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Futures-oriented analysis and modeling of land, people, and ecological resources
Dr. William S. Currie
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Postdoctoral Fellow sought
We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow to work with Drs. Bill Currie and Arun Agrawal in SNRE and Dr. Allison Steiner in AOSS (Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences) in the interdisciplinary computer modeling of social, ecological, and atmospheric systems. The postdoc will be responsible for the development of an innovative computer model of social dynamics and processes that drive forest and landscape change, ecological processes of forest ecosystem and landscape function, and physical processes involved in the forest-atmosphere exchanges of energy and mass. Responsibilities will include model development and planning, model coding and testing, preparation and integration of spatial data, model application and results analysis, and the preparation of peer-review publications.
To see the full position description and/or to apply for this position please see position number 83569 on the UM jobs website.
At the American Geophysical Union annual meeting, in San Francisco in December 2012: Currie, William S., Daniel G. Brown, Anna Brunner, Lisa Fouladbash, Zane Hadzick, Meghan Hutchins, Sarah E. Kiger, Yuka Makino, Joan I. Nassauer, Derek T Robinson, Rick L. Riolo, Shipeng Sun. Incorporating Ecosystem Processes Controlling Carbon Balance Into Models of Coupled Human-Natural Systems
Also at the American Geophysical Union meeting in December: Jason Martina presented results from a set of 3,000 runs of the Mondrian model of wetland community-ecosystem processes.
Sarah and Jason will both be presenting papers at the upcoming Ecological Society of America meeting in August 2013.
Bill and Jason finished a major upgrade to our Mondrian model of wetland community-ecosystem processes -- the model now includes dynamic water level, anaerobic accretion of peat, and individual-based light competition. Our first paper describing this new computer model was accepted with minor revisions in Ecological Modelling.
Sarah finished applying Biome-BGC, a widely-used ecosystem model designed for wildlands, to study human-dominated residential land in Southeastern Michigan. In the broader, collaborative SLUCE group, we are now linking this to an agent-based model of developer and landowner behavior.
Kenneth and Jason finished planting invasive wetland plants into 100 wetland mesocosms in early June so we can test hypotheses and model predictions of the effects of N loading on the success of plant invasions.
Welcome to our new Research Manager Stephanie Hart.
Congrats to Seta Chorbajian who graduated in May and is now working at the US Forest Service in New Hampshire!
Lisa Fouladbash surveyed 75 smallholder farmer households about agroforestry practices and food security in rural areas of Liberia, Africa, last summer and will be returning to Liberia for similar work on rural food security in September 2013.
Bristol Mann is headed to Ethiopia to ground-truth vegetation cover in July 2013.
Artist for landscape painting above left:: Sy Ellers