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POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE, NATURE CONSERVATION AND WATER QUALITY

12.04.2016 - Gund Institute, The University of Vermont, USA

The Gund Institute for Ecological Economics seeks a postdoctoral associate to develop rigorous and practical models relating nature conservation to water quality issues in Vermont. The 2-year position is part of a partnership between the Gund Institute and The Nature Conservancy (TNC).

POSITION: The Gund Institute for Ecological Economics seeks a postdoctoral associate to
develop rigorous and practical models relating nature conservation to water quality issues
in Vermont. The 2-year position is part of a partnership between the Gund Institute and
The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Together we are working to understand how
conservation and restoration of forests and wetlands can reduce nutrient pollution and
improve water quality in Lake Champlain. The postdoc will be directed by Taylor
Ricketts at The University of Vermont (UVM).

RESPONSIBILITIES: The postdoc will: (i) develop or refine models to link land use with
nutrient loading and retention in the watershed, (ii) simulate different nature-based
solutions to estimate their likely biodiversity impact, water quality impact, and costs, (iii)
optimize conservation investments to inform TNC’s blueprint for natural infrastructure in
Vermont. In all of this work, s/he will interact closely with several faculty members at
UVM, with TNC staff, and with scientists at the Natural Capital Project.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have a doctoral degree in hydrology, ecology,
economics, or related fields. Successful candidates will have strong quantitative skills,
specific expertise in hydrological modeling, and a commitment to connecting research to
conservation issues.

APPLICATION: Applicants should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact
information for three references to Taylor Ricketts, Director, Gund Institute for
Ecological Economics, at taylor.ricketts@uvm.edu. Review of applications will begin on
April 22, 2016 and we anticipate a start date of September 2016.


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