LTER network working group on urban aquatic ecosystems seeks graduate-student participants for a pilot project
The LTER network has recently funded a working group on urban aquatic ecosystems. The primary question to be addressed by the working group is:
What are the primary drivers or motivations for urban water infrastructure design, and how do different infrastructure designs affect hydrologic connectivity, aquatic ecosystem function, and the delivery of ecosystem services?
As part of this collaborative synthesis effort, a graduate student-led pilot project that explores the dimensions of urban aquatic ecosystems across the network was proposed.
We are seeking graduate-student participants who would be interested in developing a pilot project that could lead to a publication and baseline data for a cross-site research effort on urban aquatic ecosystems, focusing on the rivers and consequences of modifications to those systems in different parts of the U.S., as well as feedbacks between drivers and consequences.
The pilot project will use existing data to answer a question, posed by the workshop participants. An example question might be, "How does hydrological connectivity differ among different cities, or on urban-rural gradients within cities or regions?" Up to four LTER grad students will be supported to lead the effort, traveling to Phoenix in January to plan the pilot project and to the larger workshop in June/July to complete the synthesis. Support will consist of travel funding and a small stipend ($1500-$2000). Participation of students not selected to receive support is also invited, through video conferencing and email interaction with student project leaders.
To apply, send a CV or biosketch and a one-page statement of interest and qualifications for the project as soon as possible, but no later than December 10, to Nancy Grimm (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Nancy B. Grimm, Ph.D.
PI and Director, Central Arizona–Phoenix LTER
Professor, School of Life Sciences
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ USA 85287