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Open Positions

We are a partnership among Stanford University's Woods Institute for the Environment, University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment, The Nature Conservancy, and World Wildlife Fund, developing approaches and tools to model and map the distribution of biodiversity and the flow of multiple ecosystem services across land- and seascapes.

There is currently one open position at The Natural Capital Project:

Post-Doctoral Opportunity In Boreal Forest Ecosystem Services

We are seeking applications for a post-doctoral associate in ecosystem services and/or environmental economics to work with Dr. Peter Reich (Department of Forest Resources) and NatCap Director Dr. Steve Polasky (Departments of Applied Economics and Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior) at University of Minnesota. Both Reich and Polasky are also Fellows of the Institute on the Environment at UMN, our partner, which is a major supporter of this project. This research will be part of, and extend, both a long-running boreal forest ecosystem science project (led by Reich) and environmental economics/ecosystem services work (led by Polasky). Additionally, the project will interface with ongoing biodiversity-ecosystem services synthesis projects Reich is involved in. The appointment is for one year with potential for renewal depending on performance, to begin as soon as possible. The specific research project to be conducted will depend on the interests of the successful applicant, however its focus will be on ecosystem services, the factors contributing to their quantity and quality, their value to society, and how these may evolve under multiple global change drivers.

Desired Qualifications

Ph.D. in ecosystem ecology, natural resources ecology, economics, or other relevant field. Interest in bridging ecological and economic sciences.

Prefered Qualifications

Experience in bridging ecological and economic sciences.

Questions should be addressed to Dr. Peter Reich (

How to Apply: send electronically a statement of research interests, a CV, and three letters of recommendation to Cindy Buschena ( with the subject line: Boreal Forest Ecosystem Services Post-Doc Search. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Stanford University is committed to equal opportunity through affirmative action in employment and we are especially eager to identify minority persons and women with appropriate qualifications.