Ph.D. Research Assistantship at UNH For Fall 2013

Opportunity Type: 
Graduate student

Ph.D. Research Assistantship at the University of New Hampshire For Fall 2013: Aquatic ecosystem responses to land use change and beaver pond expansion in suburban Boston.

The University of New Hampshire seeks a highly motivated Ph.D. student interested in studying aquatic ecosystem processes at the landscape scale. The research will focus on responses of water quantity and quality in a coastal watershed that is suburbanizing but also has increasing beaver populations and beaver ponds. Of particular interest is the role of spatial heterogeneity and hydrologic connectivity among different land uses and aquatic ecosystem types in influencing the biogeochemistry of a suburbanizing watershed. Research activities can include:

  1. Experimental removal of impoundments, including taking advantage of planned anthropogenic dam removals and beaver dam removals
  2. Synoptic, watershed-wide, field sampling
  3. Geomorphic surveys
  4. Ecosystem process measurements across flow conditions
  5. Application of computer models to scale findings to entire river networks in order to understand aggregate impacts of multiple impoundments

The position is funded through the Plum Island Ecosystem Long Term Ecological Research site (, supported by the National Science Foundation. The study sites are located on the north shore of Massachusetts (Ipswich R. and Parker R. watersheds), part of the Boston metropolitan area.

Candidates must have an M.S. degree or comparable experience in ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, hydrology, or related field. An interest in conducting field work in suburban and wetland ecosystems is essential. Also, ability or strong interest in developing and refining existing ecosystem models to scale processes from local to watershed scales, as well as ability to work with existing LIDAR data, is desirable.

Position is available for start in Fall 2013. The student will be part of a dynamic group of research scientists, graduate students, and post doctoral fellows in the Water Systems Analysis Group at UNH ( working on various hydrology and aquatic ecosystem studies, as well as part of the larger PIE LTER and broader LTER network, offering considerable networking potential.

Please send a curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Wilfred Wollheim ( Applicants will ultimately need to apply to the interdisciplinary Natural Resources and Earth System Science Ph.D. program at UNH (

Expiration Date: 
Sun, 2013-01-13

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