Assistant Professor of Wetland Ecology

University of California Davis
Davis, California
Closing date
Dec 23, 2022

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Aquatic ecology
Job Type
Faculty, Assistant Professor
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Assistant Professor of Wetland Ecology

As part of UC Davis' commitment to hire leading research faculty with an outstanding commitment to teaching, research and service that will promote the success of historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities and address the needs of our increasingly diverse state and student population, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, at the University of California Davis announces an Assistant Professor faculty position (9-month) in the Department of Wildlife, Fish & Conservation Biology. Applications are encouraged from candidates with a strong background in any current or emerging area that will fit within our department's disciplinary focus in biology, ecology, and conservation science of all wildlife and fish species, and to resolution of human-wildlife conflicts.

As one of the country's leading R1 institutions, UC Davis seeks candidates with exceptional potential for research, teaching, and inclusive excellence. In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the barriers preventing full participation of members from historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities in higher education, such as (but not limited to) women, underrepresented minorities, individuals self-identifying as LGBTQIA+, veterans, individuals with disabilities, economically disadvantaged groups, first-generation, undocumented students, or students with any intersections in between. Successful candidates will help advance UC Davis' strategic goal of improving access and building an inclusive community for all marginalized populations. The successful candidate also will have an accomplished track record (calibrated to career stage) of teaching, research, or service activities addressing the needs of underrepresented minorities, and a clearly articulated vision of how their work at UC Davis will continue to contribute to the University's mission of serving the needs of our diverse state and student population. Applicants' track record of engagement and activity related to diversity, equal opportunity, and inclusion as well as their plans for future engagement will be a significant part of the overall evaluation of the candidate's qualifications for a faculty appointment.

This is an academic year (9-month), Assistant Professor tenure-track position with teaching, research, outreach/engagement and service responsibilities and includes the expectation that the appointee will conduct mission-oriented research and outreach/engagement of relevance to the California Agricultural Experiment Station (

The Department of Wildlife, Fish & Conservation Biology seeks applicants that focus on ecology and conservation of freshwater and/or estuarine wetland ecosystems. The vast majority of native aquatic species in California are declining, and most of these fragile taxa are dependent on wetlands as essential habitat. This position will focus on understanding ecosystem processes of freshwater and/or estuarine wetlands, in relation to the ecology and conservation of wetland-dependent wildlife. Research could center on habitat needs for any wetland-dependent taxa (e.g., waterbirds, fishes, herpetofauna, mammals, others) and their food webs, as well as related topics such as restoration and enhancement of wetlands, recovering endangered species, and reducing impacts of invasive species. This requires understanding inter-relationships of physical, chemical, and biological processes in human-dominated ecosystems, working with faculty teams from diverse disciplines such as ecology, hydrologic sciences, toxicology, engineering, and environmental policy. Research is expected to focus on California, especially Central Valley wetlands and associated freshwater and/or estuarine ecosystems. Increasing water demand, drought, and climate change are stressing California aquatic ecosystems as never before. Tenure-track faculty in the department typically teach 2.5 courses per academic year. The appointee will teach one large course per year, including a new course in “wetland ecology”, and another specialty course in the candidate's area of expertise, potentially including “reconciliation ecology” and/or “restoration ecology”. They could also contribute to existing curriculum needs in WFC10 (Wildlife Ecology and Conservation), WFC50 (Natural History of California's Wild Vertebrates), and WFC100 (Field Methods in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology), WFC101 (Field Research in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology) or WFC102 (Field Studies in Fish Biology). Mentoring graduate students and mentoring/advising undergraduates is also expected. Finally, this position fits well with emerging core themes and efforts on campus more broadly, including the World Water Initiative, and OneClimate 'Big Ideas'. Participation in and development of outreach/engagement programs, and performance of departmental and university service is expected. This position is expected to collaborate with extension educators and partners in allied industries.

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment, UC Davis conducts a reference check on all first-choice candidates for Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law positions. The reference check involves contacting the administration of the applicant's previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University's Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UC Davis requires all applicants for any open search for assistant professor to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If an applicant does not include the signed authorization with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete, and as with any incomplete application, will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists considered for Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law positions will be subject to reference checks.

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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