Northern Arizona University seeks a postdoctoral researcher to participate in research projects focused on mapping, monitoring and modeling forest ecosystems, incorporating climate, land use, and disturbance dynamics. The successful candidate will work closely with the principle investigator and collaborators, using remote sensing observations, biodiversity data, and models to analyze the influence of multiple factors on forest ecosystem dynamics. The position will require processing multi-sensor imagery, primarily satellite-based but also airborne remote sensing, to derive geospatial products characterizing ecosystem properties (e.g. canopy 3D structure, composition, habitat, biomass, regrowth dynamics). The research will advance analyses of disturbance and drivers of change through time. Exploration of state-of-the-art techniques to quantify relationships between structure and diversity in tropical environments is desirable. Ability to synthesize complex information and develop structured analyses in written and visual form is essential.
The qualified candidate should have a PhD in Environmental Science, Remote Sensing, Computer Science and/or a related discipline. Relevant qualifications include experience working with earth observation imagery, lidar data, large databases, geospatial software/ tools and advanced scripting. A strong publication record and familiarity with principles of ecosystem dynamics and macroscale conservation is highly desirable.