Please note: These positions are geared towards students looking to earn their Ph.D. or M.S. degree.
Ph.D. and M.S. Research Assistantships Available in Lidar and Passive Remote Sensing of Crop Plant Structure, Physiology, and Biogeochemistry
We seek motivated and creative individuals to apply for Ph.D. and M.S. research assistantships available at the University of Idaho to develop lidar and passive satellite remote sensing applications for studying plant structural and physiological characteristics. In particular, the research will entail the use of airborne lidar, terrestrial lidar, and high spatial resolution satellite data to measure and map plant biomass, chlorophyll content, and foliar nitrogen status in agricultural field settings. This work will be conducted in a highly interdisciplinary team environment, in the context of improving agro-ecological practices to mitigate the release of nitrogen-based compounds into the atmosphere (e.g. NOx, N2O) and groundwater (e.g. nitrate), with the ultimate goal of mitigating climate change impacts of agriculture. Applicants should have a strong interest in developing quantitative skills relating to remote sensing, statistical modeling/programming, and biogeochemistry, and in understanding the multiple ecological dimensions relating to the management of agricultural lands.
Evaluation of applications will begin immediately, with a start date of Summer-Fall 2011. For more information, please contact Dr. Lee Vierling (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Jan Eitel (email@example.com). General information about the graduate application process at the University of Idaho can be found at http://www.uidaho.edu/cogs. We look forward to hearing from you.