Two PhD graduate research assistantships are available at the University of Nevada, Reno beginning Fall 2018. We have a fully-funded research project to assess the impacts of land use and climate change on Mojave Desert tortoise gene flow and corridor functionality. One PhD position is in the Department of Geography and will focus on land use and climate change modeling (Drs. Scott Bassett [sbass...@unr.edu] and Douglas Boyle). The second PhD position, which can be either in the Department of Geography or the interdisciplinary program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology will focus on desert tortoise landscape corridor functionality (Drs. Jill S. Heaton and Kenneth Nussear [knuss...@unr.edu]). Both individuals will be part of a large interdisciplinary team of scientists both on and off campus, expected to coordinate their research with other components of the project (e.g. Post-Doc in genetics), and contribute to larger project goals and objectives. Coincident with our project is a separately funded project at UNR with synergistic opportunities to investigate critical habitat breadth for Gopherus tortoises. Both positions will be full-time for 12-months (20 hrs a week). Funds are available starting Fall 2018 through Fall 2021, but are contingent upon student success. It is possible that if the student is identified early they may begin with funding as early as June 2018. The stipend for the 12-month period is $2,100 per month. The research assistantship includes health insurance and a tuition waiver.
Preferred applicants should have skills in GIS, spatial analysis, and data analysis, with experience in R, Python, etc.