Location: Lexington, KY
Specialty occupation of Scientist in the University of Kentucky’s (UK) Urban Forest Initiative (UFI), Department of Entomology, Martin-Gatton College of Food, Agriculture, and Environment. The minimum requirement for this specialty position is completion of a Ph.D. degree and two years of experience. The Scientist position is under the direction of Dr. Lynne K. Rieske-Kinney, Professor and co-Lead of the Urban Forest Initiative.
UK’s Urban Forest Initiative (UFI) is focusing activities in small, fragmented Kentucky communities struck by recent climate-linked disasters (Dec 2021 tornadoes in western KY; July 2022 flooding in eastern KY) to help them rebuild. With coordination and oversight by the Scientist, UFI will tailor prescriptions for tree canopy development and maintenance to support ecosystem services and promote community livability, with the goal of creating resilient forests to maximize tree benefits and climate resilience. Concurrently an emphasis on training stakeholders in tree stewardship provides a pathway for economic development dedicated to green infrastructure. The Scientist will oversee activities in each community and supervise undergraduate and graduate students working in conjunction with the project.
There is an internal employee being considered for this position (IEBC).
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