Join a global-scale study of river corridors while advancing your research program with free data and novel instrumentation.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 12:15

If you’re interested in river corridors, open science, and free access to high resolution data for your field system, join the global WHONDRS consortium (https://whondrs.pnnl.gov) integrating physical, chemical, and biological processes within dynamic river corridors. WHONDRS is free to participate in, and partners enjoy numerous benefits. For example, WHONDRS will send you a sampling kit to collect water from a river or stream of your choosing. WHONDRS will provide data back to you on ultra-high resolution carbon characterization (using FTICR-MS), geochemistry, and microbiology. WHONDRS is also developing new field sensor technology focused on surface-subsurface hydrologic exchange. This technology is only available through WHONDRS and our partners can access it for free.

All WHONDRS-generated data are public and consistently structured, so your local field system can be put in a global context and you can use the data to pursue publications, proposals, new collaborations, and more, without restriction. In addition, you’ll be contributing to a global-scale effort to improve our ability to understand and predict changes in river corridor and watershed hydro-biogeochemical function. It’s a win-win for science as a whole and your research program. Please reach out for more information by email (WHONDRS[at]pnnl[dot]gov), follow us on Twitter (@WHONDRS), and come see us in the exhibitor hall at AGU. Get involved today!

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Graduate assistantships are available in urban ecohydrology at Washington State University in Vancouver, WA, for a student motivated to earn a PhD (with prior MS) or an intense research-based MS.

Likely research themes include, but are not limited to: the urban water cycle, its relations to the urban heat island and climate, connections with urban vegetation, plant and tree and human drought and stormwater tolerance, green infrastructure, and outdoor environmental science education. Specific thesis/dissertation foci will be determined collaboratively by the student and supervisor Dr. Kevan Moffett.

Required minimum preparation: college-level calculus, physics, biology and at least some time spent at an English-speaking institution of higher education. The ideal applicant will likely have a background in engineering, physical science, hydrology and/or geography, plant physiology, micrometeorology, or science education. Desired strong physical science and mathematics or engineering background, familiarity with hydrology, strong communication skills with formal report or manuscript writing experience, and independent research experience. Additional skills desired but not required include: programming; remote sensing image analysis; advanced GIS; hydrology, heat-transfer, or atmospheric numerical modeling; plant physiology/ecophysiology; experience or interest in science education.

Enrollment anticipated in August 2019 in a WSU School of the Environment graduate degree program. Funding of graduate tuition, stipend, and benefits will be supported for sufficient time to complete the degree. Enrollment will be on the Vancouver campus among the extremely productive, interdisciplinary, and collaborative natural science research cluster. Additional position(s) may be available on this theme in subsequent years. Students must live in or relocate to Washington State to be on Assistantship. Vancouver, WA is a fantastic city located in southwestern Washington State, USA, between the coast and the Cascades Mountains and just across the Columbia River from vibrant Portland, Oregon. Washington State University is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Persons of minority ethnicities, cultures, genders, disability status, and unique skills are encouraged to apply.

Send statements of interest as soon as possible to kevan.moffett@wsu.edu and attach a CV/resume that includes GPA and GRE scores, for immediate consideration.  After that, complete applications are due by 10 January 2019; see https://cas.vancouver.wsu.edu/science-graduate-programs.