The New England Sustainability Consortium (NEST) has launched a new stakeholder-engaged, solutions-focused, interdisciplinary research initiative focused on the future of dams. The initiative builds on NEST’s experience in advancing the theory and practice of sustainability science (e.g., http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol20/iss2/art4/), and is supported in part by a $6 million, 4-year NSF EPSCoR grant. We have assembled an exceptional team of more than 20 faculty from six New England institutions (University of New Hampshire, University of Maine, University of Rhode Island, Keene State College, University of Southern Maine and Rhode Island School of Design) with expertise that spans and integrates the natural sciences, social sciences, engineering, and design. Using dams in New England as a model system, this NEST initiative will examine the economic, technological, ecological, social, and political trade-offs associated with different kinds of dam decisions (e.g., increasing power production at existing hydropower dams; installing new power production technology at non-power dams; maintaining existing but non-power dams for recreation or habitat; or removing dams to restore diadromous fisheries or address safety concerns). Our approach to problem solving is strongly dependent upon, and benefits from, the local knowledge and know-how of diverse stakeholders representing government, business and industry, and non-governmental organizations.
We have an immediate opening for a post-doctoral researcher based at the University of New Hampshire. We are seeking an individual with a background in the natural or social sciences or engineering, with experience and interest in interdisciplinary research that closely relates to the field of sustainability science, the study of social-ecological systems and quantitative analysis. The successful candidate should have the capacity to work effectively in a team environment and across multiple disciplines.