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Closing Date: January 6, 2022
This Research Opportunity will be filled depending on the availability of funds. All application materials must be submitted through USAJobs by 11:59 pm, US Eastern Standard Time, on the closing date.
All energy production affects both natural and human systems, with impacts that vary between energy resources, specific technologies used, and the locations of development and production facilities. Similar patterns are true for mineral resource development, and energy and mineral development are themselves intertwined. The USGS can improve its contributions to resource management by providing multi-resource analyses (MRA) to decision-makers. Broadly, MRAs integrate scientific information about energy, mineral, natural, and human resources on the landscape; use scenario analyses and models to forecast changes in the system from exogenous natural events and human actions; address the dynamic interconnected relationships among natural resources; and consider the economic and societal consequences of these changes (Diffendorfer et al., 2017, 2021; Haines et al., 2013, 2014; Jenni et al., 2018).
This Mendenhall research opportunity invites proposals on science related to the energy-mineral-environment-human nexus and integrated analyses of tradeoffs associated with resource development and use, with the goal of creating a suite of analytical products that can be used by land and resource managers for public resource decision-making. Proposals can focus on one or more of the following focus areas, or on other topics of interest to the applicant.
Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Research Advisor(s) early in the application process to discuss project ideas.
Jenni, K.E., et al., 2018, Multi-Resource Analysis—Methodology and synthesis, U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1442.
Haines, S.S., et al., 2013, A framework for quantitative assessment of impacts related to energy and mineral resource development, Natural Resources Research, v. 23.
Haines, S.S., et al, 2014, A framework for assessing water and proppant use and flowback water extraction associated with development of continuous petroleum resources, U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2014–3010.
Diffendorfer, J.E., et al, 2017, A method to assess the population-level consequences of wind energy facilities on bird and bat species, in “Wind Energy and Wildlife Interactions, Presentations from the CWW2015 Conference”, Springer.
Diffendorfer, J. E., et al., 2021, Demographic and potential biological removal models identify raptor species sensitive to current and future wind energy, Ecosphere 12:e03531.
Proposed Duty Station: Denver, Colorado or Reston, Virginia.
Areas of PhD: Economics, decision science, geology, geophysics, geography, landscape ecology, hydrology, or related fields (candidates holding a Ph.D. in other disciplines, but with extensive knowledge and skills relevant to the Research Opportunity may be considered).
Qualifications: Applicants must meet the qualifications for one of the following: Research Economist, Research Social Scientist, Research Physical Scientist, Research Geologist, Research Geophysicist, Research Ecologist, Research Geographer, Operations Research Analyst
(This type of research is performed by those who have backgrounds for the occupations stated above. However, other titles may be applicable depending on the applicant's background, education, and research proposal. The final classification of the position will be made by the Human Resources specialist.)
Human Resources Office Contact: Sinar Santillano Oliveros, 303-236-9585, email@example.com