March 17, 2017 0:00am to June 01, 2017 0:00am
The Quantitative/Spatial Ecology Post-Doc (QSP), while working for Point Blue will collaborate with U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), The Nature Conservancy, and the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CA LCC) to develop ecological forecasting models for water and wildlife in California’s Central Valley. These models will be designed to inform a decision support system that can guide the optimal allocation of water to meet biodiversity and ecosystem services targets.
Specifically the project objectives are to:
Provide multi-annual, within-year forecasts and updates of the spatial and temporal availability of wetland habitats, the distribution of wetland and open water dependent species, connectivity, and groundwater recharge.
Generate long term projections (50 year) of flooded cropland and wetland habitat in order to forecast wetland and open water dependent species, connectivity, and groundwater recharge under multiple scenarios.
Prioritize and strategically create an integrated network of wetland habitat on the landscape as part of large-scale coordinated conservation to optimize focal wetland-dependent species and habitats, biodiversity, spatio-temporal habitat connectivity, and groundwater recharge in the Central Valley both in the near-term (within year) and over the long-term (50 years).
Full position description attached.