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Environmental Research Specialist (vulnerability to ocean acidification), University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa

The research specialist will join an interdisciplinary team of ecological modelers, oceanographers, social scientists, and economists on a NOAA Ocean Acidification Program-funded project assessing vulnerability of Hawaiʻi’s people to future ocean acidification impacts.

Main duties are to (1) translate outputs of an ecological model into outcomes for people using ecosystem service models and valuation, with a focus on recreation, tourism, coastal protection, and reef fisheries; and (2) adapt social vulnerability frameworks from the literature to Hawaii, and use existing datasets to illustrate social vulnerability to change in coral reef ecosystem services.

The research specialist will have ample opportunity for professional development, including attending AGU annually, and communicating with a multi-agency project advisory board.

  • Job Type: Staff
  • Application deadline: 10/25/2022
  • Organization: Oleson Ecological Economics Lab, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management, University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa
  • Qualifications: Minimum qualifications: (i) Masters in relevant degree (PhD preferred); (ii) 1-3 years experience in quantitative modeling of social-ecological systems (coral reefs preferred); (iii) knowledge of ecosystem service modeling and valuation methods (experience applying valuation methods preferred); (iv) excellent professional skills.
  • How to apply: For full job description and to apply, please go to, click on Job Postings, search for job #222690
  • Location: Honolulu, HI
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Kirsten Oleson
Oleson Ecological Economics Lab

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