USGS Future of Aquatic Flows Postdoctoral Scholar
Indiana University, Indiana, United States
Start reviewing process: 28 February 2023

The Department of Geography at Indiana University-Bloomington seeks a postdoctoral researcher as part of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Center’s Climate Adaptation Postdoctoral (CAP) Fellows Program. The CAP postdoctoral fellow will be based at Indiana University-Bloomington in the lab of Dr. Darren Ficklin, but will also be supervised and mentored by collaborators from the Midwest Climate Adaption Science Center (MW CASC).

The CAP postdoctoral fellow will lead a regionally-focused research project focused on the entire Great Lakes Basin that will assess how aquatic ecosystem habitats (i.e., stream temperature regimes) will respond to changes from rain on snow events under climate change. This will allow watersheds/rivers to be targeted for future restoration and mitigation. The project outputs will be developed in conjunction with the project team and members of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians as well as other stakeholders to be included as the project progresses. In addition to the main supervisor (Dr. Darren Ficklin), the project team includes Dr. Jason Knouft (Saint Louis University), Samuel Day and Carrie O. Coy (Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians), and Dr. Karen Murchie (Shedd Aquarium).

This position is part of the USGS CASC Future of Aquatic Flows cohort (a part of the CAP Fellows Program). A total of nine postdoctoral positions are available, one at each regional Climate Adaptation Science Center, as two-year appointments. The successful CAP scholar will: 1. Collaborate with other CAP scholars from across the country on national-scale research and synthesis on how climate change will impact aquatic flows and how this information can be integrated into aquatic ecosystem management. 2. Participate in training and professional development opportunities offered by the CASC network. 3. Develop and adapt a GIS-based Soil & Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) hydrologic model for the entire Great Lakes Basin using high-performance parallel computing systems.

4. Develop independent lines of research and will have the opportunity to collaborate with biologists, hydrologists, and informatics specialists at Indiana University and other collaborators within the MW CASC.

Of interest for:
  • Terrestrial Working Group
  • Hydrology Focus Research Group
  • Critical Zone Focus Research Group
  • River Network Modeling Initiative