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Risk Assessment for Threatened and Endangered Species

Job Type: full-time temporary position

Location: Minnesota

Posting Date: 11 Jul 14

Closing Date: 10 Oct 14

This is a postdoctoral research training opportunity. Work would be conducted at EPA's research laboratories in Duluth, MN, and/or Corvallis, OR.

The research participant will be involved in the design and implementation of population-level risk assessments for endangered birds exposed to pesticides, and will conduct a research project focused on evaluating the performance of the EPA models for endangered species risk assessment.

This research project will evaluate and apply several tools developed by USEPA for use in population-level risk assessment for federally listed threatened and endangered species. The three primary tools evaluated will be the Terrestrial Investigation Model (TIM), MCnest and HexSim. TIM is a probabilistic model for estimating exposure and acute avian mortality associated with pesticide applications. MCnest is a probabilistic model for estimating adverse reproductive effects in birds exposed to pesticides during their normal breeding season. HexSim is a spatially-explicit and individual-based model designed for simulating plant and animal population dynamics within real landscapes.

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Contact Information:

Primary Contact:

Dr. Matthew Etterson

Secondary Contact:

Dr. Nathan Schumaker

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