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Post Doctoral Fellow - Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science

Clemson University
177 Hobcaw Road Georgetown SC 29440 Baruch Institute

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Post Doctoral Fellow - Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science

177 Hobcaw Road Georgetown SC 29440 Baruch Institute
Open Date:
Oct 3, 2023


The U.S. Department of Agriculture has recently implemented the Climate Smart Commodities program to incentivize landowners to adopt climate smart practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance carbon sequestration in agricultural and managed forest ecosystems.  The College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Science at Clemson University is partnering with South Carolina State University to implement this program in the state of South Carolina.  The O’Halloran Lab in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation and housed at the Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forestry Science will lead the construction and operation of several eddy covariance flux towers to measure the stand scale carbon sequestration of operational Climate Smart Forestry projects in the state. The goal is to measure short term changes in carbon stocks and fluxes in managed forests during the implementation of climate smart practices.  Projects will focus on loblolly pine silviculture, and in partnership with The Longleaf Alliance, longleaf pine restoration. Through partnerships with South Carolina State University and The Center for Heirs Property Preservation this project will address an overarching objective to better reach underserved landowners in the state.

The postdoc will have access to 20 site-years of existing eddy covariance data in managed forests collected by the O’Halloran lab so that analyses and publications can commence immediately.

The postdoc will be advised by Dr. Tom O’Halloran (biometeorologist) and will work as part of the collaborative Climate Smart Commodities team at Clemson University.

The job location is The Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science (BICEFS) in Georgetown, South Carolina.  Remote work may be possible during an initial transition period but the candidate is expected to relocate to South Carolina.

Job duties

  • Help design and implement stand scale Measurement, Monitoring Reporting and Verification (MMRV) of operational Climate Smart Forestry projects in South Carolina using traditional forestry methods and eddy covariance tower observations
  • Analyze eddy covariance data and publish manuscripts that quantify how Climate Smart Forestry management practices affect carbon sequestration at the stand scale
  • Travel to local and regional field sites for data collection
  • Publish results in peer reviewed journals
  • Develop project reports
  • Assist with supervising and mentoring the Climate Smart Forestry MMRV team


Minimum requirements

  • Ph.D. (or equivalent) in forest science, ecology, environmental science or engineering, micrometeorology or closely related earth or environmental science, agricultural science or engineering field.
  • Experience analyzing and publishing eddy covariance data
  • Ability to program and analyze data in MATLAB, R, Python or similar
  • Demonstrated publishing record in high quality peer reviewed journals
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a collaborative team and communicate effectively
  • Strong interest in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in science

Preferred Requirements

  • Experience working with eddy covariance data in forests
  • Experience with flux footprint modeling
  • Working knowledge of forestry and forest management practices in the southeast U.S.
  • Strong desire to become a leader in the emerging field of Climate Smart Forestry

Physical Requirements

The ability to lift at least 30 pounds and walk in uneven terrain is required. 

Working Conditions

Requires occasional outdoor work in hot humid conditions.

Application Instructions:

Applications are due January 1, 2024, with an anticipated start in summer 2024.


Please send a full CV, cover letter of interest/application, desired start date, transcripts, contact information for three references and 1-3 of your published papers to Interfolio link at:


For additional information about this position, please email

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


Working at Clemson University

Clemson is a dynamic research university located in Upstate South Carolina at the center of the booming I-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga. One of the nation’s most selective public research universities according to U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Clemson University is the school of choice among top students in South Carolina and is increasingly competitive for the best students in the region and the nation. More than 17,100 students select from 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through five academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life SciencesArchitecture, Arts and HumanitiesBusiness and Behavioral ScienceEngineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

Clemson’s transformation into a leading research institution — currently attracting in excess of $140 million in externally funded research and sponsored program awards per year — is based upon an academic plan that identifies eight emphasis areas in which the University has opportunities to increase education and research, to align with South Carolina’s economic development needs and to draw upon faculty strengths. Emphasis areas include automotive and transportation technology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical sciences, leadership and entrepreneurship, sustainable environment, information and communication technology, family and community living, and general education.

Major economic development initiatives that have emerged from the academic plan include the Clemson International Center for Automotive Research — a 250-acre campus in Greenville, which has generated more than $225 million in public and private commitments in just four years; an advanced materials initiative at the Clemson Research Park, which includes a new LEED Silver-certified facility; and the South Carolina Health Sciences Collaborative — an initiative of the state’s three research universities and major health-care systems.

As the state’s land-grant university, Clemson reaches out to citizens, communities and businesses all over South Carolina. The Public Service Activities division includes the county-based Cooperative Extension Service, five off-campus research and education centers through the Clemson University Experiment Station and critical regulatory responsibilities for plant and animal health.

The University boasts a 1,400-acre campus on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding the campus are 18,000 acres of University farms and woodlands devoted to research. A warm campus environment, great weather and recreational activities offered by proximity to both the natural surroundings and large cities are part of the Clemson Experience.


Points of interest at Clemson include the following:

The Clemson Conference Center and Inn is a state-of-the-art facility for symposia, meetings, seminars and special events. The complex includes the Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center, the Walker Golf Course and the Martin Inn.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden, a 295-acre public garden, features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants and a unique collection of nature-based sculptures.

The Robert Howell Brooks Center for the Performing Arts brings an exciting array of concert, theater, dance, comedy and other live performances to the community.

The Robert Campbell Geology Museum at the Botanical Garden displays meteorites, minerals, dinosaur fossils and the largest faceted-stone collection in the Southeast.

The T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena is a showplace for livestock activities in the state and has hosted horse and livestock shows, rodeos, sales, 4-H activities, educational programs, and industrial and agricultural exhibitions.

Fort Hill, the home of John C. Calhoun and later of his son-in-law, University founder Thomas Green Clemson, is a registered National Historic Landmark located in the center of campus.

The Class of 1944 Visitors Center is the front door to Clemson — a friendly place to get tours, information, assistance and an introduction to this beautiful, historic university and community.

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