Postdoc position on Biodiversity Conservation at the Environmental Systems Analysis Group

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: Temporary
Deadline: 11 Oct 2022

TheEnvironmental Systems Analysis Group at Wageningen University offers a diverse and challenging postdoc position. The position encompasses two exciting projects related to biodiversity conservation. Together these projects combine new ecological monitoring and modelling methodologies with skills that engage stakeholder networks and translate science into actionable knowledge for halting and reversing biodiversity loss.

High tech biodiversity monitoring
This project is part of a RAAK-PRO project called 'Boeren, burgers en buitenbeesten', which aims to translate state-of-the-art monitoring data (drones, camera traps and citizen science) into insights that facilitate more effective management of meadow bird populations, predators and agri-environmental systems in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. Together with stakeholders you will develop models (e.g. Digital Twins), updated with a continuous stream of field data, to support the year-round monitoring of predators and meadow birds. This requires translating environmental observations (data) and expert knowledge into facts and actionable information (intelligence) for land managers. The development of such models will consist of the following tasks: 1) formulating field-relevant questions based on the information needs of land managers and developing insightful models together with ecological experts, 2) combining high tech data, algorithms, machine learning, simulations, expert knowledge, scientific insights, and visualisation tools in comprehensive digital twins of the predator-meadow birds-land management-nexus, 3) supervising and guiding MSc students, and 4) taking the lead in writing scientific publications on the project's findings.

Bending the curve of biodiversity loss
This project is part of the knowledge-hub on scenarios to bend the curve of biodiversity loss initiated by a consortium of various institutes, including the science department of WWF, UNEP-WCMC, University of Oxford, IIASA, University Utrecht and Wageningen University and Research. The aim is to accelerate and enrich current scenario thinking by encouraging networks of scientists to add layers of information allowing biodiversity models to address themes such as the impacts of climate change, the role of indigenous people in protecting biodiversity, or the shifting of consumption patterns. This builds on work by Leclere et al., (Nature, 2020). You will be the co-ordinator of the knowledge-hub and will, together with current and new network partners initiate coordinate and facilitate the 'Bending the Curve' network by 1) finding appropriate and interested partners; 2) organizing and facilitating (virtual) meetings, also financially, and maintaining a virtual platform, 3) facilitating open data sharing, using available and open access facilities, and 4) exploring funding opportunities for specific initiatives and activities. You will also be part of an executive knowledge-hub team, working in close collaboration with a junior researcher at Utrecht University, the science department of WWF and the Wageningen Biodiversity Initiative.

Depending on the candidates, it is possible to split up this position into two positions of 0.5FTE each.


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