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Seeking a PhD student in ecology and remote sensing

PhD student assistantship in golden monkey habitat analysis, ecology, and remote sensing

A doctoral graduate student is sought to join an interdisciplinary, multi-institutional project “CNH: Sustainability of Payments for Ecosystem Services in Coupled Natural and Human Systems”, which is newly funded by NSF’s Coupled Natural and Human Systems Program (PI: Dr. Li An). For this PhD student assistantship position we are seeking a highly qualified student who will to integrate remote sensing, landscape ecology or conservation ecology, and wildlife habitat analysis/modeling using data from Fanjingshan National Nature Reserve, China. Specifically, the student will be expected to travel to the field site. The student will map/model land use and land cover (canopy fractional cover and land cover classification in particular), golden monkey habitat occupancy (using camera trapping techniques), and their change over space and time.

Applicants should have strong interest or background in GIScience (remote sensing and GIS in particular) and forest/wildlife ecology. Strong quantitative skills (e.g., computer modeling, statistics), excellent interpersonal skills and writing capacity, and willingness to work in a range of different international and interdisciplinary contexts (e.g., work on variable terrain in rural areas, or with people of varying background or culture) are desirable. Salary and benefits are competitive. The ideal starting date will be the 2013 fall semester. The application materials must be received by February 1st, 2013.

Applicants should visit the SDSU Geography departmental website regarding our SDSU-UCSB joint doctoral program, and follow the instructions there. In addition to following the Department’s application procedure, interested individuals shall email the following materials to Dr. An, Dr. Lewison, and Dr. Stow: (1) statement of professional goals, (2) resume (including contact information of at least three references), (3) transcripts, and (4) GRE scores (TOEFL scores for applicants whose native language is not English). Scanned copies or photocopies of transcripts and GRE/TOEFL scores are acceptable initially. Contact information:

Dr. L. An
Department of Geography
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182-4493
Email: lan@mail.sdsu.edu
Web:  http://complexity.sdsu.edu/  

Dr. Rebecca Lewison
Department of Biology
Director, Institute for Ecological Monitoring & Management
San Diego State University
Email: rlewison@mail.sdsu.edu

Douglas (Doug) A. Stow, Ph.D.                 
Professor/Joint Doctoral Program Adviser
Department of Geography, San Diego State University 
San Diego, California, 92182-4493 U.S.A.                   
Email: stow@mail.sdsu.edu                                      
Web: http://geography.sdsu.edu/People/Faculty/stow.html              

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