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AGU Fall Meeting 2018

This fall has been busy!

The culmination of the term was at the annual American Geophysical Union conference in Washington, DC. The conference is a nexus for physical scientists in a variety of subjects. At the meeting, our graduate student Alli presented both a talk and a poster.

The talk, Quantifying changes in global lake surface area over 20 years (1995-2015) in relation to climate and human population, focused on trends in global lake surface area for over 1.3 million lakes. This work used the new Global Lake Area, Climate, and Population data set which graduate students from our lab, and our sister lab the Hampton Lab, have been developing. The data set combines HydroLAKES and HydroBASINS data sets with the JRC Global Surface Water data set to obtain annual permanent and seasonal surface areas for individual lakes >10 ha. Yearly basin-level 2-meter air temperature averages and total and average precipitation data were derived from MERRA-2 reanalysis data. Population data, also calculated to the basin level, came from the Gridded Population of the World data set. The talk was in a session devoted to remote sensing of surface waters. Lots of work is being done in this area, with many new data products and techniques in development.

The poster was focused on the successes and lessons from our R and Python Working Groups. Alli founded and runs the R Working Group here at WSU. The poster, Fostering cross-disciplinary research relationships through a common analytic language, focused on how analytic languages such as R and Python can help provide a shared vocabulary for researchers from different disciplines. The R and Python groups represent a bottom-up approach to developing interdisciplinary relationships.

Postdoctoral researcher position in quantitative ecology

The Katz and Hampton labs are seeking a post-doctoral researcher in quantitative ecology at Washington State University

We are seeking a postdoctoral associate for collaboration in freshwater research, with a general emphasis on highly quantitative approaches to understanding ecology and system stability, but with specific topics to be defined primarily by the successful candidate. Special opportunities exist for the postdoc to engage in interdisciplinary research on stability and behavior of food-energy-water systems, as part of a large collaboration. Additional areas of current interest include time series analysis of multivariate long-term data, under-ice ecology, monitoring and evaluation of stream restoration at regional scales, and global patterns in freshwater use and status. However, we are open to considering many areas of inquiry for the postdoctoral researcher’s work.

A Ph.D. (A.B.D. candidates will be considered) and a record of peer-reviewed publication in a relevant science field are required. Strong commitment to collaborative work is necessary, and experience working in large research collaborations is desired. Experience with programming in R is ideal, but those experienced in other programming environments should feel free to contact us to determine their fit to this position.

The postdoc will be based at Washington State University working directly with Dr. Stephanie Hampton and Dr. Steve Katz.  While there is flexibility in start date, we anticipate that the postdoc will be in residence at WSU-Pullman by September 2018, with the yearly appointment renewable up to two years. Please direct inquiries to s.hampton@wsu.edu and steve.katz@wsu.edu with subject “Ecology Postdoc”. A complete application will include a Statement of Interest (1-page maximum) that outlines some of the areas of potential research, and a C.V. with the names and contact information for 3 professional references. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

ASLO Summer Meeting

Members of the Katz lab are going to ASLO Summer Meeting in Victoria, CA. We will be presenting work on classifying ocean biomes in the Tuesday night poster session. Hopefully we’ll see you there!

Our colleagues from the Hampton Lab will also be at ASLO, running the “Importance of Winter and Seasonality in Aquatic Systems” session, and speaking on “Investigating the Ecosystem Consequences of Ice Loss in North Temperate Lakes” (Steve Powers) and “Effects of lakeside development on nearshore benthic communities along the southwestern shore of Lake Baikal (Siberia)” (Michael Meyer).