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USGS Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program


Overview: Currently a single Research Opportunity (S3) is being advertised (position to be filled depending on the availability of funds).  The Research Opportunity number and title, proposed duty station, and Research Advisors are listed below, along with links to a detailed description, the required qualifications, and the Human Resources Office contact. 

Role of Research Advisors:. Research Advisors are appointed to direct project work. The Advisors are USGS scientists with whom the Mendenhall Fellows would work most closely. They will also be involved with reviewing application packages and interviewing candidates. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Research Advisor(s) for further information regarding the Research Opportunities and are strongly urged to coordinate the development of their research proposals with the Research Advisor(s). One of the first steps in the preparation of an application package is establishing contact with the Research Advisor(s).

Role of Human Resources Office Contacts: The Human Resources Office will receive application materials, review the backgrounds of the final candidates to make sure they are qualified for the opportunities, forward them to the Research Advisors and hiring official for consideration, and make the official job offers. The Human Resources Office is also available to provide information regarding the recruitment process and the status of applications.

Job Qualifications: Office of Personnel Management descriptions. of the backgrounds required to perform the types of research listed in these opportunities. Other titles may be applicable depending on the applicant's background, education, and research proposal. The final classification of the positions will be made by the Human Resources specialists in charge.

Last modified: Tuesday, 04-Mar-2014 09:25:39 EST
Mendenhall - Research Opportunity
RO # Research Opportunity Title Prposed Duty Station Research Advisor(s) Apply
S3 Forecasting the effects of sea-level rise on piping plover habitat and utilization

Blacksburg, VA; Woods Hole, MA

Rob Thieler, Nathaniel Plant, and Sarah Karpanty Apply Here


Mendenhall Round 14 - Research Opportunities
RO # Research Opportunity Title Prposed Duty Station Research Advisor(s)
14-1 Integrated Modeling of Scenarios of Land Use and Ecosystem Carbon in Ecoregions of the United States

Menlo Park, CA;
Sioux Falls, .

Thomas Loveland, Benjamin Sleeter, and Bradley Reed
14-2 Standardized Mapping of Global Terrestrial Ecosystems and Ecosystems Services Reston, VA Roger Sayre
14-3 Go with the flow: linking geophysical constraints on alteration and water in volcanoes to numerical models of slope stability and hydrologic processes Menlo Park, CA; Denver, CO Shaul Hurwitz, Mark Reid, Josh Taron, Paul Bedrosian and Carol Finn
14-4 Testing and improving nutrient source and process models in aquatic systems using multi-isotope techniques Menlo Park, CA Carol Kendall, Megan Young, and Richard Alexander
14-5 Application of Remotely Sensed Data for Improved Simulation of Hydrologic Processes Lakewood, CO; Boulder, CO Lauren Hay, Steven Markstrom, Steven Regan, Roland Viger, Jesslyn Brown, Gabriel Senay, Terry Sohl, Bruce Wylie, Todd Hawbaker, Nate Booth, David Blodgett, and Mary Hill
14-6 Biogeochemical Cycling and Transport of Carbon in Fluvial Aquatic Ecosystems Boulder, CO Kimberly Wickland, Edward Stets, Robert Striegl, and George R. Aiken
14-7 Combining Water-Balance and Remotely Sensed ET Estimation Methods Reston, VA;
Sioux Falls, SD
Ward Sanford and Gabriel Senay
14-8 Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing produced water on microbial communities and water quality in near-surface environments Reston, VA Isabelle Cozzarelli and Denise Akob
14-9 From Local to Landscape:  Harmonics and Synthesis of Phenology and Climate Data Across Spatial and Temporal Scales Tucson, AZ;
Flagstaff, AZ;
Sioux Falls, SD
Cynthia Wallace, Jake Weltzin, Joel Sankey, and Jesslyn Brown
14-10 The Fate of Volcanic Ash in the Atmosphere: Eruption, Transport, and Removal Processes Vancouver, WA Larry Mastin, James Vallance, Kristi Wallace, and David Schneider
14-11 Dating the archives of explosive volcanism and climate change in Alaska using combined U-Th and (U-Th)/He geochronology Menlo Park, CA Jorge Vazquez, Michelle Coombs, Kristi Wallace, Matt Coble (Stanford U), and Marty Grove (Stanford U)
14-12 Constructing a late Quaternary tephrostratigraphy across southern Alaska -- Elucidating eruptive histories, assessing tephra-fall hazards, and linking marine and lacustrine records of climate variability Anchorage, AK Christopher Waythomas, Darrell Kaufman (Northern Arizona U), Kristi Wallace, and Jason Addison
14-13 Understanding mechanical processes driving volcano deformation through geodetic measurements, seismic tomography and numerical modeling Vancouver, WA; Anchorage, AK Zhong Lu, Kurt Feigl (U Wisconsin), Timothy Masterlark (South Dakota School of Mines and Technology), and Stephanie Prejean
14-14 Investigation of the Variation of Structural Modal Properties with Vibration Amplitude – Utilizing recorded data from monitored buildings Menlo Park, CA; Pasadena, CA Mehmet Çelebi and Ertugrul Taciroglu (U California, Los Angeles)
14-15 Landscape Response to Climate and Active Tectonics in the Pacific Northwest Seattle, WA Brian Sherrod, Richard Blakely, Harvey Kelsey (Humboldt State U), Shannon Mahan, James O'Connor, Jeff Unruh (Lettis Consultants International), Craig Weaver, and Ray Wells
14-16 Multispectral-Mobile LiDAR and Server-Side Solutions for Hazards Research and Rapid Response Menlo Park, CA Ben Brooks, Carol Prentice, Steve DeLong, Ken Hudnut, Nancy Glenn (Boise State U), Craig Glennie (U Houston), David Finnegan (US Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab)
14-17 Development and assessment of new methodologies for better estimating fault slip rates from space geodetic data Menlo Park, CA Wayne Thatcher, Jessica Murray, Fred Pollitz, Carol Prentice and Kate Scharer 
14-18 The mechanical role of pore fluids in seismicity, earthquake source physics, and faulting Menlo Park, CA Nick Beeler, Bill Ellsworth, David Lockner, David Shelly, and Steve Hickman
14-19 Integrated Analysis of the Stratigraphic and Sedimentologic Record of the Origin and Evolution of the lower Colorado River Flagstaff, AZ P. Kyle House, L. Sue Beard, Kris McDougall-Reid, and Keith A. Howard
14-20 Modeling Coastal Response to Climate Change Santa Cruz, CA Patrick Barnard, Li Erikson, Cheryl Hapke, Nathaniel Plant, Peter Ruggiero (Oregon State U), Reinhard Flick (Scripps Institution of Oceanography), and Chip Fletcher (U Hawaii)
14-21 Effects of Global Climate Change on Emerging Infectious Diseases of Fish Seattle, WA; Nordland, WA James Winton, Maureen Purcell, John Hansen, Gael Kurath, Diane Elliot, and Paul Hershberger
14-22 Integrating habitat modeling and landscape genetics to understand impacts of climate change and energy development on species persistence and diversity in the desert southwest San Diego, CA;
Las Vegas, NV
Amy Vandergast, Kenneth Nussear, and Todd Esque
14-23 Synthesis and Projection of Climate Change Impacts on Biological Nitrogen Fixation, and Feedbacks to Forest Productivity and Carbon Storage Corvallis, OR Steven Perakis, David Myrold (Oregon State U), and Dominique Bachelet (Conservation Biology Institute)
14-24 Backcasting the effects of climate change on native salmonids: Are forecasting models accurately representing what we know has already happened Bozeman, MT;
West Glacier, MT
Jeffrey Kershner, Clint Muhlfeld, Robert Al-Chokhachy, Steve Hostetler, and Greg Pederson
14-25 Montane ecosystems in flux with contemporary climate changes: using integrated analyses to illuminate distributional patterns, vulnerability, mechanisms of change, and conservation opportunities Bozeman, MT Erik Beever, Greg Pederson, Thomas Millette (Mt. Holyoke College), and Solomon Dobrowski (U Montana)
14-26 New insights into the genesis and environmental impact of ore deposits from “heavy” metal stable isotopes Denver, CO Aaron Pietruszka, Rich Wanty, Philip Verplanck, and Ian Ridley
14-27 Integrating Earthquake Ground Failure into Real-time Hazard and Loss Assessment Golden, CO David Wald, Keith Knudsen, Jonathan Godt, Eric Thompson (Tufts U), and Randall Jibson
14-28 Weathering the storm: The ground-level response to geomagnetic disturbance - GICs and critical infrastructure Golden, CO Jeffrey Love, Paul Bedrosian, Jennifer Gannon, and Andrei Swidinsky (Colorado School of Mines)
14-29 High-resolution modeling of runoff and sediment transport in recently burned steeplands Golden, CO Jason Kean, Dennis Staley, and Susan Cannon
14-30 Operational Earthquake Forecasting Golden, CO;
Menlo Park, CA;
Pasadena, CA
Edward Field, Morgan Page, Karen Felzer, Andrew Michael, and Lucile Jones
14-31 Improving Earthquake Location Procedures Using Calibration Events and Signal Processing:  Significantly Advancing our Understanding of Earthquake Sequences and Seismotectonics Golden, CO Harley Benz, Paul Earle, Gavin Hayes, Daniel McNamara, Steve Myers (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory), Rick Aster (Colorado Atate U), and Keith Koper (U Utah)
14-32 Controls on Intraplate Earthquakes in the Central and Eastern U.S. (CEUS) Golden, CO Rob Williams, Rich Briggs, and Ryan Gold
14-33 Reconstructing River Flow and Climate Using Stable Isotope Ratios in Riparian Trees Denver, CO;
Fort Collins, CO
Jonathan Friedman, Craig Stricker, James Paces, David Meko (U Arizona), and Eleanor Griffin
14-34 Climate change, land-use change, and species of conservation concern: application of novel genomic tools to understand species vulnerability and biological responses Fort Collins, CO Sara Oyler-McCance and Cameron Aldridge (Colorado State U)
14-35 Quantifying impacts of land-use and climate changes on migratory tree bats affected by wind turbines in North America Fort Collins, CO Paul Cryan, Catherine Jarnevich, William Gasgoigne, Ernie Valdez, and Mike Wunder (U Colorado Denver)
14-36 A broad-spectrum in vitro assay for the detection and characterization of prion diseases Madison, WI Christopher Johnson, Dennis Heisey, and Luisa Gregori (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)
14-37 Application of organic geochemical proxies to characterize modern- and paleo-storm deposits St. Petersburg, FL Christopher Smith, Thomas Cronin, Julie Richey, and Lisa Osterman
14-38 Exploring Holocene coral reef accretion rates in the Florida Keys: what drives biogenic calcification and erosion in an ever-changing ocean? St. Petersburg, FL Ilsa Kuffner
14-39 Investigating the role of extreme storms in the meso-term morphologic evolution and vulnerability of barrier islands St. Petersburg, FL Cheryl Hapke and Hilary Stockdon
14-40 Hierarchical modeling of climate change effects: land use impacts on brook trout population persistence Turner Falls, MA Ben Letcher, Evan Grant, Andy Royle; Keith Nislow, US Forest Service
14-41 Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis of the Effects of Hydrocarbon Development on the Landscapes of the Mid-Atlantic Region Reston, VA Terry Slonecker, Barry Haack, and David Kirtland
14-42 The Effect of Changing Technology on Materials Flow in the Transportation Sector Reston, VA David Menzie
14-43 Multimodal 3D nonlinear optical microscopy and hyperspectral imaging at sub-micrometer resolution:  Emerging applications in Energy and Mineral Resources and in Environmental Health Reston, VA Robert Burruss
14-44 Understanding estuarine geomorphic change under hurricane forcing: role of sediment composition, aquatic vegetation, and hydrodynamics Woods Hole, MA Neil Ganju, Jennifer Miselis, and Robert Nicholson
14-45 Predicting impacts of extreme storms events on coastal systems Woods Hole, MA John Warner and Jeff List
14-46 Quantitative evaluation of landslide tsunami hazard to the Atlantic and Caribbean coasts Woods Hole, MA Uri ten Brink, Jeffrey McGuire (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution), Jason Chaytor, Daniel Brothers, and Eric Geist
14-47 Ecological Flow: Consequences of Hydroscape Domestication and Desirability of Hydroscape Restoration and Management  Fort Collins, CO Quan Dong, Jonathan Friedman, Greg Auble, and LeRoy Poff (Colorado State U)

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