Vacancy: Graduate Research Opportunities at the University of Idaho (USA)
Vacancy: Graduate Research Opportunities at the University of Idaho (USA).
The University of Idaho is seeking applicants for fully funded PhD or MS
research assistantships on the following two projects starting Fall 2012
1. Graduate Research Assistantships in Applied Agricultural Climatology
Two research assistantships are available to join a collaborative research project working on aspects of agricultural mitigation/adaptation and climate change in the Inland Pacific Northwest. Research will include 1) analyzing the suitability of global climate models within the Inland Pacific Northwest, 2) utilizing existing statistical methods to downscale regional and global climate model across the steep climatic gradient covering inland dryland/rainfed cropping zones of eastern Washington and northern Idaho, and 3) evaluating projected changes in agroclimatic zones and irrigation demands under future climate scenarios. Students will interact with other students and scientists working on diverse aspects of this broadly collaborative project on climate change and agriculture. The overall goal of this USDA funded project is to enhance the sustainability of cereal production systems under ongoing and projected climate change while contributing to climate change mitigation (Regional Approaches to Climate Change in Pacific Northwest Agriculture <http://reacchpna.uidaho.edu/reacchpna>) with an interdisciplinary team of climate scientists, economists, agronomists, soil scientists, entomologists, plant pathologists, and weed scientists from three land-grant universities (University of Idaho, Washington State University and Oregon State University) as part of their PhD experience. The position provides 12-month salary support ($24k/yr) plus health insurance, tuition, and fees.
2. Graduate Research Assistantship in Hydroclimatology
A research assistantship is available to study extreme precipitation events and their manifestation on hydrologic extremes the western United States at a variety of spatial scales. This project seeks to characterize seasonal extreme precipitation events and the linkages to synoptic meteorology and large-scale climate variability. Prospective students should have a background in quantitative geography or ecology, atmospheric science, or a related earth sciences field. This NSF sponsored project provides 12-month salary support ($24k/yr) plus health insurance, tuition, and fees.
Information about the application materials and the academic programs can be obtained at <http://www.uidaho.edu/cogs/admissions.aspx> and through the Department of Geography or Environmental Science. For more information contact Dr. John Abatzoglou (firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>).
John Abatzoglou University of Idaho Department of Geography Assistant Professor firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com> http://webpages.uidaho.edu/jabatzoglou/