[ES_JOBS_NET] Research Assistantship (M.S.) Fisheries, Coastal Systems, and Landscape Ecology

Yin-Phan Tsang tsangyp at msu.edu
Mon Oct 7 09:12:20 MDT 2013

Research Assistantship (M.S.) in Landscape Ecology

Characterizing landscape influences on near-shore coastal systems:
Implications for management
The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University, is
seeking a highly motivated MS student to study coastal systems using
landscape approaches. Recent research has documented degradation of
near-shore coastal systems resulting from anthropogenic activities
occurring along coastal shorelines and within proximate terrestrial
systems. Studying these relationships over broad spatial scales is critical
for understanding current condition of coastal systems and for preparing
for future changes (including climate change). The student will develop a
research project that considers landscape influences on coastal systems,
defines an effective spatial framework for establishing linkages between
inland and coastal systems, and develops sustainable management strategies
to assist in conservation and adaptation. Preferable start date is January,
2014, with flexibility.

Applicants must be self-motivated, hard-working, and have strong interests
in quantitative and spatial analyses. Programming language and experience
in R and GIS are desirable but not necessary; however, students will be
exposed to these skills as part of the position. Good written and verbal
communication skills are critical, and applicants must be comfortable
working in groups and individually. The ideal applicant will be
intellectually curious, open-minded, and interested in collaborating with
multidisciplinary researchers and managers from state and federal agencies,
including the USGS. A background in hydrology, coastal ecology, landscape
ecology, and/or environmental science is desired.
Position includes a monthly stipend of approximately $1700 per month,
health benefits, and a full tuition waver.

For more information, please contact both Dr. Dana Infante (infanted at msu.edu)
and Dr. Yin-Phan Tsang (tsangyp at msu.edu ). To apply, submit the following
by 12/1/2013:
1. A cover letter describing background, current research interests,
quantitative skills, and post-degree goals.
2. A resume or curriculum vitae (including GPA and GRE scores).
3. Academic transcripts.
4. Names of 2 references with contact information.
5. A 1-page writing sample.

Dr. Dana Infante
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Michigan State University
480 Wilson Road
East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1222
Yin-Phan Tsang, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability
Michigan State University
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