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Postdoctoral Fellowship with Lincoln University, New Zealand in Lincoln, New Zealand

Type of position Two-Year Postdoctoral University Fellowship
Employer Lincoln University, New Zealand
Description of Employer As the longest-running land-based university in the Southern Hemisphere, Lincoln University’s story begins with farming, but it certainly doesn’t end there. As New Zealand’s economy diversified, so have we. Lincoln University is here to enhance and enrich lives. To grow the knowledge of our students so they can shape a world that benefits from a greater understanding of the relationship between our land, the food produced from it and the ecosystems within it. With three academic faculties, one teaching division, several research centres and a range of corporate service units, the Lincoln University draws its students from throughout New Zealand and from over 60 countries. Lincoln University has a student roll of around 3,000 and approximately 600 staff.
Location Lincoln, New Zealand
Salary NZ$65,000 – NZ$70,000
Closing date of competition 13th September 2021
Date position available November 2021
Description of duties

Research will entail analysing national plot data in relation to surrounding ecosystem characteristics and land-use metrics to assess whether the more fragmented habitats experience greater non-native plant ingress and the importance of different anthropogenic habitats as potential sources of these weeds.  Abiotic factors such as climate, elevation etc. will be factored into such analyses as well as an assessment of the role of species traits (e.g., dispersal syndrome, shade tolerance, life-form).  This research will be followed up by standardised field-based surveys of understory vegetation in manuka/kanuka scrub patches at up to three regions in New Zealand.  These surveys will examine finer scale patterns such as edge effects, light regime and ecotones on weed ingress.  Integration of both the large-scale and fine scale studies will assess the scale dependence of plant invasions

This postdoctoral fellow will examine the macroecological drivers of manuka/scrub invasion by non-native plant species and aim to:

  • determine the role of landscape attributes, land-use history, ecosystem characteristics, and species traits on non-native plant species richness and abundance in the target ecosystem across New Zealand. 
  • Integrate these findings to generate an integrative ecosystem invasion risk index
  • Use this information to provide recommendations to stakeholders of the landscape scale attributes (e.g., levels of fragmentation, ecosystem perturbation, propagule source areas) that will need to be managed to limit plant invasions.

 

Qualifications sought

Applicants will be required to have:

  • A PhD in ecology or a related field preferably with interest in plant ecology or weed invasions
  • Experience with the quantitative analysis of ecological data using programmes such as R, particularly the analysis of plant functional trait data.
  • Knowledge of spatial ecology and ability to use Geographical Information Systems
  • A developing record of scholarly research and publication, preferably with publications in international journals in the field of plant ecology or plant science
  • Good interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work with students and staff from a diverse range of backgrounds

 As travel between field sites may be a feature of this position, a current driver’s licence is also required. 

Contact for additional information Professor Philip Hulme
Application procedure  
Submit what Please apply online with your CV and cover letter describing how you would apply your skills to this project and the direction you would like to see the research take.
Submit to Please apply online via the link below (search for Designing native landscapes resilient to plant invasions). You will need to supply your CV and cover letter describing how you would apply your skills to this project and the direction you would like to see the research take.

https://careers.lincoln.ac.nz/search

For more information, please refer to the position description on the Lincoln University careers page (from link above) or contact Distinguished Professor Philip Hulme (philip.hulme@lincoln.ac.nz).

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