PhD Research Assistantship in Post-Wildfire Impacts on Soils, Hydrology, and Water Quality

Employer
Department of Soil and Water Systems, University of Idaho
Location
Moscow, Idaho
Salary
$22,000 per year stipend, tuition support and financial support to attend relevant conferences
Closing date
Dec 17, 2021

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Discipline
Biogeosciences, Geochemistry, Hydrology
Career Level
Student / Graduate
Education Level
PhD
Job Type
Internship
Relocation Cost
No Relocation
Sector Type
Academia
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Seeking a highly motivated and qualified student to explore the net short-term impact and long-term recovery on key soil biophysical, hydraulic, and chemical characteristics from high severity wildfires and low severity prescribed burns at the University of Idaho in Moscow. This assessment will be based on extensive field-based burn experiments and soil characterization. This characterization will then be used to parameterize and assess the ability of the WEPPcloud (https://wepp.cloud/weppcloud/ ) to capture post-fire runoff and erosion response following wildfire. The student will be joining a large research team focused on the development of geospatial decision support tools for pre-fire and post-fire watershed management and close collaboration with the USDA-Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station and soil scientists from the USDA-NRCS. Qualifications: Applicants for the PhD position will have an undergraduate and MS graduate degree in hydrology, water resources, soils, agronomy, environmental chemistry, civil/agricultural engineering, environmental engineering, or a related field. The successful candidate will be familiar with field and lab-based experimentation, strong background in soils and hydrology, familiarity with process-based hydrologic modeling preferably WEPP, WEPPcloud, water quality, GIS/remote sensing, and basic statistics. The student is expected to have excellent verbal and written communication skills. We highly encourage motivated students eager to gain a deeper understanding wildfire impacts and forest management and are willing to work interactively in team research to apply for this assistantship

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