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      Mansel A Nelson
      Environmental Education Outreach Program
      928 523 1275

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      From: Abraham E Springer <Abe.Springer@...>
      Date: August 22, 2010 12:26:22 PM MST
      To: <WATER@...>
      Subject: FW: Graduate Student Assistantship - Tucson
      Reply-To: Abraham E Springer <Abe.Springer@...>


      Hi folks,

      We are looking for a PhD graduate student for our project “An Ecohydrological Approach to Managing Intermittent and Ephemeral Streams on Department of Defense Lands in the Southwestern United States”.  This project is located at the Univ. of Arizona and the Southwest Watershed Research Center in Tucson.  The position description is below.

      Please forward this to anyone you know who may be interested!

      Thank you,
      Lainie Levick

      PhD Graduate Student Research Assistantship

      Wildlife - Ecohydrological Linkages


      The School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, is looking for a highly motivated PhD student as part of a collaborative research project entitled “An ecohydrological approach to managing intermittent and ephemeral streams on Department of Defense lands in the southwestern United States”


      The goal of the project is to classify ephemeral and intermittent stream systems on Department of Defense lands in the arid and semiarid southwest and to link stream channel characteristics (geomorphology, vegetation, and hydrologic regime) to wildlife habitat.  The impacts of climate and land use change on habitat values will be evaluated by means of an assessment system that will also be developed during this project. 


      Responsibilities: The student will be responsible for developing wildlife habitat linkages based on the stream type classification system, and field data results.  The student will be expected to assist with field data collection which will include geomorphologic and vegetative stream channel characteristics, and habitat analysis for species of concern at each of the four military reservations in this study.  Field data collection will involve working and hiking in rough, desert conditions during various seasons of the year.  The research topic for this assistantship must fit in with and support the goals of this project.  The student will be supervised by Dr. Phil Guertin and Lainie Levick, and will work closely with researchers from the University of Arizona, the Southwest Watershed Research Center in Tucson, Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, CO, and the AZ Game and Fish Department, in addition to biologists and staff at each study location.


      Qualifications: MS in ecology, biology, zoology, or related field with competitive GPA and GRE scores, and a strong background in wildlife management.  Excellent quantitative background, excellent skills in spatial-temporal data analysis (GIS & GPS), and excellent writing skills are required.  Priority will be given to applicants with a wildlife background, knowledge of statistical software packages, and experience using GIS software (ESRI ArcGIS 9.3).  The student must be reliable, self-motivated, responsible, and an independent worker.  A demonstrated ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals and experience conducting research in arid and semiarid ecosystems is preferred, but not required.  The student must be able to obtain clearance to work on U.S. Department of Defense facilities. 


      Location: The position will be located within the School of Nature Resources and the Environment (SNRE) at the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona. 


      Salary: Stipend will be $15.61 per hour, for 20 hrs/week during the school year and full time during the summer, for 2 ½ years.


      Start date: Fall 2010 or Spring 2011


      Contact: To apply, email a cover letter that addresses your interest and experience, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for at least three references to: Lainie Levick, at Lainie.levick@....  UA is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks diversity among its employees.  See http://www.arizona.edu/ for more details regarding admission.


      The complete proposal document, Levick_SI-1727_10-09-09.pdf, can be found at:






      Lainie Levick

      Senior Research Specialist

      University of Arizona

      USDA-ARS/Southwest Watershed Research Center

      2000 E. Allen Road, Tucson, AZ 85719

      520-670-6380 ext. 176







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