Harvard Environmental Fellows Program

The Harvard Environmental Fellows Program awards two-year postdoctoral fellowships to outstanding young scholars in any environment-related discipline.  The goal of the program is to create a community of interdisciplinary researchers—working alongside Harvard faculty hosts—to tackle our most compelling environmental challenges.  Program alumni are currently working at universities like Harvard, Yale, Berkeley, MIT, Stanford, and the University of Michigan. Other former Fellows are working at research institutes around the world and in new energy start-ups.

We are looking for the very best candidates with environment-related research interests across all science disciplines, social sciences and policy, and the humanities. This year we are hosting a cohort representing research areas in history, history of science, climate science, chemistry, literature, biology and economics.

The Center will award approximately six two-year postdoctoral fellowships this coming spring for an award to start in September 2017. The fellowships are among the most generous at Harvard, paying a salary of $64,000 per year with benefits eligibility, $2,500 each year for professional/research expenses, and a one-time stipend for relocation expenses. The application deadline is January 18, 2017. The Center asks applicants to propose a research program and to secure a commitment from one or more Harvard faculty members to host their work.  Hosts provide office or lab space as well as mentoring, and the Center will handle the rest of the administrative responsibilities.

Additional information on the Environmental Fellows Program and the application form are posted at www.environment.harvard.edu. The attached poster includes a summary of the information on our website.  Please help us by forwarding it to your graduating students and to your colleagues at other universities.

If you have any questions about the fellowships, please do not hesitate to contact Jim Clem at clem@fas.harvard.edu.

PhD assistantship in sustainability – ecosystem services & visioning

The Jarchow Lab at the University of South Dakota is seeking an innovative and hard-working student to be part of the first cohort of students in a graduate program in sustainability that is being developed at USD.  The PhD position is fully funded for four years at ~$22,000 per year.  The position has a flexible start date of either summer or fall 2017.

The PhD position is part of a project, funded by NSF, titled “Sustainable socio-economic, ecological, and technological scenarios for achieving global climate stabilization through negative CO2 emission policies.”  The project brings together an interdisciplinary team of researchers from USD, Montana State University, and the University of Wyoming to evaluate the role that a BEECS (bioenergy and carbon capture and sequestration) economy would have on the Upper Missouri River Basin (UMRB).  The Jarchow Lab-led project has two main components.  First, we will assess, map, and quantify how residents of the UMRB perceive the social values of the ecosystem services provided by their environment.  Second, we will do sustainability visioning to develop a scenario of a desirable future for the UMRB.

Applicants with training in a number of academic disciplines will be considered for this position including sustainability, biology/ecology, environmental science or studies, political science, sociology, or other related fields.  Additional qualifications include knowledge of geographical information systems (GIS) software, excellent oral communication skills, and interest in conducting interdisciplinary research.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter describing your career goals and how your experience and qualifications make you a strong fit for this position to me (Meghann.Jarchow@usd.edu).  Also attach your CV or resume, unofficial transcript(s), GRE scores (unofficial OK), TOEFL scores (for non-native English speakers only), and the names and e-mail addresses of three references.  Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials by 16 December 2016.

For more information, please contact:

Meghann Jarchow, Assistant Professor & Sustainability Program Coordinator
Department of Biology
University of South Dakota
Churchill-Haines Labs 171E
(605)677-3115 (office)
(605)659-1889 (cell)


Faculty Position in Global Environmental Change at Dartmouth College

The Department of Geography (http://geography.dartmouth.edu/) at Dartmouth College seeks an Assistant Professor with a specialty in climate science, biogeochemical cycling, and/or earth systems modeling.  We welcome applications from candidates with an established record of excellence in teaching and research to augment and complement the department’s strengths in physical/environmental geography.  Candidates should hold a Ph.D. or be in the final stages of a Ph.D. program.  Application review will begin November 15 and will continue until the position is filled.

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion.  We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status.  Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.  Please submit a letter of application, C.V., writing samples, and contact information for three referees via https://apply.interfolio.com/37556.  Inquiries should be directed to Search Committee Chair Frank Magilligan, Francis.J.Magilligan@dartmouth.edu.


Postdoctoral Research Position in Ecosystem Service Valuation

A joint postdoctoral position is available at the School for the Environment at the University of Massachusetts Boston and the Environmental Studies Program at Dartmouth College for a motivated candidate with expertise in ecosystem service valuation. The successful candidate will join a transdisciplinary team of natural and social scientists working on a recently funded project that seeks to develop a framework for linking the health of small streams to water quality indicators, ecosystem services, and human preferences. The successful candidate will work with Professor Richard B. Howarth (Dartmouth College) and Assistant Professor Georgia Mavrommati (University of Massachusetts Boston) to apply multiple methods (e.g. discourse-based decision analysis and choice modelling) to characterize and value ecosystem services. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in environmental/ecological economics, decision science, or a related field and a motivation to develop cross-disciplinary approaches within social-ecological systems and sustainability science research. Applicants’ experience, ability and willingness to work with a transdisciplinary team and stakeholders is an asset. We offer a two-year appointment and a competitive salary plus health benefits. The starting date is flexible, but the expected start day is February, 2017. Interested applicants should send a curriculum vita, a cover letter and the names and e-mail addresses of three referees combined in a single pdf to Dr. Georgia Mavrommati (Email: Georgia.mavrommati@umb.edu) by November 1, 2016. For questions about this position, please email to Dr. Georgia Mavrommati (Georgia.mavrommati@umb.edu).
This is an equal opportunity and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Tenure Track Position in Sustainability Science/Ecological Economics

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Furman University invites applications for an open-rank, tenure-track position in Sustainability Science.   The successful candidate will have expertise in the area of ecological economics or related fields within sustainability science.  We are interested in hiring a faculty member with diverse perspectives who will foster innovation in our sustainability science curriculum and provide a rich and varied educational experience for our students.  We encourage applications from candidates who demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching, student advising, and research with undergraduates.  Teaching responsibilities consist of four courses with labs per year, including Principles of Sustainability Science (SUS 120), Introduction to Environmental Science (EES 112), and upper level electives including ecological economics.  When needed, candidates may teach a writing seminar for first year students, Human Systems (SUS 240), or Social Systems (SUS 241).

Applications should be submitted online at https://jobs.furman.edu.  Include PDF versions of a letter of application, a curriculum vita, a statement of teaching interests and philosophy, a diversity statement, a statement of research interests, names of three references, and unofficial transcripts.  The diversity statement should reflect the candidate’s awareness of the challenges facing the many student groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education and discuss strategies for addressing these challenges.

Furman University is a nationally ranked liberal arts college in Greenville, S.C., which has a thriving downtown and international community.  Visit ees.furman.edu for additional information about the position, the department, Furman University, the Shi Center for Sustainability, and Greenville, SC.  Applications will be accepted until December 1, 2016.  Furman University is an equal opportunity employer committed to increasing faculty diversity.

In Memoriam: Paul Baer, USSEE Board member

Tbod-paul-baerhe United States Society for Ecological Economics is saddened to learn of the sudden death of USSEE Board member Paul Baer, who passed away on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. Paul has been a long-time member of USSEE since the founding of the organization, when he was a PhD student in the University of California–Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group. At UC Berkeley he studied and worked under the supervision of Richard Norgaard, former President of the International Society for Ecological Economics. As a student member of USSEE, Paul was part of a small group of graduate students who advocated for a student seat on the USSEE Board of Directors.

Paul was a scholar and tireless activist for climate justice, and an internationally recognized expert on issues of equity and climate change. As a graduate student, he co-founded EcoEquity, a think-tank that focuses on political and theoretical contributions to “climate solutions that are fair enough to actually work.” More recently, he served on the faculty of the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he taught courses in ecological economics, climate policy, and environmental policy. He also previously held a position with the Union of Concerned Scientists. He was also co-author of Dead Heat: Global Justice and Global Warming (Seven Stories Press, 2002) with Tom Athanasiou, with whom he co-founded EcoEquity, and he collaborated with colleagues on the development of the Greenhouse Development Rights framework, which later evolved into the Climate Equity Reference Project. Other products of his work have been published in a number of interdisciplinary journals and several published anthologies, including Fairness in Adaptation to Climate Change (edited by Adger et al., MIT Press, 2006), Climate Change Science and Policy (edited by Schneider et al., Island Press, 2009) and Climate Ethics: Essential Readings (edited by Gardiner et al., Oxford University Press, 2010).

His contributions to the global discourse on climate policy were notable. Athanasiou wrote, “The tragedy of Paul’s death is underscored by the fact that it occurred just before the Paris Agreement enters into force.” Friend and collaborator, Sivan Kartha of the Stockholm Environment Institute wrote that Paul was “completely unbounded in his thinking. Who else had mixed philosophy, climate science, economics, and energy policy?”

Paul prepared a presentation on Greenhouse Development Rights and Stranded Assets for the International Society for Ecological Economics 2016 conference, and co-authored a recent article in the Ecological Economics journal on employment benefits of cogeneration (February 2015).  His contributions to the USSEE Board, and his gentle presence and diligent passion for action toward a just and sustainable future will be sorely missed. May he rest in peace, even while his legacy lives on.

Tenure Track Appointment in Ecological Economics, Concordia University

The Department of Geography, Planning and Environment at Concordia University is seeking a tenure-track appointment in Ecological Economics. The candidate should hold a PhD in a field related to human-environment interactions. They should have an understanding of the economy as being interconnected with societal processes and natural systems as well as a demonstrated knowledge of mainstream economics. The successful candidate will teach courses in our graduate and undergraduate programs as well as supervise Master’s and PhD students. We are looking for research excellence in a field of study relevant to ecological economics such as, but not limited to, measures of sustainable economic progress, degrowth and steady-state economies, ecological debt, approaches to valuing biodiversity and ecosystem services, the economics of climate and environmental change, and the economics of urban ecological systems.

Applications must consist of a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, copies of recent publications, a statement of teaching philosophy/interests, a statement of research achievements and plans, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Candidates must also arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly to the departmental contact:
Dr. Monica E. Mulrennan
Chair, Department of Geography, Planning and Environment
Concordia University
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3G 1M8
Email: monica.mulrennan@concordia.ca
Web: http://gpe.concordia.ca

Subject to budgetary approval, we anticipate filling this position at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin January 1st 2017. All applications should reach the department no later than October 1st 2016. Review of applications will begin immediately after this date and will continue until the position is filled. All inquiries about the position should be directed to Dr. Monica Mulrennan.

University of Idaho Senior Researcher in Natural Resource Economics Position

The University of Idaho invites applications for a Senior Researcher to join the Policy Analysis Group in the College of Natural Resources (www.uidaho.edu/cnr/pag). We seek a skilled economist to join our interdisciplinary team of policy and economic specialists working on natural resource issues important to the state of Idaho.

APPOINTMENT: Senior Researcher. Fiscal Year, full time. Salary commensurate with experience. Renewable annually depending on performance and funding. Duty location is Moscow, Idaho.

RESEARCH RESPONSIBILITIES: The Senior Researcher is responsible for modeling and tracking the economic contributions of wildlife, timber, grazing, water, outdoor recreation, and related natural resources important to Idaho’s economy. We seek a motivated individual who will assist in the development of statewide, regional and local economic information systems and analytical tools. We seek individuals who are innovative, thrive in a team environment, and will initiate and contribute to all aspects of project design, implementation, analysis, and reporting.

SERVICE & OUTREACH RESPONSIBILITIES: The Senior Researcher will provide expertise to collaborators, scientists and stakeholders by participating in the design and delivery of publications, workshops, and related outreach activities and analytical tools.

Masters or doctorate degree in natural resource economics or related field at the time of starting the position, and at least 2 years’ relevant experience. Candidates must demonstrate experience or ability to learn advanced economic modeling techniques, have strong skills in statistical analysis and data interpretation; and demonstration of strong verbal and written communication skills. Applicant selected as finalist must pass a criminal background check.

Candidates may have experience or advanced training in applied natural resource economics and policy analysis; strong project and data management skills; and the ability to publish research in refereed journals. Working knowledge and advanced training in computer programming or modeling in an area related to the position is also highly desired (e.g., Visual Basic, GIS, IMPLAN, REMI, InVEST, FVS), as is the ability to work with project teams including other scientists and across disciplines. Familiarity with natural resource industrial activities in the western United States is desired.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: To apply online, visit https://uidaho.peopleadmin.com/postings/14688. We require a letter of application, curriculum vitae or resume, academic transcripts (unofficial versions are acceptable), and contact information for three references. The position will remain open until filled. For first consideration, please submit your application by August 26th, 2016.

CONTACT: Dr. Dennis Becker, Director, Policy Analysis Group (drbecker@uidaho.edu; 208-892-9865)

CSF’s Economic Tools for Conservation Course

Recruitment for Conservation Strategy Fund’s annual International Economic Tools for Conservation course is in full swing. This year’s course will be held July 25th – August 5th, 2016 at the University of California Berkeley as part of our new partnership with the College of Natural Resources’ International and Executive programs (IEP). CSF’s Economic Tools courses are regarded as the premier training event in applied economics for environmental professionals from around the world. During the two-week session, participants learn to use economics to be more successful in their work, and experience a transformational shift in how they view environmental issues. 98% of course graduates say the course changed the way they approach conservation issues, and 100% say they would recommend it to a colleague.

Please contact Niki Gribi at niki@conservation-strategy.org with any questions.

Announcing a new publishing venue on ethics and economics

The Journal of Business Ethics, a journal in on the Financial Times (FT 45) list for the ranking of research in business schools, has invited Julie Nelson to be the inaugural editor of a new Section on “Business Ethics and Economics.”  
This section invites discussions of the relationship between economics and business ethics. Conventional economic theories about firms and the people involved in them encourage a very narrow focus on profit and monetary incentives. Yet the reality of business is far more complex, and the consequences of ethical or unethical economic behaviour are far-reaching. How can the discipline of economics—and the teaching of economics within business schools–more adequately address issues of business ethics? Are there concerns of economists, either conventional or critical, that business ethicists should take more seriously? Authors submitting to this section are welcome to explore these questions from philosophical or historical perspectives, offer conceptual insights, and/or use quantitative or qualitative methods of empirical analysis.
Please consider sending your relevant work to this new section. Submissions that explore the ethical dimensions of environmental and ecological issues, as they overlap with economics and business, would certainly be within the sections’ scope. Please also pass the news to others who might be interested! 
For more information and on-line submission see:
For information about the scope of the section, or to volunteer to review submissions, contact:


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