Forests in the Earth System

University of Arizona/Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research/Institute of the Environment

The University of Arizona seeks to fill a faculty position in areas related to forests in the Earth System who will contribute to the vigorous interdisciplinary environmental programs on our campus. The successful candidate will likely be appointed at the Associate Professor level, although appointment at Assistant Professor may be possible for a more junior candidate with a very strong record of scholarly publication. We seek a quantitative scientist whose research addresses the interactions of climate, wildfire, forest growth and carbon dynamics, or a subset of these topics. The successful candidate will bring strong modeling and spatiotemporal analysis skills to complement existing strengths at UA in fire sciences, dendrochronology, paleoclimatology, the carbon cycle, remote sensing and tree and forest growth. They will demonstrate a record of exceptional research that complements and advances UA’s strengths in environmental change science. We are especially interested in individuals whose research utilizes dendrochronology in novel and effective combination with other tools and methods to address basic or applied questions on these topics, particularly the scaling of understanding from landscape to global spatial scales.

The University of Arizona is home to one of the largest and broadest concentrations of earth system research and education in the US, with world-class programs in fields including hydrology, paleoclimatology, ecosystem science, earth sciences, arid lands, environmental engineering and climate applications. This position is part of a new Environmental Initiative ( that will bring more than 15 new faculty to the UA campus in the next 1-2 years. This new faculty member will be based in the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research ( within the new School of Earth and Environmental Sciences ( with potential joint appointments in affiliated departments throughout campus.

Candidates should submit curriculum vitae, list of publications, statements of research and teaching interests, and contact information for three referees, following the instructions at for job # 44727. A Ph.D. in an appropriate field of environmental science is required. Other questions may be directed to Dr. Connie Woodhouse, Chair of the Search Committee (conniew1(at) As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, the University of Arizona recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds M/W/D/V. The position will remain open until filled, but review of applications (and requests for letters of reference) will begin March 10, 2010, with interviews anticipated before May.

Detail from a 3D rendering of one proposed conceptual design for the new Tree-Ring Lab building
One conceptual design of a new home for the Tree-Ring Lab, the Bryant Bannister Tree-Ring Building.