Postdoc in Social-Ecological Dynamics of Coastal Systems, Florida State University

St. Teresa, FL

Position Title: Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Social-Ecological Dynamics of Coastal Systems

Organization: FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory

Position Overview:

Florida State University’s Coastal and Marine Laboratory (FSUCML) is seeking a postdoctoral scholar to conduct research on the social-ecological dynamics of coastal systems under the mentorship of Dr. Sarah Lester (Geography), Dr. Sandra Brooke (FSUCML), and Dr. Andrew Rassweiler (Biological Science). In particular, the postdoc will conduct research on the human dimensions of ecosystem services associated with the Apalachicola River and Bay ecosystems, as part of the Apalachicola Bay System Initiative (ABSI) [1]. The postdoc will have latitude to develop the research project in a direction aligned with their interests and expertise, but the broad goals of this position are to complement existing natural science research focused on understanding the functioning and restoration of the bay’s diverse habitats and to develop a more interdisciplinary understanding of ecosystem services (e.g., seafood provisioning, tourism, water purification, coastal protection, and biodiversity enhancement) in Apalachicola Bay. As one example, the postdoc’s research could focus on understanding the human value component of oyster reef ecosystem services in the Apalachicola Bay system, including the differences in value provided by wild oyster recovery versus oyster farming, by conducting community interviews and surveys and leveraging existing datasets.

This is a two year, full-time, fully funded position that includes health insurance and other benefits. There are also modest research and/or professional travel funds available. See FSU’s Office of Postdoctoral Affairs website for more information about postdoctoral scholar appointments and resources. 


The successful candidate should have earned their PhD by the start of the position in a relevant discipline (e.g., sociology, anthropology, geography, natural resource economics, marine science) and have interest and experience conducting interdisciplinary collaborative research. A strong publication record commensurate with the applicant’s career stage and experience with grant-writing are preferred.

Start Date: Fall 2021

Application Deadline: July 30, 2021

How to apply & application deadline: To view the full job description as well as how to apply, click here