SAVANNA LAB

The whole world is a savanna; forests and grasslands are just special cases

Postdoctoral Research Scientist position: remote sensing of forest structure and biomass in the HKH region

New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico

The Research Scientist will develop a research program focusing on global remote sensing of forest biomass using satellite LiDAR and radar remote sensing coupled with field measurements, with a particular focus on the Hindu Kush-Himalaya (HKH) region and South Asia. The successful candidate will be a critical team-member for this research program, focused on biomass estimation using orbiting LiDAR, with complementary radar and optical remote sensing data. They will have experience using LiDAR, optical and radar remote sensing, and advanced HPC/cloud computing to test and develop new models for retrievals of vegetation biomass and structure. The incumbent must have well-developed skills in data analysis, visualization and synthesis of regional and global earth observation data for vegetation retrievals, familiarity with remote sensing and geospatial analysis focused on use of LiDAR and Radar data for forest monitoring, and familiarity in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya (HKH) region, particularly in Pakistan, India, Nepal and neighboring countries. Preference will be given to candidates with experience working in at least one or more countries in the HKH, and ability to organize regional workshops with collaborators. Thus preference will be given to candidates with knowledge of key stakeholders and data-providers in national and regional, governmental and non-governmental, forestry and environmental agencies interested in forest production, woody biomass and regional carbon stocks accounting. The incumbent will be expected to contribute scientific and data publications and collaborate on external research proposals. For full details see the position description here: https://jobs.nmsu.edu/postings/48448

 

Postdoctoral Research Scientist position: grazing lands monitoring and modeling in East and Southern Africa

New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico

The Research Scientist will develop monitoring tools for grazing lands in Africa using satellite earth observations. The successful candidate will be a critical team-member for this research program, focused on East and West African pastoral systems and linking to World Bank Livestock Insurance Programs. They will use satellite optical and radar remote sensing, advanced HPC/cloud computing to develop new models for range production, live-stock carrying capacity and crisis early warning. The incumbent must have well-developed skills in data analysis, visualization and synthesis of regional and global earth observation data for vegetation structure retrievals, fa-miliarity with remote sensing and geospatial analysis focused on use of optical, LiDAR and Radar data for range-land monitoring, and familiarity with the drylands, cultural, political and sociological conditions in East Africa. Preference will be given to candidates with experience working in East Africa, with knowledge of key stakehold-ers among regional rangeland and livestock stakeholders, governmental and non-governmental networks in Kenya and the Horn of Africa, and ability to coordinate and facilitate collaboration with East African partners. The incumbent will be expected to contribute scientific and data publications and collaborate on external re-search proposals. For full details see the position description here: https://jobs.nmsu.edu/postings/48446

 

New Mexico State University is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and diversity. We strongly encourage members of marginalized and under-represented groups to apply.