• Dartmouth, NH
  • Region: Northeast: NY, New England states

Website Dartmouth College


Hanover, NH
Open Date:
Feb 7, 2024

The Ong Agroecology Lab in the Department of Environmental Studies (ENVS) at Dartmouth College invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher specializing in spatial ecology and theory of agroecosystems. The Ong Agroecology lab studies agroecosystems as complex systems, applying techniques from theoretical ecology and complex systems to understand and motivate transitions to sustainable food systems. 

This position is part of a USDA-funded project focusing on promoting climate-smart and sustainable agriculture in New England through regionally adapted agroforestry systems (Project “ADAPT”). The ADAPT project integrates research, education, and extension to (i) develop and test three agroforestry systems (silvopasture, polycultures (i.e. mulitstrata pererennial systems or food forests), forest farming), (ii) promote agroforestry training and outreach programs for landowners, professionals, and other interested communities through university extension, and (iii) build knowledge and skills around agroforestry as a climate smart solution for expanding food production through diverse educational opportunities. Project collaborators include researchers and extension staff from three universities (Dartmouth, University of New Hampshire, Yale University), partners from numerous institutions and organizations engaged in agroforestry-related activities (e.g., USDA National Agroforestry Center, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station & Climate Hub, The Nature Conservancy, Whole Systems Design Collective, MidCoast Permaculture Design, ReTreeUS, Interlace Commons, Food Solutions New England) and individual collaborators throughout the region. Project results will contribute to developing climate-smart agriculture and forestry in New England through (i) mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, (ii) fostering market opportunities, and (ii) enhancing climate adaptation and resilience. 

We seek a highly motivated individual to develop and analyze mechanistic models of agroforestry transitions in the Northeast that optimize climate and socio-ecological benefits, while also considering potential tradeoffs by incorporating perspectives from diverse stakeholder and rightsholders groups. The person in this position will help integrate socio-ecological data collected across New England in agroforestry transition sites hosted at Dartmouth, partner institutions (University of New Hampshire and Yale University), and practitioner locations. The postdoctoral researcher will participate as part of a large interdisciplinary team of scientists and graduate students and will have substantial flexibility to develop their specific research focus within the context of the project team’s expertise and the needs of the larger project. However, there is an expectation that the person in this position will develop mathematical and spatial models of agroforestry transitions in New England that integrates knowledge across several relevant fields (e.g., ecology, soil science, hydrology, social sciences, economics) to address complex research questions related to designing sustainable and climate-smart temperate agroforestry systems. 

This position is funded for 2 years with a flexible start date, ideally between April 15 and September 1, 2024. This is a full-time, non-remote, in-residence position. The postdoctoral researcher will be primarily advised and hosted in the Ong Agroecology Lab. They will also be part of the Ecology, Evolution, Environment & Society (EEES) Program, a highly interactive and vibrant interdisciplinary community of over 100 faculty, graduate students, and post-docs. The EEES Program is committed to antiracism, equity, and inclusion, and resolves to create programs, measures, and systems of accountability that ensure trainee success. Applicants who self-identify as individuals from groups historically excluded from ecology and/or persons excluded because of their ethnicity or race (PEERs) are particularly encouraged to apply. 

Dartmouth is a research-intensive Ivy League university with graduate programs in the sciences, engineering, medicine, and business. Postdoctoral scholars are supported by the Guarini School for Graduate and Advanced Studies, including their diversity and inclusion initiatives. Dartmouth as a whole, and the ENVS department, are committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive population of students, faculty, and staff. We are especially interested in applicants who are able to work effectively with students, faculty, and staff from all backgrounds and with different identities and attributes. In addition, we value applicants who have a demonstrated ability to contribute to Dartmouth’s diversity initiatives in STEM research, such as the Women in Science Program, E. E. Just STEM Scholars Program, and Academic Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (ASURE). Applicants are encouraged to state in their cover letter how their teaching, research, service, and/or life experiences prepare them to advance Dartmouth’s commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 


  • PhD in complex systems, landscape ecology, mathematical biology, computational biology, agroecology, agroforestry, environmental science/studies, or a closely related field at the time of starting the position.
  • Strong programming experience in Mathematica, R (preferred but other similar language acceptable) and commitment to open data.
  • Expertise and experience in GIS
  • Strong track record of relevant publications in peer reviewed journals.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong analytical skills, including knowledge of complex systems, theoretical ecology, spatial ecology, statistical packages and analyses.
  • Ability to interact and communicate effectively with people from a wide range of backgrounds, disciplines, organizational affiliations, and levels of expertise and knowledge.
  • Ability to work well independently with minimal supervision, including strong problem solving and creating thinking skills.
  • Ability to work well as a member of a large, transdisciplinary team.
  • Ability and desire to travel to partner sites and participate/lead community building activities.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Specialization in theory of complex systems including agroecosystems or landscape ecology.
  • Record of mentorship and experience broadening participation for historically excluded communities

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Develop and analyze spatial models of agroforestry transitions to project future landscape scenarios that optimize socio-ecological benefits and consider variance in valuation according to diverse stakeholder and rightsholders perspectives.
  • Participate in ADAPT cohort activities, including interactions with postdocs, graduate students, undergraduates, PIs, farmers, and other project team members across all partner institutions.
  • Give guest lectures in agroecology/agroforestry/modeling courses as appropriate in an area related to theory/complex systems/GIS.
  • Publish results in peer-reviewed journal articles and present data at conferences.
  • Mentor undergraduate and graduate students in scientific methods and career development.
  • Contribute to the cultivation of an equitable, inclusive, and antiracist lab group.

Application Instructions: 

Please submit the following materials electronically via Interfolio:

  1. Cover letter, including contact information for three reference letters;
  2. CV;

Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2024 ; applications submitted after this date will be reviewed until the position is filled. Recommendations letters will be requested for finalists only. For questions about the position, please contact Dr. Theresa W. Ong (View email address on diversityinresearch.careers) with “ADAPT agroforestry modeling postdoc” in the subject line. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement: 

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other category protected by applicable law, in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, employment, or other school administered programs. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged. 

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