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PhD Assistantship - Human-Environment Systems

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PhD Assistantship - Human-Environment Systems
Boise State University

One position is available for a highly motivated PhD student to study disturbance ecology and ecosystem resilience and stability at Boise State University beginning Summer or Fall 2022. This position is part of a NASA-funded project evaluating how disturbance interactions affect tree mortality and forest recovery across the Southern Rockies. Topics include integrating field and multi-source remote sensing data (e.g., satellite and drone-mounted multispectral), as well as mapping, modeling, and predicting extreme and interacting natural hazards, heterogeneity of fire effects on recovery, and the efficacy of restoration efforts.

About the program

The PhD student will be advised by Dr. Megan Cattau and will be an active member of the Human Environment Systems (HES) group at Boise State University. HES is a group of faculty and students committed to transdisciplinary, team-based, actionable research that addresses real-world environmental challenges. Depending on their interests, the student  may choose from among a range of PhD programs at Boise State University, including Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, Geosciences, or Computing.



Minimum qualifications:

Bachelor of Science or Arts (BS or BA) in Ecology, Biology, Conservation, Geography, or a related field
Strong quantitative skills, including proficiency
Using R, GEE, Python, or other statistical, geospatial software
Conducting analysis of remotely sensed data
Collecting, compiling, and analyzing large datasets
Interest in working in collaborative, transdisciplinary teams grounded in mutual respect and responsibility

Preferred qualifications:

Master of Science or Arts (MS or MA) in Ecology, Biology, Conservation, Geography, Environmental Management, or a related field and/or relevant research or job experience
Experience with integration of multi-source remotely sensed datasets
Experience with ecology and/or social-ecological systems
Experience working in land use change, wildfire or disturbance ecology, and/or restoration ecology from a social-ecological perspective
Demonstrated research success through peer-reviewed publications and/or delivery of results to relevant stakeholders.

This position includes support in the form of a graduate assistantship (renewable, 12-month stipend), tuition and fee waiver, and health insurance.

Job Type
Boise, Idaho United States
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Desired Start Date
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How to Apply
To Apply

Please send via email:

A cover letter that states why you are interested in this position and if/how you meet each of the qualifications listed above;
A CV that includes employment history with dates of employment;
Names and contact information for three (3) professional references; and
Copies of transcripts (unofficial are fine).
Applications should be sent as a single pdf to Megan Cattau (email: megancattau AT with “PhD application” in the email subject line. Please also feel free to reach out to Dr. Cattau if you have additional questions or would like to schedule a conversation. Review of documents will begin October 25, 2021 and will continue until a finalist is identified to formally apply to the selected PhD program at Boise State. 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.