PhD or MS assistantship – SUNY ESF and University of Connecticut

University of Connecticut
University of Connecticut
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Graduate Assistantships
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FUNDED GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP OPPORTUNITY in human dimensions of outdoor forest recreation and nature-based tourism – PhD student preferred; MS will be considered We seek an individual interested in pursuing a PhD focused on human dimensions of outdoor forest recreation and nature-based tourism. The goal of the project is to understand the multifaceted nature of the visitor versus local forest recreation user experience in the context of user density, crowding, displacement, conflict, and risk and safety in high-use areas of western Connecticut and the Adirondack Park that provide outdoor recreational opportunities for health and wellness and receive high visitor volume. Both prospective PhD and MS students are encouraged to apply. Application review will begin 1 November 2021, and continue until a candidate is selected. Planned start date is January 2022; a later start date may be possible. This fully funded project is a collaboration between the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) and University of Connecticut. The student will be housed in the Department of Natural Resources & the Environment at University of Connecticut. The student will be co-advised by Drs. Anita Morzillo and Elizabeth Vidon. Interested students are encouraged to send: 1) a cover letter describing their professional background, relevant research experience and interests, career goals, and reasons for seeking a PhD (or MS) degree, 2) names and contact information for three references, 3) a current curriculum vitae, and 4) copies of transcripts and GRE scores directly to BOTH Anita Morzillo ( and Elizabeth Vidon ( as a single *.pdf document. Unofficial copies of transcripts and GRE scores are sufficient for initial contact. GRE scores must be less than five years old. Potential students must have received a GPA equivalent to a 3.0/4.0 in the last 90 term (or 60 semester) hours of their Bachelor’s program. Do not submit materials to the UConn Graduate School at this time. Interested individuals may learn more about Dr. Elizabeth Vidon’s research program at Interested individuals may learn more about Dr. Anita Morzillo’s research program at Further information about the UConn Department of Natural Resources and the Environment may be found at
Applicants should have: 1) a background in natural resources, forest management, human dimensions of natural resources, landscape ecology, tourism geography, nature-based tourisms, or outdoor recreational geography, 2) interest in basic and applied research focused on the integration of human dimensions of forest recreation data within a landscape context, and 3) the ability to work both independently and as part of a research team. The student will be expected to present research results at professional conferences, publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific outlets, and pursue extramural funding to supplement their assistantship, as appropriate. Travel during the duration of the data collection field seasons will be required for this position. Within the general theme, there is some flexibility in the specific focus of the dissertation or thesis, to be determined based on the interests of the selected applicant. There is potential for (but not guarantee of) partial support through classroom instruction depending on applicant interest. For all applicants, a working knowledge of human dimensions of natural resources or nature-based tourism are preferred but not essential. For prospective PhD students, preferred experiences include completion of a MS degree, experience with field-based data collection, and evidence of contribution of research results to peer-reviewed journals. For prospective MS students, completion of a Bachelor’s degree is required; preferred experiences include further research experience and/or at least two years of post-Bachelor’s experience working in a natural resource- or environmental-related field.
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Anita Morzillo
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