Postdoctoral Position. Department of Geography, Rutgers University

Web Site: Closing Date for Application: June 1, 2008.

Methods to Foster Community Participation in Marine Resource Science and Management

The Department of Geography seeks to appoint a postdoctoral research fellow for a fixed period of one year beginning September 2008. The appointee will take the lead on a project designed to make available, via a dedicated website, information related to Northeast U.S. coastal communities’ use of the marine environment. GIS and community generated maps, interview narratives, and analytical reports will make up the content for the website. Such information is increasingly important to both coastal communities and marine resource managers interested to foster greater community participation in marine science and management.

The ideal appointee should have a strong interest in participatory forms of resource management, political ecology, and community-based approaches. In addition, the ideal appointee should have, or be interested to develop, technical skills related to GIS database development and web-based delivery of GIS generated maps. Key tasks in the project include the transcription and coding of interviews, digitizing hand drawn maps, GIS analysis, integrating interview excerpts and maps into on-line stories and reports, archiving and database management, and hosting a community-based workshop where website design and content will be reviewed and the project assessed.

Inquires are welcome. Also, to apply, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three people willing to write letters of recommendation upon request to:

Kevin St. Martin; Rutgers University, Department of Geography, 54 Joyce Kilmer Drive, Piscataway NJ 08854-8045. Email: