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New postdoc opportunity! NSF-funded Postdoc Positions in Paleoecology and Species Distribution Modeling

Marta Jarzyna at Ohio State and I were just awarded a new NSF grant to investigate the spatial and temporal non-stationarity of processes structuring communities. The project will leverage the fossil record of small mammals across the late Quaternary, simulations and species distribution modeling techniques, and trait datasets for small mammals. It’s super exciting! We each have a postdoctoral position available in our labs – the two postdoc will work closely with us and one another on this project. Please see the linked job ads below, and let us know if you have any questions!

Applications are invited for two (2) NSF-funded postdoctoral researcher positions in the field of Quaternary Paleoecology and Species Distribution Modeling. The first position is based at the Jarzyna lab in the Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology at The Ohio State University. The second position is based at the Blois Lab in the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences at University of California, Merced.

Positions’ descriptions and how to apply can be found under the following links. We will start reviewing applications on Monday, August 15th.

Position 1, Jarzyna Lab.

Position 2, Blois Lab.

Wrapping up 2019!

Just before the winter break, a flurry of publications! (ok, two, but that’s better than none!)

After a long journey through the review process, I am so happy that this paper is finally published. It was led by Clarke Knight, who started the project as a Masters student with Ben Blonder and patiently and brilliantly led the paper through many iterations of review.  Clarke is now a PhD student at UC Berkeley.

And UC Merced graduate student Nate Fox spearheaded this paper on lagomorph identification. This paper was the result of despairing over how to identify the rabbits at La Brea for our #labreawebs project, and doing some careful work to come up with a workable protocol for identifying the species there. Great job, Nate!

We’ve had lots of other good news in the lab over the year – new babies, papers submitted, qualifying exams passed, labwork triumphs, etc. Perhaps our New Year’s resolution should be to more consistently post about all the good things happening in the lab and at UC Merced!

Exciting new work coming soon, funded by an NSF CAREER grant!

A few months ago, I was notified that I got an NSF CAREER award!  I’ve been sitting on the news for a while, while the details got worked out.  But here’s the official announcement from UC Merced and the link to the award within the NSF Earth Sciences Division.  Many thanks to NSF’s Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology group for supporting my work!!

And this also means that I’ll be looking for a grad student to work with on this for next fall! So for prospective grad students, please look through the various announcements, my webpage and papers, etc., and contact me if you have exciting ideas you want to work on that relate to this project!