Ph.D. Assistantship- Interactions among Wildfire, Climate, Vegetation, and Geomorphic Response, Boise State University, Idaho, USA

GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP (Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior) – at

Boise State University. A position is available for a Ph.D. student to

study Interactions among wildfire, climate, vegetation, and geomorphic

response over modern to Holocene timescales.  Likely projects include

examining the role of fire in longer-term (1000 yr) erosion rates, how

changes in vegetation cover over time and space change post-fire erosion,

the use of Structure from Motion in examining post-fire erosion, and

changes in fire regimes in sagebrush steppe ecosystems, and the use of

remote sensing techniques in assessing smoke impacts from wildfires.


We are seeking someone who is skilled using GIS and other tools of spatial

analysis, has field experience in the general realms of geomorphology

and/or landscape ecology, is adept at working with large datasets, and has

a strong background in general science and math. Competitive students will

have a Master=E2=80=99s degree, a background in Geosciences or Ecology, and has

published the results of their master=E2=80=99s work in a peer-reviewed journal.

Please address your qualification for each of these points in your cover

letter. The position starts Fall (Aug) 2018.

*Stipend and tuition and fees*

This position includes support in the form of a graduate assistantships

(renewable, 12-month at $25,000), tuition and fee waiver, and health


*About the program and Boise*

The Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior PhD is a new and modern graduate

program at Boise State University. This program brings together faculty

from across multiple academic departments including biological sciences,

geosciences, anthropology, and the human-environment systems group to offer

relevant courses and provide unique mentorship and training

opportunities.  Further,

we have created a network of valuable connections in academia, local

relationships with federal and state agencies, nonprofits and NGOs, as well

as partnerships with international organizations all dedicated to providing

students with transformative research and educational experiences for

diverse career opportunities. To learn more, please visit:


Students in this program enjoy living in the beautiful city of Boise, which

strikes a perfect balance with close-by outdoor recreational activities as

well as a vibrant downtown life. Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky

Mountains and the capital of the State of Idaho, Boise is frequently

featured as a top-ranked metropolis. The city has ample opportunities for

world-class outdoor activities year round and a thriving arts and

entertainment culture. In 2017, US News and World report ranked Boise the

12th best city to live in the United States. To learn more, please view

=E2=80=9CVisit Boise=E2=80=9D link at:

*To Apply*

Please send via email in a single file attachment (include your last name

in the file name): a cover letter that states qualifications and career

goals, a CV with the names and contacts for 3 references, copies of

transcripts (unofficial are O.K.) and GRE scores and percentiles (not

combined) to Jen Pierce  (email: Please put =E2=80=9CPhD

application=E2=80=9D in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are

received until December 01, 2017. If you do not have GRE scores by the

deadline your application cannot be considered.  Top candidates will be

asked to formally apply to Boise State=E2=80=99s EEB program by January  20, 2018.  All

admission decisions must be approved by the Graduate Dean.

Boise State University embraces and welcomes diversity in its faculty,

student body, and staff. Accordingly, applicants who would add to the

diversity and excellence of our academic community are encouraged to apply.