Fall 2019 Graduate Assistantships

Each year, faculty fellows at the Center for Geospatial Analytics seek prospective students for graduate assistantships funded through external grants. Below are the opportunities available for students applying to the Ph.D. program in Geospatial Analytics for Fall 2019 admission.

Seasonality from Space

The Spatial Ecosystem Analytics Lab at North Carolina State University seeks a creative, motivated Ph.D. student with strong quantitative and analytical skills to join a NASA-funded team investigating satellite data fusion and time series analysis. The SEAL group’s overarching research interest is in how continental- to global-scale changes in vegetation affect Earth’s carbon and water cycles. The position will begin Fall 2019 and is funded for four years at $25,000/year, plus benefits and tuition support, through the cutting-edge Ph.D. program in Geospatial Analytics offered by NC State’s Center for Geospatial Analytics. The student will be encouraged to develop research questions and a project tailored to their unique interests and career goals.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply, complete the application at grad.ncsu.edu/apply. Applicants should hold a degree in ecology, forestry or a related discipline. For more information about the position, contact Dr. Josh Gray (josh_gray@ncsu.edu) and include a copy of your CV.

Winter Weather

The Environment Analytics group at North Carolina State University seeks a creative, motivated Ph.D. student with strong quantitative and analytical skills to study the complex interactions within snow storms and wintery mix storms.  Research will address applied and basic research topics using remote sensing and in situ observations including satellite data, weather radar data, and a snowflake camera.

The position will begin Fall 2019 and is funded for four years at $25,000/year, plus benefits and tuition support, through the cutting-edge Ph.D. program in Geospatial Analytics offered by NC State’s Center for Geospatial Analytics. The student will be encouraged to develop research questions and a project tailored to their unique interests and career goals.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply, complete the application at grad.ncsu.edu/apply. Applicants should hold a degree in atmospheric science or a related discipline. For more information about the position, contact  Dr. Sandra Yuter (seyuter@ncsu.edu)  and include a copy of your CV.

Modeling Forest and Water Resources under Changing Conditions

The Watershed Ecology lab group at North Carolina State University seeks a creative, motivated Ph.D. student interested in projections of future landscape conditions created by combining data sources, which could include remote sensing, ecosystem models (i.e., LANDIS or RHESSys), models of land use change (i.e., FUTURES) and beyond. The position will begin Fall 2019 and is funded for four years at $25,000/year, plus benefits and tuition support, through the cutting-edge Ph.D. program in Geospatial Analytics offered by NC State’s Center for Geospatial Analytics. The student will be encouraged to develop research questions and a project tailored to their unique interests and career goals.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply, complete the application at grad.ncsu.edu/apply. Applicants should hold a degree in ecology, forestry or a related discipline and have an understanding of forest management. For more information about the position, contact Dr. Katie Martin (katie_martin@ncsu.edu) and include a copy of your CV.

Modeling Agricultural and Water Resource Dynamics

The Biosystems Analytics Lab at North Carolina State University seeks a creative, motivated Ph.D. student with strong quantitative and analytical skills and interests in applying data-driven and mechanistic models to study the effects of global and local change on fresh and estuarine water quality, land-sea connectivity, and agroecosystem productivity. The position will begin Fall 2019 and is funded for four years at $25,000/year, plus benefits and tuition support, through the cutting-edge Ph.D. program in Geospatial Analytics offered by NC State’s Center for Geospatial Analytics. The student will be encouraged to develop research questions and a project tailored to their unique interests and career goals.

To apply, complete the application at grad.ncsu.edu/apply. For more information about the position, contact Dr. Natalie Nelson (nnelson4@ncsu.edu) and include a copy of your CV.

Remote Sensing Forest Gap Dynamics

The applied remote sensing and analysis lab group at North Carolina State University, in association with the USDA Forest Service Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory, the USDA Forest Service Center for Integrated Forest Science United States Department of Agriculture, and the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), seeks a creative, motivated Ph.D. student with strong remote sensing and image analysis skills to examine the role and influence of forest gaps in relation to localized large-scale disturbances (mortality, fire, storm, disease, pests) and climate change (temperature, precipitation, shifting ranges, water availability, carbon sink fluxes, etc.) in forest systems. This project will utilize publically-available, traditional remotely sensed data (Landsat, Sentinel-2, etc.) and well as new experimental data sources available from the NASA ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS thermal) and the NASA Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI full-wave lidar).

The position will begin Fall 2019 and is funded for four years at $25,000/year, plus benefits and tuition support, through the cutting-edge Ph.D. program in Geospatial Analytics offered by NC State’s Center for Geospatial Analytics. The student will be encouraged to develop research questions and a project tailored to their unique interests and career goals.

Applicants should hold a degree in ecology, forestry or a related discipline and have an understanding of forest management. For more information about the position, contact Dr. Stacy Nelson (sanelso2@ncsu.edu) and include a copy of your CV.

Past Opportunities

Curious about what projects students have applied to work on in the past? Brief synopses are provided below:

  • Exploring Urban Planning Scenarios — Join a geovisualization research group focused on developing interactive online 3D visualization systems for innovative public engagement and urban planning in the Research Triangle Region of NC.
  • Natural Resource Management and Ecosystem Services — Focus on geospatial analytics for fire and natural resource management in national parks and protected areas, including modeling fire and ecosystem processes at landscape levels, forecasting development along park boundaries, and building decision support systems.
  • Sustainability Solutions with Land Change Science — Join an interdisciplinary team investigating the dynamics of urbanization and landscape change in the Southeast US through land-change modeling in collaboration with the US Geological Survey.
  • Outdoor Recreation Decision Support Systems — Join a research group focused on built environments and active living, and contribute to developing new decision support analytics for the Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Branch of the National Park Service.
  • Smart and Connected Communities — Join a team designing a publicly available, multi-user, online serious game called TomorrowNow to engage citizens and decision makers in developing collaborative scenarios of urbanization and stormwater management, as part of a new grant from the NSF Smart and Connected Communities program.
  • Biological Invasions and Plant Health — Join the Spatial Analytic Framework for Advanced Information Systems (SAFARIS) team to develop spatial models and techniques to forecast movement of invasive pests and pathogens affecting food security and natural ecosystems.
  • Participatory Video and Engaged Environmental Justice — Use participatory mapping and video methods to understand how communities address resource inequities in disaster recovery plans, as part of a larger research project focused on long-term recovery from Hurricane Matthew in NC.
  • Geospatial Social Networks of Environmental Governance — Examine changes in watershed governance following disasters with spatially-explicit social networks in order to understand how and why environmental governance transitions occur.
  • Seasonality from Space — Join a NASA-funded research project to generate moderate resolution land surface phenology from Landsat and Sentinel data fusion. Learn more.
  • Innovation in Local Government — Join a team developing solutions through geospatial visualizations and analytics for internal and external stakeholders of local government in partnership with Wake County, North Carolina.