Post Doc Opportunity, Global Water Center at the University of Nevada
University of Nevada, Nevada, United States
Start reviewing process: 30 April 2019

The University of Nevada’s Global Water Center: Solutions for Sustainability ( seeks dedicated and talented early career, postdoctoral researchers to engage in projects that are collaborative and multi-institutional in nature.

Invasion Ecology and Ecosystem Change in Lake Tahoe

  • Location: Reno, NV and Lake Tahoe (USA)
  • Start Date: June 1, 2019 or soon thereafter.
  • Duration: 2.5 years

Project Summary
Lake Tahoe is nearshore-littoral zone is experiencing increased stresses from eutrophication and the establishment of invasive species. Invasive, signal crayfish have increased in density over time and may play a significant role in controlling invertebrate food web structure, periphyton community dynamics, and nutrient cycling within the nearshore ecosystem. Through experiments and modelling, we want to quantify the relationship between invasive crayfish, changes in benthic food web structure, and nearshore periphyton productivity and community dynamics. In addition, we are looking for a scientist that has interest in engaging with policy makers and managers to develop science based policies for conserving Lake Tahoe.

Position Principal Responsibilities
Conduct field and laboratory experiments, comprehensive literature reviews, data synthesis and analysis, statistical analysis,

  • Write papers for submission to peer reviewed scientific journals as both lead and co-author
  • Represent the Center on multi-stakeholder committees involving scientists and managers that

seek to restore the nearshore of Lake Tahoe,

  • Prepare and give oral presentations at international and local meetings,
  • Participate in outreach to landowners, decision makers, funders, and the general public,
  • Coordinate field and laboratory undergraduate assistants.

Desired Qualifications for this Position
We seek an experienced, organized individual with a background in aquatic ecology, invasion biology with an interest in restoration ecology and engaging with management agencies by attending meetings related to the development of environmental policy. Ability to dive and snorkel is a plus!

See also attached!

Of interest for:
  • Hydrology Focus Research Group
  • Ecosystem Dynamics Focus Research Group