Postdoctoral Fellow - Large-scale control of invasive predators
The University of Canterbury

The Geospatial Research Institute

Closing date: 7th October 2016

The Geospatial Research Institute, in partnership with Te Punaha Matatini, seeks a postdoctoral research fellow to work on socio-ecological models of large-scale predator control. The New Zealand government recently announced the ambitious goal of completely eradicating exotic predators by 2050. To achieve this goal will require a massive coordinated effort across the country's publicly and privately owned land areas. Key stakeholders in this effort include the Department of Conservation, regional councils, NGOs and private landowners. The current 'Cape-to-City' (C2C) predator control programme in Hawkes Bay and its potential extension across four regions in the lower North Island are the first steps towards predator-free New Zealand.

The aim of this research project is to use socio-ecological models to assess the feasibility of scaling-up predator control outside traditional conservation areas and to inform decisions about resource allocation. These models will be combine ecological population dynamics models with geospatial information on land ownership and data on landowner attitudes to participation in pest control programmes.

As the successful candidate, you will be based in the Geospatial Research Institute at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, and will also be part of Te Punaha Matatini via its early career researcher network. You He/she will have a PhD in mathematics, statistics or related subject, as well as advanced skills in Geospatial Sciences, excellent communication skills and experience in collaborating with researchers from different disciplines. A formal background in biology or sociology is not necessary, but an interest in these subjects is essential.

The Geospatial Research Institute Toi Hangarau, is a broadly-conceived research institute at the University of Canterbury that conducts innovative research across the geospatial research spectrum. Our mission is to provide a national centre of gravity for geospatial research, to provide the underpinning research that enables New Zealand to more fully realize the benefits of spatial information technology

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