Postdoctoral Associate position - Changing Patterns of Lake Water Clarity in Wisconsin Landscapes

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Overview. A 2-yr position is available for a postdoctoral associate to join a collaborative project jointly funded by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the North Temperate Lakes Long-term Ecological Research (LTER) site. Research will focus on understanding and explaining spatial and temporal patterns of water clarity among Wisconsin lakes, and exploring implications of future climate and land-use scenarios for lake water clarity. Identifying spatial and temporal patterns in water clarity and linking them with landscape and climate drivers requires a multi-scaled, regional approach. The postdoctoral associate will use field-measured and remotely sensed data to determine how lake water clarity varies over time and space in Wisconsin; determine what landscape, lake and climatic factors explain observed patterns of variability; assess whether the relative influence of lake and landscape characteristics varies with climate; evaluate the accuracy of remotely sensed estimates of lake water clarity; develop statewide scenarios to explore the implications of climate and land-use change for lake water clarity; consider the future production of hydrologic and other ecosystem services in Wisconsin; and communicate research orally and through peer-reviewed journal articles.

The postdoctoral associate will be based in the laboratory of Dr. Monica G. Turner, whose research group focuses on diverse projects in landscape and ecosystem ecology. The associate will also collaborate closely with Dr. Steven R. Greb and other scientists at the Wisconsin DNR, and with Dr. Emily H. Stanley and other researchers in the UW-Madison Center for Limnology.

For information about the Turner lab, please visit:; for the North Temperate Lakes LTER site, please visit:

Qualifications. Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in ecology, limnology, geography or a related field prior to appointment. Candidates should have experience with landscape ecology, freshwater ecology, geographic information science and spatial analysis, including use of Landsat data. Strong quantitative skills are critical, and prior research experience in land-water interactions is an asset. We especially encourage applications from outstanding candidates who work well in a collaborative setting and have excellent communication and writing skills.

The desired starting date is January 6, 2014, or another mutually agreeable date.

To apply. Candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, one-page statement of research interests, and the names and contact information for three references.

For full consideration, please apply by October 1, 2013; position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

Application packages (emailed as a single PDF file) should be sent electronically to Dr. Monica G. Turner (

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to enhancing the diversity and quality of its faculty, staff and student body. Women and minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

Expiration Date: 
Tue, 2013-10-01

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