Ph.D. Assistantship-Interactions among Wildfire, Climate, Vegetation, and Geomorphic Response – Idaho

Boise State University
Boise, Idaho
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
$25,000 - Tuition and fee waiver, health insurance (renewable 12 month)
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GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP (Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior) - at Boise State University. A position is available for a Ph.D. student to study Interactions among wildfire, climate, vegetation, and geomorphic response over modern to Holocene timescales. Likely projects include examining the role of fire in longer-term (1000 yr) erosion rates, how changes in vegetation cover over time and space change post-fire erosion, the use of Structure from Motion in examining post-fire erosion, and changes in fire regimes in sagebrush steppe ecosystems, and the use of remote sensing techniques in assessing smoke impacts from wildfires. About the program and Boise The Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior PhD is a new and modern graduate program at Boise State University. This program brings together faculty from across multiple academic departments including biological sciences, geosciences, anthropology, and the human-environment systems group to offer relevant courses and provide unique mentorship and training opportunities. Further, we have created a network of valuable connections in academia, local relationships with federal and state agencies, nonprofits and NGOs, as well as partnerships with international organizations all dedicated to providing students with transformative research and educational experiences for diverse career opportunities. To learn more, please visit: Students in this program enjoy living in the beautiful city of Boise, which strikes a perfect balance with close-by outdoor recreational activities as well as a vibrant downtown life. 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. In 2017, US News and World report ranked Boise the 12th best city to live in the United States. To learn more, please view “Visit Boise” link at:
Qualifications We are seeking someone who is skilled using GIS and other tools of spatial analysis, has field experience in the general realms of geomorphology and/or landscape ecology, is adept at working with large datasets, and has a strong background in general science and math. Competitive students will have a Master’s degree, a background in Geosciences or Ecology, and has published the results of their master’s work in a peer-reviewed journal. Please address your qualification for each of these points in your cover letter. The position starts Fall (Aug) 2018. To Apply Please send via email in a single file attachment (include your last name in the file name): a cover letter that states qualifications and career goals, a CV with the names and contacts for 3 references, copies of transcripts (unofficial are O.K.) and GRE scores and percentiles (not combined) to Jen Pierce (email: Please put “PhD application” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received until December 01, 2017. If you do not have GRE scores by the deadline your application cannot be considered. Top candidates will be asked to formally apply to Boise State’s EEB program by January 20, 2018. All admission decisions must be approved by the Graduate Dean. Boise State University embraces and welcomes diversity in its faculty, student body, and staff. Accordingly, applicants who would add to the diversity and excellence of our academic community are encouraged to apply.
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