Title: Postdoctoral Scientist focused on quantifying below- and aboveground organic carbon pools across a temporal gradient of restored riparian areas in rangelands of the western U.S.
Hiring Institution: University of Arizona
Location: Working Lands Conservation’s office in Logan, UT; with field work in Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico.
Application Deadline & Start Date: First review of applications will take place on January 15th, 2024. The position is open until filled, and the desired start date is Feburary 2024.
University of Arizona & Working Lands Conservation (WLC) are recruiting a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join our team for a 2-year position funded by a collaboration between the University of Arizona, WLC, and the NRCS Conservation Effects Assessment Program (CEAP) focused on quantifying below- and aboveground organic carbon pools across a temporal gradient of restored riparian areas in rangelands of the western U.S. The Postdoctoral Scientist will work closely with WLC’s Lead Scientist, Dr. Kris Hulvey, and Research Scientist, Dr. Megan Nasto, University of Arizona Assistant Professor Dr. Aaron Lien, as well as project collaborators from Rio Grande Returns, Sageland Collaborative, and the Nature Conservancy.
The overall objective of this project is to provide the NRCS with quantitative data on the carbon sequestration and other ecosystem service benefits of riparian restoration practices on semi-arid rangelands. The post-doc selected for this position will plan and implement a research project to measure change in soil carbon storage in restored riparian areas. This work will involve field sampling of soils in degraded and restored riparian areas across AZ, NM, and UT, lab work to analyze carbon sequestration rates associated with restoration, and analysis and reporting of results in peer-reviewed publications and to NRCS.
Outcomes of the work include data that allows NRCS to take carbon sequestration and climate adaptation benefits into account when assessing the impacts of conservation practices and selecting practices for funding. Riparian areas provide significant ecosystem services such as wildlife habitat, water quality and quantity, and carbon sequestration at higher rates than surrounding uplands. They are also critical areas for management, with the potential to provide important water and forage resources to agricultural producers, even in times of drought. On western and central U.S. rangelands, riparian areas are also widely degraded, providing a significant opportunity for restoration and management
To apply for this job please visit www.workinglandsconservation.org.