PhD Fellowship in Biogeosciences, Hydrology – Utah State University

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June 11, 2013

A PhD-level fellowship is available in Utah State University’s Department of Watershed Sciences. This fellowship opportunity will start in Fall 2013 (preferred) or Spring 2014 and is part of a multi-year, NSF-funded iUTAH project aimed at understanding water resources sustainability in Utah’s urbanizing Wasatch Front (see www.iutahepscor.org).

We seek a motivated, independent, and dynamic doctoral student to quantify and value ecosystem services in coupled human-natural western water systems. The successful applicant will:

– Quantify and value supporting (e.g., nutrient cycling), provisioning (e.g., water supply), regulating (e.g., water purification, flood regulation), and cultural (e.g., aesthetic, recreation) hydrologic ecosystem services in Utah’s Wasatch Front,

– Complete field data collection of hydrologic ecosystem services,

– Develop a systems model (optimization and/or simulation) to represent current supply and demand of ecosystem services, as well as future impacts from land use change, population growth, and hydroclimatic change, and

– Work collaboratively with other researchers to ensure that developed ecosystem service model components are aligned both holistically and in time and space with other project work.

Prospective students should send a current curriculum vitae, GRE scores, statement of research interests, and reference contact information to Dr. Sarah Null (sarah.null@usu.edu). The home department for this student will be Watershed Sciences (in the Aquatic Habitat, Climate & Water Analysis Lab), although this student will be expected to work in an interdisciplinary, multi-institution team of faculty and students. This fellowship includes full doctoral research fellowship support ($20,000/yr) plus tuition for three years while completing research on this project. There will be opportunities to pursue supplemental funding from internal and external sources in future years. Screening of candidates will continue until a suitable candidate is found.

– Candidates should have (or expect to complete prior to admission) a masters degree in watershed sciences, ecology, hydrology, physical geography, civil and/or environmental engineering, economics, mathematics or a related discipline,

– Strong quantitative analysis and computer skills (modeling and/or programming),

– An interest in managing water resources for people and ecosystems.

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