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Postdoctoral Researcher on Impact of Concentrating Solar Power Plants on Bee Diversity in the Mojave Desert.

A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Monica Geber, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University. This position is funded by a grant from Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future (ACSF) to compare bee diversity in undisturbed areas of the Mojave Desert (e.g. Sweeney Granite Mountain Preserve) to diversity at Concentrating Solar Power Plants (Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System) and other developed areas (e.g., Conventional Solar Electric Generating Facilities, Primm Valley Gulf Course and Casino). The postdoc will interact with Co-PIs Jefferson Tester and Mikal Moore, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, in the development of an economic and environmental cost benefit analysis of Ivanpah compared to other electric power plants of similar generating capacity. The bee diversity data will be used to assess environmental impact.

The primary responsibilities of this position include 1) conducting field censuses of bee and plant diversity in developed and undeveloped areas of the Mojave Desert, 2) in collaboration with Dr. Terry Griswold at the USDA Bee Laboratory, Logan, UT, identifying bee collections, including those from a prior 5-year study of bee diversity at the Sweeney Granite Mountain Preserve, 3) analyzing bee and plant data and writing manuscripts, 4) interacting with engineers and economists on cost-benefit analysis of Electric Generating Facilities, 5) and contributing to grant proposals for future work.

* Qualifications *

Required qualifications include a Ph.D. in entomology or related field with expertise in bee identification; ability to organize and lead field censuses in the Mojave Desert; strong writing skills; and the ability to work independently. Candidates familiar with native desert bees, experience in analyses of bee community data, including analyses of plant-pollinator networks, and interest in applications of diversity studies to ecological and economic assessment of energy development will be preferred.

* Applications *

To apply, please send cover letter, CV, a statement of research interests/experiences, and names and contact information for three references that are familiar with your work. Applications should be in PDF format, e-mailed to Monica Geber (

Position is available starting October 2015 (negotiable). Review of applications will begin August 15, 2015, and continue until suitable candidate is found.

**Featured photo: the the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (SEGS). By Getty Images photographer Ethan Miller. 

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