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Opportunity at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resilience of Social-Ecological Systems


National Risk Management Research Laboratory, Sustainable Technology Div

RO# Location
22.03.02.B8112 Cincinnati, OH 45268


Name E-mail Phone
Eason, Tarsha Nicol eason.tarsha@epa.gov 513.569.7974
Garmestani, Ahjond Stefan garmestani.ahjond@epa.gov 513.569.7856


Safe and Healthy Communities is a program at US EPA, which suggests an approach to environmental management that protects human health while incorporating what is valued most about our natural resources. Within this framework, sustainability research involves advancing the field of resilience science by exploring the interdependence of human and natural systems to inform community planning. Our research integrates ecological and social perspectives to devise management approaches to address environmental change. The project will assess resilience in social-ecological systems.

National Risk Management Research Laboratory’s Sustainable Technology Division uses a multidisciplinary approach, which employs ecologists, economists, engineers, environmental scientists, physical and social scientists, to address sustainability issues in regional environmental management. Together with other team members, the Associate will produce studies on ecological and social indicators of resilience for environmental management and sustainability. The Associate is expected to conduct quantitative and qualitative research on resilience and create peer-reviewed publications. The ideal candidate is a Ph.D. ecologist with strong quantitative skills and a focus on resilience, social-ecological systems, and environmental management.



Garmestani AS, Benson MH: A framework for resilience-based governance of social-ecological systems. Ecology and Society 18(1): 9, 2013. http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol18/iss1/art9/

Eason T, Garmestani AS, Cabezas H: Managing for resilience: early detection of catastrophic shifts in ecological systems. Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy 16: 773-783, 2014


Resilience; Social-ecological systems; Law; Environmental policy; Regime shifts; Sustainability; Environmental management; Quantitative analysis; Indicators;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents and non-U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants
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