University of California, Los Angeles

Postdoc in forest ecology, remote sensing, and modeling

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

The Ordway lab in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is seeking highly motivated postdoctoral researchers to join the Forest Ecosystems & Global Change group. We use remote sensing, field observations, and models to understand patterns and processes of forest ecosystem structure and function and the responses of these systems to land use and climate change. We also emphasize research tropics that engage directly with food security and conservation research and efforts in forested landscapes.

Multiple research topics are available:

1. Currently, the Ordway lab has funding to support one postdoctoral researcher on tropical forest ecology and remote sensing research. We are particularly interested in researchers with experience working with imaging spectroscopy (hyperspectral) and LiDAR remote sensing data. The initial appointment is for 1 year and can be extended for, at least, an additional 1-2 years given satisfactory progress. The researcher will be a part of an international collaborative team working on a project funded by a new NASA Biodiversity grant.

2. Applicants interested in pursuing research using the NEON Airborne Observation Platform (or similar) data, leveraging Smithsonian ForestGEO and other plot network datasets in combination with remote sensing data, and/or integrating remote sensing data with the Ecosystem Demography model in forest ecosystems are encouraged to apply.

3. Applicants interested in submitting postdoctoral fellowship applications in the coming year are encouraged to reach out (e.g., NatureNet, NOAA, NSF, Smith, UC President’s).

The lab ( is located in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCLA ( The position can begin as early as fall 2021, but we are willing to consider applicants that cannot start until winter or spring 2022.

If you are interested, please contact Dr. Elsa Ordway ( with a brief (1-2 paragraphs) statement of your research interests and background, a CV, and the names of and contact information for 3 potential references. Applications will be evaluated starting March 31st, until positions are filled. Candidates from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

UCLA is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its staff. It welcomes applications from women, members of minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities, as well as from others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research, teaching, and clinical missions. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

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Last updated: 2021-04-14