PhD Assistantships in Forest Hydrology, Nacogdoches, TX

Stephen F. Austin State University
Nacogdoches, TX
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
$25,000 per year, full scholarship, four years of funding
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We are recruiting two graduate research assistants for the Ph.D. in Forestry at Stephen F. Austin State University in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture as part of a large collaborative research project with Harris County Flood Control District in the Houston area. Houston is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country and is making significant investments in green infrastructure to help mitigate the flooding potential associated with urbanization. The team directing this project includes three SFA faculty members, Dr. Jeremy Stovall (Co-PI), Dr. Yanli Zhang (Co-PI), and Dr. Matthew McBroom (Co-PI). One position (Forest Hydrology) will be under the co-direction of Dr. Matthew McBroom and Dr. Yanli Zhang. The successful candidate for this position will be conducting detailed investigations into how forests can mitigate urban flooding potential when integrated with urban stormwater management practices. Modeling stormwater movement will be a key component of this candidate’s project. The second position (Riparian Forest Ecology) will be under the co-direction of Dr. Matthew McBroom and Dr. Jeremy Stovall. The successful candidate for this position will collect field data on vegetation and soils and work to estimate leaf area index, interception rates, and other critical data for subsequent modeling efforts. Other M.S. students will be collaborating on other phases and components of this research project. Salary and tuition support are for four years while working towards a Ph.D. degree in Forestry at SFASU.
Candidates are required to have Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Forestry, Environmental Science, or related disciplines. This will be a field-based research project involving significant amounts of data collection, including basic measurements of forest structure, precipitation throughfall and stemflow, soil properties and interception rates. The successful candidate must be able to work as part of a team of diverse scholars and individuals towards individual and collective excellence and contribute to an atmosphere of constructive personal and professional development. Minimum Qualifications: • M.S. in Forestry, environmental science, natural resources, ecology, or a closely related discipline • Undergraduate and Graduate GPA of 3.0 or greater • Previous field experience • Experience planning and coordinating daily field activities • Experience conducting independent research • Highly motivated with a strong work ethic • A valid US driver license (without restrictions) • Experience with GIS Software and GPS Desired Qualifications: • Strong interest in ecohydrology and forest hydrology • Experience with statistical analysis methods and software • Experience with technical writing and/or publication
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Matthew McBroom
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