[ES_JOBS_NET] Fully funded PhD position in Tropical Forest Ecology and Conservation

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Mon May 9 09:09:02 MDT 2016

*Subject: Fully funded PhD position in Tropical Forest Ecology and
Conservation – Starting date: Fall, 2016.*

The Spatial Ecology and Conservation (SPEC) Lab in the School of Forest
Resources and Conservation (SFRC) at the University of Florida is seeking
applicants for a fully funded 4-year PhD position in tropical forest
ecology and conservation, with a strong geospatial focus, starting Fall,
2016. The stipend will be 22,000$ per year (12-month position), with all
tuition covered.

We seek a student who will investigate human-forest-wildlife interactions
in high biodiversity areas, in particular proximate or within protected
areas, using cutting-edge geospatial approaches, including unmanned aerial
vehicles (UAS) multi-spectral and LiDAR or high-resolution satellite or
aircraft-borne sensors and/or modelling. The project should include: (a) a
holistic approach to quantify biodiversity using multiple methods and
linkages among wildlife and forest ecology and sustainability, with (b) a
socio-economic analyses and outreach efforts, including workshops,
involving local smallholders and communities, to further our understanding
of biodiversity conservation, sustainability and the role of local
communities in conservation efforts in these regions. Although our current
emphasis is on the Neotropics, including Costa Rica, Peru, Bolivia, and/or
Brazil, we would consider proposed projects in other study areas if
applicants are well experienced in those systems, this would enable unique
research/outreach opportunities, and a strong case is made.

We are seeking applicants with: (a) experience in fieldwork in challenging
high-biodiversity tropical environments, (b) the ability to communicate
effectively in their study areas native language, (c) experience in the
multiple methods described above or excited and capable of learning new
approaches, (d) minimum combined GRE score of 305, TOEFL IBT score of 105
(for international students), and GPA of 3.5, and (e) a master’s degree in
a related field or equivalent level of academic or professional experience.
Minimum expectations for a successful applicant are: (a) submit 1 paper per
year to a quality peer-reviewed journal, (b) identify and apply each year
to multiple external fellowships and research funding sources, (c) present
and participate in international and regional conferences, and (d) that the
student will spend all summer semesters conducting PhD relevant field work
at their study location.

For questions, please contact Dr. Eben Broadbent at eben at ufl.edu, who will
serve as the main academic advisor for this position. Research will also be
a close collaboration with Dr. Almeyda Zambrano. It is expected that
academic activities, including research and field work, will be conducted
in very close collaboration with the advisor and committee members. Please
see our lab website at: http://speclab.org  for more information on our
general research, teaching and outreach activities. To apply, please email
in PDF format your: CV, unofficial transcripts, GRE scores, TOEFL scores if
appropriate, list of references (3-5), and 2-3 page statement of a proposed
project, including (a) how it addresses the objectives described above, and
(b) how you are qualified to accomplish this work. Relevant maps and
figures would be appreciated. Applications submitted prior to June 1st,
2016, will receive full consideration, but we will continue reviewing
applications after that point until the position is filled.

Some useful background readings are available for download at the link
below. This folder will be updated as I identify readings of interest to
this position until the position is filled:

Best wishes,



*Eben N. Broadbent*, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Spatial Ecology and Conservation Lab | speclab.org

School of Forest Resources and Conservation | University of Florida

Geomatics, 303 Reed Lab | Gainesville, FL 32611

eben at ufl.edu | Cell: 650-204-1051

inogo.stanford.edu | inogo.info
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