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Matthew Calbraith Perry Curator of Economic Botany
Category: Horticulture

The New York Botanical Garden
Bronx, New York

Posted: Friday, February 7, 2014

Matthew Calbraith Perry Curator of Economic Botany

The New York Botanical Garden

The New York Botanical Garden is an advocate for the plant kingdom. The Garden pursues its mission through its role as a museum of living plant collections arranged in gardens and landscapes across its National Historic Landmark site; through its comprehensive education programs in horticulture and plant science; and through the wide-ranging research programs of the International Plant Science Center.
Botanical Science
New York Botanical Garden scientists, postdoctoral researchers, Ph.D. candidates, research associates, highly-trained technical staff, interns, and volunteers work to explore, understand, document, conserve, and manage Earth’s plant, algal, and fungal diversity. Interrelated approaches promote multiple levels of discovery and rapid advancement of understanding.
The Institute of Economic Botany
In a time of rapid global change, humankind’s ability to maintain secure and healthy lives in healthy environments is increasingly uncertain. Those who are most vulnerable are those whose options are few. The mission of The New York Botanical Garden Institute of Economic Botany (IEB) is to study the diversity of plants, local plant knowledge and plant management practices, and through its work, help maintain and increase the resilience of environments and the communities that live within them. It is this fusion of biological, cultural and technological diversity that can provide options on coping with, and benefiting from, the environmental, social and economic challenges that face society today. Current IEB research falls within four thematic areas: Sustainable forest management for conservation and economic development; Conservation of managed landscapes and crop diversity; Biodiversity and cultural conservation; and, Biodiversity and its role in improving human health. The IEB is an incubator of new ideas—new options for environmental and societal resilience in the face of global change, and a place where these options can be tested, taught and adopted more widely by other organizations responsible for on the ground economic development, conservation, public health and other programs that are needed to improve life and livelihood throughout the world. Staff scientists carry out research in many parts of the world as well as in New York City.
The Matthew Calbraith Perry Curator of Economic Botany
The Institute of Economic Botany of The New York Botanical Garden is seeking to fill the position of Matthew Calbraith Perry Curator of Economic Botany with an individual who can work on one or more of a diverse range of issues relating to its overall mission, as outlined below. We are particularly interested in a person whose research themes focus on, or are applicable to questions involving the urban environment of New York City and its diverse communities as well as national/international issues in areas such as, but not limited to, food security, food and plant based production systems and markets, agrobiodiversity, agroecology, resource economics, landscape management, and conservation of biodiversity, with an emphasis on the relationship between people and plants in urban and/or rural environments. We seek a person whose work embodies a strong social science perspective and has experience working in projects involving other fields in the natural and social sciences. Through its relationships with six New York and regionally-based universities, IEB staff have the opportunity to teach and mentor graduate and undergraduate students in their area of specialization. The successful candidate is expected to have a record of excellence in research, publication, teaching and securing extramural support, and hold a Ph.D. degree. We envision filling this position by the summer or fall of 2014, with a person at the level of Assistant or Associate Curator.
Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, reprints and other publications as appropriate along with the names and contact information for at least three references to: Karen Yesnick, Vice President for Human Resources and Administration, The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY 10458-5162, USA. [] Candidates will be considered until the position is filled.
The New York Botanical Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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