Assistant/Associate Professor Forest Ecosystem Management – SUNY

The SUNY-ESF Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management ( invites applicants for a tenure-track position in Forest Ecosystem Management at the Assistant/Associate Professor level. The position title of Forest Ecosystem Management is meant to ensure candidates are interested in the stewardship of forested ecosystems for the benefit of the society in a rapidly changing world. It is expected the candidate will recognize that the practice of silviculture and the sustainability of working forest landscapes must evolve to include new social priorities (e.g., ecosystem services) as well as face new biophysical challenges (e.g., local stressors and global change).

We seek a collaborative scholar that will advance the science and practice of silviculture and forest management to address the long-term sustainability of the ecosystems and human communities that comprise working forest landscapes. The candidate’s research should blend field-based and modeling approaches to include: addressing how historical legacies shape current and future forest condition; evaluate the capacity of forests to provide valuable goods and services under multiple drivers of change; forecast outcomes of management, land use, and policy decisions; develop decision-support tools or systems; and innovate practical solutions to emerging issues, from the stand to the landscape scales. The incumbent is expected to develop a vigorous, externally-funded, applied research program in forest ecosystem management that brings new expertise in ecosystem and landscape modeling to the Department and College, ideally in ways that engage ongoing efforts by ESF faculty and our agency and industry partners, including but not limited to: design and implementation of strategies for sustainable management of forest stands and landscapes; restoration and protection of important tree species threatened by pests and pathogens; rehabilitation of degraded forests resulting from past management decisions and anthropogenic stressors; ecosystem regulation of carbon, water, and nutrient cycles; impacts of climate change on forest composition, productivity, and health; and the provision of forest ecosystem services (including wood products) to local and global beneficiaries. We also seek an enthusiastic and committed teacher who will engender active learners in both classroom and field settings, and engage in outreach via technology transfer activities. Teaching responsibilities may include introductory and advanced professional silviculture courses for forestry students, and upper-level vegetation management or applied ecology course open to various majors. We are particularly interested in candidates with a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness in research, teaching and service activities.

Required Qualifications:

PhD in silviculture, forestry, or related discipline

Preferred Qualifications:

Postdoctoral research experience, including publications in high-impact journals and grant preparation
Professional field experience
Demonstrated capability as a teacher and mentor of both undergraduates and graduate students

Application Procedure: Application materials are required to be submitted on-line at Applications should include: (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) a statement of research interests and experience. References will be requested if you are selected as a finalist.

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The college is located in Syracuse, New York, a dynamic and diverse community with plentiful natural, cultural, and civic opportunities. “The Places Rated Almanac” ranks Syracuse among the top 10 percent of “Best Places to Live.” Located on the eastern edge of the Finger Lakes, Syracuse is within a five-hour drive of New York City, Toronto, and the High Peaks Region of the Adirondack Mountains. SUNY-ESF is one of eight colleges and universities located in Onondaga County. The Syracuse University campus is immediately adjacent to SUNY-ESF, and SUNY Upstate Medical University is located within easy walking distance.

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