Postdoctoral Research Associate

The Montana Conservation Genomics Laboratory (Dr. Gordon Luikart and Dr. Brian Hand) and the Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group (Dr. John Kimball), at the University of Montana and the Flathead Lake Biological Station seek to fill a postdoctoral research associate position working on Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) for a recently funded NASA grant.

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) including rainbow trout, brook trout, bass, and zebra mussels are spreading across North America causing massive economic and ecological problems. Fortunately, large regional databases documenting spread of AIS combined with novel eDNA detection can facilitate early detection and prevention of spread. 

The successful applicant will help develop and apply predictive models (e.g. occupancy models, GLMs) that combine genetic, environmental, and time-series observational data on AIS spread to help forecast future hotspots of invasion. The models will help predict pathways of spread of AIS and to thereby direct managers to monitor and manage spread. The applicant will help plan and develop online software tools for managers and policy makers to visualize spread of AIS within and among waterways across North America. There will be opportunities for field work and meetings in Glacier National Park and waterways in the northern Rocky Mountains.

ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference.

Priority Application Date: May 12, 2019
Location: Flathead Lake Biological Station, Polson, MT

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