The Conservation Biology lab at Washington State University Vancouver seeks a postdoctoral scholar to conduct research as part of a project funded by US Forest Service-International Programs in partnership with the Department of Defense. Primary responsibility includes designing and leading experimental field work related to the role of habitat structure (shade vs sun) in enhancing habitat for western monarch butterfly in the arid west. Focal site for the work is Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, with additional work at project sites in Washington and Idaho. The research is expected to add scholarly contributions to the field of monarch ecology and conservation. The project is a collaborative effort primarily including biologists at WSU, UC Davis and the Xerces for Invertebrate Conservation, with additional collaboration and outreach with federal and state agencies and other non-profit organizations.
The Conservation Biology Lab of Dr. Cheryl Schultz uses a population ecology lens to gain understanding of the ecology of at-risk species to develop conservation and restoration responses to global change. Our work largely focuses on at-risk butterflies in the Pacific Northwest as a model system to address broad ecological questions as well as advance conservation on-the-ground.
The Conservation Biology lab embraces open and equitable access to opportunities for scientific learning and development, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender and gender expression, age, disability, nationality, sexual orientation, citizenship status, veteran status, religious/non-religious beliefs, socio-economic class, or any other differences that have been the basis for oppression, misunderstanding or bias.
This position is for 12 months with possibility of extension for additional years. To apply, please go to the WSU Jobs Website. This position will remain open until filled. Screening of applications will begin on January 17, 2024.