Job Posting: Quantitative Biologist, USGS Leetown Science Center

The U.S. Geological Survey Leetown Science Center is seeking applicants for

a quantitative biologist to work with a research team on adaptive

management and species assessment projects. One project will be in

collaboration with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC)

to update the adaptive resource management (ARM) framework for harvest

management of horseshoe crabs while recovering red knot, a federally

threatened species. Updating the ARM framework will focus on 1)

incorporating a catch survey model for estimation and projection of

horseshoe crab abundance into the decision model and 2) converting the

optimization software from ASDP code into MDPsolve, a MATLAB program. The

other project will be in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife

Service (USFWS) to develop models and analyses to estimate species current

condition and forecast future condition for endangered species

determinations. The species to be assessed will be identified in

consultation with USFWS.

Qualifications include an MS in biology (or similar field), strong

quantitative skills, broad ecological modeling experience, solid

programming experience, and excellent oral and written communication

skills.  Background in assessment of imperiled and at-risk species, GIS

experience, and a demonstrated record of scientific productivity are


To express interest in this position, please send a cover letter and CV to

Dave Smith or Dan Fitzgerald