La Universidad Virginia Tech, Advanced Conservation Strategies y OSARA, ofrecen 2 oportunidades para trabajar en la Patagonia Sur (Argentina-Chile) en una iniciativa que combina el estudio de sistemas naturales y humanos. El proyecto de investigación estudiará las especies invasoras, la restauración de bosques riparianos, percepcción y motivación de los propietarios locales e  instrumentos de incentivo para la conservación.  La convocatoria es para un posdoctorante y un estudiante de magister en el área de las ciencias naturales. A continuación se entregan más detalles:


1. Graduate (M.S.) Research Assistantship

We are currently seeking a M.S. student to study the human dimensions of this issue. Specifically, the student will interview and survey private landowners on Tierra del Fuego to understand perceptions about invasive North American beavers, riparian forest degradation and restoration, as well as their understanding of ecosystem services. This student will study under the supervision of Dr. Michael Sorice and should have appropriate undergraduate training in social issues related to conservation, human dimensions, or sustainability science. Preference will be given to applicants with English and Spanish proficiency and international research experience.  The student will enroll at Virginia Tech’s Department of Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation, but will conduct two research trips (up to 6 months) in southern Patagonia, including remote areas. Funding is for two years, and the student will be offered a full graduate research assistantship and tuition waiver. Start date is expected for January 2013.

If interested, please send your cover letter and CV to


2. Post-doctoral Research Associate

We also will begin recruiting a post-doctoral researcher this fall to start as early as December 2012 to assess riparian forest ecosystem services on Tierra del Fuego, particularly carbon sequestration. The fellow also would be an active collaborator with the PIs and help general supervision and coordination of the entire project. The position would be based primarily in Ushuaia, Argentina with short visits to Blacksburg, VA; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Santiago or Concepción, Chile. The potential candidate should have a Ph.D. in ecosystem science, ecology or related conservation or sustainability science. He or she should also be highly proficient at working in interdisciplinary and international settings and in Spanish and English.

To receive notification when the position is posted, please email canderson@alumni.unc.ed


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