PhD student opportunity in Land Use Effects on Water Quality using Remote Sensing

Position Description:  The Landscape Land Use Change Institute (LLUCI) at the University of Oklahoma seeks a PhD student to investigate “Land management impacts on water quality in New Zealand Rivers.” A research assistantship will be provided with competitive salary, research/travel funds, tuition, and health insurance.

Qualifications: MA/MS in Geography, Natural Resources, Environmental Sciences, or other Remote sensing-related science. Skills in: Remote sensing analysis (ENVI / IDL), Geographic Information Systems, and Statistics are desired.  The ideal candidate will also have knowledge of fluvial geomorphology, watershed science, agricultural systems, or landscape ecology.

Responsibilities: The selected student will be responsible for: (1) MODIS and Landsat imagery collection, processing and analysis; (2) collection and analysis of water quality data and weather data from existing databases; and (3) synthesis of the above data with socioeconomic and land use data provided by consultants and agencies in New Zealand.  The student will spend at least one month in New Zealand conducting fieldwork and meeting with stakeholders.

Location: The University of Oklahoma is located in Norman, about 15 miles south of Oklahoma City. Norman is a college town established in 1889 with a current population of about 111,000 (about 25,000 college students). The Carnegie Foundation classifies OU as a research university with “very high research activity”.

Contact: Please send a CV, statement of research interests, contact information for three references, refereed publications, GRE scores, and unofficial transcripts to jjulian@ou.edu by December 15. For additional information about this position, contact Dr. Jason Julian (jjulian@ou.edu) or Dr. Kirsten de Beurs (kdebeurs@ou.edu). For information on the Landscape Land Use Change Institute (LLUCI), visit http://geography.ou.edu/lcluc/. For information on the graduate program in the Department of Geography & Environmental Sustainability, visit http://geography.ou.edu/gradprogram. The Department’s full application deadline is January 15.

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