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

Position in Remote Sensing of Vegetation in Drylands

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

The Savanna Lab at New Mexico State University is seeking qualified applicants to contribute to research in dryland ecology. We are interested in recruiting post-doctoral research fellows interested in remote sensing for southwestern US and global drylands and savannas. Successful applicants will contribute an intersection of funded projects associated with the Jornada Basin LTER program ( and our contributions to terrestrial vegetation science programs of the NASA ICESat-2 (, GEDI ( and SERVIR ( programs.

Responsibilities: Contribute to projects using LiDAR, radar and optical data for analysis, mapping and monitoring of global dryland vegetation structure and dynamics. Develop regional and global datasets on woody canopy cover, canopy height and biomass using machine learning, deep learning and traditional statistical models. Contribute to and lead publications and proposals. We seek candidates with interests in dryland vegetation remote sensing, including use of LiDAR and very high resolution optical imagery for understanding patterns in vegetation structure at local, regional, and global scales.

Preferred qualifications, skills and experience: PhD in remote sensing, geography or related field, with a strong emphasis on remote sensing. Interest in applying remote sensing technologies to advance understanding of terrestrial systems. Experience analyzing large remote sensing datasets from multiple sensors and at multiple scales/resolutions. Familiarity with at least one programing language (python/R preferred). Familiarity with both proprietary and open-source geospatial software packages. Experience with cloud-based geospatial computing and/or data science technologies (AI, ML and deep learning). Publication record commensurate with academic level. ABD candidates with Spring 2021 completion date may be considered.

Start Date: As soon as possible.

To apply: Send the following information as a single PDF file by email to Dr. Julius Anchang ( 1) a cover letter outlining your research interests and prior experience, 2) a detailed CV, and 3) contact information for 3 academic / professional referees. Prospective candidates are encouraged to review our website ( or contact Julius to discuss the projects and potential roles for successful applicants.  Competitive salary and benefits, plus support for travel for fieldwork and conferences, as appropriate. Position available immediately for one year, with annual renewal possible subject to satisfactory progress and continued funding.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.