University of Nebraska–Lincoln
The Grazing Lands Ecologist holds an academic-year appointment in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture and/or the School of Natural Resources, in the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR). The incumbent provides leadership for integrated research and education in rangeland systems across multiple disciplines including active engagement with the Center for Grassland Studies (CGS) and collaborates with IANR faculty members to identify and address issues important to sustaining healthy rangelands in Nebraska.
Recognizing that diversity within a context of inclusivity enhances creativity, innovation, impact, and a sense of belonging, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR), the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, and the School of Natural Resources are committed to creating learning, research, extension programming, and work environments that are inclusive of human diversity. We actively encourage applications from and nominations of individuals from underrepresented groups.
Research conducted by the incumbent will focus on characterizing spatial and temporal dynamics of rangelands and how different management practices and disturbances affect livestock production, biodiversity, resilience, and community restoration. Collaborators include natural resource scientists, animal scientists, social ecologists, and economists. In the integrated teaching and research program, the incumbent addresses grassland conservation through habitat management, biodiversity dynamics, resilience thinking, and trans-disciplinary research; beef cattle production through the Nebraska Integrated Beef Systems (NIBS) hub; and landscape resilience through the CGS and the Center for Resilient Agricultural Working Landscapes (CRAWL). The incumbent works with UNL partners (e.g., the National Drought Mitigation Center, Conservation and Survey Division, the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, and Platte Basin Timelapse) and outside stakeholders (e.g., Sandhills Task Force).
Teaching contributions average 0.60 FTE, including team-teaching courses in grassland ecology and management (NRES/PLAS 245), grassland conservation (NRES 438), and livestock management on range and pasture (ASCI 451/851, PLAS 445/845, RNGE 445), that contribute to several degree programs in IANR. In addition, the incumbent recruits and advises undergraduate students in the Grassland Systems major and the Range Management Club, contributes to the Nebraska Range Short Course and the Nebraska Youth Range Camp, mentors Plant Biology undergraduate students with the Ecology and Management option, and works with graduate students in Range and Forage Science, Applied Ecology, and related fields. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has extensive properties including Nine-Mile Prairie, Dalbey Prairie, the Barta Brothers Ranch, and the Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory that provide a unique capacity for experiential learning and research with students in grasslands and rangelands.
The incumbent maintains a high impact, nationally and internationally recognized, externally supported research and teaching program contributing as an effective scholar, citizen, and leader for the integrated (extension, research, and teaching) land-grant mission of the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, and/or the School of Natural Resources, and IANR, including supporting student recruitment and IANR science literacy. The incumbent seeks and establishes effective collaborations including integration with local stakeholders, complementary research groups, extension teams, educational programs, and other partners. The incumbent accepts committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and/or university levels.
• Ph.D. in Rangeland Ecology and/or Management, Agronomy, or a closely related field.
• Demonstrated competitiveness and a high level of success through award of grant funding at various levels focused on grasslands.
• Demonstrated field experience and excellence in grazing lands research and publishing.
• Commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching and advising.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills with emphasis on communication with a variety of stakeholders including, but not limited to, ranchers and federal and state agency personnel that apply policies related to grazing lands.
• Ability to engage in scientific teamwork with natural resource scientists, animal scientists, social ecologists, and economists to address major issues related to grazing lands.
• Experience in land grant university course design, development, and management in grazing lands ecology and management.
• Evidence of work with diverse or underrepresented communities or groups.
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