Developing a National Perspective for Climate Change Refugia Conservation
Agency: Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center, a partnership between the US Geological Survey and the University of Massachusetts
Location: University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Job Category: Postdoctoral Fellowship
Salary: $55,000/year plus fringe benefits; this is a 2-year position
Start Date: Fall 2019

This is an exciting opportunity to couple cutting-edge approaches of translational ecology and knowledge coproduction with the strengths of decision science to investigate a national strategy for Department of Interior operationalization of climate change refugia conservation. Additionally, a national view of refugia mapping, based on National Park Service and US Fish Wildlife Service priorities, will be developed. This process will then be tested on the ground in the western U.S. Products will include scientific journal articles, publicly-accessible research syntheses, and management guidelines for refugia conservation. Ultimately, this project will inform natural resource management decisions related to land protection, invasive species treatment, recreation management, and a host of other conservation challenges.

The postdoctoral fellow will 1) lead national workshops so that refugia research can be incorporated to reduce uncertainty and improve management; 2) lead regional workshops focused that function as case studies; and 2) write a synthetic paper for peer-reviewed publication taking a national view of how climate change refugia can be identified and managed. A critical need is for a postdoctoral fellow who can incorporate decision science including value of information analysis and expert elicitation. The postdoctoral fellow will be located on the campus of University of Massachusetts in Amherst, in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts. This is a fantastic location, with a remarkable mix of college atmosphere (Smith, Mt Holyoke, and Amherst Colleges are also here), culture, and work-life balance. The fellow will be part of a vibrant Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (NE CASC) community ( and co-located with USGS scientists. The NE CASC mission is to work with natural and cultural resource managers in the Northeast and Midwest regions to use climate science to inform decisions and co-produce information and tools for climate change adaptation.

Applicant should have experience in decision analysis (e.g., structured decision making) and must have completed a Ph.D. by September 2019, preferably related to ecology, environmental science, or resource management. Preference will be given to applicants who have experience with U.S. Department of Interior (e.g., National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service). Other important qualifications are a strong work ethic, problem-solving and time management skills, creativity, an ability to work independently, and a track record of publications. The fellow will also be responsible for mentoring graduate students.

To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter outlining your interests, research background, and relevant experience; a curriculum vitae; and contact information for 3 professional references (name, email, phone, address) combined in a single PDF file with the file name formatted as lastname_firstname to Review of applications begins June 30. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Contact person: Toni Lyn Morelli
Contact phone: 413-545-2515
Contact email:

The Centre for Urban Environments (CUE) ( at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) seeks applications for a fully-funded one-year CUE Post-doctoral Fellowship. The topic is open to studies on urban environments in the social sciences or humanities. CUE’s vision is to promote healthier, sustainable urban environments for all life, with a mission of providing local, national and global leadership in research, policy, education, training and public engagement on urban environmental issues. Topics of research by the CUE post-doc may include, but are not restricted to: urban environmental policy, urban socio-ecology, urban anthropology (e.g., indigenous communities, culture, religion), human well-being and accessibility in an urban environmental context, environmental economics of cities and the role of art in urban landscapes. Proposed research that bridges traditional disciplines (e.g., urban socioecology and climatology) is an asset and should be highlighted in the cover letter and research statement. Before applying, applicants are required to identify one primary supervisor and one secondary supervisor who will jointly supervise and are willing to support the PDF applicant. Please note that each faculty member can be the primary sponsor of a single applicant and the primary sponsor should be tenured or tenure stream research faculty, affiliated with CUE and have a primary appointment at UTM. The secondary sponsor can be either teaching or research stream and be appointed to any campus at the University of Toronto. To explore potential supervisors please see faculty listed in the following UTM departments:

  • Department of Anthropology –
  • Department of Biology –
  • Department of Geography & Programs in Environment –
  • Department of Political Science –
  • Department of Psychology-
  • Department of Physical and Chemical Sciences-
  • Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology
  • Department of Management –

Faculty from other UTM departments are also eligible to sponsor applications provided they are committed to working on urban environmental issues and request to be affiliated with CUE. In addition to conducting original research, the CUE PDF is expected to contribute to CUE’s broader mission, which may include giving academic and public lectures, hosting seminar speakers or organizing a workshop at UTM.

The University of Toronto is the leading academic institution in Canada and among the top universities in the world. The UTM campus offers excellent facilities for research (high performance cluster computing, geospatial computing labs, access to census and other social data products, online survey tools (e.g. Qualtrics), world-class libraries, housing, and 90 hectares of fields, forests, trails and a wild salmon/trout river for research and recreation. We also have strong relationships with local and regional governments, conservation authorities, NGOs and private industry. The cities of Toronto and Mississauga are interconnected and culturally diverse, with many restaurants, excellent transit systems, a diversity of cultural activities (galleries, museums, theatres, sports, etc.), and an abundance of parks and water.

Please submit applications to the Director of CUE, Prof. Marc Johnson ( Questions can also be directed to

Additional details are as follows:

  • This position is fully funded for one year.
  • Salary: $40,000 CDN + benefits (additional research funds may be provided by supervisors)
  • Start date: September – December 2019 Duration: One year
  • Application Deadline: July 15, 2019
  • Applications should include: i) a cover letter (please identify the potential primary and secondary supervisors in this letter); ii) full CV; iii) a one-page research statement indicating the planned research and how the applicant plans to contribute to the vision and mission of CUE; and iv) examples of up to three publications and/or creative works. Please send all of the above materials in an email with a PDF attachment, or a link to a downloadable PDF file. Please also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent separately to by July 15, 2019. Letter writers should clearly indicate in the file name, subject header and email text the name of the applicant.
  • Assessment criteria: Applicants will be assessed on: i) the strength of their scholarly record (including letters); ii) the excellence of the proposed research, including its fit with CUE’s vision and mission; and iii) how the applicant will contribute to CUE beyond their own research.
  • Employment as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto is covered by the terms of the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement and this job is posted in accordance with the collective agreement.
  • All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of country of origin.
  • The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversity of ideas.