The University of Wisconsin-Madison and Conservation International (CI) are recruiting two Master of Science Fellows to support an interdisciplinary project on assessing the impact of global markets and national policies on forest carbon and social outcomes funded by the NASA Land Use/Land Cover Change program. The project combines remote sensing data analysis with field work, spatial econometrics, and socioeconomic surveys in the Guiana Shield region of South America. This will generate science-based evidence to guide policy makers and practitioners for effective and scalable natural climate solutions that benefit nature and people.
The Fellows will be part of an interdisciplinary team that includes scientists from multiple geographies and backgrounds. Fellows will collaborate with the team of scientists in collecting forest biomass/forest inventory and socioeconomic datasets that will include travel to Guyana and Suriname, and linking these field data to remotely sensed data (primarily satellite imagery).
The Fellows will join the Environmental Observation & Informatics (EOI) Master of Science program in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at UW-Madison (www.nelson.wisc.edu/observation). The EOI program has 32 credits completed over 15 months. It is a professionally focused MS where students work directly with an organization to complete an independent project. Fellows will be supervised by staff in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and Cl and have the opportunity to contribute to peer-reviewed publications. Students will start the program in June 2021 and graduate in August 2022.
Article about project: https://nelson.wisc.edu/news/story.php?story=3313
NASA LCLUC project page: https://lcluc.umd.edu/projects/impacts-global-markets-and-national-policies-forest-carbon-trajectories-and-social-outcomes
Full details of EOI program: go.wisc.edu/Explore-EOI
Learn about UW-Madison: https://gradlife.wisc.edu/
Learn about CI: https://www.conservation.org
Applicants must meet the requirements for admission to the UW-Madison Graduate School and the EOI program:
-- Applicants must have received a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year institution with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants with GPAs below 3.0 may be considered.
-- For international applicants whose bachelor’s degree is not in English, IELTS or TOEFL scores are required. Please view the UW-Madison Graduate School requirements for complete information.
-- Introductory competency in statistics and GIS, which can be demonstrated through coursework, a certification, or experience.
For this fellowship, we seek applicants who can demonstrate the following:
-- Strong understanding of GIS concepts and a GIS program, such as ArcGIS or QGIS.
-- Familiarity with a programming language (e.g. R, Stata, python, java script)
-- Experience conducting data collection, such as quantitative and qualitative surveys, semistructured interviews, forest inventory data, ground truth data for remote sensing analysis
-- Willingness to travel to remote rural field sites.
-- Willingness to work with a dynamic interdisciplinary team in generating science-based evidence to inform policy and advance cutting-edge science.
-- Understanding of socio-ecological theoretical frameworks; climate change policy; econometrics, diffusion of innovation theory; impact evaluation are desirable skills but not required.