[MARMAM] Postdoc Position to Map Global Whale-Ship Co-Occurrence (UW Seattle)

Briana Abrahms abrahms at uw.edu
Mon Apr 26 14:20:06 PDT 2021

A postdoc position is available in the Abrahms lab at the University of
Washington, Seattle to examine whale-ship interactions at a global scale.
The initial appointment will be for one year with expectation of
reappointment for a second year conditional on performance. The postdoc
will be supervised by Dr. Briana Abrahms (abrahms at uw.edu) and work closely
with project partners at The Nature Conservancy, Benioff Ocean Initiative,
Global Fishing Watch, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric

Marine shipping poses one of the greatest threats to large whales. The
goals of this project are to explore the intersection between large whales
and marine shipping traffic and to identify global hotspots of overlap and
collision risk. Deliverables of the project include:

1.     Presenting and facilitating technical discussions at 1-2 workshops
with project partners and data contributors

2.     Creating gridded geographic range maps (e.g. kernel densities,
utilization distributions, or species distribution models) using compiled
whale presence data

3.     Creating whale-ship co-occurrence maps and conducting a hotspot

4.     Publishing results (1-2 papers) in a peer-reviewed journal

The Abrahms lab <http://www.abrahmslab.com/> integrates global change
biology with behavioral and spatial ecology to study and mitigate the
effects of environmental change on wildlife populations. The lab sits
within the Department of Biology’s Center for Ecosystem Sentinels at the
University of Washington, Seattle. The University of Washington (Seattle
campus), a leader in undergraduate and graduate education, and one of the
world's premiere research universities, offers rigorous academic programs,
outstanding faculty, and diverse cultural and social opportunities in a
stimulating intellectual environment. Our Seattle location is ideal, with
access to a multitude of collaboration opportunities in a vibrant urban
location with the allure of the mountains, forests, water and islands
within 45 minutes of campus. The Department of Biology
<https://www.biology.washington.edu/> is a highly integrative department
that takes a connective approach to the life sciences, fostering
collaboration and intellectual partnerships across many different
disciplines. The department has an unusual breadth of top-notch faculty,
postdocs, and students who study topics at spatial scales ranging from
molecules to the entire planet. The Center for Ecosystem Sentinels
<https://ecosystemsentinels.org/the-center-for-ecosystem-sentinels/> is an
exciting new initiative bringing together researchers advancing the ecology
and conservation of species that act as sentinels to the state of their
ecosystems by linking results from multi-disciplinary science to policy

The University of Washington (UW) is located in the greater Seattle
metropolitan area, with a dynamic, multicultural community of 3.7 million
people and a range of ecosystems from mountains to ocean. The UW serves a
diverse population of 80,000 students, faculty and staff, including 25%
first-generation college students, over 25% Pell Grant students, and
faculty from over 70 countries. The UW is a recipient of a National Science
Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the
advancement of women faculty in science, engineering, and math (see
http://advance.washington.edu/). In the Department of Biology, we continue
to strive for an inclusive and welcoming departmental culture that
recognizes and encourages individual differences, that fosters the
constructive expression of ideas, and that promotes shared values such as
intellectual curiosity, creativity, collegiality, and sense of mission.
Thus, we are seeking candidates whose experiences have prepared them to
fulfill our commitment to inclusion and have given them the confidence to
fully engage audiences from a wide spectrum of backgrounds. All candidates
must address their commitment to fostering diversity and inclusivity as
part of a diversity statement in their application. This statement can
discuss your experience(s) as an individual from a traditionally
underrepresented group in higher education; your actions on issues related
to diversity, inclusion, and equity; or any topics related to these themes.

Postdoctoral scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the
collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply.
For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor
Relations website.


1.   Candidates must hold a PhD.

2.   The successful candidate for this position will have expertise in
spatial analyses of point and/or movement data (e.g. animals, human
transportation), and experience working with large datasets.

3.   Experience bringing together diverse datasets and incorporating
multiple sources of uncertainty into analyses, such as through ensemble
approaches or Bayesian hierarchical modeling, highly desirable. Experience
with programming in R, as well as strong analytical, collaboration, and
writing skills, are required.

4.   Applicants must have a demonstrated record of publication in
peer-reviewed journals, including at least one first-author publication or
submitted manuscript in a biological journal.

*Application Instructions*

To apply, please submit an application via Interfolio:
https://apply.interfolio.com/86253. The deadline to apply is *June 1st 2021*.
Start date is negotiable but September 2021 is preferred. The application
package should include:

1.     *CV*

2.     *Statement of research interests and relevant skill set*

3.     *Copies of relevant publications or representative sample of
scholarly work*

4.     *The names and contact information for 3 references*

5.     *Diversity Statement addressing diversity and equity*

*Equal Employment Opportunity Statement*

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity
employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for
employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin,
sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information,
gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

*Commitment to Diversity*

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its
faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that
commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint (
http://www.washington.edu/diversity/diversity-blueprint/). Additionally,
the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research,
teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as
important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and
responsibilities (

*In the Department of Biology, we continue to strive for an inclusive and
welcoming departmental culture that recognizes and encourages individual
differences, that fosters the constructive expression of ideas, and that
promotes shared values such as intellectual curiosity, creativity,
collegiality, and sense of mission.*

*Briana Abrahms*
Assistant Professor and Boersma Endowed Chair in Natural History and
University of Washington, Department of Biology, Center for Ecosystem
Life Sciences Building
Box 351800
Seattle, WA  98195-1800
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