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CEREO September 2020

Pending Job Openings in Climate Variability, Change, Impacts, and Adaptation

North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC), the University of Alaska (Fairbanks, AK), the University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), the University of Colorado (Boulder, CO), the University of Hawaiʻi (Mānoa, HI), the University of Massachusetts (Amherst, MA), the University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK), and the University of Washington (Seattle, WA) are teamed on multiple grant opportunities related to the impacts of climate variability and change on ecosystems, natural resources, cultural resources, infrastructure, tribal lands and waters, urban and rural settlements, and economic development. We seek contact information (name, address, email, and phone) for outstanding scholars with experience and interest in these subjects, in developing actionable science solutions in cooperation with stakeholders, and with demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.


The following positions MAY become available during the next 6-12 months at the institutions listed above, depending on funding decisions:

“Fire PostDoc” – multiple 2-year postdoctoral associate positions related to wildland and forest fires in a changing climate, including positions focused on fire science, fire ecology, post-fire ecological transformations, indigenous traditional uses of fire, economic and societal impacts of fire, the human dimensions of wildland or forest fires, data assimilation, state-space modeling, optimization, numerical modeling, boundary-layer meteorology, and fire climatology.

“Climate Extension PostDoc” – one or more 2-3-year postdoc positions focused on integrating the state-of-the-science into adaptation or mitigation decisions made by practitioners in federal, state, tribal, and municipal government agencies and non-profit organizations, including those dealing with water, land, fire, or ecosystems management.

“Grasslands Project PostDoc” – one 2-3-year postdoc position focused on coordinating two interdisciplinary working groups to synthesize the science around climate change and climate change adaptation in the grassland socio-ecological systems of the North American Great Plains.

“Research Coordinator” – one or more full-time staff positions focused on administering a research portfolio related to climate variability, change, impacts, and adaptation and communicating with the scientific leads of these projects to ensure their successful completion and documentation.

“Drought Statistics Grad Student” – one 2-year position focused on seasonal-to-subseasonal drought prediction in the south-central U.S., with an emphasis on statistical modeling; advanced statistical knowledge required.

To be contacted about official job postings if grants are awarded, send us your contact information (name, address, email, and phone) to Your input will be provided to all of the universities listed above. Please note in your email: (1) what named positions (in quotes above) interest you and (2) in which of the eight university hometowns (in the first sentence) you are willing to work. Depending on the status of CoVid-19, positions may begin as telework but are expected to transition to in-person work after university clearance is provided; hence, do not send us materials unless you are willing and able to work at one of these locations.

1-day, virtual Google Earth Engine workshop

There is a 1-day, virtual Google Earth Engine workshop that will run Thursday 08 October 09:00-16:00 PST. Registration is free and will be capped at 15 participants. Please follow this link to register (

The workshop will be given by Xiao Yang from the University of North Carolina. (

While the current material for the workshop is still under construction, the workshop will broadly pertain to the key commands, tools, and functions of Google Earth Engine. While the workshop will cover syntax and fundamentals of the Google Earth Engine framework, the workshop will also include case studies, so as to demonstrate applications of how others are using Google Earth Engine for their research.

For those who may be curious but less familiar, Google Earth Engine is a cloud based platform that enables global scale analysis of geospatial and remote sensing data. Unlike other geospatial applications (e.g., ArcGIS, QGIS, DIVAGIS), Google Earth Engine leverages the computing power of Google servers to efficiently scale analysis across large regions and over decades.

No experience with Google Earth Engine is necessary to partake in the workshop, although it will be assumed that participants are at least familiar with a coding language.

If you have any questions about the workshop, please feel free to reach out to Michael Meyer ( or Julie Padowski ( directly.

R working group’s slack workspace

We have created an R working group Slack workspace! This space can serve as a virtual community, where R working group members can not only crowdsource errors, data analyses, and data management best practices but also learn about jobs, conferences, workshops, and other such opportunities. If you are interested in joining our Slack workspace, please use the following invitation (

In the event you are interested but are new to Slack, that’s 100% okay. I know it can be a confusing interface in the beginning, but it becomes much more intuitive once you fiddle with it. To lower the learning curve, here is an instructional video on YouTube, and there are many more out there if this one isn’t the most useful.


Working With Industry 101

Click here to register for the next workshop series starting October 22, 2020.

In association with participation in this 100% virtual short course series, IREO is offering a limited number of stipends of $3,000 to support efforts to develop private sector collaboration. To be eligible for the funding the faculty-trainee team must attend all online sessions; funds are somewhat flexible, due to the general inability to travel at this time but usage must be approved by IREO prior to disbursement.

This 4-part course will take place via Zoom from 3:00-5:00pm on October 22 & 29 and November 5 & 12. We strongly encourage faculty to bring a senior graduate student or postdoctoral trainee for joint participation; this is a key element of strong industry partnerships. Course descriptions follow:


Class 1: Introduction to Working with Industry & Promotion of Your Research Expertise

Class 2: Finding the Right Partner & Specific Contacts

Class 3: Process, Proposal, Timelines & Statements of Work: Getting to the Project

Class 4: Contracting & Best Practices for Managing Outputs


Space is limited so reserve your spot now! Email with any questions, or please use the link at the top of the page to register. Please also list the name of the trainee who will join you; your trainee may also complete the form on your behalf.

Call for abstracts to the session titled “Using Big Data to Answer National- and Regional-Scale Questions”

as part of the 12th National Monitoring Conference (NMC) the week of April 19, 2021.

12th National Monitoring Conference (NMC) the week of April 19, 2021.

National and regional scale water-quality studies require collecting and processing large amounts of data. Such studies also often require combining data from multiple organizations. Making “big data” understandable and usable presents many challenges. How these challenges are managed is an important part of the scientific process and the insights gained during this process are worth sharing with other researchers. Importantly, these large datasets allow for the exploration and identification of water quality conditions and changes across large areas ranging from regional watersheds to the entire US. This session focuses on the tools, techniques, and insights gained from these large-scale efforts.

The NMC will be held in Providence, Rhode Island or virtually, if necessary. More information about the NMC can be found on the conference website. Abstracts are due on September 24th. Be sure to indicate our session: “S17: Using Big Data to Answer National- and Regional-Scale Water Quality Questions” when submitting.


Please contact Jenny Murphy ( or Victor Roland ( with any questions and we look forward to hearing more about your work.