[ES_JOBS_NET] Graduate positions (MS/PhD) in Dept. Geography & Environmental Systems, UMBC

Maggie Holland margaret.b.holland at gmail.com
Thu Jan 7 09:03:21 MST 2016

We're looking for graduate students to add to our growing program at UMBC!

[Apologies for cross-posting]

*The Department of Geography & Environmental Systems (GES) at UMBC offers
graduate degree programs (M.S. & Ph.D.) that are broadly integrative, but
with a common mission to advance research and outreach on human-environment
relationships.* Research interests among our faculty span a broad range of
topics in human geography and environmental science and management,
including ecology and biogeography, global change science, hydrology and
geomorphology, meteorology and severe storms, GIS and remote sensing, urban
geography, public health, environmental history, political ecology, natural
resource conservation, and environmental policy.

We utilize a broad range of methodological techniques that include field
and laboratory studies, modeling, GIS and remote sensing, spatial
statistics, historical research, ethnography, interviews, and document
analysis. Our research seeks to contribute to cutting edge debates across
the natural and social sciences, as well as inform policy through our
empirical findings.

*Our program of graduate study is designed to train and mentor our graduate
students to accomplish these same goals.* Graduate students at UMBC are a
small, but collaborative and dynamic group. Each graduate student cohort
receives training in a common set of core courses in which they are
introduced to guiding theories of human geography, physical geography, and
environmental science. In addition, students receive training on research
methods techniques and the art of proposal writing.

*Funding & financial support:* A number of graduate teaching assistantships
are available each year to qualified students. These provide tuition
remission, a monthly salary, and health insurance.  Many students are also
funded on faculty research grants, ranging from the NSF, NASA, EPA, to US
Forest Service.  Students are also provided with dedicated office and lab

*Local & international research opportunities – collaborations:*

In addition to financial support, there are a number of opportunities for
research collaborations through partnerships established with our

·         A number of our faculty have established international research
programs in Central America (Costa Rica, Guatemala), the Caribbean
(Jamaica), and South America (Ecuador, Peru, Brazil), and China.

·         Several faculty have developed research collaborations &
community outreach initiatives with organizations based in Baltimore City,
spanning projects focused on mosquito abatement, community urban forest
management, urban farming, and working with the Green Prisons Initiative to
study biodiversity on vacant lots.

·         UMBC is the field headquarters of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study,
one of only two NSF Urban Long-term Ecological Research Sites in the

·         The Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education (CUERE)
is located at UMBC. CUERE is focused on the environmental consequences of
social and environmental transformations associated with urban development.

·         GES has a partnership with NASA’s Joint Center for Earth Systems
Technology (JCET). This cooperative institute focuses on earth systems
science and using remote sensing technologies to monitor the earth’s
atmosphere and surface.

·         UMBC is also host to the U.S Geological Survey Water Science
Center & the U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station.

*To Apply:* The application deadline for Fall 2016 admission to our
graduate program is February 1, 2016.  Applications can be completed online
through the Graduate School’s web page:

***We highly encourage all applicants to connect with a potential faculty
mentor prior to application.***

*For more information, please visit our website*: ges.umbc.edu
<http://www.umbc.edu/ges>, and contact our graduate program director or
department chair with any questions.

*Jeffrey Halverson *(Jeffhalv at umbc.edu) Graduate Program Director, GES, UMBC

*Matthew Baker* (mbaker at umbc.edu) Department Chair (Interim), GES, UMBC

*GES faculty research expertise includes:*

*Dena Aufseeser* (daufsee at umbc.edu ): urban geography, critical poverty
studies, children’s geographies, children’s rights

*Matt Baker* (mbaker at umbc.edu): watershed ecology, riparian ecosystems,
ecosystem/landscape ecology, watershed hydrology & biogeochemistry

*Dawn Biehler* (dbiehler at umbc.edu): historical geography of public health
in U.S. cities, environmental justice, urban & feminist political ecology,
housing, human-animal interactions

*Erle Ellis* (ece at umbc.edu): global ecology, landscape ecology,
biogeochemistry, land-use change & sustainable land management

*Matthew Fagan* (mfagan at umbc.edu): landscape ecology, GIS & remote sensing,
conservation biology, causes/consequences of habitat fragmentation,
sustainable land-use

*Jeff Halverson* (jeffhalv at umbc.edu): severe storms, meteorology &
climatology of the Mid-Atlantic region

*Maggie Holland* (mholland at umbc.edu): human dimensions of land use change,
influence of governance & tenure on land use & livelihoods,
conservation/development strategies, natural resource management

*David Lansing* (dlansing at umbc.edu): rural livelihoods, political ecology,
environmental governance, climate change policy

*Andy Miller* (miller at umbc.edu): hydrology, geomorphology, water resources,
urban environment

*Colin Studds* (studdsc at umbc.edu): animal migration, biogeography,
population ecology, quantitative ecology

*Chris Swan* (cmswan at umbc.edu): community ecology, biodiversity, urban
ecology, ecology of rivers & streams
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