Urbanization is transforming landscapes at a global scale, but patches of
forest and other habitats persist and regenerate in cities. Despite their
small size, these habitat patches are disproportionately important to both
local biodiversity and human well-being. Their managers are faced with a
uniquely urban set of problems to solve. Support is available in the
Johnson lab for a Doctoral (preferred) or Master of Science student
interested in addressing these challenges. Post-doctoral research is also a
possibility via joint development of a proposal led by the potential
postdoc to a National Center for Socio-Environmental Synthesis
post-doctoral fellowship program (http://www.sesync.org; pre-screening
application deadline October 24).
The successful applicant will join a project that aids urban forest
management decision-making by 1) synthesis of multiple long-term data sets
describing biophysical and social variables; 2) increasing information
connectivity networks; and 3) testing science-based management approaches.
The successful applicant will assist in these efforts and develop a thesis
using project-generated data. Experience with collaborative groups will be
helpful. A master’s degree or experience demonstrating management,
analysis, and synthesis of large data sets is preferred.
The University of Maryland faculty includes experts in a broad range of
related fields, including urban forestry, landscape architecture, landscape
management, ecology, soil science, environmental science and policy, and
many specialties in biology. Competitive support, including health benefits
for students and their dependents, is available.
Send a CV, unofficial transcripts, and a personal statement describing your
research interests, motivation, and relevant experience. Review of
applications will begin immediately and continue until the successful
applicants is identified. All students must apply to the University of
<http://www.gradschool.umd.edu/welcome/welcome.html>); the deadline for
applications to the Graduate School for Spring 2017 is October 1.
Additional details about the Plant Science Graduate Program of the
Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture can be found at
For more information, contact:
Lea R. Johnson, Ph.D.
Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of Maryland
2134 Plant Sciences Building
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 405-1602 Office