MS Applicants in Spatial Ecology and Conservation, U of Alabama

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The Spatial Ecology and Conservation (SPEC) Lab ( in the Department of Geography at the University of Alabama is seeking MS students to conduct research on the topic areas listed below under the supervision of Dr. Broadbent and Dr. Almeyda Zambrano. We seek US and international applicants with a background in some or many of the following: geography, remote sensing, GIS, forestry, ecology, environmental science, or a related field, who have research experience in field and lab settings, and preferably have experience working in Latin America for positions located there.

1) Developing and applying methodology to integrate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to (a) map secondary forest age and dynamics in the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica and to (b) further forest management in USFS managed forests in Alabama.

2) Using field analysis, spatial models, and questionnaires to link land use and change with water quality in the Osa Peninsula and Golfito region of Costa Rica.

Applicants will be evaluated based on their undergraduate record, GRE scores, recommendation letters, and prior experiences. Funding during the academic year is available as a Graduate Teaching Assistant through the Department of Geography. Funding for summer field work expenses will be acquired through internal and external funding sources in close collaboration with Dr. Broadbent and Dr. Almeyda Zambrano.

Available positions come with a full tuition waiver, a good stipend, and health insurance. You are welcome to contact graduate students in the SPEC Lab to discuss details and living experiences in the area. Please see our website at for contact information.

Additional funding for conference presentations is also available competitively through the University of Alabama. Fellowships through the University of Alabama Graduate School are available for exceptional applicants.

Interested students should contact Eben Broadbent (eben) or Angelica Almeyda Zambrano (angelica) and should provide a statement of interest, an unofficial transcript, and GRE (and if applicable TOEFL) test scores.

Additional information is available from the following links:

Spatial Ecology and Conservation Lab:

Department of Geography:

Graduate School:

University of Alabama:

Thank you for your time and look forward to hearing from you soon.

Best wishes,



Eben N. Broadbent, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Spatial Ecology and Conservation Lab |

Department of Geography | University of Alabama

204 Farrah Hall | Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

eben | Cell: 650-204-1051 |

Affiliated Researcher | Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305 |


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