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CTFS-ForestGEO seeks an outstanding candidate for a postdoctoral scientist position in the global tropical forests program. The project aims to develop a quantitative understanding of the influence of soil nutrient availability on the structure and function of lowland tropical forests. The candidate will use the extensive data on large forest census plots in Asia, Africa, and the Americas to link soil nutrients to the biomass, productivity, and diversity of lowland tropical forests – information that will provide information central to the representation of tropical forests in global vegetation models. The project requires expertise in geostatistics, including the ability to handle large datasets in R software, and will involve fieldwork in large CTFS-ForestGEO forest census plots.

Applications should include a brief statement of research interests, a curriculum vitae, and the names of three references. Submit applications by e-mail to: Delaney Rakosnik, ForestGEO-CTFS Program Assistant ( The position can be based in Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, or at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. 

This announcement will stay open until the position is filled. Questions can be addressed to Stuart Davies, ForestGEO-CTFS Director ( or Ben Turner, STRI Staff Scientist (


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