UC Davis Seeks Assistant Professor of Wetland Ecology
Posted on October 26, 2022
Assistant Professor of Wetland Ecology
This is an academic year (9-month), Assistant Professor tenure-track position with teaching, research, outreach/engagement and service responsibilities and includes the expectation that the appointee will conduct mission-oriented research and outreach/engagement of relevance to the California Agricultural Experiment Station (https://caes.ucdavis.edu/research/aes).
The Department of Wildlife, Fish & Conservation Biology seeks applicants that focus on ecology and conservation of freshwater and/or estuarine wetland ecosystems. The vast majority of native aquatic species in California are declining, and most of these fragile taxa are dependent on wetlands as essential habitat. This position will focus on understanding ecosystem processes of freshwater and/or estuarine wetlands, in relation to the ecology and conservation of wetland-dependent wildlife. Research could center on habitat needs for any wetland-dependent taxa (e.g., waterbirds, fishes, herpetofauna, mammals, others) and their food webs, as well as related topics such as restoration and enhancement of wetlands, recovering endangered species, and reducing impacts of invasive species. This requires understanding inter-relationships of physical, chemical, and biological processes in human-dominated ecosystems, working with faculty teams from diverse disciplines such as ecology, hydrologic sciences, toxicology, engineering, and environmental policy. Research is expected to focus on California, especially Central Valley wetlands and associated freshwater and/or estuarine ecosystems. Increasing water demand, drought, and climate change are stressing California aquatic ecosystems as never before. Tenure-track faculty in the department typically teach 2.5 courses per academic year. The appointee will teach one large course per year, including a new course in “wetland ecology”, and another specialty course in the candidate's area of expertise, potentially including “reconciliation ecology” and/or “restoration ecology”. They could also contribute to existing curriculum needs in WFC10 (Wildlife Ecology and Conservation), WFC50 (Natural History of California's Wild Vertebrates), and WFC100 (Field Methods in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology), WFC101 (Field Research in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology) or WFC102 (Field Studies in Fish Biology). Mentoring graduate students and mentoring/advising undergraduates is also expected. Finally, this position fits well with emerging core themes and efforts on campus more broadly, including the World Water Initiative, and OneClimate 'Big Ideas'. Participation in and development of outreach/engagement programs, and performance of departmental and university service is expected. This position is expected to collaborate with extension educators and partners in allied industries.
UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.