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The Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (OEB) seeks to appoint a tenured professor in terrestrial ecology to serve as the next director of Harvard Forest. Terrestrial ecology is defined broadly, including studies at the physiological, population, community, or ecosystem level, and encompasses both above- and below-ground terrestrial ecosystems, and all biological kingdoms. We are especially interested in individuals who conduct rigorous observational and/or experimental work on how the structure, composition and functioning of eastern temperate forests are changing as a result of human activities. In addition, we are also interested in individuals who are advancing our understanding of how to conserve biodiversity in natural and human-dominated landscapes, the role of biodiversity in the maintenance of ecosystem services, and the dynamics of coupled human-natural systems.
Both OEB and Harvard Forest value diversity and are committed to building and sustaining culturally diverse intellectual communities on campus and at Harvard Forest.  We especially welcome applications from members of groups historically under-represented in STEM and candidates with experience teaching and working with diverse communities and students. The professor will teach and advise at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Harvard Forest and the OEB Department have strong linkages to other allied departments and institutions, including: the Dept. of Earth and Planetary Science, the Arnold Arboretum, the Harvard University Herbaria, the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, the Harvard Center for the Environment, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard’s professional schools, and Harvard’s new Salata Institute for Climate and Sustainability.