Landscape ecology post-doc at University of Alaska Anchorage

logo_accsThe Alaska Center for Conservation Science, University of Alaska Anchorage is currently seeking applicants for a postdoctoral fellow to join faculty and researchers at the Alaska Center for Conservation Science at UAA. The focus of the project will be to integrate terrestrial monitoring data and identify scalable remote sensing indicators linked to ground-based measures across arctic and subarctic Alaska.

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Call for Papers, 4th Meeting of the North American Pika Consortium

pika-credit-npsThe North American Pika Consortium (NACP) is excited to announce it’s 4th meeting. It will take place during February 6-7, 2017 in Reno, NV at the Peppermill Resort, in concert with the 64th Annual Meeting  of The Western Section of The Wildlife Society (February 7-10th, 2017; http://tws-west.org).

Abstract Submission Abstracts for papers to be presented as posters or 20-minute oral presentations (including Q&A) will be accepted through 11:59 Pacific time on November 1, 2016. Abstracts should not exceed 200 words and should be electronically submitted via an interactive form at the following website: http://wildlifeprofessional.org/western/napc2017_abstract_submit.php

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Follow the Coastal Resilience Workshop in Bristol Bay 9/21-9/22 on Facebook and Twitter! #CoastalChangeAK

Coastal Resilience WorkshopAlaska’s coastal communities, nearly all of which are already experiencing the impacts of rapid change, are among the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Next week a group of community leaders from the Bristol Bay region, along with scientists, natural resource managers, and planners, will gather in King Salmon to identify tools and solutions to address these challenges. As part of a series of coastal resilience workshops being held around the state, this event is an opportunity to network, share ideas and strategies, and maximize collective efforts. In addition, nearly 300 Alaskans will also be contributing to the creation of a coastal resilience toolbox – an “open source” set of practices, resources, local case studies, and ideas for dealing with erosion, sea level rise and other threats to coastal areas of Alaska.

To follow the conversation live during the workshop, follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@northlatitudes), and use #CoastalChangeAK to share your own ideas!

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Aleutian & Bering Seas Islands LCC Recruiting a Detail Science Coordinator

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Aleutian and Bering Sea Islands LCC is announcing a 60 day detail opportunity for Department of Interior employees. If you know individuals from DOI who might be interested please pass this along!

Contact Aaron Poe (aaron_poe@fws.gov) for more information.

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New Paper — Examining climate-biome (‘‘cliome’’) shifts for Yukon and its protected areas

Global Ecology & Conservation cover(This paper is open access.)

Erika L. Rowland, Nancy Fresco, Donald Reid , Hilary A. Cooke 

Abstract

Protected area networks are the foundation of conservation, even in northern Canada where anthropogenic impact on the landscape is currently limited. However, the value of protected areas may be undermined by climate change in this region where the rate and magnitude is high, and shifts in vegetation communities and associated wildlife species are already underway. Key to developing responses to these changing conditions is anticipating potential impacts and the risks they pose. Capitalizing on an existing modeled dataset for Yukon from Scenarios Network for Alaska and Arctic Planning (SNAP), we examine projected shifts in the distribution of 18 clusters of climate parameters, and the vegetation communities currently associated with them (collectively termed ‘‘cliomes’’) across three 30-year time steps, from the present through the 2090s. By the 2090s, Yukon may lose seven cliomes and gain one. Three regional changes, if accompanied by vegetation redistribution, represent biome shifts: complete loss of climate conditions for arctic tundra in northern Yukon; emergence of climate conditions supporting grasslands in southern Yukon valleys; reduction in climates supporting alpine tundra in favor of boreal forests types across the mountains of central and northern Yukon. Projections suggest that, by the end of the 21st century, higher elevations in southern Yukon change least when compared to the turnover in cliomes exhibited by the high latitude, arctic parks to the north. This analysis can assist with: planning connectivity between protected areas; identifying novel conservation zones to maximize representation of habitats during the emerging changes; designing plans, management and monitoring for individual protected areas.

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Requests for Forest Health Protection Special Project Proposals for Fiscal Year 2016

USFS_Logo.svgREPLY DUE 12-15-2016

Requesting fiscal year 2017 proposals for the following four special project programs administered by Forest Health Protection (FHP) within State and Private Forestry:

  1. Forest Health Monitoring Program, Evaluation Monitoring (EM) – A component of the Forest Health Monitoring program designed to determine the extent, severity, and causes of undesirable changes in forest health.
  2. Special Technology Development Program (STDP) – A program to help move research results into practice by developing cutting edge technologies and field operation methods to improve the ability of field specialists to restore and protect America’s forests.
  3. Forest Service-Pesticide Impact Assessment Program (FSPIAP) – A program to provide funding for evaluations of benefits and impacts of pesticide use in forest environments.
  4. Biological Control of Invasive Plants (BCIP) – A program to provide funding for development of technologies to address the spread and impacts of invasive plants.

Please submit your proposals to Alice Jeresko at ajeresko@fs.fed.us by December 9, 2016.

Link to Work Package FY 2016 – 134207: https://ems-portal.usda.gov/sites/fs-wo-csa1/Mercury/_layouts/15/DocIdRedir.aspx?ID=CV22QSYQPP7S-2-361860

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Employment Opportunities with Yellowstone to Yukon

The Yellowstone to Yukon (Y2Y) Conservation Initiative is hiring:

  • a Communications Coordinator — Closing September 14, 2016, and
  • a Conservation Biologist — Closing September 15, 2016.Y2Y Logo

For more information on these positions, and several openings with Y2Y partner organizations visit: https://y2y.net/about-us/employment-opportunities.

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Post-Doc in Riparian Landscape Restoration and Ecological Resilience Science

Great Basin Landscape Conservation Cooperativenevada-master-horiz-no-tagline-rgbDepartment of Natural Resources and Environmental Science, University of Nevada, Reno

The Great Basin Landscape Ecology Lab at University of Nevada, Reno seeks applicants for a postdoctoral research associate position to join an interdisciplinary group of ecologists, hydrologists, geomorphologists, and natural resource managers aimed at restoring and conserving wet meadow and riparian ecosystems. The postdoc will be co-mentored by Dr. Peter Weisberg (University of Nevada, Reno) and Dr. Jeanne Chambers (US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station) and will work collaboratively with Drs. Jerry Miller (Western Carolina University), Keirith Snyder (Agricultural Research Service) and Rosemary Carroll (Desert Research Institute), as well as managers with the Bureau of Land Management, Nevada Department of Wildlife, and US Forest Service. The goal of the funded project is to develop a strategic, multi-scale framework for assessing resource values and threats to Great Basin riparian and meadow ecosystems using resilience science that includes capacity to (1) prioritize riparian ecosystems for management, and (2) determine effective management strategies, based on ecosystem characteristics and sensitivity to disturbance. In addition, it is expected that the postdoctoral researcher will take advantage of the large datasets available to pursue individual research interests in riparian landscape ecology or other topics at the intersection of vegetation, hydrology and watershed geomorphology.

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Why do you do it?

Most people can quickly explain what they do, but what about why they do it?

In 2015 at a Northwest Boreal Landscape Conservation Cooperative Steering Committee meeting in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, partners shared why they get together to collaborate and problem-solve with colleagues from dozens of other organizations and jurisdictions.The video shares insights from scientists, managers as they work together on landscape-scale science and conservation issues.

Video Footage Credits:

Alaska Short by Daddy, Creative Commons License Attribution 3.0
Moose Pair Sequence 5 by arthurtlaba, Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial 2.0
Tanana Fish Wheel by umnak, Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0
United States Fish and Wildlife Service , Public Domain

Music:

Side by Side, FreePlay music.

Video by Ben Matheson

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NASA ABoVE Data Webinar – August 29, 2016

ABoVE_Logo_large_blueThe NASA Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) will hold a webinar on Monday, August 29, 2016 to discuss data management best practices.

The purpose of this Webinar is to provide guidance on fundamental data management practices that ABoVE investigators should perform during the course of data collection to improve the usability of their data sets. The topics covered will include how to structure your data files, define variables and units, perform quality control, and develop data documentation so that others can find, understand, and use your data.

The team will also provide an introduction to Data Management practices to support collaborative research. We will also provide information on submitting the data to the ORNL DAAC. By following the practices taught in this workshop, your data will be less prone to error, more efficiently structured for your own analysis, and more readily understandable for any future questions that they might help address.

Event: Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) Data Management Best Practices
When: Monday 29 August 2016, 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM
Time Zone: Eastern Daylight Savings Time (UTC/GMT-4)

To register now, please visit the following link:

https://earthdata.adobeconnect.com/e84i9w7pevt/event/registration.html

For event information see,

https://earthdata.adobeconnect.com/e84i9w7pevt/event/event_info.html

Speakers:

Suresh Vannan is the manager of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distributed Active Archive Center (ORNL DAAC). Suresh is also participating in the ABoVE geospatial working group. He is the lead for the Data Integration, Dissemination, and Informatics research theme in the Climate Change Science Institute. Suresh is a geoinformatics specialist by training.

Dr. Alison G. Boyer is the Chief Scientist of the ORNL DAAC. Alison provides scientific direction for the DAAC and provides an interface between the DAAC and the scientific community. Alison is also a Joint Faculty Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her research interests are in ecological informatics, global ecology, and biodiversity conservation.

Dr. Yaxing Wei is a Geospatial Information Scientist at the NASA Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distributed Active Archive Center (ORNL DAAC). Yaxing participates in the NASA Earth Science Data System Working Groups (ESDSWG) for Data Quality, Data Interoperability, and Geospatial Web Services. He is providing data management support for a number of research projects of the North American Carbon Program (NACP), and NASA Earth Venture mission. Yaxing has experience with geospatial information management, analysis, visualization, and sharing.

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