GRADUATE STUDY IN FLOODPLAIN MAPPING IN OKLAHOMA (M.S.)
DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCE ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT, OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY
The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Oklahoma State University, is seeking a MS student to work on an EPA-funded project.
RESEARCH AREA: The student will work with university faculty and the Oklahoma Conservation Commission to create a method to accurately map dynamic floodplain wetlands in Oklahoma, and apply that method along two major river systems. The student will use satellite imagery, high-resolution elevation datasets, and image classification algorithms to update NWI maps in areas of high wetland density and poor accuracy. Locating potential restoration locations, such as farmed wetlands, is an additional goal of the project.
STIPEND: A graduate research assistantship of $18,000 for annually for a half-time appointment. Benefits include resident and non-resident tuition waiver and student health insurance at $20 per month (for student only, family coverage available for an additional fee).
BACKGROUND CHECKS: Oklahoma State University requires background checks for all newly hired graduate assistants/associates. Background checks shall be required prior to employment (post-offer, pre-employment).
TENTATIVE STARTING DATE: January 2020
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants should have a B.S. in ecology, geography, environmental science, or a related field, with a GPA of 3.0 (A = 4.0) and have taken the GRE. Desired qualifications include experience or coursework in remote sensing and/or geographic information systems, and interest in wetland ecology and conservation.
Interested individuals should contact Dr. Bryan Murray (firstname.lastname@example.org). To apply, please send via email a brief letter of interest, CV (including GPA, GRE scores, and contact information for three references), and unofficial transcripts to Dr. Murray. Review of applications will begin September 12 and continue until the position is filled.
LOCATION AND FACILITIES:
The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management is part of the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University. The University is a land grant institution with an enrollment of about 25,000 students located midway between Tulsa and Oklahoma City. The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management conducts interdisciplinary research, instruction, and extension education to address the sustainable management and conservation of the fishery, forest, rangeland, and wildlife resources of Oklahoma and beyond. This department is a source of cutting-edge research, quality instruction, and effective outreach to students, landowners, managers, and public agencies.