PhD Scholarship in Remote Sensing, GIS, and Forest Ecosystem Ecology

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May 13, 2012

PhD Position: Graduate Research Assistantship in remote sensing, GIS, and forest ecosystem ecology
Employer: West Virginia University
Type: Full Time – Student/Graduate/Internship
Categories: Biogeosciences, Earth and Space Science Informatics, Global Environmental Change
Required Education: 4 Year Degree

About West Virginia University
The SEE lab and the Department of Geology and Geography at West Virginia University ( have newly-renovated, state-of the art facilities for research in remote sensing, GIS, and forest ecology. Graduate students in the department also enjoy being in a vibrant college town with outstanding access to outdoor recreation opportunities.

Job Description
The Spatial Ecosystem Ecology lab at WVU ( seeks a motivated and enthusiastic masters or PhD student to begin the Fall 2012 semester.

The student would be expected to develop a thesis or dissertation related to the broad goals of two NASA-funded research projects. In particular, the student will be expected to synthesize remotely-sensed information on forest species composition with GIS and water quality data for eastern U.S. study sites in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, as well as the Adirondack and Central Appalachian Mountains.

The student should have an undergraduate degree (and masters degree for PhD admission) in geography, ecology, biology, or related field, as well as interest or experience in imaging spectroscopy (hyperspectral remote sensing), raster-based GIS modeling, and watershed-based ecosystem ecology.

Compensation includes complete tuition waivers ($ 16,270/yr) and one year (academic year + summer) of graduate research assistantship ($18,000 for M.A students and $21,000 for PhD). Up to three additional years of funding are available as a graduate teaching assistant.

Applicants should email a cover letter, CV, transcripts (unofficial OK), statement of interest, and the contact information of three references to:

Dr. Brenden McNeil, Assistant Professor
West Virginia University Department of Geology and Geography

Review of applications begins on May 15th, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled.

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