The Forest School at The Yale School of the Environment (YSE) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Associate in Forest Carbon. The successful candidate will assess forest carbon dynamics as they relate to natural disturbance and forest products, with a focus on southern New England. The candidate will work under the mentorship of faculty at The Forest School within YSE, and data from the Yale Forests and Great Mountain Forest will be available. Professors Mark Bradford and Yuan Yao will jointly serve as the primary supervisors, and other faculty at The Forest School will serve as collaborators.
The forests of southern New England have received significant attention in recent years for their potential as nature-based climate solutions. However, the carbon dynamics of these forests are highly complex and influenced by past land use, stand dynamics, invasive species, changing climate, and carbon tradeoffs related to forest products. Political debate has often simplified to two alternatives: active management and no management, yet the reality is far more complex. The person in this position will investigate the risks and longevity of carbon stored in forests and forest products in the region in the context of changing forests.
Results of this project will include peer-reviewed publication(s) and policy briefs related to carbon stability in southern New England’s forests as it relates to disturbance, stand dynamics, and management. The successful candidate will also investigate the carbon tradeoffs of local forest products and lead the development of best management practices for carbon as a management objective in southern New England forests, while working with a collaborative team of faculty and graduate students at The Forest School focused on forest carbon. We expect this research will better our understanding of the climate mitigation and adaptation of regional forests.
Support for this postdoctoral position comes from the Joseph Steven Taylor Fund at YSE. The position is a one-year appointment with the possibility of two additional years of renewal contingent upon satisfactory performance and availability of funding. Candidates who have a Ph.D. degree in forestry or related fields with peer-reviewed publications related to silviculture and/or forest carbon and statistical modeling/ life-cycle assessment are highly encouraged to apply.
Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly encourages applications from and nominations of women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities. Consideration of applicants will begin immediately, but applications will be accepted until July 30, 2021. The start date of the position is negotiable, with a target of September 1, 2021.
Application Deadline: July 30th 2021
Anticipated Start Date: September 1st 2021