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Assistant Professor of quantitative fisheries management [WFCB, UC Davis]

Responsibilities:

The Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology (WFCB), in the College of Agricultural and Environmental  Sciences  at  the  University  of  California,  Davis,  is  recruiting  an  Assistant  Professor  of quantitative fisheries management. This is an academic year (9-month), Assistant Professor tenure-track position with teaching, research, outreach/engagement and service responsibilities.  Departmental service, collegiality, and excellence in teaching are highly valued in WFCB, and the appointee will be expected to participate in committee work, service, undergraduate and graduate advising, and other responsibilities that are shared by department faculty.

We seek applicants who advance the field of fisheries science and management using innovative, quantitative approaches, such as innovations in linking models to data.  Candidates’ areas of expertise could include topics such as stock assessment and evaluation, spatial marine management, or ecosystem-based fisheries management (EBFM).  We define EBFM as a holistic approach that interactions among multiple harvested and non-harvested  species,  environmental  variability  across  space  and  time,  and  the  economic  and  societal context of the sustainable management of fisheries and additional marine ecosystem services. The successful candidate will engage in collaborative and coordinated research with colleagues from across the campus, including Bodega Marine Laboratory, with expertise in marine fisheries, conservation, theoretical and applied ecology, ecological and evolutionary genetics, behavioral ecology, ecosystem ecology, quantitative ecology and climate-change ecology.

The appointee is expected to establish a competitive, externally-funded research program, and applicants must demonstrate evidence of potential for excellence in teaching, especially at the undergraduate level. The appointee will be responsible for teaching existing courses and/or courses developed by the appointee that fill departmental needs. Relevant existing courses in the WFCB undergraduate curriculum to which the candidate may be expected to contribute include WFC 10 (Wildlife Ecology and Conservation), WFC 122 (Population Dynamics & Estimation), WFC 144 (Marine Conservation Science), or WFC 198 (Sampling Animal Populations). Depending on the candidate’s expertise, potential topics for new courses include quantitative ecosystem- based fisheries science and management at the upper-division undergraduate or graduate levels; applied marine   community   and   ecosystem   ecology,   stock   assessment,   or   introductory   marine   ecology   and conservation at the undergraduate level; or a data-analysis course in model fitting at the graduate level.  The appointee will regularly advise undergraduate and graduate students.   Participation in and development of public outreach and/or community engagement programs, and performance of departmental and university service is expected. This position is expected to work with Cooperative Extension specialists and advisors, partners in allied agencies or other appropriate public stakeholders.

This position is part of the UC Davis “Sustainable Marine Resources Initiative (SMRI): The Future of Food from the Sea,” coordinated by the cross-campus Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute (http://cmsi.ucdavis.edu). This hiring initiative includes two additional faculty positions in resource economics and aquaculture biology, as well as additional hires in partnership with California Sea Grant and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The appointee will also have the opportunity to participate in UC Davis’ new NSF- funded, interdisciplinary graduate training program in  Sustainable Oceans: From Policy to Science to Decisions (https://cmsi.ucdavis.edu/nsf-research-traineeship/index.html).

This recruitment is conducted strictly at the assistant professor rank.

Qualifications:

Ph.D. or equivalent degree in fisheries science, ecology and evolutionary biology, applied mathematics and statistics, or an equivalent field. Post-doctoral experience is preferred. Evidence of research excellence is expected. The candidate should have the ability, or demonstrate the potential, to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses and the ability to develop and conduct extramurally funded research in quantitative fisheries management.

Salary:

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications:

Application  materials  must  be  submitted  via  the  following  website: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF01848.  The  position  will  remain  open  until  filled.  To  ensure consideration, applications should be received by November 1, 2017.

Required application materials include: 1) curriculum vitae including publication list and funding record, 2) up to three publications, 3) transcripts if the applicant is within five years of Ph.D. degree, 4) statement of research accomplishments, 5) statement of teaching accomplishments and philosophy, 6) statement of future research plans relevant to the position description, 7) statement of contributions to diversity, and 8) four letters of reference. Additional inquiries should be directed to Eric Post, Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology (post@ucdavis.edu) or Marissa Baskett, Department of Environmental Science and Policy (mlbaskett@ucdavis.edu).

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse  faculty  community.    We  welcome  all  qualified  applicants  to  apply,  including  women,  minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

UC Davis supports Family-friendly recruitments. UC Davis covers travel expenses for a second person to accompany an invited faculty recruitment candidate who is a mother (or single parent of either gender) of a breast or bottle-feeding child less than two years of age. http://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/programs/work-life/index.html

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UC Davis was ranked #1 in 2016 on Forbes Magazine list of the 13 most important STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) universities for women, and is expecting to earn the U.S. Department of Education’s “Hispanic Serving Institution” designation by 2018-2019. Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its student body by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for students through such organizations and programs as the Center for African Diaspora Student Success; the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center; Casa Cuauhtémoc Chicano-Latino Theme House; Asian Pacific American Theme House; ME/SA (Middle astern/South Asian) living-learning community; Multi- Ethnic Program (MEP); Chicano/Latino Retention Initiative; and Native American Theme Program.

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Unit 18 Lecturer for Wildlife Ecology and Conservation: WFC 010, Fall 2017

POSITION DESCRIPTION:  
The Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology offers a temporary Lecturer position in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation.

APPOINTMENT DATE:
Service periods are:

Fall Quarter 2017:          September 25, 2017 – December 15, 2017

RESPONSIBILITIES:  
Teach   one   upper  division  course   in   Wildlife  Ecology  and

Conservation, WFC 010.

QUALIFICATIONS:  
Appropriate  professional  degree,  e.g.,  doctorate    or    master’s degree  (or  30  units  of  graduate  coursework); demonstrated  teaching  ability;  a developing record  of scholarly or  professional  achievement  in  an  area  of  expertise related to the subject area of the course.

GENERAL   INFORMATION:  
Temporary   lecturers   are   selected   to   fill   specialized positions that require professional as well as academic expertise.

SALARY:  
Commensurate with experience.

COURSE AVAILABILITY:
The following course is available for fall quarter 2017: Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, WFC 010.

See link below for full course description. http://catalog.ucdavis.edu/programs/WFC/WFCcourses.html APPLICATIONS:

For full consideration, applications must be received by August 31, 2017. Interested

candidates should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vita, and evidence of teaching proficiency. Candidates may be asked for further evidence of scholarship or teaching effectiveness at a later date. Candidates must apply online at https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF1762.

This position is covered by collective bargaining agreement. UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Avian Agro-Ecology Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Wildlife, Fish, & Conservation Biology- University of California, Davis

Application review begin date: May 15, 2017

Start dates are flexible, but expected around the Fall of 2017.

SUMMARY:

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher with expertise in agro-ecology, community ecology, and/or conservation biology to join Daniel Karp’s lab in the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology at the University of California, Davis. The appointment will be for one-year with the possibility of extension based on performance.

The postdoctoral researcher will join a collaborative and interdisciplinary team of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates focused on exploring strategies to manage birds and bird-mediated ecosystem services on strawberries fields in California agro-ecosystems. The team is based at UC Davis (Prof. Daniel Karp), UC Berkeley (Profs. Kathryn De Master), UC Riverside (Prof. Erin Wilson Rankin), Washington State University (Prof. William Snyder), and the University of British Columbia (Profs. Jiaying Zhao and Kai Chan), and is supported through the United States Department of Agriculture’s BENRE program area.

Birds are increasingly viewed as pests and potential foodborne disease vectors in farmlands. Yet birds also benefit growers by consuming pests. The core aims of this project are to: (1) identify pest, disease vector, and beneficial bird species and quantify their net economic impact on strawberry crops, (2) determine how farms could be co-managed to achieve conservation, food safety, and production goals, and (3) explore how farmers’ values and attitudes towards birds influence farming practices. Through our socio-ecological approach and by disseminating findings in workshops and with decision-support tools, this project has great scope for changing practices and reframing grower attitudes towards birds.

The project postdoc, with advice and mentorship from Karp and other project personnel, will be responsible for the execution of ecological field research including: bird and insect censuses across 20 farms, nest monitoring, and exclosure experiments. The postdoc will also coordinate a mist-netting program to obtain bird fecal samples, which will be used to build bird diet profiles

though DNA meta-barcoding. In the field, the postdoc will oversee undergraduate assistants and work with a project coordinator to recruit and maintain relationships with growers. Two 3-month field seasons in the California Central Coast are anticipated. The postdoc will be additionally responsible for (1) helping coordinate monthly project meetings, (2) data management, (3) statistical analysis and modeling of ecological field data, (4) preparation and submission of academic manuscripts, and (5) development and dissemination of outreach materials.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A Ph.D. in Ecology or a closely related field.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and an ability to work both independently and collaboratively with researchers, growers, and practitioners from different backgrounds.
  • Experience designing, planning, and executing ecological field research.
  • Demonstrated ability to follow through on project deliverables and communicate findings in high quality peer-reviewed journals.
  • Strong statistical skills and demonstrated proficiency with R or another statistical program.
  • Strong attention to detail, evidenced by prior research.

The following qualification are preferred but not required:

  • Prior experience working in agro-ecosystems and/or interfacing with growers.
  • Prior experience managing large-scale field projects and mentoring students.
  • Experience in bird identification and ornithological field methods such as mist-netting, point- count censuses, and/or nest searching.
  • Demonstrated ability and/or desire to integrate results across interdisciplinary teams.

SALARY:

Salary and benefits are consistent with UC Davis policy and applicant experience. Salary for a 1st year Postdoc is $48,216

TO APPLY:

Please apply by preparing: (1) your CV inclusive of publications, awards, and field experience, (2) a cover letter discussing your qualifications, research interests, and motivations for this position, (3) about your commitment to and/or experience with furthering diversity in the sciences a 1-2 paragraph summary, (4) a 1-2 paragraph statement regarding your interest in and/or experience with engaging in growers and interdisciplinary research teams, and (5) contact information for 3 references. Send all materials to dkarp@ucdavis.edu with the subject line: “Post-doc USDA BENRE application.

 

For more information about research in the Daniel Karp’s lab, visit:  http://karp.ucdavis.edu.

Fish Conservation Physiology and Molecular Biology Postdoctoral Researchers in the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation and School of Veterinary Medicine – University of California, Davis

Application review begin date: May 1, 2017

Start dates are flexible, but expected between late spring and fall of 2017

SUMMARY:

We are seeking two highly motivated, organized, and dynamic Postdoctoral Researchers with experience in Molecular Biology and Fish Conservation Physiology to join the labs of Drs. Richard Connon and Nann Fangue in the School of Veterinary Medicine and the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology at the University of California Davis (UCD). Appointments will be for one year with a possibility for extension to two or three years.

The Postdoctoral Researchers will join a collaborative and integrative team composed of faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students studying fish physiology and behavior, and using transcriptomics to understand mechanisms behind organismal resilience to environmental change, with the ultimate goal of improving conservation and management activities.

Broadly, our research focuses on physiology, behavior, and reproductive impairment of fishes, and the integration of this information into current and future management plans. These Postdoctoral Researchers would be working on the physiological ecology of juvenile threatened, endangered and invasive California fishes, and their behavioral and physiological responses to environmental stressors, such as anthropogenic disturbances and climate change.

The primary responsibility of one Postdoctoral Researcher will be to oversee and perform experiments relating to Chinook salmon, thermal stress and disease project funded by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW; Prop 1). This projects has a high level of collaboration across multiple agencies (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; NOAA, US Fish and Wildlife Service; FWS, CDFW) as well as multiple academics. The goals of this project are to provide critical information about the physiology of outmigrating Chinook salmon and risks of predation associated with pathogen infection. The researcher will engage in experiments aimed to understand how temperature changes and disease progression impact the immune system by means of transcriptomics. The project also incorporates using DNA screening techniques to evaluate a suite of pathogens in salmon tissues, as well as water samples by means of environmental DNA (eDNA) with the ultimate goal of modeling outmigration survival and predation risk.

The second Postdoctoral Researcher will oversee and participate in a multi-PI, collaborative toxicology research project, relating to a project funded by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (Prop 1). The goal of this project is to evaluate the impact of pyrethroid pesticide exposures on egg-embryo development resulting via parental exposures (dietary) as well as early life stage aqueous exposures. Temperature and salinity are key variable driving or mediating the toxicity of pyrethroids in development, which is cause for concern in highly altered environments such as the Central Valley of California. Several agencies are interested in gaining more insight into how early rearing environments that are impacted by contaminants, can affect threatened fish populations. Data gained form this research will be used to inform managers of potential risks associated with exposure.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A Ph.D. in Ecology, Physiology, Animal Behavior, Molecular Biology or a closely related field.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively with researchers and students from many different scientific backgrounds, including agency partners and stakeholders.
  • Experience designing, planning, and conducting experimental procedures, including the ability to meet project goals in a timely manner, and follow through on project deliverables.
  • The ability to communicate research findings both at professional meetings and in high quality peer- reviewed journals.
  • Strong statistical and computer skills including demonstrated proficiency with R and/or another statistical software program.
  • Excellent technical, analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong attention to detail, and meticulous work style, as evidenced by previous research.

The following qualifications are preferred but not required:

  • Previous experience working with salmon or other anadromous fishes.
  • Previous experience managing, mentoring, or otherwise overseeing staff, graduate or undergraduate students.
  • A demonstrated capability to think critically about the practical application of research outcomes.

SALARY:

Salary and benefits are consistent with UC Davis policy and applicant experience.

TO APPLY:

Please apply by sending your 1) CV inclusive of publications, awards, and both laboratory and field experience, and 2) a cover letter discussing your key experimental qualifications, research interests and motivations for this position to reconnon@ucdavis.edu, with the subject line: “Post-Doc Prop 1 application” so that it can be easily recognized.

Please also specifically comment on your interest and experience engaging agency partners and stakeholders given the necessity to interface frequently with our partners at CDFW, US FWS, NOAA, and numerous other agencies. Applications will begin review on May 1 2017. Start dates are expected between late spring and fall of 2017.

For more information about the ongoing research in Dr. Connon and Fangue’s labs, visit:

https://connonlab.wordpress.com/ and http://fanguelab.ucdavis.edu/

Junior Specialist - UC Davis FIsh Ecology Lab - Hobbs

The Department of Wildlife Fish and Conservation Biology (WFCB)at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a pool of qualified Junior Specialists should an opening arise. Screening of applicants is ongoing and will continue as needed.

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to assist in field and laboratory studies of threatened and endangered species in the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary. The successful candidate will join the Hobbs Laboratory for Fish Ecology within the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology at the University of California, Davis.  The goal of laboratory is to employ state-of-the-art technologies to examine the factors influencing the distribution, abundance and life history diversity of native species in freshwater, estuarine and marine habitats.  Our work utilizes the information recorded in fish ear bones to reconstruct the life history, growth and recruitment patterns of fish in the San Francisco Estuary and Watershed.  We also specialize in wetland restoration to benefit aquatic species.   Our studies provide conservation practitioners and resources managers the data necessary for effective science-based management.

Successful candidates will participate in research investigating the impacts of anthropogenic climate change on Delta Smelt and Longfin Smelt, two native species in the San Francisco Estuary nearing extinction.  This position will also conduct research in tidally restoring wetland habitats in the Napa River Marsh and Alviso Marsh in Lower South Bay.

General responsibilities include preparing otoliths for age, growth and otolith laser ablation micro-chemistry, assist in field sampling surveys to determine the distribution and abundance of fishes, including Delta Smelt and Longfin Smelt, and plankton sorting, taxonomic identification and quantification of larval fish and planktonic organisms.  A successful applicant will communicate with multiple agencies, write reports, and contribute in the summary of fish detection data that has been collected. The position will review journal articles and engage in discussions on research and the interpretation of research results. Candidate will participate and contribute to semi-annual project meetings that include multiple agencies and contributors. Candidate will be expected to attend or participate in appropriate professional societies, such as the American-Fisheries Society Conference or Bay-Delta Science Conference, and other educational and research organizations. This is a one-year term position with possibility of renewal contingent on funding and performance.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum Bachelor degree in fisheries or wildlife biology, ecology, natural resources or a related field.
  • Experience working on or handling boats in rivers/streams, lakes, or ocean and trailering boats.
  • Experience in Word, Excel, and R or other appropriate computer programs to organize, summarize and analyze data.
  • Must hold a valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record to drive work trucks.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience with otolith preparation for age, growth and laser ablation.
  • Has a working knowledge of the San Francisco Estuary and its fishes.
  • Knowledge/Experience with fish sampling methods, (e.g. otter trawls, plankton tows).
  • Knowledge of GIS software, GPS equipment, and with R or other statistical software packages is desired but not necessary.
  • Knowledge/Experience identifying larval fishes to the species level.

SALARY RANGE: Step I - $17.99 hourly (100% annual + benefits)

POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: As openings occur, appointments are made contingent upon availability of funding. The posting will remain open until September 30, 2017 to accommodate lab needs. If you would like to continue to be considered after that time, you will need to submit a new application when a new position is posted. Please note: The use of a junior specialist pool does not guarantee that an open position exists. For first full consideration, apply by Feb 26, 2017. Applications received after this date will be considered on future review dates, as new positions open. TERM OF APPOINTMENT: 100% for 12 months with possibility of renewal contingent on funding and performance.

TO APPLY: To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF01459. Applicants should submit cover letter indicating how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications, your most recent CV and contact information for 2-3 recent references. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Denise Petkus via email to metroexec@ucdavis.edu

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Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify. UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

 

Two Postdoctoral Positions in Fish Conservation Physiology and Behavior

We are seeking two highly motivated, organized, and dynamic scientists to fill Postdoctoral Researcher positions in Fish Conservation Physiology and Behavior in the lab of Dr. Nann Fangue in the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology at the University of California Davis (UCD). The Postdoctoral Researchers will join a collaborative and integrative team composed of faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students studying the physiology and behavior of fishes with the ultimate goal of improving conservation and management activities. Broadly, the laboratory focuses on the behavioral and physiological ecology of fishes, and the integration of this information into current and future management plans. These Postdoctoral Researchers would be working on the physiological ecology of juvenile anadromous California fishes, and their behavioral and physiological responses to
environmental stressors, such as anthropogenic disturbances or climate change.

The primary responsibility of one Postdoctoral Researcher will be to oversee and perform experiments within a 3-year project in collaboration with the UCD Department of Civil Engineering, funded by the California Department of Water Resources. The goals of this project are to provide critical information about the behavior and physiology of juvenile green sturgeon near fish protection devices (such as louvers) that are used at large-scale water pumping facilities to reduce or eliminate entrainment into the pumping plants. The researcher will engage in experiments aimed to understand how changes in environmental variables (such as water velocity, temperature, time of day, etc.) or ontogeny may influence the behavior and physiology of juvenile sturgeon, and alter interactions with fish protection devices. This project also includes the study of predation risk for juvenile green sturgeon in the presence of several native and non-native predatory fish species.

The second Postdoctoral Researcher will oversee and participate in several other research projects in the laboratory, including a 3-year project (funded by the Delta Science Program ,DSP) quantifying the effects of rearing temperature and food availability on larval green sturgeon growth and development, as well as the measurement of a variety of physiological endpoints including swimming performance and aerobic scope. Temperature is a key variable driving or mediating many important physiological properties, and is also a cause for concern in highly altered environments such as the Central Valley of California. Several agencies are interested in gaining more insight into how early rearing environments may affect threatened fish populations, and variables such as temperature can be more effectively managed to improve larval and juvenile survival. These data will be incorporated into bioenergetic and river temperature models through ongoing collaboration with colleagues at the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and will be used to inform managers of potential ways to improve current management actions.

For more information about the ongoing research in Dr. Fangue’s lab, visit:
http://fanguelab.ucdavis.edu/

Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. in Ecology, Physiology, Animal Behavior, or a closely related field.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively with researchers and students from many different scientific backgrounds, including agency partners and stakeholders.
  • Experience designing, planning, and conducting experimental procedures, including the ability to meet project goals in a timely manner, and follow through on project deliverables.
  • The ability to communicate research findings both at professional meetings and in high quality peer-reviewed journals.
  • Strong statistical and computer skills including demonstrated proficiency with R and/or another statistical software program.
  • Excellent technical, analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills. Strong attention to detail, and meticulous work style, as evidenced by previous research.

The following qualifications are preferred but not required:

  • Previous experience working with sturgeon or other anadromous fishes.
  • Previous experience managing, mentoring, or otherwise overseeing staff, graduate or undergraduate students.
  • A demonstrated capability to think critically about the practical application of research outcomes.

Salary:
Salary and benefits are consistent with UC Davis policy and applicant experience.

To Apply:
Please apply by sending your 1) CV inclusive of publications, awards, and both laboratory and field experience, and 2) a cover letter discussing your key experimental qualifications, research interests and motivations for this position to nafangue@ucdavis.edu. Please also specifically comment on your interest and experience engaging agency partners and stakeholders given the necessity to interface frequently with our partners at NOAA, DSP, DWR etc. Applications will begin review on 15 May 2016. Start dates are flexible.