Graduate Fellowship in the political ecology of restoration

A Ph.D. fellowship is available in the Department of Earth and Environment at Florida International University (FIU) ( to conduct research at the Cultural and Ecological Field Station at the Deering Estate, Miami, FL, beginning Fall 2018. The position is affiliated with the Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research program ( and will include integrative field and experimental research approaches and public outreach.

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The creation of the Department of Earth and Environment at FIU is the result of a two-department merger: Earth Sciences and Environmental Studies.

Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research …<>

Investigating how variability in regional climate and freshwater inputs, disturbance, and perturbations affect the coastal Everglades ecosystem (USA).

To be eligible for positions, students must meet FIU graduate admission requirements and successfully compete for a teaching assistantship (see below) to match existing research assistantship support. Highly qualified candidates may be eligible for fully funded Presidential Fellowships. The deadline for graduate applications is February 1, 2018, but earlier submission is encouraged.

The Cultural and Ecological Field Station: The Cultural and Ecological Field Station is a new, innovative station located at the Deering Estate ( in Miami, FL. The station includes representative patches of all of South Florida=92s unique habitats and includes a demonstration project for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan that explores the process of rehydrating Everglades wetlands and estuaries. The selected student will explore the political ecology of the ongoing restoration of the urban watershed within the Deering Estate, using historical sources, and developing and applying an integrated socio-ecological approach.  Candidates should have a strong academic background in ecology, environmental studies and/or geography, and interests in landscape ecology, restoration ecology, environmental policy, and/or political ecology.

The Deering Estate<>

Our History. Located along the edge of Biscayne Bay, the 450+ acre Deering Estate is an environmental, archaeological and historic preserve that offers unique …

Students will be co-advised by Michael Ross and Gail Hollander in the Departments of Earth and Environment and Global & Sociocultural Studies, respectively.  Interested applicants should contact us at<> or<> and visit our lab websites ( and To apply, provide a CV and letter of interest. Full applications must be received by February 1, 2018.

The selected candidate will join an existing collaborative team of graduate students, FIU faculty, as well as other scientists working at the Deering Estate, with a shared goal of understanding and forecasting community and ecosystem changes in coastal wetland ecosystems exposed to sea-level rise and large-scale freshwater restoration.

Dr. Michael Ross

Department of Earth & Environment

Southeast Environmental Research Center

Florida International University

University Park/OE-148

Miami, FL 33199

ph: 305-348-1420