Assistant Professor, Quantitative Ecology / Ecosystem Modeling

Florida Gulf Coast University
Fort Myers, Florida
Closing date
Dec 25, 2023

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Faculty, Assistant Professor
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Assistant Professor, Quantitative Ecology / Ecosystem Modeling

Job Summary
The Water School at FGCU is seeking candidates for Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Environmental Studies. The Water School ( is an interdisciplinary enterprise that brings together faculty from five colleges and schools representing 15 departments to focus on the environmental, economic, and human dimensions of coastal resilience, ecosystem integrity, health and wellbeing, and restoration and remediation. Because of its interdisciplinary structure and its connections with other colleges across campus, The Water School presents a good opportunity for professional couples looking for a new academic home.

The Water School encourages nominations for and applications from qualified individuals with research and teaching interests in quantitative ecology, qualitative ecological assessment, ecosystem modeling, natural systems assessment, and similar quantitative and qualitative methods. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses and will have the opportunity to develop new courses, build a productive program of research that involves students, participate on university committees, and perform other duties as assigned. They will conduct scholarship that applies quantitative and/or qualitative methods to address pressing conservation or freshwater aquatic system protection issues regionally in Southwest Florida and nationally and/or internationally, such as modeling of ecosystems or natural systems; analysis of 'big data' to identify trends and assess potential mitigation measures; analyze land use changes to assess habitat loss and other threats to ecosystems; develop novel analytic, modeling, or assessment techniques as applied to real-world systems; and assess other threats to natural systems.
They will be expected to collaborate with faculty members within The Water School and will have the opportunity to work with natural resource managers and decision-makers, community stakeholders, and restoration practitioners to advance recommendations for conservation policy and initiatives including restoration.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a strong research program, disseminating their findings to the region and the academic community as appropriate, and to acquire external support for their research.

Florida Gulf Coast University is a comprehensive university dedicated to quality education, research, and service. All faculty are expected to: be excellent teachers, responsive to changing professional needs; be committed to innovative delivery of instruction resulting in improved student learning; be committed to effective use of technology including distance learning; produce peer reviewed scholarship; and provide service to the College, University and Community. Teaching assignments may be on the main campus or at off-campus sites within our region. Primary teaching responsibilities will be on the main campus and at The Water School's Kapnick Center located on the campus of the Naples Botanical Garden (

With an enrollment of nearly 16,000 students, FGCU has a main campus of 800 acres with LEED-certified buildings and 400 acres of protected habitat. The university's award-winning initiatives in education, energy production, research, and sustainable practices make us one of the nation's greenest campuses.
FGCU is located in beautiful Southwest Florida, known for its beaches, resorts, nature preserves, and outdoor recreation. Located between the cities of Fort Myers and Naples, FGCU is just two hours by car from the major cities of St.
Petersburg, Tampa, and Miami, and 15 minutes from the Southwest Florida International Airport. The region is surrounded by water—important estuaries to the north, Lake Okeechobee to the east, the Florida Everglades and Florida Bay to the south, and the Gulf of Mexico to the west—providing an unparalleled setting to study all facets of water and environmental issues.

FGCU launched The Water School on World Water Day in 2019, sending a message that the University and the State of Florida were making a significant investment in water and the environment in Southwest Florida. By bringing together faculty and staff from across the university, The Water School is addressing pressing issues of regional concern by developing sustainable solutions to ensure that future generations inherit a Southwest Florida that is full of opportunity and is renowned for its quality of life.

FGCU is a member of the State University System of Florida and an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity and Access Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, disability, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, genetic predisposition, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender expression, veteran status, and any other protected class(es), as required by applicable state and federal law, as well as University regulations and policies.

Job Description

Typical duties may include but are not limited to:

• Develop and teach assigned courses: prepare syllabi and instruction materials, coordinate lectures, evaluate students and maintain highest possible standards of classroom instruction.
• Develop and maintain an independent and productive research program that also involves students.
• Mentor students, as appropriate, in research.
• Actively work with local communities, as appropriate, to engage them in issues related to conservation ecology.
• Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Additional Job Description

Required Qualifications

• Ph.D. in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Natural Resources, or related discipline from a regionally accredited institution or equivalent accreditation.
• ABD considered if degree is conferred by August 7, 2024. If successful candidate is ABD, appointment will be made at a Lecturer level on a fixed contract pending conferral of doctoral degree.
• Demonstrated experience or potential interest in teaching across the undergraduate and graduate curriculum of programs in The Water School.
• Evidence of scholarly expertise related to quantitative ecology, ecosystem modeling, or related quantitative assessment with a potential for research publications in scholarly journals.

Preferred Qualifications

• Teaching, research, and scholarly interests that align with the programs and mission of The Water School.
• Teaching experience as instructor of record and post-doctoral experience.
• Interdisciplinary teaching and research perspective with well-established research agenda and productivity in quantitative ecology, quantitative assessment of watersheds or other environmental systems, ecosystem modeling, or related field.
• Field experience in population ecology of animals; measurement and acquisition of data on environmental systems use of databases on environmental systems for analysis; or similar.
• Indigenous approaches to natural resource conservation.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

• Knowledge of the use of various and innovative teaching approaches to engage students and ensure student learning.
• Demonstrated development and use of skills appropriate to the discipline.
• Ability to conduct independent research and involve undergraduate and graduate students in research; ability to mentor student research with their learning and training in mind.
• Ability to thrive in an interdisciplinary team with various colleagues and stakeholders.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Appointment will be made on a 9-month multi-year appointment basis available August 2024. Because applications and materials are subject to public review and retention under Florida's Public Records Law, please DO NOT send examples of your project/scholarship unless requested to do so. Therefore, all submitted materials including articles, disks, slides, books, etc., become the property of

FGCU and CANNOT BE RETURNED. As applicable, finalists will be notified of the need to submit specific additional materials. Such materials will become the property of FGCU.

Under Florida's Public Records law, applications will be available for public review upon request.

Required Application Materials:

• Unofficial Transcripts
• Statement of Teaching Philosophy
• Curriculum Vitae
• Cover Letter
• Statement of Research Interests
• Five (5) Professional References

The position is listed as “open until filled”, however applications received by November 17, 2023 will receive priority consideration.

Salary commensurate with education and experience

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