3 Grad Assistantships in Arctic Ecology and Remote Sensing, Columbia Uni/Idaho

Cool use of your Remote Sensing skills!
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An interdisciplinary team at Columbia University (Natalie Boelman and Kevin
Griffin) and the University of Idaho (Jan Eitel and Lee Vierling) recently received funding for several exciting positions to study Arctic-Boreal Ecology using Remote Sensing. We seek sincere, motivated, creative individuals to apply for one postdoctoral researcher position and three Ph.D. assistantships to work in the Alaskan and Canadian Arctic/Boreal ecosystems. Our team will make use of cutting-edge remote sensing tools and datasets to assess the vulnerability and resilience of Arctic/Boreal ecosystems to environmental change. Our specific objectives are to: (1) Integrate laser altimetry (LiDAR), passive spectral, and tree ecophysiological data to link the biophysical structure of one of the world’s largest ecological transition zones – the Forest Tundra Ecotone
(FTE) – to its ecological function, and (2) Understand how highly mobile animals migrate and select habitat in the rapidly changing North American Boreal forest and Arctic tundra.

Within a highly collaborative team environment, the accepted candidates will collectively learn cutting edge remote sensing tools and approaches in ecological remote sensing, including LiDAR and spectral image analysis.
Financial support is available via a newly funded NASA Terrestrial Ecology project as part of the Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) field campaign (http://above.nasa.gov). Preferred start date is May 2016, with 2 Ph.D. students headquartered at the U. of Idaho and 1 Ph.D. student and 1 postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University.

For more information, please send your CV, electronic transcripts, and brief statement of interest to Drs. Natalie Boelman (nboelman@ldeo.columbia.edu) and Jan Eitel (jeitel@uidaho.edu).

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