The Moeller Lab (moellergroup.org) at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities is seeking a postdoctoral associate for a funded project on evolutionary responses to climate change and consequences for geographic range dynamics. Our project specifically focuses on improving forecasts of range expansion for invasive plant species by incorporating knowledge of local adaptation to historical climate variation and its implications for responses to contemporary climate change. The project includes large-scale precipitation and temperature manipulation in combination with reciprocal transplants of genotypes of common tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) across four regions of Minnesota. This experiment has already been established and will continue for at least two additional years. The postdoc will lead data collection, statistical analysis, and publication of major results from the experiment. They will also lead the development of predictive distribution models that incorporate data from the experiment. The project is funded by the Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pest Center (MITPPC). We strongly encourage anyone with interests in any of the following areas to apply: geographic range dynamics, local adaptation, ecological genetics, eco-evolutionary dynamics, and biogeography.
In addition to the focal project, the postdoc will have opportunities to interface with other ongoing research in the Moeller Lab. First, there are opportunities to develop additional projects within the existing field experiment. Second, the lab has an additional newly-funded project on invasive species funded by USDA-NIFA. This project uses remote sensing to detect and monitor the population dynamics of invasive plant species using satellite imagery. The postdoc would work closely with other lab members working on this project. Third, the lab has conducted research on geographic range dynamics of a California native plant (Clarkia xantiana) for ca. 20 years with funding from NSF LTREB. The postdoc would have the opportunity to contribute to the analysis and publication of data from that long-term project. We would be happy to discuss more details.
Beyond research on range dynamics of invasive plants, the Moeller lab studies a diverse array of topics in plant evolution and ecology and uses a combination of research approaches including field experiments, long-term field studies, quantitative and population genetics, and distribution modeling. Researchers in the lab work on topics such as geographic range limits, speciation and hybridization, origins of polyploidy and its ecological consequences, and plant-microbe interactions. The diversity of interests promotes a culture of collaboration and cross-disciplinary research. At UMN, the postdoc will also be part of a larger vibrant and diverse community of faculty, postdocs, and students in ecology, evolution and genetics.
Breakdown of Duties Field work 30% Data analysis 30% Writing/Publications 30% Managing and mentoring undergraduates 5% Interaction with stakeholders and collaborators 5%
Salary: Starting salary is $57,000 per year with employee benefits. This position is available starting no later than May 2024. This is a two-year (24-month) position that will be appointed on an annual basis, dependent upon the candidate's performance.
Ph.D., DDS, DVM, JD, MD or equivalent is required.
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