Post-doctoral Researcher in Blue Carbon 


Marine Conservation Program - Smithsonian Marine Station, National Museum of Natural History 

MarineGEO – Smithsonian Environmental Research Center 

Location: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Edgewater, Maryland (potential for remote working due to COVID) 

Duration: 11 months (with the potential for an additional 12-month extension)  

Compensation: $60,192.  

Position Description 
The Smithsonian’s Marine Conservation Program and MarineGEO are seeking a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher in Blue Carbon. The researcher will conduct a national assessment of above- and belowground carbon in mangrove and seagrass ecosystems in Belize. The post-doc will collaborate with the Marine Conservation Program, MarineGEO and other national and international researchers to conduct an assessment of blue carbon estimates to the Belizean government which will be included in their Nationally Determine Contributions update.  

The Marine Conservation Program and MarineGEO (1) promote science-based approaches to marine resource management; (2) leverages Smithsonian expertise; (3) transfers skills and knowledge to build capacity; and (4) build and sustain long-term relationships with in-country partners to ensure long-term sustainability of implemented projects and initiatives.  

The Marine Conservation Program has been working within the Mesoamerican Reef Ecoregion for the past decade, supporting the sustainable management of marine resources in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. This includes providing scientific and technical input into management plans of fisheries and marine protected areas, and the development of regional strategies such as the Regional Strategy for the Management, Conservation, Restoration and Monitoring of Mangroves in the Mesoamerican Reef 2020-2025. Mangrove and seagrass are critical ecosystems in the region; however, both have seen declines in their total cover. Governments within the region are assessing various management tools that can help protect and preserve these ecosystems and maximize their benefits to society. The Belizean government has included both mangroves and seagrasses within its Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Climate Agreement and requires assistance to provide accurate national estimates of blue carbon storage. To achieve this objective, the post-doc will be tasked with developing and implementing a comprehensive fieldwork plan and methodology that meets UNFCCC standards, training partners in field techniques, leading sections of the fieldwork (travel authorization pending), leading and conducting laboratory analyses and producing technical and scientific publications reporting on this work.   

The successful applicant will have: 1) a PhD in marine chemistry, ecology, or a related discipline; 2) a strong publication record; 3) excellent oral and writing communication skills with multiple audiences; and 4) strong organizational and project management skills. We especially seek applicants from underrepresented or historically marginalized groups.  

Eligibility: Applicants must have a valid passport allowing travel to Belize, and must be authorized to work in the US. 

How to Apply 
Applicants should email: 1) a 2-page letter of interest detailing qualifications for the position, 2) a 4-page curriculum vitae, and 3) contact information for three professional references (name, institution, title, email address, phone number; to be contacted after the interview process) to Steven Canty: Please include “Post-doc in Blue Carbon application” in the subject line of the email. 

Deadline for submitting applications: January 31, 2021