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University of California
ANR Employees

2014 New Call for Positions

2014 URS Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2014 cycle.

Position Details

071 Bioenvironmental Engineering Specialist

Proposed Location/Housing

Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, UC Davis

Proposed Area of Coverage

California - statewide

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Comments

3 Comments

1
In my view, the position of CE Specialist in Bioenevironmental Engineering, focused on effective management and utilization of agricultural waste, will help in developing research and extension programs required for solving existing problems associated with animal facilities. I strongly support the proposal of a CE specialist in Bioenvironmental Engineering.
Posted May 7, 2014 8:35 PM by Pramod Pandey
2
Being a CE Specialist for Air Quality, I view the position of CE Specialist in Bioenvironmental Engineering as an exciting complementary area of research and an important area for the overall specialist portfolio of ANR.
The most recent UN FAO recommendations to reduce the environmental impact of animal agriculture in the developed world, places the main emphasis on waste treatment. While the UCD Biological and Agricultural Engineering (BAE) Department has world class I&R faculty working in this field, an extension appointment is needed to bring applied research findings to broad implementation in the industry.
The applied research of management (treatment) of animal and plant waste is currently largely neglected within ANR, yet the opportunities for projects and extramural funding are very promising. Over recent years, I had to turn away significant funding opportunities because of my already busy and well-funded program in air quality. Most of these opportunities would have been a perfect fit for a CE Specialist in Bioenvironmental Engineering.
I applaud the BAE department for including animal housing and environmental control technologies in the job description. California is especially vulnerable to issues like droughts and heat stress in livestock and heat waves that occurred in recent years have caused massive losses of animal lives, significant reductions in livestock productivity, and decreased welfare.
A position as the one described in this document would be most instrumental to improve agricultural sustainability and an ideal bridge between investigators in the SVM, Department of Animal Science, Department of Plant Science, LAWR, BAE, and USDA-ARS. I enthusiastically support this proposed position.
Posted May 12, 2014 4:20 PM by Frank Mitloehner
3
I was hoping this position would also include the management of waste and it's salt/mineral load on cropping systems, which is where most of it is going right now.
Posted Jul 10, 2014 3:06 PM by Maxwell Norton

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