Three PhD assistantships available in Critical Zone Science at Penn State in forest ecology, hydrology, or soil science. Students will take part in a new graduate training program that examines forest management from a Critical Zone perspective. Students will conduct basic research at the Susquehanna-Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory (http://criticalzone.org/shale-hills/), while also developing a Critical Zone forest management plan that they share with stakeholders. Advisors in the program are Jason Kaye, Jon Duncan, and Margot Kaye. Students can matriculate into the Forest Resources, Soil Science, or Ecology graduate programs.
PROGRAM: HTTPS://SITES.PSU.EDU/LANDSCAPEU/ • Our goal is to train students for diverse career pathways in landscape science, ready to apply their science to solutions • Open to Ph.D. applicants from the Ecology Graduate Program or Dualtitle degree programs in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources or International Agriculture and Development • Trainees will gain competencies in transdisciplinary science, science communication, ethics, design & systems thinking, team facilitation, innovation, and interdisciplinary proficiency • Fellowship opportunities for PhD students ($34,000/year + tuition/fees)