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Ph.D. Position Opening: UCLA Geography

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Department of Geography
Los Angeles, California
Standard financial support with stipend, tuition covered by fellowship, TA, or grant
Closing date
Dec 18, 2023

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Atmospheric Sciences, Biogeosciences, Global Environmental Change
Career Level
Student / Graduate
Education Level
Job Type
Relocation Cost
No Relocation
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Dr. Yue Li in the Department of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), is seeking 1-2 talented and self-motivated Ph.D. students to join the lab in Fall 2024 with financial support. Our lab focuses on the physical environment’s interaction with human society under the changing climate system. Research topics in our lab include tropical terrestrial ecosystems, ecohydrology, wildfires, climate extremes, Earth system models, natural climate solutions, and land use/land cover change. After successfully enrolling in the Ph.D. program at UCLA Geography, you will be able to address scientific questions such as:

1. How do terrestrial ecosystems respond to global climate change and human-driven land use and exert climate feedback by changing land surface carbon, water, and energy fluxes?
2. How does climate change fuel extreme events such as heatwaves and wildfires, and how do these compound extremes increase societal risks and threaten public health? 
3. To what extent and which aspects can we predict the Earth system from decadal to century-long time scale? How do we combine Earth system observations and models to build the knowledge that enables us to reduce climate risk and propose nature-based solutions? 

I am especially interested in candidates with strong quantitative and programming skills who come from a background in the broad field of geoscience, including but not limited to Geography, Environmental Science, Ecology, Earth System Science, Atmospheric and Climate Science. Candidates with a social science background keen on applying quantitative approaches are also welcome to contact Dr. Li (yli at Please attach your CV to the email for the Ph.D. position inquiry.

Admissions Requirements
The UCLA Geography Department’s graduate program will review all applications. The deadline for applications is December 15, 2023. GRE is only required for non-international students. When the applicants submit their materials, three academic or professional letters of recommendation are required. For requirements of other application materials and more information, please check the website of UCLA Graduate Education (

About UCLA Geography
Established in 1911, the UCLA Department of Geography consistently ranks among the top departments in the United States. Recognized internationally as a leader in research and education in both physical and human geography, the Department offers a multi-faceted graduate study program with numerous opportunities for cross-disciplinary scholarships. Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) are core values of the campus. Applicants from underrepresented backgrounds or able to advance EDI on campus are strongly encouraged to apply for our Ph.D. program.

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