PhD Assistantship in Mapping Ecosystem Services

Posted: December 16, 2010 in Uncategorized

PhD Assistantship in Mapping Ecosystem Services

Graduate Research Assistantship
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0321

This position is part of a multidisciplinary effort to examine how
regulating services (RS) enhance resilience of aquatic ecosystems.
Candidate will help a) estimate current capacity of and demand for RS
in and near US Department of Defense lands, b) foreceast effects of
future changes in land use, climate, and sea level on capacity of and
demand for RS, and c) develop new methods for evaluating additional
ecosystem services. Work will focus on sediment/nutrient regulation
and flood/drought modulation. Candidate will be in charge of project
data analysis and report writing, while completing PhD coursework.

Qualifications: Master’s degree in landscape ecology, geography,
ecological economics, conservation biology, or related discipline;
demonstrated ability to work independently and publish research
findings in scientific journals; strong writing, speaking, GIS and
statistical skills; experience managing and analyzing large
geo-spatial datasets and in watershed modeling (e.g. SWAT).

Salary: $20,500 – 22,000/yr plus tuition

Starting date: 1 June 2011

Send letter of interest, resume, GRE scores, names of three references to:
Paul Angermeier, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences,
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0321; 540-231-4501;
biota@vt.edu. Selected applicants will need to
apply formally to the Virginia Tech Graduate School before acceptance.

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