A research opportunity is available at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Research and Development (ORD), National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL), Atlantic Ecology Division (AED) in Narragansett, Rhode Island.
The research participant will have the opportunity to be involved in research investigating coastal restoration efforts in southern New England. The research will focus on the human dimensions of the use of restoration efforts to improve water quality and provide ecosystem services. The research participant may develop and apply quantitative, spatial, and/or qualitative approaches to support management decisions. The research participant will have the opportunity to collaborate with ecologists and economists to produce transferable and scalable social, economic, and ecological values and methods.
With guidance from their mentor, the research participant will have the opportunity to be involved in developing, managing, and analyzing spatial datasets, engaging stakeholders and analyzing and reporting on participatory research efforts, collaborating on scientific writing or presentations, and implementing case study evaluations of coastal restoration efforts. This is an opportunity to learn about the social and ecological impacts of coastal restoration efforts and to apply data from multiple disciplines for improving decision making.
The research participant will have the opportunity to learn through interactions with individuals and teams involved with other cross-cutting human/environment projects at AED and other EPA divisions. With guidance from the mentor, the research participant will have latitude in exercising independent initiative and judgment in the research commensurate with the level of training. The research participant will have the opportunity to collaborate with EPA Regions, researchers, states, and local stakeholders to improve EPA's abilities in generating and translating decision-relevant social and ecological data to end-users.
The research participant will have the opportunity to attend research team meetings and be involved in all aspects of the research. This may include active engagement with stakeholders regarding applications of the research. There will be opportunities to develop and conduct projects within the overall research program, and to publish and present research.