[ES_JOBS_NET] Te Pūnaha Matatini Scholarships for PhD students Managing Climate Change Risks by Finding Tipping Points

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Sun Sep 24 21:13:31 MDT 2017

Managing climate change risks by finding tipping points

by TPM <http://www.tepunahamatatini.ac.nz/author/khan070/> | Te Pūnaha
Matatini Scholarships

The development of human civilisation over the past 10,000 has benefited
from the most stable climate observable in the geological record. Growing
evidence suggests that climate change impacts are already observable and
will accelerate in the future, potentially combining with other global
change factors to push ecosystems and agriculture toward “tipping points”.

This PhD project will develop and assess data science techniques to detect
tipping points and regime shifts using algorithms, such as Fisher
information, applied to diverse time-series and spatial data. Emphasis will
be placed on identifying overlapping cascades of tipping points that should
be considered for dynamic policy and management scenarios.

The project will be part of Te Pūnaha Matatini
<http://tepunahamatatini.ac.nz/> (TPM), which is the New Zealand Centre of
Research Excellence for Complex Systems, Data and Networks and will be
co-supervised by TPM investigators with environmental, economic and
mathematics backgrounds. Student background and interest could determine
some directions for the project, which will be located at either the
University of Auckland (UoA) or Victoria University of Wellington (VUW).

Applicants should have a first-class or high second-class Honours or
Masters level qualification in a relevant scientific and quantitative
discipline, and ideally some experience with ecological, agricultural, or
economic datasets. Interest and exposure to policy, management or
operations research is also desirable.

*Total value*
The three-year scholarship covers PhD tuition fees (for a domestic or
international student) and a stipend of NZ$27,300 per annum.

*How to apply*
For more information contact and to apply, please contact:
Dr Troy Baisden
GNS Science
Lower Hutt, Wellington
New Zealand
t.baisden at gns.cri.nz
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