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The Bioacoustics Research Program (BRP) within the Cornell Lab of Ornithology collects and interprets sounds in nature by developing and applying innovative technologies across multiple ecological scales to inspire and inform conservation of wildlife and habitats. BRP is seeking a Postdoctoral Associate to conduct research in Florida Bay on a sponsored project funded through the National Park Service (NPS), investigating the occurrence of biological sounds in Everglades National Park.
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This Postdoctoral Associate will join the BRP team and work collaboratively with researchers and scientists in BRP and NPS to accomplish the goals of the Passive Acoustic Monitoring for Fish Population Restoration and Climate Mitgation Cooperative Agreement by using acoustics and field observation to study fishes in Florida Bay.
The primary objective of this project is to expand upon a previous passive acoustic effort in Florida Bay applying state of the art passive acoustic sensors to the detection of several soniferous fish and shrimp species and to develop techniques for passive acoustic data management and processing that is appropriate for use in remote monitoring. This position requires working up to 3 weeks at a time in Florida Bay several times per year.
This is an 18-month appointment, based on current funding appointed annually with a potential for extension depending on performance and availability of funding and available work.
PhD in biology, ecology, marine science, wildlife biology, behavior, conservation, or related field.
Must have strong quantitative experience.
Excellent scientific writing skills with a demonstrated track record of peer-reviewed publications.
Ability to conduct original research, from conception to completion.
Extensive marine field research experience required.
Strong background in statistics.
Ability to deploy and recover recording instruments in the field.
Ability to work effectively both in a team and independently.
Must have strong communication skills and be proficient in spoken and written English.
Must be able to travel to Florida for 3 weeks at a time, several times throughout appointment.
Must have a valid driver's license
Previous experience with fish bioacoustics.
Previous experience working with large bioacoustics datasets.
Experience with bioacoustics research, signal processing, occupancy modeling, density estimation, and a basic knowledge of MATLAB and/or R desirable.
Familiarity with small boat usage.
Scuba diving and snorkeling experience.
Strong history of impact and productivity in past research efforts.
Experience with grant writing and budget development helpful.
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