Come join the Oleson Ecological Economics Lab! We are an interdisciplinary group of passionate scholars, ranging from undergraduates taking on the world’s problems to graduate students and post-doctoral fellows producing cutting edge research related to nature’s services and value to society. We focus on creating science that matters for decision-making, in partnership with people who can use our analysis.

The research specialist will join an interdisciplinary team of ecological modelers, oceanographers, social scientists, and economists on a NOAA Ocean Acidification Program-funded project assessing vulnerability of Hawaiʻi’s people to future ocean acidification impacts.

Main duties are to (1) translate outputs of an ecological model into outcomes for people using ecosystem service models and valuation, with a focus on recreation, tourism, coastal protection, and reef fisheries; and (2) adapt social vulnerability frameworks from the literature to Hawaii, and use existing datasets to illustrate social vulnerability to change in coral reef ecosystem services.

The research specialist will have ample opportunity for professional development, including attending AGU annually, and communicating with a multi-agency project advisory board.

Minimum qualifications: (i) Masters in relevant degree (PhD preferred); (ii) 1-3 years experience in quantitative modeling of social-ecological systems (coral reefs preferred); (iii) knowledge of ecosystem service modeling and valuation methods (experience applying valuation methods preferred); (iv) excellent professional skills.

For full job description and to apply, please go to, click on Job Postings, search for job #222690.

Salary commensurate with experience: $62k for PhD; $55k for MS.

The job is located in Honolulu, although in special circumstances, telework may be permitted (this is not available for international candidates and for some states where tax laws are complicated).

Questions? email me!