Fellowship: Ecosystem changes and Human Health linkages

The Gund Institute for Ecological Economics and the Luc Hoffman Institute seek a postdoctoral Fellow to develop rigorous and practical models relating ecosystem changes to human health outcomes.

The position is part of a partnership among the Gund Institute, the “Health & Ecosystems: Analysis of Linkages” (HEAL) project, and Luc Hoffmann Institute. Together we are working to understand nature-health relationships and inform conservation and public health decisions with our findings. The postdoc will be directed by Taylor Ricketts at The University of Vermont.


The postdoc will: (i) work with a unique global dataset of household and environmental variables – supported and hosted by SESYNC – to model the effects of ecosystem change on human health; (ii) use these data to collaborate with WWF in assessing health impacts of conservation in priority watersheds; (iii) look beyond this dataset to identify and analyse additional ecosystem contributions to human health. In all of this work, s/he will interact closely with other scientists participating in HEAL, and with scientists and field staff at WWF.


Applicants must have a doctoral degree in ecology, economics, public health, epidemiology, or related fields. Successful candidates will have strong quantitative skills, specific expertise in ecological and/or public health modelling, and a commitment to connecting research to real-world issues. We are especially seeking candidates from developing (i.e., non-OECD) countries, but will consider all applications.


Applicants should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to Taylor Ricketts, Director, Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, at Review of applications will begin on June 18, 2016 and we anticipate a start date of September 2016.


The University of Vermont is located in Burlington, between the Green and Adirondack Mountains and on the shores of Lake Champlain. The Gund Institute is a transdisciplinary environmental research center involving more than 50 faculty, visiting scholars, and graduate students. Related efforts at UVM include a university-wide research initiative in Complex Systems and a growing campus-wide collaboration on ecosystem-health interactions.

Main image: Pukapuki man in a traditional dug-out canoe. Papua New Guinea. © Brent Stirton / Getty Images

Luc Hoffmann InstituteFellowship: Ecosystem changes and Human Health linkages