[ES_JOBS_NET] Michigan State - PhD/MS Assistantships Available

Kyla Dahlin kyla.dahlin at gmail.com
Tue Nov 7 11:49:02 MST 2017

Michigan State - PhD/MS Assistantships Available

The Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences at Michigan
State University (http://geo.msu.edu/) has several research and teaching
assistantships available focused on a wide range of topics in Earth and
environmental sciences. Faculty focus on topics including landscape ecology
(Jiquan Chen - http://lees.geo.msu.edu/), remote sensing and ecological
modeling (Kyla Dahlin - https://www.msu.edu/~kdahlin/), environment and
health (Sue Grady - http://gradys.geo.msu.edu/), climate and agriculture (
https://msu.edu/~moorena/), and many others (full list of faculty and
research interests here: http://geo.msu.edu/people_categories/faculty/)

Applications are due December 31. Information about applying is at

More about the department:
- One of the largest Geography Departments in the United States
- Michigan’s only Geography PhD program
- 2017 national top-ten research geography ranking
- MSU is a Big Ten Academic Alliance Member: take courses at other Alliance
- You may augment your Geography Degree with MSU Certificates,
Specializations & Dual Degrees:
     Global Urban Studies
     Environmental Science & Policy
     Computational Modeling
     Spatial Ecology
     Health/Medical Geography and Public Health
     Joint degrees possible with the Graduate Program in Ecology,
Evolutionary Biology, & Behavior (https://eebb.natsci.msu.edu/)
     or customize your elective coursework!
- Over 35 grad Geography courses per year including seminars, methods,
thematic, etc (http://geo.msu.edu/course_categories/graduate_courses/)
- Graduate Cohort size: 12-18 per year
- Dedicated graduate support staff and space
- Broad Thematic Area focus across the discipline
- Major Annual Events include Career & Internship Fair, Geography Awareness
Week, Awards Celebration

About our students:
Our graduate body is diverse in background and interests. Students come
from Michigan, the upper Midwest, and around the world with a roughly even
gender ratio. Of our domestic students, ~ 20% are from underrepresented
groups. ~ 40% of students are international, hailing from countries in
Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia.

- Supporting students through research and teaching assistantships is
essential to us! Of the past two incoming graduate cohorts (28 students in
total), 26 received department or university funding.
- Maintaining graduate diversity is a top priority. We have several
dedicated assistantships for students from underrepresented groups.
- Department has a ~$30K yearly graduate travel & research budget
- Summer online instructorships with extensive mentoring and support for
graduate students
- Incoming cohorts spend two days at GeoCamp together before the first
- Professional Development workshops and Academic Colloquia

Our program blends classroom education and innovative research. Students
become experts on critical and relevant issues on people and the
environment ranging in scale from local to global. We not only use cutting
edge geospatial technology, we develop it.
Example Student Research:
- Socioecological carbon cycling in Michigan
- Environment, health and culture in China
- Ancient river deltas hidden in Michigan forests
- Clean water access in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Predicting North Korean missile launches using satellite imagery
- Arctic geomorphology – the power of ice
- Woman entrepreneurship in academia
- Societal impacts of dam construction in the Brazilian Amazon
- Linking mass transit to neighborhood economic growth in Phoenix and Boston

*Dr. Kyla M. Dahlin*
Assistant Professor
Michigan State University
Department of Geography, Environment, & Spatial Sciences
Program in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, & Behavior
673 Auditorium Road Rm 122
East Lansing, MI 48824
*tel*: 517.353.9739
*email*: kdahlin at msu.edu
*web*: www.msu.edu/~kdahlin
*twitter*: @bristleweed
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