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Forest Ecologist - Biodiversity Monitoring and Assessment

Reference     (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors   Terrestrial / Aquatic Ecology & Conservation
Location   England (South East) - UK
Type   Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status   Full Time
Level   Mid Level
Deadline   11/08/2024
Company Name   Forestry Commission
Contact Name   HR
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Want to work at the cutting edge of environmental science research?  Passionate about making a difference and playing your part in tackling the climate and nature crises? Forest Research (FR) is a leading UK scientific research organisation that provides impactful scientific data, evidence and advice to policymakers and practitioners. Internationally recognised, we want to work with people who have the skills and passion to deliver impactful science which informs practical solutions across the sector.

We’re small enough that your voice is heard, yet large enough, as part of the Forestry Commission, that we have everything on hand to get the job done, as well as a variety of career pathways.  Our staff are dedicated to their work and sharing it with others to bring positive change for our natural environment.  With locations across the UK, you will find us a flexible and inclusive employer who promotes agile working to help you manage your work life balance. If you want to be a part of a growing organisation that makes a difference, find out more at Homepage - Forest Research

A forest ecology position is available to support research focussed on implementing and improving new methods in forest biodiversity monitoring and assessment, including novel technologies such as DNA metabarcoding and bioacoustics.

The research has a strong focus on incorporating measures of woodland ecological condition into natural capital ecosystem accounting within the DEFRA-funded Natural Capital Ecosystem Assessment (NCEA) Project. National Forest Inventory (NFI) sample squares are used as the platform for new empirical biodiversity data collection. Collaborating agencies in the NCEA Programme include Natural England, Royal Botanical Gardens Kew, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), the Bat Conservation Trust among others.

The post-holder will be a member of the Land use and Ecosystem Services Research Group within the Centre for Forest Management. The Centre leads FR's research into climate change, urban forests, silviculture, land use and ecosystem services, and the ways in which society values trees.

The forest ecology team the post-holder will be joining, is at the forefront in the forestry sector of applying molecular tools (DNA metabarcoding) as a direct measure of biodiversity. Forest diversification and tree functional trait effects on biodiversity and forest resilience are other key specialist research topic strengths. The team has strong national and international links, publishing widely in peer-reviewed, applied and trade journals.


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