MS/PhD Positions: Tropical Forest Ecology, University of California, Berkeley

The Geography Department and the Energy and Resources Group (ERG) at the University of California, Berkeley, have up to two Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) opportunities for PhD students to investigate global change impacts on tropical forests. These GSR positions will focus on disturbance and recovery dynamics in natural and human-impacted tropical forest ecosystems. The successful candidates will become part of the Next Generation Ecosystem Experiment (NGEE) Tropics science community, a large, interdisciplinary team collaborating to improve Earth system model (ESM)
projections of tropical forest responses and feedbacks to climate change. Students with experience carrying out ecological field research in the tropics, and that have utilized tools such as remote sensing, GIS or computational modeling of populations, communities or ecosystems will be strong candidates for these positions. The position is 50% time (20 hours/week) with two years of support, and with potential renewal for additional years. Jeff Chambers (Geography) and Lara Kueppers (ERG) will serve as advisors for the successful candidates.

To Apply: Interested graduate applicants should apply for admission to the University of California, Berkeley, Department of Geography or ERG through the online graduate application portal , and contact Professor Jeff Chambers ( or Lara Kueppers ( via email.

Deadline: The application deadline for Geography is December 1, 2016. The application deadline for ERG is December 2, 2016.

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