• Conservation Science
  • Stony Brook, NY, USA
  • Full Time

This postdoctoral position will support a novel, global analysis of the genetic, taxonomic, and functional diversity of tetrapods. The project will examine what ecological and evolutionary factors influence the relationships among the three dimensions of biodiversity (trait, taxonomic and phylogenetic), and use extinction risk data to predict impending changes in these relationships. These analyses have both important theoretical and practical implications. Comparison of different dimensions will allow us to better determine processes underlying global patterns of diversity; the degree to which the dimensions covary will determine the efficiency possible in their conservation. Our PI institutions comprise four universities and NatureServe, the latter of which provides a channel for incorporation of results into conservation decisions. The project is described further at

Specifically, the postdoc will be responsible for developing novel applications using the data, varied data analyses of both spatial and tabular data, often involving extensive lists of species from throughout the Americas. This work may include measuring compositional diversity by developing species distribution models from specimen point localities and remotely sensed environmental data, and mapping dissimilarity. Another aspect is measuring trait diversity using categorical metrics of place, food, time, and metabolic niches. The work may also include disseminated data via existing, open access databases. Finally, the postdoc will take the lead in writing manuscripts.

The position will be located administratively within the Science Division of NatureServe, reporting to the head of Species Science. Physically, the position will be located full time at the Department of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY, under the guidance of Dr. Catherine Graham (

This is a one year postdoc, with the possibility of extending for up to two additional years contingent upon performance.

The tasks, duties, and responsibilities of the position are as follows:

  • Perform statistical and spatial analyses of large distribution and trait data sets.
  • Collaborate and interact with multidisciplinary team of senior scientists and students to carry out the objectives of the project.
  • Write manuscripts describing the results of the research.

The essential job functions listed above are not meant to be all-inclusive and may be subject to change at any time.

The successful candidate will have the following experience and qualifications:

  1. Ph.D. in Ecology, Environmental Biology, or related field.
  2. Strong R and statistical skills
  3. Experience with GIS/RS and spatial analyses.
  4. Proven record of senior-authored papers, preferably in high-impact journals.
  5. Ability to collaborate and share data effectively on a multi-institutional project.
  6. Permission to work in the United States.


  1. Proficiency in remote sensing.
  2. Experience with cross-disciplinary research.
  3. Advanced statistical or mathematical modeling.
  4. Experience with large biodiversity databases.
  5. Experience with Bayesian analyses.
  6. Experience coordinating or working with undergraduate assistants.


  1. Ability to travel independently within the U.S. and overseas to attend meetings and workshops with partners and others.
  2. Ability to converse verbally and in writing with others regarding organizational goals and needs.
  3. Ability to use organizational technology and multi-phone systems.


This position has been closed and is no longer available.


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