Earth System Science—Postdoctoral


9 August 2022 - 21 September 2022

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNLClimate & Ecosystems Division has an opening for an Earth System Science Postdoc to join the team. In this exciting role, you will focus on understanding how structurally and functionally diverse temperate forests respond to fires and other disturbances, using remote sensing and terrestrial biosphere models.

You will join a large dynamic interdisciplinary department that is making climate and carbon cycle observations and developing and applying ecosystem, atmospheric process, and climate models. LBNL is a renowned center of expertise in many areas of climate and ecosystem-related fundamental and applied science.

What You Will Do:

  • Implement a remote-sensing based initialization of forest structure and forest functional diversity for the Functionally Assembled Terrestrial Ecosystem Simulator (FATES), a new demographic vegetation model. This implementation will use existing airborne lidar and airborne imaging spectroscopy data for temperate forests in California.
  • Develop lidar simulators and implement hyperspectral canopy radiation transfer models to FATES outputs, to benchmark predictions of structural and functional diversity of forest ecosystems.
  • Analyze and interpret forest ecology and ecosystem process datasets and model outputs.
  • Lead and contribute to peer-reviewed scientific articles, and present findings at seminars and conferences.
  • Collaborate with other members of the project research team both internal and external to Berkeley Lab and develop new collaborations as appropriate to further the scientific goals of the program.