Graduate research assistantship in social-ecological dynamics of sagebrush and riverine ecosystems in Idaho at Idaho State University

Idaho State University
Pocatello, ID
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A funded research assistantship is available for a motivated MA student interested in environmental social science and social-ecological systems to join a transdisciplinary team as part of the Idaho wide project, Genes to environment: modeling, mechanisms, and mapping (GEM3). The student will be part of transdisciplinary group of researchers investigating how the dynamics of social-ecological systems limit or facilitate the adaptive capacity of sagebrush ecosystems or rainbow trout and how to improve our ability to anticipate and manage landscape processes and foster ecosystem resilience. The focal study systems for the project are sagebrush and riverine ecosystems in southwest Idaho and in and around the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Caribou-Targhee National Forest, and Grand Teton National Park in Idaho and Wyoming. Potential interdisciplinary graduate student projects will include a variety of innovative and integrative aspects and can focus on 1) identifying and mapping components of these social ecological systems; 2) working with diverse stakeholders and collaborators to identify local knowledge of the drivers and consequences of social-ecological change and their consequences; and 3) assessing stakeholder adaptation decision-making through interviews and surveys. Students will be able to develop their own research projects within these or related themes. The position will begin in Summer or Fall of 2019 and includes two full years support for the student (approximately $23,000 per year), a tuition waiver, funds for fieldwork, and support for travel to meetings. The student’s degree home will be in the Department of Sociology at Idaho State University, and their major advisors will be Dr. Morey Burnham. The student will also work closely with other graduate students and faculty at Boise State University and the University of Idaho committed to transdisciplinary, team-based, actionable research that addresses real-world environmental challenges. Additional information about GEM3: Pocatello, Idaho is located in the mountains of southeast Idaho. The small city provides easy access to world-class mountain biking, skiing, hiking, and other outdoor activities, and is within a two-hour drive of two national parks.
Interested students should send a letter of interest that includes a 1) description of their research interests and interest in this position (including how your experience and skills would enable you to be successful in a team-based, transdisciplinary project); 2) a CV; 3) undergraduate transcripts; and 4) GRE scores to Morey Burnham at by December 7th.
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