The Horn Point Laboratory of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, is seeking to increase its investment in research with application to ecosystem restoration and sustainability in Chesapeake Bay and similar coastal regions under an era of climate change. New faculty members are sought to complement the Center’s existing strengths and improve its collective ability to address current and future critical environmental challenges in estuarine and coastal waters and to help train the next generation of environmental science leaders. We are actively recruiting both promising early career scientists and established researchers who have demonstrated national/international leadership in their fields to apply for the following positions.
Coastal Physical Dynamics – Coastal regions are experiencing unprecedented changes includingincreases in sea level, the intensity and frequency of flooding and coastal storms, and geomorphologic changes resulting from both human and natural drivers. Increasing local coastal sustainability in the face of these changes requires that we invest in understanding the impacts of these drivers on estuarine and coastal circulation, erosional processes and the transport of organisms, nutrients and pollutants. We seek to expand our research center of excellence in coastal physical dynamics by hiring coastal physical oceanographers with expertise both in observation and modeling that applies their expertise to these physical processes in estuarine and coastal waters. Position advertised in July, 2016.
Microbial Ecology – Important new discoveries continue to emerge from the evolution of molecular techniques that allow us to discern the functional groups that control changing biogeochemical cycles and food-web processes. In coastal and estuarine ecosystems undergoing unparalleled anthropogenic and climate related changes, microbial technologies have the potential to understand, diagnose and mitigate changes to the microbial communities that drive biogeochemical cycling. The Horn Point Laboratory seeks to enhance its research capacity in microbial ecology to assess the impacts of climate change in Maryland waters and to understand and predict the effects of ongoing nutrient reductions strategies on the Bay ecosystem. We target microbial ecologists who can apply their expertise to understanding the effects of warming seas with higher carbon dioxide concentrations, lower pH and changing nutrient concentrations and ratios on the structure and function of microbial communities in estuarine and coastal waters. Position advertised in October, 2016.
HPL/UMCES - Tackling these challenges will require collaborative, interdisciplinary research which is a core value and strength at UMCES. Current research areas among the 24 faculty members at the Horn Point Laboratory include Food-Web Dynamics, Aquaculture and Restoration Ecology, Microbial Ecology and Biogeography, Plankton Ecology, Larval Transport, Climate Change, Physical Oceanography of Estuaries and Coasts, Sediment Transport, and Ecological Forecasting. There is also potential for collaboration with colleagues throughout the three other laboratories that compose UMCES as well as other institutions of the University System of Maryland (USM). There are strong programs in Estuarine Ecology, Fisheries Science, Chemical Oceanography and Toxicology at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons; Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology in Baltimore; and Freshwater and Terrestrial Ecology at the Appalachian Laboratory in Frostburg. Additional research opportunities are available through various institutional mechanisms. For example, UMCES is a partner within CINAR, a NOAA-funded Institute for the North Atlantic Region (http://www.cinar.org/). These efforts are part of a larger UMCES commitment to translating scientific knowledge to resource managers and policymakers in support of sustainable ecosystems. Close proximity to the Washington-Baltimore area and its three airports fosters collaborative opportunities with other non-UMCES research institutions, facilitates travel to more distant research sites, and promotes access to major funding agency offices.