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Announcing Three Funded Graduate Research Assistantships in Conservation and Sustainable Development!

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Announcing Three Funded Graduate Research Assistantships in Conservation and Sustainable Development!

We're excited to announce that we're recruiting three PhD fellows as part of our NASA-funded project "Maintaining Life on Land (SDG 15) under Scenarios of Land Use and Climate Change in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru”!  Through this project, UNDP and the Governments of Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru have joined forces with premier research organizations to support countries to deliver on SDG 15. The goal of the proposed project is to develop and implement, in collaboration with Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, a decision support system for scenario planning, forecasting, policy development, and reporting on SDG 15. The positions will be based within the Montana State University Department of Ecology, the Northern Arizona University Ecological and Environmental Informatics Program, and the University of Northern British Colombia Natural Resources & Environmental Studies Program.

Focus of each position:
•    Montana State University: Climate projections under IPCC scenarios; forecasting ecosystem type, vegetation structural condition, and selected vertebrate species response to climate and land use change using species distribution models; decision support for collaborating countries.

•    Northern Arizona University:  Forecasting change in forest structure, fragmentation and connectivity; water risk based on changes in forest structure and spatial patterns; decision support for collaborating countries.

•    University of Northern British Colombia:  Forecasting human pressure and land use under IPCC scenarios; assessing conservation implications; decision support for collaborating countries.


•    Demonstrated understanding of or aptitude for attaining an understanding in theory and application in ecology and ecosystem structure, function, and composition, and in conservation biology.
•    Adequate training, experience, or aptitude in spatial analysis and statistical techniques.
•    Interest and/or experience in working with natural resource managers on national-scale conservation application and reporting.  
•    Potential to execute and publish ecological research.
•    Experience in working on integrated science teams.  
•    Citizen of Colombia, Ecuador, or Peru, with the intent to return to Colombia, Ecuador, or Peru to work in the conservation sector after completion of the PhD.

For more details and how to apply, see the attached document. If you have any questions, email Andy Hansen (, with a copy to Annie Virnig (