PhD positions available at Boise State University (USA)

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PhD positions available at Boise State University (USA)

Nancy Glenn

1. Graduate Research Assistantship (PhD) Available to Study Remote Sensing of Vegetation and Snow at Boise State University 

Boise State University Department of Geosciences has a PhD Research Assistantship available for Fall 2021 (or earlier) for a student interested in studying vegetation and snow with remote sensing. The student can work with a range of ground-based (terrestrial laser scanning, TLS), UAS, airborne and spaceborne lidar to understand forest and shrub vegetation structure and functional characteristics and their distribution across mid- and high-latitude ecosystems. The student will have the opportunity to develop their own study ranging from understanding the interactions between vegetation and snow, carbon/water/nutrient storage and flux, as well as controls on vegetation and snow distributions, and using Earth System Models and remote sensing observations to study these controls. The project is funded by NASA. The student is expected to work with a team of scientists and perform field work.

2. Graduate Research Assistantship (PhD) Available to Understand the Response of Peatlands to a Warming Study with Remote Sensing at Boise State University 

Boise State University Department of Geosciences has a PhD Research Assistantship available for Fall 2021 (or earlier) for a student interested in studying how warming and increased CO2 affects peatlands utilizing field, remote sensing and modeling tools. The student will have the opportunity to utilize ground-based lidar (terrestrial laser scanning, TLS) along with other remote sensing platforms to estimate changes in biomass and other vegetation structure in northern Minnesota and other boreal ecosystems. The project is part of the DOE SPRUCE project (https://mnspruce.ornl.gov/), and thus the student will have the opportunity to collaborate with a range of ecosystem and modeling experts. The project is funded by DOE. The student is expected to work with a team of scientists and perform field work.

For both positions:

About the program 

The students have the opportunity to choose from a range of degree programs at Boise State University, and be part of the Department of Geosciences and/or Human Environment Systems (HES) group. The Department of Geosciences has a vibrant graduate student culture and works closely with HES. HES is a group of faculty and students committed to transdisciplinary, team-based, actionable research that addresses real- world environmental challenges. The range of PhD programs include: PhD Ecology and Evolutionary Behavior, PhD Geosciences, PhD Geophysics, or PhD Computing. The students will be advised by Nancy Glenn.

 

Qualifications

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science or Arts (BS or BA) in Geoscience, Biology, Engineering, or a related field
  • Experience working with remotely sensed data and spatial analysis
  • Strong quantitative skills, including proficiency using R or other statistical, geospatial software
  • Field experience
  • Experience and/or interest working in collaborative, transdisciplinary teams grounded in mutual respect and responsibility

 

Preferred qualifications:

  • Master of Science (MS) in Geoscience, Biology, Engineering, or a related field and research or job experience related to the topics above
  • Expertise collecting, compiling, and analyzing large datasets
  • Programming experience in Python or other language
  • Demonstrated research success through peer-reviewed publications and / or delivery of results to relevant stakeholders

 

To Apply

Please send via email to Dr. Glenn: 

  • a cover letter that states why you are interested in this position and if / how you meet each of the qualifications listed above; 
  • a CV that includes employment history with dates of employment; 
  • names and contact information for three (3) professional references; and 
  • copies of transcripts (unofficial are fine). 


Please include “PhD application” in the email subject line and include your last name in all file names to
[hidden email].

 

About Boise

Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and the capital of the state of Idaho, Boise is frequently featured as a top-ranked metropolis. The city has ample opportunities for world-class outdoor activities year-round and a thriving arts and entertainment culture: http://www.boisechamber.org

 

 

 

 


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