Post-doc in Bee Ecology

Oregon State University

Postdoctoral Researcher – Bee Ecology, Oregon State University

Position Summary
The Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society in the College of Forestry is soliciting
applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work in the laboratory of Dr. Jim Rivers
(‐rivers/). This position will help lead a collaborative
research project being undertaken with Dr. Jim Cane (USDA Bee Biology and Systematics
Laboratory, Utah State University) that is investigating how animal pollinators are affected by
natural and anthropogenic disturbance in forested landscapes of the Pacific Northwest.

Position Duties
The postdoc will collect new data to evaluate how wild bees and their pollination services are
influenced by natural and anthropogenic disturbance events, as well evaluating links between
remote sensing data (e.g., LiDAR, Landsat TM) and ground‐based sampling to produce several
high quality peer‐reviewed publications. Publications will address several objectives that include
but are not limited to:
1. Evaluating how bee abundance and diversity is influenced by wildfire intensity and postfire
salvage logging.
2. Determining how resources critical to bee reproduction (floral resources, nesting sites)
are influenced by disturbance type and intensity.
3. Testing how bee reproductive output changes relative to disturbance type and intensity.
4. Assessing whether changes in pollinator abundance and diversity are linked to changes
in pollination services.
5. Using remote sensing data to determining the spatial scale(s) the predict bee diversity,
abundance, and pollination services.

Minimum/ Required Qualifications
‐ Ph.D. in entomology, animal ecology, or a closely related field
‐ Demonstrated experienced with statistical software (e.g., SAS, R)
‐ Demonstrated competence in planning, designing, executing, and coordinating research
‐ Demonstrated proficiency to independently write scientific publications for submission
to peer‐reviewed journals

Preferred Qualifications
‐ Proficiency with capture and identification of wild bee species
‐ Experience sampling wild pollinator communities
‐ Proficiency with analysis of remote sensing data (e.g. LiDAR, Landsat TM)
‐ Knowledge and experience with forest management practices of the Pacific Northwest
‐ A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity

Application Instructions
For additional details about the position, including how to apply, visit the application web site
( and search for posting #P00075UF. General inquires or questions
about the position should be directed towards Dr. Jim Rivers ( For
full consideration, be sure to apply by March 7, 2016. Applications will continue to be accepted
after this date until a sufficient applicant pool has been achieved or the position is filled. The closing
date is subject to change without notice to applicants. Oregon State University commits to inclusive
excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal
Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members,
and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

Dr. Jim Rivers
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