per year in the tenuring department.

Required Qualifications

JD or PhD in the Humanities or Social Sciences with expertise in both critical race theory and feminist, queer and/or trans studies.

ABD will be considered, with completion of PhD required before Fall 2019.

Successful candidate will also be willing/able to teach academic skills to first-generation students. Ability to communicate effectively with faculty, staff and students, including those of varying identities, economic and cultural backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to applicants who have prior teaching experience and a productive high quality agenda in research or artistry. Successful grant writing experience is preferred.

Required Applicant Documents

1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae

2. Cover Letter

3. Transcripts (unofficial with official required at hire)

4. List of References

5. Statement of Teaching Philosophy

6. Statement of Research Philospohy

7. Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness Please submit application and documents through NIU online employment system  employment.niu.edu/postings/37915.  Review of completed applications will begin on 12/1/2018; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.Further questions can be directed to Dr. Amanda Littauer, alittauer@niu.edu

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In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document from upon hire.

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Postdoc in Species Distribution/Pollen Vegetation Modeling at The Morton Arboretum in Chicago

The Morton Arboretum invites applications for a two year postdoctoral researcher to work on an NSF-supported project, “Quantifying biogeographic history: a novel model-based approach to integrating data from genes, fossils, specimens, and environments”. The successful applicant will join an international team of researchers in mathematics/ statistics, ecology, biogeography, distribution modeling, and population genetics. The postdoctoral researcher will collaborate with the project team to design, develop and implement novel methods for integrating datasets which have different characteristics and resolution (environmental, paleoecological, and genetic data) to make inference about historical shifts in species ranges and changes in population sizes.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. (or Ph.D. defense scheduled) in a quantitative science (i.e., mathematical biology, statistics, theoretical ecology, or related fields), or in an ecological field plus experience with ecological modeling, species distribution or population modeling, or quantitative ecology. Interest or experience in one or more of the following is beneficial: Bayesian statistics, parameter estimation, data-driven modeling, spatial modeling, state-space modeling, or mathematical modeling. Applicants should be interested in working at the interface of statistics and ecology. Experience in programming is beneficial.

The position is for two years, with possibility for continuing support pending future funding. The postdoctoral researcher will be based at The Morton Arboretum and will primarily work with Dr. Sean Hoban, Dr. Andria Dawson (Mount Royal University, Calgary), and Dr. Adam Smith (Missouri Botanical Garden). The position will require some travel for team meetings. All travel expenses are covered by grant funds. The postdoctoral researcher will be provided opportunities for professional development, suited to their interests (e.g. attend scientific meetings, teaching or mentoring, skill training), for which funding is provided.

The Morton Arboretum is a world-class plant science research institute and public botanic garden near Chicago, USA, with strengths in ecology, conservation, informatics, and genomics. The Arboretum has collaborations with scientists at the Field Museum, University of Illinois Chicago, two National Laboratories, Brookfield Zoo, and Chicago Botanic Garden.

Applications may be submitted until the position is filled; applications received by October 15 are guaranteed consideration. A start date by January 2019 is preferred. Applicants must apply at careers.hireology.com/themortonarboretum/.  Inquiries about the position or the application are welcome. Please contact Dr. Sean Hoban (shoban@mortonarb.org), Dr. Adam Smith (adam.smith@mobot.org), or Dr. Andria Dawson (andria.dawson@gmail.com).

Vegetation Science Assistant Professor Search at UCSB

Assistant Professor – Vegetation Science – Department of Geography

The Department of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2019. The Department is looking for exceptional individuals with particular emphasis in the area of Vegetation Data Science. We seek a highly creative and interdisciplinary scholar whose research exploits large spatio-temporal data sets such as those coming from continental and global scale environmental data networks and observatories (e.g., FluxNet, PhenoCam network, NEON, US National Phenology Network) and/or state of the art geospatial data, such as hyperspectral remote sensing (e.g., NEON—AOP, forthcoming ENMAP, HESUI, EMIT). The work should extract insight from environmental data sets at scale using novel computational and algorithmic approaches to environmental data science (e.g., machine learning, computer vision, artificial intelligence, and related methods). Research areas of particular interest include (1) biosphere-atmosphere interactions, with emphasis on the role of terrestrial vegetation in environmental change; (2) monitoring and predicting vegetation responses to disturbances such as climate, drought, fire, pathogens, or invasive species; and (3) quantifying plant diversity and its impact on ecosystem resilience and biogeochemical cycling. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an extramurally-funded research program in the focal area of her/his expertise, to mentor graduate students, and to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in their area of expertise. The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position. Applications received by November 15, 2018 will be given priority consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. To apply please visit https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01339].

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.