Resources for the Future

Resources for the Future

Openings for Post-Doctoral Researchers in Environmental and Resource Economics

Date Posted: 10/08/2019

Location: District of Columbia, UNITED STATES

Resources for the Future (RFF) currently has openings for postdoctoral researchers. The post-doctoral program is designed to provide unique opportunities for postdoctoral fellows to contribute to projects underway, pursue new lines of inquiry, and participate with RFF fellows and senior fellows in engaging with policymakers. RFF is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution focused on independent economic and quantitative policy analysis ( RFF is committed to scholarly excellence and policy applications and offers an outstanding environment for academic publication and high-level communication of research to policy audiences.

RFF is interested in candidates working on various issues in environmental and natural resource economics. For one position we are seeking a candidate with strong interests in ecosystem and natural resource management, including topics such as (but not limited to) species conservation, invasive species management, bioeconomic modeling, and land management decision-making.

All candidates should have (i) a PhD completed prior to beginning the postdoc, (ii) excellent written communication skills, (iii) enthusiasm for policy-relevant research, and (iv) the ability and desire to collaborate with a team of RFF Research Fellows, Research Associates and Research Assistants. The position also provides support for independent research, including publishing papers from a completed dissertation.

Annual salary is $80,000 plus benefits. The position starts with a one-year appointment with the strong expectation of renewal for a second year upon satisfactory performance. Only applicants who are willing to come to RFF without a deferred appointment will be considered. The start date is negotiable but can be no later than the Fall of 2020. Applications will be continuously reviewed until the positions are filled. However, to be eligible for an interview in San Diego, please submit your application by December 2, 2019.

Application materials must be submitted in PDF format and include a cover letter, CV, transcript, one or more sample academic publications or a job market paper and three letters of reference. All applicants must apply online at

All additional materials (e.g., papers, reference letters, optional research products, etc.) must be uploaded using the online Resume, Cover Letter, and Job Market Paper options. Please include your first and last name in each file name. Should you experience any difficulty in applying online, please email

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RFF is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

”la Caixa” Foundation is launching a new call for postdoctoral fellowships


”la Caixa” Foundation is launching a new call for postdoctoral fellowships
The advancement of science is the cornerstone to build a better future. It is through the imagination of the most talented researchers like you that we can tackle today’s biggest challenges to build a better world.

Because of this vision, we want to support the best researchers in the STEM fields and provide you with the support you need to develop professionally. This is the opportunity you are looking for.

The Postdoctoral Junior Leader fellowships programme aims to support the hiring of excellent researchers, of any nationality, who wish to further their research career in Spain or Portugal.

The programme offers a total of 45 postdoctoral fellowships at universities and research centres in Spain and Portugal, divided into two different types: incoming and retaining.

Incoming*: 30 postdoctoral fellowships for researchers of all nationalities. They will be offered a three-year employment contract to carry out a research project at centres accredited with the Severo Ochoa or María de Maeztu excellence award, Institutos de Investigación Sanitaria Carlos IIII and units evaluated as excellent by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia of Portugal.

Retaining: 15 postdoctoral fellowships for researchers of all nationalities to carry out research at any university or research centre in Spain or Portugal.

For those of you who imagine changing the world, this is the opportunity you are looking for.

*This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skodowska-Curie grant agreement No 847648. 


Montréal 2019

Great conference in Montreal!! Thanks to organizers and HEC We wait you in Valparaiso-Chile for the next conference in January 2020 (first time in South America) More information in

DeLara introduced an interesting new indicator for Management Strategy Evaluation. Expected value of an indicator (e.g. spawning biomass) conditional on the indicator being below the reference point. want it to be above a threshold-Leads to more precaution

This week im (Emma  @emmajhudgins) at with my collaborator Mark Ambrose from where we are presenting 2 different talks on pest risk to urban trees! Here he is discussing risk to US palms from coconut rhinoceros beetle ?

11:27 AM – 23 May 2019 from Montréal, Québec

gives us rules of thumb when using Demographic Distribution Models to deal with spatial autocorrelation in SDMs – populations must be measured below a minimum size that increases with overcompensatory behaviour. Most promising for use with invasives


12:05 PM – 23 May 2019 from Montréal, Québec

Ignoring species interactions in fisheries stock assessments results in higher bias than ignoring process or measurement error by Vanessa Trijoulet at

12:20 PM – 23 May 2019 from Montréal, Québec

Congrats to the 2 Student Presentation ! – Emma Hudgins from McGill University:  Estimating the economic damages of United States invasive forest pests – Etienne Lorang from CEC/INRA:  Recycling under environmental, climate and resource constraints.

2 professor positions, Leiden: Spatial aspects of natural resource management (CML) and Governance of Sustainability (Policy science institute)

Two professor positions for the Sustainable Futures program at Leiden University (CML and Institute of Public Administration)

Organization: Leiden University

Department: CML and Institute of Public Administration

Location: Leiden, Netherlands

Type: Academic Positions

Spring 2019

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Welcome to the RMA

The Resource Modeling Association was established over a quarter of a century ago and is unique among scientific societies because it brings together scientists and mathematicians from a diverse range of disciplines with a common interest in studying natural resources from a sustainable-use perspective. The natural resources of our planet are under incredible pressure to supply burgeoning human needs and this will only continue to increase.  Challenges are ever-present to ensure that resource use remains sustainable and that vital ecosystem services critical for our well-being, species biodiversity essential for the well-being of the global ecosystem, and ecosystem resilience to perturbation are conserved as far as practicable through responsible action. Such action must be informed and it is here that the integration of the quantitative and biological sciences can play a determining role.

Recently we held our 23rd annual meeting in Montreal, Canada where participants were treated to a superb and diverse range of presentations about the practical application of modeling to real world problems within a convivial collegiate atmosphere of friendly exchange of ideas and opinions. Preparations are now well underway for our next meeting to be held in the coastal city of Valparaiso, Chile during 8-10 January 2020.

I encourage you to consider joining with like-minded people and becoming a member of the RMA to assist you to grow your own professional network and participate in being part of the solution to the global challenge of natural resource management.


Frank van Langevelde

RMA President


Call for nomination to Lamberson Award 2020

Dear RMA members,
The Rollie Lamberson Award celebrates the contribution of Professor Emeritus Rollie Lamberson to the field of natural resource modeling and the growth of the Resource Modeling Association by recognizing each year an outstanding paper in natural resource modeling in the previous two years. See or below for more details.
All papers published in journal Natural Resource Modeling during the previous two calendar years (namely 2017-2018) will be considered automatically provided at least one of the authors is a current member.
Papers published in other journals may be nominated for consideration provided at least one of the co-authors is a current RMA member. To be considered, the submission must comprise:
  • an electronic version of the paper in English,
  • a nominating letter specifying why the paper is deserving of the Rollie Lamberson Award. 
Send me your nominations  <> or to RMA contact The submission for the 2020 award will be closed on December 31, 2019.
Luc Doyen
President RMA

Fall 2018

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World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling

Dear Colleagues,

The 2020 World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling will be held on January 8-10, 2020 in Valparaiso, Chile, hosted by Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María. This will be the first occasion when an RMA conference has been held in South America. The theme of the conference is “Decision support methods for natural systems at risk”.

The conference will focus on how quantitative applied research from diverse disciplines can assess different levels of risk, support decisions oriented to minimize them, and propose approaches for operationalizing sustainability concepts. Special attention is devoted to fishery, ecology, biodiversity, wildfire, water, pollution mitigation, and natural resource management in general. One of the WCNRM2020 main goals is thus, to foster cooperation among disciplines of mathematics, economics, management, ecology, energy, and computer sciences, among others.

For additional information about invited speakers, venue, submission, etc., please visit the Conference’s website:

The organizers,

Pedro Gajardo (Co-Chair) – Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Chile
Héctor Ramírez (Co-Chair) – Universidad de Chile, Chile
Luc Doyen – CNRS & Université de Bordeaux, France
Victor Riquelme – Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Chile

Guangzhou 2018

As in the past, the World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling (WCNRM) brought together scientists and stakeholders interested in mathematical and numerical modeling of renewable and exhaustible resources. The WCNRM provided a forum for exchanging ideas on modeling issues related to environmental and natural resources.

The WCNRM 2018 was co-organized by Resource Modeling Association and South China Agricultural University. Held on June 9-13, 2018 in Guangzhou, China, the theme of the conference was biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. The main aim of this theme was to look for socio- ecological solutions, especially in developing countries where economic growth and environmental quality are competing objectives. The conference focussed particular attention on biodiversity conservation, ecological resilience, management of the protected areas, and sustainable utilization of natural resources.