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Position Available: Postdoctoral Scientist: Anthropogenic Carbon Emissions

School of Life Sciences
Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona

This postdoctoral position will perform research on quantification and analysis of fossil fuel CO2 emissions at fine space/time scales in the North American domain. Working with the “Vulcan” and Hestia emissions data products (vulcan.project.asu.edu; hestia.project.asu.edu), the postdoctoral scientist will expand, improve and extend the emissions data products and analyze the emissions in conjunction with North American 14CO2 monitoring and atmospheric transport modeling. The position requires a knowledge combination of carbon biogeochemistry, data mining, and numerical modeling. The position will require collaboration with colleagues at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration among others.

Candidates must have received a PhD in the geosciences or a field related to position (e.g., Ecology, GIS/Geography, Civil Engineering) from an accredited college or university. The applicant will be expected to publish peer-reviewed journal articles and effectively communicate with a wide range of physical and social scientists.

Necessary skills: geospatial statistics, large codebase management and programming (eg. R, SQL). Desired skills: experience with GIS and spatial mapping/analysis, air quality experience, experience in carbon accounting/footprinting, energy supply/demand analysis, systems engineering.

Given the multidisciplinary nature of the research, a highly self-directed, creative and self-motivated individual is sought. The position is a fulltime appointment with an anticipated start date between 4/1/2017 and 8/31/2017. The appointment will be made initially for one year with possibility of extension for additional years. Salary range is $50,000-$55,000 dependent on experience, with associated University benefits.

Applicants should send a cover letter describing their research experience and interests, a curriculum vita, and arrange for three reference letters sent to (email or surface mail): Prof. Kevin Gurney, School of Life Science, Arizona State University, PO Box 874501, Tempe, AZ, 85287-4501. kevin.gurney@asu.edu (email preferred).

The initial closing date for receipt of applications is February 1, 2017; applications will be reviewed weekly thereafter until the search is closed.

A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. For additional information on this position and the School of Life Sciences, please visit https://sols.asu.edu/resources/employment.

Position Available: Program Manager, CAP LTER


Program Manager, Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Program (CAP LTER)

The Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University invites applications for a full-time Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Program (CAP LTER) Program Manager.

The Program Manager and the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability (ASU Wrigley Institute) will work with the CAP LTER Director, program staff, scientists, and students to facilitate coordination and collaboration across the program, communicate research findings via various media, and compile annual reports for the National Science Foundation and the ASU Wrigley Institute. Will be responsible for the fiscal management of CAP LTER with the Director and staff as well as for the management of CAP LTER’s undergraduate and graduate research funding initiatives. Will liaise with other research initiatives and community partners, organize events and meetings, track key program metrics, and handle day-to-day administrative operations.  For details on the CAP LTER Program see: https://sustainability.asu.edu/caplter/.

To review the posting and apply to this position, please visit:  https://cfo.asu.edu/hr-applicant and click on Applicant under Staff Positions. Search openings for Requisition ID number 27270BR.

Deadline for Applications: November 10, 2016

Symposium: A Decade of Urbanization & Global Environmental Change

urbanization global environmental change symposiumThe Urbanization and Global Environmental Change Project is proud to announce “A Decade of Urbanization and Global Environmental Change: A UGEC Symposium” on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at the Arizona State University Memorial Union in the Pima Auditorium.  The event starts at 10:00.  It is part of the Sustainability Solutions Festival.

Panelists will draw from their own research and practical expertise to offer insight into the needs and directions of future UGEC research and science-policy-practice linkages, particularly addressing the role of young scholars and students interested in urbanization and sustainability issues.

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Christopher Boone, Arizona State University, USA


Shuaib Lwasa, Makerere University, Uganda
Patricia Romero-Lankao, National Center for Atmospheric Research, USA
Karen Seto, Yale University, USA
David Simon, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK & Mistra Urban Futures, Sweden

Viewpoints: The human experience in the urban environment

Christopher Booneshutterstock_267159293
Arizona State University, USA

In sweeping images of cityscapes, it is nearly impossible to distinguish individual human beings. We clearly see the products of human actions and decisions – buildings, roadways, streetlights, parks and open space – but it is difficult if not impossible to discern people on the ground, going about their daily lives. The three papers in this series ask us to zoom in and think seriously about the human experience in cities. Putting the needs of people at the center and in full focus is fundamental for advancing urban sustainability.

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Viewpoints: Legal innovations and judges as change agents in the complex landscape of urban environmental governance

Rimjhim Aggarwal
Arizona State University, USA

Walking around in a slum in the outskirts of Delhi this past summer, I asked a group of children what they dreamed of becoming when they grow up. Pat came the usual replies of becoming a doctor, engineer, Bollywood star, and so on. But there were some unusual responses as well. A little boy spoke with conviction of becoming a lawyer, and eventually a Supreme Court judge. Interestingly, this little boy’s response evoked the most admiration from his peers as he described how he would fight in the court to protect their settlement and get assured water supply and flood protection. Growing up in Delhi myself, this little boy’s response struck me as unusual but symbolic of the changing times, and shifting aspirations.

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Viewpoints: Designing cooler infrastructure: Integrating performance for urban sustainability

Paul Coseo5
Arizona State University, USA

Urban design professionals (i.e., landscape architects, urban planners, architects, civil engineers, etc.) suffer from two interconnected design problems related to reducing urban heat islands (UHI): incomplete human scale knowledge and lack of metrics to measure design outcomes. Even though urban design is only one part of a continuous cycle of land management (see figure 1), designers are key authors of our urban climate. Designs, once constructed, lock landscapes into certain urban climate trajectories, some hotter than others. Increasingly cities’ incentivize or require designers to include cool infrastructure strategies at the site and urban design scale (human scale). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) categorizes these cooling strategies as cool roofs, green roofs, trees and vegetation, cool pavements, and smart growth. These strategies are designed to reduce urban heat, some probably do, but others may actually enhance urban heat in cities because our knowledge of human scale heating processes is incomplete (Erell et al., 2013).

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Positions Available at the URExSRN


The Urban Resilience to Extreme Events Sustainability Research Network (URExSRN) is hiring a Project Manager (Deadline for applications – July 23) and an Education Program Coordinator (Deadline for applications EXTENDED TO AUGUST 10).  Both positions will be based at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, USA.

For further details, visit ASU’s Human Resources site: https://cfo.asu.edu/hr-applicant, then click on Staff > External Applicants. Use Requisition ID # 14943BR for the Project Manager position, or 14942BR for the Education Program Coordinator.

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