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Post-doc or post-masters fisheries researcher

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University of Missouri has an opening for a post-doc or post-masters fisheries researcher to join a cross-disciplinary team studying the consequences of conservation actions on stream condition and the associated response of fish communities. Remote work will be considered for a well-qualified individual.

This project is a collaborative effort to develop a framework to assess, report, and forecast benefits to ecosystem services affected by USDA conservation programs in the Upper Mississippi River Basin (UMRB). Hydrological engineers and soil scientists will model water quality within the UMRB using SWAT+. The MU researchers will work with collaborators at Michigan State University to use modeled water quality outputs (e.g., sediment and nutrient loads or concentrations) as predictors of stream biotic health across the UMRB. These hydrologic and statistical models will then be used to assess the benefits of conservation scenarios to water quality and biotic health. The MU researcher will also engage with scientists at TNC to incorporate these biotic response models into tools that will be used by decision-makers and practitioners in the field. The ideal candidate will have expertise in fish ecology, landscape scale assessments, geospatial sciences, and statistical modeling. At least one lead author publication is anticipated.

Qualifications: M.S. or PhD in Fisheries, Ecology, Natural Resources, or related discipline at the time of hiring. Ability to work collaboratively, experience with species traits/biodiversity metrics and habitat relationships, working at landscape scales, possess strong analytical and organizational skills, proven ability to present and publish results in primary literature, and experience or desire to work with stakeholders, field practitioners, and agency personnel.

Salary: Salary commensurate with education and experience ($38k - $52k), plus benefits; 1.5 years.

Application: Send cover letter, CV, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for three references to Dr. Jodi Whittier, School of Natural Resources, University of Missouri. 573-355-3924;

Closing date: October 30, 2022.


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